We've dropped the Ball in caring for Vietnam Vets


Last year, President Trump signed the Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act, encouraging us to display the U.S. flag on this date. Vets say recognition is nice, but what they really need is better health care.

Dr. Tom Berger is executive vice president of the Vets Health Council of the Vietnam Veterans of America. He says we've dropped the ball, especially when it comes to suicides.

"A suicide data report from 2016 shows the great majority of suicide deaths are among older veterans, 55 and older -- and that's us."

Dr. Berger says not only have we seen V.A. scandals, there's also a shortage of doctors.

"It may be that in certain places particular health specialists are not as available as in other parts of the country."

Dr. Berger says maybe we could try an incentive program.

"One year of medical school in return for two years of service in the V.A. I mean, there's lots of things they can do; will that turn around the number? I don't know, but I think it's worth the effort."

More than 200,000 U.S. service members died in Vietnam and more than 1,600 are still listed as missing.


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