To the Editor:
Shame, shame on the Temple VA and affiliates! Respite for the caregiver provides much-needed rest and stress relief. But, the Temple VA and its affiliates provide just the opposite. They actually add stress and are unable to protect the patient from abuse, much to the detriment of the veteran and their caregiver.
In 2007, a Vietnam veteran was diagnosed with dementia. His wife became his caregiver. In December 2016, after almost 10 years, the couple received some much-needed respite through the VA. The veteran was temporarily placed in a care facility. As instructed, the wife put his name in all his clothes, made a list of the items and packed them into a duffle bag. She turned the bag over to the health care professionals at the time her husband was admitted to the facility.
Reassured by the health care professionals that her husband was in good hands, she set off on a trip out of state. Unfortunately, shortly thereafter, the facility reported they were unable to care for him, had sent him to the Temple VA hospital, and the wife must come get his things.
The wife was miles from home, but after numerous calls, all seemed to be in order. But alas, stress would raise its ugly head again. During the release process, the wife discovered her husband was missing numerous personal items, including a blanket, jacket, slippers and baseball cap. Expected replacement value is $300.
Apparently, veterans’ belongings are up for grabs. A month later, the issue has yet to be resolved, causing the wife added stress. Is this really the best to be expected from the Temple VA? Shame on them!