Death of a Veteran but where are the Criminal Charges?
By the Watchman
We in this nation are fully aware of the mistreatment of our Veterans that have been going on for the last few years. These tales of not being able to get in to see a doctor too late to cure an illness have often ended in the death of an individual far before his or her time was due. We've always blamed it on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. It was logical because that was where the whistle blowers were coming from. Oklahoma's news channels failed to report on the local delays in getting appointments. They didn't want to upset the citizens of the state.
What if you were to find out that there has been a death due to neglect by a state agency? What would be your reaction? We ask that for one simple reason. The Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs runs several facilities in our state and they are failing those that need the care. The list of the facilities the run is found here Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs. The facility in question is in Talihina. The care this Veteran received harkens back to the treatments given to the wounded in the dark ages.
What brought our attention to this story was this article A horrifying death at an Oklahoma VA hospital may lead to criminal charges for neglect – Rare. You need to open this link and read it, but only if you have a strong stomach. What has happened here is criminal. How in the world can medical staff allow an injured person to remain with the same bandages on a wound long enough for maggots to develop in the wound? This is criminal abuse of the elderly and a blatant misrepresentation of their qualifications to perform the duties they were hired to do.
The next article of interest we found was this ODVA Investigating Veteran's Death In Talihina - News9.com - Oklahoma City, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports |. Here the ODVA confirms that four staff members have resigned. They chose to resign before the termination process could begin. That's a polite way of saying they quit before they could have their licenses revoked by the state. All four of these people can go to work at other facilities and no one will be the wiser. How many more patients will they kill?
Despite how little information they let out on this, it didn't take long before the story became very public on the internet. We first found it here Veteran Died with Maggot Infested Wound at VA - Uncle Sam's Misguided Children. We did find this story to be a little misleading in the fact that it leaned towards placing the blame on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The blame lies solely on the shoulders of the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs. This is another link we urge you to open and look at. Pay attention to the dates especially. This American Hero passed on October 3, 2016. The date of this article is December 4, 2016. It would appear that they managed to hide it pretty well for two months.
It was just the social media that covered this tragedy. We found this article Veteran Dies With Maggots Discovered In Wound, Staff Resigns | The Daily Caller. They went on to report that the maggots didn't kill this American Hero, it was sepsis. That alone raises a few questions. Did the maggots cause the sepsis? Could better treatment of his wound prevented the sepsis? What ignoramus failed to check to insure that the bandages were being changed as needed instead of just looking at the paperwork? What is troubling is that news reports are making this look like it is the fault of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs when it is not. This is a problem with the Oklahoma State Department of Veterans Affairs and we've not heard a single word from our Governor.
The next article we found was this Talihina Veterans Center Under Investigation After Patient Dies At Facility | Fort Smith/Fayetteville News | 5newsonline KFSM. Once again we find that the date of the report is a full two months after the passing of this Veteran. This reeks with the stench of a cover-up. How in the world can we allow this to happen to those brave men and women who have sacrificed so much so that we can enjoy the lives we live today? This is simply negligent homicide.
It was even on the news in the Arkansas area as you can see here Oklahoma veteran dies with maggots crawling in wound; 4 resign from VA center | Fox 59. This report also was delayed for two months. Why? This is inexcusable. To our knowledge the only people investigating this are the Oklahoma Health Department and the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs. What are they hiding?
The next article we found was this Four Staff Members Quit Oklahoma VA Facility After Veteran with Maggots in Wound Dies - Breitbart. This is another report made two months after the incident. This article also makes it appear that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is responsible for the facility when in fact it is an Oklahoma State Department of Veterans Affairs facility. It should be noted that in all the references to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs there has been no attempt to correct the reports and take responsibility.
This next article comes from the DisabledVeteran.org, and is perhaps the most appropriately named Maggot-gate: VA Staff Quit After Maggots Found In Elderly Veteran. This is another article written two months after the incident. This is an article that you need to open the link and read. This is the most detailed report of the incident. It indicates that the maggots were not the type used for certain healing practices. Four of the staff including a physician's assistant who'd had two disciplinary actions against him by the Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision. The other three who resigned were all Registered Nurses.
This must be the dumbest thing that we could ever hear of Physician assistant who resigned in wake of veteran's death rehired at another Oklahoma VA center - Tulsa World: Government. Word of this incident isn't reported to the news until the first week of December yet here you have a person that resigned his job on October 14, 2016 in Talihina is alleged to be cleared of any wrong doing of the incident in Talihina and rehired in Lawton on November 14, 2016. That just doesn't sound right. There is something terribly wrong with the agency responsible for a death at their facility investigating itself. They also claim that there were no financial problems within the State Veterans Affairs facilities like those that have plagued the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. So was this neglect or laziness?l