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My Turn: Providing veterans with medical needs in a timely fashion

A lot of attention is being paid these days to the claims of dangerously long and seemingly deadly waits for some of our veterans to get medical help. And because of that, the Veterans Administration is under great scrutiny right now.

But it's something many people say they've known for a long time.

Locally, we've experienced similar problems according to our veterans. Last May, WECT Anchor Jon Evans told the stories of local veterans who were waiting months to get claims fulfilled.

At that time we learned the average wait time for a benefits claim was a staggering 288 days. What an insult for those who gave a portion of their lives defending this country.

We have several patriotic holidays heading our way in the months ahead. We pride ourselves in honoring veterans with these annual celebrations.

But I'm thinking the best way to honor our veterans right now might be to see that their basic medical needs are being met in a timely fashion.

That's my turn. Now it's your turn. To comment on this segment, or anything else, email me at

Emailed comments from viewers:

Definitely caught my attention. Here is something disgraceful and painful in more ways than one... this is now infected (again) and I'm getting sick because of ît. 100% disability rating and homeless, too.


I've had the very same problem. Been on heart meds after two heart attacks and every time I try to or get scheduled for an appointment, they call and ask if another vet can have my spot. I gave two up because I thought they had a person that was in immediate need of my time slot. That now seems to be the same as I've read. You can call till hell freezes over before anyone answers the phone and if you get through they eventually hang up before anyone answers.


I agree, as a vet, medical care must be fixed ASAP. But, the best way to treat our armed forces humanely is to stop sending them into completely unnecessary wars just to fuel the profits of the military industry complex.

And while you're on the subject of medical neglect, when are you going to run stories and a Your Turn segment on the failure of our governor and legislature to expand Medicare in NC??????

NC citizens are paying federal taxes for this program while our state government is playing politics.

WECT, you can do more to shine a light on the refusal of our state to provide medical care, already paid for, to its citizens. Do your job on this topic!

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