We all have to deal with so many "oxygen thieves" in government today. In this case, it's the VA and our military veterans simply aren't getting the support they deserve. Every night there seems to be one more story on the news about the delays for medical benefits and the backlog of veterans waiting for help.
I received an email this morning from a good friend and it links to a petition started by talk show host, Montel Williams. Normally I'd just hit the delete button and move on, but having made a few trips to the VA with my Dad I kept reading.
Click to link to the petition.
The petition is asking the President to:
- Declare a public health emergency pursuant to PL 109-364
- Order Secretaries of VA, Defense, HHS to present a plan within 10 days to Surge and clear the backlog within 90 days. USE THE SURGE TO DEFINE A BASELINE of what it takes to meet our 14 day commitment.
- Order all active duty hospitals, clinics, other Federal facilities open to Veterans.
- Please also consider Kenneth Fisher of the Fisher House for VA Secretary. He is the right man at the right time.
I know I'm breaking the rules, but it's a serious issue and so long overdue in solving the problem. Thanks for letting me veer off course this morning.