{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!!


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

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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Monday, November 24, 2014

The Continuing Efforts to Bring the Missing WWII Soldiers Home


Solving the mystery of a missing WWII soldier

November 23, 2014 - Until he found the wreckage of the plane his grandfather flew, Casey Doyle says the circumstances surrounding Jimmie Doyle’s disappearance were a painful unknown. Watch Anderson Cooper’s full report, "A Forgotten Corner of Hell.”

A forgotten corner of hell
Anderson Cooper accompanies volunteers searching for the remains of World War II airmen missing in action in the waters off Palau

2014 Nov 23 - More than 400,000 Americans died fighting in the Second World War. Adding to the heartache of that staggering loss, nearly one in five of those killed was declared missing in action. To this day, the families of some 73,000 unaccounted for servicemen have lived with the mystery of how they died and have been deprived of the comfort that comes from a burial. At the end of the war, the technology didn't exist to find and identify many of the missing, but today it does. This is the remarkable story of a group of volunteers who spend their own time and money quietly searching for these long lost servicemen -- remarkable because of what they've discovered in recent years. They are doing it, they say, for the fallen and their families.

And focus on Palau, a Pacific island nation that saw some of the fiercest fighting of the war 70 years ago, a place some pilots called "a forgotten corner of hell."

Fly today over Palau's 586 small islands and miles of barrier reefs and you'll see no sign of the carnage that once occurred here. But beneath the jungle canopy you can still find the rusted ruins of Japanese anti-aircraft guns; and in the clear blue water, a graveyard of planes and the men who flew them. As the Second World War raged in the Pacific, the islands of Palau were teeming with Japanese soldiers and under attack by American planes. The skies overhead were filled with Hellcats, Corsairs, Avengers and B-24 Liberators. On September 1, 1944, this B-24, number 453, and its crew took off on a bombing mission. read more>>>


Sunday, November 23, 2014

Landmark Agent Orange Meeting

Landmark open meeting on Agent Orange held at Oregon VA hospital
Nov 22, 2014 - Vietnam War veterans on Saturday called for more research into the health effects of U.S. service members' exposure to Agent Orange, in a first of its kind open meeting at a VA hospital in Portland, Oregon, on the lingering effects of the chemicals.

The U.S. military during the Vietnam War sprayed millions of gallons of Agent Orange to destroy foliage and expose enemy troops. The herbicide, nicknamed for its giant orange storage drums, was often contaminated with a type of dioxin, a potently carcinogenic chemical.

About 130 veterans attended the meeting at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Portland. It was the first time the VA allowed the nonprofit Vietnam Veterans of America to hold an Agent Orange town hall at one of its hospitals, said Mokie Porter, spokeswoman for the group.

Research has suggested U.S. veterans exposed to Agent Orange are at increased risk of high blood pressure, lymphoma, prostate cancer and other illnesses. read more>>>

Department of Veterans Affairs - Agent Orange


Veterans Health After State Health Care Reform

Experience of the Veterans Health Administration in Massachusetts After State Health Care Reform
November 21, 2014 - ABSTRACT

Starting in 2006, Massachusetts enacted a series of health insurance reforms that successfully led to 96.6% of its population being covered by 2011. As the rest of the nation undertakes similar reforms, it is unknown how the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), one of many important Federal health care programs, will be affected. Our state-level study approach assessed the effects of health reform on utilization of VHA services in Massachusetts from 2005 to 2011. Models were adjusted for state-level demographic and economic characteristics, including health insurance rates, unemployment rates, median household income, poverty rates, and percent of population 65 years and older. No statistically significant associative change was observed in Massachusetts relative to other states over this time period. The findings raise important questions about the continuing role of VHA in American health care as health insurance coverage is one of many factors that influence decisions on where to seek health care.

INTRODUCTION

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RESULTS

From 2005 to 2011, the VHA user rate in Massachusetts increased from 17.4% to 23.6% (Fig. 1). The national VHA user rate increased by nearly the same amoimt, from 20.8% in 2005 to 26.5% in 2011. Although VHA utilization in Massachusetts remained below the national average over this period, the parallel increases in user rates were not signifi- cantly different (p = 0.598).

Compared to states that did not implement reforms in 2006-2007, no statistically significant change in the VHA user rate for Massachusetts was observed after controlling for demographic and economic characteristics (-0.35%, 95% Cl: -6.38% to 5.68%, p = 0.964). Additionally, no statistically significant relationship was observed between the VHA user rate and the population health insurance rate in unadjusted (p = 0.560) and adjusted (p = 0.746) models (Fig. 2).

VHA user rates increased for every state from 2005 to 2011, and similar increases were seen when adjusting for variation in demographic and economic characteristics between states, including unemployment rate, median house- hold income, poverty rate, and percent of population 65 years and older (Fig. 3). The increase in the VHA user rate in Massachusetts was toward the middle of the national distri- bution, ranked 17th out of 50 states over this time period.

DISCUSSION read more>>>

VA, Affordable Care Act and You


Mostly Re-Active VFW: No longer is it “a national association of men”

Rarely Pro-Active as to Veterans' issues, though they do like to take credit when Veterans fight and win as they continue helping the conservative wants to privatize for corporate profit the VA like our wars, the long long ignored or outright denied many issues over the decades and wars from, that aren't paying members of the national organization. Same for most of the long running national veterans orgs.. Finally recognizes that Women serving the many, Poser Patriots that refuse to Sacrifice and follow the conservative lines in attacking the Veterans Administration personal, have Served Honorably! Seems those served, Poser Patriots led by the media and the continuing FOX speak, are once again trying to keep this very low keyed. As this report, one of only a couple found about, is a quick blurp in the NY Times, like they want those 99%plus served to continue thinking they always have publicly Honored the service of the Women Veterans' in the charter and not just the oh so cheap and hollow words and symbols when needed!

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

V.F.W. Goes Gender-Neutral, Recognizing Female Veterans
NOV. 21, 2014 - So the V.F.W. is changing, too, winning congressional approval to alter the wording of its charter. No longer is it “a national association of men” who served in wartime; it is one of “veterans.” And it is no longer to assist “widows” — rather, “surviving spouses.” The changes, approved at the national convention, were made in bills just passed by the House and Senate. “We didn’t change our congressional charter to be politically correct,” read more>>>

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

I waited a few days after first seeing this blurp to see if any other outlets would pick up the report on and maybe expand the coverage of, didn't, like it was a quick friday news dump to fill a few lines of type!! Not able to use as the many freebee's and sales specials on the just past Veterans Day nor a regurgitated congressional, peoples representatives, created long running same 'scandal's' with new hearings on and with new political twists as well as the Holidays, of Jesus birth, Black Friday is quickly approaching so space is valuable!

Facts: 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, including the long ignored or outright denied existence of, till this Administrations Cabinet and Gen Shinseki, only Government branch consistent for the past six years, issues! 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!


Saturday, November 22, 2014

Veterans Legally Lighting Up For Needed Care and Relief

Or using the medicinal properties found within. Used by many brothers and sisters, of Vietnam and Korea as well as WWII, as these issues were ignored or outright denied by those served so they wouldn't have the real 'patriotic', Poser Patriotism, need to Sacrifice!!

New bill could help pot-smoking veterans light up
November 22, 2014 - A new congressional bill could lift restrictions on Veterans Administration doctors and make it easier to recommend marijuana to soldiers. Studies are finding pot may help alleviate some of the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.

The Veterans Equal Access Act – introduced with bipartisan support on Thursday – would remove a ban on Veterans Administration doctors from giving opinions or recommendations on medical marijuana to veterans who live in states where smoking it is permitted.

The marijuana plant is still classified as a Schedule 1 drug along with heroin and cocaine, but the new bill would casually sidestep that detail. Twenty-three states have already passed laws allowing the use of medical marijuana, and ten of those states allows doctors to prescribe it for PTSD-related symptoms. read more>>>

Veterans are Coming Out of the “Cannabis Closet”


Update On 'Operation United Assistance' - Ebola

Kirby Provides Update On Operation United Assistance

11.21.2014 - Pentagon Spokesman, Rear Admiral John Kirby told reporters the DOD needs to be prepared if Operation United Assistance is extended.

Kirby: Timeline for Operation United Assistance Depends on Ebola Trend

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Friday, November 21, 2014

The Burn Pits of Iraq and Afghanistan

Just one of the now ignored issues, by those served, and added to the long list of same, decades long and grew with every theater, from the previous decades and wars of. Finally being addressed under the Shinseki VA administration, with help from the Executive Branch and it's Cabinet, and continuing after the conservatives finally took the General out, the only Government Branch consistent on Military personal their Families and our Veterans community!!

Ten things veterans should know about burn pits
November 20, 2014 - Just five months ago, VA launched the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry in response to concerns that Veterans were experiencing a range of respiratory illnesses possibly associated with exposure to burn pits. The registry is open to many Veterans and active-duty Servicemembers who deployed to various locations. This post describes why you should participate in the registry and how it might help uncover links between exposures and certain health conditions.

1. Exposure to Burn Pits was common among Servicemembers overseas and may have health effects read more>>>

Health Care Use by Gulf War & OEF/OIF/OND Veterans
Musculoskeletal and connective system diseases, such as disorders of the back, joints, or soft tissues, were the most common diagnoses among Veterans who used VA health care and served in the Gulf War in 1990-1991 or Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, or New Dawn (OEF/OIF/OND).

Text version of infographic

Health Care Use - Gulf War Veterans and OEF/OIF/OND Veterans, October 1, 2001 - September 30, 2013

Veterans deployed to the Gulf War, and Veterans deployed to Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, or New Dawn (OEF/OIF/OND), have accessed VA health care as inpatients or outpatients for a variety of reasons. How many of these Veterans use VA health care, why do they use it, and who uses it? read more>>>


As An Exemplary Soldier to Represent All Women in the Military

War veteran shares story of challenges women face
November 20, 2014 - During her deployment to Iraq, former Army translator Kayla Williams said she found strength in herself to be an exemplary soldier to represent all women in the military.

Williams, a former sergeant and Arabic linguist for a military intelligence company of the 101st Airborne Division, was a guest speaker Thursday at the fifth annual Forward March Conference. She reflected on her time in the military, including navigating challenges because of her gender.

The conference included panel discussions to help churches and faith-based organizations learn how they can help veterans and military families. Topics included domestic violence, suicide prevention, substance abuse and the moral challenges of war.

This year, the conference at Snyder Memorial Baptist Church offered community workshops. One focused on identifying local resources for military families and veterans, with the goal of creating a "toolkit" to connect professionals with employment, financial, peer support, housing, transportation and other types of services. Another workshop is aimed at increasing the involvement of faith-based organizations in military and veterans health. The conference continues today.

Williams, a project associate at Rand Corp. and an author, spoke to a packed crowd Thursday afternoon. She focused on her experience in the Army, including the invasion of Iraq in 2003. read more>>>


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

VA Implements Second Phase of Choice Card Program

“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

Cards sent to Veterans waiting more than 30 days for care
Washington, DC – November 18, 2014 - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced that it began mailing Veterans Choice Cards on November 17 to Veterans currently waiting more than 30-days from their preferred date or the date that is medically determined by their physician for an appointment at a VA facility.

“VA continues to focus on implementation of this new temporary benefit so that Veterans receive the timely quality care they need in a way that reduces confusion and inefficiencies,” said Secretary Robert A. McDonald, who penned an open letter to Veterans announcing the implementation of the Choice Card program.

The Choice Program is a new, temporary benefit that allows some Veterans to receive health care in their communities rather than waiting for a VA appointment or traveling to a VA facility. The first round of cards along with a letter explaining the program was issued on November 5 to Veterans who are eligible based on their place of residence. VA is now engaging in the next phase of its rollout –eligibility explanation letters are being sent to Veterans waiting more than 30 days from their preferred date to be seen or considered medically necessary by their physician. 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, including the long ignored or outright denied existence of, till this Administrations Cabinet and Gen Shinseki, only Government branch consistent for the past six years! 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!


Sunday, November 16, 2014

Veterans are Coming Out of the “Cannabis Closet”

The properties in Cannabis helped many Veterans, also those in the civilian community coping with individual damaging trauma's, cope after Vietnam, with those from Korea and even WWII joining them, and since with the known and finally named PTS as well as any other anxieties of, hell on earth, war theaters. As long as they didn't abuse the use of like some would, and still do, with alcohol and other drugs, easing the painful memories as well as making some sort of sense to what man does to his and her fellow man. This while those served were eager to ignore the many issues of service to them especially in our wars and others were making very comfortable livings as experts(?) in denying for personal fame and fortune many issues even existed. Thus the greater majority, poser patriots, need not pay the costs of caring for and are led in that by the decades long conservative, mostly, ideologies of those they hire as public servants, including Veterans, to not fully fund nor build the peoples responsibility and promises, the Veterans Administration, during and after the flag waving wars!

More veterans press VA to recognize medical marijuana as treatment option
Amy Rising, an Air Force veteran, smokes medical marijuana. She says the drug helps her deal with severe anxiety after four years at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois, where she coordinated bombings and other missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. (Kevin Cook/For The Washington Post)

November 15 2014 - Every morning, former Air Force senior airman Amy Rising makes breakfast for her second-grader, drives him to school and returns home to prepare what she calls her medicine.

She suffers from severe anxiety after four years working in the frenetic global command center at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois, coordinating bombings and other missions in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Rising says she has found a treatment that helps her cope. But her local Veterans Affairs hospital does not provide it — because her medicine is a joint.

At a time when the legalized use of marijuana is gaining greater acceptance across the country, Rising is among a growing number of veterans who are coming out of the “cannabis closet” and pressing the government to recognize pot as a legitimate treatment for the wounds of war. They say it is effective for addressing various physical and psychological conditions related to military service — from chronic back pain and neuropathic issues to panic attacks and insomnia — and often preferable to widely prescribed opioid painkillers and other drugs. 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, including the long ignored or outright denied existence of, till this Administrations Cabinet and Gen Shinseki, only Government branch consistent for the past six years, issues! 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!


Friday, November 14, 2014

This Being the Week of Veterans Day

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

Bill Straub: If it’s true that you reap what you sow, McConnell could be dining on thin gruel
November 13, 2014 - In the minority as Senate Republican Leader, McConnell adopted a philosophy first verbalized by a man identified as a U.S. Army major during the Vietnam War — “We had to destroy the village in order to save it.” Indeed, McConnell has managed to soil the legislative nest so successfully over the first six years of the Obama administration that he finally, and ironically, managed to wrest the majority away.

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This being the week of Veterans Day, a period when everyone falls over each other expressing their admiration for the men and women who have served in uniform while ignoring their true needs, it might do to remember that it was the Senate Republicans, led by McConnell who staged a successful filibuster over an omnibus bill offered by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-VT, chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, directing billions of dollars to meet the educational and health needs of those who served.

It wasn’t until reports circulated about those ill-served by the Veterans Administration’s health service that McConnell finally acquiesced, lest he be caught holding the bag. The legislation wasn’t as good as the original but at least it was something — and McConnell couldn’t be blamed for turning his back on veterans.

Like the Wizard of Oz, McConnell didn’t want anyone looking behind the curtain lest they discover who is really pulling the strings. Unlike Dorothy Gale, voters pretty much obliged him on Nov. 4, blaming the White House and his fellow Democrats for the nation’s setbacks, placing him in the position of obtaining the one thing he has yearned for his entire political life. read more>>>

"It wasn’t until reports circulated about those ill-served by the Veterans Administration’s health service" - Congressional created during this decade plus especially, but also thru the previous decades and wars from by doing what the people served wanted by their representatives in ignoring so many issues or outright denying many issues even exist, think also Agent Orange and Gulf War Syndrome with so many others even from these two recent theaters!

Brother and Sister Veterans, you can kiss bye bye to the advances made, by this Executive Branch and it's Cabinet the Only Government Branch doing, including the recent much needed boost of, watered down, budget monies in attempting to Actually build the VA the country refuses to Sacrifice as well as Ignore it's Responsibility, in doing, decades and wars from now and Especially the recent decade plus!! And watch as the conservatives gain more privatization of the VA for corporate profit, not for what the Country owes you, as it's all about that bottom line, i.e. no bid contracts and corporate owned!!

“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

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

Neither of these recent wars have yet been paid for, let alone the results from, including the long ignored or outright denied existence of, till this Administrations Cabinet and Gen Shinseki, only Government branch consistent for the past six years, issues! 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!


The 6thBranch Veterans Group Continues It's Outreach

Veterans Group Continues to Help Rebuild Baltimore Neighborhood

Mission

The 6th Branch is a nonprofit organization utilizing the leadership and organizational skills of military veterans to execute aggressive community service initiatives at the local level.

Rationale

We believe that the military skill set is ideal for the initiation and organization of community projects. Our organization aims to empower veterans by utilizing the characteristics typically strengthened through military service, such as a sense of mission, a dedication to duty, and a love of country. We build community by bringing together service-mined veterans and civilians to serve our community on the home front.

11.13.2014 - The Sixth Branch has been helping city since 2012