To the Editor:

How often we hear and read about how badly the VA cares for its’ beneficiaries, the veterans.

Not often do we hear or read about the wonderful work of the Veterans’ Health Care Administration side.

My wife, an Air Force veteran, recently underwent an ER visit which led to a 21-day hospitalization and seven-plus hours of surgery at the Veterans Health Care facility in Temple.

I was with her for hours every day of her stay but for one; and I want to tell you and anyone else who will read this, that the Surgical team led by Dr. Sonenberger, assisted by Drs. Jordan and Sparks, who also support Scott & White and Children’s Hospitals, performed a wonderful job of correcting and removing her problems with great skill and innovation. The attention and confidence they showed us was remarkable to say the least.

The nursing staff in the ICU and 3K floors deserves a round of applause and our undying gratitude for their part in attending to her pre and postoperative needs.

Their professionalism and demeanor throughout the 21 days was exemplary to say the least.

We all too often are quick to condemn, but slow to recognize the good in things.

We feel a debt of gratitude to the VA and its’ staff for providing services to us as veterans and keeping to its’ motto coined by Lincoln “To care for him who shall have born the battle and for his widow and orphan.”

Harold W. Willis Jr.

retired military, Vietnam veteran

Harker Heights

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