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Troubling revelations are coming out of a VA hospital in Oklahoma City.

Myles Deering, executive director of the VA medical center in Talihina, Oklahoma, said four employees have resigned after maggots were discovered in the wound of a 73-year-old veteran, who later died of sepsis.

Deering said the maggots were found while the patient, Owen Reese Peterson, was still alive and were not the only contributing factor to his death.

Monday on America's Newsroom, host Bill Hemmer asked Fox News contributor Pete Hegseth, a veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, about the state of VA hospitals nationwide.

"Ultimately, veterans have to be empowered to be able to have a choice," Hegseth said. "Until they have that choice, they're not treated like customers. And veterans should be customers of world-class service."

Raymie Parker, Peterson's son, released the following statement to The Associated Press:

"During the 21 days I was there...I pled with the medical staff, the senior medical staff, to increase his meds so his bandages could be changed...I was met with a stonewall for much of that time." 

Hegseth said this incident shows the overhaul needed within the Department of Veterans Affairs, an initiative President-elect Donald Trump is expected to prioritize.

"It's going to change when the culture changes, and the culture's going to change when people are fired," Hegseth said.

Watch the clip above, and share your thoughts in the comments.


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