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Letters to the Editor

Letter: Vets must fight for right to good health care

To the Editor:

On Friday, I sent in a request to the Department of Veterans Affairs Aurora Clinic asking whether I should be on Tamiflu, as I was in the hospital a year ago with pneumonia and other respiratory problems fighting for my life. Yesterday, they replied, “No just don’t be around crowds, wash hands often and stay warm.”

I replied back that the doctors on TV said to get on Tamiflu if you have had respiratory, heart or low immune problems. Today, I received a reply saying that the prescription had been sent in and it would be mailed to me.

If I had not pushed back, I would be at risk of getting the flu and risking my life, as well. I stand up to them, but how many other veterans don’t or don’t know how to?

Something needs to be done right from the top down to insure we get good and immediate care. This new Secretary of Veterans Affairs, who is not a veteran and ran a hospital, only looks at the bottom line first (cost savings in dollars), not veterans first as it should be.

How many veterans pass away because of this lack of care?

If I was younger I would run for office and try my best to correct things for my fellow veterans.

Lee Newtson

Sycamore

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