Bright yellow billboards attack the VA Hospital saying: 'VA is lying, Veterans are dying'

Posted at 11:53 PM, Nov 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-24 01:53:12-05

DENVER -- The VA Hospital in Denver is getting attention again, but this time it's not for an over budget, yet-to-be-opened new facility.

Two bright yellow billboards have popped up within 3.5 miles of the hospital, on routes that many veterans likely take to get to the VA.

The billboards at Leetsdale Drive and Oneida Street and at Colorado Boulevard and Mexico Avenue read: "VA is Lying, Veterans are Dying," and then gives the name of a Facebook group to visit.

Under that Facebook's group description lists: "Trying to 'fix' VA by giving them more money to spend, is like trying to fix a plumbing leak, by pouring water on it."

The person behind this Facebook group put up similar billboards right next to the Phoenix VA Hospital in October 2015.

More than three-dozen veterans died waiting for care at the VA in Phoenix.

Denver7 reached out to the person behind those billboards by email and different social media outlets. We reached him by phone in Indiana late Wednesday night, but were told he was sleeping.

In September, Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colorado, called for an investigation into the VA in Colorado over wait lists. Last month, he found out an audit would take place to see if records were accurate or being altered.

A spokesman for the VA in Denver said no one at the hospital had been contacted by the group behind the billboard, but would be willing to set up a meeting between the group and executives to discuss the concerns.


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