{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!!


Survey Finds Few Veterans on Congressional Staffs - Group says Congress should set example by hiring more vets

TX-19 Congressional Candidate Neal Marchbanks - Veteran: 28 March 2014 - "Congress controls the budget for the VA and it is the fault of Congress that the VA does not have enough employees and that the facilities are too small."

Congress, in Veteran Marchbanks statement, are the people served and who representatives work for, or are supposed to!

Sixth District Congressional candidate Seth Moulton: "Congress has made 'travesty' of veterans care" 05/14/2014

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

"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

"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!}

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

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

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."

“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!

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>>>


Read about now,
Bush Institute aims to identify best resources for vets' transition ,for it's archived and never to be heard about again!


And more disturbing, under both bushes, in relation to even before and through the early years of the Afghanistan, quickly abandoned missions of, and Iraq occupations, this:

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."

Army Says War Records Gap Is Real, Launches Recovery Effort


The War On Military Records

12/10/2013 - The era of big data has arrived on the battlefield and we need to find new ways to deal with it.

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




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

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

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Monday, January 24, 2011

Support for Military Families

Pres. Obama Remarks on Support for Military Families


January 24, 2011 - President Obama announced new efforts to support military families across the federal government during a White House East Room event. Agencies including Health and Human Services, Education and Agriculture will be working with the Pentagon to improve services for military families. The President was joined at this event by First Lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, the wife of Vice President Joe Biden. Video with remarks from Jill Biden, Michelle Obama and the President at site, or now watch just below.



Obama touts steps to support military families


Jan 24, 2011 - In a wide-ranging report announced Monday, the White House outlined about 50 commitments from federal agencies to help military families, including a review of compensation for some service members, caregivers and survivors.

The report is the results of a presidential study directive last May that called on all cabinet secretaries and other agency heads to find better ways to support military families in areas such as spouse employment and education, youth employment, suicide prevention, families’ psychological well-being, and protection from predatory lending practices.

At President Obama’s direction, Defense officials are also evaluating compensation levels for service in a combat zone, compensation and benefits for reserve and National Guard members, benefits for caregivers and surviving families, and incentive pay for critical career fields such as mental and behavioral health professionals. This is part of the 11th Quadrennial Review of Military Compensation, which will be completed in May and will compare military pay levels with civilian counterparts.

Some of the commitments in the report reinforce ongoing efforts, such as the My Career Advancement Accounts program that provides financial assistance for two-year degrees, licenses, and certifications for portable careers, for spouses of members in the ranks of E-1 to E-5, W-1 and W-2, and O-1 and O-2.

Others address long-standing needs. For example: {continued}

Military Suicides: For the Second Year in a Row

The Military now is long over stressed, serving a Nation, while occupying others, that shows no concern for it's well being as well as the combat veterans it's producing! End these occupations and implement a 'War Tax' on the citizens so they finally 'Sacrifice', to care for our brothers and sisters. Not another DeJa-Vu of ours Vietnam!!

More troops lost to suicide


For the second year in a row, the U.S. military has lost more troops to suicide than it has to combat in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The reasons are complicated and the accounting uncertain — for instance, should returning soldiers who take their own lives after being mustered out be included?

But the suicide rate is a further indication of the stress that military personnel live under after nearly a decade of war.

Figures released by the armed services last week showed an alarming increase in suicides in 2010, but those figures leave out some categories.

Overall, the services reported 434 suicides by personnel on active duty, significantly more than the 381 suicides by active-duty personnel reported in 2009. The 2010 total is below the 462 deaths in combat, excluding accidents and illness. In 2009, active-duty suicides exceeded deaths in battle.

Last week’s figures, though, understate the problem of military suicides because the services do not report the statistics uniformly. Several do so only reluctantly. {continued}

Photojournalist captures soldiers' hardships

Photojournalist captures soldiers' hardships during Afghan war


January 24, 2011 - Photojournalist Bill Putnam spent most of the summer embedded with soldiers from the 101st Airborne in the Bermel district of Paktika Province of Afghanistan.

His goal was to document the agony of the Afghan war, the longest in U.S. history.

Putnam's photographs of American soldiers on the front lines, "Faces of Battle Afghanistan," will be on display at St. Vincent College from Thursday through Feb. 20.

"It's an incredibly stressful environment," Putnam, 36, of Silver Spring, Md., said of the conditions for the soldiers of Abu Company, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment.

There was not much sustained conflict, Putnam said, merely the day-to-day grind of living in dangerous, uncertain circumstances. Many of the soldiers were on their second, third or even fourth combat tours of duty, he said.

Putnam described soldiers looking much older than their age. One 19-year-old, he said, could have passed for a 30-year-old. The company's 38-year-old commander looked like a man of 50.

Putnam said in a post in July from Afghanistan that "the grunts" of Abu Company were "tired and dirty after a day." {continued}

"Support the Troops Tax"

Retired Capt USAF, Myles Spicer, USAF 1954-57 retired from reserves, lays out the long over due 'Support' for those we send into occupations theaters and then forget about. The so called (T)'s {oh the fun with the 'purple heart bandages' as the wars raged}, once long ago (R)'s and even conservative, won't like this, they want but don't want to pay for, and not just war, as most of them were the ones that remained silent for over a decade, still ongoing silence, as to Real Support but very loud as to support of the failed policies and related lies and costs.

The impelling case to impose a "war tax"


January 21, 2011 - I admit I get somewhat frustrated when I see these innocuous little bumper stickers: "Support our Troops". It's not that I am anti-military (actually I am an honorably discharged veteran myself, Capt, USAF) - the point is that the raging war in Afghanistan, and the Iraqi action (which is now mostly in our rear view mirror) are hardly "wars" at all to most Americans. So, putting on a bumper sticker is just about the most involvement most of us have on these tragic, expensive, and possibly specious ventures. And that has a number of downsides worth discussing.

Deficits {continued}

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The imposition of a "Support the Troops Tax" would have many benefits, and should gain the favor of both liberals (who want to revisit the Administration's strategy of continuing the wars); and conservatives who favor a reduction of the deficits and "pay as you go" policies. Today, most Americans are disconnected from the violence and suffering from the small minority of our nation's fighting men and women who are carrying the entire brunt of sacrifice. A tiny bumper sticker...patriotic slogans...holiday political speeches...and other miniscule efforts are insufficient to formulate our goals and achieve them in the battle for homeland security. A "Support the Troops Tax" would be a strong move in the right direction. {continued}

Veterans from Korea right through our conflict Vietnam and into the first Gulf War, on the twenty year mark and not one of the leaders, who gave the orders, even mentioning Gulf War Syndrome, to the still ongoing occupations of Iraq and the allowed to crumble into another extremely dangerous and costly quagmire Afghanistan are owed plenty from their service to Country in it's wars of choice. What this Country ignores as to their and their families sacrifice for service while still ongoing and for long after. Till the next one finds the need for lip service as we send another generation to invade and occupy others!

"When We Come Back: A Veteran’s Perspective”

Afghanistan vet talks about life after war


D.C. Faber gives a talk Friday in the Wyoming Union Family Room about post-traumatic stress disorder. Andy Carpenean/Boomerang photographer

January 23, 2011 - Before July 2007, D.C. Faber was just a regular guy. He was easy going, enjoyed spending time with his family and was emotionally connected to past events and the future.

All that changed when Faber, a major in the Wyoming Army National Guard, was deployed to Afghanistan, where his unit was thrust into a war zone to train Afghan police officers.

“We only had a little team of 12 guys in four humvees out in the middle of nowhere,” he said. “We were in combat from the first day down range and for many days consecutively thereafter.”

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Faber, 47, who retired after more than 20 years in the U.S. Army and Wyoming Army National Guard, gave a two-hour lecture Friday in the Wyoming Union Family Room called “How and Why We Are Different When We Come Back: A Veteran’s Perspective.”

The lecture was based on a post-trauma model he is developing.

Faber shared what he has learned from his own experience and listening to other veterans’ stories on dealing with life after war. More than 100 people attended on the final day of the 2011 Martin Luther King Jr. Days of Dialogue.

Being present and emotional intensity

Faber said living in a war zone forces people to live in the moment, which he calls being present emotionally focused based on attachment theory and emotionally focused therapy principles. {continued}