Working with the VA...

I have heard so many horror stories about vets and the treatment that they get at the VA clinics, the Doctors and the paperwork...Now, I will admit that there is a lot of paperwork...a lot of checks and balances before things get approved...But I have to say that we have been treated with kindness and caring...we have been treated wonderfully...they went above and beyond what they had to do for us to get Michael into outpatient care...close to home so that we did not have to travel to Buffalo...They have been respectful of this Viet Nam veteran who would of given his life for his country...He is a very proud man...proud that he served, but humble about it...But it was that war that caused this disease he has...This disease is directly related to his exposure to Agent Orange...
The VA has taken good care of him....they have not walked away from this vet...but they cannot give him back his life either...The chemicals that they used over there hurt so many of our own...There are many men who are the same age as Michael who are suffering now....over 40 years later...Now, you could say that they were the lucky ones...they came back...they survived...they had lives that they led for 40 years...families...jobs...and all that is true...but today...I am just mad as hell that he has to go thru this ...all because he was a proud young man who wanted to serve his country....

3 comments:

brenda bliss said...

Please thank Mr. Mike for his service to our country and thank you dear one for being there to take care of him.
love you,
brenda bliss

queen mum said...

My dear Pattie: I read your post early this AM. It was heartening to read that the VA was providing such good care for Mike. Then I got to the part about his exposure to Agent Orange. Rage rose in my throat. Indeed, you have every right to be angry. It is now evening and I am still furious. Rechaneel your energies, if you can, since you need your strenth to continue your loving care. but know that I will remain angry enough for the two ofus. Phyllis AKA queen mum

Charlie said...

Hi Pattie,
I hope you had a great Thanksgiving. I have an award for you over at my blog. Come by and get it if you want.