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U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson condemns Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center deaths

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U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., condemned Friday the deaths of three cancer patients at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center in Augusta, saying that the lack of care for more than 5,000 veterans in the hospital’s botched gastrointestinal program is a “tragedy in need of thorough investigation.”

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., called the lack of care for more than 5,000 veterans at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center in Augusta a "tragedy in need of thorough investigation."  FILE/STAFF
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U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., called the lack of care for more than 5,000 veterans at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center in Augusta a "tragedy in need of thorough investigation."

Isakson, a member of Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs, said his staff has begun coordinating efforts with Rep. John Barrow, D-Ga., to have a congressional hearing at the Charlie Norwood VA and hold accountable the personnel responsible for the clinic’s missteps.

“The number of people who were either misdiagnosed, not diagnosed or improperly processed is just alarming,” Isakson said in a telephone interview. “We need to get to the bottom of it and make sure it’s addressed.”

Richard Carbo, Barrow’s press secretary, said this week that the Augusta congressman has not nailed down a date for the hearing but is working with Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., the chairman of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, to schedule a visit to Augusta.

“Rep. Barrow spoke with him again last week where he committed, again, to come down,” Carbo said of the talks with Miller. “In all likelihood, it’ll be at the first of the year.”

Isakson said he has contacted Miller about a House investigation into the administration of Rebecca Wiley for its possible connection to the program’s downfall.

The board has requested a copy of all performance reviews, pay bonuses and disciplinary actions Wiley and her staff received as far back as 2007, the year Wiley came to Augusta.

Congress investigated Wiley’s administration three years ago for its role in exposing more than 10,000 veterans to improperly cleaned gastrointestinal equipment.

Isakson said he was somewhat surprised Wiley was reassigned in 2011 to become the director of the Williams Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center in Columbia, where six deaths also were recently reported in its GI program.

The VA has confirmed Wiley retired earlier this year. She lives in North Augusta with her husband.

“I make it a top priority to do regular oversight of the entire VA delivery system to see that the veterans who sacrificed for our country get the benefits and treatment they need,” Isakson said. “They deserve the very best possible care we can give them.”

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soapy_725
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soapy_725 12/14/13 - 09:32 am
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But did the butt show up at the Master's Table for an hour?
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As did Barrow and the Neal's and their entourage.

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soapy_725 12/14/13 - 09:33 am
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Timely photo ops can keep you in political office for life.
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Timely photo ops can keep you in political office for life.

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soapy_725 12/14/13 - 09:34 am
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Its not how you vote, but how you blow smoke up their arse.....
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Its not how you vote, but how you blow smoke up their arse.....

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JimS 12/14/13 - 04:22 pm
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Still No Sacrifice!!
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The Only Government Branch, the Executive and it's entire Cabinet, federal and states, consistently not only doing for us Vets but the Military personal and their Families, Finally, from day one, started even before, and the first oath to office!!!

The Country, through their representatives certainly aren't, the long underfunded, decades now and especially the past decade plus:

RM: "We got a huge round of tax cuts in this country a few weeks before9/11. Once 9/11 happened and we invaded Afghanistan, we kept the tax cuts anyway.
How did we think we were going to pay for that war? Did we think it was free?
Then, when we started a second simultaneous war in another country, we gave ourselves a second huge round of tax cuts. After that second war started. The wars, I guess, we thought would be free, don`t worry about it, civilians. Go about your business." 23 May 2013

"If military action is worth our troops’ blood, it should be worth our treasure, too" "not just in the abstract, but in the form of a specific ante by every American." -Andrew Rosenthal 10 Feb. 2013

"12 years also is a long time. We now have a lifetime responsibility to a generation of service members, veterans and their families." Dr. Jonathan Woodson 11 Sep. 2013: With 9/11 Came Lifetime Responsibility

As those hawks and oh so patriotic supporters served loves their wars for free, especially the decades of results from!!

USN All Shore '67-'71 GMG3 Vietnam In Country '70-'71

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