A U.S. military veteran in Florida spent more than $2,000 on multiple billboards blasting the Department of Veterans Affairs this month over the increasing number of veteran deaths.
The former Marine, Roger Gagnon, says his intention is to bring nationwide attention to the dire health situation facing veterans across the country.
One of the billboards, placed along a busy street in Orlando, boldly states, “VA is lying, veterans are dying!”
“It’s literally a life or death situation,” Gagnon told WFTV.
Gagnon says he began his campaign against the VA after years of poor service, revealing how he once collapsed near his home from a seizure condition while stuck on a VA waiting list.
Even after spending several weeks in a coma, Gagnon says he was still withheld from receiving timely healthcare.
“When I was let go from the hospital, I was told see a neurosurgeon in three days. I saw a neurosurgeon three months later,” Gagnon said. “The VA says they have the waiting period down to less than 30 days. There’s another lie.”
Aside from raising awareness on the VA’s poor treatment of military personnel, Gagnon also helps walk other veterans through the process of obtaining medical attention.
“I help guys get their claims through, help them though the process,” said Gagnon.
Gagnon’s Facebook group, entitled “VA is Lying,” currently has more than 15,000 members and growing.
“The VA is killing people every single day,” Gagnon said.
According to WFTV, “Three signs went up in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on Monday,” with more possibly on the way.
“It’s not about me, I’m all set. This is about the people who are in the service and the ones who are fixing to go in the service.” Gagnon added. “They got that last nerve of mine that I just got to the point where I said, ‘I’ll eat Ramen noodles for a month, but I’m going to let them know that I’m upset.’”
In 2014, a report by the Veteran Administration’s Office of Inspector General admitted that the VA misled the country about its infamous “VA scandal” which saw countless veterans dying after being placed on secret waiting lists.
A separate report released just last week astonishingly revealed that as many as 307,000 veterans died while waiting for care from the VA.
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