Wicker, Cochran Raise Concerns about Care at Jackson VA

Steve Rogers

Assistant News Director/Assignment Editor; degree in finance and administration from Yale University; 35 years experience in journalism.

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  1. Loyal Fed says:

    Dwaine: I’m glad you are pleased with the care you are receiving at Tuscaloosa. I have worked in several VAMCs over a 20 year period, including working at Jackson when the pilot program was first implemented to arm VA Police Officers. Why was Jackson one of the pilot sites? Because of attacks by drug-seeking veterans on 2 separate doctors. One was shot with a shotgun in the emergency room and killed (leaving behind a wife and if I recall corrected 5 or 6 young children). The other doctor had acid thrown in her face in the parking lot. She was disfigured for life and never able to return to work due to her injuries and resulting psychological damage. Our veterans deserve the best of care and I thank each of you for your service from the bottom of my heart. The reason the metal detectors and guards at the doors are at Jackson VAMC are because of these 2 incidents. And, I need to add that it is not because the employees wanted them there, but because the majority of the veterans came forward after these incidents and demanded they be placed there. The VA simply acted in response to veterans’ requests for this level of protection.

  2. Dwaine Harrison says:

    I have been dealing with the Jackson VA medical center since Aug 1994. I have lived in Mississippi since I was in the 1st grade. I have been done wrong in Jackson since. I have had 4 surgeries at the jackson VA Medical Center. I enrolled in the Tusscaloosa VA medical Center Nov 2012. It is another world. I feel like hugging everyone that I have dealt with In Tusscaloo VA. No metal detectors or armed guards at every entrance. Anyone wanting to here my story I would love to tell it. Dwaine Harrison

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