Depending on the hospital, veterans often have to make appointments at VA facilities months in advance. That kind of waiting can be bad for your health, especially if you're living with a life-threatening condition and you don't know it yet.
According to statistics, the eighth most common surgery in the U.S. is gallbladder removal. So it's unlikely that a 65-year-old veteran of the Viet Nam war was overly worried when he entered a Veterans Affairs medical center for the common procedure.
Whether you are a patient at a civilian hospital or a military hospital, you have a right to know about the risks associated with specific medical procedures. You also have a right to know who will be performing the procedure. Likewise, civilian and military doctors have an obligation to inform you about the risks.