This is a hard article to write, but this is a subject that has to be addressed. We are just finding out that yet another veteran committed suicide after failing to get the help he needed right away. You have all heard the stories about the Veterans Administration waiting lists. This isn’t a new problem, it’s a longstanding problem, that never seems to get fixed. In June of 2015 it was reported that the waiting lists for vets was even longer than the year before. There was also a veterans budget shortfall of nearly $3 billion dollars.
Politicians give lip service and little else to our veterans. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio both voted against bills for veterans and didn’t show up to vote at all on the last veteran’s spending bill. While Donald Trump was laying out his plans to help veterans, Ted Cruz was out hunting. Donald Trump has pointed out more than once that our veterans are treated like third class citizens and it appears that is definitely true.
“An Illinois veteran in distress called the Department of Veterans Affairs’ suicide hotline in July 2015, but no one picked up. So, he laid down on nearby train tracks and waited for death.
The body of 30-year old Thomas Young was found July 23, 2015 after being struck by a Metro train outside of Chicago. The next day, the veteran’s phone rang — it was VA’s emergency line returning his call.
Young had returned from his second tour of Iraq in 2004 with severe PTSD. He tried to go to the Hines VA hospital in Illinois for help with a drinking problem, but they turned him away, saying they didn’t have any space available since he wasn’t suicidal.
His brother said he believes Young called the VA hotline on July 22 or 23. He laid down in front of a train on July 23, leaving behind a wife and two daughters.
He had previously tried to kill himself by passing out on train tracks, but someone always carried him off the tracks before he was hit. He tried to go back to Hines, but was put on a wait list.” This is far from an isolated incident you can finish reading the story here.
I bring this to your attention to point out the fact that out of all the candidates, Donald Trump is the only one who has laid out a decent plan (most have not laid out any plans) to help our veterans. Please take that into consideration when deciding who to give your vote to.