Letters to editor

VA doesn’t care about veterans

By From page A8 | August 03, 2014

There have been many Veterans Affairs health care stories in the news. Many of them leave us with a feeling that the federal government doesn’t really care about our veterans. My experiences are leading me to feel the same way.

I had an eye appointment June 12 at the VA Martinez facility and ordered new prescription glasses and was told it would take three to four weeks for my new glasses to arrive at my house. It’s been more than five weeks and my glasses have not shown up. I called the VA optical shop and talked with the person who is in charge of the shop. She said she would research the issue and would call me back. Within an hour, she had an answer. Of the two pair of glasses I ordered, one would ship that day and the other within a few days. She said it was a glitch in Sacramento, whatever that means. And why send them to my home; don’t eye glasses need to be adjusted to your face?

So why would it take three to four weeks to get glasses? Any optical shop in Fairfield would make glasses within a week. Five weeks is totally unacceptable.

There was also my chiropractic care visit for lower back pain this past year. I had to wait four months to see a chiropractor. Why? Because there is just one VA chiropractor for all of Northern California. I have been to civilian chiropractors before, never had to wait more than a week. In all cases, after an examination and adjustment, you come back a week later for another adjustment, and more if needed. Not at the VA clinic in Martinez. You get an examination and adjustment and then are told to come back a month later for another adjustment.

Now I ask you, what good does that do you?

This is just one unhappy veteran’s experience.

Douglas Burke, U.S. Navy veteran

Suisun City

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  • Shanna WieserAugust 02, 2014 - 11:51 am

    Sir I know exactly how you feel! We moved my Vietnam vet brother up here from Southern California and I spentover a week trying to get him an appointment with a doctor in order to get a referral to a podiatrist! ! If one has pain in the foot so bad they can barley walk why do you waste the time of a doctor that can't fix the issue yet prevents another patient wait for an appointment. Does that not raise the cost of healthcare ? This process seems to be inefficient. He cannot see a podiatrist until September. Is this system setup so the patient dies before the are actually helped?? Come on America remember these Veterans have already served this country and you. Because I am angry " If you are a politician and you can read I don't care what your political party is I am tired of your political Bull Sh*t fix it!!!!! No excuses anymore.

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  • SprdthewrdAugust 03, 2014 - 1:31 am

    Yep, let the Government run anything and it turns to junk. Elections are important be sure to vote All the liberals out over the next few years.any VA emloyees are great and many are Veterans. Get rid of Public Employee Unions and implement term limits. I am a 100 % disabled Vietnam Veteran and am afraid of the VA, the Governments wants to kill the elderly!

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  • PornacAugust 03, 2014 - 7:50 am

    Cut government spending, make the VA smaller. We folks need to live within our own means.

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  • BSAugust 03, 2014 - 9:19 am

    Shut down the VA. Let the Vets see any doctor they choose and let the doctor send the bill for services to the government for payment. That would save the tax payers a ton of money and give the Vets better service, even if they have to go to a military hospital like David Grant..

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  • Vato BlancoAugust 03, 2014 - 7:29 pm

    Mr. Burke, you are a first class whiner. Why didn't you tell us what your new glasses cost you? $0.00. And they took 5 weeks to get them to you? Boo-hoo! My new VA glasses took about 4 weeks to get to me. They were better than the ones I got from Costco just a few months earlier, and they cost me nothing! I have used the VA health care system for about 4 years now, and I have no complaints about the service provided. I have used the facilities at Mare Island, Martinez, San Francisco, and at Travis AFB. All have provided exceptional care. I wouldn't be alive today without the V A healthcare system. Suck it up, Mr. Burke, and thank the taxpayers that they see fit to fund this program, and afford you care at a huge discount. They are short handed in many staff positions. Most physicians can make a lot more money working in private practice, particularly here in California. With the additional funds Congress just voted for, we'll be able to clean up the backlog, hire new physicians, fire the bad apples, and provide even better service. Be thankful you have the VA system, I am.

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