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September 11, 2013 at 5:57 AM

VA Puget Sound Health Care System gets low marks

Fund health care, not war

I’m sickened to learn the state of Seattle’s Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital. [“Puget Sound VA health system gets poor reviews for quality,” page one, Sept. 9.]

At a time when the U.S. government is beating the drums for war in Syria, health care for American veterans falls far below acceptable levels. Compared to other VA health systems, Puget Sound VA has a high number of deaths for hospitalized patients and people who contract pneumonia while there, according to this article.

The government’s priorities are way off base. It’s insanity to start another war before our country is out of Iraq and Afghanistan.

It is critical to defund the war-makers, and fund universal-health care for veterans and everyone else.

Chris Smith, Seattle

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