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Letter: VA not only ‘genuine scandal’
First Published May 23 2014 06:43 pm • Last Updated May 23 2014 06:43 pm

Concerning "VA hospital, now that is a genuine scandal" by Eugene Robinson, May 22: Having begun with, "Finally, an authentic scandal . . ." Mr. Robinson begins his last paragraph with, "At issue is how long veterans have to wait before they can receive that care –"

The answer: That depends on how efficiently you create veterans. The more veterans, the longer the wait to see someone ease their pain. The U.S. has proved itself very efficient in creating veterans: people who are sent to far off lands to kill and be killed for noble causes. Those who come back come back with pain, and they live in pain, waiting and waiting and waiting for some relief. Why not build more and bigger hospitals and fill them with more caregivers to ease the veterans’ pain? That too depends on how efficiently you increase the number of veterans. The more veterans, the bigger and more numerous hospitals, and still longer the wait. Do you see the vicious circle? We live in it. Mr. Robinson’s phrase "genuine scandal," might it not be applicable to other institutions and other aspects of the nation’s life? Big changes are needed.

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Mike Beheshti

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