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Letter: Reader offers the other side of VA coin


My husband was involved with the Veterans Administration since 1987. He was a World War II Veteran with a Purple Heart and numerous other medals, he was 100 percent disabled.

He made routine visits until two years ago when the toll of falls and broken bones caused him to require much care.

The VA knew that I wanted to keep him at home and they helped me with equipment and nurses to do so. They provided me with the best equipment around and nurses.

My husband was there on numerous occasions for respite. He became a full-time patient there this past spring when I needed surgery. The staff at the VA was most attentive to him, and told me constantly how kind and agreeable he was to them.

I became a volunteer, and was there daily, except the days I would bring him home in the special van the VA provided for me. My husband passed away there on Dec. 24, 2007.

I cannot thank the staff enough for the loving care they gave both of us.

His doctor's name is Dr. Manziello and I cannot praise him enough for the many kind ways he cared for my husband. My husband was a patient of Mayo Clinic because of the broken bones and skin cancer and the VA was most cooperative with them in answering their requests regarding him.

This is the other side of the coin and it gives me great pleasure to furnish a Quiet Room in his memory and in honor of the wonderful treatment he received for many months. It gives me great pleasure to give back when we have been given so much by all the people there.

Leigh Wray


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