I am a Vietnam veteran who has been receiving excellent care at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Northport for 12 years ["LI lawmakers seek VA explanation," News, June 13].
However, from the beginning I recognized the inefficiency of this facility maintaining so much land -- it even has a 9-hole golf course -- and so many buildings that could be developed and added to the tax base.
Many vets must travel a great distance to the VA. The system originated in the 1940s, when few people had health insurance. Why not replace it with a Medicare-like system for veterans? I know that the conversion would be difficult for some, and there would be serious resistance from vested interests, but the long-range benefits would accrue to both the veterans and the taxpayers.
Steve Sullivan, West Babylon