The on-going controversy (Veteran care woes .... May 23) about veterans care deserves some solution that will help those who have served and need medical attention now, not later. Not much later.
The Pentagon looks favorably upon men and women who come to the armed forces to serve in the pink of health. As a "war machine," the Pentagon uses people to ... fight wars. Its record seems suspect (or dishonorably discharged) when taking care of those wounded soldiers and sailors who require medical care.
Ex-general Shinseki served in the military that he might one day direct affairs on the field of battle. His background isn't exactly in league with, say, Florence Nightingale or Albert Schweitzer.
Retire Mr. Shinseki with a 21-gun salute and a plaque, then hire someone whose history has been in hospital care, who has tended the infirm and has shown to be empathetic to casualties requiring assistance, be it physical or mental.
Better yet, turn the entire Pentagon into a hospital with the DoD's budget.
BINK OWEN, Walla Walla