{This blog is not affiliated with the VA. Though a Veteran, four yrs. all shore in Navy last year In-Country Vietnam, I don't work for the VA}
**USN All Shore '67-'71 GMG3 Vietnam In Country '70-'71 - Independent**

The Countries Responsibility is to Fully Fund the Agency Charged With Fulfilling the Obligations Promised to Those That Served Said Country! But those served, some veterans as well, find it easier to follow the started attacks, conservative ideology, on the agencies dedicated personal, while ignoring the many costly issues especially from our wars! Gen Shinseki had finally started addressing those issues and building the agency the Country promised but ignores and uses as a political pawn, Poser Patriotism, while addressing the Veterans issues of the present and two more long wars! Political ideologies and personal greed should never cross the doorways of Veterans Facilities nor Veterans Issues!!


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

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

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President Obama 26 August 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WHY? GOOD QUESTION THOSE SERVED SHOULD ANSWER!


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

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


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

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


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


Army Says War Records Gap Is Real, Launches Recovery Effort

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

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


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

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



Homeless Veterans/Stand Downs

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

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

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

For Veterans Entering Hospice Care

VA Steps Up Programs As More Veterans Enter Hospice Care
January 28, 2015 - Ask Americans if someone in their family served in the military, and the answer is probably no. After all, fewer than 1 percent of Americans serve these days.

But ask if one of their grandfathers served, and you'll likely get a different answer. Between World War II and the wars in Korea and Vietnam, millions of men were drafted into service — and both men and women volunteered.

Now, that generation of veterans is getting older. And as many of them near the end of their lives, aging into their 80s and 90s, the demand for hospice care has been growing with them. That means that the Department of Veterans Affairs is spending a lot more on what's known as end-of-life care.

"I think they call it end-of-life care," notes Thomas O'Neil, a 68-year-old resident at the St. Albans VA hospital in Queens, N.Y. "But whatever it is ... they treat you like gold. If you're going to be sick, this is the place to be."

O'Neil served a year in Vietnam, from 1966 to 1967, at a time when the war was killing more Americans in a year than the total casualties from Iraq and Afghanistan combined. read more>>>


Artist: "First In . Last Out" for the 18th Airborne Corps was different

Artist's latest work, 'First In ... Last Out' marks 18th Airborne Corps' Afghanistan mission
Jan 28, 2015 - You may not know him. But chances are, if you've spent time on Fort Bragg, you've seen his work.

James Dietz is a prolific artist who has created more than 90 works paying homage to military units, historic battles and Medal of Honor recipients.

His paintings adorn the walls of the Fort Bragg Club and the halls of headquarters across Fort Bragg, including the 18th Airborne Corps and the home to U.S. Army Reserve Command and U.S. Army Forces Command.

On Thursday, Dietz will unveil his latest work at Fort Bragg: a painting commissioned by the 18th Airborne Corps that commemorates the unit being the first and last corps headquarters to serve in Afghanistan.

Prints of "First In . Last Out" will be available at the Fort Bragg Conference and Catering Center on Reilly Road from noon to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday. Dietz will sign and number the prints.

The artist is "well paid," in his own words. And units often sell prints of the work to recoup their costs.

But to Dietz, the pay is a side benefit. He's drawn to the work because it is enriching and a way to honor those who have served.

"It's something beyond price, beyond what I can measure, beyond what I can explain," he said. read more>>>

A message to all those, poser, patriots so supportive{?} of us Veterans who were going ballistic about the VA spending on art work for the VA Hospitals, Clinics and other VA facilities, a year or so back. Those are built into the bids for new or rehabbing existing facilities and are covered by the part of the VA budgets for those specific purposes. They are most often pieces of art created by Veterans and Purchased From. It's Not a political statement to be used by your representatives, who vote on or obstruct budgets, nor yourselves, those served by!!


VA Nurse: "Putting Someone Else in His Shoes"

Within the, people served responsibility not upheld, Veterans Administration Agency and it's Dedicated Staff!!

Nurse at Salisbury VA hospital gives veteran the shoes off his feet
Jan. 27, 2015 - One quality that makes Chuck Maulden a caring emergency department nurse is his ability to put himself in someone else’s shoes.

Recently, he’s been lauded for putting someone else in his.

Maulden, 33, had been working in the emergency department at the Salisbury Veterans Affairs Medical Center for a just a couple of months when a patient came in near the end of his shift one night in November.

The man appeared to be in his mid-60s, Maulden said, and he was there because his feet were causing him such pain he could hardly walk.

“He kept talking about being in bad water in Vietnam,” Maulden said, though Maulden doesn’t know if the man served there during the war. Many soldiers who did suffered from trench foot, caused by long exposure to cold, damp conditions.

The man took off his tattered tennis shoes, and Maulden could see the soles were worn through and coming unglued. The balls of his feet were covered in huge blisters, and his compression stockings had matted to the skin where the blisters had drained. A doctor instructed Maulden to bandage his feet and give him fresh stockings. read more>>>

Have to ask:

Which brings up a political question as to newly elected to the Senate Lieutenant Colonel in the Iowa Army National Guard Joni Ernst, so poor according to her she used bread wrappers as boots in bad weather.

Will she follow the decades long obstruction of Veterans Affairs budgets, and under Republican Executive Administrations doing extremely little for, even as they wage wars, as they continue seeking to privatize for corporate profit the People Served Responsibility still mostly borrowed with interests creating the problems, over and over same, costly, conservative news grabbing 'scandals' that ripple out causing more. Or will she be one that Actually supports us Veterans and help build, Finally, the long ignored Agency promised!

Apparently the symbols she's selling she doesn't think through as she says: Iowa’s Joni Ernst: "Obamacare is bad because people should rely on churches for help"

Really? And her family never thought about getting help from their Church for another pair of shoe's or better boots or rubbers!!!


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

A biography of PTSD

A new study finds that veterans suffering from PTSD goes back nearly as far as warfare itself. Author David Morris joins Patrick Murphy to talk about his new book

The Evil Hours: A Biography of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
In the tradition of The Emperor of All Maladies and The Noonday Demon, a moving, eye-opening exploration of PTSD

Just as polio loomed over the 1950s, and AIDS stalked the 1980s and ’90s, posttraumatic stress disorder haunts us in the early years of the twenty-first century. Over a decade into the United States’ “global war on terror,” PTSD afflicts as many as 30 percent of the conflict’s veterans. But the disorder’s reach extends far beyond the armed forces. In total, some twenty-seven million Americans are believed to be PTSD survivors. Yet to many of us, the disorder remains shrouded in mystery, secrecy, and shame.

Now, David J. Morris — a war correspondent, former Marine, and PTSD sufferer himself — has written the essential account of this illness. Through interviews with individuals living with PTSD, forays into the scientific, literary, and cultural history of the illness, and memoir, Morris crafts a moving work that will speak not only to those with the condition and to their loved ones, but also to all of us struggling to make sense of an anxious and uncertain time.

PTS - Condition Was Likely to be as Old as Human Civilisation


VA Internal Organizations to Realign Their Existing Structures

With the much needed infusion of funding by Congress, through the finally passed Veterans Health Care Bill, the Veterans Administration can continue towards it's goal of rebuilding the Agency towards what the Country served, and promises to those that serve them, should have already built. It would have been saving the Country costs instead of creating, over and over, the same problems, conservative news grabbing 'scandals', that ripple out and create other problems.

Under Gen Shinseki, with much help from this Executive Administration and it's Cabinet which continues, those forward goals were finally being addressed,

February 18, 2011 - Since February 2009, VA has distributed $1.3 billion in Recovery Act funds to modernize medical facilities, make improvements at national cemeteries and award grants to states for Veterans homes. VA has more than 1,100 Recovery funded projects underway or completed in VA medical centers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Nineteen VA medical centers received between $5 million and $20 million for major repairs, renovation or energy conservation initiatives. The impact of these Recovery dollars affects more than 5 million Veterans who receive care in VA health services across the nation. Nearly 70 percent of all Recovery funds have already been paid to various contractors. The balance of funds are currently on contract to complete improvements and modernizations of existing projects. read more>>>

after long being ignored and outright denied. Not just as to the Facilities and National Cemeteries but also the many health, physical and mental, issues from the past decades to the present and especially from our wars.

These new funds are still mostly borrowed, under government deficits with interest on, as no one has yet demanded those served Sacrifice as they demand those serving them and families of must, DeJa-Vu all over again.

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

VA Announces Single Regional Framework under MyVA Initiative
Washington – January 26, 2015 - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced that it is taking the first steps under the MyVA initiative to realign its many organizational maps into one map with five regions to better serve Veterans.

The new regions under the MyVA alignment will allow VA to begin the process of integrating disparate organizational boundaries into a single regional framework to enhance internal coordination.

“We want every Veteran to have a seamless, integrated, and responsive VA customer service experience every time. This regional alignment is the first step in empowering Veterans to interact with one VA – MyVA,” said Secretary Robert McDonald. “Ultimately, this reform will improve the Veteran experience by enabling Veterans to more easily navigate VA and access their earned care and benefits.”

VA’s new regional design utilizes state boundaries to divide the country into five regions. Each organization within VA will begin work to ensure their structures are aligned within this framework by the end of June 2015. 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

A New and Improved VA Prescription Label
January 26, 2015 - VA asked hundreds of Veterans to tell us what they liked and didn’t like about the labels on their prescriptions.

We heard you. The results led to this new patient-centric prescription label.

We’ve cleaned up the look and made the following changes:

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Here’s a little more background:

Looking at the period from 2000 to 2011, pharmacists from VA’s National Center for Patient Safety (NCPS) identified 1,900 medication safety incidents in which a Veteran may not have understood their prescription label.

Over 400 Veterans and 700 VA pharmacy staff participated in a national study to better understand why this was occurring. NCPS in conjunction with Pharmacy Benefits Management Services conducted this study to identify ways to redesign the prescription label that would support Veterans’ preferences and enhance their understanding of important drug information. read more>>>

Neither of these recent wars have yet been paid for, nor the continued blowback from the spread and growth from the policies implemented!

Neither the long term 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, Veterans issues from!

As well as under deficits most of the, grossly under funded for decades and the wars from now, VA budget is still borrowed, with interest, thus added problem creating costs, with representative who control the purse strings blaming the mostly dedicated VA personal within, that shouldn't exist!

Chris Hayes MSNBC: "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 opposition to expanding Veterans' benefits on fiscal grounds

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


Monday, January 26, 2015

Veterans' Administration Gets Cybersecurity Positive Marks

Independent assessment gives VA's cybersecurity positive mark
1/26/2015 - The Veterans Affairs Department's computers and networks got a clean bill of health from third-party experts. The analysis comes 18 months after VA came under intense scrutiny at a House Veterans Affairs Committee hearing for having major cybersecurity vulnerabilities.

VA hired Mandiant, the cybersecurity company, to examine its networks and systems, specifically looking at domain controllers and Internet gateways.

Steph Warren, the executive in charge of VA's Office of Information and Technology and chief information officer, said the report's finalized findings were consistent with what he said during a November hearing before the House Veterans Affairs Committee.

"They assessed where things were. They assessed the entire network in terms of looking at what the threats were with a primary focus on our domain controllers and they worked our perimeter. We run through Trusted Internet Connects or four gateways so they also looked at the traffic on the gateways," Warren said Friday during a briefing with reporters. "The results of their conclusion — that final report — was that none of the domain controllers had evidence of compromise and they did not see evidence in the logs they reviewed or anything around those devices."

VA provided reporters with a copy of the executive summary of the report, but Warren said they couldn't release the entire report yet as it was still going through legal review.

The executive summary stated Mandiant also didn't find any evidence of data staging or theft, such as the loss of credentials, personal information or personal health information or VA sensitive information. read more>>>


Saturday, January 24, 2015

PTS - Condition Was Likely to be as Old as Human Civilisation

Post-traumatic stress 'evident in 1300BC'
Evidence of post-traumatic stress disorder can be traced back to 1300BC - much earlier than previously thought - say researchers.

No kidding, and not only related to Military and War Theaters. But the constant stress's and fears and battles of those theaters, even if not participating but knowing, buries the incidents of into the brain of otherwise civil humans and are the total opposite of what most are brought up in thinking and mind growth development.

24 January 2015 - The team at Anglia Ruskin University analysed translations from ancient Iraq or Mesopotamia.

Accounts of soldiers being visited by "ghosts they faced in battle" fitted with a modern diagnosis of PTSD.

The condition was likely to be as old as human civilisation, the researchers concluded.

Prof Jamie Hacker Hughes, a former consultant clinical psychologist for the Ministry of Defence, said the first description of PTSD was often accredited to the Greek historian Herodotus.

Referring to the warrior Epizelus during the battle of Marathon in 490BC he wrote: "He suddenly lost sight of both eyes, though nothing had touched him."

But Prof Hughes' report - titled Nothing New Under the Sun - argues there are references in the Assyrian Dynasty in Mesopotamia between 1300BC and 609BC.

Ghosts

In that era men spent a year being toughened up by building roads, bridges and other projects, before spending a year at war and then returning to their families for a year before starting the cycle again.

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A diagnosis and understanding of post-traumatic stress disorder emerged after the Vietnam War. It was dismissed as shell shock in World War One. read more>>>

Those served find it extremely easy to ignore many issues or just plain deny issues, as they did since us Vietnam Vets and friends of finally put a name to the not so hidden condition from war theaters, while making comfortable livings in doing so, especially in conservative political circles and praised as experts in, so they don't have to sacrifice and fully uphold their promises to the few who serve them, while they wave their flags of, poser, patriotism!

Revealing 'trauma of war' in Multimedia Series


Revealing 'trauma of war' in Multimedia Series

National Geographic reveals 'trauma of war' in multimedia series
The two-part, multimedia series takes a look at how blast force effects veterans mentally and physically

January 22, 2015 - Between 2001 and 2014, around 230,000 service members and veterans were identified as suffering from a mild traumatic brain injury (TBI), according to the Department of Defense.

Despite its prevalence, there is no cure, no easy way to diagnose it, and no known way to prevent it. However, the emotional and physical effects of brain trauma are undeniable.

In an effort to portray the toll that brain trauma can take on combat veterans, National Geographic has woven together a compelling two-part, multimedia series. Focused on those who’ve returned from tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, part one of the series takes a look at veterans in a unique art program at Walter Reed Medical Center. According to National Geographic, service members work with an art therapist to construct masks that symbolize themes such as death, patriotism, and pain. The masks are used as a therapeutic way to express the struggles that the veterans are dealing with. 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

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, nor the continued blowback from the spread and growth from the policies implemented!

Neither the long term 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, Veterans issues from!

As well as under deficits most of the, grossly under funded for decades and the wars from now, VA budget is still borrowed, with interest, thus added problem creating costs, with representative who control the purse strings blaming the mostly dedicated VA personal within, that shouldn't exist!

Chris Hayes MSNBC: "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 opposition to expanding Veterans' benefits on fiscal grounds


Working Through Combat PTSD & Not With Fully Loaded Semi-Autos at Gun Clubs

Program helps vets work through PTSD by training dogs for wounded veterans
Future service dog Gabe naps in front of his honorary promotion certificate from the U.S. Army. Gabe was trained by service members recovering from post-traumatic stress disorder at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, and was paired with retired Staff Sgt. Justin Lansford, an amputee, through Warrior Canine Connection. (Photo courtesy of Carol Balmes and Warrior Canine Connection)

The National Intrepid Center of Excellence connects service dogs with veterans suffering from both mental and physical wounds 23 January 2015 - Sometimes the best therapy doesn’t come in a hospital or a doctor’s office. Sometimes it doesn’t come from a pill or an operation or a counseling session. Sometimes it comes with a cold nose, a warm tongue and a wagging tail.

Sometimes it comes in the form of a dog like Gabe. Gabe is a golden retriever that has changed the lives of at least two veterans. He helped save one from the clutches of a traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress, and he watches over and assists the other every single day.

The trainer

Retired Staff Sgt. Spencer Milo first met Gabe in 2011, when Gabe was just a puppy and Milo was at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, undergoing treatment for his second traumatic brain injury. A mentally disabled teenager who almost certainly didn’t understand what he was doing – he put the vest on inside out – had blown himself up in southern Afghanistan that January, throwing Milo backward 15 or 20 feet. read more>>>


Soldier for Life Quote Attributed Now to 'Unknown', Rightfully So

Which takes nothing away from the meaning pointed directly at the greater majority served and not only their 'responsibility' but the 'promises' and 'oath' they profess to take to those that serve them!

Famous quote about military respect no longer credited to Washington
Quote had been attributed to George Washington and displayed prominently at the Deschutes County Courthouse

The quote has been widely attributed to George Washington but the attribution has recently been changed to "Unknown." (Photo by Army.mil)

BEND, Ore. — January 22, 2015 - A quote about respect for military veterans that had been attributed to George Washington and displayed prominently at the Deschutes County Courthouse has a new credit: "Unknown."

Although politicians, veterans and others have often attributed the quote to the first president, nobody has been able to document when and where he is supposed to have used the words, Washington scholar Edward Lengel of the University of Virginia told The Bulletin newspaper.

The monument has been in place since 2005. It reads,

"The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional as to how they perceive the veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation."

Local veterans proposed using the quote and agreed to change the attribution, said the county's property and facilities director, Susan Ross. read more>>>

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

Neither of these recent wars have yet been paid for, nor the continued blowback from the spread and growth from the policies implemented!

Neither the long term 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, Veterans issues from!

As well as under deficits most of the, grossly under funded for decades and the wars from now, VA budget is still borrowed, with interest, thus added problem creating costs, with representative who control the purse strings blaming the mostly dedicated VA personal within, that shouldn't exist!


Thursday, January 22, 2015

KBR Inc. and Halliburton Co. In-Theater Burn Pits, Electrocutions Lawsuits

Supreme Court allows lawsuits over burn pits, electrocutions
20 January 2015 - The Supreme Court is allowing lawsuits involving open-air burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan and a soldier’s electrocution in a base shower to move forward against two of the largest American military contractors, according to wire reports.

The lawsuits were filed against KBR Inc. and Halliburton Co., which had filed appeals saying the lawsuits should be thrown out because the company was operating as an arm of the military in Iraq and Afghanistan. Two of the lawsuits include claims that troops suffered health problems related to their exposure to burn pits and toxic chemicals on American bases in Iraq and Afghanistan. Another claims that shoddy electrical work led to the electrocution death of Staff Sgt. Ryan Maseth, who was killed in a base shower in Iraq.

In general, the government cannot be sued in such cases, but private contractors working on behalf of the government have presented a legal gray area. Supreme Court justices offered no comment for their decision, according to the Associated Press. The Obama administration has sided with the contractors.

Open burning of waste was commonplace at bases in Iraq and Afghanistan, and many troops suspect respiratory problems they have suffered after their deployments may be linked the clouds of smoke that often hung over bases. read more>>>

VA Public Health - Exposures: Burn pits have operated widely at military sites in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Join the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry to help us learn more about potential health effects. Check your eligibility and sign up through an online questionnaire. more>>>


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

‘Children of the Fallen’

‘Children of the Fallen’

Introduction: The making of The Washington Post’s ‘Children of the Fallen’
Avery and Alaya Alexander, 9: Fatherless from the start.

January 20 2015 - Over the weekend, several of my colleagues and I published a very ambitious project called Children of the Fallen: 14 portraits of children whose parents died during the conflict in Afghanistan, the longest war in U.S. history.

But our original idea was far simpler. We wanted to profile just one child, the son of Johnny “Mike” Spann, a CIA paramilitary officer killed in a prison uprising in Afghanistan — and the very first American to die in the conflict. His son was just a baby when he died. My editor, Lynda Robinson, who helms The Post’s local enterprise team, wanted to profile the way his father’s absence had shaped this boy’s life as a way of offering a different perspective on the impact of the war.

Calvin Davis, 6, is shown at his Menifee, Calif., home on Nov. 19. His father, Marine Staff Sgt. Jonathan D. Davis, died in Afghanistan in 2013. (Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)

I had just interviewed Spann’s widow, Shannon, that spring for a story about the CIA’s Memorial Wall. But when I called Shannon and pitched her on letting us profile her son, she was reluctant. She lives in a new state, works in a different job and enjoys her newfound privacy.

So Lynda came up with a different idea: Instead of focusing on a single child, we’d write short narratives about 14 kids, one for each year since 9/11. In the end, “Children of the Fallen” contains 14 vignettes about 17 kids, whose ages range from 6 to 34 and who live all across the country. (For some years, we chose to focus on a set of siblings.) read more>>>

Children of the Fallen: Portraits of Loss
The knock at the door. The shock and grief that followed. An absence that lasts a lifetime.

Much of the country grew weary of the longest war in U.S. history years ago. But for the hundreds of children who lost parents in Afghanistan, the conflict that began 26 days after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks will never really end. They continue to pay the cost of war with the cheers they won’t hear from the soccer sidelines, the hugs they won’t get at their high school graduations, the arms they won’t clasp down the aisle at their weddings. read more w/links to each>>>

Portraits: One for each year of the Afghanistan war