I belong to American Legion "Vietnam Vets" Post 639 in Springfield, MO. I am a WWII Combat Infantry Veteran I've been trying to get Compensation for a service connected dis-ability for over 4 years now. I presently have 13 form letters of apology from the DVA, for taking so long to make a decision. At 86 I am firmly convinced that either the DVA in St. Louis is manned by a multitude of INCOMPETENTS, or they are hoping that I will die and go away!!
I have had Advocates from the American Legion, two Congressmen, two Senators, and have even written to Senator Patty Murray, who is the Chair person for the DVA. All of these people have expressed their concern for DVA's apparent foot dragging, lack of concern for disabled vets. So it is obvious that all of the rhetoric is just that, with no real meaning or concern for us. The fact is that the employees of DVA are collecting there big salaries and benefits and could care less for we disabled Veterans!!! They would have to do the job they were hired for but like most Government Employees, there interest is apparently feathering their own nests.
In my humble opinion the Vietnam Vets got royally screwed and still are; then they had to be criminalized by the American Traitor Hanoi Jane, who should have been tried for treason but what happened, she, after causing the deaths of some of our fine young soldiers, was allowed to return to America and continue her career.
Our wonderful fools in D.C. the great Circus, denied for years that Agent Orange, did not cause any problems but many Veterans are not with us anymore because of the proven death sentence from the effects of "Agent Orange."
I could write an essay on this subject but I'm sure you've gotten my message.