New York Times OpEd Veterans’ Day

I was delighted to have an OpEd in the Sunday Week in Review Section of the New York Times on November 11th.  Please read and share.  I was also on Democracy Now on November 12th and on the Real News Network.

By Protecting Veterans’ Health, You May Protect Your Own

V.H.A. doctors care for some of America’s most vulnerable. They are not “bad apples” who “rob us or cheat us.”

By Suzanne Gordon

Ms. Gordon writes frequently about health care.

This Veterans Day, in addition to honoring those who serve in uniform, we should spend some time remembering the 300,000 employees of the Veterans Health Administration. The V.H.A. — the nation’s largest public health system — doesn’t just keep veterans healthy; it has developed treatments that help all Americans. And if we don’t defend it, it could be dismantled and auctioned off in whatever remains of the Trump era.

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  • Richard Lewis
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    Instead of fixing the problem.with the Va the new VA director want to wash his hands of the system that is to help disabled veterans and their families. I know how worthless the care is. I had and have a sever heart condition caused by the Military. I went to the VA one time because I was have trouble with my heart. They said there was nothing wrong and sent me home. A few days later I had a massive heart attack and stroke. What did the VA Do? Nothing so I went to the Univ. Of Tennessee cardiology and have been seeing a doctor there for the past few years not trusting the VA at all for treatment of my service connected disability. So now I have been in the Philippines not to live but to stay for a while and still do not get the care needed for my condition. Due to cut backs by the VA. I was promised that All my medical needs would be taken care of by the VA and military and they have not. VA refusing to pay for outside medical care. Forcing me to do so and damaging my credit scores because of it. Do I pay for my medication or the mortgage on the house????? This has been a game with this administration screw the veterans that’s the name of the game here went to the Univ. Of Tennessee cardiology and have been seeing a doctor there for the past few years not trusting the VA at all for treatment of my service connected disability. I pay for my medication or the This has been a game with this administration screw the veterans that’s the name of the game here.

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Suzanne Gordon interviews a veteran.