Town Talk:

The VA has been caught with its pants down. VA Medical Centers all across the country are under investigation, a scandal that should not have happened.

More than forty veterans died while waiting up to 21 months to be seen by specialist doctors for various life threatening illnesses at the VAMC in Phoenix, Arizona. More deaths are also reported at other VAMC’s nationwide. This is blatant mismanagement if not criminal, under the supposedly watchful eye of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki.

Military veterans’ organizations are calling for the secretary to be fired and prosecuted for mismanagement and answer for these untimely deaths. Likewise, Under Secretary of Health Dr. Robert Petzel and Under Secretary for benefits Allison Hickey should resign or be immediately fired. The Inspector General of the United States has been directed to conduct an investigation into the allegations brought upon the VA.

Paul E. Travis, MSgt, USAF, retired, veterans’ advocate said, “It’s time that all veterans unite to stop the mismanagement atrocity known as Veterans Affairs from further harming veterans.”

Mr. Travis is well known among the veterans.

John Paul Rossie, Executive Director, Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Association, speaks out to Congress to conduct a Congressional investigation, citing the VA scandal.

Veterans are treated like pieces of meat, Often they are handed pills, narcotics for pain and antidepressants to calm them down, and shoved out the door. Medically, this sort of action solves nothing. Is this proper care for our veterans at VA hospitals? I think not.

The American people should demand our Congress to step in and stop the atrocities that take place at VA Medical Centers. Demand our veterans be properly cared for. They gave their all for our country, we now need to give our all to them.

John J. Bury, US Navy, retired

Advocate for Veterans

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