A Vietnam veteran denied a vital cancer checkup for more than a year by the VA in Atlanta died at home on Saturday.
Great-grandfather, Norman Spivey, 64, passed away from complications arising from Stage 4 colon cancer that had spread to his liver and lymph nodes.
He was seen for the first time and diagnosed as terminal in July and Spivey's wife, Gayla, has revealed her fury at the fatal delay.
'I have no way of knowing that if he had had a colonoscopy a year ago, that the outcome would be any different,' said Gayla to WMAZ.
'But there's always that possibility. A year? A year to work with it. You know? I mean, it may not have spread to the liver. It may not have spread to the lymph nodes.
'It may be okay. But right now, it's not. Right now, it's not okay. It's just not okay.'
Spivey's treatment is another scandalous example of mismanagement at the VA, making former armed forces veterans wait more than a year for an appointment and then publishing secret waiting lists to hide the delays.
When the shameful treatment of the nation's veterans was made public in May, VA administrator Eric Shinseki was forced to resign.