I sent the letter below to President Donald Trump and I have received no reply. I do not know how long one should wait to expect a reply from the White House, but I sent it both physically and using the White House website.
The dinosaur media today noted that President Trump was with the Secretary of the Veteran's Administration signing an extension of the Veteran's Choice Act.
It just so happens that the Orlando VAMC is slow-rolling me right at this moment, dithering and trying to delay me and dissuade me from demanding an appointment to a dentist in local Orlando since they apparently cannot schedule me for a complex dental procedure until JULY.
This obviously will not fly with me. So tomorrow, after filing two complaints with the Patient Advocate's office which have both vanished into black holes, I am going to stand in the Dental Clinic and demand to be sent out on the economy for this procedure until they either relent or reschedule me for an earlier appointment.
The standard for the Choice Program is 30 days. If the VA cannot schedule a veteran within 30 days, they must refer the veteran to a local service provider.
This is just one hassle that I am fighting with the Orlando VAMC. I will have to sit down and enumerate all the endless indignities and obstructionism that they are visiting on me.
They make the process of seeking care an ordeal, their reflexive response to any request is "no," or "we cannot do that," even when they know damned well that they can, they will, and they eventually do.
Though I achieve some success with the VA, citing their own policies and politely insisting, they persist in wasting my time, scheduling me for appointments 30 days later, for no reason except policy. It is maddening.
The VA is a nightmare. I am a combat veteran, and I paid in blood to receive treatment at this facility. To be treated like this is an atrocity.
The irony that President Trump renewed the very policy that I am requesting today is maddening.
As you see, I ask President Trump to assign one of his young interns to wave a magic wand for me here. I just want to get the treatment that I need and then go away to trouble them no more.
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SNAIL-MAILED 18 MARCH. Sent via WH.gov on 27 March.
President Donald J. Trump
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, DC 20500
March 17, 2017
Dear Mr. President:
I am a veteran, currently an outpatient at the Orlando VA Medical Center (VAMC), and I need your help. I need you to delegate my case to one of your young killers who can stomp on some bureaucratic heads down here.
I am drowning in administrators who appear to be doing their best to deliver services to a huge population of veterans, but for various reasons I am confronting bureaucratic obstacles and I need one of your killers to wave a magic wand for me.
Trust that I do not write to the CINC lightly. You have much bigger fish to fry. These bastards down here want me to have a heart attack before I can see a cardiologist, and I beg to differ. I would like to see a cardiologist before I have a heart attack. Thank you so much for your assistance.
To assist your staff in figuring out who I am, my SSN is included at the bottom of this letter. I am a former Ranger, a former Special Forces soldier, a decorated veteran of combat against a worthy Cuban enemy.
I later served with DEA Operation Snowcap in Peru, and I did some contracting in Baghdad in 2003/4. I served until my body literally broke. I just wish that I could do it all over again.
I will attach photos of myself with President Reagan and his First Lady, both at the Rose Garden in 1983 and at the State of the Union Address in 1984. Army Rangers have repeatedly been the guests of presidents at these Addresses. I am humbled to be the first from the Ranger Regiment to be so honored.
If I can be of assistance to you in any fashion, in any way whatsoever, please command me. My oath of service has no expiration date.
Rangers Lead the Way, and De Oppresso Liber.
May Almighty God protect you and your family as you save the Republic.
Stephen G. Trujillo
*Address and Phone Number Redacted*