There’s no doubt the Veterans Health Administration gets a bad rap from time to time.
You read about it and see it on television often, with people unhappy about the care they received, or in some cases, didn’t receive.
I have no doubt there are a lot of legitimate concerns, but I have a different perspective.
As an Air Force veteran, I’ve been going to the John J. Pershing VA Medical Center for my care for probably close to 18 years. In all that time, I can’t honestly say I’ve really had anything worth complaining about.
Sure, I may occasionally have to wait a while to get called back to be seen, but really, that’s the only nitpicking gripe I can come up with.
I had to go to the urgent care at the VA recently, and every member of the staff took the utmost care of me. They were thorough, informative and caring - as they always are.
My wife has gone to the VA for care for the same amount of time and has enjoyed the same level of care as me.
Honestly, we’ve never had a reason to complain.
Even being sent to the John Cochran VA Medical Center in St. Louis has been trouble-free for both of us.
I’ve needed a lot of the services at the John J. Pershing VA Medical Center over the years, from pharmacy and radiology to the emergency room, physical therapy (thanks to carrying heavy camera equipment every day for decades), the inpatient floor and more. Every experience has been positive.
And when they couldn’t perform a test and needed to farm me out elsewhere for something, those appointments came quickly and without trouble.
Maybe our cases are the exception, but somehow I doubt it.
The John J. Pershing VA Medical Center has an awful lot of good, caring and compassionate people, and while some folks seem to only complain, I can say they do a great job.