April 30, 2012 in Letters, Opinion

VA clinic merits support

 

After reading the article on Veterans Administration mental health care I wanted to write in support of the help the Spokane VA Mental Health care facility gives vets. The Spokane facility is doing its best with what they have. I see them working very hard, from the person answering the phone, doctors and, most of all, the counselors they have.

If it were not for their help, I know there would be many more veteran casualties. They are under-staffed, and I think that it is the leadership that is causing the problem. The people there are dedicated in their work and that shows in their treatment and success stories that we do not hear about.

The higher-ups knew there would be a tremendous influx of vets from the current and past wars using all the VA facilities, and they sat on their hands. Just like our Congress does on issues that affect common folks. Yes, Sen. Patty Murray heads the VA Committee and does a pretty good job, but she also must have known that the dam was going to break, did not see it coming, and should have.

Leadership is when we think into the future and stand up to make the needed changes beforehand, even if it is not popular with voters. All our vets need their support and yours.

Dwight Ike Bailey

Spokane


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