Opinion: Nation’s veterans entitled to better
One of us had a father-in-law that served our nation during World War II. He was a waist gunner on a B-17. While he sailed on to his next adventure last year, hackles are raised every time we hear about the Veterans Administration and its slapdash treatment of those, like “The General,” that served. Only one such instance of shoddy care involved The General, as far as we know, but it was enough to anger even the most patient person amongst all we know, his youngest daughter. She took him to the VA hospital in Indianapolis for a prescription refill, a simple enough task that took eight hours to get accomplished. Ire over that experience still is raised in her husband at just the thought of the two of them sitting there like numbers for most of a day. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump spoke recently to the Veterans of Foreign Wars National Convention. Like him or otherwise, he hit it out of the park with this: “Our debt to you is eternal.” So must be waiting for a prescription refill. Trump says he is committed to reforming the VA and making everyone in it accountable. He says he will appoint a secretary of veteran affairs and issue sweeping authority to undo the mess that it is. He said, and we’d like to believe him, that if he has to get involved he won’t hesitate to do so. We do agree with this comment: “Our most basic commitment – to provide health and medical care to those who fought for us – has been violated completely.” It needs to be fixed. Quickly.