Easy to overlook the good of the Veterans Administration
Like people voting last year’s all-pro onto this year’s team, I keep reading about people complaining about the Department of Veterans Affairs. While maybe how someone feels about something is more important than facts, the fact is that VA is doing better and better.
There is no question but that in an agency of over 250,000, there will be some who cheat, commit fraud and don’t put in an honest day’s work for a full day’s pay. But, VA continues to do better and better by any measurement. Serving more veterans and their dependents than any time in history, with better health results than the average private care provider. You can look it up. There was an article just last week. (The Joint Commission investigates every hospital in the USA at least once every three years, more if the hospital failed, and rates them all. Also, VA surveys veterans and their families. Vets want to keep going to their VA providers, over 85 percent.)
Further, the Veterans Service Organizations — like American Legion, Amvets, DAV and Vietnam Veterans of America — have uniformly asked that the current VA Secretary be retained due to the improving care and especially access to care in VA.
I know people would rather complain than celebrate, but complaints about VA are old news.
Bill Wetmore, Waldorf