President Obama speaks on problems at VA hospitals

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- President Barack Obama is promising to fix reports of delayed treatment and deaths that could have been prevented at Veteran Affairs hospitals.

A nationwide audit has been ordered for every VA hospital in the country.

The Memphis VA has been in the hot seat before. A couple of years ago, three patients died after being given the wrong medication.

Local vets tell WREG it is about time they get some answers.

Vietnam veteran Earl Giddens suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and when he tried to get help from Memphis VA, he was told he would have to wait.

"I applied for PTSD back in September, and I didn't get seen for in-patient until March," Giddens said.

He added he has seen the quality of care at VA hospitals across the country drop over the years.

Now, President Obama is speaking out on allegations of delayed and improper care that in some cases, resulted in deaths.

"When I hear allegations of misconduct, any misconduct, whether it's allegations of VA staff covering up long wait times or cooking the books, I will not stand for it, the president said.

Veteran Danny Moore said he waited in the emergency room at the Memphis VA for four and half hours and never received care, even though he was one of only two patients there at the time.

"I finally got up and told them that I had to go to work, that I couldn't stay any longer," Moore said.

From Washington, Congressman Steve Cohen told WREG over the phone that he requested the Secretary of Veterans Affairs visit Memphis months ago.

Local veterans said the bottom line is they earned the right to be cared for, and the time for better care is now.

"This is set up for us, for veterans," Moore said of the VA hospital. "We deserve better care than what we are getting."