(Video) War veterans over-medicated to death at VA hospital
This sort of treatment might seem unheard of to many Americans. But for those that are familiar with the VA system, they know that neglect is common occurrence.
Jonathan Alter, one of the top tier reporters in the entire news business, did some digging into a VA hospital in Los Angeles County that has reported five deaths in just the last three months as a result of drug overdosing. This was from Monday's Hardball -- part of NBC's four year anniversary special on the Iraq war that ran all day long:
ALTER: The VA in West Los Angeles: a top facility for veterans. But hospitals confirm a rash of overdoses from both prescription and illegal drugs. ... That's five deaths in less than three months in dorm-like residential halls.
If you have ever been extremely ill and in a hospital, you know how difficult it is to keep track of your own dosage. For that reason, you are monitored. A lot of the patients at these VA hospitals suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. They need constant supervision -- that part should be obvious!