2019 Letters to the editor stock

No one in this country is talking about the mind-altering medications these veterans are on. There needs to be better alternatives for veterans. You will find in almost every suicide a veteran was on mind-altering medication. We always put the blame on the veteran and their actions as the government takes no responsibility in there end result.

A officer killed himself at the VA and left a note that said Veterans Affairs is responsible for 90 percent of suicides. VA patient advocates are supposed to help veterans, but a VA employee came out saying VA uses the patient advocate to find complaining veterans to retaliate against them.

We veterans have no trust in a system that's suppose to help us.

The other issue is we have a benefits crisis in this country. One veteran waited years, couldn't maintain gainful employment, and took his life. VA screwed up and sent him a denial letter, then realized he was eligible — but too late; he was gone.

This is a government that has turned its back on the same people hired to do their dirty work

James Yakym, Mishawaka



Marc Chase is a veteran investigative reporter, columnist and editor of more than two decades. He currently leads The Times news staff as local news editor. He can be reached at 219-933-3327.