Just about a month ago, people were up in arms over the VA scandal. Yet now it is hard to find a word spoken about the incident, not considering the grandstanding the politicians are making with their endless committee meetings to discuss the problem. There was a reform bill just passed, but other veteran legislation remains as Congress and the president go on their summer hiatus. American Thinker spoke to some veterans and military organizations to get their feelings on the VA.
An Army sergeant who fought in the first Iraq War told American Thinker she was grateful for the outrage by American civilians but sees it as all talk and no action. “What are you willing to do for your country? Will you take a day off work to go protest at the local VA, or show up at your local government office to demand answers and action? Would you fight for your country? Would you put your life at risk? Probably not. As a veteran, I will tell you I did not join the Army for profit or personal gain. I enlisted for love of country. Call me a fool, but that was my motivation. Once again, the military will bear the full brunt of this war, and tragically, our own government is waging the war. Trust me when I tell you there is no greater act than to sacrifice for your countrymen. Current military, veterans, family, and friends who are in this fight will prevail, but they need Americans to stand up and help with the fight, not to forget about us as they go on vacation.”
Lillian Moss, a retired second class petty officer who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan, told American Thinker her story. She wants people to understand that even after all the publicity, the VA is still not helpful to the veteran. Having retired because she was medically diagnosed with PTSD, Lillian was being treated at the Balboa Naval Medical Center of San Diego since 2010. Because the facility concentrates on active-duty personnel, she was being transitioned to the San Diego VA. Going on nine months, she had still not been placed in a PTSD therapy group that is specifically divided depending on the war the veteran fought in. “First they requested I attend an orientation. Why? I was already diagnosed and have even been given medication for my PTSD. I had to wait three months to even do that. I am still waiting to be placed in a therapy group and to see a psychologist or psychiatrist.”