I'm writing in response to the Post-Gazette article "VA Director Distances Himself From Outbreak" (Oct. 1), regarding the outrageous arrogance of Michael Moreland in the wake of veterans dying from an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease at the VA hospital in Oakland. Mr. Moreland, the VA regional director, later announced that he will be retiring.
This letter is a call to all veterans organizations, all VFW post commanders, all American Legion post commanders, all Disabled American Veterans post commanders and Vietnam Veterans Inc. Please express your outrage at this man's total lack of acceptance for any responsibility in the death of our comrades.
The article in the Post-Gazette described his "stress" level and the unfortunate timing of his $63,000 bonus. What's unfortunate is that six men died and countless others got sick because of the VA's inadequate response to a real and present danger to VA patients.
All veterans, young and old, need to take a stand for each generation of vets seeking medical services from the Department of Veterans Affairs. We proudly served our country. Is it too much to ask for safe and decent health care in return? Veterans, let your voices be heard from the halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli. Please!
The writer is a former U.S. Marine who served in Vietnam in 1967-68.
First Published October 10, 2013 8:00 PM