“If I’d gone to the VA, I would have died.” That’s what Marine veteran Chinaza Duson told Atlanta NBC affiliate 11 Alive after she nearly died of a heart attack this summer waiting to be seen at her local Veterans Affairs medical center.
Sadly, veterans across America utter similar words all the time. After serving their country, veterans are routinely subjected to unreasonable wait times to be seen for even life-threatening ailments. Once they finally do see a health care provider, too often the care is subpar. Voucherizing veterans’ health care, and allowing VA beneficiaries to seek care from private providers, would go a long way toward ensuring that they get the care they need.