Veteran's who are wounded in any way while serving America deserve the best care possible. Yet millions don't receive any care for years. This isn't a Republican or Democrat issue, but something all American's support. Take care of these people! Charlie Rangel (whom I think should be in prison for his tax schemes) recently wrote an op ed piece for USA Today entitled "Failing Our Troops". He points out the heartbreaking stat that 18 veteran's per day commit suicide. Veteran's account for 20% of all suicides in America! The people who have earned the honor, respect, and love of all American's find life so frustrating and alone that end it, should condemn all of us.
The wife of Kevin English, a Marine Veteran, who is now unable to hold a job due to debilitating headaches, posted a video on youtube entitled "The VA Does Not Care". She showed the paperwork that had been filled out 18 months earlier asking for help, with no response so far. Thankfully Kevin has a wife who is supporting him, and has some insurance through her job to help with his treatments. But what about those who do not?
The VA responded to her video posting this.
If you watched it, you see that they are using a veteran, who is married to a veteran who both are currently waiting on their claims to be processed. She talks about how they understand your frustration and know the system is broke and working hard to totally transform it. And here comes the great news. Once they finish totally re building their system in 2014 future claims will be processed immediatly in 125 days with 98% accuracy. So 2% of you will be screwed in the future and the rest of you who are suffering need to know help is only 4 months away.
We have 21 million veterans in this country. Every one of them should be able to walk in to any VA hospital, show their ID and be given treatment. In 2009 we passed a bill called the American Recovery & Reinvestment act. There was 831 billion dollars in there for "shovel ready" projects. Hiring more doctors, nurses, and administrators at VA hospitals was and still is something that would impact the economy in a great way,(that's reinvestment) and more importantly help to heal our wounded warriors (that's recovery).