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Category: Veterans
September 30, 2014 at 1:48 PM

Vietnam Veterans Memorial: Preserve its purpose

Ensign Alan Armstrong died in the South China Sea in 1969. (USS Frank E. Evans Assoc.)

In response to the article “Hoping ‘Lost 74’ will finally be counted” [Local News, Sept 28]:

Alan Armstrong’s sister makes the point that he would not have been participating in this training mission in the first place had it not been for the war. This is undeniably true. But if I may, I’d like to advance the opposing point by relating it to my experiences.

I was also a member of the military in Vietnam. By the same token, I would not have been drafted had we not been embroiled in this action. Had I been


Comments | More in Veterans | Topics: Alan Armstrong, Tom Likai, Vietnam Veterans Memorial

July 29, 2014 at 3:29 PM

Lack of judgment in security decision by the State Patrol in billing issue

The most disturbing aspect of this situation with the Veterans Affairs was the part regarding the Washington State Patrol removing the computer interface that allows the VA security to access the criminal database for information about contacts [“Lapses plague security forces at local VA facilities,” Local News, July 28]. This seems to be an…


Comments | More in Veterans | Topics: Dirk Roberts, veterans affairs, washington state patrol

June 19, 2014 at 12:05 PM

VA scandal: Private care can reduce travel distance, waits

An excellent column on “Socialized system caused VA issues” [Opinion, June 17] by guest columnist Roger Stark, a health-care policy analyst at the Washington Policy Center, who is also a retired physician. He has very valid points leading to: “There is no reason to duplicate our excellent private health-care system with a cumbersome, costly,…


Comments | More in Veterans | Topics: health care, Larry Brickman, VA

June 18, 2014 at 12:04 PM

VA health-care scandal: Stories of “socialized” care

Guest columnist Roger Stark’s criticism of the Veterans Affairs health-care system is, from all I read, legitimate [“VA wait-lists a result of socialized health care,” Opinion, June 16]. However, blaming  government-operated “socialized medicine” for the problems at the VA is much too simplistic. The people who run the system cause the problem. Government-run universal health care and universal…


Comments | More in Veterans | Topics: health care, James Behrend, Roger Stark

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,…


Comments | More in Veterans | Topics: Eric Shinseki, Paula Joneli, veterans

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…


Comments | More in Veterans | Topics: Hank Thomas, health care, Phoenix VA hospital