{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

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Trump says, as to Veterans Groups: "we look very carefully. I always do", REALLY

From Trump and on distribution to 22 veterans organizations, but not the Wounded Warrior Project:

"We saw some bad stories about them...I think, on CBS, actually," Trump said. "And I think I want to give it a little pause, until we find out whether or not that stuff is correct. So we look very carefully. I always do. I look very carefully as to expenses and what things are costing and how they allocate their money. And I like to see nice, low numbers in terms of expense. Those numbers were pretty high."

Teaser to CBS 'Face the Nation' to be aired Sunday morning, 31 January 2016:

I Mean, REALLY!!

So for all those supporting, not only but any conservative, the Trump and believe he's totally honest developer and businessman and a great candidate and fit for CiC and he really cares about Veterans, unlike the conservative ideology decades long and especially related to our, flag waving poser patriotic, wars, their latest obstruction, as to the Veterans Administration, of oh so many especially in Republican Administrations and thus control of the VA. Then you must believe that he fully vetted 'Veterans for a Strong America' that sanctioned, Illegally, a Trump Veterans rally he headlined in September 2015 - Trumps, 'mission accomplished', Veterans Group, Illegal, the only vets he, and conservatives, cares for, posers for personal and political, slush funds, profits!!

Just like a favorite of the Conservatives, as to Veterans groups and Campaign coffers, especially from George W. bush on down to the state levels, especially the Virginia Attorney General, Ken Cuccinelli, elected at the time, was vetted, so so many more!!

Remember John Donald Cody, also known as {stolen identity} Bobby Thompson, and ran the 'U.S. Navy Veterans Association', giving a few million to Republican Conservative candidates from GWB on down to state campaigns and pocketing millions, convicted of an est. $100mil. scammed, more for himself, None going to Veterans, Navy or otherwise!!

Donald Trump: No regrets about missing GOP debate
January 29, 2016 - "We gave a tremendous performance with lots of different people for the veterans," Trump told "Face the Nation" moderator John Dickerson in an interview taped for this Sunday's broadcast. "And we raised...six million dollars. And we had less than a day to do it...And on top of that, we got great coverage. Because the debate was not as exciting as what we did."


Dickerson also asked Trump about his fundraiser for veterans' groups, and the accusations from some groups that he was using veterans as a political prop to avoid the debate. Paul Rieckhoff, the founder of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans for America, declared on Twitter that he would reject any money from the fundraiser, if offered. "We need strong policies from candidates, not to be used for political stunts," he said.

Another group, progressive-leaning VoteVets.org, put out a statement labeling Trump a "loser" who was using veterans to "protect" himself from Fox News' Megyn Kelly, the co-moderator of Thursday's debate with whom Trump has publicly feuded. read more>>>

2 Aug 2015 - 'I fight like hell to pay as little as possible': Donald Trump says he avoids all the tax he can.

DeJa-Vu: “With no shared sacrifices being asked of civilians after Sept. 11", Decades and War From, All Over Again!!
And that covers much more in the Deficits, like even paying for war policies and the results from and much more, then just the, grossly under funded thus not properly built nor properly maintained, and not conservative obstructionists pols concern, VA budgets!!

Trump, all conservatives, Continues, 'Poser' Patriotic Political, as tools Veterans, Stunts

29 Jan 2016 - Trump Taps Golf Buddies, Real Estate Scions For Gifts To His Charity
All making Huge bundles of wealth, with extreme low taxes, off their investments in defense industry over the past decade plus!!
By the way, that 'DonaldTrumpforVets' site was registered on 28 Jan 2016 in the morning, and he's saying they raised some $5mil., I'll bet, and win, he gave most of that if the $5mil. really exists, and probably an interest bearing account!

28 January 2016 - Veterans on Trump’s fundraiser: ‘He doesn’t give a damn about vets either way’
War is hell, and if you survive, you might just live long enough to have Donald Trump throw you a fundraiser.>>>

30 Jan 2016 - Queens veterans ask Donald Trump for donation, receive bumper sticker one year later
They asked Donald Trump for a donation to help homeless veterans — but all they got was a lousy bumper sticker. >>>

29 January 2016 - Iraq Vet: It’s Infuriating to See Donald Trump Use Veterans
'Trump can’t fake a history of caring about veterans'>>>

Jan. 29, 2016 - Jeb Bush Applauds Vets Initiative For Not Using Federal Assistance (It Did)
Thanks to the Obama Administration and it's Cabinet that have been very proactive, despite total congressional conservative obstruction, on our Veterans issues, two more wars and long ignored and outright denied, by those served, issues. From the start with Sec. Shinseki and thankfully continuing under Sec MacDonald after conservatives accomplished clearing the target on Gen Shinseki who spoke truth to the Conservative congress and Bush administration and was fired from his Military career!
And another conservative leader, besides the two joining the trump at his phony rally, for veterans?, pipes in:
At Thursday night’s Republican presidential debate, Jeb Bush praised an initiative that virtually eliminated veteran homelessness in Houston, Texas, and pointed out that it was done without federal assistance.

The coalition of charitable groups, called The Way Home, does in fact partner with multiple federal departments and receives federal funding. >>>

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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