In a recent article for Dissent Magazine, Jack Schneider, assistant professor of education at the College of the Holy Cross, discusses the current issues surrounding the Department of Veteran Affairs. Various VA hospitals have recently been exposed for using unauthorized waiting lists to hide the realities of the veterans who wait months to get care—a scandal that has brought forth what the public understands as being new issues, but which veterans and their families know to be decades old. “The core issue in this unfolding scandal is not one of corruption, of bureaucratic dysfunction, or of administrative incompetence,” Schneider says. “Instead, the problem is rooted in how we calculate the cost of war, which has consistently and dramatically underestimated the price of caring for the wounded.”
As we continue to participate in war, the demand of care for the wounded continues to grow, in turn overwhelming VA hospitals, which remain continuously understaffed. Schneider, who witnessed this first hand as his veteran father had to navigate this system, explains that “these men and women suffered because their collective needs were too numerous to be adequately addressed by the existing system—something most Americans, and even many of our political leaders, are unaware of.” While the current scandal comes as no surprise to Schneider, he asserts that least surprising of all “is how this latest tragedy is unfolding—as a scandal rather than as a call for action.”
This is a “Holy Cross in the News” item by Evangelia Stefanakos.
For additional information, please contact Cristal Steuer at 508-793-2419.
Holy Cross Community Members Prepare for the Boston Marathon
As participants finish their final week of training and Boston readies itself for thousands of spectators, College of the Holy Cross community members are preparing...03/19/15
‘The 50 Best Private Colleges for Earning Your Degree On Time’
According to Money, a subsidiary of TIME.com, the College of the Holy Cross ranks No. 12 in the top 50 best private colleges for earning your degree on time and No. 101 for...03/04/15
‘At Notre Dame, a door closes, but many more are opening across Catholic higher ed’
Wall Street Journal | The Conversation
Joanne Pierce, professor of religious studies at College of the Holy Cross and a University of Notre Dame alumna, reflects on the legacy of Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, president...