GREAT FALLS -
Congressman Steve Daines was in Helena today to listen to the concerns of Montana's Veterans towards their concerns regarding the Veterans Affairs Department. Army retiree and medical doctor Anna Chacko, has served her country and later worked for the Veterans Affairs Department herself.
"I served in the army for almost 25 years and retired as a colonel and the head of radiology for the army," says Chacko.
She has seen the problems plaguing the Veterans Affairs Department from a first hand experience.
"I have brought that to light and on veterans day, remarkably ironic in 2008. There was leakage of fecal material from the ceilings into my department where the cancer patients and I brought that to their attention. they change the ceiling tile, but did nothing about the leakage," says Chacko.
In Pittsburgh, where she once worked, veterans were left waiting for medical attention.
"the VA doctors who were not veterans would get their medications and their diagnostic studies done at the VA. While veterans were waiting," says Chacko.
As a medical Doctor Chacko is upset with the way the VA is run but as a Veteran herself she is sad because she believes that Veterans affairs could be the best medicare program.
"What is sad is the loss of potential. There is so much potential. and the thing that I found working in the army as well as the VA is that the patients are so incredible," says Chacko.
Congressman Steve Daines was in Helena to listen to our veterans and hear their concerns about the VA and give himself a better idea of how to best represent Montana when he gets back to Washington.
"Well we got room for improvement everywhere, including Montana. But we're focused on right now really on the top leadership at the VA. Mr. Shinseki has had 5 1/2 years in leadership there, the results are not good. n fact again we'reanseeing veterans not getting the care that they deserve and should be receiving and that is why I am calling on his resignation," says Daines.
In the meantime for veterans like Doctor Chacko and others with similar stories they hope change comes quickly for all those who are in need of medical care.