{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, July 9, 2012

Shinseki “should answer the phone when Nick Kristoff calls.”????

The so called journalist, of the elites, seem to be calling out the Veterans Administration Secretary as being aloof or even arrogant by not bowing down to them but actually doing his job as a pro-active, he and his administration, VA leader finally more concerned for the Veterans then some twisted political ideology and political spin!

Times Reporters Whine About Shinseki Access
July 6, 2012 - Big deal reporters and columnists such as Joe Klein from Time and Nicholas Kristoff from The New York Times can’t get face time with Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, New York Times reporter James Dao wrote in a more-than-1,000-word whine that the Gray Lady for some odd reason decided to run.

Dao blasts Shinseki for not talking to Kristoff for a column on suicide – even though the Secretary’s office said it was not aware of the interview request. Dao then quotes Klein saying Shinseki “should answer the phone when Nick Kristoff calls.”

This is the kind of sheer arrogance that makes reporters almost as well loved as members of Congress.

Dao then quotes Paul Rieckhoff, executive director and founder of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America – identified in the screed as one of Shinseki’s more outspoken critics – who complained Shinseki has not been outspoken enough on key issues and did not use Twitter. How much you Tweet, see, is the new baseline for leadership.

Shinseki told Dao that he did not consider holding press conferences a prerequisite for his job, has traveled to 49 out of 50 states and during those trips met with local media outlets and veterans groups.

I think this goes to the heart of the Dao’s beef – Shinseki has not paid enough attention to a DC/NY press corps that views itself as more important than the people and the institutions it covers. read more>>>

These over priced talking and writing heads want to get news on the VA then why not visit a local VA facility or sign up for the news letter after visiting the VA press release pages, like some of us mere mortal veterans actually do, those are even archived, or go through the VA site and see for themselves what's been going on, which has shown Shinseki and company have been doing certainly much more then the one that preceded them, even while still under funded, and that the retired Gen. keeps extremely busy as you point out along with giving interviews to the press, most to the local press and on the veterans of same who it affects. Might try the White House site and their Veterans link as well or the First and Second ladies schedules, their many meetings and actions done without press or public fanfare. Their staffs, who actually do the work they write and speak about do know how to use internet search engines, don't they, we know fox doesn't!

On FLOTUS & SLOTUS "There is this sense that this is genuine," says Raezer. "We haven't had this kind of visibility from the White House—ever." Joyce Raezer - December 30, 2011

None of them were even thinking about the Veterans, much like the bush admin. and especially those congresses, about what wasn't being done as they were selling the two wars and the first years into nor do they write much about now except if blaming the VA. None were reporting on what the 110th and 111th finally got done, even with the obstruction on all issues, that wasn't in the previous two congresses and now with the 112th we're back to those do nothing as to vets congresses unless an election is coming. None have reported as they should what this administration has been doing for military personal, veterans and the families of both through out their time in office, and I might add Rieckhoff only gives a nod occasionally in his reactive and not pro active roll, that started even before they came into office.

And more importantly:

None are Demanding the Country 'Sacrifice', nor have since these wars they fully supported started, especially the wealthy and themselves, as to the costs of these wars. Not only the wars themselves but Especially the results of, all rubber stamped and off the books till the present executive admin., all borrowed as the surplus was gone even before 9/11 and the deficit growth had started, and rarely mentioned by the press especially, and these arrogant so called journalists, in talking about the economy and deficits now!

As to Kristoff and Military/Veteran Suicides

There's a ton of reporting, from real journalist, out there, like this recent one:

Fort Bragg soldier's story shows why preventing military suicides is a 'frustrating challenge'
Jul 09, 2012 - At 3:37 a.m. on May 19, Fort Bragg Pvt. Eric Watson sent a text message to his mother:

"I love you mom. I just can't take living anymore and I'm so sorry. I will always be with you."

The message set off a flurry of texts between Watson and his mother, Angela Moore, who said she tried to keep her son on the phone until she could get someone to check on him.

Watson, who Moore said had tried to overdose on pills and alcohol, was found in time.

Watson's story provides insight into how far the military has come in helping mentally ill soldiers, even as too many continue to slip through cracks in the system.

At the same time, the fact that Watson ended up in the Cumberland County Detention Center three days after his suicide attempt - where jailers weren't even told to put him on suicide watch - raises questions about Fort Bragg's handling of his problems.

Military suicides are soaring.

That most certainly doesn't need his type of political spin and finger pointing showing what little he understands and even wants to, especially as to wars, occupations and the soldiers and veterans of!

There's allot I could add above. But one thought just surfaced after posting.

Very few in the media showed they even liked Shinseki After his congressional testimony at the beginning of these long occupations of choice about troop strength, and if memory serves were pretty much cheering, like the country, when the bush fired him shortly after!!!!! As they equally were cheering on the wars!!

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