Here We Go Again:
VA hospital officials knew of problems, did nothing, Murray says
Officials inside the local veterans hospital knew some conditions were unsafe for suicidal or homicidal patients in February, but ignored recommendations in their own internal audit, Sen. Patty Murray said Friday.These are human lives that continue to be put at risk, or worse. What a great system: First, send them off to a disastrous hell hole of an occupation, and then, when they've risked their lives, are maimed, and/or come back mentally and emotionally damaged, abandon them.
...Murray said, she was "very sad" to find uncorrected problems four years into the Iraq war. "It's deeply disturbing to me that the VA continues to be behind the eight ball."
An estimated 40 percent of those returning from conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan are experiencing intense mental problems, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury, "and our country has to be ready for them," she said.
Support our troops, my ass.