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Disabled, Homeless Veteran Living In His Car After Memphis VA Turned Him Away

The shameful stories about the poor care coming from the VA just keep getting worse and worse.

After serving his country for four years, Lonnie Whitfield, a Marine Corps veteran, says he was insulted by the treatment he received from his local Veterans Affairs office.

“When I contact them, you know, I get the runaround. I get treated like, you know, I’m, am I too young to be homeless. Am I too young to have any kind of problems or anything like that you know it’s insulting the way they interact with me,” Whitfield told FOX13.

Whitfield is currently studying accounting at Southwest Community College.

Whitfield reached out to the VA after he was evicted from his apartment a few weeks ago. A fellow Marine told Whitfield about a housing project for homeless veterans called Hud-Vash, which is run through VA hospitals in partnership with the Department of Housing and Urban Development. When Whitfield contacted Hud-Vash asking for help, he says he was told to “leave a number” and was told someone would “call him back eventually.”

A Memphis VA spokesperson says they can’t discuss Whitfield’s situation because of privacy policies. “We are committed to our mission of caring for Veterans with the highest quality care they have earned and deserve,” the VA said in a email to FOX13.

“After coming home it’s been a big slap in the face. Veterans don’t get treated too friendly around here,” Whitfield said.

Although both the House and Senate have already passed bills that would allow veterans access to private care if they face long wait times and insufficient treatment, the Government Accountability Office said Wednesday that veterans are already eligible for medical care outside Veterans Affairs.

This begs the question: How did this government get so big that both chambers of Congress had to pass bills allowing something to occur that was already legally allowed under current laws?


Jerome Hudson

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Jerome Hudson has written for numerous national outlets, including The Hill, National Review, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was recognized as one of Florida’s emerging stars, having been included in the list “25 Under 30: Florida’s Rising Young Political Class.” Hudson is a Savannah, Ga. native who currently resides in Florida.

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