{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**

The Countries Responsibility is to Fully Fund the Agency Charged With Fulfilling the Obligations Promised to Those That Served Said Country! But those served, some veterans as well, find it easier to follow the started attacks, conservative ideology, on the agencies dedicated personal, while ignoring the many costly issues especially from our wars! Gen Shinseki had finally started addressing those issues and building the agency the Country promised but ignores and uses as a political pawn, Poser Patriotism, while addressing the Veterans issues of the present and two more long wars! Political ideologies and personal greed should never cross the doorways of Veterans Facilities nor Veterans Issues!!


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!

Sixth District Congressional candidate Seth Moulton: "Congress has made 'travesty' of veterans care" 05/14/2014

“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

25 June 2014 U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller: Veterans' Affairs issue an 'all too similar' scene

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 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




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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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

For Decades Country Doesn't Hold Up To It's Responsibility

How does a Country HONOR It's Fallen, by Their Own 'Sacrifice' in Taking Care of the Brothers and Sisters They Served With!!
Country Must 'Sacrifice', not just Groups Within nor Just Non Profits Fighting for Donations if they have successful results!

The Veterans Administration is the peoples Responsibility and it's Duty to uphold the Contract that those that join our Military are served after their service, especially in the Wars that the Country supports and they are ordered into. Instead the Country ignores, especially the hidden wounds of, when those ordered into those Wars return home. Especially since Korea where photo op political bills etc. monies were shifted to us returning Vietnam veterans' leaving Korean vets nearly high and dry and not full funding for neither, instead of having hearings on the results of that long deadly and destructive occupation. What always has been, PTSD, was ignored! Agent Orange, was ignored, especially as to the long term results within Vietnam and to it's people! Previous wars had testing using those serving, Test Vets - Edgewood/Aberdeen Experiments that were ignored. More recently with Gulf War I Veterans Gulf War Exposures - Gulf War Syndrome they to were ignored. And still ongoing, one officially ended, while the one abandoned main missions for even sending the Military into that region years back still ongoing as those sent try to accomplish at least some of those original missions and promises from the country, those promises forgotten for the second time, i.e. after the Afghan/Soviet conflict, have their own issues Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) and Iraq War (OIF/OND) that were being ignored. As were many other Exposures and Hidden Wounds of War, were ignored.

All Still Ignored by the Country and their responsibility to fulfill their end of the bargain of service to the whole country, still. All these decades and especially this past decade plus, but finally trying to be taken care of by the present still underfunded, with two more extremely long wars that costs were rubber stamped and all borrowed, Veterans Administration with added help from the Executive Administration and it's Cabinet Secretaries, jobs and housing and more, including the DoD with issues like jobs and skills for and those directly around same. Including the long ignored issues of the previous decades and wars from. The only Government branch doing so continuously, along with all the other problems dumped onto them and total obstruction from Congress, and staying that course.

The media still tows the line of ignoring, following the lead of those representing in our government bodies, the Congress and State Legislatures who's job is to fully fund the needs. Those that still seek to privatize the Agency for profit and not for Responsibility. Keeping the agency underfunded causes problems, not compared to similar or worse in the private sector, that costs much more to correct then if funded fully, and not totally ignored, in the beginning. One of the VA's ongoing problems is the continued fight to better process those returning from the wars sent into, and from these two most recent done so in multiple tours. Why ongoing, because of the political appointee's heading the agency previously, only one in my lifetime tried correcting a number of issues, brother Vietnam Vet Max Cleland, but was blocked by the Congresses then, who never fought for the funding, nor seemed to care to, to stay in step with updated technologies, hiring the added personal needed, or even lead in same. Much of what is done, or developed, within the VA is brought into the private sector, for profit, especially related to war issues. With virtually nothing done as to the Veterans' Administration and for the Veterans' returning from these two present day long wars and occupations, added to the previous, in the past four years, still underfunded and even that targeted for cuts, the administration within the VA have been trying, DeJa-Vu all over again, to speed up the process of it's rapidly growing needs as one war ended and the other is winding down. Trying to find the right technology, of these modern times, that will be cost effective and ease that process much quicker.

The problems, Rachel and the rest of the media in which you point out a couple of reports from, are not with the Veterans Administration, it's with the People Served and you in the media to point that out, not join in condemning what's all the countries responsibility. And who do you bring on to discuss the backlog problems in the VA but another media type who helped write the recent Esquire piece on the SEAL who claims to be the one who shot the long forgotten bin Laden and also condemned the VA as well as the DoD and joined the long long list of all media types doing so. None asking why hasn't the Country upheld it's responsibility and demanded it Sacrifice, again, as to those who serve it!

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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 - Dec. 30, 2011, and plenty more of similar since Joyce spoke and will continue.

Certainly no 'visibility' from the previous administration, it's congresses and the people served who waged two more wars, abandoning one, as to the Hubris you Rachel pointed out only the day before.

And Thank You for doing so, seems you're one of only a few even mentioning ten years later and still no accountability, But.....

No Revenues = No Sacrifice = Called 'Support' For The Troops = DeJa-Vu all over again


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