{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

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

For the Seriously Wounded War Veterans No 'right to life' thus 'family values'

This will change, along with so many plain ignored or outright denied issues, for decades and into these present long wars and occupations, as soon as Conservatives can privatize, for corporate profit with little to no regulation, more of the people served responsibility and duty or the whole agency! Except for an administrative section in Washington, gotta have someone to attack and blame for them conservative led media hyped 'scandals', resulting from the decades of obstruction and intentional underfunding, as those served still haven't 'sacrificed'!

Human cloning fear could stymie effort to provide wounded vets with fertility care
June 20, 2016 - A prominent conservative group hopes to derail a congressional effort to give wounded veterans access to fertility services through the VA, saying it could lead to human cloning and three-parent embryos.

The Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council sent an email last week to congressional staff working on the final Military Construction and Veterans Affairs appropriations bill, voicing opposition to a provision that would require the Veterans Affairs Department to cover fertility services for former troops with injuries that cause infertility.

In the email, an FRC representative called the language in the Senate bill, penned by Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., “terrible,” adding that it was "broad enough to cover reproductive technologies from IVF to human cloning to 3-parent embryos.”

“It does not have any restrictions on whether treatment would include the creation of human embryos, the storage of or freezing of human embryos or whether and how embryos that are left over would be destroyed,” according to the correspondence.

Roughly 1,800 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans received injuries to their groins, genitalia or spinal cords that make it difficult to have children without medical assistance, and while the Defense Department provides some advanced fertility treatments to these service members while they are on active duty, the VA is barred by law from doing so. read more>>>

June 5, 2015 - CBS Blasts ‘Conservatives in Congress’ Preventing IVF for Veterans


Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Another GOP, 'right-to-life' & 'family values', Message to Military Families: ' move ‘a truly shameful mistake’ '

GOP objection kills Senate funding for military fertility program
14 June 2016 - In January the Pentagon launched a pilot program that allowed U.S. troops to freeze their sperm and eggs before deployment.

Defense Secretary Ash Carter lauded it as a way that service members could preserve their reproductive cells in case they suffered catastrophic wounds or merely wanted to put off having children.

Now the program might be heading for a quick demise: On Tuesday, the Republican-led Senate voted 85-13 to approve a $602 billion military spending bill for 2017 that stripped funding for the program.

Washington state Democratic Sen. Patty Murray called it “a truly shameful mistake.”

Murray, a longtime member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, tried twice to force a vote that would have restored $38 million in funding for the program. Both times her move was blocked by Arizona Sen. John McCain, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee. read more>>>

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.

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


Saturday, June 11, 2016

Hungry Heroes? Food Assistance for Military Combat Vets & Families of?

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

Along with even more as to the, Poser, patriots served. The whole 21st century 'support the troops', so far, DeJa-Vu the old is the new all over again:

A quarter of active-duty and reserve families are seeking food assistance, according to program officials. The program will consist of a mobile food pantry offering biweekly food assistance in the months of June and July, according to a press release.

Program feeds military families
Jun 10, 2016 - Hungry Heroes aims to provide combat veterans and military families with food assistance. The program kicked off Wednesday and is a collaborative effort by area food bank Second Harvest of South Georgia, Southeastern Credit Union and the Armed Forces Financial Network. A quarter of active-duty and reserve families are seeking food assistance, according to program officials. The program will consist of a mobile food pantry offering biweekly food assistance in the months of June and July, according to a press release. read more>>>

And a certain Senator representing the people served has the gall to actually 'praise' the program carried out because he, and the conservative congresses as well as staffs of, aren't doing the jobs hired and charged to do!

Sen. Johnny Isakson made an official statement regarding the program. “As chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs, I am incredibly proud of the collaboration by Second Harvest of South Georgia and Southeastern Credit Union to help support our service members, veterans and their families in South Georgia,” Isakson said. “The Hungry Heroes program offers a helping hand to those who need it most, and I thank all who have given their time, energy or donations in support of such a great cause. Our service members and their families have given their all in defense of this nation, and we should always do everything we can to give back.”

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.

10 june 2016 - 'Military Poser' from the ranks of the 'Poser' patriots served, again


'Military Poser' from the ranks of the 'Poser' patriots served, again

And we add yet another Military Poser, from the ranks of the greater majority, Poser, flag waving patriots served!

Scamming for personal 'false' respect, personal 'false' honor, personal 'false' glory, personal 'false' fame, personal compensation in any form off the Military Ideals and Us Veterans of!

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

Man accused of falsifying military service charged with 3 felonies
10 June 2016 - Update: Newly released court documents reveal: "As part of his continuing scheme to raise money for his business, Project 22 and his non-profit organization, Freedom K-9 Rehab, Wolfe claims to be a Wounded Warrior Veteran of Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria Wars as a dog handler with PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury. He has appeared in public on several occasions telling his story and has received money from different organizations for himself and his businesses." According to the Veterans Administration, this Eric Wolfe is not a veteran and has never served.

PHOENIX - 1o June 2016 - A Tempe man is accused of telling a tall tale about his supposed military service to obtain veteran status for his driver's license and vehicle plates.

The Arizona Department of Transportation says the agency's detectives have arrested 45-year-old Eric Wolfe on suspicion of forgery and using falsified documents.

Wolfe was booked Tuesday into the custody of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office. The Maricopa County Attorney's Office filed a direct complaint against Wolfe for three felony counts of forgery and possessing a forged instrument. Wolfe's initial court appearance was Thursday. read more>>>

10 June 2016 - AAWL statement regarding Eric Wolfe, Project 22

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.

Along with even more as to the, Poser, patriots served. The whole 21st century 'support the troops', so far, DeJa-Vu the old is the new all over again:
A quarter of active-duty and reserve families are seeking food assistance, according to program officials. The program will consist of a mobile food pantry offering biweekly food assistance in the months of June and July, according to a press release.

Program feeds military families
Jun 10, 2016 - Hungry Heroes aims to provide combat veterans and military families with food assistance. The program kicked off Wednesday and is a collaborative effort by area food bank Second Harvest of South Georgia, Southeastern Credit Union and the Armed Forces Financial Network. A quarter of active-duty and reserve families are seeking food assistance, according to program officials. The program will consist of a mobile food pantry offering biweekly food assistance in the months of June and July, according to a press release. read more>>>

And a certain Senator representing the people served has the gall to actually 'praise' the program carried out because he, and the conservative congresses as well as staffs of, aren't doing the jobs hired and charged to do!

Sen. Johnny Isakson made an official statement regarding the program. “As chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs, I am incredibly proud of the collaboration by Second Harvest of South Georgia and Southeastern Credit Union to help support our service members, veterans and their families in South Georgia,” Isakson said. “The Hungry Heroes program offers a helping hand to those who need it most, and I thank all who have given their time, energy or donations in support of such a great cause. Our service members and their families have given their all in defense of this nation, and we should always do everything we can to give back.”


Friday, June 10, 2016

Bush VA Sec. Principi, Private Company, Investigated for Denying VA Medical Benefits, Again

The now long running questionable practices of Government Contractor QTC Management and now QTC Medical, formerly owned by Principi but sold to Lockheed Martin, Principi now lobbies for in Washington, is again under investigation, this time, especially, as to Agent Orange claims by Vietnam Veterans and denial of same!

Principi was one of three VA Secretaries under G.W.Bush that did little to nothing, as same for Conservative Congress while being praised by conservative veterans and country, as that Administration, with the Conservative controlled Congress rubber stamping everything in full support of extremely quickly abandoning the missions and those sent to accomplish after 9/11, for Veterans as Secretary of the VA. Carrying the Conservative torch of VA Secretaries under Republican Executive Administrations in greatly crippling that agency, the People Served Responsibility, so it can eventually be taken over completely and privatized for corporate profits with little to no regulation! Thus making easy wealth from investments in, like much of the Military defense investments already do during War policies, long after Wars and the policy blowbacks from are ended!

Complaints that company wrongly denied VA medical benefits put contract on hold
June 9, 2016 - A company founded by a former Veterans Affairs secretary has won a major share of more than $6 billion in agency contracts, even as the firm is being investigated on charges that it wrongly denied medical benefits to some veterans.

Winning the major share of a contract for medical exams was QTC Medical, a subsidiary of Lockheed Martin that was founded by former VA Secretary Anthony J. Principi. Since selling his company in 2011, Principi's lobbying firm has taken on Lockheed as a client, specifically to deal with the VA and its need for medical exams.

The contract awarded to QTC of Diamond Bar, Calif., in late March is under challenge from multiple protests filed with the Government Accountability Office.

VA spokesman Henry Huntley said the new contract would be put on a 100-day hold while authorities examine the complaints. That hold, however, means that QTC will continue providing medical exams under its old contract.

Congressional lobbying records show Principi's firm, The Principi Group, registered as the lobbyist for Lockheed Martin in 2014.

In an email response to questions about his lobbying and the recent bids, Principi wrote, “I have not lobbied for QTC on its rebid nor do I have any knowledge or information on any of your other questions.”

Even as the bid was being awarded and protests filed, a House committee has launched its own probe into allegations that QTC routinely denied benefits to veterans suffering from the after-effects of exposure to Agent Orange. read more>>>

MARCH 31, 2016 - Agent Orange benefit screening process scrutinized in Congress

“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 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 go to {experts?}, and plenty of unfunded ignored and denied issues!!


Thursday, June 9, 2016

Phoenix VA officials firings

And who had Executive branch control over the Veterans Administration since first Reagan admin and reagonomics new capitalism ideology. With some eight years of two more long wars/occupations, under last conservative admin, and results, policy blowbacks, from still ongoing! Coming with two tax cuts, huge for the wealthy, during same and people served told to go shopping!

And who had control of both Houses of Congress as well or filibuster obstruction numbers when not majorities, oversite and regulation, in both during same time frame! In Clinton admin Cleland tried but was obstructed by Conservatives in those Congresses. Obama admin not only brought total obstruction but also the blame as previous Congressional hearings, on same issues, did nothing after held only later to become media hyped 'scandals' led by Conservative Congressional reps! While his entire administration and Cabinet secretaries helped try and build what was promised but never done for the few who serve the many, taking on the long ignored, not only the VA, and seeking but never getting the Congressional duties charged, and succeeding on many issue fronts!

“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

Three more Phoenix VA officials fired in aftermath of wait-time, retaliation probes
Three more administrators at the Phoenix VA Health Care System have been fired in the aftermath of investigations that focused on a breakdown in service to veterans and retaliation against hospital employees who tried to report mismanagement and corruption affecting patient care.

The Department of Veterans Affairs on Wednesday identified the terminated employees as Lance Robinson, associate director at the Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center; Brad Curry, the chief of Health Administration Service; and Dr. Darren Deering, the hospital's chief of staff. According to a VA news release, they were removed for "negligent performance of duties and failure to provide effective oversight."

None of those fired could immediately be reached for comment. They are entitled to appeal.

"We have an obligation to veterans and the American people to take appropriate accountability actions as supported by evidence," VA Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson said in a news release. "While this process took far too long, the evidence supports these removals and sets the stage for moving forward." read more>>>

Every Generation, 'Veterans', is Having to Come Back and Fight
And why:
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 go to {experts?}, and plenty of still 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.

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!!


Sunday, June 5, 2016

The VA - 'Sacrifices' Not Made, 'Promises' Not Kept, 'Issues' Ignored or Denied Existence Of, By Those Served

"His legacy is shared with a Congress that has proven incapable of taking concerted action," Halter said. "A president is only as good as a Congress will let him be, and I think there's shared responsibility for any shortcomings."

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 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

Obama: VA is healing
June 5, 2016 - President Barack Obama adamantly opposes privatizing the Department of Veterans Affairs to improve the level of health care veterans receive.

"The notion of dismantling the VA system would be a mistake," Obama told The Gazette on Thursday after he shook the hands of 812 new Air Force officers - all of whom will someday be veterans. He said his administration has made steady progress in modernizing the VA and providing veterans with more timely health care. Reinventing the system would derail that progress.

"If you look at, for example, VA health care, there have been challenges getting people into the system. Once they are in, they are extremely satisfied and the quality of care is very high," Obama said during an interview he granted only to The Gazette in a locker room at Falcon Stadium after the Air Force Academy graduation.

The second-term Democrat has less than a year left in office but still has plans to tackle a number of things in the bureaucratic agency that provides health care and other benefits to the nation's estimated 22 million veterans. "It's a big ocean liner, and on any given day, given how far-flung the agency is, we're still seeing problems crop up that we have to correct.

"I think the main message is that we've still got a lot of work to do. It's an all-hands-on-deck process." read more>>>

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

The Obama Executive Administration, It's Cabinet, and The Veterans Administration

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


Friday, June 3, 2016

The Obama Executive Administration, It's Cabinet, and The Veterans Administration

Anybody actually paying attention knows full well the huge strides this Administration has taken and accomplished as to the VA! While all that's heard from the hyped media reports fed by the Conservatives of Congress, DeJa-Vu, and the People Served, none actually paying attention and liking it that way, including many, especially Conservative, Veterans!! Here's hoping the next administration continues, if Clinton my optimism is still out though Bill tried with brother Cleland but was obstructed then by Conservatives, if Sanders for sure, if Trump hell no, just like the previous Republican administrations who like all Conservatives seek to privatize the people served responsibility for corporate profit. And hoping, not holding my breath especially after what's come down following the Bush admin and two more long wars, that there's a Huge turnover in both Houses of Congress, hyped scandals created mostly by Conservatives decades long policies that have been heard before and nothing done and some with unfunded legislation that creates even more, and the Obstructors are replaced with actual reality policy producers for the Country!

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

"The VA is a massive agency and when we came into office it was underfunded, undermanned, understaffed. We had a lot of work to do," Obama told The Gazette. "Every single year we have increased the VA budget. We have worked on revamping management. We have made sure that it is customer oriented, and we have seen real progress."

Sneak preview: Gazette exclusive interview with President Obama
June 2, 2016 - This is an excerpt from an exclusive interview granted to the Gazette by President Barack Obama. The full interview will be published on Sunday.

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After speaking to Air force Academy graduates on Thursday, President Barack Obama claimed his administration has made "real progress" in improving care for veterans despite years of scandals

"The VA is a massive agency and when we came into office it was underfunded, undermanned, understaffed. We had a lot of work to do," Obama told The Gazette. "Every single year we have increased the VA budget. We have worked on revamping management. We have made sure that it is customer oriented, and we have seen real progress." read more>>>

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

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!!

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 go to {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.


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?