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The VA Hospital


Faith in the good of VA treatment comes to me as weakly as the men who claim it in abundance. And these old men, whom I have never met before, are in this waiting room instead of on the streets, or in sagging beds and patched floral recliners. The government has planned the lives of these men from young ages, and now must have spreadsheets and schedules that anticipate timely deaths and efficient waiting-room turnover. It would not seem out of place for a man here to doff his denim jacket and button-covered embroidered hat, and then fade like an anchorless boat into fog.