A dentist put nearly 600 veterans at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Tomah, Wisconsin at risk of blood-borne diseases such as HIV and hepatitis B and C after failing to follow standard sanitation procedures. The VA is now offering free screenings. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced Tuesday that a dentist’s failure to use sterilized equipment put close to 600 patients at its Tomah hospital at risk of diseases like HIV or hepatitis. While there have been no reports of infections since it was reported on October 20, the VA has pledged to provide treatment to any veterans that are found to be infected. The screenings were announced after a dentist hired in October 2015 was discovered to be reusing drill bits without proper sterilization, while the VA requires dentists only use each drill bit once, the La Crosse Tribune reported. "He brought in his own [dental] burs and cleaned them with Virex solution, salt and a wipe which is nothing we endorse,” Victoria Brahm, the center’s acting director, said at a press conference. In fact, that practice has not been standard procedure for quite some time. Is this a plot by Veterans Affairs itself to get rid of veterans? It sounds pretty disgusting that a VA dental department anywhere in the nation would forget to sanitize or even bring in his or hers own dental equipment to work on veterans. To have dentist at the VA possibly transferring HIV and other blood borne diseases, just absolutely disgust me myself as being a veteran. Just one of the many problems veterans face when they go to the VA for any form of healthcare whether dental or medical, this is the newest disturbing revelation to come out of the veterans affairs after a VA hospital was found in Illinois to have dead bodies rotting in the morgue. Hopefully President Trump fixes this horrible system known as the VA for veterans, or just destroys it and allows veterans to use their coverage at local facilities.