Local Veteran: I've Had No Problems With The VA

Published 05/31 2014 05:54PM

Updated 05/31 2014 06:22PM

Lansford, Carbon County - As the investigation continues into Veterans Affairs medical centers across the country, a local veterans tells Eyewitness News he's only had pleasant experiences at the VA in Wilkes-Barre.

"Without the VA I'd probably be dead in all honesty," Henry Malmquist, a Carbon County resident said.

The life Malmquist, a retired staff sergeant, had changed in 2004. That's when the he suffered a stroke that left him almost totally blind.

After visiting with numerous doctors he paid the VA Medical Center in Wilkes-Barre a visit.
"I went to the VA because they restored the lives of many veterans," Malmquist said.

At the VA a doctor he worked with showed him equipment that would make his life easier.
After taking some courses offered by the Hadley School for the Blind, VA officials gave Mamlquist a specialized computer and a machine that helps him read.

"I love being on e-mail, and writing and that sort of thing," Malmquist said. "I can do all those things now."

Malmquist, who lives in Lansford, told Eyewitness News he has never had any problems with the VA Medical Center in Wilkes-Barre.

He said with all the help they've given him it has helped him deal with depression due to losing his sight.

Malmquist's wife, Connie, said she has noticed a change in Henry she he became a VA patient.

"He's more alive," she said.

Other people have posted similar stories on the Eyewitness News Facebook page. Dorothy Jones posted that the VA saved the life of her 90-year-old father.

Malmquist told Eyewitness News the VA gave him something to live for and that's something more than he's ever expected.

"From an emotional standpoint, and a physical standpoint, I feel the VA saved my life," Malmquist said.

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