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Fla. Veterans flood Congressman's office with VA issues

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Pam Hinds is now trying to obtain her husband's medical records and qualify for VA benefits, so far without much luck. Pam Hinds is now trying to obtain her husband's medical records and qualify for VA benefits, so far without much luck.
Congressman David Jolly invited veterans with VA claims or service complaints to stop by his offices in Seminole Tuesday and boy did they ever. Congressman David Jolly invited veterans with VA claims or service complaints to stop by his offices in Seminole Tuesday and boy did they ever.
PINELLAS COUNTY, FL (WFLA) - Congressman David Jolly invited veterans with VA claims or service complaints to stop by his offices in Seminole Tuesday and boy did they ever.

Hundreds of ex-military swarmed the St. Petersburg College Campus with countless stories of frustration over VA medical care. There were also quite a few military widows who spoke out for their deceased husbands.

"They treated him like a piece of garbage," said Pam Hinds, whose deceased husband served in Iwo Jima. Both she and her husband served as VA volunteers for 15 years prior to his death last year.

Hinds is now trying to obtain her husband's medical records and qualify for VA benefits, so far without much luck.

M. David Davis told Eight on Your Side that VA doctors treated sores on his body with creams and antibiotics for ten years before a private practice physician diagnosed him with melanoma. Davis recently found out he has 3-6 months to live and just wants to get his VA benefits squared away before he dies for the sake of his wife and children. His wife is a VA nurse.

Congressman Jolly spent hours meeting and greeting Davis and many of the other vets who responded to his invitation while more than a dozen members of his staff and workers from other agencies helped process claims and complaints. 

Jolly's staff is also compiling survey results to gauge the VA concerns of local veterans.

Jolly told news reporters there is no room for partisan politics as Congress grapples with VA reforms.

"This is a historic crisis, Jolly said. "that calls for historic reforms."

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