What do we want as Pagan veterans?

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.


About paganveteran

National Coordinator of the Pagan Veterans Headstone Campaign and current National Commander, Pagan Veterans of the United States of America. Author, writer, poet, speaker and general disturber of the peace.
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One Response to What do we want as Pagan veterans?

  1. Connie says:

    Hi Charles,

    First off – I am so happy to see that you have started a blog. You have a lot of good things to say and blogging is a great forum. Do you have a button or tool somewhere to set up RSS subscriptions?

    Second, what you report here, this is what scares the crap out of me when people start whining and begging for nationalized health care. Hello? The VA is health care run by the government – and it sucks. Bad. We need reform in the military health care and in civilian health care – and insurance and legal systems and everything else involved, but we’re not a socialist country and we totally screw up when it comes to systems that lean that way. VA is an example, and our veterans pay the price.

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