{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


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


Tuesday, February 5, 2013

House Committee on Veterans Affairs: 5 February 2013

Analyzing VA’s Actions to Prevent Legionnaire’s Disease in Pittsburgh
Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations (O&I) | 334 Cannon House Office Building Washington, DC | Feb 5, 2013 10:00am

Panel 1

Dr. Robert Jesse, Principal Deputy Under Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Accompanied by:
Mr. Mike Moreland, Network Director, VISN 4, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Dr. Gary Roselle, Chief, Medical Service Program Director, Infectious Diseases, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Panel 2

Dr. Victor L. Yu, Professor of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh
Dr. Janet Stout, Director, Special Pathogens Laboratory
Mr. Aaron Marshall, Operations Manager, Enrich Products, Inc.
Mr. Steve Schira, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Liquitech, Inc.
Ms. Kathleen Dahl, President, AFGE Local 2028, Pittsburgh Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Dr. Lauri Hicks, Medical Epidemiologist, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Submissions for the Record

Mr. Edward Dudek, M.P.P.M., Assistant Vice President Facilities, Engineering, and Maintenance, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside Hospital
Dr. Carlene Muto, Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

The 100% Temporary Disability Rating: An Examination of Its Effective Use
Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs (DAMA) | 334 Cannon House Office Building Washington, DC | Feb 5, 2013 2:00pm

Panel 1

Mr. Rick Weidman, Executive Director for Policy and Government Affairs, Vietnam Veterans of America
Ms. Linda Halliday, Assistant Inspector General for Audits and Evaluations Office of the Inspector General, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Accompanied by:
Mr. Larry Reinkemeyer, Director, Kansas City Audit Operations Division Office of the Inspector General, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Mr. Brent Arronte, Director, San Diego Benefits Inspection Division Office of the Inspector General, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

anel 2

Ms. Diana Rubens, Deputy Under Secretary for Field Operations, Veterans Benefits Administration, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Submissions for the Record

Mr. Carl Blake, National Legislative Director Paralyzed Veterans of America

If streamed online you will be able to find that at the Front Page of the Congressional House Committee and later archived with links found there also. Back links to opening statements in hearings above should be added either just before or after hearing.

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