DENVER — Rodger Holmes served his country in Vietnam.
After he came home to Grand Junction, his struggles with depression
and alcoholism left him homeless but he entered treatment programs,
worked his way back and spent the last years of his life serving his
community, counseling other veterans facing demons he knew well.
He might still be doing so had the 64-year-old not gone to the VA
Hospital in Grand Junction last summer to finally treat his Hepatitis C —
had the hospital and the system of care he and veterans are supposedly
entitled to not failed so spectacularly to serve him.
Labels: inadequate treatment, Personal Stories, VA, Veterans