Published: May 08, 2014 10:13 PM EDT
Updated: May 08, 2014 11:24 PM EDT

CAPE CORAL, Fla --- "Time that people realize their tax dollars aren't being spent properly."

For military parent Dan Ashby, it's no shock that VA clinics are now under fire.

"They don't have enough doctors, definitely not enough nursing," said Ashby.

What is surprising, is that it took so long to gain national attention. 

"I'm cautiously optimistic," said Ashby.

Back in 2010, Ashby reached out to WINK News.

His stepson, Cape Coral soldier Corey Kent, was critically injured in Afghanistan, and moved to James A Haley Hospital in Tampa to recover.
The family exposed the hsopital after they say he was treated under filthy conditions.

"I had a blood infection at one point. I didn't feel I was progressing, I felt I was going backwards. Heard there was mold in some of the ice machines.
Holes in the ceilings, some of the walls," said Kent.

The hospital said they would fix the problem, but even by 2012, nothing had changed. 

"That's what happened all along, they'll tell you they'll correct a situation, that they'll correct the problem and hope you go away," said Ashby.

So Ashby formed the National Coalition for Patriots, a voice for veterans.
The Patriots got Congress involved, who fixed Tampa's issues.

Now they hope Congress can once again, get veterans the care they deserve.

"I want them to be cleaned up, friendly environment, I want doctors to listen to the patients," said Kent.

The Cape Coral VA Clinic will be audited as well, as part of the nationwide investigation.