Thursday, August 30, 2012

Veterans Health Care: Veterans deserve respect, best health care

The U.S. has never experienced this high ratio of wounded soldiers to slain soldiers — 7 to 1. Medical advances, new technology and faster evacuation capabilities have insured more military personnel recover from battlefield wounds. However, treatment for these wounded heroes is inadequate.

The problem, overwhelming now, can only get worse.All quality of life indicators have worsened with veterans: suicides, drug abuse, alcohol abuse, desertions, divorces, bankruptcies, homelessness, foreclosures, traumatic brain injuries, PTSD, depression, etc. The most pernicious recent development is the discovery of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy.

What do you say to a veteran who will require lifelong medical care? What do you say to the more than 1,800 veterans who lost their reproductive capability to an improvised explosive device and will never produce a son or daughter? Who should have a higher priority for medical care than a veteran?

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