Over the weekend several veteran sponsored TV ads caught my attention. The most prominent being the VoteVets campaign where they are launching (actually launched on Aug 23) a half-million dollar campaign to oppose the idea of privatizing Veterans healthcare as opposed to continue to count on the much maligned Veterans Administration. While the ads were clear as to the reason that these supporters want only the VA to address their medical needs, I felt obligated to call and listen. What am I missing here?

Many of these brave veterans have serious medical issues and deserve the best our country has to offer in care and dedication. The answer to my question; (why oppose privatization?) was simple and direct…. From the VoteVets.org website “…I kept my promise to support and defend our country. The country also made a promise – that I’d be taken care of when I got home.” Got it, yet the United States is much more than just our dysfunctional government.

These men and women count on the VA for care and the fact is that these people do not have a choice. The promise that we all made to serve was an oath to our constitution, our way of life, and the very people that make up our nation. That oath was not restricted to a government, but all of the people, which includes the doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and all the medical researchers and professionals that wish to contribute their skill and education to support the returning vets.

The massive problems of the VA have been well documented. Less publicized are the many areas where the VA has performed professionally and admirably, yet this inconsistency in quality is present in nearly every government program today, especially those agencies that have total autonomy and operate without competition from the private sector. There are too many examples of substandard and disgraceful conduct by our federal agencies.