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VA to pay Iowa veteran $550,000 to settle suit over treatment


John Porter, 68, of Greenfield, initially sought $5 million when he sued last year in federal court in Des Moines after he says VA staff overlooked a test result showing his heart was failing.

Porter told the Des Moines Register on Friday he was glad he lived long enough to see the case settled.

"I'm just glad it's over. They drug it out for so long," he said.

Porter's lawsuit says he went to the emergency room of the Des Moines VA hospital in October 2011 after feeling tightness in his chest, and tests showed he might have heart problems. The lawsuit said a follow-up test three weeks later showed his heart was functioning at less than half of normal levels, indicating heart failure, but no VA doctors told Porter of the findings.

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