"Go to one of those [VA] hospitals. Look around. See for yourself. See what war does."

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Via KEN HELLE | Times

Today's L.A. Times letter to the editor, because our voices matter:

War's casualties

Re "Iraq veteran suspected in O.C. killings," Jan. 15

I invite readers to visit a Department of Veterans Affairs hospital. Just walk around outside first for a bit with your eyes peeled. Then walk in and look around in the main lobby. Then make your way to the four or five or six primary care waiting rooms. Just look around at the patients. And see what war does.

The VA health system is the largest healthcare provider in the U.S. It also runs the largest psychiatric treatment system in the world. The VA prescribes more psychiatric medications than any other healthcare network; it has to.

Go to one of those hospitals. Look around. See for yourself. See what war does.

Rodger Garrett

Grover Beach, Calif.

Via http://www.ilovedogs.com

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  • http://www.facebook.com/cynthia.walker2 Cynthia Walker

    I started working at our local VA hospital in May 1970 (yeah, "Four dead in Ohio") when guys were getting shipped back from Vietnam.  My God.  And every so often up comes another war, and the VA is getting the recently wounded again, and on it goes.  The grief is always a constant.  I pray for our veterans.