Marine Corps Veteran Wayne Moore Sr. won’t deny that the Department of Veterans Affairs has some problems it needs to work on.

“Like any large bureaucracy or institution they have some serious problems, which some are quick to criticize,” said the 59-year-old Charleston, S.C. resident. “Some of it’s justifiable. But I wonder why nobody takes the time to commend the good things the VA has done, and is doing.”

He added: “VA employees are some of the most dedicated, hard-working, compassionate, caring and unappreciated folks it has been my honor to know. They treat me like I’m second to none. As far as I’m concerned, Johns Hopkins ain’t got nothin’ on my VA!”

Circle the Wagons

Moore, who spent 18 years in the Marines, said the good folks at the Charleston VA have been there for him time and time again over the years. “They really circle the wagons around you,” he said.  “I’m grateful to them for that…

“I’m a cancer survivor,” he continued. “I was diagnosed with prostate cancer here at the VA. They’re the ones who found it; they diagnosed me and then they educated me about it. They talked me through the whole thing, the whole treatment process. They made me comfortable with that journey I was on. From the chaplain to the urologist, they were with me. They took care of me.”

Out of the Fog

Moore said the medical professionals at the Charleston VA also helped him with another major life issue.

“They didn’t hesitate. They saved my life.”

“I’m a recovering alcoholic and addict,” he said. “I was stuck in that for quite some time. But the VA worked with me over the years and brought me out of that fog. They gave me my sanity back, and my sobriety. They gave me my life back, because if it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t have my children and my grandchildren in my life. Nobody wants to hang around an alcoholic and an addict.”

Moore said cancer and addiction weren’t the only things his VA healthcare team saved him from.

“I had a light stroke on the grounds of the VA a while back and the VA police came to my rescue,” he said. “They know me, and they know about my condition, so they knew exactly what to do and they did it. They didn’t hesitate. They got me to the emergency room quick, fast and in a hurry. They saved my life.”

First Stop

The former Marine said the Charleston VA now seems like a second home to him.

“That’s my first stop every day,” he said. “I head over to the VA and visit with the Chaplain. Then I go see the addiction people, and then I go visit with the homeless program people. I talk to everybody there, including the housekeeping people. Everybody knows me.

“You’d be surprised at the wisdom some of the housekeepers have,” he observed. “They always have a kind word for you. Most of them are vets themselves, so they know when you’re feeling good and when you’re feeling bad. They’ve been just as important to my recovery as the psychiatrists, doctors and nurses here. They always have nuggets of wisdom they drop on you, and it really lifts you up.”

Moore said even his two granddaughters, seven-year-old Trinity and 10-year-old Alexis, are keenly aware of how much the VA has done for their grandfather.

“Trinity’s only seven, but she knows how to be thankful and grateful” Moore said. “She also knows there’s bad in the world, and there’s good. One day she told me, ‘Granddaddy, the VA fixed you so they must be good.  Somebody should write about all the good things they do.’

Moore smiled, than added:  “I think she has more brains than most adults.”

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Published on Aug. 11, 2016

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  1. Warriors Heart August 19, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    Awesome to see the VA fighting the good fight. Our servicemen and women shouldn’t have to suffer with addiction or substance abuse. Good for Mr. Moore for seeking the help he needs for himself and his family!

  2. Donald Keith Morehead August 15, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    Thanks for your candid post. My experience with the VA has been much better than what we read in the press.

  3. Jimmy Mercado August 14, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    I’ve been their brother, not quite the same but the big C and being lost mentally. So here’s to you SIMPER FIDELIS. The good LORD works mysteriously .

  4. Albert E. McDonald August 13, 2016 at 10:13 am

    Bravo Zulu Ralph H.Johnson VA Medical Center! Spread the mentality to all the centers!

  5. Alfred Tyrone Smith August 13, 2016 at 1:16 am

    I am grateful to have had the same results with the VA North Little Rock Arkansas great group of individuals caring for the well being and productivity of the Veterans.

  6. Gene Mc Mahon August 12, 2016 at 8:50 pm

    Great story Mr Moore, good luck and Semper Fi.

  7. John Bolthouse August 12, 2016 at 5:17 pm

    Way to go, Wayne. I am glad you are doing so well. My experience with the VA has been a good one also, at Martinsburg WV. Just like you, I have seen many dedicated people. It’s great that you took the time to write.

  8. freddie owens August 12, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    Why is it that some VA facilities and their staff will go the extra mile for veterans where others will down play the seriousness of the problem and let our veterans languish in the system with no help?
    Great story in Charleston, hope others will follow their lead.

  9. Art Dumas August 12, 2016 at 3:22 pm

    I want to thank Overton Brooks VA in Shreveport got the service I receive.

  10. Demetrica Jefferis August 12, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    This is a great story!! The DVA does have so much to offer its veterans and their families. I retired a year ago and have been visiting the VA Medical Center in Wash DC for physical therapy to help me recover from an acute case of Achilles Tendonitis. And I agree with Mr. Moore that the VA has issues but there are so many positives with the assistance and care they provide.

    From one cancer survivor (Breast Cancer) to another, I commend Mr. Moore for his story recognizing the VA.

  11. vern cavenee August 12, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    VA sure saved, and keeps saving my life. I was to believe I had 38-50% mortality rate for 5yrs due to head and neck cancer. I was biopsied 2012. That was 4yrs 2months ago. Last year ademocarcenoma attacked my upper left lung. We removed that in Houston. Now my quality of life is tolerable all due to the medical staff at Oklahoma city,Houston,Muskogee and Paralyzed Veteran’s of America advocates. The God of my understanding led me to real life Angels. At the VA!!

  12. Dawn Meadows August 12, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    That is a wonderful testimony and I am so happy for you to beat cancer, addiction and alcohol. It was very brave of you to share. You are so right about the VA, there is more negative information passed than positive about the healthcare the VA provides but in my experience they are caring, concerned, spot-on with diagnosis, and you can tell the employees love what they do and it shows. My best to your family.

  13. TERRY NARDONE August 12, 2016 at 12:42 pm


  14. Michael Hines August 12, 2016 at 11:24 am

    This is bs the VA is full of xxit in every experience I have had even caught the rating vets illegally and not following the laws that they are governed by.

  15. xavier jackson August 12, 2016 at 10:32 am

    Continued,but I am fighting to the best I can’t get the right person to reach out,I have the emails to prove the negilence,but like I say the Charlie Norwood Vamp took me off death row!!!I luv them I just hope my claim settles before I die!!and thank you hud vash,,you are a life saver Xavier Jackson 82nd airborne veteran

  16. xavier jackson August 12, 2016 at 10:27 am

    Well you are lucky,I am sitting here with lukemi,chronic pain,schizo affective disorder,tinnitus,perhipal nerve damage, and the condition get worse because my primary care denied my fee based chemo,because he didn’t know protocol and apologize after my counts reach blast 300,000 yes near organ failure that was at the Carl Vinson VA,,Thank god for the Charlie Norwood VA for saving my life,also yclaims adjuster agreed with disability but wouldn’t connect well airborne,generator mechanic/infantryman/motor pool she,and active jump status52do10 ,that’s enough noise,and the water from camp lejune during of forces training,and they wonder why I attempted suicide ,hoorah

  17. Lisa Louis-Howell August 12, 2016 at 10:22 am

    Way to go my Charleston, SC colleagues. It takes one at a time and VA will rise up for the men and women that gave more of themselves for the sake of our great nation!

  18. thomas gomez sr August 11, 2016 at 8:49 pm

    im glad for you my brother. and your right. the media has nothing good to say about the va! i wish we could show the world how good the va is to us! we are the best treated veterans in the world!and your right the va has some problems. but if the media would look at the volume of veterans they handle. they would understand. no one or nothing in this world is perfect but the va strives to be. and to me they are.glad your doing proud of any soldier that can pull himself up. good luck.

  19. The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston, SC is honored to serve Mr. Moore and all the Veterans in the Charleston area and surrounding cities and counties.

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