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To the editor:
The other day, my wife and I were watching television. A commercial came on and they were looking for sponsors for the Wounded Warrior Project.
This is a wonderful organization that helps our veterans. I told my wife though that there should not be a need for this sort of organization. She asked me why. I said if our government were doing what it said it would do, they would be taking care of the veterans fully. You see, my mother is a veteran and so was my father so I have seen this up close and personal while I was growing up.
We would go see my mom at the VA while she was getting treatment for weeks at a time. She currently goes to a different VA now. The issue I have with this is that any important testing such as MRI’s was done at the University hospital that is across the street. When she has needed to have surgery, she has had it at the University hospital and not at the VA. I appreciate all the University hospital does for the veterans but my point is, shouldn’t the VA have the best programs, the best doctors and the best equipment?
Other hospitals should be sourcing out the VA hospital not the other way around. These hospitals around the country should be rated #1 in the nation, currently they are not even close. This is due to the lack of respect that is afforded them for their service by their own nation. Parades and programs on veterans day do not measure up to what our nations veterans deserve. I will say that this is a governmental issue, it is not a people issue. The doctors, nurses, cafeteria workers, etc. do a fabulous job with what they have been given to work with. My mother and father have received the utmost care from these individuals and we are thankful for them. We have candidates clamoring about free healthcare for all. Let’s start with the veterans. The only reason my mother has received her care virtually free is because her disability is service connected. Other veterans have to pay for their health care at the VA. This should not be. If you have served our country in any capacity, your healthcare should be free.
Monday was Veteran’s day. I am thankful for all military that have served or and for those currently serving our country. I believe that the government should apologize because it has failed them. We need to do better by our veterans, that is it. Period. Thank you for your service and God Bless the United States Military.
Frank Mueller, Jr.