In a letter published July 10, it was suggested that the Veterans Administration be done away with completely because of its health care problems.
The writer did not identify himself as a veteran, so I would assume he has no firsthand knowledge of the health care the VA provides to veterans here in the Lowcountry. As a U.S. Army veteran, I do.
The first exposure I had to the system was at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston, where I received excellent service and treatment, and for which I have nothing but praise.
When services were offered at the clinic at Naval Hospital Beaufort, I enrolled there, and my experience there has also been excellent. Dr. Aleksandar Prvulovic and his staff -- including Terra White, Mattie Wideman and Suzanne Bunton -- have always given me outstanding care and service.
I have never been kept waiting an unreasonable length of time, and I am encouraged to ask questions and participate in developing a personalized health plan.
Obviously there have been problems with VA health services in other areas of the country, but the system in our area is outstanding. My sincere gratitude to all the VA health care professionals who
serve us so faithfully.
Thomas H. Bailey