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The Real Solution for the VA's Problems: Stop the Mindless, Endless Wars

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Well, well, what do we have here, yet another case of the Pot, the U.S. Congress, calling the Kettle, in this case the VA, black? Suddenly the members of this Congress have awakened from their deep sleep and have launched a massive attack on the VA, long before all the facts and evidence of alleged VA abusive practices have been fully determined.

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Watching this latest governmental fiasco enfold in Washington is like watching re-runs of the Keystone Cops. The vast majority of the members of both the House and the Senate, with a few notable exceptions, are classic surface-thinkers and political lightweights that couldn't solve a critical problem if the solution were injected directly into their brains.

How about this for extreme audacity? Here we have one of the worst performing, least respected institutions in America, the U.S. Congress, condemning the VA health care system for gross mismanagement and incompetence. If that's not the pot calling the kettle black then what is it?

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But let's get serious and address this difficult, troubling situation based on the facts as we currently know them. Yes, these problems with the VA are real and they have, no doubt, contributed to any number of needless deaths of veterans who did not receive timely treatments. But there is no need to condemn this respected medical institution for alleged negligence and make yet unproven allegations about it that stain its reputation and cover many of its dedicated employees with a blanket of guilt; certainly not until the evidence is in.

There is no doubt that some incompetence exists and questionable methods have been used to cover up deficiencies but, unfortunately, that's what can happen in a system that has been overwhelmed by the need to provide treatment for many millions of veterans who have been wounded so badly and need constant, ongoing care. Yes, there should be an in-depth investigation and analysis done to get to the bottom of these problems as quickly as possible but the first thing that should be done is to put a gag over the mouths of the many political sharks that suddenly smell blood in the water.

Most Americans know little to nothing about the VA, its good points and bad so let's examine that issue a bit. I'm a member of the VA system but have never used it and don't really intend to unless it's absolutely necessary. Before joining I did some in-depth research about the VA and what I found out was really enlightening and impressive.

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It's the largest health care system in America with some 280,000 employees at hundreds of facilities all across the country. It's fully computerized; all hospitals and all members' records are online and available for review by doctors with the proper authority, at any location, at any given time; just like the systems of a national pharmacy. Here's a link that shows how members are classified into 8 specific categories that determine the priority that they receive in being treated.

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