The investigation into eleven patients who were murdered at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center, in Clarksburg, West Virginia, turned out to be just the tip of the iceberg. That lingering investigation revealed another unnamed suspect is running around loose, in the same state. Then, it spiraled even further into absurdity.
Rep. Mark Takano, the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee chairman, has already scheduled hearings to get some answers. “The shocking reports,” Takano insists, “call into question whether VA is equipped to identify clinicians who are negligent, abusive, or commit criminal acts – and prevent them from practicing.”
While investigating the murders in Clarksburg, investigators uncovered evidence that more than a dozen patients were sexually assaulted at the Beckley VA Medical Center in Beckley, West Virginia. “The Beckley medical center reported the sexual assault allegations to the inspector general on June 12, and it fired someone in connection with the accusations,” facility spokeswoman Sara Yoke told the press on Thursday.
“Someone” is still running around loose ready to molest someone else, just like the killer in Clarksburg. “Neither the inspector general’s office nor the medical center have said who was fired, what that person’s position was, when the assaults may have happened, or who may have been assaulted,” CNN reports.
If that wasn’t bad enough, it turns out that over in Arkansas, at least 15 more veterans died. A matching number were injured because Fayetteville’s pathologist “misdiagnosed as many as 3,000 veterans’ cases between 2005 and 2017.”
Apparently, he had a big drinking problem and his buddies at work enabled him to get away with it. At an affairs committee hearing, Rep. Steve Womack of Arkansas noted, “specifically, I find it appalling that a doctor who was caught intoxicated on duty was allowed to resume caring for our veterans and returned to his supervisory position.”
Just when you think that the Veteran’s Affairs department can’t be any more incompetent, it gets even worse. Laquna Ross “found her father, Joel Marrable, with swollen, red bumps all over his body,” when she stopped by the Eagle’s Nest Community Living Center near Atlanta, Georgia last week, shortly before his death. He was being eaten alive by ants. “Her father was bitten more than 100 times.”
Marrable was found covered in ants not once, but twice, prompting Senator Johnny Isakson to write a nasty letter to the VA.
“I am shocked, horrified and downright maddened by the news that a veteran under the care of the VA was treated so poorly and without any regard for his wellbeing. This patient, at the end of his life, was clearly not being monitored closely enough, and I am so sad for his family who had to discover his insect-infested conditions before anything was reportedly done.”
When Ross came to visit last week, she noticed the red bumps all over his body and both hands. The nurse shrugged it off. “You know, the ants. When we walked in here, we thought Mr. Marrable was dead. We thought he wasn’t even alive, because the ants were all over him.”
NEW: Statement below from GA @SenatorIsakson, Senate @VAChair, after we broke the story of a local Vietnam Veteran, who suffered 100+ ant bites in an @AtlantaVAMC nursing home days before his death. https://t.co/FyEo7Xmins @wsbtv pic.twitter.com/HyXYX0EHy9
— Aaron Diamant (@AaronDiamantWSB) September 12, 2019
The worst part of all of this is that the inspector general for the VA has been working on all of these cases but nothing ever seems to get done.
In West Virginia, autopsy has confirmed that two of the 11 suspicious deaths were deliberate murder. They have a suspect but won’t turn the investigation over to the police until they have it wrapped up air tight. How much do they need to press charges?
Are they waiting for him to leave the country? It seems like they have given him a few months head start already. Same goes for the molester in Beckley.
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