by john harrison
On June 11, 1963 Thích Quảng Đức set himself on fire on a street in Saigon.
Last night, Wednesday May 13, 2015, 53-year-old Thomas Murphy, a veteran drove to the infamous VA headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona, and killed himself. Thomas Murphy and Thích Quảng Đức both committed suicide to make a statement, and they believed in their anger that they could make it stronger by giving their lives in making that statement.
It was the same, except that the Buddhist monk made the front page everywhere, except that people cared about the Buddhist monk, except that 22 American veterans do this every day, so it is not really news anymore. That’s sad. It is good that people cared about Thích Quảng Đức. It is sad that the American veteran, Thomas Murphy died alone, and so far un-noticed.
This is the only story I saw about Thomas murphy’s suicide: http://www.fox10phoenix.com/story/29037856/2015/5/12/vet-commits-suicide-on-va-administration-grounds
Thomas Murphy has wasted his life only if we do nothing. Demand change.
If you really want to thank a veteran for their service–demand change.
It is time to light a fire. Demand change.
We do not want people fired, we want effective heath care for those American veterans that need it; that earned it. Demand change.