Another day, another Veterans Administration horror story. Republicans, who are supposed to be the staunch supporters of our troops, don’t seem to be able to do anything about this travesty.
A couple posted photos on Facebook and said veterans waited for hours in pain inside the Durham VA Medical Center.
He said a veteran on the ground was using his bag of medication for a pillow after being denied an available reclining chair.
“The nurse started yelling at him, telling him he can’t do that. He’s like, ‘I can’t get up and I won’t get up. I will be here until you can see me. Can I please have a blanket?’” McMenamin said.
You know what? This is not just heartbreaking. It’s unacceptable. We hear near daily horror stories about the VA.
A veteran died after being administered the wrong medication in Portsmouth, Virginia.
Sick, dying people who served their country are waiting for treatment – cancer patients, who can’t get an appointment.
And even after they die, their remains get no respect.
Politicians, bureaucrats, political appointees – they all promise change and accountability, but veterans, who are entitled to basic care and human decency, aren’t getting that promise fulfilled.
And it’s sick. It’s unfair. It’s vicious, callous, and inhuman.
Veterans have earned this care. They paid for it when they signed their names on that contract, promising to fight for this country, fight for our Constitution, fight to protect Americans from violence, fight to defend our rights.
They trained. They hurt. They got injured.
They got shot. They lost limbs. They were exposed to dog knows what downrange.
They took a ton of drugs – some experimental that sometimes made them sick.
They saw their brothers in arms bleed and die, sometimes holding them in their arms, and theorhearts hurt. They wept. They agonized. They lost.
They paid for this substandard, uncaring, pitiless service with their blood.
They were promised care. The VA’s motto “To care for him who shall have borne the battle,” tells them that their illnesses, their injuries, their agony, their anguish, and their bloodshed will be soothed and healed.
But instead their blood paid for these worthless, heartless, greedy, bottom-feeding bureaucrats to abuse them, to steal their health and the funds that are supposed to pay for their care, cheat them out of medical attention they have earned, and profit at their expense!
And worse yet, these leeches aren’t held accountable.
For example, the two sows who essentially stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from America’s vets – a story I blogged in 2015 – who abused their positions, who engaged in corruption, fraud, and abuse of authority, had their “demotions” (if you can even call it that, since both were still earning a six-figure salary while screwing veterans out of their care) rescinded.
Meanwhile, the promises just keep on coming, and nothing gets done.
This is a national disgrace!
“A nation is judged by how well it treats its veterans,” George Washington once said. The judgment is bound to be harsh.