"I am a life member of the Legion, my concern is in the latest edition of the Legionnaire. Tom Mullon who headed a report on the Phoenix health care I feel spoke out of turn with his statements about privatization of health care. I live in a very rural area of Minnesota and our closet VA facility is 200 miles. I have never had to wait for health care at my local facility which is way above any treatment I have ever received at a VA facility. At my local hospital, I am a person not a number. If you would look at the Bigfork Valley Hospital in Big fork, Minn. you would find this is one of the top hospitals in the nation. We have been fighting to get rural health care for our older veterans because of the distances they have to travel to get the care they have earned and deserve. I have to admit I am angry as those statements that Mr. Mullon made pertaining to rural and private health care. Today Bernie Sanders and John McCain introduced legislation to make it easier for veterans to get private health. Look at the bill at the VFW legislative report. All I have to say Mr. Mullon get out the urban and get out in the rural Minnesota then you will see the hoops we jump through with the waiting for our appointments to get the care we need. It took 6 weeks to get an appointment in St. Cloud. My local hospital took me in 2 days. You folks seem to not understand what happens outside your little world. Please do not make statements if do not understand the truth. I really think if Mr. Mullon cared about veterans he would not make such uniformed statements. Please pass this along to Tom Mullon. If you really care about veterans you would come out with something better than those ridiculous statements. I’m very very upset because I believe our veterans deserve better.Tom Moors Vietnam Veteran, Post Commander Post 1764 VFW Bigfork, Minnesota"