Montel Williams once again joined Glenn this morning to discuss the ever-growing VA scandal. As Williams explained, the horrendous conditions our veterans are facing that has seen at least several dozen die while waiting for care are not going to change simply because President Obama nominated a new VA secretary. Now is not the time to back down, and both Glenn and Williams challenged the audience to keep people informed about this crisis.
It is no secret that Glenn and Williams would be considered strange bedfellows. Williams explained he was recently approached in an airport by two individuals who had heard him speaking on Glenn’s show and wanted to thank Williams for his tireless work.
“I was in the airport, and in the span of two minutes – I’m not kidding you – one guy came up to me, stopped me for a second, and he said, ‘I really want to thank you for what you're doing for vets. I heard you on Glenn Beck, and, you know what, I don't know what drew to be on his show, but when I heard about you being on this show, I tuned in to hear what you had to say,’” Williams said. “Another guy came up to me [and said], ‘I heard you on Glenn, and you don't give up.’”
Williams has faced a good deal of backlash for appearing on Glenn’s radio and television shows to discuss the VA scandal, but he has publically thanked Glenn for his willingness to give him time to talk about the issue.
“I've had others in the non-conservative, the other media, saying to me, ‘I don't know why you're talking to Glenn.’ ‘Why are you talking to Glenn?’” Williams said. “It's not because you're the only person that wants to talk to me. It's because I think we are showing the rest of the country that no matter what your politics are, when it comes to the politics of those who allow us the freedom we have, we have to put down our differences and come together to solve these problems.”
Just last week, a veteran died in an Albuquerque, New Mexico Veteran Affairs hospital cafeteria. The man was just 500-yards away from an emergency room, but instead of rushing to get him assistance after he collapsed, an ambulance was called. In the 30 minutes it took for an ambulance to arrive, the man died.
“What happened in Albuquerque, this is absolutely ridiculous,” Williams said. “I've been watching the news. Just because we put a man's name up as the future VA secretary… all of a sudden everybody thinks their problems are solved. The problem is not solved.”
Ultimately, Williams was clear that this is not an ideological issue. This is an issue of doing what is right for the people that risked their lives for our freedom. Williams intends on holding Washington’s feet to the fire as the election season ramps up, and he asked others to do the same.
“I voted Republican until I got out of the military. I vote independently now. I'm not a Democrat, and I never will be. And I'll never be a Republican ever again,” Williams said. “But I will tell you this, what I want to do this November is… make sure that anybody who voted against or did not vote for something for our veterans right now, I'm going to hold them accountable. You're going to hear me scream.”