In a rare instance of responsible reporting of health issues by popular media, the local NBC affiliate KSDK offered a refreshing nuanced account, particularly in the video here.
Meanwhile congressman Russ Carnahan, seeing a great opportunity for a little political grandstanding, wrote, in letter posted at KSDK:
The men and women who have served this nation deserve the very best health care available - anything less is intolerable.
I wholeheartedly agree. But there's no evidence to support any claim that the VA has ever delivered the best care available. It's OK, good in some facilities, but it ain't the Mayo.