{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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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Privatizing the VA, Government, Still Not Happening Fast Enough, So Downsize

DeJa-Vu: “With no shared sacrifices being asked of civilians after Sept. 11", All Over Again!!

Impact of downsizing VA is more than just politics
July 28, 2015 - While political proposals that could downsize the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) get bandied about Washington, DC, veterans across the country are experiencing what a smaller role for the VA would mean.

In Nebraska and Iowa, for example, elderly veterans who rely on adult day care and non-skilled nursing care have been told this benefit will go away on August 1. In Idaho, an outreach center where homeless veterans go for a shower and help looking for a job may soon be shuttered. In Denver, a nursing home, post-traumatic stress disorder treatment center and medical research site have been eliminated from the new medical center. And at many VA healthcare facilities across the country, veterans are being told there just aren’t enough doctors and nurses to see them anytime soon. It’s all due to severe budget shortfalls facing the VA – evidence of what can happen when seeking political points and media coverage become more important than making sure America’s veterans get the healthcare and benefits they earned, and were promised.

The VA has faced unyielding criticism for the past year, much of it deserved. From a management perspective, what has transpired at some VA health care facilities is inexcusable. But what has not changed is the fact that veterans need the specialized, unique care that is only found at the VA, the proven leader in preventative care for veterans and world renowned for treating PTSD, spinal cord injury, blindness, amputation, and other injuries related to military service. The number of veterans seeking this care has reached record levels. The New York Times recently reported that VA doctors and nurses have handled 2.7 million more appointments this past year than in any previous year, even while authorizing 900,000 patients to see non-VA medical personnel. Some VA hospitals have seen their patient roster grow by as much as 18 percent. 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

What Veterans Get in Privatizing the Veterans Administration

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


Wednesday, July 29, 2015

VA Helping Vets Who Served as Medics Capitalize on Their Experience

Intermediate care technician program capitalizes on military training
When he got out of the service in 2012 after four combat tours, Joe Carney didn’t have much trouble finding work. However, the jobs available to him paled in comparison to the life-saving duties he had as an Army medic.

“I was over-qualified for basic health-tech stuff,” said Carney, who today works in the emergency room at the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center (FHCC) in North Chicago. “I was told by four or five hospitals I was overqualified.”

At the same time, he didn’t have the credentials for jobs such as physician assistant or nurse practitioner. Carney decided to continue with the sports medicine college classes he began while he was still in the Army, and at the same time pursued getting into a VA program he heard about before he was discharged.

The intermediate care technician (ICT) program was piloted in 2012 in the Veterans Health Administration. The goal is to hire former military members who served as Army medics, Air Force medical technicians, and Navy and Coast Guard hospital corpsmen and help them capitalize on their valuable experience and continue working and progressing in the medical field.

A job as an ICT at Lovell FHCC was a good fit for Carney, who received his sports medicine degree in 2014 and continued with more college classes. Today, he is close to completing the prerequisites to enter the physician assistant (PA) program at Rosalind Franklin University Chicago Medical School.

Caring for Veterans, Servicemembers and their families made his transition to civilian life easier, Carney said. read more>>>


Friday, July 24, 2015

New OEF/OIF Burn Pit Report:

Lung disease, high blood pressure common in exposed vets
July 22, 2015 - Troops who worked at burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as those exposed to multiple dust storms during war-zone deployments, have higher rates of common respiratory illnesses like asthma and emphysema, as well as rare lung disorders, according to data drawn from the Veterans Affairs Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry.

Service members who experienced frequent exposures to dust and burn pits also report increased health problems like insomnia and high blood pressure. But they don't appear to have higher rates of cancer when compared with troops who deployed but had little or no such exposure, according to a new Department of Veterans Affairs report.

The findings, in a report posted online by VA in June, are based on questionnaires completed by more than 28,000 veterans. The database allows any former service members who think they were exposed to fumes from burn pits or other sources of pollutants, such as sandstorms or dust, to register their health concerns with VA.

Nearly 46,000 veterans have opened accounts with the registry, with about 60 percent fully completing the questionnaire as of Dec. 31, 2014. read more>>>

VA Burn Pits Information & Registry sign up

DeJa-Vu: “With no shared sacrifices being asked of civilians after Sept. 11", All Over Again!!


Veterans Being Forced To Seek Costly Private Care

The Conservative ideology, and as to us Veterans the Citizens served as well, to completely 'privatize' for corporate and investor profits, the Peoples Responsibility, the Veterans Administration isn't happening fast enough. Even after decades of ignoring many issues especially as to our wars. Or out right denying many, just one of our very vocal long time, Vietnam, all combat theaters, Veterans, Conservative Nemesis: Sally Satel Still Selling Care for PTSD Veterans is Waste of Money issues from each. So continue squeezing the budgets, unlike not doing so for defense budgets and especially for our wars, and don't Demand those served, including previous vets, should Sacrifice as they claim to 'support' with flag waving, poser, patriotism the few who served or are serving them!! And quickly follow the congressional conservative lead, like Miller in the House and Burr in the Senate as well as the rest for media hyped 'scandal' fame, in laying blame on the VA personal!!

DeJa-Vu: “With no shared sacrifices being asked of civilians after Sept. 11", All Over Again!!

VA has 41,500 unfilled medical jobs, forcing vets into costly private care
July 23, 2015 - The Veterans Health Administration has 41,500 job vacancies for doctors, nurses and other medical professionals across its sprawling health care system while it struggles to provide timely medical care for veterans, according to records obtained and analyzed by USA TODAY.

The failure to fully staff hospitals is one reason why the Department of Veterans Affairs paid for 1.5 million veterans to see doctors outside the agency in the past year, VA Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson testified late last month. Those private visits have cost U.S. taxpayers more than $7.7 billion, the VA said.

The added expenses have left the VA with a $2.6 billion shortfall this year, prompting VA Secretary Bob McDonald to plead with lawmakers Thursday to quickly pass a bill that would give him flexibility to shift money within the VA budget to cover the gap.

Gibson testified before Congress June 26 that the shortfall would not have been so large "if we were fully staffed up." 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

What Veterans Get in Privatizing the Veterans Administration

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

VA Helping Private Sector Understand Veterans Care Needs


Thursday, July 23, 2015

Veterans Rules Based Processing System (RBPS)

5 Questions about the Rules Based Processing System (RBPS)
Jul 21, 2015 - The Rules Based Processing System (RBPS) is a feature in eBenefits that automates the processing of changes to a disabled Veteran’s family member’s status. When you file a claim for dependency benefits, RBPS goes to work behind the scenes and processes these changes in just a few days. For more information, go to eBenefits.va or check out our blog on VAntage Point


Country Served Ignored, Conservative 'experts?' Said it Didn't Exist

PTSD: Yet it's always been there, including in the civilian populations and not only related to war/conflict theaters!

Just one of oh so many Veterans issues ignored, especially related to our wars, by those served, so they need Not Sacrifice!

As to combat theater PTS just one of our very vocal long time, Vietnam, all combat theaters, Veterans, Conservative Nemesis: "Sally Satel Still Selling Care for PTSD Veterans is Waste of Money", who reaped an extremely comfortable living speaking and writing that PTS didn't exist, setting the Conservative talking points. Congress, the people served representatives in control of the countries purse strings, following up, on numerous occasions, with hearings and spending millions every now and then for studies, as they have and still do on other issues especially related to veterans, using her and other experts{?}, knowing the results they, and the country unwilling to Sacrifice, wanted. Like hearings held for other grossly under funded Veterans issues, little done after and if, poser patriotic, legislation was passed it wasn't funded or often not related to any actual problems but, poser, patriotic sounding and worded, but was used to attack VA personal in future hearings. Creates them media hyped 'scandals' that are once again ignored when the smoke of clears, and ignored as budgets are once again, conservative ideologies, obstructed! Finally being addressed, with what country allows to, under Sec Shinseki and continuing with Sec McDonald, with full help from this Executive branch and it's Cabinet and the crossover issues found also in society, legal, housing, more, they are charged to oversee with congress supposed to help for the good of the country.

Many Vietnam veterans still suffer from PTSD decades later
July 22, 2015 - Philip Paolini served four years in the Vietnam War as a marine. In the years since then, he's faced a number of hardships, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), substance abuse and homelessness.

And Paolini's story is far from uncommon. New research shows that four decades after the Vietnam War ended, more than 270,000 veterans who served in the war zone suffer from symptoms of PTSD, a mental health condition characterized by painful flashbacks, severe anxiety, and uncontrollable thoughts about the disturbing events they experienced.

The study, published online Wednesday in JAMA Psychiatry, also found that at least one-third of those veterans exhibiting symptoms of PTSD suffer from major depression, as well.

Researchers from NYU Langone Medical Center followed up with Vietnam War veterans who had participated in a study from 1984 to 1988. Of the 1,839 men and women still alive from the original study, over 1,400 participated in at least one phase of the new study, which involved a health questionnaire, health interview and clinical interview.

The study authors used three different scales to measure PTSD. Depending on the method, the results suggest that between 4.5 percent and 11.2 percent of the male Vietnam veterans and 6.1 and 8.7 percent of the female vets are experiencing serious PTSD symptoms today.

About 16 percent of veterans in the study reported an increase of more than 20 points on a PTSD symptom scale, while only 7.6 percent reported a decrease of greater than 20 points. read more>>>

DeJa-Vu: “With no shared sacrifices being asked of civilians after Sept. 11", All Over Again!!

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

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


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Sen. Tillis (R-N.C.) May Have Killed Veterans Family Health Services Act

Now we know the reasons, at least some, for the attacks, with heavily edited video's and no understanding of medical research, their conservative health care research firms can't be none to happy, on Planned Parenthood and Women's Healthcare and rights of Choices. Sen Tillis is at it again, as a conservative, and had headed the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee doing nothing but a couple of no funded pieces of legislation, seeking to completely privatize the VA for corporate and investors profit with little to know regulation! He tried hard, to be beat down, to privatize the Salisbury NC VA hospital at the beginnings of the rubber stamped, still not paid for, Afghan and Iraq wars! Then put a hold on Wounded Amputee Iraq Veteran Tammy Duckworth's appointment to the VA with no reason given for. Only a couple of his many antics when he even bothered to attend hearings!! Tammy is now in the House, seeking and receiving the votes after she served, running the IL. VA state office and serving in the Veterans Affairs Agency, and running for the Senate seat in her state!

The Planned Parenthood controversy may have killed a veterans bill
July 22 2015 - The burgeoning controversy over Planned Parenthood's fetal-tissue practices may have claimed its first victim: a bipartisan bill to help wounded veterans have children.

The Women Veterans and Families Health Services Act, a bill authored by Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) that would require fertility treatment and counseling for "severely wounded, ill, or injured" military members or veterans, had been expected to proceed through the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee on Wednesday. But Murray said she has asked that the bill be pulled thanks to proposed amendments from Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) -- including one that would have, in Tillis's words, prevented the Department of Veterans Affairs from working with "organizations that take human aborted babies' organs and sell them."

That was an unmistakable reference to recent criticism of Planned Parenthood's efforts to harvest fetal tissue for research purposes, a practice that has come under close scrutiny from conservatives after antiabortion activists published undercover videos that they say shows evidence of unethical and potentially illegal activities by Planned Parenthood executives. read more>>>

DeJa-Vu: “With no shared sacrifices being asked of civilians after Sept. 11", All Over Again!!


Veterans Courts: "We have a bunch of buddies in trouble"

Veterans Treatment Court seeking volunteer mentors
July 21, 2015 - One of the first lessons military grunts learn is "never volunteer for anything."

Steve Dally wants to change that mind-set - at least when it comes to helping fellow veterans.

"We have a bunch of buddies in trouble," said Dally, the mentor coordinator for Harnett County's Veteran's Treatment Court. "Without volunteers to mentor, we can't help them."

The court, the first in North Carolina, has become a victim of its own success. Now in its second year, the court has received applications from far more veterans in legal trouble than it can handle.

Dally said there are 17 veterans participating in the court's treatment program with 14 more waiting to be accepted to the program. Currently, only eight mentors are available.

It's a similar situation that other courts across the country face. And, Dally said, it's an indication of the extreme need for support at all levels for returning veterans. read more>>>

DeJa-Vu: “With no shared sacrifices being asked of civilians after Sept. 11", All Over Again!!


What congress, another issue of oh so many, should have done long ago

Their as well as their staffs jobs!! But alas we have what is called, poser patriotic, 'conservatism', 'support the troops', controlling either outright or by enough in numbers!! To them governing ideology means blame everyone but themselves for not doing those jobs!!

Final Rule Puts More Teeth Into Military Lending Act
WASHINGTON, July 21, 2015 – The Defense Department today closed loopholes to protect U.S. men and women in uniform from predatory lending practices, President Barack Obama said this morning at the 116th Veterans of Foreign Wars National Convention in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The heightened level of financial and consumer-rights protection against unscrupulous practices, called the final rule of the Military Lending Act, covers all forms of payday loans, vehicle title loans, refund anticipation loans, deposit advance loans, installment loans, unsecured open-end lines of credit and credit cards, DoD officials explained.

“We’re going to keep fighting to give our troops and veterans a chance to enjoy the American freedom you helped defend,” the president told the veterans.

“There’s already a lot to protect our troops and families against unscrupulous predatory lenders, but some of the worst abusers -- like payday lenders -- are exploiting loopholes to trap our troops in a vicious cycle of crushing debt,” Obama said.

“It is the right thing to do,” he said of the new rule.

"With this action, the department takes an important stand against companies that can prey on our men and women in uniform,” Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work said in a news release after the president’s announcement. read more>>>

DeJa-Vu: “With no shared sacrifices being asked of civilians after Sept. 11", All Over Again!!

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


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Veterans Benefits Administration Reports

A little over a year ago, VBA's claims backlog went under 300,000. As of yesterday, there were just under 380,000 total claims in the inventory, and of those, only 119,710 were older than 125 days. On average, FDCs are now taking 143 days to complete. These statistics, and more--and archives--are available on VBA's Performance page. These numbers illustrate several things, namely that VBA isn't done, it has more work to do, but that it IS making progress to fulfill its promise to deliver timely and accurate benefits.

DeJa-Vu: “With no shared sacrifices being asked of civilians after Sept. 11", All Over Again!!

Detailed Claims Data
We want you to know how VBA is performing on behalf of our nation's Veterans, their families and survivors. Weekly reports from our 56 regional offices let you see our progress in processing Compensation, Pension, and Education benefits. You can also download a spreadsheet to see the most recent week's worth of performance data.

Look below to get access to detailed claims data weekly, but here's the big picture: VBA currently serves about 4 million Veterans who receive compensation and pension benefits. In the past four years alone, VBA has added more than 940,000 Veterans to the VBA compensation rolls, more than the active duty Army and Navy combined. In fiscal year 2012, VBA delivered $54 billion in compensation and pension benefits. Learn more about the VBA's claims inventory.

Status Reports

The reports below contain data covering claims inventory, claims backlog, claims accuracy, and Fully Developed Claims. We can see that VBA employees are completing more compensation claims than ever before. More than three million claims were processed in the past three fiscal years, three times the amount completed in 2000. Quality is also increasing as quality ratings were up 4 percent in the past year, reversing a four-year decline. Here is some information about the different ways we track our progress: 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


Sunday, July 19, 2015

Trump 'swiftboats' McCain, Entire Republican, 'swiftboaters', Party Attacks Their Creation

As Sen. Sanders said very recently: 'Very easy to raise the flag,' hard to support veterans benefits'
That, to me and many vets, describes the flag waving symbols and words used, poser, patriots served and their representatives, especially the political reps hungry for the eager media hyped coverage and through VA 'scandals' they've all created!!

Really, I Mean Really:

Sean Spicer, the communications director for the Republican National Committee, said in a statement that McCain "is an American hero because he served his country and sacrificed more than most can imagine. Period."

"There is no place in our party or our country for comments that disparage those who have served honorably," Spicer added.

And then the extremely quick and growing flood of similar statements, most coming from 'chickenhawks' who never even attempted to serve, especially in these recent times and two more wars, after fully supporting Abandoning the Missions and Those Sent to Accomplish so Extremely Quickly after 9/11, I mean REALLY!!

What is the fellow conservative, many of same veterans as well, 'chickenhawk' saying that's any different then the hundreds of thousands of times Us Veterans, me included, if pro peace and activist as same especially, have had same directed at us, with the never ending Nixon and present decades FOX speak parrots verbal spitting!! That's your 'heritage', like a certain popular flag, in conservative rovian revisionist history spin, since the sixties especially!!

Trump slams McCain for being ‘captured’ in Vietnam; other Republicans quickly condemn him

What's so different with, again 'chickenhawk', trumps ignorance, not the first person or group to be attacked by him but the others were apparently A 'OK with all conservatives and so called republicans, the norm, almost pure silence till this!!

July 18 2015 - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump slammed Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), a decorated Vietnam War veteran, on Saturday by saying McCain was not a war hero because he was captured by the North Vietnamese.

“He’s not a war hero,” Trump said. Sarcastically, Trump quipped, “He’s a war hero because he was captured.” Then, he added, “I like people that weren’t captured.”

Trump’s comments came during his appearance at the Family Leadership Summit, a day-long gathering of about 3,000 social conservative activists that is drawing nine other Republican presidential candidates.

A celebrity businessman and reality television star, Trump has surged to the top of polls in the GOP race, in part because of his inflammatory comments about undocumented immigrants from Mexico.

Republican leaders and other candidates have been careful in how they respond to his immigration remarks, but his condemnation of McCain opened the floodgates, drawing swift and sharp criticism from other Republicans. read more>>>

As us Vietnam vets, pro-peace and activists, have been verbally attacked for decades now, myself included, to present day Afghan and Iraq veterans!!

But he's right about McCain, conservative seeking to privatize for corporate profit and investor returns, same as our wars, on peoples responsibility the VA government agency, as to us Veterans. But he's not the only peoples representative, long term or freshmen! And the people served like it that way, then to uphold that responsibility and their promises, easier to follow their lines of attack on VA personal, not the already privatized and little regulated sections of, with the eager to give a hand to same media! Cheaper in the short term for them but extremely more expensive as the created problems from surface!! Those 'scandals' created by lack of the peoples representatives working with the VA from the many previous Congressional hearings on same, especially related to our wars!!

In the modern era of advancing technologies: “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 being running by mostly conservative executive administrations and obstructed when under liberal executive administrations.

Trump also released a non-apologetic statement attacking McCain for not doing enough to help vets

But None of the conservatives, especially, have, including the long time Conservative led National Vet Organizations, leading to a few of the present day Vets Orgs.. Done anything but obstruct while the flag wavin poser patriotic public likes it that way!!

But hold on there Donald, neither have you, nor have the other uber wealthy especially, building that wealth with those huge tax cuts and two more long wars, anything you might say you've done is like the rest of the flag wavin poser patriots just publicity grabbing hollow gestures, not to mention adding those defense industry investments to that hoard of billions!! Why in your run to be CiC you can use them hoarded multi millions from those two huge conservative tax cuts, for those in your bracket, as well as the returns on those defense industry investments to fund your campaign, as others do same with theirs in funding the many opponents running alongside you!

DeJa-Vu: “With no shared sacrifices being asked of civilians after Sept. 11", All Over Again!!

Free wars, let a couple of generations down the road pay for them and resulting costs of the policies, if ever. With vets out of site out of mind, unless of course that 'patriotism' needs to be hyped, as they ignore or out right deny the issues, especially from our wars, and their responsibility the VA, never built as promised, never maintained as promised, mostly unfunded poser patriotic legislation from their representatives thus costing more in borrowed funding to the grossly under funded budgets!!

Sen. Bernie Sanders also 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 as to just one of the decades of obstructing Veterans Affairs budget and people served responsibility!

Hey Sean, and the rest, where was this: "There is no place in our party or our country for comments that disparage those who have served honorably," when it wasn't your own 'swiftboating', your creation, another of your own?

Just to name but a few, oh so many of us, the nixon verbal spit on, how about brother Max Cleland when he ran for office after serving, again, Honorable as VA Sec. under Clinton, and conservative congress obstructed. How about Gen Shinseki, target placed on after speaking Military truth in Congressional hearing on Iraq War want, target finally accomplished with another conservative created VA 'scandal', never mentioning All the problems in the cash rich private sector similar area's and issues. The list is so long. But lets add a few groups like Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW), and especially the Winter Soldier public investigation and later Congressional hearing, formed during Vietnam and spreading to bases in this country as well as around the world including in-country Vietnam. Or how about Veterans For Peace (VFP) formed after Vietnam and still active on many issues. Closer to present day how about Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) and their own Winter Soldier testimonies, both on the atrocities in war theaters. Just so many the targets of the long lasting Nixon verbal spitting on those that don't walk in lock step to conservative ideologies and wants!

Then there's where 'swiftboating' became part of the, conservative especially popular use of, English language by a handful of conservative veterans who were around for decades and especially in relation to brother John Kerry, spitting on him and the Purple Heart, and his two tours serving in Vietnam. As a Jr. Officer on a ship supplying and maintaining Swiftboat's and PBR's a part of the Vietnam War 'Brown Water Navy' in country Vietnam. Coming back to the states and volunteering for training on small craft to then go back and Command a Swiftboat. Gave rise as to his testimony as the spokesperson veteran for the first 'Winter Soldiers' and ramped up verbal attacks with conservative support after he won election to Congress. Then hit the always to help eager Media hype as they went after John full bore in his Presidential run, fully financed and supported by Conservatives and Republicans far and wide across the, flag waving poser patriotic, land!!

And how about those leading in the constant 'swiftboating' of Veterans who don't wear that 'brownshirt' and 'walk in lockstep' under their leads. Again their are many, but lets take just one very popular, very wealthy from, for a long time. The oh so 'poser, civilian combat vet, patriot' Bill O'Reilly of the FOX stables. Who, along with the rest of those in Murdocks stables, as well as most of their guests on FOX, not the, news and writers etc. in the rest of the Murdock, propaganda, empire, constantly attack and verbally spit on Veterans, think the homeless and anti-war as only a few, as they rake in that advertising and wealthy funding needs cash, also you can be sure, investing in the defense industries war machine and Congressional funding legislation!!

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


Saturday, July 18, 2015

Sanders: 'we have a "deeper debt" to our veterans'

DeJa-Vu: “With no shared sacrifices being asked of civilians after Sept. 11", All Over Again!!

Sanders: 'Very easy to raise the flag,' hard to support veterans benefits
Bernie Sanders said we have a "deeper debt" to our veterans, and that standing by them is this country's primary moral obligation. (AP Photo)

7/18/15 - Bernie Sanders told veterans in Iowa Friday that unlike some other politicians, he doesn't pay lip service to their concerns.

"It is very easy to raise the flag at a troop deployment, it is very easy for a politician to give a moving speech on Veterans Day," Sanders said. "But it is very hard to go down that long road with the men and women who served and make sure that they continue to get all the benefits, all the healthcare, that they are entitled to for the rest of their lives."

The Vermont senator told the crowds that he was "more than aware" of the Veteran Affairs budget problems and the national debt we have now, but he explained that we have a "deeper debt" to our veterans, and that standing by them is this country's primary moral obligation. 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

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

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