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April 17, 2014
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Letter: Know the Roseburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center requirements for transportation after a colonoscopy

Long-standing appt. canceled

I would like to make any veterans in the area aware that if they have a colonoscopy in the future at the Roseburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center, they must have a friend or relative sign them in at the clinic. The only alternative to this is staying overnight at the hospital after a 2-hour procedure. There are no exceptions.

Unfortunately for me, my primary driver developed prostate cancer and my secondary driver had a stroke. I was ignorant enough to tell the VA I needed alternative transportation to get home. They will not let the DAV transport vans, Dial-a-Ride Medivan or a taxi take you home. To help this situation, I was told, “You know the rules,” and they canceled the colonoscopy I have been waiting for since October.

I am now officially a rule-breaker and trouble-maker at the VA, because my friends got sick. It certainly doesn’t matter that colon cancer runs in my family.

Harold Barber


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