The Real Dr. Scott Desjarlais

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

There have been many things written and said about Congressman Scott Desjarlais and a lot of them have been very negative. But as a very wise Jewish man in the Bible once said, "Those who are without sin cast the first stone." He also made the statement, "Love and Charity cover a multitude of sins." I am one here today to proclaim that Dr. Scott Desjarlais possesses those attributes.  

I had learned very early in life from my Grandma Dixie her words, "Actions speak louder than words." As we all know very well, politicians are full of words and a majority of the time they don't mean anything. 

As for Congressman Dejarlais when one of his constituents are in need his actions do speak louder than his words. Few probably know that his mother was a nurse at the Veterans Administration hospital in North Dakota for 44 years. She loved her job and the veterans whom she served, this love and respect that she held for them she passed on to her son, Scott.

In 2012 I was diagnosed as 100 percent disabled by the doctors at the VA in Nashville from injuries I received while serving in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. This caused me to be unable to work and put me in a very hard situation, with my wife working double shifts waitressing five to six days a week to try and pay our bills. Everyone I am sure is aware of the situation at the VA, so I turned to the Disabled American Veterans association for help. I filled out all the paperwork with them to be submitted to the VA. After three months I heard nothing so I contacted the DAV only to learn that they had lost my paperwork and it was never submitted.

I then had them resubmit it and then began the wait. At the close of the first year of waiting I contacted the DAV again and was told to "just wait they will get to you." Eight more months passed and I contacted the DAV and was again told "be patient they will get to you." At this point I called the VA myself and after a few transfers I spoke to someone who pulled my case up and informed me that my case had been closed months ago. I stated "how can it be closed when I received a letter from the VA that I am still waiting on a decision?" She then after a moment spoke and said "you are correct there has been no determination. I will send an email telling the decision board that this case was closed accidentally." 

After hanging up I was angry feeling that they were just ignoring me and trying to wait me out and see if I would give up. This is when I picked up the phone and called Dr. Scott Desjarlais' office as he is my congressman. I received a voice mail so I sent an email explaining my case on Tuesday, April 1, and on Friday, April 4, I received a letter from Congressman Desjarlais' office asking me to sign a form to give him permission to represent me and to send him all documents and correspondence with the VA concerning my case.

Around April 9 I received a letter from the VA saying I had a doctors appointment on the 15th of April for an exam for their final decision. I attended the appointment and left. On April 25 I received a letter from the VA that they had determined that I was rated at 100 percent disabled and on May 1st  a week later I received my first check. I then received a letter from Congressman Desjarlais office asking me was everything okay and if not to contact them. I tell you this, actions do speak louder than words and if you live in the 4th district especially if you are a veteran you want Dr. Scott Desjarlais as your congressman because he really does have your back and he stands up for his people.

Jed Dunkin
Spring Hill, Tn

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