Veterans Healthcare, Betrayed
Top of Mind with Julie Rose - Radio Archive, Episode 940
- Nov 9, 2018 10:00 pm
- 1:43:55 mins
A Model for Better Health Care in America? Look at the VA Guest: Suzanne Gordon, Journalist and Author of “Wounds of War: How the VA Delivers Health, Healing, and Hope to the Nation’s Veterans” The VA healthcare system has a reputation for impenetrable bureaucracy, long wait times and poor care. The VA has had problems at times, but journalist Suzanne Gordon spent five years researching the Veterans Health Administration and has concluded it’s actually providing care that’s as good – and often better - than what Medicare or the private health system in America. In fact, she argues the VA’s system of doctors, hospitals, clinics and health benefits for veterans is a model we’d do well to adopt for the rest of us. Gordon’s new book is “Wounds of War: How the VA Delivers Health, Healing and Hope to the Nation’s Veterans.” WWII Airmen Silenced, Abandoned By US Gov’t for Decades Guest: Frederic “Ric” Martini, Author of “Betrayed: Secrecy, Lies and Consequences” In 1944, Frederic Martini’s plane was shot down over occupied France. He was captured by the German SS and held at Buchenwald Concentration Camp. Soldiers were supposed to be given certain protections as prisoners of war under international law. But Martini and more than 160 other Allied airmen were denied that status and instead held at Buchenwald where they were tortured, starved and forced to work as slave labor. When Martini and the other American soldiers held at Buchenwald came home from the war, the government locked all evidence of their ordeal away as top secret. The cover up meant that Martini would spend the rest of his life being told by the Veterans Administration that psychological trauma and injuries due to the time he spent in Buchenwald were all in his head, because as far as the government was concerned, he’d never been there. Frederic Martini died 13 years ago and his son Ric has now published a book detailing the real truth behind the Buchenwald airmen and their betrayal by the US government.