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May 13, 2014

Amy Hussar: VA has had time to improve

After reading your editorial of May 8 (“Obama must clean house, fix VA’s issues), I can’t help but draw a parallel between Eric Shinseki’s time as VA secretary and his time as Army chief of staff. I was stationed at Walter Reed Army Medical Center from 2001-02 and saw firsthand many of the conditions that came to light a few years later. Here we are a decade later, and I’m hearing similar stories about the VA. Why is that?

After reading your editorial of May 8 (“Obama must clean house, fix VA’s issues), I can’t help but draw a parallel between Eric Shinseki’s time as VA secretary and his time as Army chief of staff. I was stationed at Walter Reed Army Medical Center from 2001-02 and saw firsthand many of the conditions that came to light a few years later. Here we are a decade later, and I’m hearing similar stories about the VA. Why is that?

I have been fortunate to have gotten very good care from the VA where civilian providers have failed, but I know many people who have not. I was very lucky to have gotten my claims handled in a timely manner, but I have worked with people who have been waiting upward of two years for their claims to be even looked at. I have often wondered why there is such a disparity.

As a Legionnaire, I agree with our national commander in calling for resignations. The president can start by bringing in people who have actually worked with veterans firsthand, not bureaucrats.

AMY HUSSAR

US Army and Army Reserve, 1997-2002

Patterson

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