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Friday, June 27 2014, 11:34 PM EDT
Letters claim vets were mistreated at West Palm Beach VA
Story by Al Pefley / CBS 12 NEWS

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - New developments in the scandal that has been swirling across the country involving the Dept. Of Veterans Affairs.

CBS 12 has uncovered new documents that raise questions about the care veterans have  received at the VA Medical Center in West Palm Beach.

In a letter to Florida Governor Rick Scott in April, one combat disabled veteran  writes quote:  "Emergency action is needed.  Patients sitting in urine and feces for more than 12 hours.  Mold in the rooms. Fruit flies. Employees disappear for hours, no accountability.   This is so disquieting. I'd rather work in Iraq."

Another letter to the governor, also in April,  makes more accusations about the West Palm BeachVA.

Although the name is blacked out to protect the patient’s privacy,  it appears to have been written by the relative of a veteran.

It says quote: "He was abused,  mistreated and worse,  misdiagnosed at the VA.   We took him out against medical advice because we couldn't leave him alone for a minute, get honest answers or even basic dignity for him."  

The letter goes on to say:  “He passed in tremendous pain.  I have called several attorneys to be told that it’s impossible to go after the VA. I am begging you to listen and contact me for solid evidence of abuse and neglect.”

No one from the VA Medical Center in West Palm Beach would comment on camera.

They sent us an e-mail, saying their goal is to provide the best quality, safe and effective health care for veterans.
Letters claim vets were mistreated at West Palm Beach VA

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