Making Things Better at the VA

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for a while, you know both from frequent news coverage and possibly even from personal experience that the VA healthcare system sucks in many ways. Not to denigrate the individuals involved who are doing their best, but the system is broken. It’s rife with bureaucratic red tape and has been for more than one generation of American warriors.

I think the best way to help the people caught up in this system is to work from within. Help the individuals. Don’t try to change the system or even bother complaining about it. Help the veterans.

Rick, a good friend of mine and an Air Force veteran, has been doing this. He noticed that the availability of books and magazines in the waiting rooms was horrible. To paraphrase his words, people were bringing in romance novels and Nancy Drew books. As he travels to the Charleston SC VA hospital often, he wanted to change that. He put the word out on Facebook and started collecting books.

Since then, he’s made several trips, and carried hundreds of books to the center. Not only does he deliver the books, but every time he visits, he arranges the bookshelves, carries books around to the various waiting rooms, and removes books that are damaged or useless (those Nancy Drew’s again).

Our church has the pleasure of contributing several boxes of books. Even cooler, they put up a sign over the bookshelf recognizing our church for this.

VA-Charleston-bookshelf sign

Now think about it. A church of under 20 people located 120 miles from this hospital is helping veterans we’ll likely never meet. That’s kingdom building there.

How can you do something simple like what Rick did to meet the needs of an underserved population near you that might be caught up in a system drowning in bureaucracy?

This message was written by Dr. David Powers and the crazy religious wackos at Kapow. You can always find us at www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!

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