Marine: Improvements already in the VA

May 30, 2014, 5:14 PM

Although is has been plagued with a wait-list scandal, some veterans are already feeling the effects of the Veteran Administration’s attempt at redemption.

Marine and Valley resident, Matt Penny, told News/Talk 92.3 KTAR’s Mac & Gaydos about his difficulties with the VA. After serving for three years, Penny attempted to register with the VA five times, each time finding they had no record of his previous attempt.

Penny had been attempting to registed since March 1, 2014.

On the day before VA Secretary Gen. Eric Shinseki’s resignation, Penny received confirmation that he was registered with the VA.

“Within 10 hours I received four calls,” he said. “They were very helpful, very accommodating.”

Penny does not blame the employees, but the management, for the problem.

“I’m optimistic about the people I’m working with which is the lower levels,” Penny said. “It’s the higher-ups. It’s always the higher-ups.”

When it comes to Shinseki, Penny put his resignation in military terms.

“The general decides where you attack, not the guy whose boot is on the ground,” said Penny. “They relieve the general when a battle goes wrong. You have to have accountability.”

Penny already has an appointment set with his primary care physician for June 6 and plans to keep Mac & Gaydos updated on his progress with the VA.

Mac & Gaydos

(Facebook Photo/Governor Jan Brewer)...
KTAR.com

Former Gov. Brewer calls on Ducey to push forward gun reform legislation

Former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer says Gov. Doug Ducey needs to "drive the train" toward passing gun safety legislation in the state. 
4 years ago
(Screenshot)...
KTAR.com

Man shot in the groin with pepper ball at Trump protest suing Phoenix

The man shot in the groin with a non-lethal weapon by police during a protest outside a 2017 Phoenix appearance by Donald Trump intends to sue the city.
4 years ago
(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)...
KTAR.com

Hacienda suspect never raised any red flags, former co-worker says

A former Hacienda HealthCare employee had nothing but praise for Nathan Sutherland, who is accused of sexually assaulting an incapacitated woman who gave birth last month. 
4 years ago
(AP Photo/Matt York)...
KTAR.com

Sheriff Paul Penzone said he’s fired employees for racial profiling

Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone said he’s had to fire employees for racial profiling, and others have quit while under investigation.
4 years ago
(KTAR Photo/Matt Bertram)...
KTAR.com

Arizona Gov. Ducey hopes Jon Kyl changes mind about short Senate stay

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey wants U.S. Senate appointee Jon Kyl to remain in office beyond January. “Hopefully he stays for two years,” Ducey told KTAR News 92.3 FM.
4 years ago
(LinkedIn Photo/Mallory Heath)...
KTAR.com

Despite raises, award-winning Arizona teacher doesn’t regret leaving job

Mallory Heath, a former high school teacher in Chandler, said she's not second-guessing her decision to leave Arizona's education system for financial reasons.
5 years ago

Sponsored Articles

...
Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Company looking for oldest air conditioner and wants to reward homeowner with new one

Does your air conditioner make weird noises or a burning smell when it starts? If so, you may be due for an AC unit replacement.
...
Fiesta Bowl Foundation

Celebrate 50 years of Vrbo Fiesta Bowl Parade magic!

Since its first production in the early 1970s, the Vrbo Fiesta Bowl Parade presented by Lerner & Rowe has been a staple of Valley traditions, bringing family fun and excitement to downtown Phoenix.
...
Children’s Cancer Network

Children’s Cancer Network celebrates cancer-fighting superheroes, raises funds during September’s Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Jace Hyduchak was like most other kids in his kindergarten class: He loved to play basketball, dress up like his favorite superheroes and jump as high as his pint-sized body would take him on his backyard trampoline.
Marine: Improvements already in the VA