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VA hospitals coming into spotlight over questionable conditions veterans are left in


SAN ANTONIO (CIRCA via WOAI) - A local woman is on a mission to help stop what she calls blatant neglect of medical care for military veterans.

Her husband has recently been diagnosed with advanced brain cancer and isn't expected to survive.

His wife believes his chances for survival would be greater if the diagnosis hadn't been overlooked by his doctors.

"I am very angry," said Annette Poe.

Annette Poe is on a roller coaster of emotions, full of every level of anger and sadness imaginable.

"Because I was taking him out there I begged them to take him into the hospital and they wouldn't," Poe said.

Her husband is a veteran who completed three tours of duty in Vietnam before the age of 23.

In addition to dealing with PTSD for 50 years, and being 100-percent disabled Doyle Poe was battling something greater.

His wife of 32-years knew something serious was taking over.

For months she repeatedly tried to get medical help.

"They couldn't keep him at BAMC because there was nothing wrong with him," Poe said. "They had looked at all the tests and there's nothing."

Instead, Annette Poe says she watched her husband become increasingly weak, unable to walk.

Staffers at his rehabilitation center discovered the unexpected.

"How can you tell me there's nothing wrong with him and less than a week later he has stage four 4 brain cancer."

Poe believes the cancer diagnosis should have been detected early on.

Doyle Poe's condition is so advanced his body is too weak for chemo or radiation.

Hospice care is the only option.

Doyle Poe hasn't eaten, or drank in days.

He's not expected to make it through the night.

"I don't think this is how our troops should go out," Annette Poe said.

His wife is fighting for better care for all veterans in Military City USA.

"I don't want to see anybody else ever, ever have to go through this," Poe said. "It has to stop, there is no reason for us to go through this with men who fought for their country who would have died for their country."

We reached out to Brooke Army Medical Center for comment.

A spokesman is looking through records before releasing an official statement.


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