Vietnam veteran files $15 million lawsuit over VA treatment

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Vietnam veteran George Purifoy has filed a $15 million lawsuit against the federal government, alleging negligent care at Veterans Affairs medical centers in Oklahoma City and Muskogee caused him facial disfigurement, pain and suffering and a shortened life expectancy.
Purifoy, 66, has been missing most of his nose since undergoing radiation and surgery for nasal cancer. He was one of several veterans featured in a December 2015 USA Today article that focused national attention on patient care issues at Oklahoma VA facilities.
The Oklahoma City facility has experienced radical changes since then, including a major shake-up in its senior staff.
In a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Oklahoma City federal court, Purifoy accuses doctors in Oklahoma's VA system of failing to timely diagnose and treat lung cancer and the death of bone in his upper jaw caused by radiation. VA Lawsuit

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