- I know we need a new school in this area, but Not In My BackYard
- I want a grocery store closer to my home, but Not In My BackYard
- I want a new playground that my kids can use, but Not In My BackYard
- I support the troops and all that, and I agree that Louisville's veteran's hospital is old and needs to be replaced with a new one, but Not In My BackYard
One of the places where a new hospital may be built is where one of the local major highways intersects with a major local artery. There are already two hospitals in the area, including one specifically for children, many doctors' offices, and restaurants. There are also some very nice places to live, and that seems to be the sticking point.
The requirements for this hospital, as I understand them, are:
- Easy access from major highways
- Room for ample parking
- Parking where veterans and their families, many of whom are physically disabled, can easily get to the hospital
- Room to build a facility that can grow as demand for services grows
- Easy access to support facilities such as hotels and restaurants
Some people who would live near a new VA hospital in this area are raising concerns about traffic, light pollution, and noise. To them I say this: Shame on you.
I am a veteran, and I am grateful that I do not need the services of the VA. Yeah, I have aches and pains that I can attribute to one or two things that happened in uniform, but they pale in comparison to the wounds and ailments that the VA treats. Our veterans deserve the best facility we can provide.
I also live a few miles from this facility. I drive past the site I think they're talking about pretty often. Will a new hospital cause some traffic congestion? Yes, it probably will. Was I raised right and know that my inconvenience is a small price to pay for proper facilities to treat and care for those who gave up their youth and their health for me and mine? You bet I do.
It shouldn't take a Medal of Honor recipient like Dakota Meyer to stand up and shame those who are more worried about property values than debts of honor and blood before people start doing the right thing. I am reaching out to my Senators and Congressmen to support this building site for the new VA hospital in Louisville, and if you have a mind to, I ask that you do so as well.