The VA: a Culture of Disconnect

Many veterans feel disconnected with the VA. They regard it as a huge bureaucracy that is very impersonal and unhelpful. The vets get frustrated because they do not know where to turn for help. American Thinker interviewed veterans and others involved with the VA to reveal some personal examples and to see if the complaints are justified. Perception is reality, and no matter how the VA administrators try to sugarcoat the problems, they still exist. Retired Army Colonel David Sutherland sees the problem as originating from the time the soldier makes the transition from military to civilian life. He explained that the troops deploy as units, not as individuals; yet, as they arrive home "the bonds formed on the battlefield are ripped apart which creates this disconnect. There must be a recognition that each vet is a unique individual." Retired Army Major Ben Richards agrees, and cites his personal experience, having received a traumatic brain injury while fighting in...(Read Full Article)