The Care They’ve Earned premieres on Amazon Prime in two days.
Yesterday, we introduced you to Shannon, Jimmie and Jeff, veterans featured in the film. These vets give detailed accounts of their difficult journeys through the Department of Veterans Affairs health care system and how their lives have been affected.
Meet three more veterans featured in The Care They’ve Earned who talk about their experiences at the VA.
Steve Cooper served in the Army from 1989 to 2007. He waited nearly a year for an appointment at the Phoenix VA with a VA urologist. At that appointment, he was diagnosed with stage four prostate cancer that was so serious the VA refused to operate. Had he been seen by a doctor sooner, Steve’s cancer would likely have not advanced so far. He took matters into his own hands by paying out of pocket to visit a non-VA doctor.
Miguel Ocegueda served in the Army from 2007 to 2012. After deploying to Iraq, Miguel developed severe post-traumatic stress disorder. His PTSD manifested itself as depression, nightmares and insomnia. When he sought help, the VA addressed each new symptom by subscribing medication. It wasn’t until Miguel sought mental health care at a non-VA clinic that he found a treatment that moved him forward. This treatment isn’t available at most VA facilities.
Jordan Buisman served in the Marine Corps from 2006 to 2011. He was medically retired after developing epilepsy and tried to get an appointment with the VA for treatment. His records indicated he should have been seen immediately because of his condition. After waiting 45 days for an appointment with a neurologist at a Minnesota VA facility, Jordan had a seizure and died. His family continues to tell Jordan’s story in hopes of bringing about change.
Hear the rest of Steve, Miguel and Jordan’s stories by watching The Care They’ve Earned on Amazon Prime starting Nov. 9.