The Seattle Times

Maria L. La Ganga / Los Angeles Times
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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Delays in care: VA patients waited, suffered, died

Walter "Burgie" Burkhartsmeier, 73, works on teak model ships at his home in Suquamish, Kitsap County. The Navy veteran had to wait two months to get an MRI exam at a VA facility in Seattle for shooting pains down his left arm and 18 months for the MRI results to be read.