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Letter: VA staff ‘give vets the best care they can’

Published on September 12, 2017 4:53PM


To the Editor:

Greetings to the Harney/Grant County veteran communities and general community members.

Just a quick note to inform those interested, especially our veterans and their families in Harney and Grant counties, that I retired at the end of August after serving for over nine years as the clinic manager and clinical therapist/social worker of the Burns-Hines VA Clinic. It has been an honor to serve you veterans, from whom I’ve learned a great deal not only about your physical wounds of military life and war but the internal ones that others can’t see.

I started the clinic with Dr. Fitzpatrick in 2008. Since then, it has been a privilege to serve not only with him but also the hard-working, conscientious staff who continuously made/make extra efforts to serve our veteran population: previously Diane, Steve, Marsha, Ashley, and Emily, and now our current staff of Michelle, Mark, Terri, and Zoe.

Our staff work with limited resources due to our rural setting, and also can be hampered by some VA policies that are not always user-friendly. Still staff work through these situations to give vets the best care they can, which hopefully vets appreciate and thank them for.

Best wishes to all.

Steve Bull

Retired Burns-Hines VA Clinic manager



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