The VA Wanted to X-Ray this Army Veteran Wounded in Battle’s Leg…There was Only One Problem


Former Army Ranger Chad Fleming didn’t just put his life on the line for his country multiple times, he gave one of his legs for it.

Despite proudly sacrificing for his country, the Ranger still experienced a lack of professionalism from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The VA asked Fleming to get an x-ray on his prosthetic leg, to prove his status as an amputee.

The Blaze covered the ridiculous demand from the VA, in an interview Fleming gave to Glenn Beck:

Chad Fleming, a veteran who served in the 75th Ranger Regiment, says the VA took an X-ray of his artificial leg to prove he was actually an amputee. Though they could have referenced his extensive medical history or just used their eyes, he said, they wasted precious resources taking an X-ray of a leg that “doesn’t exist.”

“[The doctor] actually laughed,” Fleming said. “And I told him, I said, ‘You wonder why the country is in such a deficit? It’s because you’re wasting money taking X-rays of a leg that doesn’t exist.’ It’s like, ‘Dude I’m not a starfish. It isn’t going to grow back.’

The former Ranger handled the situation with humor, but other veterans have told similar stories about experiences at the VA. The Veterans Affair Department, and multiple hospitals managed by the federal agency, has faced a number of recent scandals, including issues in receiving timely care which made headlines last year.

Fleming, who was wounded three times in service to the nation, was just announced as a headlining speaker on U.S. Navy Seal Marcus Luttrell’s upcoming Patriot Tour.

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