- State declares test results for schools invalid (10/4/17)2
- College algebra to be removed from Southeast required curriculum (10/10/17)1
- Child-custody advocate: State law needs fix to provide parents with more equal custody (10/12/17)
- Past Rowdy the Redhawk mascot's identity revealed (10/15/17)
- Cancer will 'change your life, but it doesn't have to rule it' (10/8/17)
- Sikeston singer moves on with 'The Voice' (10/16/17)
- Police chief, council: Cape Girardeau faces growing gun violence (10/17/17)4
- Developer asks court to OK tax district board for improvements near Hobby Lobby (10/17/17)4
- Bills addressing equal child custody to be filed, legislators say (10/13/17)
- The last person to be laid to rest at Old Lorimier Cemetery: Mary Russell Fox (10/17/17)2
Computerizing the VA
Thousands of American soldiers who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan are trying to take advantage of an important benefit of military service: medical care at VA hospitals. The processing of paperwork, however, is proving to be a tremendous hurdle.
The VA learned after the first Gulf War that the crush of applications for medical care was too much for its bureaucracy. Why? Because the VA still doesn't have a computer system capable of keeping track of a soldier's military background and health records. As a result, veterans applying for VA health benefits for the first time must carry around documentation of their military service.
Getting the VA computerized isn't going well. A model VA hospital computer system in Florida failed. It cost nearly half a billion dollars and was supposed to be a national model.
Our veterans deserve better than this. Creating a workable computerized record keeping system should not be like inventing the wheel. Something is wrong when millions of dollars fail to produce a solution. VA officials and federal legislators should take care of this overwhelming need.