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Re: word from Iraq

Noreen: Unfortunately, I'm not sure that same level of excellence exists
at the Veteran's hospital level and it puzzles me as to why this should
be so...and having worked as a nurse at a VAMC, I have seen it from the
inside out. I've also seen the care my dad, my brothers, and several
uncles have received at several different VA hospital's throughout the
country...can't say I'd want to be a patient at any of those places what
with the reduced services, staffing, and long waits. I know that in the
last couple of years of his life, my dad preferred getting his acute
care needs met at private hospitals...only when financial necessity
dictated otherwise did he resort to returning to the VA. Not that the
care givers don't try their hardest...the nurses and doctors as well as
all the ancillary staff give excellent care. One just has to be prepared
to wait, though, often hours...and sometimes those hours can be critical
in determining the outcome of any given situation.

Melody, IA (Z 5/4)

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious."    
--Albert Einstein

 --- On Mon 02/02,  < TeichFlora@aol.com > wrote:
From:  [mailto: TeichFlora@aol.com]
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date: Mon, 2 Feb 2004 13:40:07 EST
Subject: Re: [CHAT] word from Iraq

Not sure I understand what you are saying, Ceres. I think the "regular"
or <br>active duty soldiers are more accustomed to military life than
are the "weekend <br>warriors" or reserve troops. So sure the hardship
is greater for someone <br>that is not used to it on a daily
basis.<br><br>As for Military hospitals, please note that military
hospitals and Veterans <br>hospitals are two different things. Military
hospitals not only take care of <br>the soldiers but their families as
well, not to mention the President of the <br>United States and members
of the Govt. I have been going to Military hospitals <br>here in the
states and abroad my entire life. I have only experienced <br>civilian
hospitals since living here in Houston, and on other rare occasions in
other <br>cities. I have to say that most people that have experienced
both would take <br>a military hospital over a civilian any day. The
doctors are trained the <br>same either way. There is a lot less red
tape, politics, etc. ...the goal is to <br>treat. It is not a business.
Many of the civilian doctors used to be military <br>or are
reservists....especially ER doctors and many specialists. It is
<br>inconcievable and totally against policy/code for any military ever
to not get <br>treated. Thus the point of having medics in the field
along with every single <br>unit, then the field hospitals, as well as
mobile hospitals with specialists. If <br>that doesn't help, then they
are air evacuated to the nearest military <br>hospital, then if needing
further specialty care, evacuated to the states to one of <br>the
military hospitals specializing in whatever is needed.....i.e BAMC for
<br>Burns, etc. <br><br>Case in point...my dad, retired army, had a
heart attack while working in <br>Germany as a civilian for the US Govt.
He was taken to the nearest military <br>hospital, they found he needed
a specialist...so taken to Landstuhl Hospital <br>(where many of the
Iraq soldiers are taken). He was told he needed open heart <br>surgery,
but needed mor

e of a specialist due to other conditions than they could
<br>handle....so he was air evacuated to BAMC in San Antonio where he
was for over <br>a month or more. This was before the new large modern
hospital, it was an <br>old old bldg. but the care he got was
outstanding. <br>I think that any soldier one asks, would not be upset
over being passed from <br>one hospital to another, because they know it
is being done for their own good.<br><br>Noreen<br>zone 9<br>Texas Gulf
Coast<br>In a message dated 2/2/2004 11:02:49 AM Central Standard Time,
<br>gardenchat-owner@hort.net writes:<br>Talk to anyone who has needed
help <br>even with problems/injuries incurred as a result of their
mission. It is not <br>good.<br> Ceres
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