Veteran, fed up with VA, blasts his message above highways across America


It’s certainly one way to get people’s attention.  An Orlando veteran fed up with a ‘lying VA’ has taken matters into his own hands.  Roger Gagnon has invested $2000 in billboard signs hoping to attract more people to a movement advocating improved health care for veterans.

Gagnon isn’t mincing words. He told WFTV, “The VA is killing people every single day.”

He’s certainly not the only one who has complaints about Veterans Affairs. His Facebook page, which is called ‘The VA is Lying’ has already amassed 10,000 likes.

Gagnon served his country, as a Marine, in Beirut during the 80s. But later on, after a series of health crises, he was motivated to start this billboard campaign – after other attempts at improving the system failed.

Gagnon told local media that instead of seeing a doctor –to help control a seizure condition– every three to four weeks, he had to wait six.  “The VA says they have the waiting period down to less than 30 days. There’s another lie,” Gagnon said.

These billboards have been purchased all of the across the United States.
These billboards have been purchased all of the across the United States.

After collapsing on a road near his home, Gagnon spent weeks in a coma. His troubles didn’t end there. “When I was let go from the hospital, I was told to see a neurosurgeon in three days. I saw a neurosurgeon three months later,” he said.

Now, he helps others like him who have medical issues, need to sort out medical claims, and who run into walls just like he did.

Signs like Gagnon’s are going up all over the country. Three of them went up in Minneapolis on Monday, ahead of a veterans’ conference which took place there on Tuesday.

A total of 12 will go up across the nation.

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  • Michele graduated with a B.S. in Telecommunication from the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications. She has spent numerous years working in the news industry in south Florida, including many positions ranging from being a news writer at WSVN, the Fox affiliate in Miami to being an associate news producer at WPLG-TV, the ABC affiliate in Miami. Michele has also worked in Public Relations and Marketing.

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