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Veterans demand quality care

Willie Ross Willie Ross
Kenneth Cutts Kenneth Cutts
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A small group of veterans peacefully protested at the office of Congressman Sanford Bishop Wednesday.

"VA stop killing us" was one poster message Vietnam veteran Willie Ross has for the Department of Veteran Affairs.

"I just lost a friend with suicide," said Ross. Committing suicide due to mental issues lingering from warfare in Vietnam, and Ross says VA clinics in South Georgia do a poor job providing care.

"They're not taking care medical wise. They not taking care of you mind wise," said Ross.

That's why Ross and several other veterans peacefully held their signs at the office of Congressman Sanford Bishop Wednesday morning, hoping to spark change in a broken VA system.

"These issues are issues that need to be addressed," said Kenneth Cutts, the Deputy Director for the office of Congressman Sanford Bishop.

Issues like the backlog to schedule appointments and the late payments for care. "Just an access and quality of care issues," said Cutts.

And Ross commits to fighting these issues until he takes his last breath, saying it's not about his care, but the care for all veterans.

"I think every veteran, whether he went to Vietnam or not, he deserves a chance to relive his life again," said Ross.

And that's something Cutts says people in Washington are discussing. "We promised them as a country that we would take care of them, that we would take care of their needs and families and so that's what this country needs to do," said Cutts.

Ross and these guys just hope it happens in their lifetime.

Cutts says that Congressman Bishop has had discussions with the new secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs and assures veterans in the area that these issues are being addressed.


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