To the editor:
I returned from Iraq in 2005 damaged and between jobs. The Portland VA hospital was my first experience with the VA. I received superb medical and emotional care from people who cared. They treated me with respect. They counseled me when I was suicidal and traumatized. They gave me glasses when I needed that. They gave me medications and hospitalization when I needed them. They treated me better than my civilian medical people.
The VA has been incredible to me. It was the one stable thing in my life for a while.
Here in The Dalles, I’ve received excellent care and I will be forever grateful. The Veterans Administration is a wonderful organization, in spite of a few mistakes some may have made somewhere, I thank God and the government of the United States of America. I do not feel entitled. I feel grateful.