My husband is a Vietnam era Navy Veteran and I am very proud of his service. We are involved with the VA Health System and our Local VA hospital has been awesome! They provide so much to help us — they have really put the needs for the veteran first! Unfortunately, many vets don’t get the help they need and deserve.
I am saddened that much of the nation-wide status of the VA Hospital System is not like what we have experienced. I hear all the horror stories of Vets waiting months/years to be seen by a VA physician; even worse – the many who have died from the neglect either by illness or suicide. This is totally unacceptable! We have no problem sending money to overseas to help others, but sadly, for the most part we ignore our own.
When these men and women first enlisted or were drafted, they wrote a blank check to preserve our nation’s freedom and fight for what was right. They left their loved ones, not knowing if they would return. Sadly, many did not, and those that did, returned forever changed. They did their duty and more!! They sacrificed for our country. Now, when they need us, where are we????
Drastic improvements must be made to our VA System in order to take care of those who have given so much. We must make sure that their medical needs are met and must also address the ever-increasing homeless population of many vets. We must give them a decent life!
Vets need to know how to access resources easily, instead of facing the quagmire that exists today. Processing claims can be streamlined and sped up. The big financial bonuses paid to top VA People would be better used for local VA improvement. Veterans and their families need to know there is support available not only for the vet, but for the family unit.
Pray for our active duty military, veterans and their families. We have wounded warriors returning home everyday as well as vets in need, and we need to be there for them!