Tuesday, May 31, 2011

VA infection issues lead to 13,000 veteran’s tests

May 29, 2011 4:10 PM CDT Sunday,
May 29, 2011 5:10 PM EST

Associated Press

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - Herman Williams came home safely after fighting in the jungles of Vietnam as a Marine. He was shocked to learn four decades later that his military service had again placed him in jeopardy - this time, because he got a tooth pulled.

Williams is among 13,000 U.S. veterans who have been warned in the last two years that their blood should be tested for potentially fatal infections after possible exposures by improper hygiene practices at five VA hospitals in Ohio, Florida, Georgia, Missouri and Tennessee. This Memorial Day finds the Department of Veterans Affairs under political fire and numerous veterans upset after enduring fear and uncertainty over their health.