Iraq War veteran criticizes care at Kansas City VA hospital - KCTV5

Iraq War veteran criticizes care at Kansas City VA hospital

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The care of the veterans at Veterans Administration hospitals has roiled Washington, and an Iraq War survivor says the care at the Kansas City VA hospital is deplorable.

"There's a lot of veterans returning from Afghanistan. The VA is just not staffed well enough for it," William Kempter told KCTV5.

He served in the military for four years. He was medically discharged after a 15-month tour in Iraq.

Kempter maintains that the care he got in Iraq was better than what he gets in Kansas City.

He said a doctor misdiagnosed cellulitis as a splinter in his leg. He said he was misdiagnosed multiple times and spent hundreds of hours needlessly in waiting rooms.

"I'm not expecting to have the best care, but I'm expecting to have some care," he said. "I've been told by other people that the VA hospital in Leavenworth is fantastic. They have no complaints whatsoever. But if you talk to people who go to the KCVA, you're constantly waiting."

When the problem was finally diagnosed, Kempter said he was told that "it's a good thing we caught it now or you would have lost your leg in the next day or two."

He agrees with President Barack Obama that what is broken must be fixed immediately, people must be held accountable and faith must be restored in the VA. Kempter is optimistic that improvements will be made to benefit veterans.

The Kansas City VA did not return telephone calls or emails from KCTV5.

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