Letters to the Editor

Lawrence Coleman: Bad VA treatment

To get the real stories of how veterans are being treated so shabbily, maybe someone needs to interview some of the local vets who are enduring waits and unnecessary mishandling of appointments by Veterans Affairs personnel in Raleigh and Wake County.

I am a disabled veteran, having gone through laser, cataract and retina eye surgeries, a kidney transplant and most recently a right leg amputation. I was in Vietnam when Agent Orange was used.

Now the VA wants to re-evaluate all of my illnesses, which wouldn’t be a problem except it is making my appointments out of town for various reasons. I have no way to get to Goldsboro by 8:30 a.m. As it is, I have to pay someone to go because my wife cannot lift the wheelchair into the car.

There are more true stories that the public needs to know about. The personnel who do the callings and set schedules for the most part are unprofessional. I had to cancel an appointment to attend my mother-in-law’s funeral and was told that if it happened again I would have to start the process again.

Lawrence Coleman, Raleigh

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