A Mother from Selah speaks at a Senate Hearing in DC about Healthcare for Veterans - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

A Mother from Selah speaks at a Senate Hearing in DC about Healthcare for Veterans

Posted: Updated:

WASHINGTON, DC - A mother from Selah speaks at a senate hearing in Washington DC.  She testified about the problems she's been facing with the veterans' healthcare system.

Denise Mettie was invited to speak by Senator Patty Murray -- Murray sits on the committee for Veterans Affairs. 

Mettie's son Evan suffered a severe head injury from a roadside bomb during his second tour in Iraq New Year's day last year.

She testified about the bureaucracy she's been fighting to get proper care for Evan even after his first tour.

"He was diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder.  They said they could not medicate him because he would not be deployable again, so he medicated himself with alchohol," says Metttie.

In response to Mettie's comments, Senator Murray said the country owed Mettie's family an apology.

The senate committee is working on a supplemental bill to add more than $1.3 billion in funding for veterans' healthcare.

HD DOPPLER 6i
/