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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Letter to the editor: Veterans need congressional support now

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  • To the editor:
    Congress must act now for our veterans. The recent Veterans Affairs scandal has excited veteran organizations all across the country, demanding resolve of the atrocities noted in that scandal for poor leadership and mismanagement of VA medical centers nationwide.
    Investigative reports continue to 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.
    Our Congress and Senate and President Barack Obama are on the bandwagon wanting answers.
    Why did they not take action many years ago when they received complaints from veterans? It was known well over a decade ago about mistreatment.
    Those 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?
    There is an active House bill, House Resolution 543, The Blue Water Navy Vietnam Agent Orange Act.
    There are 210 co-sponsors, but we need 218 co-sponsors to get the bill out of committee and to the House floor. This bill will become a milestone toward providing equitable VA benefits for thousands of veterans, saving lives and provide better quality of life.
    I urge all Americans to contact their members of Congress, and those who have not done so to
    become co-sponsors of this important legislation. It will also lead to other legislation for veterans.
    John Bury
    Retired U.S. Navy
    Media, Pa.

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