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Re: Iraq/ VA hospitals

First my apologies for my posting to have gone through more than once.  

Ceres,  I was not talking about VA hospitals. BAMC is not a VA hospital.  
Obviously we were talking about two different types of hospitals, thanks for 
clearing this up.  
I agree with your views on VA hospitals.  Rank has little to do with it 
though, but there is a major distinction placed on someone that gave their life 
(retired) or someone that only put in a few years.  There should not be, but 
there is.  Much has to do with economic status.  Most veterans are able to hold 
jobs, so have health insurance through their jobs.  
Unfortunately, the veterans that were wounded badly enough...physically or 
mentally....are the ones that are not able to hold jobs and are the ones that go 
to the VA hospitals....especially the Vietnam Veterans.

Things have gotten better in recent years through efforts of the various 
military organizations that have lobbied in Washington for more funding, better 
care, etc. I can't speak for other areas, but this is apparent here in Texas 
with many brand new VA hospitals having been built in the past decade. I've been 
to three of these, and find them to be excellent facilities.   In the past 
month former Pres. Bush was at a ground breaking ceremony here in Houston for a 
Fisher house to be built on the VA Hospital complex to house the families of 
those veterans that are from further away and can't afford hotel costs.    San 
Antonio has two of these facilities, which are full now with families of 
soldiers from Iraq.   So much is improving, but unfortunately there is much to go.  

Richard made the point that most people don't realize these problems until it 
hits their home town, or comes to light through a conflict situation.  
Awareness brings forth change.
zone 9
Texas Gulf Coast

In a message dated 2/2/2004 7:56:47 PM Central Standard Time, 
gardenchat-owner@hort.net writes:
<< As for Military hospitals, please note that military hospitals and 
hospitals are two different things.  >>

Noreen, I am very much aware of the differences.

<a military hospital over a civilian any day.>>

    Not a VA hospital and certainly not in this area.  I think I did not make 
my point clear. 

<<  I have to say that most people that have experienced both would take 
a military hospital over a civilian any day.>>

    Not at a VA hospital or least that is not the voices I hear in this area.

>>my dad, retired army, had a heart attack while working in 
Germany as a civilian for the US Govt<<
I am speaking of the vet who was an enlistee/drafted, spent their 3 or 4 yrs 
serving their country and suffer from some physical problem.  I do not think 
these vets receive the same treatment your dad rcd. Obviously he had hi rank.

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