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VA Hospital investigation continues
ABC -- A government investigation is now looking at more than a dozen VA hospitals nationwide.
This follows reports of veterans dying while waiting months to see a doctor.
ABC News' Karen Travers has more from Washington.
The charges aimed at the Veterans Affairs Administration are explosive:
Negligence Fraud and a potentially massive cover-up.
Sonja Nicastro's husband Ralph was a Purple Heart recipient who died after waiting months for a specialist visit to diagnose a lump found on his neck after a routine check up.
He kept a journal, documenting the calls he made to a Phoenix Arizona VA Hospital over 15 months, trying to schedule an appointment that never happened.
Why the hell can't the federal government and the VA do this for our fighting soldiers that given their arms, their sight, their legs and their life for this country?
It failed them. and it's still failing thousands of them.
The scandal centers on that Arizona VA Hospital where as many as 40 veterans died while waiting up to nearly 2 years to see a doctor.
Dr. Sam Foote retired from that hospital this year, but not before exposing what he says is systematic fraud that covered up the long waits. Dr. Foote claims his superiors lied about the delays to qualify for bonuses.
We realized that patients were dying because of this. and that's the point where we said, you know we can't take this anymore. and its not just Phoenix. The VA's Inspector General's office is investigating 23 other deaths at 13 VA hospitals nationwide.
The government has ordered a review of every veterans hospital. the American Legion - an influential veterans group - says VA Secretary Eric Shinseki needs to go. But the White House says the president has complete confidence in him.