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Veterans Affairs Closes Its Doors

Veterans Affairs Closes Its Doors

Have you ever heard of a governmental organization closing its doors? Not answering its phones? That is exactly  what I observed this summer with the Philadelphia VA. In the spring I had received a letter from the VA informing of their intentions of recruiting me.


Unfortunately, this all amounted to nothing and when I called the VA (over and over again) the number was never receiving phone calls. They apparently set up a line and let it always go to voice mail. When I called the facilities operator I was informed that they were waiting for congressional funding to be approved. But my question is how can this happen? How can a government organization just not answer their phone? That phone was paid for by tax dollars. It’s not a choice whether you answer it or not. The mailbox, into my second month of trying to get in contact with the Philadelphia office, was full. I tried to email the director but I received no response. I found the part of the letter about how their employees come only second to the veterans they serve as laughable. Considering the  VA has been responsible for such foibles as contaminating veterans with HIV from unclean catheters and losing precious veteran’s social security data to hackers I find it hard to believe that Veterans ever come first.

About karololesiak

Karol Olesiak is a poet, writer, and activist. He is a graduate of Eugene Lang Liberal Arts College at The New School and an MFA student at The University of San Francisco. As a Navy sailor, he commissioned the USS Ronald Reagan, navigated the straits of Magellan, and served in the Persian Gulf. In 2011 Karol headlined The Bowery Poetry Club in New York. That same year he became a staunch supporter of The Occupy Wall Street Movement and became entrenched in the Occupy network of affinity groups. Karol was one of the founders of He became an antiwar activist in 2010 and has written many political essays. He has been translated into Spanish. Karol's poetry has been incorporated into cinematography and sound art.

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