I am a Navy veteran (one tour) with an honorable discharge, and subsequently seeing progressive tiers of disability. I admit gratification to the U.S. Navy for my evaluations, but lately I’ve experienced a shift in the tolerance of some hired personnel.

The most recent happenstance has been having to withstand an irregularity that’s provocative, extremely stressful and unreasonable. Since waiting for an appointment to the eye clinic at Togus Veterans Affairs, I was scheduled for June 8. When I was done, I was told that I’d have the glasses within six weeks. However, 60 days from my appointment in June, I am still patiently awaiting my glasses. By anyone’s calculation, that multiplies into more than eight weeks.

Is Togus VA seriously underfunded, understaffed, unregulated and disproportionately dismissive? My judgment is a resounding, “Aye, aye!”

I’m able to survive the divisive quotient of this most unpleasurable escapade — thanks be unto God and the mental health floor of VA at Togus.

Where are all the young men and women who are numbered in the nameless stats to go to survive when needed in time?

Daphne P. Alex


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