We can waste billions of dollars on stimulus programs that don’t work and on universal health care that no one wants, yet allow our wounded veterans to wallow untended in their own excrement because of staffing difficulties? This isn’t a disgrace, it’s a crime–and it’s been going on for years. The culpable parties need to be held accountable. And so do we, for not demanding of our representatives remedial actions that ensure that such abuses are stopped and never happen again.
[…] Staffing they said is so bad veterans can sit in soiled linens for days. One recent incident involved a Medal of Honor recipient, the highest military decoration awarded.
“He’s sitting in his own stool, his own feces. If that doesn’t break your heart, I don’t know what will in this life,” Gordon said.
Witness Slams ‘Nightmares’ Of Army Medical System (CNN, March, 2007)
[…] A series of stories in The Washington Post in February documented a variety of problems at “Building 18,” a one-time motel converted to a long-term outpatient dormitory at the Washington hospital. The newspaper found troops who lost limbs and suffered traumatic brain injuries or post-traumatic stress were quartered for months in moldy and rodent-infested rooms with inadequate follow-up care.
Ron Kovic, author of Born on The 4th Of July, describes his experience in the paraplegic ward of a Bronx VA hospital in 1968:
[…] overcrowded, understaffed, rats on the ward, a flood of memories and images, I can never forget; urine bags overflowing onto the floor. It seemed more like a slum than a hospital. Paralyzed men lying in their own excrement, pushing call buttons for aides who never came…
Please contact your representatives & demand proper care for our wounded veterans: