Holding the VA accountable

  • Wednesday, August 6, 2014

To the Editor:

The Veterans Administration has stayed in the news lately for their woefully inadequate performance delivering services to veterans of the United States Military.

Nobody knows this any better than The Low Country Veterans Group who are celebrating their 4th anniversary this Sat., Aug. 9.

This not for profit 501 (c) 3 organization started out with a few of the first national guard combat veterans who returned from Iraq after “Shock and Awe” and has now grown to include veterans form WWII, Korea, Viet Nam and every Middle East deployment since Kuwait.

What makes this group unique is, being the first returning veterans to be confronted with the VA’s inefficiency, they did not give up and just “fade away” but they used their military training perseverance and courage to hold the VA accountable and do what was necessary to receive, and help others receive the benefits they needed to survive in civilian life.

They have grown from the first few men from the same unit to 150, and steadily growing. Their mission is to provide aid and assistance to the veterans who have been put off by the VA, some for 40 years since their return from Viet Nam, as unbelievable as that sounds, and ensure their paperwork and medical needs are attended to.

There some outstanding organizations who do great work who can honestly make the claim that every penny donated to the group goes to a wounded veteran.

But there aren’t many who can claim that every dollar received expands into thousands of dollars in lifetime benefits that would never been received without the loyalty and “leave no man behind” commitment of brothers in arms.

If you have ever felt the thrill of patriotism that comes from watching the President award the Metal of Honor or watching a movie like “Lone Survivor or “Platoon” then come on out Sat., Aug. 9 and meet the veterans who made those sacrifices and still do.

The event is being held midday at The Meeting Place, 2921 Highmarket St. on the corner of Highmarket and Ridge St. (Ridge Street is the street the Highway Dept. and the St Frances Animal Shelter is on in Georgetown.)

For further information call 843-543-4888.

Joseph E. Scanlon

Pawleys Island

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