VA treat­ment of vets ab­hor­rent

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor - JOHN J. BURY Me­dia, Pa.

The Depart­ment of Vet­er­ans Af­fairs has been caught with its pants down (“Iraq vet­eran ac­cuses VA of down­grad­ing in­juries,” Web, May 12). VA med­i­cal cen­ters all across the coun­try are un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion, a scan­dal that should not have hap­pened. Fortyplus vet­er­ans died while wait­ing up to 21 months to be seen by specialist doc­tors for var­i­ous life-threat­en­ing ill­nesses at the VA med­i­cal cen­ter in Phoenix. More deaths are also re­ported at other VA med­i­cal cen­ters na­tion­wide. This is bla­tant mis­man­age­ment, if not crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity, un­der the sup­pos­edly watch­ful eye of VA Sec­re­tary Eric K. Shin­seki.

Vet­er­ans or­ga­ni­za­tions are call­ing for the sec­re­tary to be fired and pros­e­cuted for mis­man­age­ment and an­swer for these un­timely deaths.

Like­wise, Un­der­sec­re­tary for Health Dr. Robert Pet­zel and Un­der­sec­re­tary for Ben­e­fits Al­li­son Hickey should re­sign or be im­me­di­ately fired. The in­spec­tor gen­eral of the United States has been di­rected to con­duct an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the al­le­ga­tions brought upon the VA.

Vet­er­ans are of­ten sim­ply handed nar­cotics for pain and an­tide­pres­sants for nerves, then they are shoved out the door. Med­i­cally, this sort of ac­tion solves noth­ing. Is this proper care for our vet­er­ans at VA hos­pi­tals? I think not.

The Amer­i­can people should de­mand Congress step in and stop the atroc­i­ties that takes place at VA med­i­cal cen­ters. We should de­mand our vet­er­ans be prop­erly cared for. They gave their all for our coun­try, and we now need to give our all to them.

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