{This blog is not affiliated with the VA. Though a Veteran, four yrs. all shore in Navy last year In-Country Vietnam, I don't work for the VA}
**USN All Shore '67-'71 GMG3 Vietnam In Country '70-'71 - Independent**

In 2003 some 72% of Americans fully supported the Abandoning of the Missions and those Sent to Accomplish so extremely Quickly after 9/11!!
At least some 95%, if not more as less then 1% serve them, not only still support the, just below, total lack of Sacrifice, they ran from any and all Accountability and left everything still on the table to be continually used if the political/military want was still in play in future executive/legislative wants!!
DeJa-Vu: “With no shared sacrifices being asked of civilians after Sept. 11", Decades and War From, All Over Again!!
Especially for the Corporate and Wealthy Community, investors in Defense Industries, and for these, Afghanistan and Iraq, came Two Huge Tax Cuts, with more sweetheart deals to same from states and the fed!!


Thousands of people across America don’t just talk about honoring Veterans; they walk the walk. Dedicated Volunteers Serve Veterans for Decades

On this Executive Administration, it's Cabinet and those directly around same, "Best - Ever": "We haven't had this kind of visibility from the White House—ever." Joyce Raezer National Military Family Association - Dec. 30, 2011, and plenty more of similar since Joyce, others, spoke and continues!

Ask yourself: If the Veterans Administration is so corrupt and mismanaged, as the conservative ideology, under which the seeds of are planted when they control, wants everyone to buy into as they obstruct the budgets and do extremely little after they charge same, then why does the Private sector, many problems within rarely heard about, adopt so many practices and advanced technologies developed within the VA, for free?! The VA, DoD, and in partnership with Universities and Colleges, not just Health Care are constantly in R&D and that developed that works is quickly moved into the private, for profit, sector, even as the VA is long under funded, decades, and especially during and after our wars that the few are sent into!

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President Obama 26 August 2014

Fact: "This is not just a job of government. It’s not just a job of the veterans’ organizations. Every American needs to join us in taking care of those who've taken care of us. Because only 1 percent of Americans may be fighting our wars, but 100 percent of Americans benefit from that 1 percent. A hundred percent need to be supporting our troops. A hundred percent need to be supporting our veterans. A hundred percent need to be supporting our military families."

Fact:
"We’ve been able to accomplish historic increases to veterans funding. We’ve protected veterans health care from Washington politics with advanced appropriations. We’ve been able to make VA benefits available to more than 2 million veterans who didn't have them before, including more Vietnam vets who were exposed to Agent Orange. We’ve dedicated major new resources for mental health care. We’ve helped more than 1 million veterans and their families pursue their education under the Post-9/11 GI Bill."

August 26, 2014 - Secretary Robert A. McDonald's Remarks for the American Legion's 96th Annual Convention, Charlotte, NC
Fact: "Unlike, P&G, VA may not be concerned about quarterly profit and loss statements or shareholder value, but it does have a bottom line—Veterans. "
{which is why No Government agency should be turned into a private corporate entity feeding for profit off the Countries duty and responsibility, especially the VA}
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Fact: “We are dealing with veterans, not procedures—with their problems, not ours.” —General Omar Bradley, First Administrator of the Veterans Administration

Facts: Matthew Hoh {former Marine and foreign service officer in Afghanistan}: "We spend a trillion dollars a year on national security in this country."
"And when you add up to the Department of Defense, Department of State, CIA, Veterans Affairs, interest on debt, the number that strikes me the most about how much we're committed financially to these wars and to our current policies is we have spent $250 billion already just on interest payments on the debt we've incurred for the Iraq and Afghan wars."
26 September 2014

Fact: "If military action is worth our troops’ blood, it should be worth our treasure, too — not just in the abstract, but in the form of a specific ante by every American." -Andrew Rosenthal 10 Feb. 2013

Fact: "12 years also is a long time. We now have a lifetime responsibility to a generation of service members, veterans and their families." Dr. Jonathan Woodson 11 Sep. 2013: With 9/11 Came Lifetime Responsibility
{two tax cuts, especially for the wealthy, came with these two recent unpaid for wars, nor the results of, DeJa-Vu all over again from the previous decades and wars from! Ignore the many issues, by those served, no need to fund!}

Fact: Sen. Bernie Sanders told Republicans: “If you can’t afford to take care of your veterans, than don’t go war. These people are bearing the brunt of what war is about, We have a moral obligation to support them.” February, 26th, 2014

Fact: 25 June 2014 U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller: Veterans' Affairs issue an 'all too similar' scene

Fact: How We Could Do More For Our Vets: "We need to go into debt to pay our debt to U.S. veterans to make sure they get the care and services we owe them."

Fact: “Why in 2009 were we still using paper?” VA Assistant Secretary Tommy Sowers “When we came in, there was no plan to change that; we’ve been operating on a six month wait for over a decade.” 27 March 2013

WHY? GOOD QUESTION THOSE SERVED SHOULD ANSWER!


Bob Herbert Losing Our Way : "And then the staggering costs of these wars, which are borne by the taxpayers. I mean, one of the things that was insane was that, as we're at war in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Bush administration cut taxes. This has never been done in American history. The idea of cutting taxes while you're going to war is just crazy. I mean, it's madness." Bill 'Moyers and Company': Restoring an America That Has Lost its Way 10 Oct. 2014

Presidential Proclamation -- Veterans Day, 2013: "As we pay tribute to our veterans, we are mindful that no ceremony or parade can fully repay that debt." read more>>>


Under two previous Executive administrations and wars from, father and son. With son and conservative congresses leading the extremely quick abandoning of the missions and those sent to accomplish after 9/11:

ProPublica and The Seattle Times Nov. 9, 2012 - Lost to History: Missing War Records Complicate Benefit Claims by Iraq, Afghanistan Veterans
"DeLara's case is part of a much larger problem that has plagued the U.S. military since the 1990 Gulf War: a failure to create and maintain the types of field records that have documented American conflicts since the Revolutionary War."

Part Two: A Son Lost in Iraq, but Where Is the Casualty Report?

Army Says War Records Gap Is Real, Launches Recovery Effort

3/27/15 - U.S. Nerve Gas Hit Our Own Troops in Iraq
"During and immediately after the first Gulf War, more than 200,000 of 700,000 U.S. troops sent to Iraq and Kuwait in January 1991 were exposed to nerve gas and other chemical agents. Though aware of this, the Department of Defense and CIA launched a campaign of lies and concocted a cover-up that continues today."
"When Brown and others tried to obtain their medical records to prove their illnesses were service-related, they learned that the records had disappeared."




Add in the issues of finally recognizing in War Theater and more Veterans, by the Shinseki Veterans Administration and the Executive Administrations Cabinet, what the Country choose to ignore from our previous decades and wars of: The devastating effects on Test Vets and from PTS, Agent Orange, Homelessness, more recent the Desert Storm troops Gulf War Illnesses, Gulf War Exposures with the very recent affects from In-Theater Burn Pits and oh so so much more! Tens of Thousands of Veterans' that have been long ignored and maligned by previous VA's and the whole Country and through their representatives!

How does a Country HONOR It's Fallen, by Their Own 'Sacrifice' in Taking Care of the Brothers and Sisters They Served With!!


"You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today." - Abraham Lincoln

"To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow and his orphan" - President Lincoln

She wrote that she's proud of her service but added this: "That doesn't change the fact that I contributed - however indirectly - to human beings vanishing from the earth in a moment of sheer agony."



Homeless Veterans/Stand Downs

Are You Concerned About a Veteran? The Veterans Crisis Line Can Help>>>

For our sisters: National Women Veterans Hotline, call 1-855-VA-WOMEN1-855-VA-WOMEN (1-855-829-66361-855-829-6636) New Hotline now up and running

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Gov. Contractor Denying VA Claims? Conservative, privatize, Congress to Investigate?

Say, the loooong time, conservative, obvious, it ain't so!! Who wants to bet, a sure win, this doesn't rise to months long media hyped conservative VA 'scandal' level especially with Rep Miller(R-FL) leading the House investigation, DeJa-Vu!!

Did Contractor Drop the Ball on VA Benefits?
April 27, 2016 - Retired service personal in dire need of VA benefits would not be cheered by the allegation that a contractor hired to review the cases of thousands of Vietnam veterans for exposure to Agent Orange may have denied benefits in spite of obvious need, all because the contractor was less than thorough in reviewing cases, or so it has been alleged.

Successfully securing VA disability benefits is usually a tough go at the best of times, given that the Department of Veterans Affairs (The VA) is backlogged and the appeals process is fraught with delays that could last years.

To provide context, The Virginian-Pilot (4/2/16) reports that an ongoing class-action VA lawsuit - Nehmer v. The Department of Veterans Affairs - requires The VA to review previous claims put forward by veterans when new illnesses are linked to Agent Orange exposure.

Now, contractual and case documents related to an unsealed lawsuit obtained by the McClatchy News Service alleges that a contractor hired to prescreen case files for evidence of illness related to Agent Orange exposure was lax in its screening process, or so it is alleged.

QTC Medical Services is the defendant in the unsealed lawsuit. The contractor, a division of Lockheed Martin, was hired to conduct the prescreening on some 160,000 files. According to contractual documents obtained by McClatchy News Service, QTC is accused of spending no more than a few minutes on each file - in spite of earning $300 for every file reviewed under two inches in thickness, and $350 for every file exceeding two inches in thickness.

The plaintiff in the unsealed lawsuit against QTC suggests that not only were reviewers improperly trained to spot illness related to Agent Orange, he also alleges that reviewers were pressured to work so rapidly that it would be difficult, if not impossible, to conduct a thorough review. read more>>>

The conservative ideology: Like our long time Veterans Conservative Nemesis, one of their experts(?), used to shape their policies, and very highly compensated: Sally Satel Still Selling Care for PTSD Veterans is Waste of Money. There are plenty of others, they've got a ready stable full of {experts?}, and plenty of unfunded ignored and denied issues!!

Most of the people served, especially wealthy and all conservatives, the trump speaks: 2 Aug 2015 - 'I fight like hell to pay as little as possible': Donald Trump says he avoids all the tax he can.

The VA is the people served Responsibility, not another corporate profit seeking entity off of war as now much of the privatized military has become, just look how fast and big the corporate merc army/intelligence was built above all laws and caused more lasting deadly damage to the American, once proud in leadership and moral, brand on the world stage! Not socialized anything but their Responsibility to Actually Sacrifice, as it's been since it was established but promises never upheld with congressional fixes coming mostly unfunded and piece-meal causing more problems, the way those served seem to really like it that way as they lay blame on the VA personal!!

Veterans Sue VA for Identities, Credentials, of Camp Lejeune Water 'experts'

APRIL 28, 2016 - Vietnam Vets Push VA to Link Bladder Cancer to Agent Orange


Veterans Sue VA for Identities, Credentials, of Camp Lejeune Water 'experts'

It's Congress and Conservative Executive Administrations, appointed or hired positions, that have the 'experts'. Brought into Hearings for needed public and media attention to raise the problems they created to long running 'scandal' status. Hearings, oft repeated as nothing done previously on same issues or created because nothing was done or empty legislation was not funded, not held to help the Veterans communities needs and build what those served have long promised but to attack the mostly very dedicated VA employee's. Tools in the long want to privatize Government agencies for corporate profits and with little regulation, if any. The appointed bringing politics pass the facilities entrances, same for the hired to long term positions, and used to justify their ideology of privatization.

The conservative ideology: Like our long time Veterans Conservative Nemesis, one of their experts(?), used to shape their policies, and very highly compensated: Sally Satel Still Selling Care for PTSD Veterans is Waste of Money There are plenty of others, they've got a ready stable full of {experts?}, and plenty of ignored and denied issues!!

Veterans groups sue VA for identities of Camp Lejeune water 'experts'
April 27, 2016 - Two veterans groups are suing the VA in the case of illnesses caused by exposure to contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

The organizations — The Few, The Proud, The Forgotten and Vietnam Veterans of America — filed suit Tuesday for documents related to disability claims and the Veterans Affairs Department's use of subject-matter experts to weigh in on them. The water was tainted by organic solvents and other cancer-causing chemicals from 1953 through 1987.

The groups filed a Freedom of Information Act request for the documents in December but say the VA has not responded.

"Our FOIA, which has gone unanswered, is to find out who the subject-matter experts are, what kind of credentials they have ... the VA doesn't want us to know that," said Jerry Ensminger, a founder of The Few, The Proud, The Forgotten and a retired Marine master sergeant whose 9-year-old daughter died of leukemia in 1987. read more>>>

"If military action is worth our troops’ blood, it should be worth our treasure, too — not just in the abstract, but in the form of a specific ante by every American." -Andrew Rosenthal 10 Feb. 2013

DeJa-Vu: “With no shared sacrifices being asked of civilians after Sept. 11", Decades and War From, All Over Again!
Especially for the Corporate and Wealthy Community, investors in Defense Industries, and for these, Afghanistan and Iraq, came Two Huge Tax Cuts, with more sweetheart deals to same from states and the fed!! And that covers much more in the Deficits, like even paying for war policies and the results from and much more, then just the, grossly under funded thus not properly built nor properly maintained, and not conservative obstructionists pols concern, VA budgets!

Most of the people served, especially wealthy and all conservatives, the trump speaks: 2 Aug 2015 - 'I fight like hell to pay as little as possible': Donald Trump says he avoids all the tax he can

The VA is the people served Responsibility, not another corporate profit seeking entity off of war as now much of the privatized military has become, just look how fast and big the corporate merc army/intelligence was built above all laws and caused more lasting deadly damage to the American, once proud in leadership and moral, brand on the world stage! Not socialized anything but their Responsibility to Actually Sacrifice, as it's been since it was established but promises never upheld with congressional fixes coming mostly unfunded and piece-meal causing more problems, the way those served seem to really like it that way as they lay blame on the VA personal!!


Wednesday, April 27, 2016

'Agent Orange' Redress, Still Fighting For! Same, Now, 'Burn Pits' & 'Gulf War Syndrome', Much Much More!

'the VA and the Pentagon seemed to have learned a lesson'

The VA, grossly under funded thus under built and not updated and maintained as promised, and Pentagon, remember Walter Reed in the beginning years of Afghanistan and Iraq, learned long ago about the possible problems for Veterans and Military personal especially as to War Congress, who set the budgets and how those are to be spent, and the people served, who refuse to 'Sacrifice' themselves, who they represent didn't and still ignore the many issues! They also choose to just outright deny many are even issues especially from the, flag waving poser, patriotic wars!

DeJa-Vu: “With no shared sacrifices being asked of civilians after Sept. 11", All Over Again!
Klobuchar said the VA and the Pentagon seemed to have learned a lesson from the illnesses that arose from exposure to Agent Orange defoliant in the Vietnam era, when vets who complained of being sick were dismissed for a long time before the problem was finally acknowledged.

"For years they were in denial and finally the VA and Congress is setting aside money [for] the health effects of Agent Orange. We don't want to make the same mistake with this issue," Klobuchar said.

Especially for the Corporate and Wealthy Community, investors in Defense Industries, and for these, Afghanistan and Iraq, came Two Huge Tax Cuts, with more sweetheart deals to same from states and the fed!!

Klobuchar wants center to study military burn pits' effect on vets
APRIL 25, 2016 - Thousands of military personnel who served in Iraq and Afghanistan were exposed to a variety of potentially harmful substances, including the smoke produced by the burning of waste on military bases.

Now U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar is sponsoring legislation that would create a national center to study the effects of burn pits on veterans and members of the military.

The issue will take on increased importance as more veterans of recent wars show increased rates of cancer, asthma, emphysema, and even rare lung disorders. Exposure to dust and burn pits also has been shown to cause insomnia and high blood pressure.

Klobuchar, a Minnesota Democrat, and U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., have introduced the Helping Veterans Exposed to Burn Pits Act. It would create a center within the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for the prevention, diagnosis, mitigation, treatment, and rehabilitation of health conditions relating to exposure to burn pits. read more>>>

It's extremely easy, especially for representatives of the conservative ideologies, seeking to privatize government agencies for corporate profit and thus, to the treasury budgets, mostly borrowed, for, added fee's also. To hand out a few million, mostly to friendly private contractors, for studies they already know the results wanted. Same with passing, unfunded, Legislation to appear they are doing their jobs. The people served applaud them and continue rehiring them in those, poser, patriotic actions for it means no demand to pay for sacrifice on their parts. Name one thing over the recent years that representatives like Miller, long ranking Republican on the House Veterans Affairs Committee and Sen Burr, long ranking Republican on the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, have done after pushing out ready made, to be media hyped, long running 'scandals', hearings on often held already in previous years and Congresses and nothing done! It isn't only them, it's been that way for decades and especially the wars from, but it is mostly the Congressional conservatives and conservative Executive Administrations leading in that do nothing approach, with the people served approval!

“Why in 2009 were we still using paper?” VA Assistant Secretary Tommy Sowers “When we came in, there was no plan to change that; we’ve been operating on a six month wait for over a decade.” 27 March 2013

Chris Hayes : "If you can run a deficit to go to war, you can run a deficit to take care of the people who fought it" In response to Republican, long ago lost as the party of Lincoln and not just as to us Veterans, opposition to expanding Veterans' benefits on fiscal grounds.

Started under Sec Shinseki, continuing with Sec. McDonald, and the Obama Executive branch and it's Cabinet: MVP - VA’s Million Veteran Program, as they continue trying to build what was promised and add to the care needs of present day Veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq etc. addressing the long ignored and outright denied issues. While Congress, especially Conservatives, continue the decades long running obstruction, gross under funding and still under built and maintained promises, and attacks on VA personal!

Most of the people served, especially wealthy and all conservatives, the trump speaks: 2 Aug 2015 - 'I fight like hell to pay as little as possible': Donald Trump says he avoids all the tax he can.


Tuesday, April 26, 2016

MVP - VA’s Million Veteran Program

It's a great unobtrusive program for Veterans to take part in, and continuing, in related area's, serving those who haven't or won't serve the Country in the Military services. As the Military health care and services along with the Veterans administrations same charges have been giving to civilian care, directly from or in research and development, for as long as they've existed. Not only as to our Country but World wide needs. Even though I served my four in the Navy I never served on ships, all shore duty with my last year served in-country Vietnam. I discharged, honorably, with no physical nor mental diagnoses needs from that service. Didn't really use the VA, knowing the Country has never built what they promised nor fully funded thus not updated nor maintained, duties charged to Congress and State Legislatures the people served representatives, until I retired and started onto Medicare which I paid into all my working days. When asked by my VA caretakers if I wanted to join the research I quickly said sign me up. Having served all shore duty and especially in Vietnam drove that. Gen Shinseki, MVP started under, first VA secretary and with a conservative target on his back had started trying to rebuild the entire VA and targeted also the long ignored and outright denied issues by the country served and through their representatives. Continuing thankfully under Sec. McDonald with finally much needed help from an entire Administrative Branch and it's cabinet, despite continued conservative obstruction and their seeking out 'scandals', nothing done previously with hearings etc. on, that can be built into long running media hyped political, and poser patriotic, points. Agent Orange contamination being just one long fought for recognition, now covering all veterans on certain cancers and illnesses if they served anywhere in-country, that's all the proof they need! The fight, Agent Orange, continues as to adding more Ships and Planes as well as Bases which transported or stored or even used in ridding or growths of weeds etc. on and around those bases, for the Military personal, and their families with them, who could have been affected.

How VA’s Million Veteran Program is supporting the precision medicine movement
April 25, 2016 - This fall, the Department of Veterans Affairs expects to mark a major milestone in our effort to collect DNA and health data from 1 million Veterans when we enroll the 500,000th volunteer in our Million Veteran Program, making it one of the world’s largest genomic cohorts. We expect to reach our enrollment goal in the next few years.

This program’s database links genetic, clinical, lifestyle, and military-exposure information from our patients to help researchers learn more about the role of genes in health and disease. It is already enabling innovative research on the genomics of PTSD, chronic kidney disease, multi-substance abuse and more.

MVP will yield new knowledge about which genes put people at risk for certain diseases, and which ones affect how people respond to treatment. This knowledge could eventually lead to better ways of treating and even preventing many common diseases, including cancer.

Veterans who volunteer to partner with us in this program enroll at one of 50 VA medical centers across the country by donating blood—from which DNA is extracted—and completing surveys about their health, lifestyle, and military experiences.

They also grant access to their electronic health records, and agree to be contacted about participating in future research. We keep all genetic information and health data collected from Veterans secure and de-identified. Samples and data are coded, with no names, birthdates, or social security numbers shared. read more>>>

The ole knock on word I have yet to be diagnosed, through my blood tests and VA care, with any serious health concerns except with millions of others high blood pressure, which is somewhat under control. So my contributions, through DNA etc., are also helping in the research being done as well.

Agent Orange, and the other defoliants used, is not the only battles long fought for recognition and for the people served representatives to address. Even today the returning and now Veterans, Desert Storm and Gulf War Syndrome, Afghanistan and Iraq the Burn Pit contamination's, and much more, are the new homefront battles waged, they too started being addressed by the VA and Sec. Shinseki. But can only be addressed so far in the obstructed and grossly under funded thus under built promise by those served the VA, causing even extreme higher costs when finally any surviving Veterans are given the care they deserve!!

DeJa-Vu: “With no shared sacrifices being asked of civilians after Sept. 11", Decades and War From, All Over Again!!
Especially for the Corporate and Wealthy Community, investors in Defense Industries, and for these, Afghanistan and Iraq, came Two Huge Tax Cuts, with more sweetheart deals to same from states and the fed!!

"If military action is worth our troops’ blood, it should be worth our treasure, too — not just in the abstract, but in the form of a specific ante by every American." -Andrew Rosenthal 10 Feb. 2013

“Why in 2009 were we still using paper?” VA Assistant Secretary Tommy Sowers “When we came in, there was no plan to change that; we’ve been operating on a six month wait for over a decade.” 27 March 2013

The conservative, administrations and congresses, ideology: Like our long time Veterans Conservative Nemesis, one of their experts(?), used to shape their policies, and very highly compensated: Sally Satel Still Selling Care for PTSD Veterans is Waste of Money There are plenty of others, they've got a ready stable full of {experts?}, and plenty of ignored and denied issues!!


Monday, April 25, 2016

"Gold Star Parents": 'life is lost, but love does not end'

"If military action is worth our troops’ blood, it should be worth our treasure, too — not just in the abstract, but in the form of a specific ante by every American." -Andrew Rosenthal 10 Feb. 2013

Parents of fallen heroes unite to cope with loss
They're called "Gold Star Parents" and, once a year, they come together to remember the military heroes who are their children and to share an intimate truth: life is lost, but love does not end.

In the wars since 9/11, thousands of Americans have lost sons or daughters. Bereaved parents often become isolated in a familiar world. Friends don't know what to say about a grief no words can touch. There is no term in the dictionary for a parent who has lost a child. So, these mothers and fathers call themselves Gold Star parents. It's in the tradition of the military service flag that hung in homes during the World Wars.

Each blue star on the banner stood for a loved one overseas. Gold honored those never coming home. Now some of these families are finding solace, once a year in San Francisco, in the embrace of the only people who can truly understand, other Gold Star parents traveling the same endless road.

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Mike Myatt: People asked me, "What do you say to the Gold Star Parents?" I say, "Well, you don't have to say anything to 'em, just ask 'em, 'Tell me about your son or your daughter'." Man, they'll just talk. They'll just tell you all they can about the son or daughter. And it's really something. I wished I'd have known this as a young officer 'cause I went to Vietnam and I had people killed out of my platoon. And I was going to go visit each family and the very last one was in Kansas. I was visiting them and I went to the house, and the father said, "Come on in." And the mother, she had on her apron. She said, "I just fixed dinner, would you have dinner with us?" I said, "No, I'm in a hurry, but I want to tell you about your son." And I told 'em how he was killed and everything. They really appreciated. Then, "Won't you stay for dinner?" "Oh, I better not." I realize now they wanted to tell me about their son. And I wasn't mature enough to know it.

Scott Pelley: That's why they wanted you to stay.

Mike Myatt: Yeah, yeah, and now I know it.... read more>>>

DeJa-Vu: “With no shared sacrifices being asked of civilians after Sept. 11", Decades and War From, All Over Again!!
Especially for the Corporate and Wealthy Community, investors in Defense Industries, and for these, Afghanistan and Iraq, came Two Huge Tax Cuts, with more sweetheart deals to same from states and the fed!!


Friday, April 22, 2016

People Served Responsibility, ignored, the VA: 'when there's no more space to fit them'

The Veterans Administration is the people served Responsibility, not socialized anything. Not for corporate profit entity and not satisfied with the profits already generated in the private sector off of Military/Veterans R&D quickly integrated and used for all, but their Responsibility to Actually Sacrifice! As it's been since it was established but promises never completely upheld with congressional fixes coming mostly unfunded and peace-meal causing more problems, the way those served seem to really like it as they, and their Congressional representatives, lay blame on the VA personal!!

Overcrowding Forces Tennessee VA Clinic To Stop Accepting New Patients
Five nurses work inside a crowded office at the VA clinic in Clarksville, Tenn. The clinic is trying to figure out how to meet the growing demand from patients when there's no more space to fit them. Emily Siner/Nashville Public Radio

April 22, 2016 - It's been nearly two years since the Department of Veterans Affairs came under fire for the amount of time veterans had to wait to see a doctor. The agency scrambled to find a fix, including allowing vets the option of seeing a private doctor via a program they call Veterans Choice.

But the fix isn't working, so some VA clinics are coming up with other ideas to reduce wait times. In the city of Clarksville, Tenn., the VA clinic decided it simply couldn't take any new patients.

The facility is so overcrowded that unused wheelchairs are being stored in the hall, and nurses are stationed in what used to be a corridor. There's even a computer set up in what used to be a bathroom.

"This is actually a converted toilet," says Robert Lim, who works for the Tennessee Valley VA health care system, which serves tens of thousands of veterans in Tennessee and parts of Kentucky. "We're literally like sardine cans in here. You can't go around any place without bumping into somebody." read more>>>

“Why in 2009 were we still using paper?” VA Assistant Secretary Tommy Sowers “When we came in, there was no plan to change that; we’ve been operating on a six month wait for over a decade.” 27 March 2013

DeJa-Vu: “With no shared sacrifices being asked of civilians after Sept. 11", Decades and War From, All Over Again!! Especially for the Corporate and Wealthy Community, investors in Defense Industries, and for these, Afghanistan and Iraq, came Two Huge Tax Cuts, with more sweetheart deals to same from states and the fed!!

People served, especially wealthy and all conservatives: 2 Aug 2015 - 'I fight like hell to pay as little as possible': Donald Trump says he avoids all the tax he can.

The conservative, administrations and congresses, ideology: Like our long time Veterans Conservative Nemesis, one of their experts(?), used to shape their policies, and very highly compensated: Sally Satel Still Selling Care for PTSD Veterans is Waste of Money There are plenty of others, they've got a ready stable full of {experts?}, and plenty of ignored and denied issues!!

AO: Government, People Served Representatives, Have a Responsibility to Continue the Research


AO: Government, People Served Representatives, Have a Responsibility to Continue the Research

DeJa-Vu, all over again, and again and again.........!! The continued long battles, on the homefront, by the few who sacrificed and served the many. Especially in the flag waving, poser, patriotic, unpaid for, wars! With Congresses, especially conservative, easy to quick pass, patriotic points, Veterans, most unfunded, legislation. Followed up with media hyped 'scandals', laying all blame at the feet of the agency personal for not fixing, created by congress and people served, problems. Even today's Veterans, two more long deadly wars and destructive occupations following the short 'Desert Storm' and 'Gulf War Syndrome', have issues ignored or outright denied being fought for and will for their entire lives, the ones that survive long enough to continue the, homefront, battles.

DeJa-Vu: “With no shared sacrifices being asked of civilians after Sept. 11", Decades and War From, All Over Again!!

They say the government has a responsibility to discover all there is to know about the impact on veterans and their families -- even if it takes generations.

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With more questions than answers about Agent Orange, they say the government has a responsibility to continue the research. The war may have ended decades ago, but the physical wounds of that war could be with us for generations to come.

Especially for the Corporate and Wealthy Community, investors in Defense Industries, and for these, Afghanistan and Iraq, came Two Huge Tax Cuts, with more sweetheart deals to same from states and the fed!!

Iowa Veterans Fight to Stop Government from Defunding Agent Orange Research
APRIL 21, 2016 - The Vietnam War ended more than 40 years ago, but a chemical used by the military has had a lasting effect, not just on the country itself, but also on those who fought.

Research shows the number of health complications linked to the use of Agent Orange continues to grow. Veterans’ advocates say the funding to continue that research is at risk of drying up. They say the government has a responsibility to discover all there is to know about the impact on veterans and their families -- even if it takes generations.

Agent Orange got its name from the orange stripe on a 55-gallon drum. But for Vietnam War veterans and their families, it represents the unknown, even decades after the war ended.

“Seems like it gets worse all the time to find out more diseases that are related to Agent Orange. Today, we have 14 presumptive illness or diseases that are related to Agent Orange,” said Vietnam veteran Dan Gannon. read more>>>

The conservative, administrations and congresses, ideology: Like our long time Veterans Conservative Nemesis, one of their experts(?), used to shape their policies, and very highly compensated: Sally Satel Still Selling Care for PTSD Veterans is Waste of Money There are plenty of others, they've got a ready stable full of {experts?}, and plenty of ignored and denied issues!!

"If military action is worth our troops’ blood, it should be worth our treasure, too — not just in the abstract, but in the form of a specific ante by every American." -Andrew Rosenthal 10 Feb. 2013

People served, especially wealthy and all conservatives: 2 Aug 2015 - 'I fight like hell to pay as little as possible': Donald Trump says he avoids all the tax he can.

Chris Hayes : "If you can run a deficit to go to war, you can run a deficit to take care of the people who fought it" In response to Republican, long ago lost as the party of Lincoln and not just as to us Veterans, opposition to expanding Veterans' benefits on fiscal grounds.

People Served Responsibility, ignored, the VA: 'when there's no more space to fit them'


Saturday, April 16, 2016

More 'DeJa-Vu': Conservatives Still Blocking Top Watchdog Nominee For The VA

“Why in 2009 were we still using paper?” VA Assistant Secretary Tommy Sowers “When we came in, there was no plan to change that; we’ve been operating on a six month wait for over a decade.” 27 March 2013

Senate keeps VA watchdog nominee in limbo despite crises at the agency

DeJa-Vu: “With no shared sacrifices being asked of civilians after Sept. 11", Decades and War From, All Over Again!!

April 15, 2016 - The confirmation battle over Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland isn’t the only one mired on Capitol Hill.

Senators also are blocking the nominee to be the top watchdog at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

President Obama nominated Washington lawyer Michael Missal in October to be the inspector general at the VA, but one-by-one, senators — both Democrat and Republican — have placed holds on any confirmation vote for Missal, citing problems at the VA they want addressed first.

The paradox is that under federal law, the inspector general is an independent watchdog responsible for rooting out those problems and making recommendations for improvement. And the post has been vacant at the VA since December 2013, occupied by interim inspectors general even as crisis after crisis plagued the agency.

"We're extremely disappointed that Republicans in Congress haven't moved forward with Michael Missal's confirmation to the post of VA Inspector General despite the fact that he's eminently qualified," White House spokeswoman Katie Hill said Friday. "Congress should act swiftly so that the VA has a permanent watchdog." read more>>>

The conservative ideology: Like our long time Veterans Conservative Nemesis, one of their experts(?), used to shape their policies, and very highly compensated: Sally Satel Still Selling Care for PTSD Veterans is Waste of Money There are plenty of others, they've got a ready stable full of {experts?}, and plenty of ignored and denied issues!!

People served, especially wealthy and all conservatives: * 2 Aug 2015 - 'I fight like hell to pay as little as possible': Donald Trump says he avoids all the tax he can.

"If military action is worth our troops’ blood, it should be worth our treasure, too — not just in the abstract, but in the form of a specific ante by every American." -Andrew Rosenthal 10 Feb. 2013

FEB. 8, 2016 - Congressional Republicans Balk at Obama’s Budget, Sight Unseen

12 April 2016 - GOP House under Speaker Ryan set to blow budget deadline


Wednesday, April 13, 2016

VA: Alleviating some Pressures on Many Issues Not Addressed by People Served and Reps. Of

"If military action is worth our troops’ blood, it should be worth our treasure, too — not just in the abstract, but in the form of a specific ante by every American." -Andrew Rosenthal 10 Feb. 2013

Marking 70 Years of Volunteers Serving Veterans
April 12, 2016 - National Volunteer Week, April 10-16, is a great time to showcase the impact and power that VA volunteers have on those they serve.

VA Voluntary Service is celebrating 70 years of Volunteer support and philanthropic donations to VA facilities this year. It is through the sincere dedication of volunteers and trusted partnerships that allow us to live up to the VHA mission of “Honoring Service and Empowering Health” of Veteran patients nationwide.

Personal contributions of time and expressions of care are the hallmark and the foundation of VA Voluntary Service. VA volunteers epitomize the one-to-one sharing and caring that is a core value of our Nation. Last year, over 76,000 VA volunteers gladly gave more than 11 million hours of service to Veterans.

Three generations of Volunteers. read more>>>

The conservative ideology: Like our long time Veterans Conservative Nemesis, one of their experts(?), used to shape their policies, and very highly compensated: Sally Satel Still Selling Care for PTSD Veterans is Waste of Money There are plenty of others, they've got a ready stable full of {experts?}, and plenty of ignored and denied issues!!

“Why in 2009 were we still using paper?” VA Assistant Secretary Tommy Sowers “When we came in, there was no plan to change that; we’ve been operating on a six month wait for over a decade.” 27 March 2013

People served, especially wealthy and all conservatives: * 2 Aug 2015 - 'I fight like hell to pay as little as possible': Donald Trump says he avoids all the tax he can.


Friday, April 1, 2016

VA's Center for Maternal and Infant Outcomes Research in Translation (COMFORT)

Add another to the consistently growing list, over seven years of, of Veterans issues addressed by the only Government branch doing so, the Executive with it's Cabinet, consistent through these coming up on eight years. The first in my lifetime and as a Veteran, Vietnam in country last of my four years active, doing so where few others, certainly not conservative Executive branches and congress rarely, have bothered. Issues either ignored or outright denied or just plain never brought up by the people served and through their hired representatives, especially conservative, and staffs of! In many cases congressional hearings had been held on with nothing done in follow up only to resurface and some label, media hyped, 'scandals' all of a sudden, for political, poser, patriotic points and re-election or just press coverage for, false, praise!

Giving Comfort to Veterans Having Babies
April 1, 2016 - For more than 90 years, VA has initiated groundbreaking research to improve the lives of Veterans. Now, a new study has been launched to help the brave women who served our country in uniform as they embark on a new mission: parenthood, thanks to a partnership between the University of Massachusetts Medical School and VA Central Western Massachusetts Healthcare System.

The Center for Maternal and Infant Outcomes Research in Translation (COMFORT) study is aimed at better understanding the needs and experiences of female Veterans during pregnancy and following childbirth. Led by Dr. Kristin Mattocks, associate chief of staff for research and development with VA Central Western Massachusetts Healthcare System, the COMFORT study will interview women about their pregnancies and post-birth experiences at 13 VA sites across the country. The efforts of Dr. Mattocks and colleagues can help improve patient care coordination.

Dr. Mattocks, who notes that the number of female Veterans having babies and using VA benefits in the past five years has nearly doubled, tells UMassMedNow that: read more>>>


Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Where are all those 'Celebrity Supporters' of 'Wounded Warrior Project' Now

Where are all those, many very wealthy, 'Celebrity Supporters' of 'Wounded Warrior Project' like Trace Adkins, Gary Sinise, Alec Baldwin, Bill O'Reilly, presidential candidate Donald Trump {who recently created his own poser patriotic 'support the troops', for political points, slush fund}, there are plenty more. Especially those like Adkins, Sinise and others and the high profile ads made and also brought in for gatherings as speakers and more at the orgs. events?

All or most still high rollers in the cash compensation who got huge tax cuts along with the flag waving, poser, patriotic wars. Supporters of the policies to extremely quickly abandon the missions and those sent to accomplish after 9/11!

Charges fly again over Wounded Warrior Project
March 30, 2016 - The Wounded Warrior Project found itself steeped in controversy again late Tuesday after its board of directors abruptly scrapped a meeting set for early next week with the charity's founders.

The founders accused the directors of calling off the session out of concern that it could lead to negative revelations about the directors. The founders assert the board had a role in the organization's alleged financial mismanagement.

The project helps U.S. troops wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The group's two top executives, Chief Executive Officer Steven Nardizzi and Chief Operating Officer Al Giordano, were fired by the board March 10 after a CBS News investigation found the project spends 40 to 50 percent of its donations on overhead, including extravagant parties. Other veterans charities have overhead costs of 10 to 15 percent.

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The AP said Melia "launched the project on a shoestring budget in 2003 after reflecting on his experience being injured in a helicopter crash off Somalia. Years later, he was replaced as CEO by Nardizzi, a lawyer who brought an aggressive entrepreneurial style to the charity and turned it into an $800 million fundraising enterprise."

A meeting to discuss a possible renewed role for John Melia and his brother, Jim, another founder, was slated for Monday.

But late Tuesday night, the Melias blasted the board. In a Facebook post titled, "Wounded Warrior Project board of directors turns its back on founders," Jim said he and Jim were told by the directors the meeting was off and the "reason for the cancellation was that John had revealed that there would, in fact, be a meeting. For a Board that has publicly touted its intention to increase transparency, this seems to be both ridiculous and counterintuitive. read more>>>

UpDate Report: March 30, 2016 - Wounded Warrior Project faces power struggle at top of organization

Were they compensated for the ads and public appearances for the organization and now nothing in it for them?

The ads certainly couldn't be looked at as 'public' PSA's for an "aggressive entrepreneurial style charity turned into an $800 million fundraising enterprise", modeled on corporate capitalism of today's bottom line ideologies, conservatives long want in privatizing the government especially the VA for corporate profit with very little if any regulations, and set up as a non profit! Did they instead, after all with them tax cuts they certainly weren't contributing any fair share to any war costs nor the still ongoing long term results from those policies and, DeJa-Vu, the long term care for the Veterans of, the people served responsibility the Veterans Administration, contribute their time for the ads and a few bucks for the kitty, the lavish spending needs!

Why nothing from any of them, haven't heard a peep,but certainly not surprised, as a Vietnam vet myself!

DeJa-Vu: “With no shared sacrifices being asked of civilians after Sept. 11", Decades and War From, All Over Again!!
Especially for the Corporate and Wealthy Community, investors in Defense Industries, and for these, Afghanistan and Iraq, came Two Huge Tax Cuts, with more sweetheart deals to same from states and the fed!!
People served, especially wealthy and all conservatives: * 2 Aug 2015 - 'I fight like hell to pay as little as possible': Donald Trump says he avoids all the tax he can.

The conservative ideology: Like our long time Veterans Conservative Nemesis, one of their experts(?), used to shape their policies, and very highly compensated: Sally Satel Still Selling Care for PTSD Veterans is Waste of Money! There are plenty of others, they've got a ready stable full of {experts?}, and plenty of ignored and denied issues!!


Saturday, March 26, 2016

As To Veterans: Britain's, Representing the People, MP's Branded a "Disgrace"

Conservative ideology, privatize for corporate profit and little to no regulation, flows in many arena's as to it's Few who Served the many!!

In ignominious scenes that brought shame and dishonour on Britain's parliament, just a dozen Tories bothered turning up to discuss the treatment of our returning heroes.

DISGRACE: Fury as work-shy MPs skip debate about veterans' care to slope off on holiday
WORK-SHY MPs who skipped a crucial debate about long-term care for wounded veterans to slope off on holiday have tonight been branded a "disgrace".

Mar 25, 2016 - In ignominious scenes that brought shame and dishonour on Britain's parliament, just a dozen Tories bothered turning up to discuss the treatment of our returning heroes.

The debate had been called by army veteran turned Tory MP Johnny Mercer, who delivered a heartfelt speech about the inadequate care many soldiers receive when they return from the battlefield.

He told the House that Tony Blair had "no plan" for veterans' care when he took Britain into war in Iraq and Afghanistan, leading to a "complete vacuum of provision" which was only filled by ordinary members of the public, who stepped up to found charities such as Help for Heroes.

Shamefully not a single Labour MP bothered turning up to hear the damning indictment of their party's record, or to offer any suggestion on how to right the wrongs of the two wars the party dragged our servicemen and women into.

Mr Mercer, who served as a captain in Afghanistan with 29 Commando Regiment of the Royal Artillery, told the Commons: "It is one of life’s deepest privileges to command men in war.

"Those of us who fought and bled with them will remain forever in the debt of these service charities for the fact that they carried on that duty on our behalf."

He called the debate to highlight the scandal of veteran care in Britain, which has seen successive Governments abandon returning soldiers to their fates.

Many wounded veterans are now entirely dependent on charities to help them readjust to society, which in turn rely on the generous British public for donations. read more>>>

"If military action is worth our troops’ blood, it should be worth our treasure, too — not just in the abstract, but in the form of a specific ante by every American." -Andrew Rosenthal 10 Feb. 2013

This:

just a dozen Tories bothered turning up to discuss the treatment of our returning heroes.

Covers all conservative ideology, and here it covered Labour representatives as well. If anything is brought up to vote on, usually unfunded and a band-aid, if that, covering the many much bigger wounds, it can be conservative spoke as bi-partisan and cheered by the bases of as full flag waving 'supporting the troops', Poser, patriotism!

And like here in the states, no longer united:

The VA, any Governments Veterans Administration, is the people served Responsibility, not socialized anything but their Responsibility to Actually Sacrifice, as it's been since it was established but promises never upheld with congressional fixes coming mostly unfunded and peace-meal causing more problems, the way those served seem to really like it that way as they lay blame on the VA personal!!

Sen. Bernie Sanders told Conservatives: “If you can’t afford to take care of your veterans, than don’t go war. These people are bearing the brunt of what war is about, We have a moral obligation to support them.” February, 26th, 2014

DeJa-Vu: “With no shared sacrifices being asked of civilians after Sept. 11", Decades and War From, All Over Again!!
Especially for the Corporate and Wealthy Community, investors in Defense Industries, and for these, Afghanistan and Iraq, came Two Huge Tax Cuts, with more sweetheart deals to same from states and the fed!!

People served, especially wealthy and all conservatives: 2 Aug 2015 - 'I fight like hell to pay as little as possible': Donald Trump says he avoids all the tax he can