"In 2004, we invaded Iraq," he said. "At that point, the VA should have seen it coming." Richmond attorney Matthew A. Kapinos, a veteran of Army service in Iraq and Afghanistan - May 13, 2012
- and obstructed since! Long before 2004 with the invasion of Afghanistan and with that Mission for why we even sent our military into that region, and promises to the Afghan people, which was quickly abandoned with the first beat of the drum at Iraq. Long before even Afghanistan, with Desert Storm, same region, and those coming home and developing War issues like Gulf War Syndrome, ignored after the parades, and silence about till this present Administration and VA Administration. Long, long before even those, our long occupation of Vietnam during and since and before that for our brothers of Korea. This Country falls far short on it's Sacrifice as to the results of the Wars it cheers on, not so as to the funding of the Defense Department with ever rising defense budgets for the weapons of mass destruction used but in many cases not spent on those and their families proper needs who serve in and for the country and especially the veterans of in the decades following. While those hired to lead, Federal Congresses and State Legislatures, do not demand that sacrifice and while some try others throw crumbs at the problems, to look like they support, usually as an election is coming and still others totally obstruct, many even laying all blame on the agency they're charged to fully fund even in this present VA administration who understand the long problems and have been trying to rebuild what always should have been, and doing so in many area's already, to bring it into the 21st century and care for our brothers and sisters of the countries wars of choice.
May 13, 2012 - Slogans welcoming home the nation's heroes from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan can sometimes veil faltering efforts to make sure veterans receive the care and the rewards their military service merits.
"Overwhelmingly, the VA is not efficient in meeting the veterans needs," said Richmond attorney Matthew A. Kapinos, a veteran of Army service in Iraq and Afghanistan. "They do the best they can, but the system is broken."
Complaints about the hoops that veterans have to jump through to get benefits they are due from the federal Department of Veterans Affairs are widespread, though vets generally say they are pleased with the benefits themselves.
Kapinos has been working with the Virginia Bar Association's Veterans Issues Task Force to assist Virginia veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan with benefit hurdles.
"In 2004, we invaded Iraq," he said. "At that point, the VA should have seen it coming." read more>>>