In February 2007, the country was rocked with the news that Walter Reed Army Medical Center was caring for veterans in substandard facilities, leaving people in shock. How could a medical center that should be equipped with state-of-the-art medical technology be providing substandard treatment to our nation's soldiers? This was completely unacceptable. Although blame was juggled around, Veteran Affairs vowed to correct the problem and provide the kind of treatment these soldiers deserved. Soldiers, their families, and the public were informed this type of crime against American soldiers would be corrected and not occur again. This has been far from the truth.
Surgeries at the VA medical facility in Marion, Illinois have been halted as a string of veteran deaths have occurred in the past year, which have been attributed to substandard care. If it isn't bad enough that the office of Veteran Affairs has not kept their word to not allow soldiers to be treated in substandard conditions, the employees responsible for providing the substandard care have not been held accountable. Illinois Representative Jerry Costello is currently trying to correct this by calling for criminal charges to be pressed against the employees involved.
This problem of substandard care for american veterans is not only an insult and embarrassment to the armed forces, but also serves as a hindrance to military recruitment. How can a country recruit the best and truthfully make the promises they do when they cannot assure the highest quality of treatment for veterans? We owe our veterans much more.