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Letter: Only tool the VA needs is funding

Published: Sunday, June 29, 2014 4:07 p.m. CDT

To the editor:

Rep. Roskam has an interesting outlook on the issues of slow service within the VA hospital system. His commentary focused on his providing a bill for the VA with "tools to improve management and hold their team responsible."

Here's a little hint for the representative; money. We are still in the longest war in American history with tens of thousands already wounded and still more coming home and he, Peter Roskam, has voted against increasing budgets for the VA time after time. What new money he finally has put forward only helps with catching up after he and his party ignored the VA budget in the middle of two wars, then cut the VA budget with the "sequester" cuts last year. He'll tell us last year's appropriations were up 50 percent! But that's after the sequester cuts and can't begin to make up for a decade of budget neglect.

The VA doesn't have the money to pay staff and take care of our veterans. That is what caused these shameful bureaucratic issues with our veterans' lives and health, not a lack of authority to manage. The VA has the "tools" to manage, it needs our politicians to do their job and look out for our veterans with the same fervor they defend tax breaks for billionaires.

The "representative" has ignored and short-changed veterans until there is an opportunity for a political talking point. Show us something better than what you have the last seven years, Rep. Roskam. Make up for lost time and get the VA the funding it desperately needs. Then you will really have something you can take credit for.

Jeffrey Hughes

Glen Ellyn

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