{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**

In 2003 some 72% of Americans fully supported the Abandoning of the Missions and those Sent to Accomplish so extremely Quickly after 9/11!!
At least some 95%, if not more as less then 1% serve them, not only still support the, just below, total lack of Sacrifice, they ran from any and all Accountability and left everything still on the table to be continually used if the political/military want was still in play in future executive/legislative wants!!
DeJa-Vu: “With no shared sacrifices being asked of civilians after Sept. 11", Decades and War From, All Over Again!!
Especially for the Corporate and Wealthy Community, investors in Defense Industries, and for these, Afghanistan and Iraq, came Two Huge Tax Cuts, with more sweetheart deals to same from states and the fed!!


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

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Antiquated: Personnel and Accounting Integrated Data, Department of Veterans Affairs—53 years old

Finally after months and months of 'Bengazi' and morphed into 'Hillary E-Mails' Congressional investigations, Conservatives have nothing else like Governing to do, the Media and the Country have something real to sink their claws into and, as for the media, report reality on, maybe finally do something about!

Of course they won't, DeJa-Vu, the 'rage' is all about another Clinton, forget that the exact same and more went on during the GWB administration and with Congresses A'OK apparently!!

The GAO report delving into the archaic Government systems, if Congress was doing their jobs the Government would be leading all along in the advancing technologies that then would be shared with the private sector, as Military and Veterans research and development are, are just the tip of the many problems within, especially the VA, as issues are just ignored or denied existence of, to the detriment of the Society and for many the Planet! The antiquated systems can't be shared, if at all, easily across agencies that would need and help alleviate extremely costly problems that in attempting to fix create even more, over and over again. but boy do they sound good and help pointless dangerous ideologies when made into months long media hyped 'scandals' for political and personal needs, and to keep the people served from demanding they should 'sacrifice' at all. Nor can they be shared with individuals, in a timely or otherwise manner, seeking help and information on their own needs. As to the VA for the first time in my lifetime and especially as to the Veterans Administration a whole Executive Branch has been working continuously, with no help from Congress nor the People Served, to build as much as possible what was promised from the beginning!! Here's hoping that continues, but more hope is that the flag waving poser patriotic civilians, many vets as well, start demanding they actually 'sacrifice' and keep their otah and promises too!!!!!!

Been Conservative ideology for years and Country served likes it that way, because by actually fixing their Government it would take huge costs, saving huge amounts when working and maintained correctly going forward. Instead of the piecemeal, in the case of the VA especially, superficial mostly unfunded fixes, if any, that neither fix the ongoing, same, problems but create more added very costly problems. To then become future media hyped long running 'scandals' as the Country served stays on board the Conservative goal to privatize for corporate profit with little to no regulation, government of the corporation and not the people!!

“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 the Obama administration entered they instantly started getting attacked, by the poser patriots served and through their, especially conservatives, representatives. Not only as to the VA as the total legislative obstruction, and was voiced as the conservative policy forward, began. As to the VA attacks on it's personal, with no guilt by those representatives and people served, it was asked with not one but two long destructive wars and occupations ongoing, DeJa-Vu:

Government agencies keep sacrificing cash to zombie IT systems, GAO finds
50-year-old Cobol code, 8-inch floppies, and PowerBuilder live on in government IT.

26, May 2016 - Some of the most critical business systems run by US government agencies are older than many of the IT people who support them, written in mainframe assembler code or COBOL. That might not shock or surprise anyone who works in mainframe-centric industries like insurance and finance, where the time-tested reliability of some systems has granted them lives that reach back to the Johnson administration. But a new GAO report has called out some of these systems as being so archaic that they're consuming increasingly larger portions of agencies' IT budgets just for operation and maintenance. As the breach at the Office of Personnel Management demonstrated, old systems are also a security risk—particularly when they've been "updated" with now-unsupported versions of Windows Server and Internet and database components that were end-of-life'd by their creators years ago.

To drive those points home, the report—written by David A. Powner, GAO's Director for Information Technology Management Issues—called out specific legacy systems from multiple agencies that are particularly obsolete, reliant on older programming languages and older computing technology that are no longer supported. To help members of Congress too young to remember them, the report also included an infographic (as show above) to explain what an 8-inch floppy disk was.

Of the top ten oldest systems cited by GAO, six are over 50 years old—and five of the ten oldest systems, all dating from before the 1980s, are not slated to be replaced anytime soon. And it should come as no surprise that the two oldest systems in government are at the Internal Revenue Service, and both will remain in place for some time.

To be fair, the "ages" of these systems represent how long the agencies have been investing in them and not necessarily their technology base. Many of them have had major updates to their components, if not their core code. But for the most part, those that have been updated are still based on more recent—but still obsolete and unsupported—operating systems and software.

The Old 10 are:

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{4:} Personnel and Accounting Integrated Data, Department of Veterans Affairs—53 years old. Human Resources systems are one of the most common sinkholes for legacy technology. This system is VA's time and attendance system, and it was written in COBOL. VA is planning to replace it with a shared service in 2017, as part of the ongoing consolidation of like systems across the government.

{6:} Benefits Delivery Network, Department of Veterans Affairs—51 years old. This cluster of COBOL mainframe applications is what VA uses to track veterans' benefits, eligibility for access to benefits, and their dates of death, among other things. The VA is planning to roll it into another system someday, but there's no timeframe set. read more>>>

Photo 2012 : 2 April 2013 - Veterans Affairs Backlog Files Stacked So High, They Posed Safety Risk to Staff
One may ask why with the advancing computer technologies, to be quickly shared securely where needed, were the Veterans Administration still not only using all paper files but filling empty spaces, the size of warehouses, with stacks upon stacks of and needing even more empty big spaces to store same. Oh wait, someone did, {above} at a Congressional hearing joining the already many voices of veterans saying same for the previous decades. One could also ask why with two more wars, extremely quickly abandoning the missions and those sent to accomplish same after 9/11 wasn't Congress demanding the Country served 'sacrifice' during the war drums beating and after the invasions, to today. Doing what Congress is charged to do, agency budget needs and enhanced maintenance upgrading to give full support to the few who actually 'sacrifice', and their families, thus saving treasury funds and alleviating the many sure to come from not doing so media hyped 'scandals' that are often repeated and rippled out to more problems! Where finally with the Obama Executive Administration and it's Cabinet giving aid to first Sec. Shinseki, with a target on him from the beginning by Conservatives, and continuing with Sec. McDonald, Conservatives thought they finally got a like minded Corporate privatization executive in leadership of, finding out quickly they didn't so he now has their target on him. Fighting to build what already should have existed and patch up the years of unfunded poser patriotic congressional fixes that just kept creating more problems. Taking care of not only the new members of the war theater veterans community, and the rest of the few who serve, but addressing theirs and the many
long ignored and outright denied even existed of previous decades and especially wars from, with no help from Congress and the People Served issues.

In this piece Rachel mentions the VA with a list of other Government agencies, the people served responsibility and duty as to the whole country, especially the VA, promises made but not kept! In showing that the Congresses, especially with conservative ideology, haven't been doing the jobs charged to do, their staffs as well. Obstructing budgets, not helping government agencies fix problems that arise in a timely manner, not maintaining thus saving the peoples treasury monies. Instead choking government to make their argument that the private sector can do better, ignoring the many problems in that cash flush private corporate sector, the conservative ideology. This all causes tens of millions, each year adding to same with same thus causing tens of billions in patchwork legislation, usually unfunded, always needed to borrow thus interest to pay as well, paid for by the people, someday maybe, not them 'job creator' wealthy who add to their wealthy investing in defense needs and wars of!!

5/25/16 - Clinton e-mail report illustrates antiquated IT system
Rachel Maddow looks at how a new inspector general's report on Hillary Clinton's violation of State Department e-mail rules describes the archaic archiving system Clinton was supposed to have followed.

May 25, 2016 - Federal Agencies Need to Address Aging Legacy Systems

While this GAO report was focused more on the months long investigating of the SoS Clinton use of a private secure server in her home for e-mail's as others used same but not home bound and privately monitored, not a proper choice as to public records of those who work for same, that frankly might have been a good idea knowing how congress doesn't work as it's supposed to, this about the government agencies should be what is really reported on by professional journalists for the people!! But hey, how much did they do, as to technology and e-mails of, as to the just previous two SoS's Rice and Powell and not only their use of but destruction of the the peoples records! Or how about the entire Bush administration, along with so much more the Country should have Demanded Accountability for, they and the Conservative Congresses of, and the destruction of including probably correspondence with others outside of Government!! Wonder if the Rice and Powell e-mails were on those and in with the, supposedly, destroyed records on the RNC servers?!

DeJa-Vu: “With no shared sacrifices being asked of civilians after Sept. 11", Decades and War From, All Over Again!!
Especially for the Corporate and Wealthy Community, investors in Defense Industries, and for these, Afghanistan and Iraq, came Two Huge Tax Cuts, with more sweetheart deals to same from states and the fed!!

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


Tuesday, May 24, 2016

NO Sen Graham "It's Congress & Those Served 'Responsibility' The VA Provides Veterans With Care They Deserve"

A 'responsibility' obstructed and denied, by mostly conservatives and supported by most of those served including past veterans, for decades and especially as to wars from in seeking to privatize for corporate profits, with little or no regulation! Need to build those corporate bottom lines, welfare off the peoples treasury, introduce congressional legislation for individual fee's for services. Or support policies, and cherry picked or invented intelligence, that demand the few who serve are sent to invade and occupy others in deadly and destructive long wars which create, needed for more bottom line build up, deadly destructive long lasting blowback, all which quickly grow the needs of the few who serve, the promises of the country, for care and more!

But, ultimately, Graham said President Barack Obama is responsible for ensuring the VA provides veterans with the care they deserve.

“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

New proposal would expand VA Choice program
May 16th 2016 - A new proposal before the United States Senate could put increased pressure on a federal program for veterans that many say already doesn’t work.

A group of senators—led by John McCain (R-AZ) and including Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Thom Tillis (R-NC)—proposed The Care Veterans Deserve Act in late April.

The bill would allow any veteran currently qualified to receive medical treatment through the Department of Veterans Affairs to get a Veterans Choice Card that would allow access to the private medical providers of their choice.

Currently, certain veterans qualify to receive VA-funded care from private medical providers through the Choice Program if they would have to wait more than 30 days to see a VA specialist or if they live more than 40 miles from the nearest VA medical facility.

The Choice Program was created in the fall 2014 to address a massive backlog of patients waiting to see specialists at many VA medical facilities.

“I get complaints and praise about the VA all the time. You had people die waiting to be treated by the VA, so what’s the solution?” Graham said in an interview with On Your Side Investigates from his office on Capitol Hill. “This idea of veterans’ choice outside of the VA system’s time has come.”

But a months-long investigation into the VA Choice Program shows the current system, open to just a fraction of veterans, is not providing expedited care as intended. read more>>>

| WBTV Charlotte

So what do the Conservative Congress, now once again, mindbogglingly after the Bush yrs., in complete control of Legislation and not just total obstruction, seek to fix the huge problem, DeJa-Vu, they created by privatizing, why 'privatize' even more!! And leave up to the VA personal to figure out how it's supposed to work, then blame them with more media hyped 'scandals' when it won't. Instead of actually doing their jobs, with their staffs, and work to bring in qualified private government contractors, contracts written on success of what they can develop that works as well as private care professionals that are proven to be qualified, already, to understand Military Veterans needs, studies have already shown that even they admit they aren't!!

It's all about for profit government, with fee's added and ever changing, it's not about 'finally' addressing what should have already been and advanced in maintaining over the years with proper budgets and jobs charged to the elected representatives!!


Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Many Purposes The Few Who Serve, With Dedication/Pride, So Critics 'stand down!'

West Point makes decision regarding cadets' raised-fists photo

May 10, 2016 - Sixteen black West Point cadets who posed with raised fists for a pre-graduation picture won't be punished for the gesture.

The U.S. Military Academy said Tuesday it concluded the group photo didn't violate any Department of Defense rules limiting political activity. West Point says in a statement an internal inquiry found the picture of the 16 female cadets captured a spur-of-the-moment gesture intended to demonstrate unity and pride.

The decision comes with the seniors poised to graduate May 21. read more>>>

DeJa-Vu: “With no shared sacrifices being asked of civilians after Sept. 11", Decades and War From, All Over Again!!
Especially for the Corporate and Wealthy Community, investors in Defense Industries, and for these, Afghanistan and Iraq, came Two Huge Tax Cuts, with more sweetheart deals to same from states and the fed!!


Friday, May 6, 2016

DoL: Building Better Networks of Services for Our Veterans, Continues

The only Government branch consistent in aiding the Military personal and their Families and the entire Veterans community, the Executive, CiC Obama, Branch and it's Cabinet, while, Conservatives especially, Congress continues shirking the charges, and oaths, of their jobs, with approval of the people served, as to Government agencies!

The Veterans Employment Resources You Need
May 2, 2016 - Five months ago when I joined the Labor Department’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service, I vowed to work every day to make sure our veterans have the resources they need to get good jobs. That includes fostering strong relationships with our government and private sector partners to build better networks of services for our veterans.

It also includes listening to veterans and transitioning service members to understand what challenges they face when looking for employment. That helps me understand what we can do to make things a little smoother.

In my travels around the country, one of the comments I hear the most is about the variety of websites for veterans’ employment. It’s often hard for transitioning service members, veterans and their spouses to know where to start, whether they’re looking for a first civilian job after the military, wanting a career change or hoping to start a business. And I’ve heard similar things from employers who want to hire veterans but don’t know where to begin.

Today, I am pleased to share with you the best starting point to build a better network of resources: our virtual, one-stop online employment services website, Veterans.gov. The site brings together job banks, state employment offices, American Job Centers, opportunities in top trending industry sectors and tools for employers.

Here are some of the resources you’ll find in just a few clicks on Veterans.gov:

For Job Seekers read more>>>

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

May 5, 2016 - VA Secretary says House budget plan would 'hurt veterans'

DeJa-Vu, Blocking Privatization, Again, of Peoples Served Responsibility, the Veterans Administration

Gov. Contractor Denying VA Claims? Conservative, privatize, Congress to Investigate?


Thursday, May 5, 2016

DeJa-Vu, Blocking Privatization, Again, of Peoples Served Responsibility, the Veterans Administration

Privatizing, especially the peoples served responsibility the VA, Government agencies for Corporate, off the peoples treasury, profits! And leading to added fluctuating fee's to build the sought after bottom line growth with cost cutting throughout system as well, just like corporate america capitalism today!

“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

This has been a conservative want for decades. Reason for constant obstruction of agency budgets. Thus not built as promised, since Korean conflict, and certainly not maintained as it should be. Legislators not doing jobs charged to do, causing ongoing problems, needed media hyped political 'scandals', which spread out causing even more wasteful costs problems and certainly not integrated with advancing technologies until forced and those needs and costs for then have ballooned in need under the obstructed, grossly underfunded, budgets!

Veterans groups oppose Choice program expansion
May 4, 2016 - The nation’s largest veterans groups have lined up to oppose any expansion of the Veterans Affairs Choice program that would allow all veterans who are eligible for VA medical care to use it.

The stand, by the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and others, places the groups squarely in the corner of VA Secretary Bob McDonald, who has called proposals favoring private care for veterans over VA facilities, a “dereliction” of department duties, and at odds with seven powerful U.S. senators, including Arizona Republican John McCain, who have proposed legislation to lift restrictions on Choice.

Seven veterans organizations wrote the VA Commission on Care on April 29 saying they would oppose any VA health system that allows veterans to see a non-VA provider at any time.

The heads of the organizations, which also included Disabled American Veterans, Vietnam Veterans of America, Military Officers Association of America and Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, told panel chairwoman Nancy Schlichting that giving all veterans access to private health care paid for by VA “would have serious costs, trade-offs and consequences that could endanger or harm the provision of health care to veterans.”

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Critics of the plan, including Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, have called it a thinly veiled attempt by conservative industrialists Charles and David Koch to privatize the Veterans Health Administration. read more>>>

Survey finds civilian physicians feel underprepared to treat veterans

DeJa-Vu: “With no shared sacrifices being asked of civilians after Sept. 11", Decades and War From, All Over Again!!
Especially for the Corporate and Wealthy Community, investors in Defense Industries, and for these, Afghanistan and Iraq, came Two Huge Tax Cuts, with more sweetheart deals to same from states and the fed!!

People served, especially wealthy and all conservatives: * 2 Aug 2015 - 'I fight like hell to pay as little as possible': Donald Trump says he avoids all the tax he can.

As to the few who serve the many, my how far the society, no longer the united states, has fallen, during and in years after, and will never again see nor live as the, apt named, Greatest Generation as a society not just using words and labels to, politically, describe us individually or, politically, collectively!

The VA is the people served Responsibility, not another corporate profit seeking entity off of war as now much of the privatized military has become, just look how fast and big the corporate merc army/intelligence was built above all laws and caused more lasting deadly damage to the American, once proud in leadership and moral, brand on the world stage! Not socialized anything but their Responsibility to Actually Sacrifice, as it's been since it was established but promises never upheld with congressional fixes coming mostly unfunded and piece-meal causing more problems, the way those served seem to really like it that way as they lay blame on the VA personal!!

Why just recently as to that private health care sector:

May 5 2016 - Three patients died in suspected Pasadena outbreak tied to scopes

May 4, 2016 - Medical errors now 3rd leading cause of death in U.S., study suggests

May 01 2016 - 60 Minutes investigates medical gear sold during Ebola crisis

If coming out of congress, conservative run or individuals in, these are media hyped, political, VA 'scandals', private sector 'ho-hum'!!

And these are added to the ever growing list, in the cash flush for profit, private health care system that covers just health care related issues, while the VA, the people served responsibility, covers many issuses as to the few who've served and especially in our, flag waving poser, politically patriotic wars theaters on the planet!


Thursday, April 28, 2016

Gov. Contractor Denying VA Claims? Conservative, privatize, Congress to Investigate?

Say, the loooong time, conservative, obvious, it ain't so!! Who wants to bet, a sure win, this doesn't rise to months long media hyped conservative VA 'scandal' level especially with Rep Miller(R-FL) leading the House investigation, DeJa-Vu!!

Did Contractor Drop the Ball on VA Benefits?
April 27, 2016 - Retired service personal in dire need of VA benefits would not be cheered by the allegation that a contractor hired to review the cases of thousands of Vietnam veterans for exposure to Agent Orange may have denied benefits in spite of obvious need, all because the contractor was less than thorough in reviewing cases, or so it has been alleged.

Successfully securing VA disability benefits is usually a tough go at the best of times, given that the Department of Veterans Affairs (The VA) is backlogged and the appeals process is fraught with delays that could last years.

To provide context, The Virginian-Pilot (4/2/16) reports that an ongoing class-action VA lawsuit - Nehmer v. The Department of Veterans Affairs - requires The VA to review previous claims put forward by veterans when new illnesses are linked to Agent Orange exposure.

Now, contractual and case documents related to an unsealed lawsuit obtained by the McClatchy News Service alleges that a contractor hired to prescreen case files for evidence of illness related to Agent Orange exposure was lax in its screening process, or so it is alleged.

QTC Medical Services is the defendant in the unsealed lawsuit. The contractor, a division of Lockheed Martin, was hired to conduct the prescreening on some 160,000 files. According to contractual documents obtained by McClatchy News Service, QTC is accused of spending no more than a few minutes on each file - in spite of earning $300 for every file reviewed under two inches in thickness, and $350 for every file exceeding two inches in thickness.

The plaintiff in the unsealed lawsuit against QTC suggests that not only were reviewers improperly trained to spot illness related to Agent Orange, he also alleges that reviewers were pressured to work so rapidly that it would be difficult, if not impossible, to conduct a thorough review. read more>>>

The conservative ideology: Like our long time Veterans Conservative Nemesis, one of their experts(?), used to shape their policies, and very highly compensated: Sally Satel Still Selling Care for PTSD Veterans is Waste of Money. There are plenty of others, they've got a ready stable full of {experts?}, and plenty of unfunded ignored and denied issues!!

Most of the people served, especially wealthy and all conservatives, the trump speaks: 2 Aug 2015 - 'I fight like hell to pay as little as possible': Donald Trump says he avoids all the tax he can.

The VA is the people served Responsibility, not another corporate profit seeking entity off of war as now much of the privatized military has become, just look how fast and big the corporate merc army/intelligence was built above all laws and caused more lasting deadly damage to the American, once proud in leadership and moral, brand on the world stage! Not socialized anything but their Responsibility to Actually Sacrifice, as it's been since it was established but promises never upheld with congressional fixes coming mostly unfunded and piece-meal causing more problems, the way those served seem to really like it that way as they lay blame on the VA personal!!

Veterans Sue VA for Identities, Credentials, of Camp Lejeune Water 'experts'

APRIL 28, 2016 - Vietnam Vets Push VA to Link Bladder Cancer to Agent Orange


Veterans Sue VA for Identities, Credentials, of Camp Lejeune Water 'experts'

It's Congress and Conservative Executive Administrations, appointed or hired positions, that have the 'experts'. Brought into Hearings for needed public and media attention to raise the problems they created to long running 'scandal' status. Hearings, oft repeated as nothing done previously on same issues or created because nothing was done or empty legislation was not funded, not held to help the Veterans communities needs and build what those served have long promised but to attack the mostly very dedicated VA employee's. Tools in the long want to privatize Government agencies for corporate profits and with little regulation, if any. The appointed bringing politics pass the facilities entrances, same for the hired to long term positions, and used to justify their ideology of privatization.

The conservative ideology: Like our long time Veterans Conservative Nemesis, one of their experts(?), used to shape their policies, and very highly compensated: Sally Satel Still Selling Care for PTSD Veterans is Waste of Money There are plenty of others, they've got a ready stable full of {experts?}, and plenty of ignored and denied issues!!

Veterans groups sue VA for identities of Camp Lejeune water 'experts'
April 27, 2016 - Two veterans groups are suing the VA in the case of illnesses caused by exposure to contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

The organizations — The Few, The Proud, The Forgotten and Vietnam Veterans of America — filed suit Tuesday for documents related to disability claims and the Veterans Affairs Department's use of subject-matter experts to weigh in on them. The water was tainted by organic solvents and other cancer-causing chemicals from 1953 through 1987.

The groups filed a Freedom of Information Act request for the documents in December but say the VA has not responded.

"Our FOIA, which has gone unanswered, is to find out who the subject-matter experts are, what kind of credentials they have ... the VA doesn't want us to know that," said Jerry Ensminger, a founder of The Few, The Proud, The Forgotten and a retired Marine master sergeant whose 9-year-old daughter died of leukemia in 1987. read more>>>

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

DeJa-Vu: “With no shared sacrifices being asked of civilians after Sept. 11", Decades and War From, All Over Again!
Especially for the Corporate and Wealthy Community, investors in Defense Industries, and for these, Afghanistan and Iraq, came Two Huge Tax Cuts, with more sweetheart deals to same from states and the fed!! And that covers much more in the Deficits, like even paying for war policies and the results from and much more, then just the, grossly under funded thus not properly built nor properly maintained, and not conservative obstructionists pols concern, VA budgets!

Most of the people served, especially wealthy and all conservatives, the trump speaks: 2 Aug 2015 - 'I fight like hell to pay as little as possible': Donald Trump says he avoids all the tax he can

The VA is the people served Responsibility, not another corporate profit seeking entity off of war as now much of the privatized military has become, just look how fast and big the corporate merc army/intelligence was built above all laws and caused more lasting deadly damage to the American, once proud in leadership and moral, brand on the world stage! Not socialized anything but their Responsibility to Actually Sacrifice, as it's been since it was established but promises never upheld with congressional fixes coming mostly unfunded and piece-meal causing more problems, the way those served seem to really like it that way as they lay blame on the VA personal!!


Wednesday, April 27, 2016

'Agent Orange' Redress, Still Fighting For! Same, Now, 'Burn Pits' & 'Gulf War Syndrome', Much Much More!

'the VA and the Pentagon seemed to have learned a lesson'

The VA, grossly under funded thus under built and not updated and maintained as promised, and Pentagon, remember Walter Reed in the beginning years of Afghanistan and Iraq, learned long ago about the possible problems for Veterans and Military personal especially as to War Congress, who set the budgets and how those are to be spent, and the people served, who refuse to 'Sacrifice' themselves, who they represent didn't and still ignore the many issues! They also choose to just outright deny many are even issues especially from the, flag waving poser, patriotic wars!

DeJa-Vu: “With no shared sacrifices being asked of civilians after Sept. 11", All Over Again!
Klobuchar said the VA and the Pentagon seemed to have learned a lesson from the illnesses that arose from exposure to Agent Orange defoliant in the Vietnam era, when vets who complained of being sick were dismissed for a long time before the problem was finally acknowledged.

"For years they were in denial and finally the VA and Congress is setting aside money [for] the health effects of Agent Orange. We don't want to make the same mistake with this issue," Klobuchar said.

Especially for the Corporate and Wealthy Community, investors in Defense Industries, and for these, Afghanistan and Iraq, came Two Huge Tax Cuts, with more sweetheart deals to same from states and the fed!!

Klobuchar wants center to study military burn pits' effect on vets
APRIL 25, 2016 - Thousands of military personnel who served in Iraq and Afghanistan were exposed to a variety of potentially harmful substances, including the smoke produced by the burning of waste on military bases.

Now U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar is sponsoring legislation that would create a national center to study the effects of burn pits on veterans and members of the military.

The issue will take on increased importance as more veterans of recent wars show increased rates of cancer, asthma, emphysema, and even rare lung disorders. Exposure to dust and burn pits also has been shown to cause insomnia and high blood pressure.

Klobuchar, a Minnesota Democrat, and U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., have introduced the Helping Veterans Exposed to Burn Pits Act. It would create a center within the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for the prevention, diagnosis, mitigation, treatment, and rehabilitation of health conditions relating to exposure to burn pits. read more>>>

It's extremely easy, especially for representatives of the conservative ideologies, seeking to privatize government agencies for corporate profit and thus, to the treasury budgets, mostly borrowed, for, added fee's also. To hand out a few million, mostly to friendly private contractors, for studies they already know the results wanted. Same with passing, unfunded, Legislation to appear they are doing their jobs. The people served applaud them and continue rehiring them in those, poser, patriotic actions for it means no demand to pay for sacrifice on their parts. Name one thing over the recent years that representatives like Miller, long ranking Republican on the House Veterans Affairs Committee and Sen Burr, long ranking Republican on the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, have done after pushing out ready made, to be media hyped, long running 'scandals', hearings on often held already in previous years and Congresses and nothing done! It isn't only them, it's been that way for decades and especially the wars from, but it is mostly the Congressional conservatives and conservative Executive Administrations leading in that do nothing approach, with the people served approval!

“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

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.

Started under Sec Shinseki, continuing with Sec. McDonald, and the Obama Executive branch and it's Cabinet: MVP - VA’s Million Veteran Program, as they continue trying to build what was promised and add to the care needs of present day Veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq etc. addressing the long ignored and outright denied issues. While Congress, especially Conservatives, continue the decades long running obstruction, gross under funding and still under built and maintained promises, and attacks on VA personal!

Most of the people served, especially wealthy and all conservatives, the trump speaks: 2 Aug 2015 - 'I fight like hell to pay as little as possible': Donald Trump says he avoids all the tax he can.


Tuesday, April 26, 2016

MVP - VA’s Million Veteran Program

It's a great unobtrusive program for Veterans to take part in, and continuing, in related area's, serving those who haven't or won't serve the Country in the Military services. As the Military health care and services along with the Veterans administrations same charges have been giving to civilian care, directly from or in research and development, for as long as they've existed. Not only as to our Country but World wide needs. Even though I served my four in the Navy I never served on ships, all shore duty with my last year served in-country Vietnam. I discharged, honorably, with no physical nor mental diagnoses needs from that service. Didn't really use the VA, knowing the Country has never built what they promised nor fully funded thus not updated nor maintained, duties charged to Congress and State Legislatures the people served representatives, until I retired and started onto Medicare which I paid into all my working days. When asked by my VA caretakers if I wanted to join the research I quickly said sign me up. Having served all shore duty and especially in Vietnam drove that. Gen Shinseki, MVP started under, first VA secretary and with a conservative target on his back had started trying to rebuild the entire VA and targeted also the long ignored and outright denied issues by the country served and through their representatives. Continuing thankfully under Sec. McDonald with finally much needed help from an entire Administrative Branch and it's cabinet, despite continued conservative obstruction and their seeking out 'scandals', nothing done previously with hearings etc. on, that can be built into long running media hyped political, and poser patriotic, points. Agent Orange contamination being just one long fought for recognition, now covering all veterans on certain cancers and illnesses if they served anywhere in-country, that's all the proof they need! The fight, Agent Orange, continues as to adding more Ships and Planes as well as Bases which transported or stored or even used in ridding or growths of weeds etc. on and around those bases, for the Military personal, and their families with them, who could have been affected.

How VA’s Million Veteran Program is supporting the precision medicine movement
April 25, 2016 - This fall, the Department of Veterans Affairs expects to mark a major milestone in our effort to collect DNA and health data from 1 million Veterans when we enroll the 500,000th volunteer in our Million Veteran Program, making it one of the world’s largest genomic cohorts. We expect to reach our enrollment goal in the next few years.

This program’s database links genetic, clinical, lifestyle, and military-exposure information from our patients to help researchers learn more about the role of genes in health and disease. It is already enabling innovative research on the genomics of PTSD, chronic kidney disease, multi-substance abuse and more.

MVP will yield new knowledge about which genes put people at risk for certain diseases, and which ones affect how people respond to treatment. This knowledge could eventually lead to better ways of treating and even preventing many common diseases, including cancer.

Veterans who volunteer to partner with us in this program enroll at one of 50 VA medical centers across the country by donating blood—from which DNA is extracted—and completing surveys about their health, lifestyle, and military experiences.

They also grant access to their electronic health records, and agree to be contacted about participating in future research. We keep all genetic information and health data collected from Veterans secure and de-identified. Samples and data are coded, with no names, birthdates, or social security numbers shared. read more>>>

The ole knock on word I have yet to be diagnosed, through my blood tests and VA care, with any serious health concerns except with millions of others high blood pressure, which is somewhat under control. So my contributions, through DNA etc., are also helping in the research being done as well.

Agent Orange, and the other defoliants used, is not the only battles long fought for recognition and for the people served representatives to address. Even today the returning and now Veterans, Desert Storm and Gulf War Syndrome, Afghanistan and Iraq the Burn Pit contamination's, and much more, are the new homefront battles waged, they too started being addressed by the VA and Sec. Shinseki. But can only be addressed so far in the obstructed and grossly under funded thus under built promise by those served the VA, causing even extreme higher costs when finally any surviving Veterans are given the care they deserve!!

DeJa-Vu: “With no shared sacrifices being asked of civilians after Sept. 11", Decades and War From, All Over Again!!
Especially for the Corporate and Wealthy Community, investors in Defense Industries, and for these, Afghanistan and Iraq, came Two Huge Tax Cuts, with more sweetheart deals to same from states and the fed!!

"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

“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 conservative, administrations and congresses, ideology: Like our long time Veterans Conservative Nemesis, one of their experts(?), used to shape their policies, and very highly compensated: Sally Satel Still Selling Care for PTSD Veterans is Waste of Money There are plenty of others, they've got a ready stable full of {experts?}, and plenty of ignored and denied issues!!


Monday, April 25, 2016

"Gold Star Parents": 'life is lost, but love does not end'

"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

Parents of fallen heroes unite to cope with loss
They're called "Gold Star Parents" and, once a year, they come together to remember the military heroes who are their children and to share an intimate truth: life is lost, but love does not end.

In the wars since 9/11, thousands of Americans have lost sons or daughters. Bereaved parents often become isolated in a familiar world. Friends don't know what to say about a grief no words can touch. There is no term in the dictionary for a parent who has lost a child. So, these mothers and fathers call themselves Gold Star parents. It's in the tradition of the military service flag that hung in homes during the World Wars.

Each blue star on the banner stood for a loved one overseas. Gold honored those never coming home. Now some of these families are finding solace, once a year in San Francisco, in the embrace of the only people who can truly understand, other Gold Star parents traveling the same endless road.

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Mike Myatt: People asked me, "What do you say to the Gold Star Parents?" I say, "Well, you don't have to say anything to 'em, just ask 'em, 'Tell me about your son or your daughter'." Man, they'll just talk. They'll just tell you all they can about the son or daughter. And it's really something. I wished I'd have known this as a young officer 'cause I went to Vietnam and I had people killed out of my platoon. And I was going to go visit each family and the very last one was in Kansas. I was visiting them and I went to the house, and the father said, "Come on in." And the mother, she had on her apron. She said, "I just fixed dinner, would you have dinner with us?" I said, "No, I'm in a hurry, but I want to tell you about your son." And I told 'em how he was killed and everything. They really appreciated. Then, "Won't you stay for dinner?" "Oh, I better not." I realize now they wanted to tell me about their son. And I wasn't mature enough to know it.

Scott Pelley: That's why they wanted you to stay.

Mike Myatt: Yeah, yeah, and now I know it.... read more>>>

DeJa-Vu: “With no shared sacrifices being asked of civilians after Sept. 11", Decades and War From, All Over Again!!
Especially for the Corporate and Wealthy Community, investors in Defense Industries, and for these, Afghanistan and Iraq, came Two Huge Tax Cuts, with more sweetheart deals to same from states and the fed!!


Friday, April 22, 2016

People Served Responsibility, ignored, the VA: 'when there's no more space to fit them'

The Veterans Administration is the people served Responsibility, not socialized anything. Not for corporate profit entity and not satisfied with the profits already generated in the private sector off of Military/Veterans R&D quickly integrated and used for all, but their Responsibility to Actually Sacrifice! As it's been since it was established but promises never completely upheld with congressional fixes coming mostly unfunded and peace-meal causing more problems, the way those served seem to really like it as they, and their Congressional representatives, lay blame on the VA personal!!

Overcrowding Forces Tennessee VA Clinic To Stop Accepting New Patients
Five nurses work inside a crowded office at the VA clinic in Clarksville, Tenn. The clinic is trying to figure out how to meet the growing demand from patients when there's no more space to fit them. Emily Siner/Nashville Public Radio

April 22, 2016 - It's been nearly two years since the Department of Veterans Affairs came under fire for the amount of time veterans had to wait to see a doctor. The agency scrambled to find a fix, including allowing vets the option of seeing a private doctor via a program they call Veterans Choice.

But the fix isn't working, so some VA clinics are coming up with other ideas to reduce wait times. In the city of Clarksville, Tenn., the VA clinic decided it simply couldn't take any new patients.

The facility is so overcrowded that unused wheelchairs are being stored in the hall, and nurses are stationed in what used to be a corridor. There's even a computer set up in what used to be a bathroom.

"This is actually a converted toilet," says Robert Lim, who works for the Tennessee Valley VA health care system, which serves tens of thousands of veterans in Tennessee and parts of Kentucky. "We're literally like sardine cans in here. You can't go around any place without bumping into somebody." 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

DeJa-Vu: “With no shared sacrifices being asked of civilians after Sept. 11", Decades and War From, All Over Again!! Especially for the Corporate and Wealthy Community, investors in Defense Industries, and for these, Afghanistan and Iraq, came Two Huge Tax Cuts, with more sweetheart deals to same from states and the fed!!

People served, especially wealthy and all conservatives: 2 Aug 2015 - 'I fight like hell to pay as little as possible': Donald Trump says he avoids all the tax he can.

The conservative, administrations and congresses, ideology: Like our long time Veterans Conservative Nemesis, one of their experts(?), used to shape their policies, and very highly compensated: Sally Satel Still Selling Care for PTSD Veterans is Waste of Money There are plenty of others, they've got a ready stable full of {experts?}, and plenty of ignored and denied issues!!

AO: Government, People Served Representatives, Have a Responsibility to Continue the Research


AO: Government, People Served Representatives, Have a Responsibility to Continue the Research

DeJa-Vu, all over again, and again and again.........!! The continued long battles, on the homefront, by the few who sacrificed and served the many. Especially in the flag waving, poser, patriotic, unpaid for, wars! With Congresses, especially conservative, easy to quick pass, patriotic points, Veterans, most unfunded, legislation. Followed up with media hyped 'scandals', laying all blame at the feet of the agency personal for not fixing, created by congress and people served, problems. Even today's Veterans, two more long deadly wars and destructive occupations following the short 'Desert Storm' and 'Gulf War Syndrome', have issues ignored or outright denied being fought for and will for their entire lives, the ones that survive long enough to continue the, homefront, battles.

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

They say the government has a responsibility to discover all there is to know about the impact on veterans and their families -- even if it takes generations.

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With more questions than answers about Agent Orange, they say the government has a responsibility to continue the research. The war may have ended decades ago, but the physical wounds of that war could be with us for generations to come.

Especially for the Corporate and Wealthy Community, investors in Defense Industries, and for these, Afghanistan and Iraq, came Two Huge Tax Cuts, with more sweetheart deals to same from states and the fed!!

Iowa Veterans Fight to Stop Government from Defunding Agent Orange Research
APRIL 21, 2016 - The Vietnam War ended more than 40 years ago, but a chemical used by the military has had a lasting effect, not just on the country itself, but also on those who fought.

Research shows the number of health complications linked to the use of Agent Orange continues to grow. Veterans’ advocates say the funding to continue that research is at risk of drying up. They say the government has a responsibility to discover all there is to know about the impact on veterans and their families -- even if it takes generations.

Agent Orange got its name from the orange stripe on a 55-gallon drum. But for Vietnam War veterans and their families, it represents the unknown, even decades after the war ended.

“Seems like it gets worse all the time to find out more diseases that are related to Agent Orange. Today, we have 14 presumptive illness or diseases that are related to Agent Orange,” said Vietnam veteran Dan Gannon. read more>>>

The conservative, administrations and congresses, ideology: Like our long time Veterans Conservative Nemesis, one of their experts(?), used to shape their policies, and very highly compensated: Sally Satel Still Selling Care for PTSD Veterans is Waste of Money There are plenty of others, they've got a ready stable full of {experts?}, and plenty of ignored and denied issues!!

"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

People served, especially wealthy and all conservatives: 2 Aug 2015 - 'I fight like hell to pay as little as possible': Donald Trump says he avoids all the tax he can.

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.

People Served Responsibility, ignored, the VA: 'when there's no more space to fit them'