Friday, June 20, 2014
To the Editor:
I served in the military twice. In 1948 while in The Navy on a mine sweeper stationed in Charleston, I spent nearly two years in the Atlantic.
After I was discharged The Korean War broke out and I was drafted into the Army and spent my time on Okinawa where we supplied the troops their needs and based the bombers who flew daily missions to Korea.
I was never engaged in any combat. It was a wonderful experience and I am indebted to both the Navy and Army for the discipline and maturity they pressed upon me.
The Veterans Administration, the United States government nor anyone owes me anything.
The Wounded Warriors of our generations however are a different matter. More then 57,000 patients have been waiting more then three months for medical appointments at hospitals and clinics run by the Department of Veterans of Affairs and as of now nothing is being done to help them.
NBC reported that in 2010 an estimated 22 veterans committed suicide in America each day.
How many veterans here in Georgetown County are waiting, in distress and in dire need of help unbeknownst to us, suffering while waiting for help?
We shouldn’t wait for this administration in Washington to get there act together. The Georgetown Hospital and the Physicians who reside here should let it be known that any wounded warrior can immediately receive help from our community.
We have a very successful hospital system because of citizens like Jeep Ford and many others who have for so many years poured there time effort and money into it. What better use of these facilities could there be ?
If it takes more money we should raise it. Most of it should be gratis.
The Board of Directors of Georgetown Hospital should spearhead this initiative
Ted W. Bowden