Five more U.S. soldiers were killed in Afghanistan June 10 [“5 US troops killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan,” Nation & World, June 10]. They were killed by a NATO airstrike, so-called “friendly fire.” Who is to blame for these deaths? Certainly not Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who did not order U.S. troops into…More
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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…More
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,…More
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…More
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….More
Acknowledge veterans’ sacrifice With the Fourth of July coming up soon, a lot of us veterans will be wearing caps and shirts that indicate we were in the armed forces. Many patriotic Americans will take the time to approach us and say, “thank you for your service.” While this is better than calling us names or spitting on…More