Barletta Bulletin 6.10.14
We just observed Memorial Day a few weeks ago. It is a holiday to honor those who have given their lives to protect this country. In all of our armed conflicts, Americans have spilled their blood and given their lives – in many cases on behalf of people in foreign lands they had never met or heard of before. Our Veterans epitomize what it is to be an American, and we owe them a debt we can never truly repay.
That is why it is so disturbing that in recent weeks we learned of a scandal of incredible proportions at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). This is a veterans health care system that is so inept, corrupt, and broken that 40 veterans have died while waiting for treatment, and government officials are alleged to have falsified records to cover up how long waiting lists really were. The recent Inspector General’s report is yet more evidence that the problem is systemic, widespread, and certainly not limited to one hospital in Phoenix.