Kennewick veteran starts Facebook page to help others
A Kennewick veteran who says he was refused care at the Richland VA last week starts a campaign to give other veterans an opportunity to speak out and come together about similar issues.
26 year-old veteran Richard Wyer says he went to the Richland VA to receive some medical care for a bee sting that started to inflame.
He says when he went to the VA, workers there told him the clinic was full and they were no longer accepting new patients, and that he would need to go to Seattle or Portland to receive care.
Wyer's girlfriend, Kelsey France, wrote about the incident in a Facebook post.
She stated that the VA employees were rude, and they said "they didn't have to treat him if they didn't want to".
In the post, France also stated that one VA employee mocked Wyer while he was going over the VA handbook.
She also stated that when Wyer asked for the names of the nurses, they said they weren't obligated to give out their names, and they covered their name tags.
That Facebook post has gone viral.
It has been shared more than 100,000 times since Thursday.
In response to the overwhelming support - including thousands of emails, the couple started a new Facebook page called We Have Your Six.
Wyer says the page is a place for veterans to come together and share their experiences, so they can raise awareness and come up with solutions for any other problems out there.
"That's our biggest concern now, is how can we make it better for others. My story is over, it's in the past. It sucks for me, but how do I make it better for the future?" said Wyer.
After Wyer could not receive care at the Richland VA, he went to the ER at Kadlec Regional Medical Center.
He says doctors there told him the bee sting had caused cellulitis, and if untreated, he could have faced severe conditions.
The new Facebook page was created on Saturday and it already has more than 1,700 likes.
A spokesperson from the Walla Walla VA, which oversees the Richland office, told us the VA is investigating the issue, and that they take the care of their veterans very seriously.