We don’t need to parade our troops and tanks in the streets.
While other countries must prove their military might, the world already knows America has the greatest military on earth. The best way for the United States to show we honor our troops is to take care of them when they come home by committing ourselves to providing the best darn health care we can.
The most accountable place to do that is within the Veterans Administration system. VA clinics should be located so no veteran finds getting to one a hardship.
Clinics and hospitals should offer a gamut of treatments, including but not limited to massage therapy, water therapy, behavioral therapy, acupuncture, even hypnotism. You bet this is going to be expensive. To those who say you can’t throw money at a problem, “I say nonsense.”
We all need more health care and more expensive treatments as we age. For many veterans who saw action in war zones, physical and mental battle scars remain. Therapy may benefit them all of their lives. Not long ago, I heard former U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald say that when he returned from military service, he could do anything, even climb mountains. But when he reached 60, he couldn't do those things anymore.
I’m convinced that we’re up to the challenge of giving our veterans the kind of health care they deserve. Otherwise, we’d better find an alternative to sending our young people off to war.
Rose White, La Crosse