Absolutely uncalled for, and it should be investigated by an outside agancy. Obviously there is some kind of wrong doing, and someone seriously needs to be held accountable. I'd whip someone's a$$ or worse if that was my father or uncle or other relative.
I still say get rid of VA hospitals and give veterans a card of some sort that is to be accepted ANYWHERE in America and her territories, with whatever billing to be sent to the gov for payment. The services should be guaranteed, and fair price for standard visits/procedures agreed upon and fixed. Similar to a HMO. Contrary to popular opinion, I got some of the best and least expensive healthcare when our company used an HMO format for their Medical insurance for many years.