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Thursday, October 06, 2016

U.S. Vets Dying for Obama's Attention

by Tony Perkins: Nothing says "thanks for your service to our country" like serial abandonment. But that's the most some veterans can hope for under this administration, which has been at the heart of one of the worst cases of medical neglect America has ever seen. "We need a new sense of urgency," Barack Obama insisted in 2007 on the hundreds of thousands of veterans waiting for health care. Turns out, it's actually the man who campaigned on the issue who needed the urgency more.

Two years after the crises in America's Veterans Administration (VA) was exposed, not much has changed for the nation's heroes. In a damning report released Tuesday by the VA Inspector General's office, the health care tragedy continues for at least 200 veterans who died awaiting treatment at the government's Phoenix facility (the same one that came under fire in 2014 for delaying doctors' appointments by up to a year). Despite 24 months of "reform," the fatal incompetence continues, as families grieve the loss of men and women who served this nation that may have been spared had the administration been willing to serve them. In one instance, the investigation found one veteran never received an appointment for a cardiology exam "that could have prompted further definitive testing and interventions that could have forestalled his death." (I'm sure if the veteran had requested sex-reassignment surgery, he'd have shot to the top of the list!) What's worse, "nearly a quarter of all the specialist consultations in 2015 were canceled, in part due to employee confusion stemming from outdated scheduling procedures that were not updated until this past August."

Of course, these scheduling issues were exactly what President Obama said the government would fix. In his town hall with active military last week, Obama told the widow of a veteran who died waiting for a colonoscopy at a VA clinic, "We're having to rebuild information systems, intake systems... Across the board, we're working on these issues... And I want zero errors in all that process." But as 200 families can attest, he's a long way from that goal. Their loved ones died, not in the line of duty, but waiting for the kind of care their sacrifice should have afforded them.

After more than a decade of war, America's veterans have all kinds of needs. And how does their country express its appreciation? By ignoring them. None of this should come as a surprise, especially not from an administration that's spent the last seven and a half years using the military as a mule for its social agenda. It's a tragic legacy for a commander-in-chief whose only use for America's troops is fighting one war: the culture's.
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Tony Perkins is President of the Family Research Council . This article was on Tony Perkin's Washington Update an written with the aid of FRC senior writers.

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