It’s long been a sore point that some of our best and brightest go to wars to defend the freedom of the United States, and then we do not take care of them properly upon their return.
Even worse is that the VA has become a political bargaining chip and there has been all sorts of fraud come to light in some of these hospitals.
Rather, the VA should be the most funded, the most technologically advanced, and the most praised hospital system in the country.
After all, no other organization has the full backing of an entire country behind it. A country that put a man on the moon surely should be able to take care of common maladies experienced by our soldiers.
This wasn’t the case for Owen Peterson, a Vietnam veteran who came into be cared for at the Talihina Veterans Centre, located in Oklahoma.
He walked in with an infection and left in a body bag.
He didn’t even die with dignity. A man who fought for our country and gave his best did not receive the best care our country could provide.
His treatment was quite to the contrary, as it was discovered he had maggots in one of his wounds!
The director of the center tried to paint a prettier picture, insisting he died from complications of an infection and not from the parasites themselves.
But if the director was so confident that this was a small detail, it begs the question, “Why did three nurses and a physician’s assistant resign immediately?”
Peterson’s poor care was noticed by Peterson’s sons upon visiting. And the hospital staff did little, according to WND.com.
“During the 21 days I was there … I pleaded with the medical staff, the senior medical staff, to increase his meds so his bandages could be changed,” Parker told the newspaper. “I was met with a stonewall for much of that time.”
Maybe it was these particular staff members.
Or maybe it was the larger VA system.
But now this hospital is facing down another strike against it… Being even further understaffed. With the resignation of the four staff members, the hospital dips to new levels of non-compliance with the OK Dept. of Veteran Affairs.
“The Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs is required to maintain certain staffing levels and currently is unable to meet them,” said Sen. Frank Simpson, R-Springer, chairman of the Oklahoma Senate Committee on Military and Veterans Affairs. “At Talihina, they had to reduce the population of veterans there due to the inability to staff the facility.”
Serving less veterans might be a good thing in this case. If a center like this is caring for our veterans by allowing maggots to fester in their flesh, maybe the other forms of care are substandard as well.
This case is tragic and it is situations like that which prompted Donald Trump to promise to overhaul the VA system, get paper pushing bureaucrats out of the way, and get our veterans treated properly.
After all, they deserve it, as they have given so much for this country. The least we should do is give them the best care after they gave their best for our liberty.