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Local Veteran Struggling To Get New Legs From VA

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(WLNS) - The national spotlight is now on the VA.

In the wake of a scandal in which 40 veterans have now died, waiting months for medical treatment from the agency.

6 News Joe Khalil spoke with some of our local veterans who say they're no stranger to issues with the VA.

Nowadays Marissa Strock needs a helping hand to get up and down steps. The last road on which army specialist Strock walked with her own two feet was in southern Baghdad.

On thanksgiving 2005 her world changed forever.

"They detonated an I-E-D underneath our vehicle.” As she remembers it, half the vehicle crumbled to ash.

Reporter: “Were you the only survivor?”

“I was the only American survivor."

Today Strock can walk, but on prosthetic legs. Her current pair no longer fit properly. Her VA doctors said it may take six weeks to get new ones. She's been waiting four months.

"I have never seen so much crap--and paperwork and bureaucratic garbage anywhere else as I have in the VA.I can't be active if my legs don't fit. I used to go to the gym two or three times a day,” said Marissa Stock, amputee, Iraq War veteran.

Reporter: "But you can't do that on those legs?"”

Strock: "It's just not possible.”

"It's across the whole system."

Congressman Tim Walberg recently introduced a bill to allowing Medal of Honor recipients to get quicker treatment at the VA, he says the system is flat out broken.

"Lets fix it--let's not put a secret list in place that allows at least forty people to die while waiting for care,” said U.S. Representative Tim Walberg (r), Michigan.

"We are doing the things we need to do here to provide the best care."

Damien McGee, with the Battle Creek VA Center says it’s difficult to Taylor care to each veteran's specific needs.

"There’s always room for improvement and we're identifying those things."

Still Strock says she feels betrayed by a VA system she literally gave both legs to defend.

President Obama has called for an independent investigation to find out what's not working with VA health care and asking for recommendations on how to address the problems.
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