When I wrote this I was probably still carrying some bitterness about what happened to me when I tried to get diagnosed through the VA in Odessa/Big Spring and instead became one of the types of experiences that got a lot of terrible publicity for the Veterans Administration.
But the horror stories are still widespread, though no longer so pervasive. Living here and being over at the hospitals so frequently, I still listen to more of it than is right and proper for those legally mandated to provide health care for veterans.
So by golly, I’m reblogging this one. To read the entire text….. 351 words that didn’t get on the reblog, you can click at the bottom where it says, “View original text 351 words.
So Far From Heaven
All over the US VA Hospitals/Medical Centers are under investigation for incompetence, waste, negligence, malfeasance and misfeasance, brutality and being a cruel farce. Turns out the San Antonio VA Medical Center is under investigation for precisely the same [failure to treat patients in a timely manner] reasons I entered a private hospital in Kerrville, Texas in January after several weeks of non-treatment and non-diagnosis at the VA Odessa and Big Spring VA Medical facilities during November and December, 2013 Current VA Hospital investigation news videos:
Hi readers. Thanks for coming by for a read.
I’ve said before I don’t believe the US government owes veterans good health care for the remainder of our lives as an ethical matter. Merely a legal one.
We don’t particularly deserve it any more than Native Americans deserve cradle to grave health, dental and eye care because they happen to be descendants of aboriginals. Merely…
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Here are a couple of historic postcards showing how this place looked sometime between 1895 and 1933 when the original hospital was torn down. Those trees are either larger, or many have died and their remains stick up here and there from the lake like swords hoping for a King Arthur.
There used to be a group of ‘Christian Indians’ located here before the decision to build a soldiers home here. But [according to the official history] they ‘left’. They were called the Muncies.
So when the old hospital was torn down in 1933 and they began excavating to build something else on the location they discovered a number of graves containing Muncie Indians. I suppose they pondered a while before deciding to bury them in a mass grave in the National Cemetery a quarter-mile away from here. It’s the only mass grave in that cemetery, so you could say those Muncies got special treatment.
I’ll be posting more about the various buildings, the cemetery, the ghost stories and the current population of old vets here. But first I wanted to convey that there really is a bit of a saga ……. it’s just not quite what a person might expect.
Thanks for the read.
Posted in 2018, Adventure, America, Government, History, Leavenworth, Native American, Native Americans, Senior Citizens, VA campus, Veterans
Tagged Buffalo Soldiers, Leavenworth, Soldiers home., VA, VA history, VA hospital, veterans, Veterans Administration