{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

Saturday, November 17, 2012

OEF & OIF: At IAVA's Sixth Annual Heroes Gala

Cpl. Aaron Mankin Published on Nov 14, 2012 by IAVAVids
Cpl. Aaron Mankin spoke at IAVA's Sixth Annual Heroes Gala on Tuesday, November 13th in New York City. Aaron, IAVA's 2011 Veteran Leadership Honoree, is an Iraq Veteran and spokespman for UCLA's Operation Mend.

Cpl. Aaron Mankin: "Our Story"

I just streamed the Maddow show segment:

And again am very disappointed with her take and trying to use this, the Military especially those still being sent into theater , in her speaking points as to just picking up and pulling out of Afghanistan, many sitting at their computers, her on a national broadcasted cable show she gets very highly paid to do so, this day and age, in the comfort of their homes or somewhere in their communities do same.

That is not why he's telling his story!

Rachel is not a Military Veteran! Does she have the right to do the call for instant withdrawal, Of Course. Do the others, including many of our brothers and sisters in our Veterans Community, far more non veteran civilians do, Of Course. Do I want them out of this long occupation and those abandoned missions, You Bet I Do, but I'm not going to second guess those sent and trying to accomplish at least some of why they were sent in the first place and many died or were maimed trying to accomplish as they now seek a slow withdrawal to at least try. Many Afghans will be helped many won't and those sent know this, but for the fallen and maimed brothers and sisters they want to help as many Afghans as they can and hopefully leave a stable country which even that they realize may not happen. Thing is once again in these calls they leave out the Most Important Issue:

That's what he's speaking about, but more to those Veterans of attending then to the Country as a whole

Cpl. Aaron Mankin: "Our Story"

Rachel does this every-time she has segments related to the Military and Veterans of. She and IAVA call for parades, credit to her for pointing out the community parades and welcome homes, but Then What. They call for a National Parade in NYC while we still have the Main Missions of why we sent the Military into that region ongoing, the one they want to just walk away from. IAVA doing what the other long established Veterans Organizations reaction and not proaction's as the leaders of do in Congressional Hearings and most of Congress, representatives of the people, do same, they too leave out the most important issue, as do that American Public, DeJa-Vu all over again. Cpl. Aaron Mankin says it near the end about "Having our backs when we return and I know you'll do just that!".

Does Anyone hear the Soldiers and Sailors being sent demanding that we end the occupation, Abandoned along with the Missions years back with almost full support of the Country with the first drum beat pointed at Iraq and the lying reasons for from the top civilian and military leaders beating those drums, and walk away, as we did during Vietnam in an ever growing movement of Active and Veterans of! Even those from Iraq and Iraq Veterans Against the War, active duty that joined them, take their orders and join their brothers and sisters in theater.

What's that extremely important issue everyone once again ignores:

"Having our backs when we return and I know you'll do just that!"

That the Country has yet to Sacrifice and fulfill their obligation to those that not only serve to protect them, and Constitution, but they demand same be sent into their chosen wars. The tax cuts came with both wars, once again the Abandoning the Main Missions to gladly send them to invade another country same region. This is what he is talking about though Not Demanding but stating the should be obvious the Countries Responsibility, as the deficits had already started rising Before 9/11. I hear tax cuts and for these past decades I think more of the decades long Under Funding the Agency that is the Peoples Responsibility to those that serve and the Representatives who should be demanding, especially as the Country sends our Military into wars, attacking same Agency because of what that underfunding causes, like backlogs from returning troops joining our Veterans community and needing it's help, needing help from the people served.

Rachel has the soapbox of the media and shes good at it, she isn't the only one, she and they in the media and the citizens of the country, including the new national org IAVA as well as the long established veterans orgs, should be questioning why the country has yet to Sacrifice and especially in these times the continuing talk about the countries budget and the huge deficits that the war costs and results of these wars, along with the previous wars in the preceding decades are being added to daily. And with the decades long underfunding, ignoring what the veterans are saying about their needs and the issues from, PTS, Agent Orange, Gulf War Syndrome, Military in Theater Burn Pits to name but a few though PTS and TBI now can't be ignored so easily, adds to the apathy of a country that loves cheering on wars, waving flags and using symbols and calling that patriotism, but not seeking to serve nor Sacrifice a few pennies in taxes for the treasury thus for the Agency to build what always should have been which would save budget funds.

Think the National Parade, and recently the Welcome Homes for us Vietnam Veterans, after Desert Storm. Now ask a Veteran, especially the hundreds to thousands suffering from Gulf War Syndrome, of how much Help came from them when the folks attending, more not or if on TV watching, went home and put those flags away till the next opportunity to wave that 'patriotism'.

Most of these younger Veterans are already facing, and have for the past decade plus, the same battles we older veterans have been fighting and we're still fighting them as we grow older and die off like the Country wants us to rather then address the real issues of those who've served them and they demanded their sacrifice, and will be facing same in the decades to come. While the Country, especially through their hired representatives, many wanting to privatize for profit, continues laying blame, including many vets, on the Agency that's the peoples responsibility!!

I hope I made the point as there's plenty I could have tried to write about all of this, but this Veteran already knows what many of us also learned, we can depend on our own brothers and sisters, mostly, but not the Country we've served as many of them argue about who's more patriotic then others!

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