{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**

The Countries Responsibility is to Fully Fund the Agency Charged With Fulfilling the Obligations Promised to Those That Served Said Country! But those served, some veterans as well, find it easier to follow the started attacks, conservative ideology, on the agencies dedicated personal, while ignoring the many costly issues especially from our wars! Gen Shinseki had finally started addressing those issues and building the agency the Country promised but ignores and uses as a political pawn, Poser Patriotism, while addressing the Veterans issues of the present and two more long wars! Political ideologies and personal greed should never cross the doorways of Veterans Facilities nor Veterans Issues!!

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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: TX-19 Congressional Candidate Neal Marchbanks - Veteran: 28 March 2014 - "Congress controls the budget for the VA and it is the fault of Congress that the VA does not have enough employees and that the facilities are too small."

Fact: Sixth District Congressional candidate Seth Moulton: "Congress has made 'travesty' of veterans care" 05/14/2014

Fact: “We are dealing with veterans, not procedures—with their problems, not ours.” —General Omar Bradley, First Administrator of the Veterans Administration

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!

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."

Army Says War Records Gap Is Real, Launches Recovery Effort

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



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

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Homeless Vets: "This year I've seen a huge number of families"

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

Homeless Vets: They're Not Just Single Men Anymore

Neither of these recent wars have yet been paid for, let alone the results from! As well as under deficits most of the, grossly under funded, VA budget is still borrowed thus added, problem creating, costs that shouldn't exist!

Along with the decades long and wars from conservative obstruction of the VA budgets, in the present, concerning Veterans, led by Rep Miller in the House, seeking out media attention, for him, 'scandals' caused by the, very costly added, problems congress created, and Burr in the Senate, total, conservative, obstruction in job creating federal investments, your money your returns on, for economic growth and Countries needs, many long ignored, of now and into the future. Those federal investments had always rippled into private sector job and economic innovative growth before. After WWII 'Greatest Generation' never to be repeated, they Sacrificed and thus Developed an Economy envied by those who now have our once proud innovative trades and growth from!

Stand Down: Homeless Veterans in San Diego

September 16, 2014 - Every summer for 27 years, a small tent city has popped up in San Diego. "Stand Down" is a three-day oasis for homeless veterans, with showers, new clothes, hot meals, medical help, legal aid and a booth set up for every housing program in the city.

Increasingly, the event needs ways to keep children entertained.

"They've got the kids zone and everything. My kids live out here very happy. They're looking forward to it from last year," says Alex Morales, who served in the Army in the 1970s.

Morales, his wife and their five children have come here for nine years running — the kids practically grew up here. Some years the family had transitional housing, sometimes they had jobs — but they always needed some help.

After seeing attendance rise for most of a decade, Stand Down this year saw a slight drop in the overall number of vets they served. Yet the numbers grew for families and female veterans needing help.

"This year I've seen a huge number of families — more than I've ever seen before," says Darcy Pavich, who directs Stand Down. "The number of children has probably doubled from last year." 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

'Tens of thousands' more medical staff needed, says VA chief

"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

You can bet, and win, you won't hear any mention of the Country being told they have to Sacrifice in the debates related to the growing destructive ISIS or ISIL created by the Conservative policies on the international stage under the Bush/Cheney leadership!

Homeless Veterans / Upcoming Events / Stand Downs


VA Medical Centers Home-Based Primary Care

Fewer Hospitalizations For Diabetic Veterans Using VA’s Home-based Care
Sep. 16, 2014 - For older U.S. military veterans with multiple chronic conditions, including diabetes, taking advantage of home-based primary care from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) was linked to fewer hospitalizations, in a recent study.

Some VA medical centers in the U.S. offer home-based primary care, in which a physician supervises a health care team that provides services in the veteran’s home, rather than through regular clinic visits.

Patients are cared for “by a multidisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, social workers, pharmacists and psychologists,” said lead author Dr. Samuel T. Edwards of the Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System in an email to Reuters Health.

The study didn’t address why home-based primary care was linked to fewer preventable hospitalizations. But Edwards said the program could potentially improve compliance with medications and ensure that patients understood their care plans. It could also improve coordination of social and support services, referrals and specialty care. read more>>>


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Post-9/11 Vet Newsletter - Fall 2014

Burn Pit Registry Launches

At military sites in Iraq and Afghanistan, trash and human waste were often burned in open air pits known as "burn pits." Some Veterans have health problems they believe to be linked to exposure to burn pit smoke and other airborne hazards such as sand and dust storms, oil well fires, and air pollution...

Feeling Overwhelmed and Don't Know Where to Turn? The Veterans Crisis Line Can Help

Whether Veterans recently returned home or completed their service years ago, their experiences remain a part of their lives and can have unexpected impacts. Close friends and family who know a Veteran best may be the first to recognize emotional distress...

VA Health Care: An Excellent Option Click on above banner or this link to read more, with backlinks, or download the newsletter.


Higher Ranges of Pay for Doctors, Nurses at VA Facilities

“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

VA secretary vows more changes, higher ranges of pay for doctors, nurses
16 September 2014 - As part of the effort to eliminate the VA appointment backlog by the end of next year, Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald said Monday that he plans to increase the range of pay for VA doctors and nurses, among other changes.

Here to address the National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs Convention, McDonald said Monday that more clinic and hospital space, more employees and better pay for providers are the keys to solving the wait-time problems that have plagued the VA for years; he’s recently started going to medical schools to recruit doctors and nurses himself.

As of Sept. 5, the Veterans Health Administration also has reached out to more than 240,000 veterans to get them appointments, and reduced the electronic waiting lists by 57 percent, he said.

“We have a lot of work to do,” McDonald said, “I think we’re well on our way, though, to ending the backlog by 2015.” read more>>>

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
Neither of these recent wars have yet been paid for, let alone the results from! As well as under deficits most of the, grossly under funded, VA budget is still borrowed thus added, problem creating, costs that shouldn't exist!

"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


Monday, September 15, 2014

Veterans Administration: Nurses with Heart Wanted

Work at VA: Nurses with heart wanted

September 15, 2014 - Nikki Fryer started working at the Durham VA Medical Center as a great way to expand her nursing skills. That was 24 years ago. What Nikki found was, as the years passed, her appreciation for what the medical center did for Veterans increased.

“As I grew to love working with [Veterans], I found it to be very humbling to come to work everyday to serve them,” she said.

In the video above, she recalls helping a homeless Veteran after he was treated at the medical center. The health care the Veteran received was only part of the overall help he needed, and so with the assistance of other offices and services, he was able to not only continue care, but was reunited with his family.

“It is the true sense of family,” she said as tears began to well up in her eyes, “It’s the true sense of caring. It’s the true sense for respecting [Veterans] for where [they] are in that point in time.” read more>>>


VA to Hold Industry Day to Support Implementation of Veterans Choice Act

Seeking Industry Input to Implement Key Provision of New Law
WASHINGTON – September 13, 2014 - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced a next step in the process of implementing the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 that allows for increased Veterans access to, and eligibility for, non-VA health care.

As part of the Veterans Choice Act implementation process, VA will host an “Industry Day,” to seek input on how best to provide administrative support in the process of issuing Veteran Choice Cards, a provision of the legislation. VA is quickly working to implement the legislation according to the timeline set in law, and looking to industry to assist.

“We are committed to providing Veterans with the timely care they have earned and deserved,” said VA Secretary Robert A. McDonald. “We look forward to the opportunity to partner with the private sector to implement this new law and provide Veterans with a customer service experience that meets their needs.”

“Industry Day” will be held on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 beginning at 9am at the Denver Acquisition and Logistic Center; the arm of VA that performs supply chain management for VA and other Government Agencies. VA looks forward to the opportunity to involve industry in implementing this important piece of legislation.

Working with Congress, Veterans Service Organizations, and other stakeholders, VA has additionally taken steps to implement this legislation, including: read more>>>


Sunday, September 14, 2014

The palin side of the story.....using us Veterans?!

I really, really don't want to give this clan added publicity, like I don't use FOX, others, links to give traffic to the crap they spread.

But thought I might this one time as I expected this to rise from this hillbilly clans 'patriotic' tuned grift, using us Veterans':

So this is how they'll, FOX, spin the incident: “Don’t you know who he is? He’s a vet!”

The Palin Family's Side of the Anchorage Brawl Story

For the grifter, very much in the public eye none of them should have got involved in anything like this and she should have seen to it they didn't. This explanation will only work if she paid all her expenses to this 'Mighty Oaks Warrior Foundation' event and also given them a hefty donation from all she's reaped opening her mouth whenever and getting paid for same, no matter what comes out!

He's the Vet, she's the 'BlueStar' family member of, never having served. If she got her travel, expenses and compensation for her appearance ,then she's just another 'war profiteer' and if all or a great majority of what this group raised at this is wasn't turned over to actually help the brothers and sisters, there are a few orgs. who aren't in it for their own benefit and slush fund raising, especially for conservative politics, like there are individuals who regularly volunteer at VA facilities, then they aren't any better. Even the well known National Vets orgs are more reactionary, 'It's All The VA's Fault', instead of proactive on Veterans issues. But they make a lot of noise thus raising much in donations!

Not so strange one never see's anything about her speaking at or getting involved in the groups of parents with 'special needs' children. Never hear her even talk about. Why during the campaign, while at less then half term gov., her youngest daughter was involved in more of the human and parental type bonding, especially a special needs, a child needs. Even when she did carry the baby it was more like 'see my special needs baby', 'now please someone take it so I can talk more about how super patriotic I, and conservatives, am and the rest, liberal, moderates and republicans not in her lockstep, aren't.

She, after elevating into the high income on her easy grifting cash, hasn't paid for these two recent wars let alone, as her son is a Vet and this says a counselor to combat PTS veterans now, hasn't paid for the long term results of, Nobody Has! DeJa-Vu all over again for decades and wars of. As to the Countries responsibility the Veterans Administration, decades long under funded with conservatives keeping it that way to eventually privatize for corporate profit so they can finally stop obstructing the much needed budgets, but still be able to attack the VA personal left to keep it a government agency, and build those budgets to grow that profit bottom line for the principles of and the investors in, themselves included!!

So momma grizzly I for one ain't buyin what you're sellin, or your friend is tryin to!!

POSER PATRIOTISM



American Wounded Veteran Athletes at 2014 Invictus Games

Dr. Biden Cheers-on Athletes at Invictus Games
WASHINGTON, Sept. 13, 2014 – Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, traveled to London to cheer on Team USA athletes as they compete in the 2014 Invictus Games.

More than 400 competitors from 14 nations are participating in the inaugural Invictus Games, an international sporting event for wounded warriors to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for those who serve their countries.

Games named after English poet’s work

The games are named after William Earnest Henley’s 1875 poem titled “Invictus,” which he wrote while recovering from an intensive surgery that saved his second leg from being amputated. The games, which are taking place at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and the Lee Valley Athletics Centre, began Sept. 10 and run through tomorrow. read more>>>

"You inspire me ... you inspire all Americans," Dr. Jill Biden, standing next to her husband, Vice President Joe Biden, told Team USA members before they departed for London to compete at the Invictus Games during a barbecue held in the athletes’ honor at the Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C. White House courtesy photo


Saturday, September 13, 2014

The 'chickenhawks' of Congress Who Represent the 'Poser Patriots'

Showing, once again, their True Concern, their special interests heavily financed jobs, especially conservatives!

Not those extremely very few who serve sent into harms way, as Military Personal, leaving Families behind, already taking deadly actions!

It's just so easy to use them tough hawkish words, especially for war rubber stamper bush conservatives, then stand up and fulfill their responsibility and show the wishes of those they represent, conservatives standard line "The American people want...........", attacking the Executive and Commander in Chief, this one especially, after dumping All the blowback onto them, in their continued total obstruction, like the Veterans Affairs budgets for decades and wars of, on everything!!

09/12/14 - US announces war without declaring it

Why the concern what it's called?!

Whatever they are you, the 99%plus served, get them for FREE, No Sacrifice nor No Demand For through your Representatives, everyone does!

Except the very very few sent into and their families, even if they come back alive!!!!

12 September 2014 - Rachel Maddow reports that the White House, Pentagon, and State Department are all using the word “war” to describe military operations against ISIS, despite insisting just a day ago that they are merely counterterrorism operations.

These recent long deadly occupations, which laid the foundation of what's followed, after the country cheered with the growing drum beats to abandon the missions and those sent to accomplish so Quickly after 9/11, have cost anyone anything, two tax cuts especially for the wealthy and All rubber stamped war costs on the credit card!!

Not only that but, DeJa-Vu all over again and for decades and wars of, the responsibility those 99%plus served hasn't been fully funded, actually extremely grossly underfunded, the Veterans Administration. As those served find it extremely easy to either ignore the costly issues from or outright deny many even exist and their representatives give them what they want so they son't have to Sacrifice as they wave the Poser Patriotic flags at parades and such!!!!!!

Oh and in these times and what's happening them reps are probably Not going to Vote, either House, till after the Elections, but till then they'll blame Obama and like you carrying them tea buckets comment from folks like 'Nam brother Kerry!!

Them VA Budgets, with the constant decades of conservative obstruction, are mostly borrowed, that's what deficits bring!!

* * * The British Iraq War Inquiry * * *
Released will carry private communications between GWBush and TBlair, like this already released: TB said there was a danger the Tories would see this as their chance to get rid of him … Bush said they would make it clear to the Tories that if they moved to get rid of TB "we will get rid of them".

* * * Iraq War Promoted Terrorism Rather Than Reducing It * * *

24 April 2014 - Britain’s involvement in the Iraq War promoted terrorism rather than reducing it and was a “strategic failure”, according to a major new report which estimated the cost of all UK conflicts since the end of the Cold War.
The Royal United Services Institute said the UK could face a bill of nearly £65bn, once the cost of long-term care for injured veterans was factored in, with most of the money was spent on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The study, called Wars in Peace, said both conflicts were largely “strategic failures” for the UK, The Guardian reported."

Effort to rescue Foley and Sotloff was larger than Bin Laden raid
September 12, 2014 - The fighting force deployed to rescue journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff was made up of roughly 70 to 80 U.S. commandos, a much larger group than the one which killed Osama Bin Laden. While it appears the two Americans had once been held at the raid location, they were apparently moved prior to the operation. David Martin reports.

"Other westerners, including Americans, are being held, complicating any strikes into Syria"

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
Neither of these recent wars have yet been paid for, let alone the results from! As well as under deficits most of the, grossly under funded, VA budget is still borrowed thus added, problem creating, costs that shouldn't exist!

“We are dealing with veterans, not procedures—with their problems, not ours.” —General Omar Bradley, First Administrator of the Veterans Administration

VA Needs “Tens of Thousands” More Personnel


Friday, September 12, 2014

VA Needs “Tens of Thousands” More Personnel

They have had the same needs for Decades and the flag waving, Poser, patriotic Wars of, and not just in the care issues and facilities!! As those 99%plus served, with their blessings, totally ignored the needs, many issues from and even denied issues existed, think PTS and Agent Orange and Gulf War Syndrome to name but only a few!! These two recent wars brought out most of, think Walter Reed and that was Defense Department medical care, what doesn't happen especially under conservative ideologies when in controlling Government agencies and the purse strings in Congress, thanks to those served!

'Tens of thousands' more medical staff needed, says VA chief

Much of the ignored and denied were starting to be addressed, Finally, under the Shinseki administration and only able to do with the help of the Entire Obama administration Cabinet and personal around the administration!!

September 11, 2014 - The Department of Veterans Affairs needs “tens of thousands” more personnel working in VA hospitals and clinics to meet patient demand, the new VA Secretary, Robert “Bob” McDonald, told lawmakers Tuesday at a hearing of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee.

The size of the staff shortage, McDonald said, explains why VA has launched “a big recruiting effort” which he kicked off recently with visits to Duke University and University of Pennsylvania medical schools to tell students there why “VA is where they want to work.”

Congress is pressing to clarify VA staff shortage as the department struggles to recover from a patient wait-time scandal, demand for care grows due to a force drawdown, and the nation at large also copes with a shortage of health workers, particularly mental health care capacity. read more>>>

These recent wars have yet to be paid, no conservatives offsets called for as the costs were rubber stamped by them, for and, DeJa-Vu, especially the results from. Deficits mean the budgets are still mostly borrowed and with continuing conservative obstruction of same, seeking to privatize for corporate profits, only, with the ability if privatize to then build bigger budgets for bigger bottom lines, still grossly under funded when military are returning from, not one, war theaters, Again!

“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

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


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center Concussion Guide

New Concussion Guide Helps Parents Support Recovery
September 10, 2014 - Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) released a 26-page guide that offers practical advice to parents on how to recognize the signs and symptoms of a concussion, information on treatment and recovery, and what a parent can do to support a child’s recovery and successful return to school.

The new “Parent’s Guide to Returning Your Child to School After a Concussion” advises parents of children who have been diagnosed with a mild traumatic brain injury (TBI), also known as concussion, on how to help their child successfully return to school and related activities.

A traumatic brain injury is a blow or jolt to the head that disrupts the normal function of the brain. The severity of the TBI is determined at the time of the injury and may be classified as mild, moderate or severe. Mild TBI is the most common form. This type of head injury may result in headaches, visual disturbances, sleep issues, dizziness, poor concentration and memory problems, and changes to behavior, personality or mood.

“Though written to help military families, this parent’s guide contains detailed practical advice for helping your school-aged child recover from concussion and is very useful for all families,” said Army Col. Sidney Hinds, II, M.D., DVBIC national director. read more>>>


Campaign Ads Featuring Veterans

Plenty of ads, most again playing politics with false information using us Veterans', as the corporations use us for marketing or celebrities to boost their fame. None Calling for the Country to Sacrifice as they wave them, Poser Patriotic, flags of support, as to it's Responsibility especially during and after wars and long occupations of others!

“We are dealing with veterans, not procedures—with their problems, not ours.” —General Omar Bradley, First Administrator of the Veterans Administration

Campaign Ads Featuring Veterans Swarm The Airwaves
September 10, 2014 - There aren't really any unifying issues in this year's midterm elections, except for one: the treatment of the nation's veterans.

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It may seem like candidates for Congress are spending a lot of money to win over veterans, a relatively small segment of the electorate. But what they're really after are votes of undecided and independent voters, says Jon Soltz, chairman of VoteVets.org. He says it's because veterans affairs are a "mom and apple pie issue."

Vote Vets is a democratic group that's spending $5 million to unseat Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell in Kentucky. Soltz blames McConnell for blocking a $21 billion measure aimed at increasing VA funding. The group is running this ad featuring a Vietnam veteran, shown slowly walking with a cane:

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Dan Caldwell, issues and legislative campaign manager for Concerned Veterans, says this spot and one the group is running in North Carolina targeting Democratic Senator Kay Hagen are aimed at holding Democrats accountable.

"Congressman Braley and Senator Kay Hagen have something in common. They both campaigned on being veterans advocates, they were going to help fix the VA. But once they got into office, the situation at the VA got worse and they didn't really devote enough attention to it," he says. read more & listen>>>

Ahhh yes the 'Concerned Veterans for America' {really??, concerned??}, reminds one of that small group, mostly non Vets, called 'swiftboaters'. This group funded by the conservative, Poser Patriots, Koch brothers who reaped more wealth from investments in these two recent wars and the no bid private contracts of as the costs were rubber stamped and off the books till executive administrations changed, still not paid for!!

Taking Hagan to task, who isn't privy to VA agency reports, over problems at the VA while the Senior Senator of NC, Burr, is privy to All the reports and has done little for but attack VA personal during the now many years he's held that seat, is the Minority head of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, when he's got time to actually attend the hearings. Hagan is on the Armed Services Committee not the Veterans Affairs Committee, having just another Senators voice and vote and not leadership and oversite in VA Affairs! She has stepped up for Veterans on numerous occasions though, like the want to privatize the Salisbury VA, long want of conservatives to privatize for corporate profits and ability to then raise budgets for more bottom line profits under that private care, while the Country were sending our Military into two more wars of choice. Or the Marine Base Camp Lejeune cancers and deaths from water contamination's on the base for years, to name but a few as well as positive votes on calls from the Executive branch for more VA budget funding. Country still hasn't Sacrificed, neither of these recent wars, and no bid private contracts for, have also not been paid for, let alone the long term results from, DeJa-Vu all over again, decades and wars of.

As we abandoned so quickly the missions and those sent to accomplish after 9/11 and invaded Iraq, with troops in harms way and that administration and rubber stamping conservative congresses were doing almost nothing for not only the Veterans but Military Personal and their families: Salisbury VA Medical Center Changes Still On the Table Despite Word of Delays:

December 15, 2008 - The VA announced yesterday that it would not implement any proposed changes to the Salisbury (Hefner) VA until 2013, leaving the facility as a fully operational medical center. While union officials applauded the work of Senator-elect Kay Hagan and Congressmen Mel Watt and Larry Kissell for fighting the proposed elimination of health care services at the hospital, they criticized the VA’s continued commitment to privatize the medical center.

That VA, W. G. (Bill) Hefner VA Medical Center - Salisbury, NC, has a National Cemetery on it's grounds also. And instead of 'privatizing' the Facility has gone through many much needed upgrades as well as some expansions, same for the cemetery, during the Obama administration and the Shinseki Veterans Administration. As the clinic in Charlotte was upgraded and now a new expanded one is being built for the many Veterans' in this area and surrounding, including northern South Carolina, area's. Like many facilities around the Country, including new and upgraded National Cemeteries during the past six years. Hoping that continues but it needs the Country to finally step up and uphold it's side of the contracts to those some 1% that have Sacrificed for them!!

“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

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

Neither of these recent wars have yet been paid for, let alone the results from! As well as under deficits most of the, grossly under funded, VA budget is still borrowed thus added, problem creating, costs that shouldn't exist!