I can't speak to the food served at other VA hospitals, but my expectations aren't very high. The food being served at the Long Beach VA Hospital is prepared at the one in West Los Angeles and trucked to Long Beach. The kitchens at the Long Beach VA hospital are closed for lack of sufficient funds in the federal budget. Congress could allocate more or the President could rearrange his priorities, but they have more important matters on their minds.
Many of the patients were fortunate to have visitors and friends bringing in outside food. Even the fare from McDonald's looked far more nutritious than that served by the hospital. Sadly, not all patients have visitors to bring them relief from the poor food service let alone the hours, days, weeks, and months of tedium while laid up in the hospital.
You can help. Write to your representatives in Washington. If you are the member of a community service organization, propose that it adopt the nearest VA Hospital and visit as frequently as possible. Veterans as well as active duty military are especially welcome because they can relate well with the patients. Even if you are not a veteran or a member of a group, you will be welcome as an individual who cares. Talk to the hospital staff beforehand to learn the rules and ask to be directed to those with the greatest need.
Trust me, you will be rewarded...