Lisa Clements, 60, said her husband needed an operation to be eligible for a transplant, but after waiting more than a year, Clements said her husband got that appointment, but it may have come too late.

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Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- A new report by USA Today details new patient wait times at the nation's V.A. hospitals, but those waits may stretch into other services as well.

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Lisa Clements, 60, said her husband needed an operation to be eligible for a transplant, but after waiting more than a year, Clements said her husband got that appointment, but it may have come too late.

"Mad. I'm mad," Clements said.

There are good days, and there are some bad days, she said.

"They talk about the patients who didn't get scheduling," Clements said, "what about the ones that died?"

Talking about the Feb. death of her husband, Ronald Clements, at the age of 62 is not easy. He spent three years in the Army and the couple raised a daughter together. But Clements says it's his death that came after a liver cancer diagnosis in 2010 and the battle for his healthcare at Columbia's Dorn V.A. that troubles her.

According to Clements, her husband eventually began getting chemotherapy through the V.A. after that 2010 diagnosis, but there were questions about his treatment.

Then came news that he would need a liver transplant, but in order to get that transplant, Clements said her husband was told he needed an operation on his teeth.

"They scheduled him to come to the (Dorn) V.A. and have his teeth pulled out so he could get on the waiting list, and they cancelled all the appointments.

Clements said she was never given an explanation as to why the appointments were cancelled.

While not commenting on this specific case, Kevin McIver, a spokesperson for the Dorn V.A. said in a statement to News19 "At the Wm. Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center, we take our responsibility seriously of providing quality and timely care and we will continue to improve our programs and services for our Veterans."

But Clements said after not getting a reason for the cancellations, eventually it was too late.

"He got his appointment," Clements said, "he was to have his teeth pulled out a month after he passed."

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs confirms investigations into 42 of the nation's facilities, according to USA Today.

It is not clear exactly which facilities are being investigated.

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