Let­ter to the Edi­tor

Catron Courier - - Opinions & Editorial -

The VAMC here in Albuquerque has saved my life a few times over the 20 years I have been us­ing their ser­vices. Over the years I have talked to the staff about the prob­lem of ap­point­ment de­lays and they have said many times it is due to the lack of med­i­cal doc­tors and some­times staff cut­backs in the clin­ics. There is not enough help to cover the needs.

I sup­pose some ad­min­is­tra­tors have been try­ing to cover for the cuts by Congress in the funds to cover the in­creas­ing de­mands by jug­gling the books on ap­point­ments.

We should not scape­goat the ad­min­is­tra­tors for this but di­rect our fo­cus to the lack of Con­gres­sional fund­ing to do the job. Congress is will­ing to fund wars and weapons sys­tems more and more but not the nec­es­sary money to cover the costs of vet­er­ans health care. I sus­pect this is a man­u­fac­tured cri­sis, a re­run of the way Congress, both Repub­li­cans and Democrats worked to­gether to de­stroy our pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion over the past 30 years in order to build the ar­gu­ment for pri­va­ti­za­tion (ne­olib­er­al­ism).

Now they want to de­stroy our vet­er­ans health care sys­tem by say­ing, “See it is fail­ing apart, govern­ment can do no good so let’s pri­va­tize it.” Congress is the govern­ment that has un­der­funded the VA, not the vet­er­ans.

This is what they have done to our pen­sions, pris­ons and ed­u­ca­tional sys­tems and look what a mess the mar­ket has made of them. The so­lu­tion is sim­ple, make less war and weapons and Congress has to fully fund its com­mit­ment to present vet­er­ans.

Bob An­der­son, Viet­nam 6768, dec­o­rated com­bat vet­eran

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