©Lisa Benson/Washington Post Writers Group/Cartoonist Group
Disneyland for Veterans?
Last week, Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald created a stir when he said that much like the long lines at Disneyland, long wait times at veterans medical centers are worth it for the overall positive experience. Many people, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, criticized McDonald for making light of a serious problem: About half a million veterans have to wait 30 days or more for treatment, with some dying in the process, according to a 2015 CNN report. McDonald later apologized for his statement, saying that improving access to care is his top priority.
  1. Who do the people in the cartoon represent?
  2. Where do you think they are? How do the signs help you figure that out?
  3. How does the cartoonist use humor to make her point about VA wait times? Do you agree or disagree with her? Explain.
  4. Why do you think veterans health care centers have become so backlogged?
  5. Do you think the government has a responsibility to ensure more timely treatment of veterans? Why or why not?