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Patient claims VA hospital discharged him with needle in arm

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Howard Hughes Senior's voice has changed. A year ago he said he had a regular voice. Howard Hughes Senior's voice has changed. A year ago he said he had a regular voice.
Early November Samuel Rounds was discharged from the VA despite complaining of arm pain. Early November Samuel Rounds was discharged from the VA despite complaining of arm pain.
Ever since news broke in October about three mysterious deaths at the Memphis VA and a subsequent congressional investigation, Wade says he keeps hearing from patients and sources alike that things have not improved. Ever since news broke in October about three mysterious deaths at the Memphis VA and a subsequent congressional investigation, Wade says he keeps hearing from patients and sources alike that things have not improved.

(WMC-TV) - The Action News 5 Investigators uncovered more complaints about the Memphis VA Hospital.

It provides free care to military veterans, but more patients are coming forward to say that treatment is costing them dearly.

"I love this country," said army veteran Howard Hughes Sr.

Howard Hughes Senior's voice has changed. A year ago he said he had a regular voice.

The army veteran says he went into the VA hospital for neck surgery in March 2013, and he came out with a severed nerve and paralyzed vocal chords.

"They said it usually doesn't happen to nobody. Maybe one out of a hundred. He laughed and told me I was that one out of a hundred," said Hughes.

Hughes is not pleased with the care he received, and he is not alone.

"They neglected to do their jobs," said army veteran Samuel Rounds.

Early November Samuel Rounds was discharged from the VA despite complaining of arm pain.

Doctors later discovered a needle still in his arm. It had turned causing nerve damage into his hand.

"I been had a cold, because I won't go take my flu shot, because I don't trust this VA system or most of the medical system when they do something like this," he said.

"These are military men who have served their country and then to be treated like this? No, we cannot accept this," said navy veteran Randy Wade.

Ever since news broke in October about three mysterious deaths at the Memphis VA and a subsequent congressional investigation, Wade says he keeps hearing from patients and sources alike that things have not improved.

"I think they need to go through there and keep good people, hard-working people. And those who do not meet the standard, they need to leave. Terminate them," said Wade.

Hughes says he has no job, no insurance, and no choice but to go to the VA. He hopes for the best.

A VA spokesperson has not returned Action News 5's calls for comments.

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