{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: “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!

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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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

HUD-VASH Vouchers to Build on National Effort to End Veteran Homelessness

HUD AND VA TEAM UP TO HELP MORE THAN 9,000 HOMELESS VETERANS FIND PERMANENT HOMES
October 1, 2014 - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced more than $62 million to help more than 9,000 homeless veterans find permanent supportive housing. The rental assistance announced today is provided through the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Program which combines rental assistance from HUD with case management and clinical services provided by VA. See the local impact of the housing assistance announced today.

HUD is awarding $57 million to support 8,276 Tenant-Based Vouchers for rental units in the private market, and $5 million for 730 Project-Based Vouchers (PBV) for existing units or new construction in specific developments.

With HUD approaching its 50th anniversary next year, Secretary Juli├ín Castro is focused on advancing policies that create opportunities for all Americans, including the broader Administration goal of ending homelessness among veterans. As First Lady Michelle Obama said in a Joining Forces speech in July 2014, “As Americans, the idea that anyone who has worn our country’s uniform spends their nights sleeping on the ground should horrify us. And so it is truly our duty to right this wrong and put an end to veteran homelessness once and for all.” read more>>>


Landmark Into VA Research Center

Old Dixie Brewery to become VA research center
NEW ORLEANS -- September 29, 2014 -- The old Dixie Brewery will continue to anchor the Mid-City skyline for generations to come.

Workers are transforming the landmark on Tulane Avenue into part of the new Veterans Administration medical complex. The circa 1907 building that produced the beer many New Orleanians grew up on will soon be a state of the art research center.

"Right now, what we're doing is stabilizing the structure that we're going to maintain, which is that iconic tower with the Dixie Brewery on there," said Liz Failla, project coordinator for the VA.

The design preserves and repairs the six- and four-story sections of the old brewery. Failla said a modern brick and glass structure will rise from behind the historic facade. read more>>>


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The VA: Greed and Corruption In Government Agencies

The 'real scandals' of the Veterans Administration and the other Government agencies, created by the Peoples Representatives actions or non actions and more often with the Private Sector Government Contractors involvement. Along with those created because the 99%plus served either ignore or just plain deny, this Executive administrations cabinet and the VA under Gen Shinseki had finally started to address even with obstructed budgets and little Congressional help, the issues, especially from our wars, so they have no need to demand they should sacrifice, Poser Patriots!

IG: VA official gamed system to benefit FedBid

Another Government Employee, but actually working for a Private Government contractor, and this within the VA agency. Where greed, corruption and especially politics, should never cross over the thresholds of any of the facilities and Government contractors should not grossly profit from! Especially in times where the extremely few are serving the greater society in conflict and occupation war theaters, wars that still aren't paid for and VA, grossly under funded, budgets are still obstructed, DeJa-Vu all over again for decades and Wars from!!

You can bet the Veterans Administration isn't the only agency with the long embedded corruption going on, seen it before and often rises in concert with these private sector contractors. Could there also be politics involved, possibility exists especially when the Peoples Representatives are looking for 'scandals' for their many hearings to attack agency personal and not themselves for not doing the jobs they are charged with, instead of working with Government agencies to maintain proper performance that saves the tax payers money and not costing much more then budgets to fix problems that are found long after the fact and often repeated when Congress does little to nothing.

Sep. 29, 2014 - A senior Veterans Health Administration procurement official pressured employees and gamed the acquisition process to award reverse-auction company FedBid a contract, according to an inspector general’s report.

Susan Taylor, deputy chief procurement officer at the VHA at the Veterans Affairs Department, pressured contracting staff through repeated emails and requests in 2010 to accelerate the process and to pick FedBid for the contract, according to the IG report released Sept. 26.

The VA was working on its own internal reverse auction process at the same time, and Taylor wanted to award a contract to FedBid before that system was finished, the IG wrote. She also repeatedly sent FedBid internal and inside information about the process and internal review of the FedBid contract.

Jan Frye, the deputy assistant secretary of the Office of Acquisition and Logistics a the VA, heard complaints from VA employees about the whole process and decided to issue a moratorium on the use of FedBid in 2012, according to the report. read more>>>

Congressional hearings aren't supposed to be trials, unless called so and subpena's and other law enforcement court procedures are called for in advance. With proof of the possible corruption or criminal acts had taken place!

The blame is shared by the agency and the representatives of the people Not doing their jobs!!

Hearings are supposed to be looking at where Congress, and the people they represent, didn't carry out their responsibilities which leads to problems that end up not being isolated but ripple out causing even more problems. All are extremely expensive to fix instead of filling the needs before and maintaining to greatly minimize any foreseen possible problem!! And the same keep happening over and over after congressional reps ask 'how can they help and what do the agency need', in the friendly for a moment opening statements, from the people they work for so government, the people are the government, can run as smoothly as possible with any rising problem caught early and thus less costs for the American people!!

The Veterans Administration Inspector General Report - Report No. 13-03065-304
Snippet from 81pg. PDF: September 26, 2014 - We also found that Ms. Taylor, Mr. William E. Dobrzykowski, former Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC), and FedBid executives together, to financially benefit FedBid, willfully and improperly acted to thwart Mr. Jan Frye, Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS), Office of Acquisition and Logistics (OAL), in his oversight duties associated with VA’s procurement operations. After Mr. Frye received complaints from VA suppliers concerning a requirement to use FedBid and that VHA contracting officials were allowing FedBid to perform inherently Government functions by abdicating their responsibilities to FedBid, he instituted a moratorium on using FedBid to fully assess VA’s use of reverse auctions and determine whether it complied with existing VA policy and whether it interfered with already established VA supply chains. Ms. Taylor, Mr.Dobrzykowski, and FedBid executives took significant measures to disrupt and deprive VA’s right to transact official business honestly and impartially, free from improper and undue influence. In their own words, their intent was to “storm the castle,” use a “heavy-handed-puncher,” to “rally the troops up on the Hill,” have “enough top cover to overwhelm,” to “unleash the hounds,” to “assassinate [Mr. Frye’s] character and discredit him,” and to keep “close hold” nonpublic information Ms. Taylor provided FedBid executives, as well as repeatedly and falsely tell VA leadership that there was “no cost to VA for its use of FedBid,” all for the “indomitable world of FedBid.”

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Personnel records reflected that Ms. Taylor began her Federal career in 1985, holding appointments to various contracting positions at the Departments of Transportation (DOT), Defense (DOD), Agriculture (USDA), and Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). In February 2007, she received a Senior Level (SL) appointment as PBGC’s Director of Procurement, and on July 4, 2010, she received an SES appointment to her current VHA position. As the Deputy Chief Procurement Officer, Ms. Taylor was responsible for the operational execution, oversight, compliance, direction and support of all acquisition organizations within VHA, consisting of more than 2,400 employees. The Associate DAS for Procurement Policy, Systems, and Oversight, Office of Acquisition and Logistics (OAL), told us that Ms. Taylor never held a warrant while employed at VA. Although her position does not require her to hold a warrant, she has a Federal Acquisition Certification-Contracting (FAC-C) Level III certification.

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Mr. Dobrzykowski’s resume reflected that he held various Federal appointments from 1970 until his retirement in 2002, including the Federal Power Commission (predecessor to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission), Securities and Exchange Commission, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and HUD. FedBid records reflected that in early 2012, Mr. Dobrzykowski sought employment at FedBid and that Mr. Glenn Richardson, former President of FedBid, considered hiring him as a “strategic advisor.” However, USITC records reflected that he instead accepted the CFO position at USITC as a re­employed Federal annuitant on February 24, 2012, with his employment beginning on March 19, 2012. As CFO, he had oversight of USITC’s contracting activity, and after he began working at USITC, he suggested that they use reverse auctions. On May 16, 2012, USITC signed a contract with FedBid for reverse auction services.

In their own words, their intent was to “storm the castle,” use a “heavy-handed-puncher,” to “rally the troops up on the Hill,”
"rally the troops on the Hill"? Who would these 'troops up on the Hill' be, friendly to their private corp wants Congressional reps or perhaps the staffs of? Those on both Congressional Veterans Affairs Committee's especially in the leadership positions? The so called political think tanks to help spin the sales rhetoric needed for the political wealth grifting?

You can download the report here

Listen to Jason Miller's interview on the Federal Drive: VA IG unwinds tale of procurement fraud, abuse involving senior agency officials, FedBid

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

Supporting Disabled Veterans in Adaptive Sports Continues

VA Announces Awardees of Grants that Support Disabled Veterans in Adaptive Sports
Approximately 10,000 Veterans and Servicemembers Expected to Benefit

WASHINGTON – September 29, 2014 - Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald today announced the award of approximately $8 million in grants to provide adaptive sports opportunities for disabled Veterans and disabled Servicemembers of the Armed Forces. Adaptive sports are those sports that have been created or modified for persons with disabilities.

“Partnering with national, regional, and community-based non-profit organizations allows VA to provide rehabilitative adaptive sports opportunities to our disabled Veterans and Service members all across the country,” said Secretary McDonald. “Disabled Veterans who participate in adaptive sports improve their health and quality of life, make new friendships and discover that physical rehabilitation healing comes in many forms and can also be great fun.”

The new program provides grants to eligible entities to plan, develop, manage and implement programs to provide adaptive sports activities for disabled Veterans and disabled members of the Armed Forces. Funding may be used for such things as training, program development, recreation therapists, coaches, sports equipment, supplies, program evaluation and other activities related to program implementation and operation. read more>>>


Latest Quarterly Reports on Recent Veterans' Health Care Use

Find out about OEF/OIF/OND Veterans' use of VA health care facilities and common diagnoses, including PTSD, by viewing the latest reports for the third quarter of fiscal year 2014:

VA Health Care Utilization by Recent Veterans

VA Facility Use by Recent Veterans with PTSD

Visit VA Public Health to learn more about other public health topics.


Monday, September 29, 2014

Well 'chickenhawk' FOX "boobs on the ground", What Say You Now

Whatever it is tell ya what, go over there and say it, directly to these fighters, fellow sisters, as we now give air cover for our allies, of our own sisters and brothers! Not in the comfy confines of the FOX studio's surrounded by your, conservative 'chickenhawk', war hawks, retired military on the defense contractors payrolls and pols included!!

War in the land of women
September 29, 2014 - We journeyed into eastern Syria to see the front line in the fight against militants of the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq (ISIS) -- and the small, under-equipped army of Kurdish soldiers who are holding off the extremists.

What we didn't expect to find was a society that -- unusual in the Middle East -- appeared to be dominated by women.

A mile away from ISIS positions we met four young female soldiers. The oldest was 24, the youngest only 19. All of them were students before they joined up.

Middle Eastern communities tend to be more conservative than those in the West. Segregation is common, and many Muslim women cover their heads as an act of religious piety. read more>>>

The teenage girls taking aim at ISIS
U.S. strikes haven't turned militants around in Syria, so the fight is in the hands of a Kurdish commander and his unusual army read more>>>

As to your bud boehner and now saying he'll call back the House if the CiC Requests. They were in session, and probably haven't shut down that session so to block any actions by the Executive administration and Executive orders, and you all choose to cut and run as our Military is once again called into extreme dangerous duty in the volatile region you all lit the match and threw the fuel on. Quickly growing and spreading the extremist blowback after so quickly abandoning the missions and those sent to accomplish after 9/11, with cheering flag waving conservative and media support as the drums grew louder!

This Executive administration is doing almost exactly what, without congresses conservative help, the previous should have done after 9/11 and the almost full World Support behind out Country! Building a coalition of Nations thus using the resources they can bring, intelligence, military etc. etc. in helping to bring down an extremely dangerous and deadly criminal terrorist group bent on destruction of whoever gets in their ath!!

Unlike the bushco this Administration is Not Buying a 'coalition of the willing', especially those in the region, never to know what those costs added to the rubber stamped all on the credit card war costs were. Still not paid for either OEF and OIF theater of occupation nor the long term results of, including the CIA secret torture prisons!! The bush and conservative controlled congresses rubber stamping policies created the rapid growth and spread of these al Qaeda style criminal terror groups!


Sunday, September 28, 2014

Nation's Wounded Warriors Need Time to Heal: The Wounds of War

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

The 'American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial', a thing of beauty designed to honor an ugly fact: the wounds of war.

Building a monument to wounded warriors

"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

September 28, 2014 - It's a thing of beauty designed to honor an ugly fact: the wounds of war. The name of Washington's newest memorial -- American Veterans Disabled for Life -- makes the point.

Project director Barry Owenby gave Martin an advance look at the memorial, which opens next Sunday. It's for disabled veterans of all wars, of whom an estimated three million are alive today.

"It doesn't end with the war; they live with it forever," Owenby said.

"They have a trauma of injury, a healing process, and then their rediscovery of purpose. So that's the story that we're trying to tell here." read more>>>

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."

"We're-- that cost for these wars are already totaled at $6 trillion at our lifetime."

"We have suffered casualties much greater than I think the American people understand. There is the 7,000 dead, the 50,000 wounded, but of the two and a half million veterans who served, including myself, a third of us suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, or some other type of mental health injury. We also have 250,000 veterans and service members who suffer from traumatic brain injuries." 26 September 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
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!


Thursday, September 25, 2014

VA Updates Disability Claims Application

New Process Will Reduce Processing Times and Improve Quality
September 24, 2014 - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced that it is introducing a uniformed disability claims form to better serve Veterans, families and survivors. Standardizing the process by which Veterans file claims and initiate appeals will make it easier for Veterans and their survivors to clearly state what benefits they are seeking from VA and provide information that is necessary to process their claims and appeals. The new forms eliminate applicant guesswork, which often leads to delays in decisions and ultimately delays in receiving benefits. The new regulations go into effect in late March 2015.

“We must do everything that we can to make it as fast and easy as possible for Veterans and their survivors to file for and receive an accurate decision on their claim,” said VA Secretary Robert McDonald. “Our Veterans and survivors will know, at the outset of the claims process, what is needed, which removes subjective interpretation from the process. We want to eliminate any barriers that make it difficult for our Veterans or survivors to receive benefits to which they are entitled.”

In the past, a Veteran or survivor did not have to use a certain form to seek compensation or other benefits from VA. Claims or appeals (Notice of Disagreement) could be submitted on any piece of paper which caused delays due to missing information. read more>>>


For Our Sister Veterans With Lower-Limb Amputations

“That goes for men as well as women. This study focused on high heels, but the results work just as well for cowboy boots.”

High Heels a Snap With New Prosthetic Foot
September 25, 2014 - Whether we’re heading to the gym or to a job interview, most of us take for granted the ability to match our shoes to the occasion. It just comes naturally, thanks in large part to the ankle-foot system’s ability to adjust automatically to a variety of shapes and angles.

Now a team including VA researchers is hoping to give Veterans with lower-limb amputations the same options and they are starting with high heels.

“Sixty-two percent of women say they wear heels over 5 centimeters,” says Dr. Andrew Hansen of the Minneapolis VA Healthcare System. “For people with a lower-limb amputation, the situation is different. Their prosthetic limb is usually fixed to the given heel height of the shoe worn during alignment in the clinic. Patients can’t easily change to a shoe with a different heel height without experiencing balance issues. That is if they can get the new shoe onto the prosthetic foot in the first place.”

Hansen, whose interest in prosthetics is a result of growing up in rural Iowa around farmers who had lost limbs in machinery accidents, started working on a new kind of prosthetic foot while at Northwestern University and the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago. read more>>>


FOX's male 'chickenhawks' Make Fun of, ALL, Female Top Guns!!

Last couple of days have been about so called 'disrespecting' Marine Presidential Honor Guard for the Presidents civilian salute with a cup of coffee in hand as he debarks the presidents helicopter.

Well the continued 'disrespect' from a certain sector of the 99% served continues unabated and un-condemned by same group as to any military and us veterans not in lockstep with them!

FOX figured it couldn't use it's Always 'POSER PATRIOTISM', Always supporting Military for this, not a single issue as this country has plenty of Females serving it and many wounded or killed in our wars of choice, as to that phony patriotism, 'chickenhawks' speak as females serve them in our Military - Slam Female UAE Pilot Leading Attack On ISIS!

Still not talking about paying for the present wars, OEF and OIF and these present military actions, which brought on the growth and spread of the extremism! And neither paying as to their responsibility, the Veterans Administration, which, decades under funded and budgets mostly borrowed, causes the 'scandals' they need in their goal to privatize government for corporate profit and while still government agencies congress, controlling the public purse strings, would build bigger budgets for growth in that profit, think no-bid government contracts with little to no regulation and thus oversite!

Fox 'The Five' Co-Hosts Greg Gutfeld And Eric Bolling Crack Sexist Jokes About Maj. Mariam Al Mansouri
09/25/2014 - Maj. Mariam Al Mansouri flew through the glass ceiling when she became the first female pilot in the United Arab Emirates' Air Force. On Monday night, she was reportedly a team leader in the airstrikes against ISIS in Syria. But a segment celebrating her feat on Fox News Channel's "The Five" quickly devolved into sexist jokes.

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"After she bombed it, she couldn’t park it," Greg Gutfeld quickly cracked.

"Would that be considered boobs on the ground or no?" Eric Bolling asked.

While the two men laughed, Guilfoyle put her head into her hand and said, "Why did they ruin my thing?" read more>>>

How about a dog, not so much, that's to be praised as real 'patriotism' from a 'real patriot' in leadership and power:

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!

To them the 'disrespect' doesn't only cover our own Military personal and Veterans of but any and all allies they want to dig on and outlandish slander!!

They Attack Our Own

Allen West Doubts 'Legless' Tammy Duckworth's 'Loyalty' To America

When it fits their political propaganda needs, and their followers parrot far and wide while inventing their own gross slanders!!

West isn't the only one and Tammy isn't their only target!!


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Camp Lejeune Health Benefits, Regulations Published: Water Contamination

From the 1950s through the 1980s, people living or working at the U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, were potentially exposed to drinking water contaminated with industrial solvents, benzene, and other chemicals.

Camp Lejeune: Past Water Contamination
From the 1950s through the 1980s, people living or working at the U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, were potentially exposed to drinking water contaminated with industrial solvents, benzene, and other chemicals.

Health benefits

Veterans and family members who served on active duty or resided at Camp Lejeune for 30 days or more between Jan. 1, 1957 and Dec. 31, 1987 may be eligible for medical care for 15 health conditions: read more>>>

Hagan Statement on VA's Publication of Final Regulations for Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Victims
WASHINGTON, Sept. 23 -- The office of Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., issued the following news release:

U.S. Senator Kay Hagan today commented on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) publication of the final regulations implementing the Honoring America's Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012. Hagan played a critical role in the passage of the legislation and has worked in the U.S. Senate to find answers and ensure justice for the veterans and their families affected by water contamination at Camp Lejeune.

"Since coming to the Senate, I have been proud to advocate on behalf of those affected by the water contamination at Camp Lejeune. My office has been pushing the VA to finalize these regulations since Congress passed the bipartisan bill to provide care for contamination victims, and I am relieved that action has finally occurred today," Hagan said. "Our veterans and their families exposed to toxic water contamination have waited too long for answers, and I am pleased they will now begin to receive the critical health care benefits they deserve. This is an important step, but much remains to be done to correct this wrong, and I will continue fighting in the Senate for the people who lived and worked at Camp Lejeune during this tragedy." read more>>>

Jerry Ensminger’s daughter Janey died from leukemia she developed because of the water contamination at Camp Lejeune. After Jerry, a retired marine, learned of the contamination he became the leading advocate to get answers and care for families affected by the contaminated water. Jerry shares his story and highlights the work Kay has done to get answers and justice for his family and other families. As Jerry explains it, Kay getting involved was a turning point in standing up to the bureaucrats and passing the bipartisan Honoring America’s Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012, also known as the Janey Ensminger Act, into law.

The facts:>>>

Senator Kay Hagan, not on the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, unlike the NC senior Senator Burr long time minority leader on that Senate committee, joined with retired Master Sergeant Jerry Ensminger in his long battle, making it one of her own Congressional main issues, to break open the cause of his young daughters death from the water contamination on the Camp Lejeune Marine base. They aren't the only family that suffered from the long ignored issue and cause of same.

Senator Hagan Says Study Proves Contaminated Water At Camp Lejeune Caused Birth Defects
December 6th, 2013 - Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC) said a new study released by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) shows that water contamination has indeed been identified at Camp Lejeune, the Marine Corps base in North Carolina, and that is has been affecting the health of families at the base.

“The results of the ATSDR study suggest associations between contamination in Camp Lejeune drinking water and neural tube defects (NTDs) like spina bifida as well as childhood hematopoietic cancers such as leukemia,” said Senator Hagan’s office today in a statement to the media.

The Senator further commented that the study will hopefully provide further confirmation that the water at the base did indeed cause problems for those on base. read more>>>

Janey Ensminger: A Daughter's Tragedy. A Fathers Crusade
It the spring of 1983 Camp Lejeune Master Sergeant Jerry Ensminger's six-year old daughter, Janey, was diagnosed with Strep throat. In the fall of 1985, she died. The cause: a disease called petechiae, which caused her blood platelets to be so low that blood was coming out under her skin. She essentially hemorrhaged to death. Grief-stricken, Jerry didn't even know why. He wanted answers and none were given. It wasn't until 1997 - three years after Jerry retired from the Marines - that he happened to see a local news broadcast that changed everything. read more>>>


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

'No, Conservative, Shame' in Using Us Veterans' As Political Game Pawns

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

How the Koch Network Exploited the Veterans Affairs Crisis
September 23, 2014 - As the scandal over waiting lists at Veterans Affairs hospitals exploded earlier this year, there was widespread outrage—and justifiably so, as the country learned that more than 100,000 veterans waited over ninety days for care or never received it.

An ever-present force in this debate was a group called Concerned Veterans for America. Its leader, Peter Hegseth, frequently appeared on cable news segments about the scandal, and CVA was often mentioned on the floor of the Senate.

Though the group doesn’t disclose its donors, it has for a long while been clear the group is funded in part, or perhaps even in full, by the Koch brothers. Any remaining doubt can now be erased thanks to audio from the secretive Koch donor retreat this summer, obtained by The Undercurrent and reported here.

Hegseth addressed the crowd and not only confirmed that the Koch network “literally created” CVA but explained giddily “the central role that Concerned Veterans for America played in exposing and driving this crisis from the very beginning.”

Most notably, during his roughly ten-minute speech, Hegseth outlined how the group was turning legitimate grievances over Veterans Affairs care into a political weapon to attack both the Obama administration and the idea of government-provided healthcare. 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 ran these ads in North Carolina against Sen Kay Hagan and her run for re-election. Thing is they showed they aren't a very bright group, neither are the Koch brothers already known for heavily funded failed election ads by their outside groups, as Hagan isn't on the Veterans Affairs Senate Committee while even though has gone to bat for Veterans on a number of issues as well as been a Senate vote on Veterans issues. While the senior NC Senator, Sen Burr, is the Minority Leader on the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee so thus showing exactly what he Hasn't Done, his and his staff in knowing, or should, the problems that Congress is charged to help the agency with in the name of those represented and served, Poser Patriots!!

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 for decades as issues were ignored or outright denied existed, 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

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