The Veteran’s Administration, in my experience, is and has always been a nightmare. All that has been happening in the past few weeks regarding the Phoenix VA’s secret waiting list and the resignation of Eric Shinseki is just the culmination of what I have personally experienced in the last ten years. And, I’m sure as this investigation deepens, we will discover that way more than 40 people have died because of the Veteran’s Administration incompetence. In fact, you will soon discover how far and wide this incompetence expands.
I have a very close friend who is a Veteran of the Vietnam War. He is also a wounded warrior. And, in addition, he suffers from Acute Paranoid Schizophrenia which has been tied to his experiences in Vietnam. Basically, this man is a ward of the state because of his military experience. He cannot function at all without his meds and even with them, he barely functions. He cannot concentrate on anything and can barely complete a sentence. But, his heart is great and he deserves better than he’s getting.
I personally have watched the Veteran’s Administration almost kill him on at least two occasions. In fact, if it weren’t for his brother, who is also his conservator, I’m sure this man would be dead. The brother’s constant intercession with the VA and his constant bullying them into action under threats of publicity and lawsuits are what keeps my friend treated and treated better than any other Veteran at his facility.
The administrators are completely useless and the doctors are incapable of doing anything except the most rudimentary tasks. Getting an appointment to see a dentist to fix broken and falling out teeth takes six months or more. Emergency procedures are ineffective. In fact, one time when my friend had what appeared to be a minor stroke, he was taken to a private hospital at the request of his brother. The private hospital admitted him and then immediately tried to discharge him because of his Veteran’s Administration status. His brother then again threatened everybody to keep the treatmet at the private hospital and even got the VA to approve payment to the private hospital. He was finally admitted and treated properly. I’m sure if he went to the VA emergency room that day, he would be dead.
Unfortunately, my friend’s leg was blown off in Vietnam. Accordingly, he has a prosthetic leg. It only works some of the time. And, it has been remade to my knowledge now three times in the past 5 years. Why? Because it doesn’t fit and either falls off or causes scarring. The prosthetic doctor used by the VA is a complete boob. I don’t know how he keeps getting the work, but he does. In fact, this man is actually approved by the federal government to treat Veteran’s.
So, my friends and readers, this situation is not something that has just occurred. It is something that has been going on for many years. The incompetence is tremendous and widespread. What makes matters worse is that the Veteran’s Administration is the only example we have ever had of a single payer system of healthcare in this country. If this is a sign of what is coming with Obamacare and its aftermath, I really fear for my life and that of every other American.