{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}

The present Veterans Administration is the most pro-active one in my lifetime, lets keep it that way, as it always should have been! The Countries Responsibility is to Fully Fund!


Survey Finds Few Veterans on Congressional Staffs - Group says Congress should set example by hiring more vets

TX-19 Congressional Candidate Neal Marchbanks - Veteran: 28 March 2014 - "Congress controls the budget for the VA and it is the fault of Congress that the VA does not have enough employees and that the facilities are too small."

Congress, in Veteran Marchbanks statement, are the people served and who representatives work for, or are supposed to!

“We are dealing with veterans, not procedures—with their problems, not ours.” —General Omar Bradley, First Administrator of the Veterans Administration

"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

"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!}

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

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."

“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

WHY? GOOD QUESTION THOSE SERVED SHOULD ANSWER!

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>>>


Read about now,
Bush Institute aims to identify best resources for vets' transition ,for it's archived and never to be heard about again!


And more disturbing, under both bushes, in relation to even before and through the early years of the Afghanistan, quickly abandoned missions of, and Iraq occupations, this:

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."

Army Says War Records Gap Is Real, Launches Recovery Effort


The War On Military Records

12/10/2013 - The era of big data has arrived on the battlefield and we need to find new ways to deal with it.

Add in the issues of finally recognizing in War Theater and more Veterans, by this 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




Are You Concerned About a Veteran? The Veterans Crisis Line Can Help>>>

For our sisters: National Women Veterans Hotline, call 1-855-VA-WOMEN (1-855-829-6636) New Hotline now up and running

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Thursday, January 3, 2013

DoL: Hiring Disabled Veterans

Take Three: Hiring Disabled Veterans
Secretary Solis has often said that the best way to honor veterans is to offer them jobs when they return stateside. This is especially true for veterans returning with disabilities suffered in service to their country. The department's Veterans' Employment and Training Service has created a web-based toolkit that is designed to assist and educate employers who have made the proactive decision to include wounded warriors in their recruitment and hiring initiatives.

Deputy Assistant Secretary John Moran answers three questions about the efforts by VETS to help employers find and place wounded warriors in jobs that can lead to successful careers:

Why is the information on America's Heroes at Work necessary? Due to the advances in medicine and protective equipment, increased numbers of veterans are surviving battlefield injuries. For many of the wounded and injured service members, employment will play a major role in their recovery. Thankfully, a lot of employers understand that and they want to help but they don't know where to start. It was clear to VETS that these same employers need support and education concerning how to assist returning service members in their transition to civilian life and employment.

What resources are provided? The site is geared toward assisting the employer to better respond to the needs and capacities of the returning service member. It provides fact sheets, Web-based training tools, success stories, links to available resources and educational presentations designed specifically for employers. It also contains an employer toolkit that is intended to simplify the recruitment, interviewing, hiring and accommodations processes for employers interested in hiring veterans.

What is the one message you would like to convey to employers interested in — but concerned about — hiring veterans? Employers are concerned about the impact of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury on a veteran's job performance as well as the cost of accommodating these veterans in the workplace. The first step is to help employers understand that not all veterans need accommodations in the workplace but when they do, many can be made easily. The focus needs to be on what the veteran can do — not the disability. Many injuries do not affect a veterans' ability to work. PTSD and TBI are treatable conditions and are not unique to the military. We have found a great deal of success when the returning service members, regardless of the disability, are provided with the proper employment support in the workplace.

Learn About Veterans Hiring

Learn About VETS Programs

New VETS Assistant Secretary
The U.S. Senate on Jan. 1 confirmed Keith Kelly of Montana as the assistant secretary of labor for veterans' employment and training. President Obama in September announced his intention to nominate Kelly to head the department's Veterans' Employment and Training Service. Since 2005, Kelly has been the commissioner of the Montana Department of Labor and Industry, where he previously served as the administrator of the Unemployment Insurance Division. From 2009 to 2010, Kelly served as chair and vice chair of the Veterans Affairs Committee of the National Association of State Workforce Agencies. He was awarded a Bronze Star and the Combat Infantryman's Badge for his service with the Army's 101st Airborne Division.


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