Friday, December 7, 2012

Stop suffering in silence and get media involved

If you need one more reminder of suffering in silence, here it is.

Problem Solver: Veterans Affairs shifts course, says Vietnam vet can get disability for Agent Orange exposure
Dallas News
Problem Solvers
Weeks after Vietnam veteran Bill Sonntag’s story appeared in the newspaper, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs admitted a mistake, and he now qualifies for disability benefits based on Agent Orange exposure.
Problem Solver wrote about Sonntag’s situation last summer
read more here

No one can help you if they don't know what you are going through. The American people do care and there are also plenty of reporters that want to make sure veterans are treated right.

If you are not being treated right when you have an honest claim, contact your local media. If a reporter isn't interested in talking to you, find another. If you can't then get ahold of the editor. If that doesn't work, get ahold of the publisher. If they are still not interested, then go to TV news. Keep fighting to have your story told if not for yourself then do it for others. If it is happening to you, it is happening to others as well and they might not be as brave as you are to fight back.

Bill Sonntag's claim was no less valid when he was being denied. Yet once the media got ahold of the story, the VA admitted it was all a mistake. They didn't before a reporter told his story.

After over 17,000 post on this blog it is clear that the suffering does not change with a reporter being interested, but the outcome does.