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

Send Your Opinions To Chattanoogan.com; Include Your Full Name, Address, Phone Number For Verification

We welcome your opinions at Chattanoogan.com. Email to  news@chattanoogan.com . We require your real first and last name and contact information. This includes your home address and phone number. We do not post the contact information, but need it for verification. There is no word limit, but if your article is too long you may lose your reader. Please focus more ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Luther’s B-17 Showed Up

I am a huge sap for our veterans and just the other days a reader shared the ultimate story about a guy who returned to his sweetheart at the end of World War II. The little town of Miller. Missouri, is located in the southwest corner of the state and the biggest thing to ever happen in Lawrence County is when a native son, James Lawrence, hollered “Don’t Give Up The Ship” in the ... (click for more)

Smith Denies He Told Young To Shoot Holsey In North Chattanooga Drug Deal That Cost A Life; Asks Jury To Spare Him Life Sentence

Briston "B.J." Smith told a Criminal Court jury on Friday afternoon that he never ordered Adram "A.B." Young to shot Charles "Chas" Holsey in a North Chattanooga drug deal that cost a life. Smith, who was 18 at the time and is now 20, asked the jury not to put him behind bars for life. The state is seeking a life sentence (51 years) on a first-degree felony murder charge. ... (click for more)

Jury Finds Milner Guilty Of Lesser Charge In Attack On Cancer Patient

A Criminal Court jury found 27-year-old Michael William Milner guilty of reckless endangerment in an attack on a cancer patient at an East Ridge motel on July 12, 2016. Milner had been charged with aggravated assault, which would have carried a possible prison sentence of 6-10 years because he was a Range II offender due to his prior record, prosecutor Bates Bryan said. The ... (click for more)

Sell-Out Crowd Treated To Wild Finish As Lookouts Nip Blue Wahoos Saturday, 3-2

With 6,376 fans on hand and down 2-0 to their final at bat, Chattanooga took advantage of  Pensacola's relief pitcher, Geoff Broussard, to rally for three runs in a walk-off 3-2 win. Broussard was unable to get a single batter out. Dan Rohlfing was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, giving the Chattanooga Lookouts the victory. Alex Perez scored the game-winning run ... (click for more)

Cleveland High School Selects Joey Knox As Head Wrestling Coach

Cleveland High School has selected Joey Knox as the next head coach for the Blue Raider Wrestling program.  Coach Knox has been with the wrestling program as an assistant since 2013.  During his assistant coaching tenure, the team has secured six Team State Championships, including five individual State Champions and 20 State Medalists.    Cleveland High ... (click for more)