{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

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Trump 'swiftboats' McCain, Entire Republican, 'swiftboaters', Party Attacks Their Creation

As Sen. Sanders said very recently: 'Very easy to raise the flag,' hard to support veterans benefits'
That, to me and many vets, describes the flag waving symbols and words used, poser, patriots served and their representatives, especially the political reps hungry for the eager media hyped coverage and through VA 'scandals' they've all created!!

Really, I Mean Really:

Sean Spicer, the communications director for the Republican National Committee, said in a statement that McCain "is an American hero because he served his country and sacrificed more than most can imagine. Period."

"There is no place in our party or our country for comments that disparage those who have served honorably," Spicer added.

And then the extremely quick and growing flood of similar statements, most coming from 'chickenhawks' who never even attempted to serve, especially in these recent times and two more wars, after fully supporting Abandoning the Missions and Those Sent to Accomplish so Extremely Quickly after 9/11, I mean REALLY!!

What is the fellow conservative, many of same veterans as well, 'chickenhawk' saying that's any different then the hundreds of thousands of times Us Veterans, me included, if pro peace and activist as same especially, have had same directed at us, with the never ending Nixon and present decades FOX speak parrots verbal spitting!! That's your 'heritage', like a certain popular flag, in conservative rovian revisionist history spin, since the sixties especially!!

Trump slams McCain for being ‘captured’ in Vietnam; other Republicans quickly condemn him

What's so different with, again 'chickenhawk', trumps ignorance, not the first person or group to be attacked by him but the others were apparently A 'OK with all conservatives and so called republicans, the norm, almost pure silence till this!!

July 18 2015 - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump slammed Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), a decorated Vietnam War veteran, on Saturday by saying McCain was not a war hero because he was captured by the North Vietnamese.

“He’s not a war hero,” Trump said. Sarcastically, Trump quipped, “He’s a war hero because he was captured.” Then, he added, “I like people that weren’t captured.”

Trump’s comments came during his appearance at the Family Leadership Summit, a day-long gathering of about 3,000 social conservative activists that is drawing nine other Republican presidential candidates.

A celebrity businessman and reality television star, Trump has surged to the top of polls in the GOP race, in part because of his inflammatory comments about undocumented immigrants from Mexico.

Republican leaders and other candidates have been careful in how they respond to his immigration remarks, but his condemnation of McCain opened the floodgates, drawing swift and sharp criticism from other Republicans. read more>>>

As us Vietnam vets, pro-peace and activists, have been verbally attacked for decades now, myself included, to present day Afghan and Iraq veterans!!

But he's right about McCain, conservative seeking to privatize for corporate profit and investor returns, same as our wars, on peoples responsibility the VA government agency, as to us Veterans. But he's not the only peoples representative, long term or freshmen! And the people served like it that way, then to uphold that responsibility and their promises, easier to follow their lines of attack on VA personal, not the already privatized and little regulated sections of, with the eager to give a hand to same media! Cheaper in the short term for them but extremely more expensive as the created problems from surface!! Those 'scandals' created by lack of the peoples representatives working with the VA from the many previous Congressional hearings on same, especially related to our wars!!

In the modern era of advancing technologies: “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. The VA being running by mostly conservative executive administrations and obstructed when under liberal executive administrations.

Trump also released a non-apologetic statement attacking McCain for not doing enough to help vets

But None of the conservatives, especially, have, including the long time Conservative led National Vet Organizations, leading to a few of the present day Vets Orgs.. Done anything but obstruct while the flag wavin poser patriotic public likes it that way!!

But hold on there Donald, neither have you, nor have the other uber wealthy especially, building that wealth with those huge tax cuts and two more long wars, anything you might say you've done is like the rest of the flag wavin poser patriots just publicity grabbing hollow gestures, not to mention adding those defense industry investments to that hoard of billions!! Why in your run to be CiC you can use them hoarded multi millions from those two huge conservative tax cuts, for those in your bracket, as well as the returns on those defense industry investments to fund your campaign, as others do same with theirs in funding the many opponents running alongside you!

DeJa-Vu: “With no shared sacrifices being asked of civilians after Sept. 11", All Over Again!!

Free wars, let a couple of generations down the road pay for them and resulting costs of the policies, if ever. With vets out of site out of mind, unless of course that 'patriotism' needs to be hyped, as they ignore or out right deny the issues, especially from our wars, and their responsibility the VA, never built as promised, never maintained as promised, mostly unfunded poser patriotic legislation from their representatives thus costing more in borrowed funding to the grossly under funded budgets!!

Sen. Bernie Sanders also told Conservatives: “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 as to just one of the decades of obstructing Veterans Affairs budget and people served responsibility!

Hey Sean, and the rest, where was this: "There is no place in our party or our country for comments that disparage those who have served honorably," when it wasn't your own 'swiftboating', your creation, another of your own?

Just to name but a few, oh so many of us, the nixon verbal spit on, how about brother Max Cleland when he ran for office after serving, again, Honorable as VA Sec. under Clinton, and conservative congress obstructed. How about Gen Shinseki, target placed on after speaking Military truth in Congressional hearing on Iraq War want, target finally accomplished with another conservative created VA 'scandal', never mentioning All the problems in the cash rich private sector similar area's and issues. The list is so long. But lets add a few groups like Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW), and especially the Winter Soldier public investigation and later Congressional hearing, formed during Vietnam and spreading to bases in this country as well as around the world including in-country Vietnam. Or how about Veterans For Peace (VFP) formed after Vietnam and still active on many issues. Closer to present day how about Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) and their own Winter Soldier testimonies, both on the atrocities in war theaters. Just so many the targets of the long lasting Nixon verbal spitting on those that don't walk in lock step to conservative ideologies and wants!

Then there's where 'swiftboating' became part of the, conservative especially popular use of, English language by a handful of conservative veterans who were around for decades and especially in relation to brother John Kerry, spitting on him and the Purple Heart, and his two tours serving in Vietnam. As a Jr. Officer on a ship supplying and maintaining Swiftboat's and PBR's a part of the Vietnam War 'Brown Water Navy' in country Vietnam. Coming back to the states and volunteering for training on small craft to then go back and Command a Swiftboat. Gave rise as to his testimony as the spokesperson veteran for the first 'Winter Soldiers' and ramped up verbal attacks with conservative support after he won election to Congress. Then hit the always to help eager Media hype as they went after John full bore in his Presidential run, fully financed and supported by Conservatives and Republicans far and wide across the, flag waving poser patriotic, land!!

And how about those leading in the constant 'swiftboating' of Veterans who don't wear that 'brownshirt' and 'walk in lockstep' under their leads. Again their are many, but lets take just one very popular, very wealthy from, for a long time. The oh so 'poser, civilian combat vet, patriot' Bill O'Reilly of the FOX stables. Who, along with the rest of those in Murdocks stables, as well as most of their guests on FOX, not the, news and writers etc. in the rest of the Murdock, propaganda, empire, constantly attack and verbally spit on Veterans, think the homeless and anti-war as only a few, as they rake in that advertising and wealthy funding needs cash, also you can be sure, investing in the defense industries war machine and Congressional funding legislation!!

Chris Hayes : "If you can run a deficit to go to war, you can run a deficit to take care of the people who fought it" In response to Republican, long ago lost as the party of Lincoln and not just as to us Veterans, opposition to expanding Veterans' benefits on fiscal grounds

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