As I understand it, disgruntled veterans and former V.A. employees have arranged a protest movement against the CBOC in Hamlet. I retired from the military as a CSM (Command Sergeant Major). I have worked with the director of the VA Hospital of Fayetteville, Elizabeth Goolsby, on many occasions, and she has always come through for me and supported the veterans. She is a retired 06, who was once the head of nursing services at Womack Army Hospital in Fort Bragg. Ms. Goosby, like me, has seen so many injured veterans laugh, cry, and die. I cannot believe that at this late state, that disgruntled veterans have instigated something of this nature.
I have been the Commander of VFW Post 4203 in Rockingham, the State Commander of AMVETS for the state of NC, and presently I am the Chairman of the VAS committee of the VA Hospital in Fayetteville. If any veteran from the three counties, Anson, Richmond or Scotland, gives me a complaint that is justifiable I forward them to Ms. Goolsby who has so far solved their problems. From the brochure that is being distributed by some group, is unheard of and uncalled for, and believe me I know what leadership is. With five and a half years of combat time I have seen it all. Veterans, please do not participate in this activity, it is unwanted and uncalled for. If you have a gripe, you can write to Director Elizabeth Goolsby, at this address:
Dept. of Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Attn: Elizabeth Goolsby
2300 Ramsey St.
Fayetteville, NC 28301
I am 100 percent positive she can handle your complaints or concerns. I have worked with numerous veterans over the last 20 years who have misled me as to the fact of their complaint. If the upset party is so interested in the veterans, why can’t AMVETS Post 316 get the van which was donated to us? That is still sitting in the CBOC parking lot, for over three months, and hasn’t hauled one patient on the road? This is one of the prime things of disgruntlement. Course 101 in the military is too hot, too cold, they don’t like the officers. However, now, it’s becoming a form of protest which no veteran in their right mind should be involved in. I know personally, that the CBOC has problems like everybody else, but I think according to the article in the Daily Journal, Ms. Goolsby is definitely trying to solve them. Veterans, do not get involved in some activity you will regret later and that can happen.
Edward J. ONeal