VA Hospital Erased Dead Vets

    The Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center is pictured in Phoenix, Arizona June 11, 2014. Federal Bureau of Investigation agents will investigate allegations of wrongdoing at an Arizona office of the Veterans Affairs department that became a political problem for President Barack Obama and forced the VA chief to resign. On Monday, the VA released an internal audit that found more than 100,000 veterans were subjected to a wait of 90 days or more for healthcare appointments, and widespread instances of schemes to mask the delays to meet targets for bonuses.      REUTERS/Samantha Sais  (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS MILITARY HEALTH CRIME LAW) - RTR3TA9W

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    Pauline DeWenter, a scheduling clerk at a Phoenix Veterans Affairs hospital, has come forward and said her office changed or physically altered records of deceased veterans to hide the fact that they died waiting for care. DeWenter said her job was to call veterans when appointments opened up, and she would mark if they had died waiting for care. She says that at least seven times since October, her deceased notices were written over by someone else or physically changed. “I would say [it was done to] hide the fact. So if you change that to, ‘entered in error’ or, my personal favorite, ‘no longer necessary,’ that makes the death go away,” she said. 

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