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article imageVeteran says he was forgotten in Florida VA clinic for hours

By Mike White     Jul 25, 2014 in World
A United States Marine veteran says he was forgotten and locked inside a central Florida community clinic operated by the Veterans Administration for hours.
Fox News reported Jeffrey Duck told a television station he was a "walk in" patient at the clinic when he arrived at about 1 p.m. Monday. He said he sat for more than three hours in a consultation room before he realized he was alone in the building.
The marine said he was concerned someone would accuse him of attempting to steal something. For that reason, he took a cellphone video of himself walking around the lobby. When he did that, the alarm was activated. He then called 911.
Yahoo News reported the Veteran's Administration apologized to Duck on Tuesday and said someone will review their closing procedures.
The Huffington Post Duck said he is disappointed, not angry.
There have been a number of news stories online, on television and on radio lately about extraordinary waiting times for veterans who wanted treatment or to see a medical professional at a number of clinics across the United States. Some of the stories have claimed officials at the government agency have slanted statistics about the wait, to make it seem like the wait was not as long, so officials could receive monetary bonuses.
The LA Times mentioned a 70-page report that highlighted a survey that showed veterans had to wait an average of two months in El Paso, Texas, at clinics for mental health treatment.
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