Douglas Lyall of Berkeley Springs recently brought in a sad example of how history repeats itself. Lyall, a Vietnam veteran, has long-kept a Life magazine from May 22, 1970, at the height (or depth) of the Vietnam War.
The cover story was "Our Forgotten Wounded," and it featured quite graphic photos of injured and paralyzed soldiers and Marines waiting for treatment. They were barely existing in squalid conditions in U. S. veterans' hospitals. The old Bronx VA Hospital, for one, was described like this: "Staff shortages, overcrowding, dirt and leaky roofs in a medical slum."