Last week the VA's new director, Robert McDonald, in an attempt to deflect further criticism of the VA's treatment of veterans, dared to proclaim that sick veterans need to just shut their mouths and wait in line for treatment, just like the kids at Disneyland wait for a ride.
Folks, the VA is not going to change until YOU force it to change, until YOU demand better treatment of our veterans.
Yes, veterans are still dying while waiting for treatment. Yes, the VA continues to find sickness and diseases that they can declare "not combat related." Yes, veterans are still dying through VA neglect, and, yes, the VA bureaucrats are still getting their annual bonuses, even as they administer abysmal treatment in our nation's VA hospitals.
None of this is new...it's been going on for fifty years. Oh sure, every few years someone focuses a little attention of the VA mess, it grabs a few headlines, citizens are outraged, and our government masters throw a little temporary money to the program, then cut funding as soon as no one is watching.
We will not end these VA horrors until America finally begins to recognize the true costs of war....not just the cost of bullets and tanks and airplanes...but the human costs of every war we've chosen to wage.
No, our vets cannot be equated to a kid waiting in line for a ride at Disneyland...war is not Disneyland.
Sad. Damned Sad.