On Jan. 24, I assisted a veteran to receive medical assistance at the VA facility on Emmett F. Lowry Expressway in Texas City.

As an observer, I witnessed the unbelievable lack of compassion for our elderly and middle-aged veterans.

I watched from a distance our veterans standing outside this facility in 32-degree weather for more than 45 minutes.

This was not two or three veterans.

This was a line of 10 to 15 nonsmoking veterans.

I observed at 7:30 a.m. the facility lights on and employees filing in, passing these veterans. However, our Galveston County veterans, ages 55 to 80, waited outside in the freezing weather.

One may say our military people are able to hold up to any conditions, and I believe they are.

Now I ponder the president’s State of the Union Address on Jan. 28, observing our elected officials applaud and recognize military personnel. Yes,

I observed their patriotism. However, in Galveston County, the veterans who fought for our freedoms stand in 32-degree weather waiting to enter a warm government facility.

Carolyn O’Hara

Santa Fe


(4) comments

Linda Brieden

That is pitiful, and hopefully someone who is in a position to do something about it will see this letter and do so. I am sure that the VA employees were concerned about all those rowdy veterans running rampant in the hallways before the VA was ready to provide service to them. At least that's why they used to make us wait outside when I was a kid in school.[sad]

frank furleigh

I may be wrong, but banks do not allow customers into the lobby before the designated opening time for the same reasons: security, insurance reasons and policies.

Melvin Herrmann

@66460-banks are totally different than a VA hospital/clinic. When you go to the bank, you can sit and wait in your car. A lot of the veterans rely on public transportation to get the VA clinic for one reason or another and they do have a waiting room. These men and women fought for/defended our freedoms in more ways than one and made many sacrifices that some will never fully understand, and this is how they get treated. I sure hope someone changes things for their safety.

Steve Fouga

I wonder why they didn't just go in, once the doors were unlocked. Was someone blocking their way, to make sure they didn't get in?

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