Army vet with Leukemia shut out of VA facility after hospital complaint

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by Chris Stanford / News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on August 23, 2013 at 7:56 AM

Updated Friday, Aug 23 at 9:43 AM

 (KMOV) -- The wife of a soldier diagnosed with cancer is asking for help because a VA facility is not allowing her husband to stay near his doctor in St. Louis.

Staff Sergeant Quinton Robards is at Barnes Jewish Hospital battling Leukemia.  Family members say he served more than 14 years in the Army.  

The rest of the Robards family is staying at VA St. Louis Fisher House, a place “for family members of veterans and /or active duty members who are hospitalized” according to the VA.

What happens after Robards’ treatment is what worries the family. 

“A service member who’s dying shouldn’t have to worry about how they’re going to take care of their family and themselves,” says Gwendolyn, Robards’ wife.

Gwendolyn said Fisher House told her that her husband can’t stay there and that it’s because she filed a complaint about how a patient was treated at the St. Louis VA Hospital.

“After that complaint, nobody at Fisher House would talk to me,” said Gwendolyn.  “Now I feel like they’re inadvertently punishing my husband.”

When reached for comment the VA and Fisher House gave a statement reading in part, “We are looking into the concerns presented and will address those areas with the family as well as coordinate our efforts with DoD. Our hope is for continued improvement in his health.”

News 4 will follow up with this story and Quinton Robards’ family. 

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