Death toll from Veterans Affairs delays, incompetence climbing

Death toll from Veterans Affairs delays, incompetence climbing

Psychiatrist Dr. Margaret Moxness said she feared the worst but felt powerless because officials in the Huntington, W.Va., Department of Veterans Affairs treatment center where she worked turned a deaf ear to her warnings about delayed treatment.

She was counseling Iraq and Afghanistan combat veterans struggling to deal with post-traumatic stress disorder and had grown increasingly frustrated as patients she needed to see within 10 days were forced to wait months to schedule follow-up appointments after being prescribed powerful antidepressants.

“You’re setting them up for problems if you don’t monitor them early in the treatment,” she told Fox News on Monday.

“Their bodies heal before their emotions do, so now you have desperate, angry, depressed veterans that are activated. That’s where you get in trouble,” she said.

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