{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

Monday, June 18, 2012

Veterans' finances hit by friendly fire

The Hearst Newspapers have conducted an investigation into how disabled veterans that need help in handling their finances, by family members and others appointed to do so, have had their finances grossly mishandled especially to the benefit of those appointed. The results of were made public in yesterdays, 17 June 2012, papers and online.

VA-appointed fiduciaries often take advantage of their disabled charges

Outside of the decades long underfunding of the peoples responsibility to those that give their years to serve the country, the Veterans Administration, as to care for those that serve and especially in our wars that are cheered on with words of patriotism, cheap symbols of same and hollow words of support. The VA is charged with much much more then that care only and the not fully funding at the front end, especially as we send new generations into wars of choice, it costs much much more trying to catch up with all the needs as well as log jamming all the systems in the needs for faster resolution and policing everything they cover. Yet many we hire to represent in congress and state legislators, each state also has an affiliated veterans administration, they with many of the people they represent including veterans constantly blame the Veterans Administration when the negatives come to light instead of themselves and especially those they hire, elect, to represent them in their responsibilities they owe in also sacrificing as they order the extremely few to do for them. Should say that while they lay blame and attack the agency they never compare to the private sectors many problems in doing same of the VA's many many duties that are comparable while a certain political ideology wants to privatize that agency and much of the government.

This is a cut of the report from the link above:

The grave of Grady Green, World War II veteran, buried at Houston National Cemetery, Tuesday, May 15, 2012, in Houston. Green had his money stolen by a Houston woman who was supposed to be his caregiver - she got $5,000 to buy him a grave and pay for his care, but instead blew it on her own bills, traffic tickets and plumbing repairs. He died before the VA investigated the case. (Karen Warren / Houston Chronicle )

They survived the Nazis, the Viet Cong and the Taliban. But hundreds of mentally disabled veterans suffered new wounds when the country they served put their checkbooks in the hands of scoundrels.

Gambling addicts, psychiatric cases and convicted criminals are among the thieves that have been handed control of disabled veterans' finances by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, a Hearst Newspapers investigation has found.

For decades, theft and fraud have plagued the fiduciary program, in which the VA appoints a family member or a stranger to manage money for veterans the government considers incapacitated. The magnitude and pace of those thefts has increased, despite VA promises of reform. Three of the largest scams – ranging from about $900,000 to $2 million – each persisted for 10 years or more before being discovered.

In the last six years, the VA has removed 467 fiduciaries for misuse of funds, but only a fraction have faced criminal charges, a Hearst analysis of data from the VA's Office of the Inspector General shows.

The government has never adequately tracked fiduciaries' thefts from brain-damaged or memory-impaired veterans. The inspector general's office says it conducted 315 fiduciary fraud investigations from October 1998 to March 2010, resulting in 132 arrests for thefts amounting to $7.4 million. But a Hearst analysis of court records and documents obtained by freedom of information requests shows that the thieves' take since 1998 is more than $14.7 million – nearly twice the amount reported to Congress.

VA spokesman Joshua Taylor says the program is being reorganized, and improvements are being ordered every year. read more>>>

Will problems in a huge agency happen, most certainly, but they can and should have been greatly minimized by the up front needs, long ago, especially brought with our flag waving wars, the peoples responsibility. With these present long running war and occupation theaters of conflict we were told to go shopping, as the deficits were already rising, with the tax cuts especially to the wealthy charged with, under reaganomic capitalism, that they would invest in economic growth and thus jobs, they are even labeled 'job creators' as they were given even more to invest in the war profiteering private companies instead. The masses small tax cuts went out our exhaust pipes with the first fill ups whether one drives or not as gas prices started rapidly rising thus so did food and costs for everything bought. When I hear 'tax cuts', especially as we beat the drums of war, my first thought is less and less then needed for the Veterans Administration while more and more taken to finance the defense industry. These present wars, all the costs for the CIA's roles in the no bid contracts for the private corporations, ever more involved in our defenses, whatever promises made to those countries who joined in supporting the invasion of Iraq especially after quickly abandoning the main mission for why we sent our military personal into that region in the first place, and much more, were all off the books as they were rubber stamped to what that executive administration at the time wanted, again as the countries deficits were already rising. With extremely little added to the Veterans Administration's budgets and the needs grew rapidly! All that rubber stamping had to be funded by borrowing from others on this planet as those deficits started ballooning ever faster, millions to billions quickly added with each day, week, month and year. We as a country haven't sacrificed a dime of our own on these wars nor especially the care of those returning from as the borrowing continues and the interest on balloons, yet the wealthy are reaping more and more and not investing in economic growth, many instead are investing in political campaigns for the huge returns expected for them and theirs thanks to the Supreme Court, corporations as people aren't coming home in flag covered coffins nor with a scratch on any of their wealth!

These are a few more in the investigative journalism series by Hearst:

In New York, few cases surface so far
Another, Kathleen M. Miller, 45, of Buffalo, suffered from physical and neurological problems, including "panic attacks," raising the question of why the federal government put her in charge of her father's money. A third New Yorker, Jerome... read more>>>

Vets victimized by theft, fraud
Gambling addicts, psychiatric cases and convicted criminals are among the thieves who have been handed control of disabled veterans' finances by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, a Hearst Newspapers investigation has found. For decades,... read more>>>

It's now a decade plus that has passed with no sacrifice, DeJa-Vu all over again, and especially no demand to, quite the opposite many fearing in our reaganomic capitalism to ask or demand their fair share for their labors which produce the business and corporate profits seek to pay less in the countries needs that should be shared by all so those few dollars from their pay checks make them feel they are getting their trickle down, and all the time demanding the government give what they're already used to and more apparently for free, just like their already 'Freedom is Free!' as only a tiny fraction of the country actually sacrifices for the whole, soldiers, military and families of.

Veterans of Korea started getting short changed as ours Vietnam raged and kept extending by years, as veterans of both were ignored in what we were saying. As to Vietnam, some also from Korea, issues finally recognized like Post Traumatic Stress and Traumatic Brain Injuries of wars, Agent Orange and much more. Leading to Desert Storm of the first gulf war, National and Community parades held only for the country, after a few hours of flag waving, to go home and totally ignore the rising numbers of those veterans starting to show devastating signs of Gulf War Syndrome and the those with PTS and other needs. Leading to the now decade plus long wars and occupations in Afghanistan, abandoned mission, to Iraq, now officially over but still paying high costs for private security contractors to protect State Department personal and private business visitors to, with many issues of these veterans being ignored while a few like PTS finally unable to be but needs still not filled.

In the present times at least the 110th and 111th Congresses started addressing issues ignored in the previous two as did some state legislatures and even had started addressing issues for us older veterans especially of our past wars. And the present Executive Administration has made the military, their families, and veterans, present to past, a main issue in policy needs. Doing what they can as the executive branch and with a pro active non political appointee, he bringing in many dedicated administrators into that administration, with a very Obstructionist in numbers Congress as they have accomplished much already in trying to move the agency into the 21st century and fulfill what the Country has not wanted to to date!

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