Friday, May 22, 2009

Old Vets Social Club

It's a quiet night
in a community veterans' hall
men who served in Vietnam
gather for a support group
with no mental health expert.
it can take months,
to see a psychiatrist
at the VA clinic, .
The veterans complain
they're hurried in and out.
The VA deny long waiting times
for psychiatrist appointments.
They call on each other at all hours.
With no psychiatrist
the only emergency services they have
are each other,
After years of suppressing rage
and drinking away memories of Vietnam,
emotions are erupting more regularly
provoked by the latest war.
It didn't used to be this bad.

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