Denver >Health & Medical Services > Va Medical Ctr
1055 Clermont St Ste 111B, Denver, CO | Directions 8022039.731617 -104.935311
Mon. - Fri. 9am - 5pm;Sat. - Sun. CLOSED
Neighborhoods: Hale, Southeast Denver
I am veteran who was medically retired at 19 years and 1 month of service. I am 90% disabled with a slew of stuff wrong with me, the biggest of which are PTSD, Severe Depression, Multiple Sclerosis, and Debilitating migraine headaches, and sadly much more. I spent 10 years of my career overseas 5 of which was in combat zones, and about three of that living in freakin tents. Most of my health problems were caused by a bad reaction to a vaccine for anthrax. I have been fighting with the VA for years trying to get some kind of financial help because I am unable to work. I get no money from the VA, but part of my retirement from the military is tax free. In my last claim the person who did my compensation and pension examination absolutely lied about the information that was in my medical records, just so I purposefully would not be able to receive any benefits. Now I have to wait up to 5 years just to have my case appealed because this person lied to hurt me and my family. If I could get away with it I would go and deal her a painful slow death. I just wonder how many other veterans she has done this too. She deserves to die for the economic pain and suffering already caused by her lies, and also all the pain and suffering that will come. My wife and child would be better off with me dead from a financial standpoint. They would be able to get life insurance money. Now I have peanuts coming in from the government and my son is nearing college age. My son hates me because I am so worthless anyway. I can't do anything with him, and can't even support him. You know veteran's kids like to be able to have enough money to do things also. When their Daddy or Mommy can't work because they are too ill or injured from serving their country it is pathetically sad. My Dad did things with me as a teenager helped me buy my first car and lots of other Dad and son things. My son will be 16 in less than three months, and I can't help with much of anything. Everybody pretty much hates me anyway due to my PTSD issues which keep me from having any meaningful relationship with anybody whatsoever. There is a short list of people who have totally wronged me who deserve to die for pain and suffering, and Jesus Christ is the only one who is keeping me from doing a murders/suicide. I need to learn to forgive and forget. The Medical part of the VA does very little to help. Unless you go in and say you are suicidal or homicidal, they will not give you the kind of mental health treatment that you need.
Denver VA Medical Center: A Sorry Experience for Our Vets. – I rate this hospital one star ONLY because there is NOTHING lower. Yesterday, March 2nd, 2010, I took my Dad to the Denver VA Medical Center ER for UTI and fluid retention. (He was unable to pee in any position except lying down.) My Dad is 77 years old and I took him out of the Clarksburg, WV VA Medical Center Nursing Home for poor treatment. In the eight months he was in the hospital there, he developed stage four pressure ulcers on his hip, butt, as well as two on one foot and one on another. And lost nearly 100 lbs. THIS IS PURE NEGLIGENCE. So you can see why I took him out to bring him to Denver where I could care for him. But, things happen, and UTI's are common yet very painful and in some cases life threatening in our elderly population. We arrived at 2:00 PM. The triage nurse did not even see my Dad until 5:15 PM. I had to constantly remind staff at the window, as well as the triage nurse (who walked away while I was speaking to her) that my Dad was very sick, couldn't sit in the wheelchair for this extended period of time because it makes him unable to pee. No one cared. No one cares that potentially every single vet in that room may have taken a bullet for our asses, and this is the kind of treatment our vets get? Where is the honor in that? There is none. My Dad is quadriplegic and requires total care and assistance aside from feeding himself. And it SUCKS because he doesn't have dementia. He is fully aware of everything going on around him and he sat there in that emergency room last night with tears in his eyes and said "Maybe if I die here it will change things for someone else." Finally at 9:15 PM I went to the window yet again, and asked how long it was going to be until my Dad would be seen. They told me he would be next. 10:00 PM rolls around (this is eight hours he has been sitting in a wheelchair in the ER unable to use the bathroom and I could see he had nothing in his catheter.) I go to the window again and demand to know who is in charge and where is the closest REAL Emergency Room I can take my Dad to. The receptionist comes back to me, by the way she was quite a slovenly looking fat, glasses, black lady, rude ... if you know who I'm talking about ... and says for me to go ahead and take him to another Emergency Room. I said, "I still demand to know who is in charge tonight." I still have yet to get my answer on that one because it was at that time that the receptionist went back into the ER and sent the charge nurse out to get my Dad. They weren't nice back in there at first, but after they seen how sick he was, things changed very quickly. I have made several phone calls today to make a formal complaint. Each person says that they promise to call me back within a half hour. No one ever does. On a side note, I'd like to add. A young vet came into the ER about an hour after my Dad and I. This man also had to wait until after my Dad to see the triage nurse, but sadly, was laying on the floor doubled over in pain crying. He was seen by a doctor before my Dad, which is ok, but the bad thing is that he was there, lying on the floor, for many hours. I told the triage nurse that he needed someone and she only walked over to him and said "Hello, hello." Then when he looked up she walked away. She didn't check his vitals, touch him, nothing. It's a very sad situation. So, if you want some pretty shitty health care ... join the military
Good luck combat vets! – Shocking disregard for PTSD sufferers, you are inconvenient to the medical staff/social workers/information desk/admin staff. Supprised they aren't actually kicking vets canes out from under them.
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