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Corruption Chronicles

VA Gives Gitmo Terrorists Better Medical Care Than U.S. Veterans

As the nation prepares to commemorate the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military, a Pentagon insider reveals that Al Qaeda terrorist jailed at Guantanamo get better medical treatment than our own veterans.

As disgraceful as this may seem, it’s not at all far-fetched considering the Obama administration has gone out of its way to accommodate the prisoners—the world’s most dangerous terrorists—at the U.S. Naval base in southeastern Cuba. We’re talking about 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed (KSM) and his partners in crime, Ramzi Binalshibh and Ali Abdul Aziz Ali. USS Cole bomber Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri is also locked up there.

Since 2008 Judicial Watch has regularly traveled to Gitmo to monitor the Military Commission proceedings of these Islamic jihadists. On many occasions, members of the U.S. Military have expressed to JW representatives that captives in the high-security compound have better living conditions than American soldiers stationed there. This includes food service, sports facilities and even high-speed internet, according to information obtained directly by JW during trips to Gitmo.

Now, in the midst of the scandal involving the Veterans Affairs healthcare system, a Pentagon insider confirms what many have suspected; while our veterans are receiving deplorable healthcare services, the VA is providing jailed terrorists with topnotch medical treatment. J.D. Gordon, a retired Navy Commander who served as a Pentagon spokesman in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, offers enraging figures via a news site. During his tenure Gordon visited Gitmo dozens of times and he got to go behind the scenes.

There are approximately 150 terrorists at Gitmo yet the VA has 100 doctors, nurses and healthcare personnel assigned to them, Gordon says. “Doctors and medical personnel are at their beck and call,” he confirms, adding that they are readily available for things as minor as a cold, fever, toothache or chest and back pain. The jihadists who murdered thousands of Americans never have to wait, Gordon says, because the Gitmo patient to healthcare provider ratio is 1.5 to 1. “No problem, come right on in,” Gordon writes in his piece.

If you risked your life serving your country, however, the ratio is 35 to 1, according to Gordon who discloses that there are 9 million veterans receiving VA healthcare and 267,930 providers. This is egregious, to say the least. The VA healthcare system has been notoriously flawed for many years—under both Democrat and Republican administrations—but the sad fact that even terrorists are getting better services from the agency really accentuates the severity of the problem.

The system is so inept that military veterans are needlessly dying because of long waits and delayed care at VA hospitals, news reports and federal audits have confirmed. The worst part is that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the nation’s second-largest presidential cabinet agency, is well aware of the crisis but has done nothing to correct it. In fact, VA managers have actively covered up the wrongdoing with fraudulent record keeping, including a secret list to conceal exorbitant waiting periods to receive medical attention. Now the VA Inspector General and Congress are investigating this atrocity. In the meantime it seems that veterans must relocate to a Gitmo jail cell to get adequate medical care from the from the U.S. government.








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