Are we really taking care of our veterans?

When I arrived he was in excruciating pain, the kind of pain that morphine can't diminish. The intensity of pain caused by blood filling your arm -- blood that was destine for cleansing, circulating through a machine and returned back to the body.

As we near Memorial Day and focus on our veterans and the service they've given to our country I have to ask out loud, are we giving our service veterans the best medical treatment available?

The system is so overwhelmed that patients in the waiting areas are happy to share their tales of waiting all day for a script or visit.

As our Congress, and most notably our own Congresswomen Anne Marie Buerkle, vote to eliminate the best working medical system for the aged, they need to spend a day or two at the Veteran's Administration Hospitals. They'd be shocked at what they would observe.

Perhaps a better lesson for our elected officials would be that any member of the United States House and Senate must use the exact same medical services made available to our brave men and women through Veterans Affairs.

When it comes to the health and wellbeing of our veterans, we are dropping the ball and if you think this is a challenge, just wait until thousands of men and women return from their multiple tours of duty in our ongoing wars.

What are we fighting for, if we can't take care of the medical needs of our own veterans?

Ken Jackson is the editor of Urban CNY and a weekly columnist for The Eagle. Reach him at kjackson@urbancny.com.

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