The Smedley Butler Chapter recently stood outside of the VA to educate veterans and staff on the recent privatization efforts! Below is a report back from Pat Scanlon and their press release!
BOSTON—Military Veterans, many who receive medical services through the Veterans Administration, will stand in support of the Veterans Healthcare System outside the front entrance of the Jamaica Plain VA Medical Facility located at 150 S. Huntington Ave, Boston on Thursday February 8 from 11 am to 1 pm.
"Military Veterans are coming to the Jamaica Plain VA to show our support for a medical system that is second to none, that provides the highest quality medical services and caring response to the health care needs of veterans," stated Doug Stuart, a Vietnam Veteran, who is on the Executive Committee of the Boston chapter of Veterans For Peace, the organizers of the event. "The vast majority of veterans who use the VA Healthcare System know the quality of care and respect each veteran receives when they walk through the doors of a VA medical facility." continued Stuart.
Veterans across the country are increasingly alarmed and adamantly opposed to the slow dismantling of the VA Healthcare System, sending much needed resources to private medical facilities whose services have not yet been evaluated for quality of care or costs. The VA Healthcare System has been serving Veterans for over 150 years, since the end of the Civil War. Now with the institution of the "Choice" program that undermines VA services, privatization of the VA Healthcare System is well underway. Every dollar diverted to a private healthcare provider is one less dollar for the VA Healthcare System.
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