Veterans sue SORCC over new bag rule

, Written by Roma Villavicencio, Posted: Thu, August 7 2014 at 10:29 PM, Updated: Thu, August 7 2014 at 11:14 PM

White City, Ore.--  LeDerrick Nesbitt and Donald Gore filed a lawsuit against Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Clinic and Centers over a new bag rule.

A notice was posted last week on the doord of hundred of vets and said, starting  August 1st, veterans can only have two bags in their rooms or else they face discharge.

Thursday, Nesbitt, a more than 20-year Marine veteran, was discharged.

"They discharged, kicked out from the VA,for as I was told, 'not shutting up,'" said Nesbitt.

The lawsuit is against new SORCC Director, Don Burman, Robert Mc Donald, Secretarty of Veteran Affairs, and Tim Carroll, Western District Director.      

According to the suit the new policy is illegal and inconsiderate.And causes unnecessary emotional and financial stress. 

Gore said, "There's a saying in the Airforce and Marines. 'Never leave a man behind.' And so when I saw that note on the door I just know it's my duty to help them out as much as I can before I leave here."

Nesbitt also said he had to do something.

"I started thinking about all the promises the VA has made to us that they haven't kept. I got to thinking of all my brothers that's died on the battlefield. All my brothers and sisters not getting proper treatment and dying waiting. Ii said 'nuh-uh,' not this time and not here."

We reached out to officials at the SORCC, they confirmed the new rule but wouldn't comment further, citing the Veteran's Privacy Act.

Nesbitt and Gore said me there's a rally scheduled for Friday at 1:00 p.m. outside the White City VA.

They also said there's a petition out for Don Burman's removal.

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