In June 1997, my brother, who served his country in World War II, was in the VA hospital in Pittsburgh and had a serious stomach operation, which, by the way, was botched. One day when my daughter and I went to visit him, he was sitting outside his room in the oldest wooden wheelchair I had ever seen (it had to be from the early 1900s).
I asked my brother why he was outside his room unattended. He replied that the nurse who was to make his bed up went to lunch! My daughter quickly moved his wheelchair into his room and found another nurse to help her make his bed and helped him get into it. By the way, there were five other sick men in this room. No such thing as a two-man room. Should this uncalled for situation have even happened? Where was the nurse who left him sitting outside the room unattended?
The sad part of this story is that the doctors wanted to do another operation and my brother refused. He passed away the next day.
From what I read in the newspaper, the VA has not changed its irresponsible ways of treating our servicemen and servicewomen who were dedicated to serving their country.
You can be sure that all of our leaders and their families in Washington, D.C., and elsewhere receive the best of the best doctors’ and nurses’ care when they are in the hospital or treated as an outpatient. A mere cold probably gets immediate care.
We do not need the most educated people to run our VA hospital. Hire a veteran who is from outside the world of politics, and I am sure he or she can unscramble this mess.