Veteran Affairs makes vet take X-ray of missing leg to prove he is an amputee

You’ll have to excuse Army veteran Chad Fleming for wondering if the Department of Veterans Affairs thought he was a starfish, capable of regenerating body parts.

That bastion of bureaucracy known as the VA wanted to confirm that the former Ranger was an amputee, so they forced him to get an X-ray of the artificial limb that serves as his missing left leg.

“You think that they’d just look at my records and say, ‘You know what? We bought 14 legs, this guy is an amputee.’ But no,” Fleming told The Blaze.

Fleming was among a group of veterans who spent a day at Glenn Beck’s ranch in Texas recently, and he spoke about his adventures with the VA.

“[The doctor] actually laughed,” Fleming said. “And I told him, I said, ‘You wonder why the country is in such a deficit? It’s because you’re wasting money taking X-rays of a leg that doesn’t exist.'”

A leg that is not going to grow back, as Fleming noted.

“It’s like, ‘Dude, I’m not a starfish. It isn’t going to grow back,'” he said.


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