NBC Evening News for Wednesday, May 21, 2014
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(White House: Chuck Todd) President Obama’s remarks on the growing scandal involving wait times at V.A. hospitals reviewed; details given about his meeting with V.A. Secretary Eric Shinseki; local news clips shown. [President OBAMA - calls the allegations dishonorable.] [At American Legion Post 67 in Florida, Navy Veteran Richard IZZI, Army veteran Charles BOUCHEI- comment.] [In 2007, then-candidate OBAMA – says he will make building a 21st-century V.A. a priority.] [Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America Alex NICHOLSON- expresses skepticism about Obama’s remarks.] [Senator John THUNE- says this is a national embarrassment.] The dispatch of White House Deputy Chief of Staff Rob Nabors to Phoenix to investigate the V.A. facility noted.
(Studio: Lester Holt) Report introduced.
(Albuquerque: John Yang) The story of retired Air Force Col. Renee Sussman, who endured a 2-month delay and received rude treatment after being diagnosed with cancer, presented; details given about claims of understaffing and management intimidation at the facility in Albuquerque; Inspector General report and statement from the New Mexico V.A. quoted. [SUSSMAN – describes her experience.] [In shadow, health care WORKER – describes how patients were assigned to doctors who were no longer there.]
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