To the Editor:
This Memorial Day, let us remember not only the soldiers fallen on the battlefield but those wounded who wait in long, endless lines without help and without hope in various Veterans Administration hospitals.
My father was wounded in France in World War I. He was cared for in French hospitals. At age 88, he spent his last days in his hometown VA in Montana. That was in 1983, and he received good care. That hospital has long since been shut down. I can’t imagine what it would have been like to have watched him fade away, waiting, with no help or hope.
The president says he did not know about all this. But now we learn that he did know, as early as 2010, that various VA hospitals were fixing the records to make waiting times look shorter while men were dying.
This must be the ultimate shame for a country: To kill those who are willing to die for us.