National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) in Overland, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis, on July 12, 1973, striking a severe blow to the National Archives and Records Administration of the United States. NPRC, the custodian of military service records, lost approximately 16-18 million official military personnel records as a result of the fire."
That was a large part of the problems for him to get care at the VA, since he had no proof other than a Purple Heart, to show he had a service-related injury. The burden of proof was on him, a virtual impossibility after so long.
So when I read about the horrible care that today's veterans are getting from the VA system, I have an inkling of what they are going through. And it is a disgrace and a national shame that the veterans are treated this way, whether their injuries are life-altering or not.
So today, think a little while about what would have been the result if those men and women had not risked their lives and their well-being to do their duty to our country. And while you think about that, consider supporting some of the organizations like Paralyzed Veterans of America, the Wounded Warrior Project, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Every little donation helps. It's the least we can do.
Bumper sticker for the day: "It was a sad and disappointing day when I discovered my universal remote control did not, in fact, control the universe (not even remotely).