There are few medical conditions with more devastating impacts that a severe stroke. In light of this reality, I am disturbed by recent investigation findings regarding the treatment program for stroke victims in effect at the VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System (the “TVHS”). The Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General (the “OIG”) recently evaluated the TVHS with regard to the care acute ischemic stroke victims received at the Nashville and Murfreesboro campuses. The investigation report made several concerning findings. For example, stroke victims were not being screened to determine if their stroke had made swallowing more difficult before being given food or fluids. There were multiple instances in which the investigator could not find evidence that the stroke victim and/or care providers had been provided sufficient education regarding strokes. Indeed, the investigation revealed that the TVHS did not even have a policy in place to manage treatment for acute ischemic stroke victims. This report makes clear that the VHA still has a long way to go in terms of ensuring that those who have served their country are properly treated thereafter. Strokes are a serious medical condition that must be properly managed to maximize a patient’s chances of recovering. It is my sincere hope that no veterans suffered unnecessary harm due to the stroke treatment shortcomings at the TVHS. However, if you or someone you know suffered a stroke and did not receive proper care in the VA medical system, it is important that you find a lawyer to advise you are your options as soon as possible. The team at RawlsMcNelis is here for you and can answer your questions – do not hesitate to reach out to us.