{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

Thursday, February 14, 2013

More on the Navy SEAL Who Killed Osama bin Laden

UpDating an earlier post that followed the growing questions about the Esquire article about the SEAL Team 6 member on the raid on the bin Laden compound.

The author of the controversial Esquire article about 'the shooter' of bin Laden popped up again but this time in an interview on the PBS Newshour.

AIR DATE: Feb. 12, 2013 - Navy SEAL Who Killed Osama Bin Laden Faces Insecurity, Financial Challenges

After the article hit the online Esquire site many started calling out the information within, like Stars and Stripes. And comments like this:

“Misinformation like this doesn’t help veterans,” Brandon Friedman, a former VA public affairs officer, told Stars and Stripes. “When one veteran hears in a high-profile story that another veteran was denied care, it makes him or her less likely to enroll in the VA system.”

By veterans of Afghanistan, Iraq and other military veterans.

From the Newshour interview this caught me by surprise as I didn't know this journalist:

For more on this, story I'm joined by the article's author, Phil Bronstein. He's the executive chairman of the Center for Investigative Reporting.

The article in Esquire clearly shows a total lack of simple, especially related to the Veterans Administration and even DoD made even easier with much more accessible information over the past four years, investigative journalism. Which was the reason for the almost instant corrections by many that just grew since the article was posted, along with the questions about the articles purpose itself.

You can read the original Esquire article, the response to from Stars and Stripes and the response to the Stars and Stripes from Esquire with their updated, easy to get originally, corrections.

You can also now hear in his own words, not after the original was posted and he was interviewed by a few others, answering questions about.

Summary: Ray Suarez talks with journalist Phil Bronstein who wrote an Esquire profile of the Navy SEAL credited with killing Osama bin Laden. Since the SEAL -- known as "the shooter" -- retired from service, but he's been met with significant challenges, or as Bronstein writes, "no landing pad in civilian life."

Watch Navy SEAL Who Killed Bin Laden Faces Insecurity, Challenges on PBS. See more from PBS NewsHour.

Or read the Transcript of.

You can read the Esquire article, the Stars and Stripes response, even search out others, and the Esquire response to Stars and Stripes and the others since the article hit.

I'll let you decide what's going on here and if there's a deep problem, I'm trying to figure out what the original is selling, though as a Vietnam vet I have strong feelings about the reasons.

My questions over the past decade plus, frankly adding to others about many issues, has been about the state of journalism in this country and that opinion is now called news. As to journalism what is a real investigative journalist, as many who really are have been pushed out of the main stream and rarely heard from but with the occasional explosive reports that hit quick then die as quick, opinion takes over as facts and reality, especially on the political scene.

I understand why SEAL Team 6 members, in the raid that killed bin Laden, have been sought out, as a certain recent past CiC stated "mission accomplished" years prematurely. I understand the importance of this ex-SEALs story especially related to a clear history related to 9/11.

Esquire could have written a much better article and much more important as to All Veterans, but so could all of the media outlets, written and spoken, by taking this SEALs story as a Military Veteran now, and his importance in the history, and expanded it into what all Veterans go through after Serving the Country, so many issues, and what is the Responsibility of the Country as to those that Serve and Defend them.

What came with these two wars, why tax cuts to all but especially the already wealthy. By the then congresses and the bush administration, told to the country by bush "to go shopping" as the economy and jobs had already started collapsing with the growth in deficits. Virtually nothing as to the peoples responsibility, the Veterans Administration, were called for let alone that with two more wars the country should Sacrifice as we demand the military and their families to.

It's interesting that the article comes with the Obama SOTU address, reminding us of a not to far back other SOTU and the blatant lie told, from the same that wasn't demanding Sacrifice of the country. Many are calling the most memorial statement ever from any SOTU.

"The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa." This one line in President George W. Bush's 2003 State of the Union address overshadowed all the others, becoming infamously known as the "16 words."

As even Rachel Maddow reminded us last night.

This Esquire journalist, executive chairman of the Center for Investigative Reporting, should write or oversee an article about how the country wasn't asked to Sacrifice while being lied to and abandoning the main missions of why the military was sent into that region, how the Veterans Administration has been under funded for decades, since Korea, but especially the last decade plus, and how much more it costs to correct problems from that long under funding. How the wars have yet to be paid for, and all related costs to wage the policies that surrounded them including the damaged National Security. But especially as to the results of and what the country that waves flags, has welcome homes now, even for us Vietnam vets 40plus years later, puts on parades occasionally, owes to those that serve it! And not only Esquire!

Esquire does have another article up 'The Shooter' On the Hill and you can bet that those he's meeting with in Congress will once again miss the bigger point!

Long, way too long, overdue!

How does a Country HONOR It's Fallen, by Their Own 'Sacrifice' in Taking Care of the Brothers and Sisters They Served With!!

That's the real tragedy, as a military veteran within the veterans community, that should come out of the history of the SEALs who did the Mission and finally got bin Laden!!

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