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Give Support to Our Veterans

By Remy Benoit

The problems Veterans face with the VA is common knowledge and it is astonishing to hear government spokesmen voice surprise that are problems.

The outpatient situation at Walter Reed is to be fixed Voice of America: Jim Fry - US Army's Top Hospital Faces Criticism over Maintenance. and this is a good time for all of us to demand the best and most respectful care possible for our Veterans. It is simply not right to not provide for them after they have been sent and faced so very much.

Once again, and again until it is made right - Contacting the Congress.

Contacting the White House.

This inadequacy of provision could be changed overnight if you demand it. That is what democracy is. You decide.

This is the e-mail I sent to my Senators Landrieu and Vitter here in Louisiana:

It is absolutely astonishing to me that government spokesmen are voicing surprise that there are problems with the outpatient facility at Walter Reed. Our Veterans openly talk about the fact that they are not treated with respect at VA hospitals; that they are made to feel like beggars; that there are long, long, long waiting lists for care, etc.

Training at VA hospitals varies from state to state, and thus, is inconsistent.

While this horror at Walter Reed is in the news- while it has its 'fifteen minutes' of notoriety, perhaps this is a good time to push for an across the board investigation of the entire system - it is definitely the time to provide adequate funding. To not do so is simply wrong.

This is a long, long standing problem. Anyone who thinks it is not, is simply refusing to see what is there to see if one looks. Perhaps the Congress should go back and read Ron Kovic's Born on the 4th of July. which has been re-issued. That would be a wake up call, a reference point to go to investigate how much has changed.

A lack of diplomacy, a lack of care led to this latest encounter. Must our Veterans suffer not only the lack of proper materials in combat, but a lack of care when they come home? There is NO excuse for waiting lists and inadequate, bad facilities, let alone disrespectful treatment.

From the IAVA Petition VA Sec. Nicholson to Increase Mental Health Staffing.


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