For a while now, we’ve been hearing a lot of back and forth about the many problems at the Veterans’ Administration and the all around mismanagement of veterans’ affairs and benefits. While the Obama Administration claims to be trying to fix the problems, the Republicans seem more interested in using the situation for political gain. Lost in the middle are the veterans themselves – men and women like former Marine Anthony Trzeciak who had to turn to internet fundraising to buy a new wheelchair.
While serving in Afghanistan, Trzeciak was injured in an IED blast and contracted a serious blood infection. He returned home paralyzed from the waist down and in need of a wheelchair which has proven to be more difficult than expected to acquire. He also needs special chairs for showering and therapeutic exercise, but instead of help he’s had nothing but problems.
“I have not had any luck with Veterans Affairs helping me getting a new one [wheelchair] that would help me get around to do my normal activities. Taking showers and using a bathroom like everyone else does with such ease, takes a lot more time and effort for me to accomplish.”
Frustrated, Trzeciak turned to GoFundMe, a “personal fundraising website” to finance his medical expenses (see his page here). To date he has raised nearly $5,000 of the $15,000 he needs.
“Thank you to anyone who can help us. Please share my story. Get it out there. Catch the attention of the public and show them that my war isn’t over. Hopefully one day I can live a more normal life, with the freedom that everyone else has.”
It’s crazy that an American veteran has to resort to what amounts to begging online in order to cover medical expenses, especially for injuries received in the line of duty. Maybe if the Republicans would stop finger pointing, stop blocking Veterans’ Benefits bills and start trying to solve the problem, Americans like Trzeciak would get the help they needed.