Time for big ideas in health care - Hawaii Editorials

If I were president of the United States, the issue I'd push right after health care and immigration reform would be better medical and social services for veterans, and a national welcome home for our Vietnam veterans who never got one. Full Story
willie

Howell, MI

#1 Aug 26, 2009
So the VA has problems? Wow, the exact same folks running that want to run health care for everyone else. If YOU want your care tied to the annual budget process then by all means get on the bandwagon. If you are happy with what you have let your representatives know that. They work for US not their party and IT'S priorities.
hunokeli

Aiea, HI

#2 Aug 26, 2009
dear bob -

nobody had to go. it was a choice.
like the monks and students who immolated themselves in protest. like those who left the country or went to prison. a choice. a terrible time. we are are all veterans of the horror and inhumanity of that conflict. the apology you ask for should include sorrow for our involvement.
Fed up and local

Kailua, HI

#3 Aug 26, 2009
The odds of Honolulu City Council holding a welcome home for the Vietnam vets is slim-to-none - they will probably cite lack of funds, traffic congestion, etc., however, September 24th is coming up, and the city voted on an Islam Day to recognize all the 'contributions' of Islam to America. Great sense of priorities.
Von

Aiea, HI

#4 Aug 26, 2009
As a veteran myself I just can't agree with your artical at all. Yet it's not unusual because I find many veterans never did any research.

I don't even know how you arrived at those conclusions because from my experense and from the facts they prove otherwise. I would be interested to learn how you arrived at these conclusions?

If you don't receive what you think you should receive then that means you make too much money to qualify. Everything is based on priority and or income.
Jimmy

Kaneohe, HI

#5 Aug 26, 2009
Bob, you are some 40 years late. The VA in 1969 and the VA today are in two different worlds. The benefits and care today never existed in 1969 and they continue to improve as research information are provided to the, as you identified, Kauai native and retired General Eric Shinseki. It is a blessing that the VA is not tied to President Obama's plan for Universal Health Care, or for it will be a guarnatee all the veterans will be left out.

There is a problem of military records and medical records on computer files and the sharing of information on the veterans. There is a problem of sharing private doctors medical records of a veteran with the VA. All these problems are being worked on, now that General Shinseki is aware of them.

The other challenge is college education and the New GI Bill that provides the current veterans funds and assistance for entering and completing college.

Medical science has moved beyond your imagination and dreams that aid and assist veterans. We are all appreciate that support from the medical research arena.

Bob, as our President says, we know where we went, today we move forwards into tomorrow. Support General Shinseki, the VA, the Family Readiness Groups, and most important "ALL" the Veterans.

I served with E Co, 1/502 101st Abn Vietnam. Pls look forwards not backwards.

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