IT’S TIME TO END THE VETERAN’S MEDICAL SYSTEM ONCE AND FOR ALL
“A 76-year-old veteran committed suicide on Sunday in the parking lot of the Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center on Long Island, where he had been a patient, according to the Suffolk County Police Department.”
It’s time. As a matter of fact it’s long past time. It’s time the Veterans Administration (VA) “Health Care” system ceases to exist. It’s time to disband the system.
It’s time to realize that the VA Medical System is beyond repair, is hopelessly corrupt and utterly unable to fulfill its mission of taking care of our honored Veterans medical needs… no matter who is appointed to run it.
“He went to the E.R. and was denied service,” one of the people, who currently works at the hospital, said. “And then he went to his car and shot himself.”
It’s time. It’s time to admit failure. It’s time to admit the bureaucracy has grown too large, too ponderous, too unmanageable, too self-interested, too desensitized, too unresponsive, and too corrupt to ever have a chance of being reformed or redeemed.
It’s time to pull the plug on the VA. I was “treated” in a Veteran’s medical center here in Philadelphia for my hearing loss and Tinnitus when I first got out of the Army. It was a disaster and I never went back. I know first-hand about what I am talking about.
Admit failure and move on
Admitting failure is probably one of the hardest things for us to do especially as Americans. Americans don’t fail. We conquer. We adapt and overcome. We fight on against all odds and always eek out final victory in the end.
That’s our mythos, our psychology our identity. It’s who we are and what we are as a people. We’re not failures, we’re winners. But sometimes…
Politics is in the way
Sometimes politics gets in the way of those hallowed national characteristics. Sometimes greed, incompetence, vanity, arrogance, indifference, and old fashioned callousness creep in.
They creep in and take hold, grow deep roots and like weeds in your garden spread all over until finally it becomes impossible to see where the grass ends and the weeds begin. That’s when you break out the weed killer. It’s time for weed killer.
The VA is in disarray. That fact alone would be an enormous problem except that it’s been this way for GENERATIONS. The Veterans Administration Health Service has been failing our service members for generations:
“In secret chemical weapons experiments conducted during World War II, the U.S. military exposed thousands of American troops to mustard gas.
When those experiments were formally declassified in the 1990s, the Department of Veterans Affairs made two promises: to locate about 4,000 men who were used in the most extreme tests, and to compensate those who had permanent injuries.
But the VA didn’t uphold those promises, an NPR investigation has found”.
This is a story that began in 1945. The military exposed these sailors to Mustard Gas then never gave them the follow up treatment they needed and deserved, despite promises to do so.
It’s not a new story.
Business as usual?
In fact I say it’s actually business as usual for the corrupt bureaucrats at the Veterans Administration. This is a pattern of failure that’s deeply ingrained at one of our governments biggest, most labyrinthine, ineffective and political bureaucracies.
After this failure, the cycle repeated itself during the 1950’s with military experimentation on service members with psychoactive drugs like LSD right through the Vietnam era.
We all remember the national disgrace of the horrific suffering and treatment our Veterans endured for years at the hands of the VA. This is but one example:
“Ending years of wait, the government agreed Thursday to provide millions of dollars in disability benefits to as many as 2,100 Air Force reservists and active-duty forces exposed to Agent Orange residue on airplanes used in the Vietnam War.”
Again the story predictably repeated itself again after thousands of Veterans were exposed to chemical weapons during the first Gulf War:
“After their service in the Gulf War conflict from 1990-1991, hundreds of thousands of our country’s veterans began suffering from multiple and diverse debilitating symptoms including neurological and respiratory disorders, chronic fatigue syndrome, psychological problems, skin conditions and gastrointestinal issues.”
Thousands of sick veterans and the typical VA reaction:
Yet for nearly two decades, the official word from the Veterans Administration (VA), the Department of Defense (DoD), and the White House was that Gulf War syndrome did not exist. The result? Countless returning military personnel struggled for years to have their physical illnesses recognized as something other than psychological.
It’s time to admit the failures of the past and do the right thing: end the Veterans Administration health system, sell its hospitals and allow veterans to seek private medical care, reimbursed by the Federal Government. If that sounds like an extreme solution, think again. This is why you will never reform the VA:
“Goss says he thinks the VA never delivered on its promises because this issue has been disappearing on its own for years. About 500 World War II veterans die each day, according to data maintained by the VA. “I do think there is a little bit of that attitude of: ‘This is today’s problem, it will be gone by tomorrow.”
There you have it. This one line gives you all the insight you’ll ever need in order to understand why the VA health care system will NEVER, EVER, EVER be fixed.
The bureaucrats are under pressure to keep costs down and by doing so collect fat bonuses. They achieve this by denying care through incompetence, mismanagement, misrepresentation, fraud and when need be outright deceit.
For them, the existence of the VA is necessary for their livelihoods, power and prestige. The treatment and care provided to sick and injured Veterans is simply incidental.
I’m not going to go back and document every single instance of the VA’s epic failures. That’s already been done a hundred times over. It’s time for Vets nationwide to organize and demand an end to the abuse.
I am calling on our national Veterans organizations to come together, to hold a summit for the purpose of putting political pressure on Congress for the sake of disbanding the Veterans Administration health care services once and for all.
It’s time for Vets to show up at town halls and community meetings by the dozen, just like a certain “Social Justice” movement does and make their voices heard.
It’s time… before one more Veteran commits suicide in a parking lot.