It’s been sickening me, what’s been going on with the VA. Lengthy wait times covered up by altering stats? These guys should be doctoring veterans, not the books. Everyone involved with this dishonesty should be canned immediately.
The entire organization needs a full top-to-bottom “reimagining,” because the way things are set up now, just isn’t working. Everyone gets all flag-wavy when we talk about The Troops, right up until they’re home and in need of help. They upheld their end of the bargain, so now we, as a country, need to uphold ours.
I have to laugh at the GOP trying to make a political scandal out of this. These are people who are desperately trying to conceal their own involvement in the current state of affairs.
Now, I’ve never been in the military, but even I know that the VA has been a CF for years… predating Obama, predating Bush, and predating Clinton.
When Bush opened up two wars, he and his posse should have had the foresight to know that these guys were going to come back sometime… There should have been an overhaul of the VA before all the Johnnys came marching home. (I could also make note of how they should have known what kind of equipment they’d need as well, before sending them off without proper body and vehicle armor, to be blown up by IEDs, but that’s a whole ‘nother post.)
When Obama acted to bring the wars to a close, he should have known there would be an influx of servicemen in need of VA support, and geared up back then. He should have had someone… an efficiency expert, a panel of medical professionals, anyone but a politician, look at the overall system and provide guidance.
Granted, the Democrats did try to pass a veteran’s medical support bill, but it was voted down by 41 Republican senators. I don’t know if it was because it would have added to the deficit, (funny how they never kill big business subsidies for adding to the deficit), or it was to kill the chance of Obama succeeding at something. Or maybe it was because they weren’t able to sneak in any goodies for themselves.
I know I shouldn’t be surprised. After all, this is the same crowd who in 2010, voted down and medical aid bill for 9/11 first responders, just to protect a tax loophole used by big business.
Bottom line, just a few months ago, they shit-canned a bill that would have helped thousands of our nations veterans. So they don’t get to pretend they just noticed the problem. And they certainly don’t get to blame the other party.
There’s plenty of blame to go around here. Our soldiers did their job.
Now it’s time for our political leaders to do theirs.