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Putnam Family Asks Questions As VA Investigation Under Way

Reported: May. 22, 2014 10:54 PM EDT
Updated: May. 22, 2014 11:24 PM EDT
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HURRICANE, W.Va. (Katy Brown) -- The United States Department of Veterans Affairs has found itself in the middle of a scandal. Across the country, there have been claims of delayed care and false record keeping within the system - in some cases, leading to deaths.

"It was days and weeks and months for their second visit, and in psychiatry, sometimes partial treatment is sometimes worse than none," former VA doctor Margaret Moxness said. "You have to mind these people and take care of them."

Moxness was a doctor at the Huntington VA Medical Center from 2008 to 2010. She told Fox News Monday at least two of her patients committed suicide while waiting for treatment.

It was a fate all too familiar for Jack Runion of Hurricane. Jack's father, Charles Daniel Runion, or “Dan,” suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder.

"He suffered a lot of guilt, because he came back home and he saw many who didn't," Jack Runion said.

Dan Runion was part of MEDEVAC during the Vietnam War and was responsible for transporting injured and deceased soldiers.

More than 33 years after coming home from war, he decided to seek treatment for his PTSD at the Huntington VA hospital .

“Overall, it's a wonderful organization," Jack Runion said.

His father had regular appointments for at least seven years, before he took his own life on January 19, 2008.

And while Jack said his dad never had a problem with getting appointments at the VA, his family now questions the care their loved one received.

"Some of the responses to the PTSD may have been generic, so we wonder now how serious they had taken his diagnosis, and if it was not just going through the motions for them or if they were truly concerned," he said.

And with the investigation underway in Washington D.C., Jack Runion said he hopes the care for our uniformed men and women isn't pushed to the side.

"Don't get lost in the shuffle,” he said. “Keep fighting for your health."



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