{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."

"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


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

Friday, May 25, 2012

I.D.E.S. “Seamless transition” to civilian life

As we come onto the first Memorial Day since the end of the Iraq war and the continuing draw-down of the Afghanistan theater, few citizens will even think of the real meaning of the day, except for the reminders of the many sales in the private sector, but only as a long weekend and all that comes with those, another report comes out of the once again rising back log from the Military to the Veterans community of those seeking the help needed and they sacrificed for with many others sacrificing their lives.

Many of those who served in one or both theaters are now discharging out of the military, and have been but endings brings more in numbers, and joining the veterans community, a slow down in pushing reenlistment's starts as soon as any war draws-down as well as many rethink a career in military service, so once again like at the start of wars and continuing through the long occupations the numbers quickly spike up and maintain that spike as those systems, long under funded, and not enough man power bog down, greatly frustrating everyone.

And once again with that comes the DeJa-Vu all over again of the country not demanding their own sacrifice in funding the needs of the results of the wars, a decade plus now as to these two added to the previous decades, they send the few into and leading the accusations against the agencies charged with the peoples responsibility are those who's job it is to not only fully fund the needs, and over-site, but demand that sacrifice, the representatives, federal and state as the country, including many vets, join them with the agencies accusations of neglect or incompetence, rarely looking at themselves.

In the 110th and 111th congresses we finally had issues related to these wars brought into congressional hearings and many taken care of that went with no actions in the previous two, as reminded in the opening of this article points out one major issue in the military care system, as those rubber stamped the costs of waging the wars but not the results of for those sent throughout. The 112th, especially in the House of Reps, came in trying to cut the VA budget with their colleagues full support in the Senate, many states had already been cutting their funding of veterans issues budgets. They also now are fighting any cuts in the Defense Budgets, not to make sure the DoD military care is fully funded but for the needs and wants of the defense industry and the new weapons systems they seek with the huge profits from. They're also seeking to block the militaries moving into alternative clean and many being portable energy sources for their fossil fuel special interests, which as developed will actually save the defense department monies and be integrated into the civilian sectors quicker after that needed growth industry has been blocked for some forty years.

The country says those who serve do so to protect and defend the freedoms of everyone, but many of those who served or are serving start thinking about those sacrifices related to their brother and sisters who are left fighting years and decades long battles to get what the country owes them for their service to the masses of.

You won't hear that demand for Sacrifice, from the pols that partake right down to the citizens who attend, at any of the many Memorial Day actions that do take place from those who attend them for a couple of hours of flag waving!

Government Report Says Medical Discharge Process Is Getting Slower
{click on graphic for larger view} May 23, 2012 - Since the deep embarrassment of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center scandal in 2007, the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs have been trying to make the process of getting a medical discharge from the military less complicated, time-consuming and contentious. “Seamless transition” to civilian life was their oft-repeated goal.

But a new report from the Government Accountability Office and testimony on Wednesday before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee suggest they have not exactly succeeded.

The new G.A.O. report says that the joint medical evaluation system that the two departments created in 2008 to expedite the stress-inducing process for determining whether troops are fit to return to duty has been getting slower and slower – not exactly what members of Congress wanted to hear.

According to the G.A.O., the average processing time for active duty service members has risen to 394 days and for guard or reserve members to 420 days. The two departments had set a goal of 295 days for active duty troops and 305 days for the guard and reserves. read more>>>

Military Disability System: Preliminary Observations on Efforts to Improve Performance

The Senate Hearing: Seamless Transition: Review of the Integrated Disability Evaluation System

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