Army Veteran Speaks Out About Long Wait Times At VA Hospitals
From Montgomery -- the central Alabama Veterans Health Care system is under investigation on charges of unethical scheduling practices.
It's one of 84 facilities accused of having wait times as long as 51 days. A veteran from Autauga County says he's scared these long waits could cost him his life.
Army Veteran, Robert Fulton, says he's frustrated because his wait time is far beyond the 14-day window veterans are supposed to be seen by a doctor.
He says he's waited for months to get an appointment -- and recently there's an even bigger hurry. He says doctors have told him he may have an illness that could change his life.
Robert Fulton served in the Army from 1971 to 1974. He says while he was at basic training, a hand grenade exploded near his face, leaving him deaf in his right ear.
82 days without answers. He says he doesn't have the money to go to another clinic.
Just as his list of health problems have grown longer, he says so did his wait time for an appointment with the Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System, which has locations in Montgomery and Tuskegee.
Even when Fulton has had a set appointment, he says he's had to wait anywhere from 1 hour to as long as 9 hours.