LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - By Holley Nees - email
LUFKIN, Texas (KTRE) - Timothy Six pulls out a letter from Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison.
"I couldn't believe it at first," Six said. "I was like, I actually got a letter back."
He says it's an overdue apology from the Houston VA clinic and a small victory for East Texas veterans.
"I got to the point of, you know, they were admitting to the neglect and the guilt," Six said. "None of it would've went this far if the doctor would've just admitted he was wrong."
It all started several months ago when he protested in front of the Charles Wilson VA Outpatient Clinic in Lufkin.
He says a physician at the clinic wouldn't order the proper consult for a dental problem and he was forced to seek help from a private doctor to manage the pain and infection.
"My main complaint was going through some very serious, agonizing pain that I should not have had to endure," Six said. "It kind of set off a rage."
He says the protest here in front of the clinic was about more than just his specific incident. It was an outcry for equality among veterans, regardless of when they served.
"A lot of things, you know, have changed in the last few years, but it's kind of changed for the new veterans and left the old veterans still in the dark," Six said.
A spokesperson for the clinic says there are certain guidelines they follow regarding who is eligible to receive care at the clinic.
Still, Six is fighting for all veterans to understand the benefits available to them through his group, Veterans for Life and Liberty.
"They either get tired of hearing from you and hope you just go away or change starts to happen and I believe the more people that are there to speak out, the more change that will happen," Six said.
The army and navy veteran says this letter means the clinic will allow patients to receive consults quicker for serious problems.
"I'm glad I was on that side of the patch of grass," he said. "I mean, that's my little patch of grass as far as I'm concerned."
Six says he wants the veterans administration to listen to their complaints and concerns.
A spokesperson for the Houston clinic says there is a patient advocate located in every VA outpatient clinic.