Sunday, May 29, 2011

13,000 Veterans At Risk

About 13,000 veterans were placed at risk due to improper infection control practices at VA
hospitals in Ohio, Tennessee, Florida, Georgia and Missouri.

There have been eight confirmed HIV-positive results and sixty-one cases of Hepatitis B or C, from
those tested. It is not known if these cases were caused by VA exposure or by other means.

Infections are a problem in private and public hospitals and happen quite often. The VA says
it record of care to over 6 million veterans a year is good.

Although many of the veterans who were possibly put at risk think that being placed in harms
way again, some of them decades after they served their tours feel that the VA has let them down
again.

Once more we hear of failings of the VA in protecting our veterans. Not only not protecting, but
jeopardizing their lives. To quote the old song "Oh when will they ever learn."

Jerald Terwilliger
National Chairman
American Cold War Veterans
"We Remember"

---------------- "And so the greatest of American triumphs... became a peculiarly joyless victory. We had won the Cold War, but there would be no parades." -- Robert M. Gates, 1996