The endless battle for vet healthcare

U.S. military vets in the Pacific are angry about second class health care

treatment; Will a Washington oversight hearing make a difference?

It will be scheduled for next year.

By one count there are nearly 30,000 U.S. military veterans scattered across the Pacific. The population numbers range from 27,000 on Guam to six in the Marshall Islands. The CNMI, the Federated States and Palau also have resident vets, as do Majuro and Kosrae.

Every one of these people who rendered service to the United States are entitled to the same level of health care they would receive, had they chosen to reside in the U.S. mainland. But for many years, individual Pacific vets and organizations representing them have made increasingly loud complaints that Veterans Administration system is not only failing to do the job, but is stubbornly insisting that ailing vets travel across the international dateline to Honolulu for anything beyond the most basic of treatments.