OUR VIEWS: Veterans deserve better

Aug 27, 2012


Many in Michigan are waiting as long as 18 months for much-needed financial reimbursement of medical expenses. These are medical benefits they were promised by the U.S. government when enlisting to serve our country.

Many factors come into play when it comes to explaining the ridiculously long wait times — a combination of soldiers returning home, aging vets, widows filing claims, job losses and a surge of applicants now eligible due to newly added conditions.

There are ways to speed up the process. It involves the veteran doing most of the work him or herself for the claim, shaving up to a year off the processing time.

There’s also talk of a new virtual file program in the works that will help expedite the process.

The veterans shouldn’t have to jump through the hoops. They’ve done their part. They’ve served our country. Now it’s our duty to take care of them.

They deserve better from our government. They were promised these benefits, and have earned them. It’s downright embarrassing that they have to wait so long while watching government spend money so very freely elsewhere.

U.S. veterans put their lives on the line for all of us, sacrificing their own health and well-being. Let’s hope in the future the federal government is able to deliver their benefits as swiftly as they can deploy troops.

Our Views reflects the majority opinion of the members of the Grand Haven Tribune editorial board: Kevin Hook, Cheryl Welch, Matt DeYoung, Liz Stuck and Fred VandenBrand. What do you think? E-mail us a letter to the editor to news@grandhaventribune.com or log-in to our website and leave a comment below.


Tri-cities realist

Funny how Obama has been working to prepare for TS (now barely Hurricane) Isaac for a week (his words today), yet our veterans have to wait 12-18 months. Well actually it's not funny at all, it is disgusting how he panders to some of his constituents, while abandoning our veterans. It is time for real change now!


Why would he care for the people that the majority didn't vote for him. He needs to save the people that are going to vote for him again in November. Not to mention that he doesn't care about the military one bit, and he isn't even a US citizen. All he cares about his running this great country into the ground and his voters.

Tri-cities realist

That's right. And here I thought he was the President of all of us, silly me


Members of Our View and other commenters, you need to read up on the sweeping changes Obama has put into effect to meet the needs of our returning veterans. Hopefully, our veterans will be seeing the results of this new legislation soon. www.whitehouse.gov/...veterans_a....

Ohwell and Tri-cities realist - your ignorance is showing! I'd rather have a president who ends the wars and brings our soldiers back than a president who ships our young soldier heroes out to a war(s) based on false pretenses (WMD's??), on the cheap (remember no armored vehicles??), promising a quick "victory (remember "Mission Accomplished back in 2003??") and on the US credit card. And really, "he isn't a US citizen"???? Get with it...that's so 2011. Let's spend less time and energy demonizing our president and more on learning the truth....and how about doing something to actually help a veteran in need???? By the way, wasn't it President Obama the one who finally got Osama bin Laden - the guy who got it all started????


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