I posted a little aside recently about the long delays confronting disabled American veterans who are trying to get their benefits from the Veterans Administration. Some have waited as long as five years.
Thursday night, Jon Stewart tackled the issue as only he can — facts, figures, and photos that will curl your hair, leavened with typical Stewart humor. He proved once again that he can deliver serious news in a manner more palatable than the “news” networks themselves.
You’ll have to hop over to The Daily Show website to watch the video, but it’s worth it.
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Wonderful Stewart response. But why do we need a commission to solve this? No, no, no, let’s have some of those folks furloughed (thank you sequester) at other agencies take the Metro over to the VA. Push those papers!
A commission is nothing more than a committee, and we know how effective committees are(n’t). You suggested letting volunteers (retirees) push the papers and Stewart suggested letting the vets themselves do it. Both good ideas that would actually accomplish something instead of just talking it to death.
A shame to not take care of those who have sacrificed enough – and their families who are also paying the price and rarely complaining.
No excuse for it.
I just can’t wait till my (universal) medical care is provided by the government for “free” too. Yummy!
I couldn’t agree more. Universal government health care would be a fiasco (as exemplified by the VA). Too many people confuse that with single payer (government) health insurance coverage, which I’ve come to think would probably be a good idea.
Susan, One of the reasons I’m following your blog is to learn (at my advanced age) how to respond as you do here to curious comments.
I just say what I think (right or wrong, old-fashioned or not) and try to do it politely. I expect the same from my visitors (comment policy). So far it’s worked well.
That is totally unreal and inexcusable. It’s the veterans problem for the wait? Hell no!
That room full of stacked up paperwork pretty well illustrated the problem. No work was being done. It was all just being warehoused.