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VA is a failure and embarrassment to this administration

Veterans AffairsMichelle Obama

The problems cited by the article "VA falls short on helping veterans" (Jan. 27) regarding the Veterans Affairs Department's huge delays in processing disability payments raises another question regarding how well it administers its responsibility for providing health care to our veterans in general. Why is there a need for the "Wounded Warriors" organization that constantly solicits donations from the public? Isn't this the clearest indication of the VA's failures and an extreme embarrassment to this administration? This is particularly so considering that First Lady Michelle Obama has made support to veterans one of her signature projects.

I called the Wounded Warriors organization and the response was what I suspected — veterans are not receiving necessary health care due to huge delays and bureaucratic red tape. I also sent an email to the Office of the President of the United States requesting a response to my question. It's been over a month and none has come.

Mary Jo Hofmann, Baltimore

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