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Army Veteran Accuses VA Hospital of Punishing Him For Complaining -- Sky Arnold
Updated: Tuesday, June 24 2014, 06:32 PM CDT
Clarksville, Tenn --- Elliott Schaaff spent 15 years in the Army.
He served in the Gulf War and still lives close to Fort Campbell but lately he's found himself fighting the very government he once served.
"I would rather be on the battlefield fighting again than fighting my own people." said Schaaff.
Schaaff is talking about the VA Hospital in Nashville.
His story begins last September with a surgery to repair a separated wrist.
"When I woke up from surgery I knew something was wrong. I complained while in there they did nothing for me," said Schaaff.
He says that was only the beginning too.
Schaaff says VA workers wrongfully updated his files saying the surgery was a success.
The veteran complained to the Patient Advocate.
He believes it's all lead to the VA either denying him care or sabotaging it.
One notable example he says was an appointment in March the VA scheduled without notifying him.
"I had a person I know that worked at the VA called and said they are trying to shyster you," said Schaaff.
Schaaff says that call enabled him to make the appointment.
Eventually he decided to pursue a new surgery at a private clinic.
Fox 17 News reached out to a VA Spokesperson for comment.
Because this is a medical issue, Hippa laws prevent the VA from commenting but the spokesperson said the agency is looking into Schaaff's complaints.