{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

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

For Your Veterans, Where's Your 'Sacrifice', Country!

Country Must 'Sacrifice' not just Groups Within nor Volunteers at the VA facilities or Dedicated Non Profits Fighting for Donations!

We who've served or are serving do so for the whole country as so stated in the Oath we take on entering the service branches.

This first video clip is a lead in to a short discussion with House Representative Bob Filner who sits on the House Committee of Veterans Affairs. And in the 110th and 111th was able to accomplish actions only congress can do that wasn't done in the two previous during war and even some decades old for the older vets

Maddow: Time to make up for America's broken promise to veterans
Rachel Maddow inveighs against the disgraceful disorder

This below is the short discussion with Filner, a strong steady advocate in the Federal Government Congress who leaves after this 112th and at present is running for Mayor of San Diego.

Why is the VA so broken and how do we fix it? Congressman Bob Filner, Ranking member of the Veterans' Affairs Committee, talks with Rachel

Filner knows full well what the real problem is. He's been in congress and especially the previous 108th and 109th as the war drums were beat and this generations invasions and long occupations started with little to nothing being done by those controlling congress then as to the veterans of both, which shorty would start compounding the decades long problems with the agency already known. Those problems came from the continued underfunding as the country ignored the veterans about PTS, Agent Orange, Drug and Alcohol Abuse,Homelessness for just a few to Desert Storm and Gulf War Syndrome and leading into these two conflicts where the ignoring continues on many issues, right through the years they've been involved in fighting and many serving multiple tours in.

He's one of the few that has voiced it in the past, but he is still in congress where the peoples reps don't demand what the country should do, if they did the people would vote them out, while they rubber stamp wars of choice and costs of off the books and borrowed as the deficit had already started rising with the quick wipe out of the surplus even before 9/11!

His idea of just doing as to veterans request for benefits, subject to audits, is fine, actually is great, but that just doin cash for the direct benefits needs to come out of the already decades long underfunded VA budget which takes it away from other needs long neglected and many ignored by the country!! Thus giving those who already quickly condemn the VA and not look in the mirror, the representatives of the people, even more issues to continually lay the blame on the agency and not certainly the country served and who's responsibility is not being held up especially as they give oh so patriotic speak, show those oh so patriotic symbols and quickly condemn others of not being as they think they are.

The agency needs to finally be fully funded, the countries neglected responsibility, the whole country, to bring it into the 21st century in every way. The decades long of ignoring the veterans thus underfunding the needs has created the atmosphere that exists in the agency, trying to be broken these past couple of years, especially one that large that cares for the needs of those who serve the country and especially in it's wars of choice and not needs, which rapidly expands with these wars. While the country served finds nothing wrong with that and even the ever growing defense spending, or if wanting to cut some fight those who actually serve in in not doing so, with all it's built in corruption.

But he's right on this from the discussion and stated in similar by him over the years:

Rep. Bob Filner: Veteran health care 'so bad,' people die waiting for it to kick in
Jun 26, 2012 - "20 years or so, the IRS was totally dysfunctional," said Filner, a ranking member of the House Committee for Veterans Affairs. "Now, when you filed your 1040 on April 15th, if you had a refund coming, you would get it back in three weeks, guaranteed." Just as with the IRS, he argued, veterans' health care forms should be accepted subject to audit instead of needing to be approved. "Then they could get their check and get their life together, and move on right away."

VA groups largely oppose Filner's plan, which he said is because they are "tied in" to the current system and just want to tinker around the edges.

"We want to talk about the glory of the war, how patriotic it is, but we don't want to focus on the costs of war, what happens when these men and women come back," he said. "We don't want to pay too much attention to it, because it undercuts what every government wants, and that's support for the war it carries out." read more>>>

And the Country, why they like it the way it is, matter of fact they'd just as soon the agency get even less funding as it's even easier to ignore those who've served the further out of sight and mind they are. Especially after the few hours of 'welcome home' or 'parades' of their flag waving patriotism and still no demand for sacrifice!

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