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Trip to VA

Today did not go as planned for me. My WWII stepfather was ill the previous night. It was a shock to see him, a man who moves as if he is 60, swollen and partially moving. After a few threats of angering my mother he consented to going to the VA. I got him and my mother to the VA just in time. His throat was closing due to a reaction to a change in his medication.

As I walked the halls of the VA I noticed all the vets. I thought how they once had the healthy bodies of youth. I wondered how many had service related illnesses as did my stepfather and my father? When I learned that my stepfather's medication had been changed by a nurse practictionar(sp) in our small town 70 miles from the VA I became a bit perturbed. Once again our vets are being shortchanged by our government. I have an associate who was once instructed to get meds from a civilian pharmacy and then to submit a form for reimbursement. Her maintenance medication was out if stock.

We can not outsource the care of our vets. They did not outsource their service to this country. We owe better to them. It is a shame that my father choose death over going to the VA out of fear of poor care. His service related cancer could have been stopped had he gone to the VA years earlier.

We must speak out for our vets and active duty military personnel. It is our duty to do so. Please contact your reps to ask that travel to and from the VA at no cost is reinstated. Also ask that each VA center is fully funded to have all supplies required on hand at all times. Thanks for your time in the reading of my rant. I am off to bed after a long long day.


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