14629247_sIf it weren’t so incredibly insulting and outrageous, the government’s depiction of veterans in a recently provided training manual would actually be quite funny.

The Department of Veteran Affairs provided the training material in which beaten-down veterans were depicted as Sesame Street’s Oscar the Grouch.

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer:

The 18-page slide show on how to help veterans with their claims, presented to VA employees Friday and obtained by The Inquirer, also says veterans might be demanding and unrealistic and tells VA staffers to apologize for the ‘perception’ of the agency.

Apologizing for the perception of the agency should be the least of their worries.

The VA should at the very least be delivering personal apologies to the families of countless veterans who died as a result of the VA’s gross mismanagement.

The VA should be doing everything within it’s power to rectify the wrongs they’ve committed against the nation’s battle-worn warriors to show the VA is intensely interested in making sure veterans never have to suffer again.

The VA has made every single possible misstep it could have possibly made when the revelations of their numerous failings came to light a few short months ago.

The training material that was disseminated was for VA workers who were going to be in attendance at a Philadelphia town hall meeting where numerous veterans were expected to be in attendance.

It was just yet another catastrophic move on their part.

The Inquirer was quick to point out:

The VA benefits office in Germantown and the VA hospital in University City have been embroiled in the controversy. Both are under investigation by the VA Office of Inspector General over allegations that staff deliberately masked delays on claims or appointments.

And so this ill-advised move shouldn’t come as a surprise as it looks like the VA has never really looked at veterans as if they were human.

And how’s this for an explanation?

VA spokeswoman Marisa Prugsawan said, “The training provided was not intended to equate veterans with this character. It was intended to remind our employees to conduct themselves as courteously and professionally as possible when dealing with veterans and their concerns.”

Why not provide accurate representations of the veterans then?

Perhaps if VA officials understood the great sacrifices made by the great men and women of the U.S. military they might not just act courteously and professionally, but even act with empathy.

The nation’s veterans deserve better.

And so do the nation’s civilians.

It remains to be seen if either will ever get what they need.

In all likelihood, the deception will continue.

That’s why it’s as important as ever to learn what you can to prepare for the eventual fall-out.

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