Chicken House Rock
by Charlie Daniels
Well the Chicken House is in an uproar again and it's both sides, the Congress and the Senate. It seems they've discovered that there are some problems with the medical care our active service people and veterans are receiving.
Of course what triggered this is a mess in their own backyard at Walter Reed Medical Center, a deplorable situation that evidently has been going on for some time and one that could have been discovered by the congressmen or senators if they had taken the opportunity to get out of the lobby when they went to Walter Reed for a photo op with the wounded warriors just to show how much they support the troops.
It just goes to show you what a waste of money the fact finding trips so many of them take really are. If they really wanted to find facts about the military they would not spend all their time with the brass, they'd go out into the barracks and field hospitals and talk to the guys and gals who actually do the fighting, but that might mean getting a little dust on an Armani suit or having to answer a hardball question so I guess it's just not worth the effort…
To think that any elected official could pompously sit at their desk in Washington and not know there were problems with the Veterans Administration and the medical care that some of our troops and veterans have been receiving or not receiving tells me that they can't be reading their mail.
Complaints from veterans abound and I could point them toward a whole bunch of Vietnam guys who are suffering from the effects of Agent Orange and being tied up in red tape and bureaucracy.
The problem with the military hospitals, in my humble opinion, is that the politicians simply aren't taking care of their knitting. It costs money. Lots of it and no matter how many truly dedicated medical people we have serving our service men and women they simply can't operate in an efficient way without proper funding.
Our wounded heroes and the veterans who have put their lives on the line for us deserve the very best care the medical world can offer, every medicine, every piece of technology and every advantage they can be given. Period.
I'm not absolving the Army from blame in this situation. Somebody in the upper echelons should have done something about the deplorable situation at Walter Reed long ago.
But Walter Reed is just the tip of the iceberg and the Army can't allocate one cent to the medical care of our wounded warriors and veterans.
Why can't some of you non binding resolution people get outside the beltway and do a real fact finding mission and show up unnannouced at some of the military hospitals around the country?
I think you'd find something more important to spend your money on than studying the sex life of the snail darter.
Pray for our troops.
What do you think?
God Bless America
March 9, 2007
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