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article imagePresident Barack Obama releases statement concerning VA Scandal

By Wendy Spickerman     Jul 17, 2014 in Health
Journalist receives unexpected reply from The White House concerning VA Scandal. Says she never expected a reply to come but went out on a limb anyway, this was a topic that breached the heart of our nation. The worst that could happen was no reply."
On May 17, 2014, journalist Wendy Spickerman sent a correspondence out to The White House via their website "Questions and Comments" contact page. News was breaking out across the nation, which had veterans, their families and the American people enraged over a VA Scandal.
"I never expected a reply to come but went out on a limb anyway, Nothing ever comes of anything if one doesn't try. This was a topic that breached the heart of our nation. The worst that could happen was no reply." wspickerman
It's now mid July and by this time, I had already been covering updates on the situation and remained a constant follower of the press releases coming out from the US Department of Veterans Affairs.
My most recent article "The Department of Veterans Affairs takes action to gain Veterans trust", was published out on July 4, 2014, with examiner.com.
The Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs stated, “As of today, we’ve reached out to nearly 140,000 Veterans to get them off wait lists and into clinics, and there is more work to be done.” You can read all about it in my article with examiner.
"It was around 5:00 p.m EST on July 17, 2014, when an e-mail notice came to my phone. I was a bit surprised, kind of did a double take and headed to my computer. I wanted to make sure I read it right."
There it was before my eyes. I read it two, maybe three times. Then the reporter in me said, "verify, verify, verify."
Before I give the world a glimpse of the statement provided; sign by Barack Obama, the President of the United States here's a copy of the correspondence I sent out on The White House website.
Statement by Wendy Spickerman, "I have been asked to look into the Scandal, which at this time has Veterans and their family enraged.
I am a Journalist / Independent Contractor and before my current article goes out I wanted to ask The White House for a Statement, which at this time I would advise being so many are affected by this across the nation.
These are men and women who have provided a service for our country; it is in the best interest of our country to reward such service with the best possible care of which this nation should be bound too. It is our duty as Americans to help these people.
This horrific act against our fellow countrymen has come in a time when there is a man in The White House, whom questions our nations own "Constitution".
My question is this, "What are the Presidents thoughts on this matter? Why is funding being cut for VA Hospitals? Moreover, what will the President do to help these men and women?"
Response to Your Message:
The White House
To Me
Today at 5:22 PM
The president starts out with saying he is deeply troubled by the allegations of misconduct at Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities and that he take them extremely seriously, and whether it is VA staff covering up long wait times or facilities cooking the books, I will not tolerate these dishonorable and disgraceful acts.
The email continues on, "As Commander in Chief, I have the honor of standing with our men and women in uniform at every step of their service. Some of the most searing moments of my Presidency have been meeting heroes who left a part of themselves on the battlefield. Their spirit and their determination to recover—often so they can serve again—are an inspiration."
By this time, I've realized I have touched on a piece of history, whether the president just signed the e-mail or typed it out himself, I will never know. But what I did know was that it was something the American people waited to hear. I set out to get a reply and a reply came.
I continued to read, "These service members and their families represent the best our country has to offer. They do their duty, and they only ask that we do ours and uphold our sacred trust to them and all who have served. Taking care of our veterans and their families has been one of my highest priorities, and I believe those who fought to defend our freedom should not have to fight a bureaucracy to get the care they’ve earned. I want every veteran to know we are going to fix what is wrong.
Where we find misconduct, it will be punished. Those responsible for manipulating or falsifying records at the VA—and those who tolerated it—are being held accountable, and some have been relieved of their duties. At the same time, we are working to get every one of our veterans off wait lists so they receive the care they have earned. We’re reforming the Veterans Health Administration, and we’re rebuilding the leadership at the VA. And we’ve cancelled bonuses for senior executives. I welcome Congress as a partner in our efforts not just to address the current problems, but also to make sure we’re doing right by our veterans across the board.
As we continue investigating and correcting these issues, we must stay focused on the larger mission of fulfilling our obligations to our veterans and bringing the VA system into the 21st century. We’ve made progress over the last 5 years: establishing historic investments in our veterans, helping more than a million veterans and their family members pursue their education, and cutting the disability claims backlog. But there is more to do, and we have to do better."
The e-mail ends thanking me for writing. "Thank you, again, for writing. As long as I hold this Office, I will keep fighting to deliver the care, benefits, and opportunities our veterans and their families deserve and have earned."
Sincerely,
Barack Obama
I've attached a photo of the e-mail for my readers and would like to hear your thoughts. Do you believe progress has been made over the last five years? Do you believe it's a matter of just bringing the VA system into the 21st century as the president stated?
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