VA… It Gets Better, Right? Er… Wrong.

VA-veterans-affairsThese paragraphs sum it up:

According to an Associated Press review of VA wait times released this week, “the number of patients facing long waits at VA facilities has not dropped at all.”

The number of appointments with waits of between 30-90 days has stayed stable, while the number with waits of more than 90 days “has nearly doubled,” according to the AP.

Gee, it’s almost as if replacing the failed VA Secretary and Vietnam hero Shinseki with the new failed VA Secretary and SF phony McDonald hasn’t accomplished anything. Gee, who would have thought an act so bold as changing Beltway insiders would have failed to bring success.

We mean, apart from us, and millions of maltreated vets?

The VA cannot handle its patient load. The growth in patients has “outpaced the VA’s sluggish planning process,” the AP concluded.

The Union Leader has got the snark we would have added covered pretty well:

A sluggish government bureaucracy? No way. Is anyone surprised? This is the calling card of government bureaucracy. It is slow, unresponsive and unaccountable. If the Obama administration and Congress were really committed to ending this national disgrace, they would free veterans from this failing system. But as with public schools, it is the system, not those trapped inside it, that government is most interested in protecting.

That last line is telling: “It is the system, not those trapped inside it, that government is most interested in protecting.” Amen. In time all bureaucracies tend to be run for the benefit of the insiders, not the ostensible beneficiaries.

4 thoughts on “VA… It Gets Better, Right? Er… Wrong.

  1. Joe Bar

    Nothing will fix the system except completely reorganizing the way we care for vets. There are just not enough resources to care for them in the current system.

    I have 60% service-related disability, and qualify for full care, but do not often use it. One reason is, i can take care of it myself, and I believe that the VA health care facilities should be reserved for those who really need it, or have specific combat related injuries.

    I think a better way to do this would be to provide eligible vets with deductible free insurance through the FEHB program (federal civilian heath insurance). Then reserve the VA heath care facilities for specific types of injuries and conditions. This would reduce the footprint of the VA, and free those doctors and nurses up to serve the truly needy. It might even save money.

  2. redc1c4

    the VA told me i am not a veteran.

    i have a 20 year letter, orders to the Retired Reserve (and the ID card to go with it) and several major LOD injuries from my fun filled days. i went where i was sent, and did what needed to be done.

    but, because i didn’t cross the magic 180 day line on AD orders, the VA told me to FO.

    i wasn’t asking for pie in the sky, just care for the very real consequences of my various injuries.

    they didn’t even return my inquires. as of right now, they are also ignoring senator Fineswine’s orifice on the issue as well.

    F the VA.

    1. Hognose Post author

      Sorry to hear that, but it sounds like you are a victim of the law, not the VA per se. In any event, if the VA stories make one thing clear to you, it should be this: you’re not missing much.

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