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Friday, June 30, 2006

TOO MANY VETERANS AREN'T GETTING HELP THEY NEED

First their lives were disrupted. And then those who served in the Afghan and Iraq wars risked their lives. They shouldn't have to wait in line for essential health care services.

There is nothing that this nation doesn't know about the effects of war on its military personnel, thanks to a great deal of experience. Vietnam turned Department of Veterans Affairs medical teams into experts on post-traumatic stress disorder.

Many veterans of the Vietnam War became homeless. On any given night in America, estimates are that there are at least 200,000 veterans sleeping on the streets and in shelters.

One can only guess how many will be added to that roster by the Iraq and Afghan wars. The VA reports that 1,200 veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanastan have sought homeless shelter services so far. That reportedly only about 200 actually are living on the streets is a reflection of the success of service providers in addressing the veterans' needs. There is no doubt that both numbers will grow as more young men and women come home from the Persian Gulf.

The many thousands who have suffered physical wounds in the wars must depend upon the VA for treatment and readjustment to civilian life. They deserve better than understaffed, overcrowded clinics, which is what far too many have encountered in the South Bend area. No one knows yet how many veterans of the Afghanastan and Iraq wars will suffer service-related disabilities. So far, there have been more than 100,000. The Bush administration grossly underestimated the number, budgeting for only about 24,000 who would need medical care in 2005 and 2006.

We often honor veterans in this country with our words. Far too often, the government falls short in meeting veterans' real needs. It is up to all of us to demand better for them.

***Since this an election year, it is time to get those out of Congress who are always voting "NO" for our veterans and put someone in there that has a heart. Maybe our young men and women would be more willing to go fight for a country that shows that they care for them and will stand by them if something were to happen to them. It sure in the hell isn' this Republican run Congress!


Source of Information: South Bend Tribune
June 28, 2006

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