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Dying in Line - VA's Secret List

The American Legion demands accountability at every level of the Department of Veterans Affairs after CNN reported that no fewer than 40 veterans died waiting for long-delayed doctor appointments at the Phoenix VA Medical Center. Their names were reportedly kept on a so-called "secret list" that misrepresented the hospital's performance on patient waiting times. This report is the most recent in a succession of preventable death allegations at VA facilities nationwide. In some cases, facility executive leaders received year-end performance bonuses despite the preventable deaths, and now the issue has boiled to the top of the nation's conscience. If the allegations are true, American Legion National Commander Daniel M. Dellinger says, this is  "one of the most abhorrent acts ever committed in VA history."

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VA has issued a series of statements in the wake of the allegations of the 'secret list.' These statements renew VA's committment to delivering high quality care for veterans and promising "swift and appropriate action" if the allegations against the Phoenix VA are true. CLICK FOR FULL STATEMENT

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