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Military Veterans / V.A. Hospitals #1122549

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, May 21, 2014
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(Studio: Scott Pelley) Report introduced. NOTE: Local weather bulletin on screen.

(White House: Major Garrett) President Obama’s remarks on the growing scandal involving wait times at V.A. hospitals reviewed. [President OBAMA - calls the allegations dishonorable; comments on V.A. Secretary Eric Shinseki; responds to bonuses for supervisors accused of mismanagement.] The cancellation of a bonus paid to Sharon Helman†, director of a facility in Phoenix, noted.

(Studio: Scott Pelley) Shinseki’s role in forcing the retirement of undersecretary Robert Petzel noted.

(Washington: Wyatt Andrews) The investigation into V.A. care updated; details given about the stories from widows of veterans who died while waiting for care in Phoenix, including Debbie Valle††, Debbie Allen††, and Cindy Bordeaux††; memo from a Wyoming V.A. scheduler about “gaming the system” quoted. [BORDEAUX – says these people didn’t care.] [In New Port Richey, Florida, veteran Joseph KRAMER††- wonders if he will die.] The V.A.’s response discussed.

Pelley, Scott;
Garrett, Major;
Andrews, Wyatt

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