PHOENIX, Ariz. – Army veteran Jerry Bliss has a pile of pills on his living room table, but only one bottle belongs to him.
“I had open heart surgery, so I get medicine for that,” Bliss said.
For the past year, he has received his medication by mail.
“They’re in a little white plastic bag,” he said.
When Bliss saw a big box on his front doorstep, he was curious what was inside it.
“I brought it in, opened it up and I said, ‘I hit the jackpot,” he joked.
Inside were medications belonging to 13 other veterans.
All the bottles were labeled with their names and addresses.
The drugs include antipsychotics, heart medication and antivirals.
“Not good, and if it was really important like I think some of those might be, I’d be really mad,” said Bliss.
Bliss immediately contacted the VA to tell them about the mistake.
So far, he says all they have done is ignore him.
“He said, ‘Call back tomorrow or you can mail them back, whatever you want to do.’ I said, ‘Isn’t there anybody else there that I can talk to, to help me?’ ‘Nope,” Bliss remembered.
Bliss believes his call should have been taken more seriously.
“I think mistakes can be made by anybody, but I think if you don’t reveal the mistake, they’re not going to get corrected. And I feel more strongly that’s one that should be corrected,” said Bliss.