As the heat continues on the US Department on Veterans Affairs for reports of appointment manipulation and staggeringly long wait-times, it seems as if every show is debating the topic. While cable news programs may bring in rotating panels to address the controversy, Comedy Central’s Nightly Show found itself in the unique position to turn to within to find professionals on the subject.
Two Nightly Show staffers are military vets, and host Larry Wilmore featured a segment on Wednesday night’s show giving each of these heroes the opportunity to speak to some ways that vets can angle for appropriate healthcare. Sargeant Jonathan Ginter and Master Sargeant Benari Poulten addressed the best practices that vets can use when they return from service.
“If you’re going into the VA, remember the tables are now turned and you’re in charge. You don’t have to take the doctor they give you,” said Sgt. Ginter who served two tours of Iraq.
“We’re also a part of a community,” said Msg. Poulten — who served in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Guantanamo — identifying the larger veteran groups that are put in place to assist individuals in need. “There a lot of people — good people in the VA who want to help you… there are Veterans organizations out there who can help you navigate this system,” he continued to applause from the crowd.
The controversy has come front and center once again after VA secretary Bob McDonald cracked a joke of sorts comparing the wait lines at the VA to the lines that pile up at Disney. “What really counts is how does the veteran feel about their encounter with the VA. When you go to Disney, do they measure the number of hours you wait in line? What’s important is what your satisfaction is with the experience. What I would like to move to eventually is that kind of measure,” McDonald said at a press event Monday.
Watch the above panel from Comedy Central’s The Nightly Show.
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