An open letter to the Honorable Eric K. Shinseki

Dear Honorable Shinseki,

Good afternoon. My name is Master Sergeant Robert Thomas Bowman, I am a Veteran of 24+ years of service in the Army, and I retire in less than a month (1 October 2013). I have been involved in the VA claims process since 14 February 2013, and today (3 September 2013) I am writing you to describe to you how this process has gone for me and how I perceive the VA at this point. I will preface all my commentary by saying that despite the problems I have had, I am still one of the lucky ones. I am not physically disfigured from my service, am capable of working, and during my time in the Army I was fairly responsible with my finances and am not currently in any duress due to the VA disability compensation program and how slow things are moving. I could not imagine what it must be like for a young Soldier, Sailor, Airman, or Marine who has served multiple combat tours in service of their country, cannot work because of their disabilities, has a family, and is waiting on this process to be completed to be able to pay their bills.

via An open letter to the Honorable Eric K. Shinseki.

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H/T Castle Argghhh! on FB.

I’ve seen SwampHeathen1 deal with the VA, waiting on the phone for nearly an hour only to be disconnected, driving two hours to Birmingham to find out that the appointment had been cancelled and “oh sorry we forgot to tell you”, and fighting red tape and bureaucratic sclerosis at every turn. The people who have served this country deserve far, far better.


Filed under SIR!, stupid, veterans, war

4 responses to “An open letter to the Honorable Eric K. Shinseki

  1. I forget who suggested it, but we should put (real) veterans in all positions of responsibility in the VA. Then maybe things would start moving.


  2. I saw my Father go thru the same BS 40 years ago. The more things change, the more they don’t. Hope to God I do not need the VA in my waning years. Though better here in NC than in MI.


  3. ultimaratioregis

    Innat the same Federal gummint that wants to control everybody’s health care? What could go wrong?


    • The VA Hospital that serves the area of Muskegon, MI diagnosed my Brother in Law with cancer at the end of July. Surgery is scheduled for late October. They haven’t even told him what form of cancer it is.

      They’re going to treat him, but they’re going to kill him in the process. That’s the future of Zer0care too.