VA’s problem is not about funding


In his letter, VA is not serving our veterans, the Rev. Leonard Klippen correctly points out that there is fault in the delivery of care to our veterans. I would point out though, that it is not a matter of funding. In my 18 years of serving our country’s best, many in a leadership position, I can attest to the waste prevalent in the system, secondary to the administrative structure of the department.

It is time to evaluate the program as a whole and work on reducing the excessive rules and regulations that only entice to a “gaming” process, reduce the administrative staff, give more clout to clinicians, and reduce the political influence. The culture of stonewalling, fear of retribution, and placing self-preservation over the veteran’s interests has to stop.

Fernando J Milanés, Associate Chief of Staff for Mental Health(retired), Miami VA Hospital

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