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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

May 14, 2014 at 7:04 AM

VA hospital scandal: Problems stem from spending cuts by Congress

We already know that the problems in the Phoenix VA hospital were not an isolated occurrence [“House seeks records tied to fatal delays at VA hospital,” Nation & World, May 8].

Other VA facilities in Colorado and Texas are now said to have participated in similar activities of record falsification in an effort to make their level of service appear better than it was. I am confident that it won’t stop there.

We shouldn’t be so surprised because we all knew or should have known that the VA was underfunded. Our astonished senators and representatives haven’t approved the needed funding for years, so I can only wonder what they thought would happen.

I retired from the U.S. Navy and I have watched the scarce VA medical resources get scarcer ever since. I have often wondered, what good is a benefit if it is not available?

Drop by the Seattle VA hospital if you want to see what overloaded medical care looks like. The doctors, nurses and staff are doing the best they can with the resources Congress gives them.

Let’s be honest, this is what happens when we tell our elected officials to cut the spending no matter what. Those who would wrap themselves up in the flag and proclaim their patriotism need to do some soul searching.

Hank Thomas, Issaquah

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