Easy to over­look the good of the Vet­er­ans Ad­min­is­tra­tion

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum -

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

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