{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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Friday, February 1, 2013

Brother, Vietnam, Hagel was right, all counts

He was right on the 'surge' in Iraq and 'taking the eyes' off Afghanistan!

Brother, Vietnam, Mac was 'right' but not for what he thinks as he continues the rovian revisionism, only that 'history has already been written about Iraq' and everyone knows that history write as it continues to be written, especially the rest of the World.

Taking eyes off Afghanistan: Iraq should never have happened!

The 'surge' cost our military dearly in rapid rise in lives lost and the many maimed but also in creating even more hatreds, already having destroyed that so called National Security by invading, as the atrocities outside of any military mission also rose. And it cost dearly in the rapid depleting of the treasury the war and occupation had already done and continued. The private sector and the congressional insider trading reaped huge rewards from our treasury, not only as to the defense industry but also those no bid private sector war contracts which also 'surged'. Nothing has been paid back on that depletion and especially nothing as to the results in the countries responsibility the Veterans Administration, for both wars, and DeJa-Vu all over again never will!

Taking the eyes off of Afghanistan had already happened, the country cheered on the abandoning of the main missions of why the military was sent to that region with the drum beats of war, on ginned up so called intelligence, pointed at Iraq, those same war drums continue to beat but pointed at Iran and by the same drummers. Thus Afghanistan completely stopped being anything about 9/11 and just another of this countries quagmires of occupying another country as those sent try to accomplish at least a very small portion of those abandoned first missions and the countries promises to the Afghan people, second time of major abandoning of those promises as same given as to the Afghan/Soviet war.

The Abandoning of Afghanistan into the Iraq war of choice by the civilian and some military leaders and the 'surge', also greatly enhanced the spread of the al Qaeda model of international criminal terrorism, seeking blowback in the rage from the terror wrought, to other countries on the planet which is causing many of today's deadly and destructive problems. That to is the history all ready known and continuing as it will for the coming couple of decades as noted back with the growing drum beats now more then a decade old.

Hagel's comment about Congress and the Israeli lobby was also right, Ms Lindsey intimidated by the Israeli lobby, proven over and over in the hearing with all the attacks, script talking points written by that lobby, at him made by those who just greatly enhanced their campaign contributions, for some for many years, by that constant attack. And especially for the newer members who need those lobby funds, like the just leaving the age of voluntary recruitment into the military after 9/11 new member super patriot chickenhawk, who's already shown he doesn't mind spitting on military troops especially us Vietnam Vets, Sen. Cruz from Texas, to maintain staying on the public payroll.

Hagel continuing, if confirmed, what the whole Obama Administration has carried out since entering the Executive branch, certainly not by many in Congress, especially the House, nor the country, started by the First and Second ladies even before that!

Hagel Vows Policies Worthy of U.S. Service Members, Families
WASHINGTON, Jan. 31, 2013 – Former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel told the Senate Armed Services Committee today that his guiding principle is to make U.S. policy “worthy of our troops and their families and the sacrifices we ask them to make.”

In his opening statement at his confirmation hearing, Hagel -- President Barack Obama’s choice to succeed retiring Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta -- said he supports the administration’s policies down the line.

Hagel, who served as an Army sergeant in Vietnam, stressed his own time in the military and his experiences as a veteran while reiterating his commitment to taking care of service members, veterans and their families. read more>>>

And he will, just like the recent Defense Secretaries, carried into the recent Joint Chiefs, in the Obama administration along with the other cabinet members who've extended help to the long underfunded, especially with these two wars, Veterans Administration to accomplish what wasn't being done previously, except for a few congressional bills mostly for political purposes as elections came near, as well as some that did manage to get accomplished even through the obstruction.


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