The Southampton Press of December 25 provides interesting counterpoints concerning this community’s perception of Veterans Administration hospitals. On page A16, there is a lovely article about Lillian Scanlon creating personal lap blankets [“Warm Use of Her Skills”] for wheelchair mobile veterans at Northport VAMC (we who need wheelchairs don’t like the pathetic Dickensian phrase “wheelchair bound”).
On the other hand, the editorial cartoon on A11 mocks the notion of national health care while implying that death is a preferable alternative. National health care is exactly what the nation gives its veterans, a word often preceded by “heroic,” at least during wars.
If it’s good enough for heroes, why isn’t it good enough for The Southampton Press?
ALFRED J. CALLAHAN JR., USAR (RET.)Southampton