{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!!

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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."

Fact:
"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

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Fact: 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."

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

Fact: “We are dealing with veterans, not procedures—with their problems, not ours.” —General Omar Bradley, First Administrator of the Veterans Administration

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

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>>>


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."

Army Says War Records Gap Is Real, Launches Recovery Effort

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



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

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Friday, February 8, 2013

On Hagel: “might be expected to toe the company line"

And not on his nomination to be Secretary of Defense in 2013.

Vets see promise in Hagel and his short VA tenure

And who's leading the Hagel Witch Hunt especially in the Senate, and the press are not only giving him a free pass but highlighting his attacks, the norm, but a chickenhawk flag waving super patriot, named Cruz, who just aged out of volunteering for active military service at 42 and is the newest member to the Senate from Texas!

After the decade plus of being of age after 9/11 and two long occupations, doubt he even ever attempted to enlist, one still ongoing that was abandoned years back as the war drums, and ginned up intelligence, grew louder and pointed at Iraq, thus making the main missions and long occupation of Afghanistan nothing about why the country sent our military into that region after 9/11!

February 7 2013 - When Chuck Hagel was appointed deputy administrator of the Veterans Administration by the Reagan administration in September 1981, few expected he would make waves.

Hagel, who had worked on Ronald Reagan’s presidential campaign and served as vice chairman of the presidential inauguration committee, “might be expected to toe the company line,” The Washington Post wrote in reporting his appointment.

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Hagel’s actions at the VA 30 years ago, together with his experience as a combat-wounded Army sergeant in Vietnam, would give him unusual credibility at the Pentagon, according to veterans advocates, something they say could help him tackle some of the military’s biggest problems, including military suicide and long-standing turf battles between two of Washington’s largest bureaucracies: the Defense Department and the Veterans Affairs Department.

At what was then the Veterans Administration, Hagel soon had run-ins with his boss, VA Administrator Robert P. Nimmo, who had described Vietnam veterans as “crybabies” and likened the health effects of the herbicide Agent Orange to “teenage acne.” Nimmo imposed tight budget restrictions limiting psychiatric counseling available at veterans’ centers, yet he spent more than $54,000 to refurbish his office.

Hagel raised concerns with the Reagan administration, but the White House backed Nimmo, according to accounts at the time and interviews with associates. In response, Hagel resigned in June 1982. Later that year, Nimmo resigned in advance of a General Accounting Office report criticizing him for the renovation spending, which violated a presidential directive. read more>>>

The difference between a political appointee, most especially at the VA and Defense, to run a government agency and an a-political appointee, the letter after the name means little as to the job at hand for the Country. As to Military and Veterans of think retired Gen Shinseki presently at the VA and staying for now, think also of the Defense Secretaries and Joint Chiefs, from those held over from the bush administration even and forward, who quickly came on board in helping the First and Second ladies initiatives, along with the other Administrations Cabinet Secretaries, related to the Military personal, their Families and the Military Veterans community, not just the recent. Started before President Obama even took the first Oath of Office, in the campaign leading to, throughout the first four years and continues into this second term.

These wars are still unpaid for, as are the long term results of!

A decade plus added to the previous decades and wars of , DeJa-Vu all over again!

Not one dime has been Sacrificed for nor Demanded to be by those served, the rubber stamping of those congresses and the rapid rise of the countries deficit started before 9/11, then the wars and no bid private contracts were rapidly implemented and continued, on the countries easy credit card!

Oh there were and are plenty of feel good flag waving and welcome homes, why they even welcomed us Vietnam vets home forty plus years after!

How does a Country HONOR it's fallen, by their own Sacrifice in taking care of the brothers and sisters they served with, Fully funding the peoples responsibility the Veterans Administration as they fund Defense, no questions asked, Especially when they cheer on Wars of Choice!

Vets On FLOTUS and SLOTUS, Administration and it's Cabinet, "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 and also will continue. And at the Veterans Administration Gen Shinseki can depend on any help needed from Defense with Hagel but also from the State Department from Kerry with Shinseki offering help if asked in Military related issues!

I refer you to an earlier post on Chuck Hagel and 'The Wall'

In which that second link takes you to what was written by:

Brother and 'The Wall' lead organizer Jan C. Scruggs: "Chuck Hagel was a prime target for the opposition. He was the talented second-in-command at the Veterans Administration, a decorated Vietnam War veteran and a highly respected appointee in the Reagan Administration. He was told that he should join the team opposing Lin's design. If he did not join the opposition, he would be out of work. Friends at the White House would see to it that he would be fired. Most people would have caved. Hagel did not.

There are a few examples of stunning courage in Washington. Most are unheralded, this was one. Hagel said, "I serve at the pleasure of the President. If he fires me for supporting a design for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, so be it." read more>>>

Who not only went against the reagan administration, many in congress then, but especially the many Vietnam brothers who also opposed the design. Some of whom organized and rode in the first 'Rolling Thunder' and went on to establish that into another veterans group that grew and grew while the leadership of showed their political leanings by praising republican administration hawkish appointee's to defense and the political to the veterans administration while condemning those a-political in democratic administrations, like brother Cleland and do so now to Shinseki!!


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