The problems plaguing the VA are a national disgrace. Our treatment of returning wounded veterans is nothing less than shameful.
It is incumbent upon the President of the United States to implement a disaster response to alleviate the backlogs and treat our veterans in need immediately. We are able to provide emergency aid to victims of natural disasters so must we be able to provide for our veterans. Mr. President, it is past time to make a public statement and direct bold swift action.
There is an urgent need to understand what happened and how the system designed to provide support for our wounded went so horribly off the rails. So investigate and correct the system. But the pressing need is to get help our vets who are struggling now. This is not the efficient way to manage the problem, but there are lives at stake. Investigating and managing the problem are secondary to the task of saving veteran’s lives.
This catastrophe is compounded both by the lies and the cover-ups, and also by the anguish and pain endured by our veterans. Certainly the system is horribly broken and we must demand accountability on all levels that permits such corruption to exist. Force resignations, fire others, prosecute criminal activity, conduct investigations and fix this horrible mess. But first, help those desperately in need.
Right now we must focus on getting help to our vets. Get caregivers into the field. If our military with all of it’s extraordinary capabilities or our other disaster response groups such as FEMA cannot do it, then get the Red Cross or Doctors without Borders in to do the job we are unwilling to do. This is a national disgrace and must be addressed now.