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MOST OF THE TIME I'M FAIRLY PLEASED WITH MY EXPERIENCE AT THIS FACILITY. SOMETIMES THERE'S A GLITCH BUT AFTER ALL WE'RE ALL ONLY HUMAN.. OVERALL A 5 STAR RATING IS WELL DESERVED.
I've been coming to the VA Hospital and Long Beach for about 10 years now. They have offered me nothing but the best medical care, and if not able to provide an appointment within a reasonable amount of time would be referred out to a non VA provider in Long Beach. I love the fact that they have many events for holidays and "just to have them" days 😀! Veterans and their families and friends can always enjoy delicious food snd entertainment, just to name a few things! There's always plenty to do for the kids also!
I have been a disabled veteran who has been going to the VA for treatment for 25 years . The best medical service in the world is at the long beach VA . They have saved my life once for cancer and another from suicide. Doctor Rick in Bravo B is the smartest realistic doctor in the world
VA LB is a "teaching hospital" and federal bureaucracy, so you can't expect top quality anything there. Plus it only works a 4÷day week in most dep"ts (Fridays the place is fairly vacant) which leads to long waits between appts. The emergency dep't is very capable tho with plenty of experienced trauma nurses, and specialty clinics are usually competent. Keep in mind they don't send monstrous bills like public hospitals do and 'you get what you pay for'.
The most unaccountable and incapable facility I've ever been to. From lying to cover up the mistakes of fellow co-workers to no one ever knowing where anyone is or who to talk to for certain issues. I tried to reach out to find out why my rights were violated and how to go about fixing the mistake THEY made. Instead people like Melvin Berkley literally insinuate you're lying for genuinely trying to right their wrong. I had my healthcare turned off abruptly for no reason while Homeless by a VA Liaison at an offsite facility recommended BY this VA. When I tried to express the complexity of my situation, that I was not given a written notice or a 60 day process to appeal as is stated as any Veteran's right, he simply told me to go back to a VA in another state and deal with them.
Not the VA I'm registered at, not the VA I had already had appointments at. He tried to convince me that a VA who had no control over my situation at that point changed my status. Regardless of the fact that I told him of who did it. That the VA Liaison at US Vets at Cabrillo did it (HE LITERALLY TOLD ME HE WAS DOING IT, against my objections, because he thought potentially saving money was more important than getting help for being a Suicidal Vet) That this was a direct violation of my rights. I am in process of filing with the Office of the Inspector General.
I have been hospitalized, unable to work, and cannot get the help for issues CAUSED my by time in service. So now, I'm risking being back on the street because I can't work, or prove that I can't work because I can't see a doctor!
You wonder why 20 Vets kill themselves a day?
Because you don't provide them help, that's why.