Sunday, July 1, 2012

Veterans Health Care: Veteran's medical care splits family

A severely disabled veteran from Grants must live in Albuquerque an hour away from his family  because no government services are available in his hometown.

"I haven't seen my son in over a month,” Gabriel Sanchez said. “It's difficult.”

Sanchez, 39, once lived an active life including hunting, fishing and spending time with his children. But now the Navy veteran deals with a serious slate of medical issues that have left him in a wheelchair and unable to walk.
"It's very heartbreaking," Victoria Sanchez said. "I cry a lot.”
He has been living at the Veterans Affairs Hospital for the past three months because the VA doesn’t contract with hospital or nursing home facilities in Grants.

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