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.

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