CRESWELL, Ore. — It’s a growing problem among veterans nationwide: access to health care.
For one Creswell veteran, he says his wait could be a matter of life or death.
Veteran Glenn Trump says he’s been waiting to get into a drug and alcohol treatment program through the Roseburg VA.
But this week he was told the VA wasn’t able to admit any new patients because of staffing issues.
Leaders with the Roseburg VA say two staff members have retired and one transferred, making it difficult to see everyone who needs care.
Trump who lives in Creswell, suffers from PTSD, is an alcoholic and was recently admitted to the psychiatric ward from a recent suicide attempt.
He says the program would be his saving grace.
“I don’t want to die. And this thing is killing me. Alcoholism, just the ability to say no, it’s a disease,” said veteran, Glenn Trump.
Trump says he knows a number of veterans who are having similar problems getting the health care they need.
Leaders with the Roseburg VA say they are in the recruitment process right now and veterans may be referred to other residential treatment programs in the meantime.