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Friday, November 11, 2016

VA making a difference for those who served country

Every year on Veterans Day, we reflect on the contributions and sacrifices of those men and women who have worn the uniform of this great nation. Veterans are part of a select group of American patriots. This is not my opinion; it a mathematical fact! At any given time, less than 1 percent of Americans serve in the U.S. military.

That means 99 percent of our fellow citizens rest comfortably at night, go about business without fear, and peacefully raise families because America’s veterans were willing to endure extreme hardship, long separations from loved ones, to protect all of us.

I grew up in a traditional family that valued hard work, being a good neighbor, and keeping your word. My father was a veteran, and although he didn’t talk much about his service, he made certain we always showed veterans proper respect. My father believed one of the exceptional gifts America offers is the gift of opportunity; we could become anything if we worked hard enough.

My father taught me this amazing gift was protected by the men and women who made enormous sacrifices for their families, neighbors and even people they didn’t know. They didn’t do it for money or fame; they did it because it was the right thing to do. My father taught me, and I believe, veterans deserve our respect and unending gratitude.

In 1993, I chose to work for the Department of Veterans Affairs for those reasons. It was my opportunity to repay the debt owed veterans for the sacrifices they made to protect our way of life. Even though my dad is gone, I hope I make him proud every day of my service to those values we hold dear. My dad received care at a VA clinic in Florida and in at one in Delmarva.

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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

My wife and receive our healthcare from the VA Medical Center in Dayton and with few exceptions, the care has been outstanding.
There are delays, yes, but it's because they don't have enough people and are SWAMPED with patients, especially since Obamacare mandated coverage.
Primary care doctors are expected to see HUNDREDS of patients daily. They do their best, but the system burns them out quickly.
There ARE problems in the VA system, but they are mostly about career employees on salary who refuse to work. Their union protects them, so there isn't much that can be done.

Until now.

Welcome aboard, President Trump!

Anonymous said...

Congress got involved and quickly passed the Veterans Choice Program through a company called HealthNet, based in California. What a disaster! Let us go back to our regional VAMCs to schedule out-of-network appointments. Call center employees set up appointments for vets in facilities too far away from our homes because not enough doctors are signing up with the program. Sound familiar? At least VA staff know how the system works. The VA just needs more competent employees to do the scheduling and more medical staff to see all the patients. Getting rid of HealthNet would save over a billion $$ to get us headed in the right direction.