As the accusations and finger pointing continue I feel as a Veteran that is part of this system; I share a couple of personal observations.
I preference this by point pointing out that there are over 9 Billion Veterans receiving care for their service connected disability. Couple this 53,550,000 eligible Veterans you are already at a disadvantage.
I served just over 21 years; I lost part of my right leg along with a couple of other disabilities incurred. Admittedly I have heard countless horror stories about the VA. with that said, my personal experience has been frustrating at times but in the end it has all worked out.
I receive reminder letters and calls to remind me of my appointments and the staff no matter where I have been has been 100% respectful and repeatedly thanked me for my service.
My experience has been that there a a lot of no-shows for appointments; about a 30%-45% margin in some cases. It can be said that some treatment centers are a good distance away which is true for a lot of the specialized care. Keep in mind however you are reimbursed for you travel and lodging if need be.
Now as with any organization there is the propensity for failures at many different levels however a good bit of the current malady has a lot to do with the current administration. It comes down to funding folks. It comes down to honoring the commitment with deeds; not hollow promises.
Nobama all of the sudden is "mad" and pledges his commitment to our nations heroes. I find it complicit to respond 23 days after the initial accusation and try to come out being portrayed as the hero.
Our country does a great job with supporting our Veterans; whenever there is an issue everyone is on board. That is part of the problem; being on board and actually doing something tangible to rectify the issue.
I have seen first hand where the VA places more provisions on its care teams without providing the needed resources.
The VA does not pay near what the private sector pays for quality doctors. Its no surprise that it is difficult to get someone with years invested in training to not want to work at the bottom of the pay scale.
It is also important to point out that even when funding is requested it is cut to the bone and told to do more with less. Its a combination that is doomed to fail before it even starts.
There are some that feel that Vets do not deserve a certain level of care as it is a volunteer Military... Nobamo was even quoted about 3 years ago stating that retiree's should shoulder more of their own care as it is a volunteer Army...
The current "fix" is to allow some Vets to use private facilities; kind of ironic that if the administration funded the VA with that same money, would be as deep in as we are? The VA is not perfect but it has been good to me so I thought it important to present a different point of view.
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