Manchester VA deserves praise

To the Editor:

High praise for our Manchester VA Medical Center. Despite all the negative reports of the VA nationwide, here in Manchester we have a jewel in the system. It is not a full fledged hospital but as a Medical Center it is manned by doctors, practioner and regular nurses, technicians and other personnel. There is an urgent care facility manned by a doctor and nurse 24/7. There are 24 health clinics from audiology to X-ray, all manned by professionals. A veteran is given an appointment to any one of these when necessary. He receives a confirmation in the mail and 48 hours before receives a phone call for the same reason. His prescribed medications can be picked up at the pharmacy or are sent in the mail. In the fall when flu shots are available, all a veteran has to do is drive through the parking field, follow the flu shot sign to an enclosure manned by two nurses, turn motor off, open window, show ID, roll up sleeve, get shot, and move on without getting out of the seat belt – Drive-through Flu shot. There is a special clinic for ex-POWS. Many would not tell their spouses or family about their experience but among their peers they could unburden themselves. My personal experience is when I have an appointment I’m treated as if I were the only patient they had. The receptionists treat you with the greatest respect. There are many volunteers of all ages who are all helping out at whatever taks they have been assigned to. I am 97 years young and attribute my good health to the wonderful care and treatment I receive at the Manchester VA Medical Center.

Herman (Herk) Streitburger

World War II vet and ex-POW

Bedford