In today’s news, more often than not, we tend to hear more of negative circumstances than we do positive. With this in mind, I feel it is necessary to expand on the professionalism, dedication and individual thoughtfulness of all who work in the Vermont Veterans’ Home in Bennington.
My father, CSM Gene O’Connor (ret.), spent the last seven months of his life at the VA, and during that time, I personally witnessed the quality of care provided by the VA staff to all of the veterans residing there.
I was very impressed with the family atmosphere and overall tone of deep respect provided to all those that have served our country. My family was always made welcome; our questions and concerns were always addressed in a timely manner, and it was very obvious that my father felt very comfortable with the entire staff on B Wing.
During the last week of my father’s life the staff on B Wing provided every possible comfort to our family. While performing their daily rounds, the staff would make it a point to recognize us and ask if there was anything we needed. Their genuine concern and thoughtfulness was very touching and welcome.
The layout of the Veteran’s Home facility in itself is very impressive. With the deer park, the fishing pond, all of the wildlife that inhabit the grounds and the memorials to all of the Vermonters who have made the ultimate sacrifice, one can only feel peace and comfort. The Vermont Veteran’s Home is a shining example of dedication to a cause to all those who are even remotely associated with it.
With the Vermont Veteran’s Home in Bennington, there should never be any budgetary concerns; there should always be consideration to the needs of the staff working there, and it should always be remembered why the facility exists — to care for our veterans who have served this country so well. So if by chance, you know someone who works there, please take the time to thank them for their selfless dedication to care for those that we love so much.
It is an understatement to say my family’s experience with the Vermont Veteran’s Home in Bennington was positive. It should be obvious to all that the facility is a testament to the Veterans Administration and how we provide care for our veterans.
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