{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!!


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

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

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

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President Obama 26 August 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WHY? GOOD QUESTION THOSE SERVED SHOULD ANSWER!


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

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


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

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

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

Army Says War Records Gap Is Real, Launches Recovery Effort

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




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

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


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

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

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



Homeless Veterans/Stand Downs

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

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

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

American Veterans: Missing in America Project

Missing in America Project inters unclaimed remains of military veterans
June 30, 2015 - The cremated remains of 10 military veterans left Downtown this morning on a journey to Dayton National Cemetery, where they will be buried with full military honors.

The Missing in America Project coordinated the effort working with the Schoedinger family of funeral homes and Green Lawn Cemetery. The volunteer group was founded in 2006 to find and identify unclaimed cremated remains of U.S. veterans and have them properly buried in a national cemetery. With today’s ceremony, it will bring the number to 71 veterans and three spouses whose remains have been identified and given a proper service since the Ohio chapter of the project began its own work.

The men whose remains are being buried served in World War I, World War II and during peace time. The only thing known about them are their ranks, branch of service, years of service, dates of birth and of death and that they died in central Ohio.

The oldest of the cremated remains has been unclaimed for 46 years, said Steve Ebersole, the Ohio coordinator of the Missing in America Project. There also is a father and son in the group and one veteran among those being buried received an Air Medal for valor with five oak leaf clusters for his actions in World War II. read more>>>

“With no shared sacrifices being asked of civilians after Sept. 11"


Monday, June 29, 2015

The Supreme Court Decision Friday Brings A Victory For The Few Who've Served

Sec McDonald continues the trend started with Sec Shinseki, in addressing long ignored or outright denied issues and more, with the help, finally, of an entire Executive Branch and it's Cabinet, in moving the Veterans Administration into the 21st century!! Still grossly under funded, and with two more long conflicts and continued blowback from the policies of, as conservative congressional, states also, representatives continue obstructing and using us Veterans as political fodder for their, poser, patriotism and political points of!!

Spouses of all veterans in same-sex marriages now eligible for earned benefits
June 29, 2015 - The Department of Veterans Affairs said Monday it would extend earned benefits to spouses and children of all veterans in all same-sex marriages following the Supreme Court decision Friday legalizing the unions nationwide.

The decision lifts restriction on benefits to VA guaranteed home loans, survivor benefits and burial rights, according to Susan Sommers, director of constitutional litigation for Lambda Legal, a legal organization seeking equal treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans.

She estimated that thousands of veterans would be impacted by the VA changes.

"I'm very relieved by this news," Sommers said, adding that veterans in same-sex marriages "shouldn't be without the same protections that other people in the military can count on for themselves and their families once their service is over." read more>>>

“With no shared sacrifices being asked of civilians after Sept. 11"

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


Say What: "permanent inspector general for Veterans Administration" {?}

"Over the past two years, VA has faced well-documented challenges, including the failure to provide timely health care nationwide," the letter stated. "A permanent IG would help to address these failures and would play a critical role in auditing and evaluating VA programs, conducting health care inspections and investigating allegations of serious violations."

Right, to do the job that Congress, reason they have Committee's and Sub-Committee's within and what they and their staffs of are charged to accomplish, as our well compensated in many ways employee's, in working with the people represented responsibilities, and haven't for decades especially in seeking to privatize the VA for corporate profit! The people they represent Responsibility, Duty and Promises made!!

“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

As they, leading the people they represent, ignored and continue ignoring or outright denied, a long and growing list of, especially related to the flag waving, poser, patriotic wars, the issues they and their representatives did nothing after the many previous, attack the VA personal, hearings, for decades, so they can grab media hyped, personal, poser, patriotic political enhancing, 'scandals' along the way on same issues!!

The Veterans Affairs Department needs an inspector general, according to Congress.

Senators want a permanent inspector general for VA
June 26, 2015 - On Thursday, a bipartisan group of 10 senators urged President Obama to name a permanent inspector general for the department, noting that the important oversight post has been vacant since late 2013.

Richard Griffin, appointed deputy inspector general in 2008, has served as the acting IG since George Opfer stepped down from the job 18 months ago.

In a letter to Obama, the group wrote that a permanent appointee for the office will "provide stable leadership and oversight" for an agency sorely in need of them. read more>>>

“With no shared sacrifices being asked of civilians after Sept. 11"

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

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."

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

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

28 June 2015 - The Secretary of Veterans Affairs tells Scott Pelley about his personal mission to reorganize the troubled agency for his fellow vets

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Think Pink About Women in the Military

Get your pink on to support female veterans
June 26, 2015 - A special organization in West Michigan is helping women who have been injured in combat. WINC (Women Injured iN Combat), is asking you to think pink about women in the military for the 2 Million Strong and Rising campaign on June 27. Wear pink clothing or purchase a pink shirt from WINC to spread the word about women in the military.

The idea was started by Zaneta Adams, who served eight years in the military before she was injured in a fall. She severely injured her back, and was told she may never walk again. Her experience inspired her to do something to help raise awareness of women in the military and women who were injured in combat. read more>>>


Thursday, June 25, 2015

Three are Remembering Their Connections to the Korean War

All three are remembering their connections to the Korean War, as the world marks its 65th anniversary on Thursday.

Veteran 'dumbfounded' over war photo
June 24, 2015 - It was just a pile of old photos from the Korean War. But it turned out to be so much more.

For Tiana Stephens, the pictures helped her learn more about a cherished grandfather she'd lost a few years back.

For Harry "Bud" Quehl, they offered a chilling reminder of the friends he lost as a crewman on a B-29 bomber.

And for Betty Perkins-Carpenter, the images allowed her to honor the memory of her beloved uncle.

All three are remembering their connections to the Korean War, as the world marks its 65th anniversary on Thursday.

The images -- more than 100 black and white photos taken by the Department of Defense -- show various scenes from the Korean War, including many unidentified Koreans and Americans. In 2012, a veterans group gave them to Perkins-Carpenter, in hopes she could find out who the people were in the photos and get them to family members.

During the next three years, an amazing chain of supporters stepped up to help ID people in the photos. Their efforts are touching families around the nation.

Stephens first saw the photos on local TV news and thought one of the soldiers looked a lot like her grandfather, Crawford Flynn, who died in 2005. read more>>>

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


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Not the VA, the People Served Broken Promises!!

The 'Veterans Administration' is the People Served Responsibility, that includes veterans, now civilians, of previous conflicts and military service!! Long list, decades and wars from, of ignored issues or outright denied issues even exist!!

Through their elected representatives, in congress and the ideologies of the executive branches and their cabinets, decades of obstructed under funded budgets unfunded poser patriotic legislation's used to attack VA personal in hearings, in states the legislatures and the chief executive the governors administrations, and especially those with obstructive conservative ideologies seeking to privatize for corporate profit, decades long wants!!

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

The VA's Broken Promise To Thousands Of Vets Exposed To Mustard Gas
June 23, 2015 - In secret chemical weapons experiments conducted during World War II, the U.S. military exposed thousands of American troops to mustard gas.

When those experiments were formally declassified in the 1990s, the Department of Veterans Affairs made two promises: to locate about 4,000 men who were used in the most extreme tests, and to compensate those who had permanent injuries.

But the VA didn't uphold those promises, an NPR investigation has found.

NPR interviewed more than 40 living test subjects and family members, and they describe an unending cycle of appeals and denials as they struggled to get government benefits for mustard gas exposure. Some gave up out of frustration.

In more than 20 years, the VA attempted to reach just 610 of the men, with a single letter sent in the mail. Brad Flohr, a VA senior adviser for benefits, says the agency couldn't find the rest, because military records of the experiments were incomplete.

"There was no identifying information," he says. "No Social Security numbers, no addresses, no ... way of identifying them. Although, we tried." read more>>>

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


Sunday, June 21, 2015

Modern Day, 21st Century Military 'Test Vets'

“like a diabolical mad scientist at work in horror movie”

Revealed: The Herefordshire hotel used for 'diabolical' experiments on US military students
21 June 2015 - Behind the façade of a peaceful Georgian country manor hotel, nestling in 18 acres of rolling Herefordshire grassland, lay a dark secret involving a former medical director of the FBI which last week came to light at a medical board hearing in the US state of Virginia.

There, a shocked board heard how Dr John Hagmann, 59, a former army lieutenant colonel and president of Deployment Medicine Consultants of Gig Harbor, Washington, had allegedly carried out “macabre” experiments on US military students taking his courses.

He was accused of carrying out unethical procedures at his farm in Virginia and also at the Pengethley Manor Hotel at Peterstow, near Ross-on-Wye. The hotel is owned by Ex-Med UK, a company specialising in the sale of medical goods and providing medical support and training in “some of the world’s most challenging locations”.

There is no suggestion that Ex-Med was involved with Dr Hagmann or his company Deployment Medicine International, which has received millions from the US government for training soldiers and medical personnel.

The Virginia Medical Board was told that Dr Hagmann had inappropriately provided students with the hypnotic drug Ketamine and subjected two intoxicated students to “penile nerve block” procedures. Students were instructed to insert catheters into one another’s genitals and he was also accused of conducting shock experiments involving the withdrawal of blood from students which was later transfused back into their systems. Students also told of having holes drilled into their shins.

Dr Hagmann, whose antics alarmed top army personnel, was described by a House of Representatives committee member as engaging in abuse “like a diabolical mad scientist at work in horror movie”. His experiments with live animals, particularly pigs, were heavily criticised. read more>>>

Military contractor loses medical license following training abuses

Vets feel abandoned after secret drug experiments

Edgewood/Aberdeen Experiments

Cold War Era Exposures

Veterans Administration - Public Health

Continuing the decades long lack of Responsibility and fulfilling the Duties and Promises from those served, to the few who've served them!!
“With no shared sacrifices being asked of civilians after Sept. 11"


Friday, June 19, 2015

Will Country Served, by the Few, Actually Sacrifice {?}

Whether or not the people served, with their poser patriotic flags a flying, through their obstructionist representatives, decide they finally should Sacrifice, the VA is their duty, their responsibility and their promises to those few, decades and wars from, especially, of not!! They never built the VA as promised! Grossly under funded, especially during and after our wars, VA budgets are and have been mostly borrowed capital, deficits for decades, with interest payments, with legislative unfunded bills passed, all causing the needed media hyped conservative 'scandals', previous hearings on with nothing done after, in want to privatize for corporate profit with little to no regulation, just agency administration left, with little control over the corporate entities, to lay blame on in future congressional, media hyped 'scandal', hearings!

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

US to pay millions for Agent Orange claims
June 18, 2015 - The Department of Veterans Affairs said Thursday it has decided to extend benefits for Agent Orange exposure to Air Force reservists who flew C-123 aircraft contaminated with the herbicide.

The change in benefits will go into effect immediately for up to 2,100 personnel who flew and trained on the cargo aircraft, which were put into service in the United States in the early 1970s to the 1980s after being used to spray herbicide in the Vietnam War.

The VA denied the benefits but began re-examining the issue after lobbying by veterans and a recent study confirming the possibility of health risks.

“Opening up eligibility for this deserving group of Air Force veterans and reservists is the right thing to do,” VA Secretary Bob McDonald said in a release.

The benefits will cover 14 medical conditions associated with exposure to Agent Orange. The VA urged veterans who served in three units based in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts from 1969 to 1986 to file claims. Others stationed with units in Florida, Arizona, Virginia, the Philippines, South Korea, Panama and Taiwan might also have been exposed. read more>>>

Finally being addressed, many long ignored or outright denied issues, by those served and through their direct government representatives, under Sec Shinseki with help from the Obama CiC Executive branch and it's Cabinet and continuing under Sec McDonald, after conservatives took care of the target on Shinseki from his speaking Military truth to the previous Administration and Congresses!
Vietnam Veterans, Agent Orange exposure locations, and 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

“With no shared sacrifices being asked of civilians after Sept. 11"


Thursday, June 18, 2015

'Lighter than Orange – The Legacy of Dioxin in Viet Nam'

Documentary to showcase Agent Orange legacy
June, 18 2015 - Friends of Vietnam Heritage (FVH) will present the Viet Nam premiere of the documentary Lighter than Orange – The Legacy of Dioxin in Viet Nam tonight.

The documentary depicts the fate of just a few of the four million Vietnamese veterans who were victims of Agent Orange. The veterans speak about their exposure to the dioxin-based herbicide during the war and their lives afterwards.

Ligher than Orange won the Grand Prize Documentary Feature Award at the Socially Relevant Film Festival in New York, and the Gold Award at the Filmmakers World Festival in Jakarta in March.

The 72-minute movie will be screened in Vietnamese with English subtitles from 7.30pm. There will be a Q&A session afterwards with some of the films veterans and children from the Friendship Village. read more>>>

Trailer - Lighter than Orange – The Legacy of Dioxin in Viet Nam


'Operation Ranch Hand (ORH)' AO Coverage is Official

Whether or not the people served, through their representatives, decide they finally should Sacrifice, decades and wars from, especially, of not!!

VA expands disability benefits for Air Force personnel exposed to contaminated C-123 aircraft
June 18, 2015 - VA today published a new regulation that expands eligibility for some benefits for a select group of Air Force Veterans and Air Force Reserve personnel who were exposed to the herbicide Agent Orange through regular and repeated contact with contaminated C-123 aircraft that had been used in Vietnam as part of Operation Ranch Hand(ORH).

VA published this regulation as an interim final rule so that it could immediately begin providing benefits to eligible Air Force veterans and Air Force Reserve personnel who submit a disability compensation claim for any of the 14 medical conditions that have been determined by VA to be related to exposure to Agent Orange.

VA Secretary Bob McDonald made the decision to expand benefits following receipt of a 2015 report by the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine (IOM) on Post-Vietnam Dioxin Exposure in Agent Orange-Contaminated C-123 Aircraft. This VA-requested report found evidence that as many as 1,500 to 2,100 Air Force and Air Force Reserve personnel who served as flight, medical and ground maintenance crew members on ORH C-123 aircraft previously used to spray Agent Orange in Vietnam were exposed to the herbicide.

“Opening up eligibility for this deserving group of Air Force veterans and reservists is the right thing to do,” said McDonald. “We thank the IOM for its thorough review that provided the supporting evidence needed to ensure we can now fully compensate any former crew member who develops an Agent Orange-related disability.” read more>>>

Presumption of Herbicide Exposure and Presumption of Disability During Service for Reservists Presumed Exposed to Herbicide

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

“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

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

"22 Too Many" - No Vet Is Truly Alone

As many many brother and sister Vietnam vets quickly realized, combat vets of other theaters as well, there were others experiencing same issues as you, and they were not only there but eager to talk out what they were going through, no matter what pressures under that brought up to the top the experiences they went through in theater, to those who could only really understand. one on one, in groups set up themselves or in the VA facilities with counselors, often veterans of themselves. For some those realizations never seeped into their conscious! Realizing also, many in the affected professions also, these issues weren't only contained with the veterans community and from wars but also the civilian populations and those who've lived through traumatic life experiences! As those served added the issues to the growing lists of those to be ignored or outright denied, Sally Satel Still Selling Care for PTSD Veterans is Waste of Money, long time Vietnam veterans nemesis who garnered a very lucrative living writing and speaking the conservative lead talking points so those served wouldn't have to keep their oft spoken Promises and Sacrifice themselves for the added monetary needs in taking care of those who've served them especially in our wars, policies 'done in all our names'!

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

A veteran suicide prevention network built by veterans
June 15, 2015 - Six weeks ago Special Forces veteran Johnny Primo logged on to his Instagram account and says he was horrified to see a suicide note from a veteran who lived just a few miles away.

The note read: "Very few people know the truth ... I want this in everyone's memory." Desperate to help, Primo tracked down his address.

"I was 45 minutes too late from him taking his own life," said Primo. "Immediately it was a gut wrenching feeling, knowing that there was a chance that if he had my phone number he wouldn't have killed himself."

Primo called friend and fellow veteran Casey Gray and that night they launched an Instagram suicide prevention page by posting a message pleading with veterans who are having suicidal thoughts to call them, day or night.

They call it " 22 Too Many " { facebook page } -- highlighting an estimate of the number of veterans who commit suicide every day. Veterans responded immediately.

"Within the first three hours we saved one person," said Primo. "Within the first 24 hours we saved five people, people who were on the verge of suicide."

Casey Gray served in Iraq, lost friends in combat and was severely injured in a helicopter crash. He says his experiences help him connect and built trust with other veterans. read more>>>

“With no shared sacrifices being asked of civilians after Sept. 11"


Monday, June 15, 2015

Another Battle Won as to Agent Orange Exposure

Like the many other issues, so many have already passed on from!! Will the people served demand their representatives fund this, DeJa-Vu don't count on that!! Issues finally being addressed that started under Sec Shinseki and continues under Sec McDonald, conservatives didn't get the corporate tool they wanted, and with help from an Executive Branch and it's Cabinet, only Government Branch actually doing so!!

The VA is the people served, and us Veterans who have and are now working in the civilian population, Responsibility!!! And through their easy to contact congressional Representatives, goes same for State Veterans affairs and the Legislators in! Long under funded, decades and wars from, either ignored, like Agent Orange contamination, or outright denied issues exist!! An Agency, peoples responsibility, never built, nor maintained, as promised thus causing conservative media hyped 'scandals' that have numerous hearings of blaming the VA personal on same issues with little to nothing done in previous Congresses, and if media attention legislation does, rarely, come out it's not funded! To fit the conservative want to privatize for corporate profit and with little to no regulation of!

Air Force reservists exposed to Agent Orange can get disability benefits, VA decides
June 13, 2015 - Reversing a long-held position, the Department of Veterans Affairs now says Air Force reservists who became ill from being exposed to Agent Orange residue while working on planes after the Vietnam War should be eligible for disability benefits.

The VA said it has been working to finalize a rule that could cover more than 2,000 military personnel who flew or worked on Fairchild C-123 cargo aircraft in the United States from 1972 to 1982. Many of the Vietnam-era planes, used by the reservists for medical and cargo transport, had sprayed millions of gallons of herbicide during the 1955-1975 military conflict in Southeast Asia.

If the White House Office of Management and Budget approves the change, it would be the first time the VA had established a special category of Agent Orange exposure for military personnel without “boots on the ground” or inland waterways service in Vietnam. That could open the VA to renewed claims by thousands of other veterans who say they were exposed to Agent Orange in less direct circumstances, such as on the open sea. read more>>>

“With no shared sacrifices being asked of civilians after Sept. 11"

Veterans also aren't political and marketing tools for the population served, and their politicians, that refuses to Sacrifice!!