Don McKee’s MDJ columns about the backlog of one million veterans’ disability claims is flat out unacceptable. There is only one reason why our wounded warriors cannot receive adequate care for the disabilities they suffered in war and that is that our government cannot bring themselves to give those responsible for providing adequate care enough money to do their jobs.
I am a veteran of the Korean War and cannot remember when our politicians provided full funding for the VA to care for wounded vet. They can always find enough money to wage their stupid wars, but they can never find enough money to care for those who are wounded fighting them. Once those brave warriors buy the political claptrap about “service to their country” and became wounded in fulfilling what they are told is their duty, they are treated like unwanted road-kill.
VA Secretary Eric Shinseki is not the one who needs to be replaced. Those who need replacement are those who gave him the job to care for our wounded veterans and then spent the money necessary to do his job on golf outings in Hawaii and Bridges to Nowhere. The treatment provided to those brave souls is sickening.
Perhaps the veterans just have to learn to die quicker because, after all, they all volunteered. Well, Mr. President, according to the McKee article, 19,500 have heeded your call while awaiting service.
How many is enough, Mr. President? And please don’t try to pull another Benghazi on us and pretend that you don’t know what those you put in charge are doing. Remember where the buck stops.