Cumberland Times-News

Opinion

June 12, 2014

They knew about VA problems; why didn’t they act sooner?

— Congress must act now for our veterans. The Veterans Affairs recent scandal has excited veterans organizations all across the country demanding resolve of the atrocities noted in that scandal for poor leadership and mismanagement of VA medical centers nationwide.

Investigative reports continue to show there is more then meets the eye. Deaths of veterans waiting for medical attention for months on end. Illnesses that that have worsened due to lack of attention.

Our House of Representatives, Senate and President Obama are on the bandwagon wanting answers. Why did they not take action many years ago when they received complaints from veterans?

It was known well over a decade ago about mistreatment. Those complaints fell upon unhearing ears, now we have needless deaths that could have been prevented and illnesses that could have been better treated.

America has some of the finest medical resources in the world, but to put those resources to work for our veterans cost dollars, is it cheaper to bury a veteran than to provide proper medical care for those who fought for our freedom?

There is an active House Bill HR-543, The Blue Water Navy Vietnam Agent Orange Act. There are 210 co-sponsors, we need 218 co-sponsors to get this Bill out of committee to the House Floor.

This bill will become a milestone toward providing equitable VA benefits for thousands of veterans, saving lives and provide better quality of life. I urge all Americans contact their members of Congress, those who have not done so to become co-sponsors of this important legislation, it will also lead to other legislation for veterans.

John J. Bury, U.S. Navy, retired

Media, Pa.

1
Text Only
Opinion
  • Please return valuable items taken from woman’s parked van

    On July 8 at 2:33 p.m. my 16-year-old granddaughter Caitlyn Cook and I arrived at Children’s Medical Group for a 3 p.m. appointment.

    July 23, 2014

  • Preposterous Preposterous

    File this one under the We Thought We’d Heard Everything category: A man who attempted the armed robbery of a pizza shop is now suing the pizzeria and the employees who tackled him and wrestled his gun away during the holdup.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Legion honor guard available to honor veterans at their funerals

    We in the honor guard of Fort Cumberland Post 13, American Legion, performed 196 veterans service in 2013.

    July 22, 2014

  • No secrets No secrets

    The idea of fracturing for natural gas makes many people anxious about potential harmful effects. For that reason alone, it is incumbent on Maryland government to require full disclosure of chemicals used in the process.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Remember, we’re not immune to extinction

    I’d like to pose a theoretical scenario to Cal Thomas.

    If a medical specialist said, “Cal, you’ve got a serious physical problem. Do nothing and you’ll die soon. Follow my prescription, which involves certain life-style changes, and there’s a good probability you’ll live, even if your life may be a bit more constrained than now.”

    July 21, 2014

  • America has three branches of government for good reasons

    “Mikulski Calls for Continued Action to Protect Women's Health Following Dangerous Supreme Court Decision” is the heading you will find on Sen. Barbara Mikulski’s website.

    July 21, 2014

  • Tell legislators to do what is right for America’s vets

    Without our veterans and those who made the ultimate sacrifice, where would America be today? It is anyone’s guess, however certainly not the Freedom and Liberty we enjoy.

    July 18, 2014

  • Opposition and inclusion understood

    Those of you who have been here before know how I feel about the late great Len Bias, who I will remember foremost as Leonard Bias, the polite, spindly Bambi-eyed kid from Hyattsville’s Northwestern High School, who could throw a dunk through the floor, yet had the most beautiful jump shot I have ever seen.

    July 17, 2014

  • Move over Move over

    Have you noticed, in your travels, that the front end of a police cruiser usually protrudes a bit more than you would expect when the officer has it parked behind another vehicle on the side of the road?

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Use local workers in building new Baltimore Pike travel stop

    As a delegate to the Maryland General Assembly representing Allegany County, and specifically the City of Cumberland, I welcome you to our community as you prepare to construct a Love’s Travel Stop at the above referenced location (on Baltimore Pike).

    July 17, 2014