|Published:||Jul 16, 2012 6:23 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Jul 16, 2012 6:35 PM EDT|
FORT MYERS, Fla.- A WINK News investigation team uncovered claims, almost two years ago, of dirty and deplorable conditions at the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa.
The family of injured Cape Coral soldier Corey Kent brought pictures to Senator Bill Nelson and demanded change.
The VA promised better care for veterans, but there are new claims the hospital is again neglecting to give veterans proper care. Those vets contacted the National Coalition for Patriots organization, who then contacted us.
We got our hands on the new pictures from inside the James A Haley VA hospital showing what the organization calls deplorable conditions for America's war heroes.
WINK News spoke to one vet and his wife on the phone Monday. For the past year, he's been treated at James A. Haley VA hospital. He says the conditions and his care are horrible and something's gotta change.
"They don't see it as a problem so it hasn't been fixed. I'm not saying being a whistle blower, but it's gotta get fixed," he said.
Requesting anonymity the Army staff sargent says for the past year his care has been inadequate and has hindered his recovery.
"Care is a major issue right now. They are not getting care they deserve," he said.
The vet reached out to Dan Ashby, step-father to Private First Class Corey Kent. In 2010, Kent had his own issues at the hospital with dirty facilities. Ashby contacted WINK News Call for Action, and after making some calls and a visit to the hospital, we got the issues fixed. But two years later, Ashby says the same problems are back.
"I'm disappointed...it's happening all over again," said Ashby.
As a result, Ashby and several others formed the National Coalition for Patriots. The organization's mission is to be an advocate for veterans. He says their first battle is to clean up VA hospitals all over the country, particularly James A. Haley in Tampa. Sunday, his organization visited the hospital and sent us the pictures. he elevator is missing a floor board, there's mold on a toilet, bathroom floor, a hole in the bathroom wall with trash and a leaky ceiling.
"I think most of the people will be disgusted," said Ashby. "We pay good money as taxpayers for this."
WINK News sent thes pictures to Veterans Affairs in Washington DC. They are investigating and Tuesday, WINK News expects to have answers as to what's being done to fix it.
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