Presently, VA Medical Centers do not provide Veterans with bedside access to the Internet. Apparently, this is not an authorized use of VA bandwidth and network access.
Why not provide Internet service to Veterans in VA Medical Centers by using donated funds and equipment? This is a great way to help Veterans by setting them up with a means to use the Internet while they are in a VA Medical Center. VA would need to provide some equipment room space and establish technical standards to avoid any electronic interference with medical devices.
Use the Fisher House foundation as a model. Properly packaged, this would be a slam dunk to draw donated funds from IT corporations, charitable organizations and patriotic private citizens. Perhaps a VSO could champion the cause?