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Marine veteran denied breathing medication at VA because of error

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The Marine Corps veteran was given a prescription to help him breathe. When he went into his local VA clinic to receive a refill on his medication, the Jacksonville, Florida VA said he never had one, according to WTEV.

The veteran, Horace Head, served in the Marine Corps from 2005 to 2013 and deployed four times in his time of service. He says he was always around helicopters, continually breathing in toxic fumes and doctors diagnosed him with asthma.

“When I contacted the VA at Jefferson to renew the prescription, they told me there had never been a prescription written.”

He said he followed up multiple times by calling the VA, and the calls were never returned.

When the local news station WTEV reached out to get answers on behalf of the Head, the VA released the following announcement: “Staff at the Jacksonville VA Outpatient clinic will contact the patient today to resolve his prescription needs.”

Nearly 300,000 veterans may have died while waiting for care in the US according to the Inspector General of the VA.

Head hopes to bring light to these issues so that other veterans don’t get left behind. To date, the Marine veteran still has not been contacted by the VA.

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