Cumberland Times-News

May 13, 2014

Stop the atrocities that are happening at our VA hospitals

To the Editor:
Cumberland Times-News

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 40 veterans died while waiting up to 21 months to be seen by specialist doctors for various life threatening illness’ at the VAMC Phoenix. 
More deaths are also reported at other VAMCs nationwide. This is blatant mismanagement, if not criminal, under the supposedly watchful eye of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki.
Military veterans organization are calling for the secretary to be fired and prosecuted for mismanagement and answer for these untimely deaths. 
Likewise, undersecretary of health Dr. Robert Petzel and undersecretary 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.” Travis is well known amongst the veteran population.
John Paul Rossie, executive director of the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Association, speaks out to Congress to conduct a congressional investigation sighting the VA scandal.
Veterans are treated like a piece 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 takes 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
Media, Pa