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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The president of the Paralyzed Veterans of America Gateway Chapter is reacting to the halting of surgeries at the John Cochran VA Medical Center in St. Louis, after an inspection revealed the possible contamination of surgical equipment there.

“It’s very unfortunate, but unfortunately not at all surprising,” retired U.S. Army Colonel Stanley Brown tells KMOX News.

Brown says he’s heard from veterans who’ve been dissatisfied with conditions at Cochran for years, “Paralyzed veterans like myself, in wheelchairs, are afraid to go to that hospital. It’s been that way for some time.”

Brown says he’d like for Congress to block the movement of a spinal cord unit from Jefferson Barracks to Cochran, “The unit’s move would be horrendous for us in wheelchairs. It couldn’t be worse for our care.”

Brown says he’s personally unsure why the federal government would support upgrades at a hospital that routinely gets the worst patient satisfaction scores of all VA medical centers.

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