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Letters: VA real scandal

Published: Friday, July 3 2015 9:26 p.m. MDT

Glen Allgood, a Pearl Harbor survivor, listens to the Star Spangled Banner during a ceremony honoring Pearl Harbor survivors at the George Whalen Veterans Home in Ogden on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012.  (Kristin Murphy, Deseret News) Glen Allgood, a Pearl Harbor survivor, listens to the Star Spangled Banner during a ceremony honoring Pearl Harbor survivors at the George Whalen Veterans Home in Ogden on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012. (Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)

Since all the political talk these days is about Obama administration scandals, I think it might be worth pointing out how little actual harm most of these so-called "scandals" have caused. Benghazi talking points? People who watch Sunday political shows were possibly slightly less informed for a few days than they otherwise would have been. IRS targeting conservative groups? None were denied 501(c)(4) status; a few groups had to fill out a slightly longer questionnaire. No harm, no foul — these aren't real scandals.

If you want a genuine scandal, look at the VA and delays of months, even years, processing veterans disability claims. Real harm done to genuine American heroes — that's an actual scandal. Let's talk about that, and how to fix it. Not these silly political squabbles, in which no one was actually hurt.

Eric Samuelsen

Provo

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