Letter to the editor | Better medical treatment for troops

May 24, 2014 

It’s pretty clear that there are serious problems with Veterans Affairs, which is supposed to be taking care of our troops who sacrificed for our freedom. So when I hear that these brave people aren’t getting medical treatment, I think we can all agree that is just plain wrong.

In addition to, or possibly instead of, the VA, our troops should get free private health care insurance to go to any hospital they want, and the insurance should be at least as good as the policy that members of Congress get. If there are issues of waiting times at VA hospitals, then they should be able to go to regular hospitals and get treatment the same way that civilians do. And I don’t want to hear anything about affording it, because when you vote to go to war, you already are committing to cover the troops. If we send people to fight and die, then the least we can do is to take care of them when they come home.

Marc Perkel

Gilroy, Calif.

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