Greatly expanded with the help of the present Justice Department, but mostly accomplished within the states, as has happened on many other issues and with present Executive branch and other Cabinet agencies, especially the Veteran Administration, whose main charge are those who've served the Nation, starting under Sec. Shinseki and continuing under Sec. McDonald with long ignored or out right denied issues for decades and wars from!
Long time Vietnam, all, vets nemesis and Conservative think tank 'expert?' Sally Satel Still Selling Care for PTSD Veterans is Waste of Money, and that's just PTS, not Agent Orange or Gulf war Syndrome, to name but only a tiny few the Nation served blockout, but find so easy to follow the conservative political line and lay blame on the mostly dedicated, keeping politics outside the main entrances, VA personal, so no need to Sacrifice, including paying for the flag waving, poser, patriotic wars, these present ones yet have been, especially by the wealthy!!
A FIGHTING CHANCE to make things right is what many veterans in trouble with the law say they want most. And in some cases, they're finding that chance in a special kind of courtroom. Our Cover Story is reported now by Mark Strassmann:
"Everybody coming here for one specific reason, and that's to give a second chance for every veteran."
May 24, 2015 - Staff Sgt. Tommy Rieman is a certified American hero, a recipient of the Silver Star for valor in Iraq. But the bravest thing he ever did was fight to get his life back.
To appreciate the significance of the ceremony held in Harnett County in North Carolina, you first have to learn Rieman's story -- all of it, its remarkable highs and sorrowful lows.
"I think I came out the womb with a uniform on," Rieman laughed. "For me, there was nothing greatest than the honor to put on the uniform and represent this country."
In December of 2003, Rieman was on his first deployment in Iraq when his three-vehicle convoy drove into a death trap.
Rieman had come home a hero, but a haunted one. He was battling Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (or PTSD) and alcoholism. "I was drinking two bottles of whiskey a day, and anything else I could get my hands on." He lost his marriage, his house, almost everything that was special to him.
"I was a changed person," he said. "I was full of hatred. I didn't want to communicate. I became the man I never wanted to be."
With his life in freefall, Rieman tried to commit suicide -- first in Iraq, and then after he got home. read more>>>
Neither of these recent wars have yet been paid for, nor the continued blowback from the spread and growth from the policies implemented!
Neither the long term results from, including the long ignored or outright denied existence of, till this Administrations Cabinet and Gen Shinseki, only Government branch consistent for the past six years, Veterans issues from!
As well as under deficits most of the, grossly under funded for decades and the wars from now, VA budget is still borrowed, with interest, thus added problem creating costs, with representative who control the purse strings blaming the mostly dedicated VA personal within, that shouldn't exist!