Community Voices: An example of VA done right

Sunday, 12 November 2017, 05:11:05 AM. We’ve all read the horror stories some military veterans tell when talking about the health ca...
We’ve all read the horror stories some military veterans tell when talking about the health care they receive, or should receive from Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Facilities. On this day after Veterans Day, I want to tell you about a case in which everything went smoothly and the system worked perfectly. It’s about a guy named Lou Wojtysiak Jr. of Cumming. He was a 73-year-old Chicago native and Navy veteran who served in Vietnam. He was active in several veterans’ organizations and had a loving, devoted wife, a daughter and grandkids he adored. Last December, after his wife Mary Ann noticed some balance and anger issues with Lou, she took him to see a doctor at Emory Hospital. It was there he was diagnosed with the onset of ALS, better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, a neurodegenerative disease with no cure. They told the couple they should see an advocate for paralyzed veterans at the Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Mary Ann said she is grateful that a friend of Lou’s had urged him several years before to get into the VA system. From the moment Lou was diagnosed she said she knew he had a year at most. Mary Ann said the VA fast-tracked everything. Within a couple of weeks he had a custom-built motorized wheelchair, and soon after that Lou was provided a specially modified van. Mrs. Wojtysiak said without those things “He would have been a shut-in.” What’s more, it allowed his family to take Lou to Washington, D.C. to see the Vietnam Wall and other things...Read more
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