Monday letters: Why is the VA an obstacle course?

June 9, 2014 

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Why is the VA an obstacle course?

As the Veterans Affairs onion is peeled away, it is beginning to appear that through either accumulated layers of federal sloth or the outright application of official braking actions, the agency has become the obstacle course for our disabled war-fighters seeking support from our nation.

Again and again we hear from our vets in media interviews that the VA puts the burden on them to assemble their documentation for case reviews. We should be asking the White House why the onus is always on the individual vet to petition the National Personnel Records Center-Military Personnel Records in St. Louis, Mo., and then show up at the VA hospital with copies of military and medical records that are already in federal custody?

Why don’t arms of the federal government work together? Sadly, like our intelligence community before Sept. 11, they appear to have had their communicative abilities stove-piped by control-obsessed bureaucracies. Experience with the shaky veracity of government begs the question: “Is this a deliberate effort by the federal government to frustrate the vets in the hope they will simply give up their quest for the care due them and just go away?"

The whole program of hindrance through double-entry appointment bookings by the VA is beginning to look like a stealthy version of a death panel. I certainly hope officials aren’t denying or prolonging treatment to our military men and women as a cost-reduction effort, but I certainly wouldn’t put it past them.

K.J. Dolney

Columbia

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