So, I’m reading this ….
This comes from a US Senator who is known for plain talking and telling the truth. He’s also a medical doctor. He’s retiring to fight a cancer battle. I don’t know the man, personally, but, what I do know of him, for him to give up his seat, it’s more than serious.
The reason why I’m telling you this is because I want you to know, why he’s showing this. This isn’t a partisan attack. This is a man who may very soon be meeting his Maker. He knows this. That’s why he’s retiring from the Senate. He would and could remain in the Senate as a representative of Oklahoma for as long as he wished. He’s got other fights to fight. I wish him the best.
The article begins ….
“To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan.”
The quotation above is the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) motto, and was taken directly from President Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address. It was presumably chosen by the VA as an explicit promise to our veterans — and the men and women who currently serve our nation in uniform — that the US government will always care for them in their hour of need.
Ironically, though, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) exposes the bankruptcy of that promise in his freshly-released government oversight report entitled “Friendly Fire: Death, Delay, and Dismay at the VA.” By any objective standard, it’s clear that the VA system has failed for decades to live up to the Lincolnian ideal of caring for our veterans.
In the report, Sen. Coburn outlines many of the systemic and endemic failures inside the VA Health Care System: excruciatingly long wait times, doctor shortages, excessive and undeserved bonuses for staffers and medical personnel, and head-spinning corruption and malfeasance. The federal agency, as one CNN reporter recently asserted, should fire every senior level manager in the system because the problems are so pervasive and widespread that it cannot realistically be reformed. Incidentally, the report itself is also an investigation into VA culture and practices, and unearths some truly harrowing discoveries. The worst, of course, is the sheer number of veterans who’ve died from neglect, sub-standard care, and bureaucratic incompetence in the VA system over the past 10 years, as Coburn explains in his introduction:
The reason veterans care has suffered for so long is Congress has failed to hold the VA accountable. Despite years of warnings from government investigators about efforts to cook the books, it took the unnecessary deaths of veterans denied care from Atlanta to Phoenix to prompt Congress to finally take action. On June 11, 2014, the Senate recently approved a bipartisan bill to allow veterans who cannot receive a timely doctor’s appointment to go to another doctor outside of the VA.1046
About the only thing I would add is this.
This is what we do to our people who promised to protect us, to serve us, to give us their ultimate sacrifice, if necessary. This is how we treat them.
How much worse are our average citizens treated?
If they don’t give a damn about the people who promised and delivered for them, how much do you believe they regard you? And, when I say “they” it isn’t the VA, but, rather the people who were suppose to ensure the VA was doing their job. They still won’t make the VA do their job!!! How much do you believe they care about you?
1000 people who said, and demonstrated that they would give their lives for this nation needlessly died. But, to try and hold someone accountable is seen as a partisan issue.
Well, Dems don’t like veterans, anyway. And, for the most part, they don’t like the notion of this nation, to begin with. So, let’s just keep letting people die. Malthus would be proud, and so would Sanger.