As a candidate, Donald Trump made improving the Department of Veterans Affairs a top priority. As President, he’s attempted reforms and even donated part of his own salary to the VA, but fixing it has been an uphill battle. Reforming entrenched Washington bureaucracies is like cleaning out the Augean Stables, and the VA was even more filled with manure than the original. Providing the very best of care to our veterans should be Washington’s job one, but a near tragedy in Atlanta illustrates how far we still have to go.
A 58-year-old Air Force veteran, apparently trying to draw attention to the failures of the VA system, doused himself with a flammable liquid near the Capitol and set himself on fire. Fortunately, a state trooper happened to be driving by and saw it. He rushed up with a fire extinguisher and got the vet to a hospital. He’ll survive, but he has burns covering up to 90% of his body.
Click the link for more details on this horrific story, the problems with the VA in general, and especially to access the phone number for the Veterans’ Crisis Line, if any veteran you know is having suicidal thoughts.
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