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VA Hospital Flying Different Colors

Randy DeVaul

Posted on June 16, 2018 11:03

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The VA has a problem with demonstrating how veterans are treated equally when a VA hospital decides to remove the military branch flags in preference of the gay pride flag. Apparently, the VA is no longer concerned with equal rights, but preferential rights to a certain few.

A Northern Indiana Veterans Administration (VA) hospital removed all military branch flags from their designated flag poles on Friday, June 15, 2018. These flags represent all the men and women who have given their lives by providing service to their country. They who are now served by the VA to address and treat their physical, emotional and mental health issues. There was no order issued by anyone of rank to make this hospital remove these service flags. This was a sole act by an order given by someone at this hospital who apparently has a personal agenda that far exceeds the agenda or mission of the VA hospital.

The branch flags were removed to fly the LGBT rainbow flag to “celebrate” gay pride month. The news report did not identify the person who ordered it. The quote simply stated “The hospital defended the action” stating it was to “show our dedication to serving all veterans equally.”

I find it interesting the person who gave this order did not want to be identified. I also find it interesting that this person, who is obviously promoting his or her own agenda, that the reason given was to somehow make the veterans and the American citizens believe this was an equality issue.

Flying the military flags to honor all branches of service and all of the men and women who served in those branches demonstrates equality to all. To provide such a bogus reason to promote the gay agenda and to think the rest of America is that naïve clearly demonstrates this person is not the right person to be leading this hospital.

First, if a military person needs treatment, who cares whether that person is straight or gay? Is that a question a patient must answer before getting treatment? Does it somehow get someone preferential treatment over others? The VA is to provide treatment to all US veterans. Why would it matter what their sexual preference is?

Second, this action flies directly in the face of all veterans. This action publicly demonstrated the political and personal favoritism for only a select or certain category of veterans. It in no way suggests equal treatment for all. I can imagine that those veterans who are not in that “category” or living that lifestyle would be outrageously offended. This act was not unifying, but divisive.

This is not about being “accepting” of the gay community; it is about ensuring all veterans through the flying of all the branch flags, are equally accepted because of their service, not about having to qualify for treatment under sexual preference. This action is not about equal rights, but preferential rights.

This decision to remove the branch flags to fly a rainbow flag was wrong. But, as everything else in government, there will be no accountability. I do not care what your sex life is about; fair and equal treatment for all can only be achieved by recognizing every patient as a veteran!

Randy DeVaul

Posted on June 16, 2018 11:03

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