Our politicians and decision makers make sure that they receive the best of medical care with little, even disdainful, consideration to the healthcare that our veterans receive. Our military, which insured the freedoms and lifestyle that our leaders enjoy with impunity, sacrifice never ends. This is not a politically expedient football…the bullsh*t has to end!”
My Veteran blogger friend said, “It really doesn’t matter who takes over the VA. It’s all smoke and mirrors, the questions that EVERYONE should be asking, what took the politicians, talking heads, personalities & sheeple so long to recognize the problems in the VA and why now? By the way, funding for VA kept increasing, so I’ll ask you the same question, do you or anybody else really think that by changing the head of the VA will really change anything about the VA?”
Another friend explained that he hasn’t had to deal with the VA for some time as he’s been on Primary Home Care now. He does have an appointment however for some tests and is not looking forward to it, having dealt with the VA in the past. “I DO know that it’s bad, really bad. Long waiting lists for everything and long waits when you’re there. None (of the staff) seem to give a damn, and all they’re concerned with is getting you out of there as fast as possible.”
A Vietnam Veteran I know went to war when he was just 16 and was wounded. According to my friend, he “came home to a mostly unappreciative and semi hostile Nation that previously welcomed home and sometimes even admired their Veterans. After he mended on the outside, he did what he could to build a life. Working hard at any job he could find, often times 14 hours a day, he attended school eventually earning advanced degrees. But he quickly realized that War is a wound that you carry in your heart, and influences you every day. He never asked a thing from the Government, and did his best to show respect and appreciation to every single Service man or woman he encountered where he saw one.
Recently, after a health issue, his doctor suggested calling the VA and signing up for their prescription services. He placed the first call back in April. After numerous attempts, he was directed to a voice mail. Now, months later, he still hasn’t received a call back. Calling again the voice mail -box is full, and calling other numbers for information, he was told to wait. Eventually someone will return the call. This call, was just to get the intake paperwork [for prescriptions] sent. That process once he gets the packet takes an additional 90 days.”
This is a small representation of so many veterans who are frustrated and who have every right to be. They were promised the best care when they came home and while many do receive care, it is not nearly the standard that anyone in our government would accept for themselves. At a time when we have more and more veterans and troops returning from overseas, many from multiple combat tours, some with serious injuries and issues, the VA being already a bureaucratic nightmare can only become worse if changes are not expediently made.