{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

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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