Macon veteran says he can’t get VA to treat cancer

A Macon man fears he could become a statistic in a national scandal.

In January, Army veteran Stewart Smith was diagnosed with throat cancer, but he hasn’t been able to get the Carl Vinson VA Medical Center in Dublin to agree to treat it. Doctor’s have recommended chemotherapy and radiation after determining surgery was not an option.

The Department of Veterans Affairs is mired in a scandal in which veterans have allegedly died while awaiting treatment. In Arizona, VA officials allegedly kept a secret waiting list to hide the true scope of the problem.

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