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June 2, 2014 at 5:54 AM

VA scandal: A personal story of the good the VA does

Since the Veterans Affairs is the current scapegoat du jour, I want to offer some words of support for the beleaguered agency [“Shinseki resigns amid vets’ health care problems,” Nation & World, May 30].

In 2010, my father visited the VA clinic in Wenatchee where the doctor noticed an irregularity on his left ear, took a photo, and forwarded it to VA hospital in Seattle, where it was analyzed and determined to possibly be melanoma. Appointments were scheduled, travel arrangements made, and Dad visited the otolaryngology department, where melanoma was confirmed. Pre-surgical appointments were attended and surgery was scheduled within a week for this 90-year-old World War II vet.

Throughout the process, I was in awe of the kindness and professionalism of staff, doctors and volunteers. Younger veterans saluted this former enlisted sailor as he approached with his walker. Facing that recognition, Dad walked a little taller that day.

Thank you, VA Puget Sound for the excellent care provided. And, thanks to the VA for your financial assistance with Dad’s End of Life care in Wenatchee.

Paula Joneli, Des Moines

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