posted on Feb, 2 2013 @ 02:33 PM
I'm a Vet, from Vietnam, and have had my share of visits to the VA since I had to have an artificial Heart Valve put in in 2000. The VA Hospital for
most of that time was in Loma Linda California. While there were plenty of guys going and playing the crazy act, and after the examinations or
appointments left only to put their street clothes back on and drop the crazy act and go back home, I did in fact see a couple of Real Crazies. Really
not in possession of their faculties. These guys were either the BEST actors I had ever seen, or they were really looped. I tend to believe the
latter. I have a Cousin that was in Vietnam the same time I was there.
He's doing the 'PTSD' thing right now.... because along with a couple legit things that are presumptive in the Agent Orange list. He does have
prostrate cancer and diabetes, presumed from exposure to Agent Orange. Ok that's legit, but I know for a fact that the PTSD is for monetary only,
because it pays $3-4 hundred a month more in VA disability benefits. All told He makes about $1500 a month on the VA. Enough to go buy a new car last
month, a 40K car.
On the other hand those who need help the most and are crazy fall through the cracks, nobody notices them or they become homeless or vagrants and the
Law would be their only prospect of falling into the VA health care system. These are the people from my time Vietnam of the 60's that are finding it
unbearable and offing themselves. BUT, our boys and girls from Iraq and Afghanistan are at most risk right now. They are also being denied VA health
care or made to jump through hoops just to get accepted in the health care system. Unable to deal with a society who has all but abandon them. These
are your children........ they have risked everything fighting a war, 'right or wrong' regardless, they have become the casualties of war. There are
so many wrongs in this world, but this abandonment doesn't have to be one of them.
I have seen these people at the VA, some missing arms and legs............ it's hard to complain about anything after seeing these truly disabled
Vets. At times it has shredded my heart seeing them, and I have cried silent tears walking out to the parking lot to go home.