Meridian Star


June 15, 2014

Letters: Sunday, June 15, 2014

MERIDIAN — The prisoner exchange

    I was not at all surprised by President Obama releasing five of the most dangerous Muslims. Based on his track record, starting with his book, "Dreams of my Father," in  which he said that in any event, "he would always take the side of Muslims" and allowing four years to pass by before that filthy Muslim Maj. Nidal Hasan was tried and sentenced to death, nothing surprises me any more.

    This action will probably encourage the Taliban to capture more soldiers and this president can then start to trade not five but may 10 detainees at Gitmo and eventually empty the facility.

    It would also not surprise me that at the end of Obama's term he will probably grant a full pardon to Major Hasan and send him to Qatar with an ankle bracelet. Don't laugh, our ex-governor, Haley Barbour, pardoned a convicted murderer when his term was over.


    Jim Knowles

VA system broken

    I, personally, am not surprised about information in a June 10 Associated Press article in The Meridian Star titled, "VA: Average wait for first-time visits 45 days."

    But, it is worse than reported. I totally disagree with a portion of one sentence which states, "but that established patients within the VA generally had little trouble getting in to see a primary care doctor in a timely manner."

    My name is Floyd T. Killebrew, Jr. I am a U. S. Navy Veteran, 13 December, 1974 - 13 April 1980, two years four months active duty; three years active reserve; and on year inactive reserve. I am also a lifetime member of the DAV, Disabled American Veterans. I also drove the DAV Van for about three years.

    I am, also,  and have been, a patient at the VA medical facilities since April, 2004. I can say from my own personal experience, in the VA medical system and facilities, that I myself have had numerous problems concerning my health with the VA medical health facilities.

    For the last two to three years, my primary care provider has gone from every three to four months apart to six months apart. That's right, I get to see my primary care giver twice a year. And, their current policy is that you cannot see your primary care giver before your next appointment. You have to be a walk-in at the VA's emergency room clinic. But, many times, receiving care for the medical problems is almost impossible. Because, you wait and wait and wait and wait. While I was driving the DAV van from Meridian to the Jackson VA, I personally have knowledge of many of our veterans from Meridian having to wait for almost the whole time while we were at the Jackson VA.

    The DAV van leaves Meridian at 8 a.m. and arrives at the Jackson VA at about 9:30-9:45 a.m. Then, the DAV van leaves the Jackson VA at about 2 p.m. for the van to make it back to Meridian VA Clinic at about 3:45-4 p.m. Another problem that veterans have to endure is if they move from one state to another, their medical file does not go with them. The veteran is treated as though they are

being seen for the first time at the new facility.

    I experienced this when I moved to Montgomery, Ala., from Meridian. Also, during the time that I have been going to the VA medical facilities, I have been told many times by the staff, "Thank you for your service."

    To be told this constantly by the staff, and then they knowingly deliver poor medical service, makes me sick to my stomach. Now, I know there are those who tried their best, because their hands were tied due to the engrained cultural atmosphere within the VA medical system.

    Thank you, Floyd T. Killebrew, Jr.

    U. S. Navy Veteran

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