Thursday, October 2, 2008

C-J: 57,000 Vets Complain About Lunsford's Clinics; One in Ad Now Satisfied

U.S. Senate candidate Bruce Lunsford has persuaded one of the veterans who initially complained about receiving lousy health care at Lunsford's Valor V.A. clinics to now say that his complaints have been satisfied. The Veteran, Adolfo Pina of Texas, appears in a new Lunsford ad to clarify comments that he made in an ad for Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell.

In out-takes, Mr. Pena acknowledged on camera when he was interviewed for the McConnell ad that he gave permission for McConnell to use his comments complaining about Valor in the campaign ads.

Buried towards the end of Joe Gerth's Courier-Journal article on the oddity of both candidates running ads with the same veteran, is this:

McConnell's ad contends that the company mistreats veterans and provides them with inadequate health care -- claims that have been made by some of the company's 57,000 clients. (Emphasis added.)

That's nearly the number of troops killed in Vietnam. This is the first indication that we've seen of the magnitude of veteran dissatisfaction with Lunsford's clinic.

In addition, Gerth reports -- also in the jump, at the end of the article -- that

The Hot Springs chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart has asked for a congressional investigation into Valor's services there.

Congratulations to Lunsford for rectifying Mr. Pena's concerns about the health care he received at Lunsford's clinic. That was the right thing to do. We hope that if he has not already, Lunsford will do the same for the other 57,000 veterans who -- like Pena -- also complained.

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