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Laboring in the Shadow of the Media: Care and Perceptions of Care in the VA

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As I reflect on my friend’s skepticism at my taking a VA position, I can answer that yes, the VA needs work. It has some major issues. But I no longer feel the need to cringe, because I now know firsthand the kind of care that is being delivered (at least to the veterans in Boise).

Wherever you stand on the quality of VA care, the movement to privatize, or the politicizing inevitable during an election year, to indiscriminately excoriate the VA is to risk marginalizing the superlative care that many currently receive by the thousands of physicians and other health care providers and administrators throughout the VA. Our veterans are a national treasure that deserve excellent care and real solutions to the problems that exist in the VA, not overwhelming negative rhetoric.

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