William Jennings Bryan Dorn Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Columbia, South Carolina (Facebook)
A Navy veteran who sued Dorn Veterans Hospital for allegedly failing to diagnose and promptly treat him when he came to the hospital sick has gotten $150,000 in a settlement of his medical malpractice lawsuit.
"I didn't expect any money out of this," said Eric Walker, 49, of Camden, the Navy veteran. "It was mainly about what can we do to make the VA better. What can we do to keep this from happening again?"
More than 16 percent of the drinking water wells tested near Fort Jackson during the past six years have shown contamination from a toxic chemical found in hand grenades used at the military installation to train soldiers, according to recently released federal data.
In some cases, the pollution levels are high enough to exceed federal safety advisories for RDX, a chemical that can cause seizures and cancer in people from long-term exposure. In others, RDX in private wells has fallen within safe drinking water limits, Army officials and state regulators reported this week.
But the finding of any RDX, short for royal demolition explosive, is a concern.
A senior airman stationed at South Carolina's Shaw Air Force Base died Saturday — the third death of a Shaw airman in two weeks, according to officials.
Senior Airman Aaron Hall, 30, died Saturday morning from health complications at Prisma Health Richland Hospital in Columbia, according to a release Sunday morning from Shaw Air Force Base. Information on a specific cause of death was unavailable.
"Aaron was more than just our coworker, he was our teammate and our friend," Maj. Jake Schillinger, 20th CMS commander, said in the release. "As you can imagine, this has been a heartbreaking week for the 20th CMS. We are grieving alongside all those who loved and cherished Aaron."
Lee Correctional Institution. Photo: AP/Sean Rayford
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Months after a U.S. Army veteran killed himself in his Greenville apartment, police officers have charged several inmates involved in a so-called "sextortion" scheme that investigators say may have driven him to the brink.
Thomas Brock, a South Carolina man who betrayed his wife, double-crossed a friend and cheated the federal government of more than $150 million in military construction contracts, will be going to federal prison for 51 months.