{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!!


Survey Finds Few Veterans on Congressional Staffs - Group says Congress should set example by hiring more vets

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."

Congress, in Veteran Marchbanks statement, are the people served and who representatives work for, or are supposed to!

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

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

"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

"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!}

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

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

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."

“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>>>


Read about now,
Bush Institute aims to identify best resources for vets' transition ,for it's archived and never to be heard about again!


And more disturbing, under both bushes, in relation to even before and through the early years of the Afghanistan, quickly abandoned missions of, and Iraq occupations, this:

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


The War On Military Records

12/10/2013 - The era of big data has arrived on the battlefield and we need to find new ways to deal with it.

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




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

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

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Veterans' Affairs Deal{?} Reached {?}

Deal? There's no 'deal' on this issue, it's just more obstruction and shirking of responsibility, DeJa-Vu for decades now and wars from, by the people served, Poser Patriots, through their hired representatives and leading to the want to privatize for corporate profit built on then bigger budgets from lawmakers!!

Rep Miller: There Is NO Negotiations, NOR Offsets, Like Your Rubber Stamped, Corporate Profit, Wars, As To The Peoples Responsibilities, Through Their Representatives!!

Veterans' Affairs committee chairmen reach deal on legislation

These present wars, Afghanistan and Iraq, after abandoning the missions and those sent to accomplish so quickly after 9/11 to invade another, have yet to be paid for!!
July 27, 2014 - The House and Senate Veterans' Affairs committee chairmen have reached a deal on legislation that will address problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), aides to both sides confirmed to CBS News. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., are expected to outline the deal at a news conference Monday.

The two lawmakers released a statement Sunday saying they "made significant progress on legislation to make the VA more accountable and recruit more doctors, nurses and other health care professionals." An aide added that the agreement will "deal with both the short-term and long-term needs of the VA."

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If the plan is approved by the bipartisan group of negotiators from both chambers, it will still have to pass both the House and Senate. Both chambers are expected to adjourn at the end of this week for a five-week recess. 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

“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

And Who Says Politics Doesn't Play From Within the Agencies to the Branches
Especially to the Legislative to keep the costs, or create costly 'scandals', way down in the VA

Prior too this present Executive and Veterans administrations:

October 23, 2008 - And now VA investigators are trying to figure out if this one-time survey points to the likelihood that documents have been improperly destroyed for months or even years.

"Whatever this problem is, it didn't just start in the last two weeks," said Dave Autry, a spokesman for Disabled American Veterans. "It'd be unreasonable to assume that. Who knows what's been destroyed."

The documents, which didn't have duplicates at the VA, would have been critical in deciding veteran pension and disability claims. As a result, many veterans are asking whether their delayed or denied claims were affected by lost paperwork. read more>>>

Oct 16, 2008 - VA claims found in piles to be shredded

October 24, 2008 - House panel will target VA shredding

February 11, 2009 - Veterans' Claims Found in Shredder Bins

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

And the just above is just recent history, not all that has been for decades and wars from!!

"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


Saturday, July 26, 2014

VA 'scandal'?: Do Nothing, Conservatives, Congress!!

Rep Miller: There Is NO Negotiations, Nor Offsets, Like Your Rubber Stamped, Corporate Profit, Wars, As To The Peoples Responsibilities, Through Their Representatives!!



07/25/14 - Will do-nothing Congress do nothing on VA?

Senator Bernie Sanders, chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, talks with Rachel Maddow about whether this Congress, arguably the worst Congress ever, has the ability to pass a badly-needed bill addressing the needs of veterans and the V.A.

VA Reform Bill Talks Stall {UpDated}

VA 'scandals', DeJa-Vu, 'that's like oh soooo last week'

"Thank You for Your Service": 'POSER PATRIOT' Businesses & GOP


Friday, July 25, 2014

"Thank You for Your Service": 'POSER PATRIOT' Businesses & GOP

Thank You for Your Service: How One Company Sues Soldiers Worldwide
With stores near military bases across the country, the retailer USA Discounters offers easy credit to service members. But when those loans go bad, the company uses the local courts near its Virginia headquarters to file suits by the thousands.

July 25, 2014 - Army Spc. Angel Aguirre needed a washer and dryer.

Money was tight, and neither Aguirre, 21, nor his wife had much credit history as they settled into life at Fort Carson in Colorado in 2010.

That's when he saw an ad for USA Discounters, guaranteeing loan approval for service members. In military newspapers and magazines, on the radio, and on TV, the Virginia-based company's ads shout, "NO CREDIT? NEED CREDIT? NO PROBLEM!" The store was only a few miles from Fort Carson.

"We ended up getting a computer, a TV, a ring, and a washer and dryer," Aguirre said. "The only thing I really wanted was a washer and dryer."

Aguirre later learned that USA Discounters' easy lending has a flip side. Should customers fall behind, the company transforms into an efficient collection operation. And this part of its business takes place not where customers bought their appliances, but in two local courthouses just a short drive from the company's Virginia Beach headquarters. read more>>>

And Conservatives long time want is to 'privatize' all of the Veterans' Administration for Corporate profits off the peoples treasury while they control the budgets!!

Rep Miller: There Is NO Negotiations As To The Peoples Responsibilities, Through Their Representatives!!

House GOP poised to kill veterans-aid bill
07/25/14 - These days, it’s awfully difficult for major legislation on high-profile issues to generate broad, bipartisan support on Capitol Hill. The parties are usually too far apart to build consensus and strike deals.

But in mid-June, the Senate nevertheless came together to support a bipartisan veterans-aid package, written by Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.). There was some token opposition from the far-right, but they were easily outnumbered – the bill passed with a whopping 93 votes.

At the time, success seemed like a foregone conclusion. The VA scandal was literally front-page news and the demands for action were ubiquitous. When the Senate bill advanced on a 93-3 vote, many assumed the legislation would be on President Obama’s desk within a week.

That was six weeks ago. House Republicans now appear ready to kill the bill altogether. read more>>>

These present wars, Afghanistan and Iraq, after abandoning the missions and those sent to accomplish so quickly after 9/11 to invade another, have yet to be paid for, nor the results from!!

For more read this previous post.


VA 'scandals', DeJa-Vu, 'that's like oh soooo last week'

The conservatives got their 'Mission Accomplished', clearing the target on Gen Shinseki held since speaking Military truth and getting fired by then CiC bush, their problems thus solved, so move on to other 'scandals' they caused or are making up to see if it sticks to the wall so their followers can parrot it far and wide and ignore the reality!

The Conservative all the time line about money, funding, shows the disconnect, and who they really work for, and total lack of concern as to their congressional charges as a rep of those served and those served like it that way!! But does, finally, explain, in not just recent history, why it was so easy for them to Rubber Stamp All Costs of Wars, after so quickly abandoning the missions and those sent to accomplish after 9/11, and with No-Bid Private Corporation War Contractors Contracts including the very rapid build of their private merc army at huge expense and then morphed into another intelligence gathering agency and like in the wars no accountability nor oversite, just like the rest of the now private government contractors!

These present wars, Afghanistan and Iraq, after abandoning the missions and those sent to accomplish so quickly after 9/11 to invade another, have yet to be paid for!!

How VA Reform Fell Apart In Less Than 4 Days
07/24/2014 - Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), during an interview Wednesday night, criticized President Barack Obama for naiveté in congressional relations. The White House, the senator told Larry King, routinely underestimates Republican opposition, often spinning its wheels in a fruitless effort to craft a legislative compromise.

On Thursday, Sanders told reporters he may have been similarly victimized by that opposition.

Sanders, chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, announced that after weeks of trying, negotiations between him and House Veterans Affairs Committee Chair Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) over legislation to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs had ground to a halt.

The disagreement wasn’t only substantive -- though major details still needed to be hammered out. Rather, Sanders accused his Republican counterparts of not being honest brokers. He chastised them for valuing political theater over actual negotiation, and insisted they were demanding votes only on their proposals.

Miller’s "idea of negotiation is: ‘We have a proposal. Take it or leave it,’” Sanders said on the Senate floor. “Any sixth-grader in a school of the United States understands, this is not negotiation.” 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

They have no problem Not being 'skeptical' about any and all costs of wars as they rubber stamped all the wants and all borrowed and off the books till executive administrations changed. Wars that quickly added to the needs of the decades long under funded peoples responsibility, especially as to wars, the VA. Country ignores and denies the issues from, since Korea and many issues from previous World conflicts.

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

To Miller and the conservative mentality wars are righteous to Over Fund, Wealth to be made off the investments in, but Caring about those sent after most certainly isn't!! Until they get what they've sought, to Privatize for Corporate Profit off the peoples treasury and thus as a still, but stripped down, Government Agency they can then build bigger budgets for growing bottom line profits and returns on investment and bringing in all the problems of the private sector already flush with cash but not taking care of those problems till others notice they exist, that happens already and the government agencies get blamed not the private contractors!!

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

Keep grossly under funded, decades and wars from, causing problems which compound into more and it's easier to convince those served that privatizing is better, it certainly will not be cheaper, if profit is made from privatization. Care and the People's, yet to Sacrifice as they ignore and deny, Responsibility doesn't come into their equation, so Bring On More War!!

And Who Says Politics Doesn't Play From Within the Agencies to the Branches
Especially to the Legislative to keep the costs, or create costly 'scandals', way down in the VA

Prior too this present Executive and Veterans administrations:

October 23, 2008 - And now VA investigators are trying to figure out if this one-time survey points to the likelihood that documents have been improperly destroyed for months or even years.

"Whatever this problem is, it didn't just start in the last two weeks," said Dave Autry, a spokesman for Disabled American Veterans. "It'd be unreasonable to assume that. Who knows what's been destroyed."

The documents, which didn't have duplicates at the VA, would have been critical in deciding veteran pension and disability claims. As a result, many veterans are asking whether their delayed or denied claims were affected by lost paperwork. read more>>>

Oct 16, 2008 - VA claims found in piles to be shredded

October 24, 2008 - House panel will target VA shredding

February 11, 2009 - Veterans' Claims Found in Shredder Bins

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

And the just above is just recent history, not all that has been for decades and wars from!!

"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


Thursday, July 24, 2014

VA Reform Bill Talks Stall {UpDated}

Remember All that flag waving magnetic bumper sticker 'Poser Patriotism' only a few weeks back, well when it comes to Veterans' DeJa-Vu all over again, and again, and................:

Gen Shinseki, with a target on him since speaking Military truth and bush fired him, with help from the Executive branches Cabinet and personal, had finally started doing what the Congress and the people they represent had refused to do, addressing the long ignored and denied issues from the previous decades and wars from while working to address this generations Veterans issues, not done under the previous, especially recent, VA administrations and bush Executive branch!! The conservatives got their 'Mission Accomplished' their problems thus solved, so move on to other 'scandals' they caused or are making up to see if it sticks to the wall so their followers can parrot it far and wide and ignore the reality!

Here's hoping that continues, and that the Country served decides to uphold it's responsibility and sacrifice themselves as they demand the Military personal and their Families do!!

Sanders pleads for VA reform bill as talks stall
Jul 23, 2014 - The chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee said Wednesday there is still time for Congress to approve a landmark bill to improve health care services for veterans, despite deep disagreement over how much the changes will cost and how they should be paid for.

"It really would be a disgrace if we adjourn (for the month of August) without a bill," said Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. "The good news is I think that we can bring forth a bill which deals with contracted-out care for veterans ... and I think we can also strengthen the VA."

Negotiations over a bill to bolster the beleaguered Department of Veterans Affairs in response to a furor over long patient wait times and falsified records to cover up the delays have bogged down over costs and how much the VA should turn to outside doctors to address the backlog.

Acting VA Secretary Sloan Gibson said last week the VA needs at least $17.6 billion over the next three years to hire 10,000 doctors, nurses and other health care aides, lease new facilities and upgrade its computer system. 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

Exactly

Acting VA Secretary Sloan Gibson said last week the VA needs at least $17.6 billion over the next three years to hire 10,000 doctors, nurses and other health care aides, lease new facilities and upgrade its computer system.

what Gen Shinseki was finally trying to do, with the continued grossly under funded VA budgets of decades and wars from, as he also added the long ignored and denied issues of previous decades and wars from, while congress, conservatives, were totally obstructing, not only him but all of the government, the responsibility of fully funding thus building what always should have been the peoples responsibility to those very few that serve them as they wave their flags of, poser, patriotism!!

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Chief, attack mutt, House Veterans' Obstructionist Rep Miller:

House Veterans' Affairs Committee Chair Jeff Miller blew off a compromise plan from Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chair Bernie Sanders

Talks on veterans bill in full meltdown
07/24/14 - Negotiations between the House and Senate over legislation reforming the Veterans Affairs Department appeared to be melting down on Thursday.

Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) accused his House counterpart of not being serious about negotiations after Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) called for a meeting of House and Senate conferees.

Miller’s announcement of the meeting appeared to represent a rejection of the latest offer from Sanders, which he unveiled on Thursday and proposed to House members on Monday.

With Congress set to be in Washington for only one more week, it increasingly looks like there will be no legislation approved to help fix the VA after a major controversy erupted earlier this year when it was learned thousands of veterans were waiting months to get treatment. 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


Healing Female Veterans'

Female veterans find a place to heal together
July 23, 2014 - These women came to an Alabama horse farm to find healing in a feeling of sisterhood.

"They've all sustained some type of physical injury and you may not notice those injuries. Those invisible wounds. Those traumatic brain injuries. They look no different than you or I. But they have been through a lot," says Susan Robinson.

Robinson coordinates Operation Refocus in Birmingham, Ala. It's one of America's few outreach programs that caters exclusively to injured female veterans, like Amanda Marr. read more>>>


Sketches Of Homeless Vets

Sketches Of Homeless Vets Combatting Addiction Reveal Struggles No Photo Could Capture
07/22/2014 - Some just made one slip. Other members of this group of veterans never stood a chance against the soothe of drugs and alcohol.

Fort Lyon, a military base 200 miles southeast of Denver that once served as a hospital, now houses up to 300 recovering homeless people, focusing particularly closely on veterans, according to the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless’ website.

Richard Johnson, a writer and illustrator who has covered the lives of troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, recently spent three nights with the facility's residents, learning the details that led them to battle, the bottle, the streets and, finally, to a recovery plan.

He sketched a dozen such stories with the kind of painful precision that won’t let you label these hurting men. Rather, these drawings will push you to read the revealing lines of each vet’s face to get the full picture of what it means to serve and to struggle to safely find your way home. read more>>>


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The American Veterans Disabled For Life Memorial

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

Memorial Honoring Injured Veterans Under Way in DC

"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

Jul 23, 2014 - Army Lt. Dawn Halfaker was on patrol 10 years ago in Baqubah, Iraq, when a rocket-propelled grenade tore through her military vehicle and exploded inside.

When she woke up from a coma, the West Point graduate found out her right arm was gone and her career as a military officer was over at age 24. It's the kind of sacrifice millions of U.S. soldiers have made dating back to the American Revolution. Veterans groups say there as many as 4 million living today with the scars of war.

Now Halfaker will be among those pictured in a new memorial rising near the National Mall within view of the U.S. Capitol. The American Veterans Disabled For Life Memorial will be the first memorial in Washington dedicated to veterans who come home with life-changing injuries. It's a project 16 years in the making and is set to be dedicated Oct. 5.

Glass walls will carry inscriptions and photographs telling veterans' stories from different eras. Bronze silhouette sculptures will represent their service. A ceremonial flame will burn on the water's surface in a star-shaped fountain representing the five branches of military service, surrounded by a grove of trees. The idea was inspired by the camaraderie of soldiers' campfires and the flame as a symbol of renewal, designer Michael Vergason said. read more>>>

American Disabled Veterans for Life Memorial Progress - June 2014

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

July 12 2014 - House balks at cost of vet health bill

July 14 2014 - Lawmakers Seek Lower Price For Bill On Vets’ Care

These present wars, Afghanistan and Iraq, after abandoning the missions and those sent to accomplish so quickly after 9/11 to invade another, have yet to be paid for!!

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.

July 12, 2013 - Army Says War Records Gap Is Real, Launches Recovery Effort

Congress, they who control the Countries purse, have not only contributed to the problems, present included, that have plagued the VA, then compound in creating other problems, as the conservatives seek to privatize for corporate profit off the Countries purse and then help the bottom line with bigger budgets,they've known full well about and did nothing after even holding hearings back in 2008, neither have the Country, Poser Patriots All!!

Gen Shinseki, with a target on him since speaking Military truth and bush fired him, with help from the Executive branches Cabinet and personal, had finally started doing what the Congress and the people they represent had refused to do, addressing the long ignored and denied issues from the previous decades and wars from while working to address this generations Veterans issues, not done under the previous, especially recent, VA administrations and bush Executive branch!! Here's hoping that continues, and that the Country served decides to uphold it's responsibility and sacrifice themselves as they demand the Military personal and their families do!!

Oct 16, 2008 - VA claims found in piles to be shredded

Oct. 31, 2008 - Military Veterans' Benefit Claims Records Wrongly Headed for VA Shredders

October 31, 2008 - House panel will target VA shredding


DoD Released its First Quarterly Suicide Report (QSR)

Department of Defense Releases Fourth Quarter Suicide Information
July 22, 2014 - In its efforts to better understand suicide among all its components, the Department of Defense released its first quarterly suicide report (QSR), today, for the four quarters of 2013. The report summarizes suicide counts and annual rates for the active component, reserves, and National Guard. Additionally, the QSR shows calendar year 2013 quarterly suicide counts, annual suicide counts, and annual suicide rates for each of the services. It also reports 2012 annual counts and annual rates as published in the department’s 2012 Suicide Event Report (DoDSER) annual report.

The Department of Defense considers one loss to suicide too many, and will continue to do everything possible to prevent suicide in our military. The QSR is intended to communicate the department’s suicide data on a routine and frequent basis. A breakdown of 2013 suicide counts by quarter and resources for service members and their families, who may be facing challenges, can be found at: DoD Quarterly Suicide Report CY2013 Q4

Special Report: Suicide Prevention and Awareness


Monday, July 21, 2014

A science class causes a PTS flashback for Tim

Published on Apr 14, 2012

While teaching a science class, Tim suddenly had a flashback to his experiences in Vietnam, remembering some gruesome things he had seen. Fortunately, an assistant principal who was a fellow Veteran and understood his experiences was on hand to help him get through it.


VFW {yawn} In St. Louis for National Convention

Veterans in St. Louis for VFW convention

Will they talk about the many, ignored by those served, issues that are Finally being addressed, i.e. PTS hard to deny it exists now as some conservatives continue trying to, Agent Orange, Gulf War Syndrome same denial as PTS has had for over forty years as well as Agent Orange, many issues related to the Contamination's of wars, to name but only a few. Doubt it as they've Ignored as well, for decades and wars from!!

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

Will they Finally Demand those 99%, Poser Patriots, served Actually Sacrifice and pay for these recent long wars, after abandoning the missions and those sent to accomplish so quickly after 9/11. And Fully Fund the Veterans Administration, decades and wars from of not. You can bet and win they won't, haven't for decades!!

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

Too easy to follow the conservative meme's, especially led by those charged to make sure the agency is fully funded, like their rubber stamped costs of wars, and lay the blame All on the mostly dedicated personal working in the agency!!

“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

Will they give a Huge Thanks to the Gen Shinseki administration, with help from this entire Executive Administrations Cabinet, for Finally addressing the many totally ignored issues from our wars and the and the brazen, for handsome compensation on the speaking and book tours, denial many even exist, you can bet on that also as a Big No!! Closer to the present on Denial, has been the years of as to Gulf War Syndrome and issues from both the present wars like the Burn Pits and much more. Also being addressed, hopefully will continue, under the Shinseki Administration!!

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

National, for Veterans, Veterans Organization's?

July 20, 2014 - Vice President Joe Biden will be in St. Louis on Monday to honor thousands of veterans. Approximately 12,000 of them will be in town for the national VFW convention. It is the largest organization of war veterans in the country and they plan to use their collective voice in St. Louis to send a message to Washington, D.C. read more>>>

So Congress Finds VA Scandal new?


So Congress Finds VA Scandal new?

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

Really? Testvet knew it would be an Obama Gotcha ! He was right
“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

20 July 2014 - I received a phone call from Mrs, Testvet today and she and I are planning a visit here at our home this week. I went back and reread some of Mike's old diaries. I thought I remembered most but this one really caught my eye.

How could congress be so ridiculous to NOT know this all was happening long before President Obama was even elected? jimstaro, llbear, Danang me and so many others on here knew the score when this was unraveling. The wheels of justice move slow but the mess that fell on the General's head should be reminded daily to those so called legislators who used General Shinseki as a Gotcha moment for an Obama scandal.. After re reading Testvet 6778 old diary, I just got infuriated all over again.. What a great advocate Mike was. He inspired not only me but wanted calls to action waaaaaaaaay back in 2008. I was not in Florida in 2008 but here Congressman Miller is screaming for heads and chairing comittees while acting like the VA just fell apart under this administration should have known about the 41 investigations that the General inherited.

How dare he? Rich Nuggent, the so called legislator from the 11th district who came into power in 2010 (if he really cared) should then and NOW, which he is not, be up to speed on the VA Medical Center in his own district in Florida.

The shredders were shredding, the backlogs were there and 41 out of 57 VA facilities were being investigated

Mike Bailey ( Testvet wrote this, right here on DK's in 2008_ 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

While under the bushes:

And more disturbing, under both bushes, in relation to even before and through the early years of the Afghanistan, quickly abandoned missions of, and Iraq occupations, this:

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

The War On Military Records

Keep in mind, two tax cuts, especially for the wealthy and corporations, came with these two recent very long wars and occupations, from the beginning, while all the war costs were rubber stamped onto the countries credit card, with little to nothing done for the Veterans of till the present Administration came in and the total congressional obstruction started!! With some help to the Executive branches Cabinet efforts and thus the VA for the Veterans when the Democrats controlled the House briefly. Huge deficits mean borrowing for that help, while the conservatives fought to cut or block added Responsibility to fund the VA. And that was just for these present younger Veterans, the Shinseki administration started addressing long ignored issues as to our previous decades and wars from under that under funding and with the Executives help!