Joey Bozik is a martial artist, a loving father, Army veteran, and a triple amputee. After Bozik’s Humvee drove over an improvised explosive device during his 2004 Iraq tour, he lost both legs, his right arm, and was left with only 70% functionality in his left arm.
Bozik returned to athletics after his 18-month recovery, learning to surf and play golf. While dropping off his daughter at a Brazilian jiu jitsu class in McKinney, Texas, he was approached by the instructor, another veteran, who sensed Bozik’s interest in the course and offered to work with him, tailoring the training to fit Bozik’s needs. The two stuck with it, and in time, Bozik began competing in tournaments throughout Texas.
“Don’t put yourself out of it before you get into it,” said Bozik, to the Independent Journal Review. “Never give up. There’s always a way if you’re willing to try.”
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President Donald Trump hands a pen to Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie during a spending bill signing ceremony at VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, in Las Vegas. (Associated Press/Evan Vucci)
The Trump administration wants to shift billions of dollars from government-run veterans' hospitals to private health care providers. That's true even though earlier this year the administration vehemently denied it would privatize any part of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
The privatization of essential government services is nothing new, of course. Over the years, countries have privatized dozens of services and activities that were once the sole domain of governments, such as the provision of electricity and water, road operations and prisons and even health care, with the ostensible aim of making them more efficient.
But before going down that road, the question needs to be asked whether privatizing essential human services such as those for military veterans serves the public interest. New research we recently published suggests that privatization may come at a social cost.