Veteran sues VA staffers, U.S. Rep. Phil Roe, over denial of pain medication

A Marine Corps veteran who contends he suffers constant and intense pain from service-related injuries has filed a federal lawsuit against 17 employees of an East Tennessee Veterans Administration hospital and a congressman over a policy limiting pain medication provided by the VA, reports the Johnson City Press.

Robert D. Rose Jr., of Gray, was a Marine sergeant when he left the service because of documented injuries he suffered during jump training. Rose made a public protest statement in July when he turned his back on U.S. Rep. Phil Roe, R-1st, at a plaque presentation commemorating historic buildings at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center at Mountain Home.

…According to his suit, Rose attempted to talk to Roe after the July 3 presentation, but VA police prevented him from speaking with the congressman.

“I was kidnapped (forced to enter police station against my will without being read my rights or being charged with a crime) by threat of physical violence by three armed officers,” Rose said in the filing. “I was then illegally detained in excess of 30 minutes. These actions by the Mountain Home VAMC police force prevented me from speaking to the congressman but also prevented me from speaking to other veterans about these policies.”

Rose said he was also prohibited from speaking to a fellow Marine veteran in the medical center foyer.

Rose also accused VA medical staff of falsifying documents to indicate he had violated a pain management narcotic agreement, discharged him from the ER with a blood pressure of 225/170, and slandered him in his official federal medical record with false entries and labeled him as a danger to himself, others and medical staff at the VA.

…U.S. District Judge Travis McDonough filed an order discouraging the defendants from filing a motion to dismiss until the parties meet and determine if any defect in Rose’s pro se filing “is likely to be cured by filing an amendment.”

McDonough also ordered that “pro se parties familiarize themselves with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and Local Rules for the Eastern District of Tennessee, which can be found on the court’s website.

One Response to Veteran sues VA staffers, U.S. Rep. Phil Roe, over denial of pain medication

  • Wm SANFORD says:

    To ALL Senators and Representatives … In a representative democracy(republic) constituents SHOULD BE ABLE TO SPEAK WITH THEIR ELECTED OFFICIALS.
    DO YOUR DUTY.
    DON’T SHUN PUBLIC CONCERNS
    AND REMEMBER THAT NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW …

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