The elections are over and now it’s back to business with Congress having many issues in need of attention.
The VA scandal is still a priority. Although the VA has made some progress toward veterans’ care and benefits improvements, it is not completely thought out.
Our Congress needs transparency, bipartisanship and accountability. Theodore Roosevelt said, “A man who is good enough to shed his blood for his country is good enough to be given a square deal afterwards.” We veterans deserve a square deal.
Thousands of veterans are sick with post-traumatic stress disorder or other severe illnesses. Vietnam War veterans continue to combat illnesses associated with the herbicide Agent Orange.
House Bill HR-543, which would provide up to $9 billion over 10 years for the care of veterans, is stalled in the Veterans Affairs Committee. We give billions of dollars to foreign countries, some of which hate us, yet money for veterans continues to be delayed.
What is wrong with this picture? It goes to show veterans are low priority.
Call your members of Congress and demand they pass HR-543.
John J. Bury
The writer is retired from the Navy and a Vietnam veteran.