Saturday, May 4, 2019

Why do veterans take last stand at VA?

just wondering if the woman who committed suicide at Arlington National Cemetery was a veteran, current military or lost someone who was?

Veterans took last stand at VA hospitals for a reason

Wounded Times
Kathie Costos
May 5, 2019

The other day I was reading an article on Psychology Today, "We must be careful how we talk about veteran suicides. Needless to say, my head exploded. Did Meghan Mobbs consider why these veterans felt the necessity to choose the locations to end their lives?
It isn't as if they had not tried to do what advocates like me have been recommending when we send them to the VA. 

It isn't as if Congress was never made aware of how terrible it is for them to become disabled serving the country, fighting the battles for the country, and then end up treated as if they should be grateful for the opportunity to fight the government afterwards.

It isn't as if a long line of Presidents have chosen their heads of the VA, who failed over and over again, kept those failures hush-hush. Yes, you know me all too well. I am referring to Dr. Katz on that one. If you do not remember that guy, he was keeping the number the VA knew were committing suicide...and attempting it, from the public. It took a lawsuit to wake up members of congress.

After all these years, it is time for veterans all over the country to join forces and force the VA to operated like advocates instead of adversaries.

It is time for veterans to force members of Congress to stop kicking money into for profit healthcare operations and hold them accountable for their failures. In other words, stop funding the Koch Brothers group off the backs of disabled veterans. 

Oh, yes, they keep forgetting that we are talking about disabled veterans who lived up to their part of the deal...but Congress did not live up to theirs.

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