Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America

JWV Opposes the VA’s Preemptive Strike in Hospital Closures

Summer 2003

The Jewish War Veterans of the USA (JWV) opposes the VA's recently announced plan for a preemptive strike to close seven VA hospitals and restructure other facilities as a part of a massive overhaul of health facilities. At a time when many veterans face long waits for services, the Department of Veterans Affairs is proposing to close facilities in Canandaigua, N.Y.; Pittsburgh, PA; Lexington, KY; Brecksville, OH; Gulfport, MS; Livermore, CA; and Waco, TX. The JWV opposes these closures. The JWV condemns the VA's indifference at a time when so many of our troops are serving in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other arenas of conflict throughout the world. When these American heroes return home, they deserve the best in health care, not the possibility of locked doors and long waits for the care they have earned. The VA is in the midst of proposing a massive change in the way health care is delivered through its proposed CARES (Capital Asset Realignment for Enhanced Services) program, unless CARES is merely smoke and mirrors. Any hospital closures should wait until the CARES program is completely implemented. Premature hospital closings will gut an already overburdened health care system.

 

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