Again, without the wars, the overcrowding would be significantly less. So you agree that the Bush administration should have expanded the VA system when they decided to go into two wars & yet they neglected to do so.<quoted text>
We always have an increase of vets after any war They did not decide to deal with this influx the way the current VA has.
This group of Vets didn't suddenly happen but has occurred over 10 years, so I am not buying this was sudden and unforeseen.
The VA has some answering to do and the excuse making does not change any of it.
These hidden lists did not affect the care given at the VA. They hid the actual severity of the actual backlog. The VA hospitals were under great pressure to improve their backlogs. Some chose to cheat the system by using gimmicks to hide the extended times it took to get appointments.
Congress knew about how severe the backlogs were & few steps were taken to help the problem. It was unfortunate that some chose to cheat the system to overstate improvement.
This should be investigate to find out who cheated the system but also to find a way either to increase the capacity at the VA hospitals or send the soldiers to private care at government expense.
When people talk about cutting entitlement spending, they include the VA system. The costs from the Vietnam War have not yet peaked. We also have climbing costs from Desert Storm, Afghanistan & Iraq.
So Iraq & Afghanistan are relevant to the backlogs at the VA hospitals.