{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!!


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

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

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

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President Obama 26 August 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WHY? GOOD QUESTION THOSE SERVED SHOULD ANSWER!


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

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


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

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

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

Army Says War Records Gap Is Real, Launches Recovery Effort

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




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

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


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

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

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



Homeless Veterans/Stand Downs

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

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

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Friday, February 5, 2016

"complained that “homeless veterans” were ruining his property values"

In Des Moines, Mr. Trump, who took a swipe last year at Senator John McCain of Arizona for being “captured” in Vietnam, and long before that complained that “homeless veterans” were ruining his property values, made the night air sparkle with his praise. And soon, like a true ringmaster, he gave the people what they wanted — three real, live veterans who came onstage to speak to the crowd.

Veterans, Patriots and Pawns

2 Aug 2015 - 'I fight like hell to pay as little as possible': Donald Trump says he avoids all the tax he can.

FEB. 4, 2016 - WHEN Donald J. Trump removed himself from the Republican debate last week and threw a huge public relations party for himself, he did what many politicians before him have done: He cynically used United States military veterans to elevate his own political standing. His alt-rally, called a “Special Event to Benefit Veterans Organizations,” held in Des Moines, was the type of circus we’ve come to expect from the former reality TV star turned politician.

Thankfully, the candidate stopped short of ringleading a few acts under his big top — no Marines on the overhead trapeze, Navy SEALs balancing balls on their noses or Special Forces walking the tightrope.

The circus had nothing to do with those who serve this country; we know that he was sticking it to Fox News and the “mean” moderator Megyn Kelly. But like many before him, Mr. Trump saw an opportunity and seized it.

Mr. Trump didn’t invent this particular brand of hypocrisy; he just employed it a bit more flagrantly. Politicians from both parties have used warriors as photo ops and speech fodder ever since Abraham Lincoln posed with his generals for Mathew Brady at Antietam. read more>>>

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

Me too:

"As someone who spent 20 years in the active-duty Army, I should be used to strangers bending and twisting my service to suit their needs. But I’m not. I’ve been out of uniform for nearly a decade, and I still break out in a rash when I see service members used, misused and abused for commercial or political gain."
But for me it isn't the 20yrs., like David Abrams who wrote this op-ed, it was my four, plus,all shore and finishing as a GunnersMate 3rd class, with last year in-country Vietnam. Unlike Trump and so so many others. Many hired as Representatives, of the 99%served, and eager to get on Veterans Committee's, like Rep. Miller and Sen Burr, not doing the jobs charged to do in governing, to wave them, 'poser', patriotic flags, as those they represent do eagerly, for personal gain and power to maintain their employment positions!

"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

Trump says, as to Veterans Groups: "we look very carefully. I always do", REALLY

Trump, all conservatives, Continues, 'Poser' Patriotic Political, as tools Veterans, Stunts

UPDATE on 'Wounded Warrior', 'corporate for profit', org CBS Investigation

The conservative ideology: Like our long time, us Vietnam, Veterans Conservative, one of their, experts(?), used to shape their policies, very highly compensated Nemesis: 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!!

Just one of the so many ignored and outright denied issues, starting under, forced retired Gen., Sec. Shinseki, Vietnam vet with long military career after till getting fired for speaking military truth to the Bush admin. and targeted after by conservatives, continued addressing under Sec. MacDonald, thankfully, and with much needed mostly not media hyped, like any politically pointed 'scandals', by this Administration and for the first time the Cabinet of. In helping where they could the Veterans Administration under long obstructed thus under funded budgets and under built promises causing oft repeated media hyped 'scandals'!

"Now everyone understood the issues of trauma, issues of war -- there was no question"

Another, of so many issues addressed and should have been decades and wars from ago. Not perfected, as so many others, thanks to obstructed budgets and need for them, politically charged, 'scandals' to keep surfacing:

5yrs. of Proactive Support: 'VA Caregiver Support'

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.

UpGrading the VA Finally? Lawmakers {conservatives} & Those They Represent Continue {Decades} Balking

“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


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

5yrs. of Proactive Support: 'VA Caregiver Support'

Despite Congressional blanket obstruction for those served they represent:

VA values your commitment as a partner in our pledge to care for those who have "borne the battle," and we have several support and service options designed with you in mind. The programs are available both in and out of your home to help you care for the Veteran you love and for yourself.

Staying Strong
Taking care of the Veteran you love is often your focus for the day. But sometimes, staying strong can leave you without much time for yourself. Learn more »


Monday, February 1, 2016

NC 8th in the Nation in Mil. Vet. Population, State Run Veteran Cemeteries Suffering

NC was one of many states cutting their state VA budgets while we were sending troops into Iraq and Afghanistan, many from the bases within which garner huge sums of Federal dollars, long before the economic collapse. Then when it did they cut everything including the still ongoing cuts on taxes, old and new fee's grew to the rest, to the wealthy, once called job creators, that dug the states into deeper deficits and long term growing problems! Those 'problems' costs much more to fix then what was saved short term by not properly maintaining, much much more!!

NC4VETS NEWSLETTER - Country served love having ceremonies especially attended by those hired to represent, civilian attended family parades, the occasional memorial built, bumper stickers, occasional speeches and some, mostly unfunded, legislation passed with photo ops and more speeches, occasional revamping/renaming intended state agencies,..........................

“After a decade of neglect, the result is ugly and potentially unsafe state cemeteries.”

Four veterans’ cemeteries are under state management.

“Put it like this — other states operate at three times the staffing level,” said Ilario Pantano, who oversees veterans’ affairs at the new department. “So we’re really operating a skeleton crew against the need.”

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

NC veterans cemeteries are not in full dress
January 30, 2016 - As the burial rate rises at North Carolina’s state-managed cemeteries for veterans, officials say they’re embarrassed by how bedraggled some have become.

And that’s inspiring a push for more spending — although some legislators are looking at alternatives.

Just this month, Gov. Pat McCrory publicly apologized to the family of a Marine who, before he succumbed to leukemia, had told his mother he didn’t want to be buried in the Jacksonville state veterans’ cemetery. Michael Boffo, who died in August 2014, had deemed the grounds a “mess” after touring the site for a dignified plot, and chose to be buried in Virginia, the family says.

“I’ve been to these cemeteries now, and frankly, they’re in bad shape and do not reflect the gratitude North Carolina’s citizens have for our veterans,” McCrory said Jan. 15 at a Gulf War anniversary event in Raleigh. He told the crowd he would ask the General Assembly to designate money for improvements. read more>>>

On the Federal front in 2008 North Carolina, while the Country had already followed the Bush Administration, some 72%plus support, in abandoning the missions and those sent to accomplish after 9/11, in Afghanistan, and invaded and also occupied Iraq, Sen.-elect Kay Hagan(D), now ex, and Rep Mel Watt(D), in the Obama admin Cabinet, and Larry Kissell(D), also ex, blocked Sen. Burr, ranking Republican member on the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee and for a number of years after the same, the VA’s, especially under Republican conservative Administrations, continued commitment to privatize the Veterans Administration Medical Centers and the Agency, the people served responsibility to the few who've served them. The VA Hospital that Sen Burr was going after also has a National Cemetery on the grounds of. As the decades long conservative want to privatize all of government, for corporate profits off the peoples treasury, and thus added individuals fee's as well, especially the Veterans Administration as they had in privatizing much of the Military, we still haven't paid the bills for the extremely expensive private merc army quickly built as to Afghanistan and Iraq invasions and occupations! In same time frame, remember the Military Care Walter Reed Hospital scandal that conservatives in Congress quickly stated that it was moving soon so no need to fund much needed upgrades after long neglecting, the drawings for hadn't been done nor certainly construction started, while they rubber stamped all borrowed costs, and fully supported, the Bush Admin war drums of Afghanistan and Iraq!!

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.

Meanwhile and long before the states started cutting the already meager State Veterans affairs budgets the Obama Administration, with finally help from the Executive branches Cabinet, came in and started trying to build what the Country had long promised, as to more long wars and occupations were dumped in their laps, even with the conservative obstruction to, the Oath of a Strong VA system for the very few who serve them!

Bringing in Gen Shinseki, with a target on him after speaking truth to the Bush administration and Congress and getting quickly fired from the Military for doing so, to be Sec. of the Veterans Administration!

He in turn started hiring the extremely bright and tech savvy new younger veteran brothers and sisters - “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 - with their recent, multi tours in theater war experiences, to bring the VA into the 21st century, or try as hard as he and they could, despite the congressional obstructions, decades long! Complimenting the already mostly dedicated, not bring politics into the facilities where it doesn't belong, VA employee's which included older Veterans still fighting to address the long neglected and ignored or just plain outright denied issues by the country served and it's, conservatives especially, representatives! If the agency had been properly maintained and up to the advancing standards, and legislation, few and mostly near election cycles, passed in Congress was actually funded and not just to boost the, poser, patriotic creds of individual representatives, ahead of even like the care in theaters or R&D research that changes the care in the private sector Medical facilities benefiting all, especially those served, the Agency would have been saving in many area's and budgets properly distributed where needed!

So many issues and especially from our previous wars and long occupations and the Veterans from. One being the long ignored National Cemetery Administration of the Veterans Administration taken on quickly under Sec. Shinseki, and like the many others addressed continuing under Sec. MacDonald, with the continued help from the Executive branch and it's Cabinet. Upgrading, better maintenance and cost saving improvements, like alternative energy sources, long ignored but still maintained under limited budgets existing cemeteries and building new cemeteries, including in states where they hadn't existed for the veterans of. A big boost need was the Recovery Act, i.e. Economic Stimulus Program, of which funds from were used for the National Cemeteries along with many other area's and issues, creating jobs and long term employment as well in the communities spent on upgrades and expansions and much needed new facilities built. still ongoing and still with obstructed Congressional budget funding, while they continue seeking out media hyped 'scandals' created from the inaction's and under funding of previous Congresses, and still with Executive branch Cabinet help where their budgets and charges under can help the Veterans community as well as the Military and their Families!

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

"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


Saturday, January 30, 2016

Trump says, as to Veterans Groups: "we look very carefully. I always do", REALLY

From Trump and on distribution to 22 veterans organizations, but not the Wounded Warrior Project:

"We saw some bad stories about them...I think, on CBS, actually," Trump said. "And I think I want to give it a little pause, until we find out whether or not that stuff is correct. So we look very carefully. I always do. I look very carefully as to expenses and what things are costing and how they allocate their money. And I like to see nice, low numbers in terms of expense. Those numbers were pretty high."

Teaser to CBS 'Face the Nation' to be aired Sunday morning, 31 January 2016:

I Mean, REALLY!!

So for all those supporting, not only but any conservative, the Trump and believe he's totally honest developer and businessman and a great candidate and fit for CiC and he really cares about Veterans, unlike the conservative ideology decades long and especially related to our, flag waving poser patriotic, wars, their latest obstruction, as to the Veterans Administration, of oh so many especially in Republican Administrations and thus control of the VA. Then you must believe that he fully vetted 'Veterans for a Strong America' that sanctioned, Illegally, a Trump Veterans rally he headlined in September 2015 - Trumps, 'mission accomplished', Veterans Group, Illegal, the only vets he, and conservatives, cares for, posers for personal and political, slush funds, profits!!

Just like a favorite of the Conservatives, as to Veterans groups and Campaign coffers, especially from George W. bush on down to the state levels, especially the Virginia Attorney General, Ken Cuccinelli, elected at the time, was vetted, so so many more!!

Remember John Donald Cody, also known as {stolen identity} Bobby Thompson, and ran the 'U.S. Navy Veterans Association', giving a few million to Republican Conservative candidates from GWB on down to state campaigns and pocketing millions, convicted of an est. $100mil. scammed, more for himself, None going to Veterans, Navy or otherwise!!

Donald Trump: No regrets about missing GOP debate
January 29, 2016 - "We gave a tremendous performance with lots of different people for the veterans," Trump told "Face the Nation" moderator John Dickerson in an interview taped for this Sunday's broadcast. "And we raised...six million dollars. And we had less than a day to do it...And on top of that, we got great coverage. Because the debate was not as exciting as what we did."

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Dickerson also asked Trump about his fundraiser for veterans' groups, and the accusations from some groups that he was using veterans as a political prop to avoid the debate. Paul Rieckhoff, the founder of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans for America, declared on Twitter that he would reject any money from the fundraiser, if offered. "We need strong policies from candidates, not to be used for political stunts," he said.

Another group, progressive-leaning VoteVets.org, put out a statement labeling Trump a "loser" who was using veterans to "protect" himself from Fox News' Megyn Kelly, the co-moderator of Thursday's debate with whom Trump has publicly feuded. read more>>>

2 Aug 2015 - 'I fight like hell to pay as little as possible': Donald Trump says he avoids all the tax he can.

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

Trump, all conservatives, Continues, 'Poser' Patriotic Political, as tools Veterans, Stunts

29 Jan 2016 - Trump Taps Golf Buddies, Real Estate Scions For Gifts To His Charity
All making Huge bundles of wealth, with extreme low taxes, off their investments in defense industry over the past decade plus!!
By the way, that 'DonaldTrumpforVets' site was registered on 28 Jan 2016 in the morning, and he's saying they raised some $5mil., I'll bet, and win, he gave most of that if the $5mil. really exists, and probably an interest bearing account!

28 January 2016 - Veterans on Trump’s fundraiser: ‘He doesn’t give a damn about vets either way’
War is hell, and if you survive, you might just live long enough to have Donald Trump throw you a fundraiser.>>>

30 Jan 2016 - Queens veterans ask Donald Trump for donation, receive bumper sticker one year later
They asked Donald Trump for a donation to help homeless veterans — but all they got was a lousy bumper sticker. >>>

29 January 2016 - Iraq Vet: It’s Infuriating to See Donald Trump Use Veterans
'Trump can’t fake a history of caring about veterans'>>>

Jan. 29, 2016 - Jeb Bush Applauds Vets Initiative For Not Using Federal Assistance (It Did)
Thanks to the Obama Administration and it's Cabinet that have been very proactive, despite total congressional conservative obstruction, on our Veterans issues, two more wars and long ignored and outright denied, by those served, issues. From the start with Sec. Shinseki and thankfully continuing under Sec MacDonald after conservatives accomplished clearing the target on Gen Shinseki who spoke truth to the Conservative congress and Bush administration and was fired from his Military career!
And another conservative leader, besides the two joining the trump at his phony rally, for veterans?, pipes in:
At Thursday night’s Republican presidential debate, Jeb Bush praised an initiative that virtually eliminated veteran homelessness in Houston, Texas, and pointed out that it was done without federal assistance.

The coalition of charitable groups, called The Way Home, does in fact partner with multiple federal departments and receives federal funding. >>>

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.


Friday, January 29, 2016

Trump, all conservatives, Continues, 'Poser' Patriotic Political, as tools Veterans, Stunts

2 Aug 2015 - 'I fight like hell to pay as little as possible': Donald Trump says he avoids all the tax he can.

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

Trump vet stunt fits campaign's exploitive pattern
1/28/16 - Rachel Maddow reviews Republican front-runner Donald Trump's recent history of attempting to exploit veterans and veterans causes to advance his campaign and cover over his personal shortcomings.

9/20/15 - Trump rally sanctioned by 'Veterans for a Strong America' - * * Trumps, 'mission accomplished', Veterans Group, Illegal * *, the only vets he, and conservatives, cares for, posers for personal and political, slush funds, profits!! Remember John Donald Cody, also known as {stolen identity} Bobby Thompson and ran 'U.S. Navy Veterans Association', giving a few million to republican conservative candidates from GWB on down to state campaigns and pocketing millions, convicted of an est. $100mil. scammed, more for himself, None going to Veterans, Navy or otherwise!!

Trump vet stunt disrupts actual veteran outreach
1/28/16 - Paul Rieckhoff, president and CEO of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, talks with Rachel Maddow about the non-partisan nature of his group and how Donald Trump's political stunts in the name of veterans actually hurts the cause by introducing disruptive, ...

Donald Trump hosts event as other GOP candidates hold debate
January 28, 2016 - Donald Trump was willing to join his fellow GOP candidates at the Fox news debate Thursday — for $5 million.

Fox News released a statement saying that the thin-skinned reality TV star demanded a $5 million donation to his charities to appear at the final faceoff before the Iowa Caucus.

“We explained that it was not possible and we could not engage in a quid pro quo, nor could any money change hands for any reason,” the statement read.

Trump meanwhile said he was “totally open” to changing his mind, but time ran out and his own event took shape.

“I didn’t want to be here, to be honest,” Trump told the crowd at Drake University. “I wanted to be about five minutes away.”

The Republican front-runner, who has been feuding with the network, said Fox officials apologized for a cheeky statement they released earlier in the week.

“They did apologize, by the way, which was very nice... but it was just too late to go back,” Trump said. read more>>>

28 Jan 2016 FOX debate: IAVA: * * Veterans group to Trump: Keep your donations * *

28 Jan 2016 FOX debate: IAVA: * * Veterans groups to Donald Trump: Don't use us to hide from Megyn Kelly * *

28 Jan 2016 FOX debate: VoteVets: * * Tell Donald Trump: Stop Hiding Behind Veterans * *
Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton have both offered plans and legislation to care for our veterans. It’s long past time Donald Trump cut the bombastic talk and spend some time thinking about how he’d do the same.
It is time for Donald Trump to stop hiding behind veterans

28 Jan 2016 FOX debate: * * Veterans Groups Balk at Donald Trump's “Political Stunt” * *

More, Poser Patriotic, marketing of us veterans, this product is the Vietnam 'chickenhawk' the Donald and his supporters love it, just like they loves the 9/11 'chickenhawks' Cruz and Rubio, and the rest of the pack, especially in congress. Those like Rep Miller and Sen Burr playing their FOX speak poser patriotic scams with, rarely, unfunded legislation passed and doing nothing but attacking the VA personal in and after the many hearings!!

Decades long conservative, on Veterans, ideology, and not just as to PTS:

The conservative ideology: Like our long time, us Vietnam and frankly all Combat Theaters, Veterans Conservative, one of their experts(?), used to shape their policies, very highly compensated Nemesis: 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!!

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

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

“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

USN All Shore '67-'71 GMG3 Vietnam In Country '70-'71 - Independent


Thursday, January 28, 2016

UPDATE on 'Wounded Warrior', 'corporate for profit', org CBS Investigation

This updates what was posted yesterday, 27 Jan. 2016, here: Control, some, A Veterans Org., Get, conservative, Wealthy & Have Fun As, 'poser patriotic', Cash Flows In

As I started out that post about: And here we go again, another example of, conservative leadership, what a 'privatized' for corporate profit, off the treasury with added fee's to boost the bottom line and no regulation, Veterans Administration would look like and operate as!! read more>>>

Charity watchdogs question Wounded Warrior's spending on vets
January 27, 2016 - The country's most prominent veterans charity is facing criticism from more than 40 former employees about how it spends the more than $800 million it has raised in the past six years.

In Part 3 of a CBS News investigation, a charity watchdog raises questions about how much money is actually being spent on veterans.

Marc Owens, a former director of tax exempt organizations at the IRS, reviewed the Wounded Warrior Project's tax documents at the request of CBS News. He was asked what was his biggest concern in the numbers.

"I couldn't tell the number of people that were assisted. I thought that was truly unusual. If the organization is asking for money and purportedly spending money to assist veterans, and talking about it, I would like to know," said Owens.

Wounded Warrior Project says 80 percent of their money is spent on programs for veterans. That's because they include some promotional items, direct response advertising, and shipping and postage costs.

Take that out, and the figures look more like what charity watchdogs say -- that only 54 to 60 percent of donations go to help wounded service members. read more>>>

It isn't just about what the CEO and top Executives of receive, it's also that they are attending these lavish events they set up and writing off, as charity events, all or most of the costs for, thus short changing the Treasury of the people served and funds that Congress should be allocating to the VA and thus adding to the lifestyles they sought, not for Veterans but themselves!!

January 27, 2016 - Wounded Warrior Project investigation draws strong social media reaction read as well>>>

JAN. 27, 2016 - Wounded Warrior Project Spends Lavishly on Itself, Insiders Say

2 Aug 2015 - 'I fight like hell to pay as little as possible': Donald Trump says he avoids all the tax he can

Trumps, 'mission accomplished', Veterans Group, Illegal

January 27, 2016 - Veterans group to Trump: Keep your donations

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

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


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Control, some, A Veterans Org., Get, conservative, Wealthy & Have Fun As, 'poser patriotic', Cash Flows In

And here we go again, another example of, conservative leadership, what a 'privatized' for corporate profit, off the treasury with added fee's to boost the bottom line and no regulation, Veterans Administration would look like and operate as!!

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

Wounded Warrior Project accused of wasting donation money
January 26, 2016 - A CBS News investigation into a charity for wounded veterans, the Wounded Warrior Project, looks into how the charity spends its donation money.

What caught our attention is how the Wounded Warrior Project spends donations compared to other long-respected charities.

For example, Disabled American Veterans Charitable Service Trust spends 96 percent of its budget on vets. Fisher House devotes 91 percent. But according to public records reported by "Charity Navigator," the Wounded Warrior Project spends 60 percent on vets.

Where is the money is going?

In its commercials, Wounded Warrior Project appeals to the American public's generosity, and it works. In 2014 alone the group received more than $300 million in donations.

"Their mission is to honor and empower wounded warriors, but what the public doesn't see is how they spend their money," said Army Staff Sergeant Erick Millette.

Millette came home from Iraq in 2006 with a bronze star and a purple heart -- along with a traumatic brain injury and PTSD.

Initially, he admired the charity's work, and participated in its programs. He took a job as a public speaker with Wounded Warrior Project in 2013. But after two years, he quit.

"You're using our injuries, our darkest days, our hardships, to make money. So you can have these big parties," he told CBS News. read more>>>

Get wealthy fast by not needing to do much!

Take, conservative, lead of a veterans organization. and have fun as the, pull at the heart strings flag waving poser patriotic, money rolls in! As conservatives in congress and state legislatures continue under funding, thus never built nor maintained as the People Served promised, in seeking to privatize and these orgs. are great examples of what would happen in a privatized for corporate profit, with added fee's, and with little regulation the Peoples Responsibility the Veterans Administration!!

January 27, 2016 - Ex-employee: Wounded Warrior Project conduct "makes me sick"

“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

Is there a need, with dedicated understanding civilians and veterans starting and running these types of organization, Sure!! But not at the expense of those they target to help nor to give a 'get rich quick' pass to any of the executives of!! The Veterans Administration, especially and especially related to our rubber stamped wars, has and will always need help, reason so many volunteer at the facilities, filling gaps the VA can't as those served, the 99%plus, refuse to 'Sacrifice' as they demand the few, and their families, 'Sacrifice' for them!!

2 Aug 2015 - 'I fight like hell to pay as little as possible': Donald Trump says he avoids all the tax he can.

"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

Killing the Veterans Administration, all government, for Corporate Profits

UpGrading the VA Finally? Lawmakers {conservatives} & Those They Represent Continue {Decades} Balking

About PTS: 'Dear Mrs. Palin'

The conservative ideology: Like our long time, us Vietnam and frankly all Combat Theaters, Veterans Conservative, one of their experts(?), used to shape their policies, very highly compensated Nemesis: 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!!

Get Back To What Your Mission Is Marketed As Being, And Take Pride In, Not Greed With!!!
And that includes the infamous, mostly conservatives, used to market in building their own, poser, patriotic brands and their fan base!!


Monday, January 25, 2016

About PTS: 'Dear Mrs. Palin'

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

2 Aug 2015 - 'I fight like hell to pay as little as possible': Donald Trump says he avoids all the tax he can

An Open Letter to Sarah Palin
01/24/16 - Dear Mrs. Palin,

I am a former US Marine and US Navy Officer with a Combat Action Ribbon as well as service connected disabilities. I am also a Republican. I have also served with, and am friends with, dozens of combat veterans who suffer daily from various injuries and wounds to include PTSD. I recently read your comments related to PTSD in which you attempted to excuse your son’s arrest on domestic abuse charges and firearm charges by referencing his supposed PTSD. Based upon your previous comments I am not surprised that you would choose to use this very serious condition as a political football and, once again, attempt to divert blame from your own family’s abhorrent, violent behavior.

In 2014 your entire family was involved in a late night ‘drunken brawl’ at a party in which Track Palin (the accused domestic abuser) was involved in a bloody fight. While you publicly stated how proud you were at your children’s violent actions, maybe this should have been a sign that Track has a problem. It is certainly curious that you did not feel the need to reference his supposed PTSD in this situation and instead stated: “…my kids’ defense of family makes my heart soar!” Maybe, instead of encouraging Track’s violence, you should have taken the opportunity to get him help. Maybe, instead of being the result of PTSD, your son was simply trying to uphold the stated Palin family values and “…make your heart soar” by abusing a woman.

PTSD is stigmatized in the media and not well understood by the general public. read more>>>

Decades long conservative, on Veterans, ideology, and not just as to PTS:
The conservative ideology: Like our long time, us Vietnam and all Combat Theaters, Conservatives, one of their experts(?), used to shape their policies, very highly compensated Nemesis:
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!!

“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


Saturday, January 23, 2016

"Now everyone understood the issues of trauma, issues of war -- there was no question"

Except for the many like Sarah Palin, ex-governor {quit} of Alaska, a Donald Trump type, and frankly even more then just conservative ideology seeking to Kill the Veterans Administration, Still!!

VA Expert: 9/11 Made America Understand Post-Traumatic Stress
20 January 2015 - Doctors learned a great deal about post-traumatic stress disorder in the years following the Vietnam War.

Terence M. Keane, Ph.D., director of the Behavioral Science Division of the Veterans Affairs Department's National Center for PTSD in Boston, last week called the decades-long advances in diagnosis and treatment "stunning."

But Keane believes it was the 9/11 attacks -- which shook America far beyond the attack locations in New York; Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania -- that brought PTSD home to the country as a whole.

"Now everyone understood the issues of trauma, issues of war -- there was no question," Keane told Military.com. "And people knew more about PTSD after 9/11 within a week. That was a major change in this country."

"I think it contributed to the recognition on part of our population that if we send people to fight, we give them whatever support they need" when they come home, he said. read more>>>

The conservative ideology: Like our long time, us Vietnam and frankly all Combat Theaters, Veterans Conservative, one of their experts(?), used to shape their policies, very highly compensated Nemesis: * * 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!!


Killing the Veterans Administration, all government, for Corporate Profits

Decades long want, and like many accomplished already with added fee's to that corporate welfare from the treasury and with, I should add, No Regulation! With the Trump speaking the line, reality, of his, the Koch bros., the Wealthy, all building even more wealth from investments in the heavily corporate military and especially from wars, and the great majority served by the less then 1% in the military and their families: 'I fight like hell to pay as little as possible': Donald Trump says he avoids all the tax he can

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

1/22/16 - Surprise exit at Koch group raises questions
Rachel Maddow reports on the Koch-funded group that has led the conservative effort to privatize the Veterans' Administration, and the questioned raised by the unexpected departure of the group's leader.

The conservative ideology: Like our long time, us Vietnam and frankly all Combat Theaters, Veterans Conservative, one of their experts(?), used to shape their policies, very highly compensated Nemesis: * * 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!!

Conservative-backed veterans group restructures after leader quits
January 20, 2016 - The head of Concerned Veterans for America — a key voice on the GOP presidential campaign trail — quietly resigned earlier this month, forcing a leadership reorganization for the group just weeks before the first primaries.

Pete Hegseth had been president and chief executive officer of CVA since July 2012, helping the group quickly to become a prominent voice among congressional Republicans, although officials have long insisted their goal is to build a bipartisan consensus on Veterans Affairs reform. 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

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.


Thursday, January 21, 2016

Why 'Have you served?' is a Critical Question

Doctors outside the VA need to know more about the veterans they treat
January 21, 2016 - Each year the military discharges over 240,000 veterans to reintegrate into civilian society. It's a professional transition, but it's also a personal one.

Veterans go from TRICARE, the Department of Defense's own health care system, to navigating the ins and outs of the civilian health care system. Under TRICARE, military service members are cared for in a manner that meets their needs. When they're discharged, their new health care providers might not know that they were ever in the military.

Asking "Have you served in the military?" may seem like a minor issue, but it's actually much more important than you might think. And it's a question that few doctors make a point of asking, even though many medical residents and medical students receive all or part of their clinical training at VA medical centers and hospitals.

In fact, Jeffrey Brown, a professor at Weill Cornell Medical College and a Vietnam veteran, has called it the "unasked question." When physicians don't ask, they may miss critical parts of their patient's medical history, making it harder to provide the best possible care.

Why 'Have you served?' is a critical question read more>>>


Wednesday, January 20, 2016

A Cursed Deployment in Afghanistan

The conservative ideology: Like our long time, us Vietnam and frankly all Combat Theaters, Veterans Conservatives, one of their experts(?), used to shape their policies, very highly compensated Nemesis: 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!!

A Deadly Deployment, a Navy SEAL’s Despair
19 January 2016- It was his last night of what his men were already calling a cursed deployment in Afghanistan.

Cmdr. Job W. Price had signed off on the final report on the ambush killing of an enlisted Navy SEAL team member. His staff had completed a plan to turn over American military outposts to their Afghan partners, and Commander Price had given an unusually emotional thanks to his team for its service.

His executive officer noticed that the commander’s Sig Sauer pistol was out on his desk that night, Dec. 21, 2012, where he had never seen it before. By the time Commander Price went back to his room, the photograph of his 9-year-old daughter was gone from his desk. In his trouser pocket was a report on the recent death of an Afghan girl in an explosion near an American base.

When Commander Price, the 42-year-old leader of SEAL Team 4, did not appear for a meeting the next morning with an Afghan general, his men searched in the mess hall, in the showers and finally along the row of berths called the Green Mile. In his room, they found him lying in his sleeping bag, the pistol in his hand, a pool of blood beneath the bed.

His death was shocking: Suicide was rare among SEALs, unusual during a deployment in a war zone and unprecedented for a high-achieving SEAL officer. He became the last SEAL to die in Afghanistan. read more>>>

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