Brianne’s father David served in Vietnam. Many years later, after having a series of strokes, he needed long term care. David’s surviving daughter Brianne joined us to tell us about her father’s experience and her feeling about VA health care.
What do you tell other family members of Veterans about VA?
This is a wonderful country that wants to take care of the people who serve it. And I think that whether it’s a pride issue or wanting these benefits to be for other Veterans or [you’re] nervous about the process, VA makes it very easy and they want you to take advantage of it.
Can you tell us about your father’s care?
He was in a long-term care facility in San Jose. Towards the end he wasn’t being treated very well there. And then VA stepped in, took care of him.
During that time, we had the speech therapist, the respiratory, social work, everything that was there, and very involved in his care. I couldn’t even tell you all the different kinds of people that VA provided that you wouldn’t even think of… the basic everyday care that somebody needs that they were able to provide. He had the best care, the best care you could possibly have around. And it was fantastic. They took care of their people and it was amazing. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate the respect they gave him when he was passing and the way that they treated him every day. It has just lit a fire in me to always be with Veterans and do everything I can for Veterans. I appreciated everything that they did for him.
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