Letter to the editor | Congress must act for veterans

June 10, 2014 

The recent Veterans Affairs scandal has excited veterans organizations across the country, demanding resolve for the atrocities noted in the scandal for poor leadership and mismanagement of VA medical centers nationwide.

Reports show there is more than meets the eye: deaths of veterans waiting for medical attention for months on end. Illnesses that have worsened due to lack of attention. Congress and President Obama are on the band wagon wanting answers. Why didn’t they act years ago when they received veterans’ complaints? It was known well over a decade ago.

Complaints fell upon unhearing ears, and now we have needless deaths that could have been prevented and illnesses that could have been better treated. America has some of the finest medical resources in the world, but to put those resources to work for our veterans costs dollars — is it cheaper to bury a veteran than to provide proper medical care for those who fought for our freedom?

House Bill 543, The Blue Water Navy Vietnam Agent Orange Act, has 210 co-sponsors, and 218 co-sponsors are needed to get it out of committee to the House floor. This bill will become a milestone toward providing equitable benefits for thousands of veterans, saving lives and provide better quality of life. Americans should contact their members of Congress, those who have not done so to become co-sponsors of this important legislation.

John J. Bury

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