Veteran gets wheelchair lift after major VA delay

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The wait for VA service is now over.

Contractors are installing a vertical lift for Veteran, Marco Martinez.  The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs paid for the lift and installation, but fell short on providing a path to get to the lift.  Local contractors, including Central Road and Utility, donated time and material to build a concrete path for the lift and installation. 

Martinez fought for more than two-years for equipment VA doctors deemed "medically necessary."

The KVUE Defenders investigated the delays.

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In March, KVUE uncovered how departments within the VA didn't communicate with each other effectively. 

After our story, people from the community offered to help.

The VA promised to fix the problem. This weekend, concrete was poured by volunteers to install a wheelchair lift.

Martinez says he is grateful the ramp is being installed but knows too many other Veterans still in need.

“As appreciative as I am for all of the help, I have brothers and sisters who are in desperate need as well,” said Martinez.