Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Keeping Up the Pressure to Do the Right Thing in Addressing the Malaise of Veterans’ Health Care

This article in yesterday’s Boston Globe caught my eye, in that it drew my attention back to the chronic condition that plagues our veterans’ healthcare system.

If the following quote does not cause your blood pressure to spike, then something is wrong:

“Today, the VA's backlog of disability payments is between 400,000 and 600,000, with delays of up to 177 days to process an initial claim and an average of 657 days to process an appeal. Several congressional committees and a presidential commission are now studying ways to improve care.”

We send our sons and daughters to the far ends of the earth to project our policies, subject them to deprivation and the death of their comrades in arms, and then subject them to the most outrageous delays and bureaucratic snafus imaginable when they ask for help in returning to some semblance of normal life. This is a moral outrage.

Which Presidential candidates are talking about this scandal and lack of faith with our young warriors and those who fought in prior conflicts? Where is the pressure on Congress and the administration to clean up this mess?

If you are as disgusted as I am, please do something – make a call, write a letter.


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