A veteran of the Army, Fiumara shares with us some of his healthcare experiences.
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Philip Fiumara Jr.: And I was sentenced an oak and the splinter stripped off the side and sowed. It went through this finger, this finger and this finger and it sheared off, the bones and it came out. So I had to go to the dispensary which I helped built this dispensary I had to go to, because when I was in the engineer. They numb my fingers have it cut and then pull the splinters up. And then, that was just one answer. So I played ball and I was playing football and it was an organized football foot equipment everything and I was sort of a tight and I come up and block this guy, because we had the -- the one in the place would come around and the whole play ended up on my right knee and my knee just went crack. It sound like a two by four snapping! When I first got home, I had a hard time, because of my injuries trying to work, because I have a spinal cord condition. I wanted to say, security tried to get security and they said, there was nothing wrong with me. What happen was I had a torn cartilage in my knee and they didn't fix it. But because they didn't fix and almost 30 years now or 34, 35 years. Today they finally, did surgery. When they did the surgery, they said, they couldn't do anything about the cartilage damage, because it was too old to repair. If the Veterans Administration would just take care of veterans in a timely manner, then, they would save a lot of money, because if you don't take care of a spinal condition or other conditions, people can develop other conditions secondary and third conditions from their primary condition.

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