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

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


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

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

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President Obama 26 August 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WHY? GOOD QUESTION THOSE SERVED SHOULD ANSWER!


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

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


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

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


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


Army Says War Records Gap Is Real, Launches Recovery Effort

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

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


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

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



Homeless Veterans/Stand Downs

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

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

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Friday, December 19, 2014

Eligibility for Camp Lejeune Benefits Expanded

Veterans and their families who lived at Camp Lejeune for 30 days or more between Aug. 1, 1953 and Dec. 31, 1987 may be eligible for VA health benefits. A Dec. 16, 2014 law changed the eligibility date from Jan. 1, 1957 to Aug. 1, 1953.

Veterans: Enroll online or call 1-877-222-8387 for help.

Family members: You may be eligible for reimbursement of out-of-pocket medical expenses for 15 conditions. Apply online or call 1-866-372-1144 for help.

Visit Camp Lejeune: Past Water Contamination to learn more.


PTS Veterans' With “other than honorable” Can Upgrade

New webpage allows vets with PTSD to apply for discharge upgrade
December 17, 2014 - Veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder who were discharged under “other than honorable” conditions can apply on a new webpage to have their discharge upgraded if it was due to PTSD.

Veterans can go to the site to get information about applying for a change in status through the Army Review Boards Agency.

The Army says it is committed to making sure the veterans receive fair consideration of their service and the conditions that may have mitigated the misconduct that led to their discharge, he said. The Army launched the site in accordance with a Department of Defense memorandum from September. According to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, PTSD was not recognized as a diagnosis at the time of service in past conflicts such as the Vietnam War. read more>>>


Largest Veteran "Stand Down" Ever Held in the U.S.

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

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

The 'shame' of the Countries served, in so many ways, poser patriots, who with straight face and clear conscious that's led by decades long conservative speak and actions from those hired to represent and quickly parroted by the high priced public and now online private media that it isn't them but the Agencies, Veterans Administration, repeatedly same 'scandals'! The people served responsibility as they readily ignore or conveniently deny issues like PTS, including that in the private sector as it's not just from combat theaters and flag waving wars. So they need not sacrifice and pay for the needed care. Not just PTS but a long list of ignored/denied issues that finally were being addressed under Gen Shinseki and this Executive Administration Cabinet, decades long under funded and still is with a target on the Gen., finally accomplishing pushing him out, after speaking military truth in the lead up to two more long unpaid for invasions and long occupation theaters. Not just American Veterans' but equally those in Britian and Canada as well as other Western Democracies, the Democracies meaning it's the people served responsibility, they are the Government, to build and maintain what they promise, not to ignore thus causing costly problems that ripple in causing even more costly problems and not only monetarily!!

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

Los Angeles to Host Largest Veteran "Stand Down" Ever Held in the U.S.
12/17/2014 - Food, Clothing, Services, and Referrals for Our Homeless and At-Risk California Veterans

WHO: U.S. Vets, California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) and other Sponsors

WHAT: Veteran "Stand Down" for Homeless and At-Risk California Veterans

WHEN: Opening Ceremony - December 20, 2014 – 9:00-9:45 a.m.

Stand Down – December 20-21, 2014 – 6:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

WHERE: Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles

SPEAKERS: CalVet Secretary Peter Gravett, Major General (Ret); Councilmember Curren Price; representative from Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's Office; U.S. Vets President and CEO Stephen J. Peck; and local elected officials.

BACKGROUND: read more>>>

Theodore Roosevelt, “A man who is good enough to shed his blood for the country is good enough to be given a square deal afterwards.” 1903

Facts: Sen. Bernie Sanders told Conservatives: “If you can’t afford to take care of your veterans, than don’t go war. These people are bearing the brunt of what war is about, We have a moral obligation to support them.” February, 26th, 2014
Neither of these recent wars have yet been paid for, let alone the results from, including the long ignored or outright denied existence of, till this Administrations Cabinet and Gen Shinseki, only Government branch consistent for the past six years, issues! As well as under deficits most of the, grossly under funded, VA budget is still borrowed thus added, problem creating, costs that shouldn't exist!

Read through what I've placed under the top banners, and that's just a fraction of reality!!

With 2014 closing out the VA has yet to post a schedule for 2015. You can find the pdf's of the 2014 'Stand Downs' here which should be soon updated with the 2015 schedule if the VA continues what Gen Shinseki and his Administration started, they didn't start 'Stand Downs', Veterans did, but did get involved with and outlet to publicize as well as help expand across the country, on many issues.


Thursday, December 18, 2014

Track Delivery of Your Prescriptions, Veterans

Veterans Can Now Track Delivery of Prescriptions
December 18, 2014 - Call it innovative thinking, ingenuity, or just a plain great idea to better serve Veterans! VA Secretary Robert A. McDonald recently reminded VA employees that the mission is clear — to serve Veterans. Putting Veterans at the center of VA is first and foremost.

For VA employee Kenneth Siehr, National Director, VA Consolidated Mail Out Pharmacy Program (CMOP), his great idea not only foreshadowed the sentiments expressed by Secretary McDonald months later, but brought national recognition to VA and My HealtheVet.

Joining four other federal finalists, Siehr’s innovative idea for the President’s 2013 Securing America’s Value and Efficiency (SAVE) Award focused on the use of technology to save money and improve the services VA provides to Veteran patients.

This innovative idea — now a reality — won the Presidential SAVE Award in December 2013. In February 2014, Siehr met with President Obama to discuss his winning proposal. Following that meeting, work to implement his funded idea began. read more>>>


The Enlisted to Medical Degree Preparatory Program

New Program Prepares Enlisted Troops for Medical School
Dec. 17, 2014 – A new program provides an in-resident opportunity for uniquely qualified enlisted members to complete preparatory coursework for medical school application while maintaining their active-duty status.

The Enlisted to Medical Degree Preparatory Program, or EMDP2, officially got underway in the fall, with an inaugural class of 10. Today, the class participated in a ceremony to celebrate the end of its first semester and “to acknowledge that this has turned from an idea into a reality,” said Dr. Art Kellerman, dean of the F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine and administrator of EMDP2.

“This program was created to give handpicked, highly promising enlisted personnel from the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps an opportunity to make that transition –- to become officers and to become physicians,” Kellerman said.

According to the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences website, EMDP2 comprises a two-year regimen of traditional classroom instruction, structured pre-health advising, formal Medical College Admission Test preparation, dedicated faculty and peer mentoring, and integrated clinical exposure.

Extraordinary Students read more>>>

USU Helps Warfighters Become Doctors


Army SHARP Program and Confronting Online Unethical Behavior

Hagel Thanks Soldier for Confronting Unethical Behavior Online
Dec. 17, 2014 – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met with a senior noncommissioned officer Dec. 15 to thank her for leading by example and defending Army values despite facing harassment after confronting service members who were behaving unethically online.

Army 1st Sgt. Katrina Moerk, now the first sergeant of Charlie Company, 741st Military Intelligence Battalion, was browsing a social media network’s community page earlier this year when she came upon a video that she found offensive and sexist. When she commented as much, several respondents attacked her with insults. Some of these respondents were wearing uniforms in their profile photos, the first sergeant said, so she wrote to them directly.

“I looked them up, introduced myself and explained to them why they were stupid. And I [copied] the director of the Army SHARP program to help their units improve their SHARP training, because it was obviously lacking. And it's kind of blown up from there,” Moerk said.

SHARP is the acronym for the military’s Sexual Harassment Assault Response and Prevention program.

Online Backlash read more>>>


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Sen. Tom {Dr. NO} Coburn Reality 'Conservatives' Support For Veterans'

And one, Conservative, voice speaks for the rest as Not One of his fellow conservatives tried to block or talk him out on his actions, already known for a number of days, while they tried to look oh so, Poser, patriotic, he will no longer face any voter, tepublicans would want him in once more if he ran again, or Veterans, wrath as he's leaving Congress for good, so they could argue the legislation was bi-partison and they collectively supported it!

Once again, oh so many times over so many decades and wars from, Conservative Obstruction rules!

Chris Hayes MSNBC: "If you can run a deficit to go to war, you can run a deficit to take care of the people who fought it" In response to Republican opposition to expanding Veterans' benefits on fiscal grounds

12/15/14 - Coburn obstinate in blocking veterans suicide prevention bill
Rachel Maddow plays Senator Tom Coburn’s oddly self-referential and perplexingly devoid of content remarks on the “Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act,” which he alone is preventing from passage through Congress.

GOP senator blocks veterans' suicide prevention bill

"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

December 15, 2014 - Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) blocked the Senate from passing a veterans’ suicide prevention bill.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), who will serve as ranking member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee next year, asked for unanimous consent to pass H.R. 5059, the Clay Hunt SAV Act. But Coburn objected because he said the goals of the bill are already funded through programs within the Department of Veterans Affairs.

“I’m going to be objecting to this bill because it actually throws money away,” Coburn said. “We’re the ones to blame for not holding the VA accountable.

“I don’t think this bill is going to do one thing to change what is happening.”

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said suicide is a personal issue for him, as his father killed himself. He said 22 veterans kill themselves every day.

“We shouldn’t delay a minute more to pass this legislation,” Reid said on the Senate floor Monday. “There is only one senator standing in the way.” read more>>>

12/15/2014 - Coburn Shows Height of Washington's Hypocrisy Toward Veterans

Sen. Bernie Sanders told Conservatives: “If you can’t afford to take care of your veterans, than don’t go war. These people are bearing the brunt of what war is about, We have a moral obligation to support them.” February, 26th, 2014
Neither of these recent wars have yet been paid for, let alone the results from, including the long ignored or outright denied existence of, till this Administrations Cabinet and Gen Shinseki, only Government branch consistent for the past six years, issues! As well as under deficits most of the, grossly under funded, VA budget is still borrowed thus added, problem creating, costs that shouldn't exist!


Sunday, December 14, 2014

Wreaths Across America Day

Thousands Gather to Honor Fallen Veterans for Wreaths Across America Day
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY, Va., Dec. 13, 2014 – Amid crisp air and the aroma of pine needles, thousands gathered to lay remembrance wreaths on veterans’ headstones here to mark National Wreaths Across America Day, and in doing so drew one of the annual event’s largest turnouts in its 23 year history.

“We’re grateful for the sacrifice, bravery, courage and tenacity of members of our armed forces who currently serve in harms way; we’re grateful for the freedoms that we have as Americans,” Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan Battaglia, the senior enlisted advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told those gathered on a sun drenched but cold day in the shadow of the Pentagon.

How wreaths began

He said he’s particularly grateful to one couple, Morrill and Karen Worcester, who he said seeks no fanfare as they continue to make a difference in society through Wreaths Across America, the non-profit organization they founded in 2007.

“Because of the great efforts of Morrill and Karen Worcester, we’re able to cover every eligible gravesite with a holiday wreath, symbolic because it’s a circle that never ends – so their service still continues as well.” 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

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


Saturday, December 13, 2014

On Veterans' Issues It Only Takes One (R) Conservative to Speak For Rest

Veterans' Suicides is not a new Veterans' issue either outright ignored or just plain denied exists as those doing make very comfortable livings setting the talking points meme's used by these lawmakers hired by the, poser patriots, served so they have no need to demand they sacrifice! There's a very long list, especially from our wars the very few are sent into, they and their families expected to sacrifice for those that won't in any form!!

"namely, what he believes is an unnecessary cost"

And a quote back to war costs and with no-bid corporate contracts rubber stamper, pride in nick name 'doctor no', but not with a conservative executive branch and congresses doing extremely little for Veterans especially, Sen Coburn:

Chris Hayes MSNBC: "If you can run a deficit to go to war, you can run a deficit to take care of the people who fought it" In response to Republican opposition to expanding Veterans' benefits on fiscal grounds!!

And from:

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

Tom Coburn blocking veteran suicide prevention bill
12 December 2014 - Richard and Susan Selke, the mother and stepfather of Iraq and Afghanistan veteran Clay Hunt, talk with Rachel Maddow about the features of a bill named for their son, designed to help prevent veteran suicides, and why Senator Coburn is blocking it.

Neither of these recent wars have yet been paid for, let alone the results from, including the long ignored or outright denied existence of, till this Administrations Cabinet and Gen Shinseki, only Government branch consistent for the past six years, issues! As well as under deficits most of the, grossly under funded, VA budget is still borrowed thus added, problem creating, costs that shouldn't exist! Add in the growth and spread of the deadly dangerous blowback from the extremely failed policies that destroyed that pandora's box!!

"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

Sen. Coburn Is Holding Up the Veterans Suicide Prevention Bill
December 12, 2014 - An effort to get a veterans suicide-prevention bill passed in the final days of the 113th Congress faces one remaining hurdle: an anonymous hold.

“As far as we can tell, we have the support of nearly every single U.S. senator, Democrat, Republican, except perhaps just one,” said Alex Nicholson, the legislative director for the advocacy group Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. “The holds are anonymous.”

But veterans advocates have a suspect for who is behind the procedural roadblock: Sen. Tom Coburn.

The group took to Twitter to try to increase pressure against the Oklahoma Republican, asking their followers to call his office. It also tweeted at Coburn’s account with stories from Oklahoma veterans and their families affected by suicide.

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Coburn’s office didn’t respond to request for comment, but sent out a release Friday listing the senator’s concerns with the legislation—namely, what he believes is an unnecessary cost. read more>>>

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

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


Friday, December 12, 2014

Unfairly Maligned - The VA Actually Delivers

“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


VA system has been unfairly maligned

December 9, 2014 - One of the biggest – and most misunderstood – stories of 2014 was about the nation’s largest health care system, the Veterans Health Administration.

Revelations that managers at the VA were concealing long wait times led to the resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki and has left the lasting impression that the VA does not deliver high-quality care.

The drumbeat of negative coverage has also made it difficult for the new VA secretary, Robert A. McDonald, to recruit more physicians, nurse practitioners and physicians’ assistants to ease the staffing shortage that caused the waits in the first place.

And this negative coverage also obscured the basic fact that the VA delivers some of the best – indeed, some of the only – coordinated health care in the entire country.

While many health systems and hospitals in the private sector talk about patient safety and teamwork, the VA actually delivers. read more>>>

Sen. Bernie Sanders told Conservatives: “If you can’t afford to take care of your veterans, than don’t go war. These people are bearing the brunt of what war is about, We have a moral obligation to support them.” February, 26th, 2014
Neither of these recent wars have yet been paid for, let alone the results from, including the long ignored or outright denied existence of, till this Administrations Cabinet and Gen Shinseki, only Government branch consistent for the past six years, issues! As well as under deficits most of the, grossly under funded, VA budget is still borrowed thus added, problem creating, costs that shouldn't exist!

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

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

Chris Hayes MSNBC: "If you can run a deficit to go to war, you can run a deficit to take care of the people who fought it" In response to Republican opposition to expanding Veterans' benefits on fiscal grounds


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Veteran suicide prevention bill heads to Senate

After long ignoring, oh so many issues, and outright denying issues even exist, think PTS, especially from our Wars, poser patriots, think passing a congressional bill will eliminate the problems 'quick cures just pop a pill society':

12/09/14 - Veteran suicide prevention bill heads to Senate as term runs out
Rachel Maddow reports on the House passage of the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act and the pressure on the Senate to also pass the bill quickly before time runs out on the current Congress.

Should have added above that once again it will be an 'unfunded' bill, like so so many before gotta have them 'scandals' down the road and oft same repeated over and over, as most of the VA budget is still mostly borrowed, with interest, decades now, reason to ignore and deny issues means no sacrifice themselves, and obstructed!! But boy howdy does it sound and read 'patriotic' to the 99%plus served!!!

And because it's not fully funded, tax cuts for the great majority served especially the wealthy, once again the VA will have to contend with how to fully implement, by the mostly extremely dedicated personal throughout the agency, and when problems develop, and they will, another 'scandal' is born in the conservative want to 'privatize' for corporate profit the entire government, there's multi billions easy money can be had in the treasury coffers, with the agencies still in existence so lawmakers have someone to blame. How many times do you hear or see them attack the already private contractors throughout our government!! And conservative meme's attack the mostly dedicated VA workforce on 'bonuses' some receive for doing the almost impossible in maintain great care for the Veterans seeking same, with the peoples served representatives creating the coming political news 'scandals', while same praise corporate execs way over the top compensations with those huge tax cuts and tax dodges even!!

The legacy of Clay Hunt: Marine recalled in new suicide legislation
November 19 2014 - Marine Cpl. Clay Hunt already was a survivor when he deployed to Afghanistan in 2008. An infantryman, he’d been wounded in the wrist by an enemy sniper in Iraq in 2007, just weeks after watching a fellow Marine sustain a mortal gunshot wound to the throat by another enemy marksman.

Hunt didn’t let his wounds in Iraq hold him back, though. He recovered, went to sniper school and then deployed with 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, a unit from Twentynine Palms, Calif., that quietly deployed to Afghanistan in 2008, before the troop “surge,” and was spread across 10,000 square miles in Helmand and Farah provinces. Sixteen Marines and a Navy corpsman were killed in combat, and scores were wounded. They eventually were reinforced with more troops sent from the United States.

Hunt left the Marine Corps afterward. He struggled with depression, panic attacks and post-traumatic stress but threw himself into veterans advocacy and humanitarian work, even traveling to Haiti in 2009 with other Marine veterans to help after a devastating earthquake. read more>>>

Sen. Bernie Sanders told Conservatives: “If you can’t afford to take care of your veterans, than don’t go war. These people are bearing the brunt of what war is about, We have a moral obligation to support them.” February, 26th, 2014
Neither of these recent wars have yet been paid for, let alone the results from, including the long ignored or outright denied existence of, till this Administrations Cabinet and Gen Shinseki, only Government branch consistent for the past six years, issues! As well as under deficits most of the, grossly under funded, VA budget is still borrowed thus added, problem creating, costs that shouldn't exist!

Chris Hayes MSNBC: "If you can run a deficit to go to war, you can run a deficit to take care of the people who fought it" In response to Republican opposition to expanding Veterans' benefits on fiscal grounds


Saturday, December 6, 2014

VA Continues More of What Gen Shinseki Started - AO: Vietnam Ships List Update

And what the, poser patriots, people served have long ignored or just plain found easy to deny, so they don't have to sacrifice, so many issues from our wars and the few sent into, that continues up to today. Which ripples out causing more costly problems they label as 'scandals'! Not theirs created, mind you, nor their, Conservatives Ideology especially, Representatives but all within the Veterans Administration, their Responsibility!!

VA has updated the list of ships that operated in Vietnam to add new ships, expand dates for ships already on the list, and add a new category of small vessels that operated on Vietnam's inland waterways. The list can help Vietnam-era Veterans find out if they qualify for presumption of Agent Orange exposure when seeking disability compensation for related diseases.

U.S. Navy and Coast Guard Ships in Vietnam
5 December 2014 - VA maintains a list of U.S. Navy and Coast Guard ships associated with military service in Vietnam and possible exposure to Agent Orange based on military records.

This evolving list helps Veterans who served aboard ships, including "Blue Water Veterans," find out if they may qualify for presumption of herbicide exposure.

Veterans must meet VA's criteria for service in Vietnam, which includes aboard boats on the inland waterways or brief visits ashore, to be presumed to have been exposed to herbicides.

Veterans who qualify for presumption of herbicide exposure are not required to show they were exposed to Agent Orange or other herbicides when seeking VA compensation for diseases related to Agent Orange exposure.

Find your ship read more>>>

VA - Public Health