The answer to that question is simple, we want the same thing every other veteran wants; what the government promised us in return for our service and the respect of our fellow country men and women.
Well, that’s not exactly the truth. We actually want a little more than that.
For instance, when we go to the Department of Veterans Affairs for health care we would like to be treated at least as well as we were while in uniform. It would be even better to be treated like we were people but we know better than to expect that.
Two weeks ago I came across a newspaper story about an inspection of a long term care facility in Philadelphia, operated by the VA. Thanks to a strong stomach I was actually able to read the entire story.
To save you all a little nausea I’ll just tell you that the staff there evidently were not all that worried about one man’s toes turning black but you would think that they, rather than the inspector, would have noticed the maggots falling out of the sole of his foot. He wound up losing his leg due to negligence.
Then there is the notorious Prostate Treatment Center in Philadelphia where some men died because the doctor in charge injected them with too few radioactive pellets to cure their cancer while over-treating others. Perhaps better glasses might have helped as well since some of those injected pellets wound up in various anatomical areas not related to the prostate. Nothing like cancer of the anus to make your day.
Now the Philadelphia VA office is being investigate, not just because of little accidents like these but because the office knew about any number of such incidents – AND COVERED THEM UP!
Then there were the various instances of people in that same office using government credit cards to purchase fuel for their private cars, carting off office supplies for home businesses and other misappropriations.
What hurts is that all the funds used for those misappropriations were intended to care for veterans, men and women who put on a uniform, went where they were told, did what they were told, all, supposedly, in defense of their country.
Veterans deserve better.