{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

Monday, February 1, 2016

NC 8th in the Nation in Mil. Vet. Population, State Run Veteran Cemeteries Suffering

NC was one of many states cutting their state VA budgets while we were sending troops into Iraq and Afghanistan, many from the bases within which garner huge sums of Federal dollars, long before the economic collapse. Then when it did they cut everything including the still ongoing cuts on taxes, old and new fee's grew to the rest, to the wealthy, once called job creators, that dug the states into deeper deficits and long term growing problems! Those 'problems' costs much more to fix then what was saved short term by not properly maintaining, much much more!!

NC4VETS NEWSLETTER - Country served love having ceremonies especially attended by those hired to represent, civilian attended family parades, the occasional memorial built, bumper stickers, occasional speeches and some, mostly unfunded, legislation passed with photo ops and more speeches, occasional revamping/renaming intended state agencies,..........................

“After a decade of neglect, the result is ugly and potentially unsafe state cemeteries.”

Four veterans’ cemeteries are under state management.

“Put it like this — other states operate at three times the staffing level,” said Ilario Pantano, who oversees veterans’ affairs at the new department. “So we’re really operating a skeleton crew against the need.”

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

NC veterans cemeteries are not in full dress
January 30, 2016 - As the burial rate rises at North Carolina’s state-managed cemeteries for veterans, officials say they’re embarrassed by how bedraggled some have become.

And that’s inspiring a push for more spending — although some legislators are looking at alternatives.

Just this month, Gov. Pat McCrory publicly apologized to the family of a Marine who, before he succumbed to leukemia, had told his mother he didn’t want to be buried in the Jacksonville state veterans’ cemetery. Michael Boffo, who died in August 2014, had deemed the grounds a “mess” after touring the site for a dignified plot, and chose to be buried in Virginia, the family says.

“I’ve been to these cemeteries now, and frankly, they’re in bad shape and do not reflect the gratitude North Carolina’s citizens have for our veterans,” McCrory said Jan. 15 at a Gulf War anniversary event in Raleigh. He told the crowd he would ask the General Assembly to designate money for improvements. read more>>>

On the Federal front in 2008 North Carolina, while the Country had already followed the Bush Administration, some 72%plus support, in abandoning the missions and those sent to accomplish after 9/11, in Afghanistan, and invaded and also occupied Iraq, Sen.-elect Kay Hagan(D), now ex, and Rep Mel Watt(D), in the Obama admin Cabinet, and Larry Kissell(D), also ex, blocked Sen. Burr, ranking Republican member on the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee and for a number of years after the same, the VA’s, especially under Republican conservative Administrations, continued commitment to privatize the Veterans Administration Medical Centers and the Agency, the people served responsibility to the few who've served them. The VA Hospital that Sen Burr was going after also has a National Cemetery on the grounds of. As the decades long conservative want to privatize all of government, for corporate profits off the peoples treasury, and thus added individuals fee's as well, especially the Veterans Administration as they had in privatizing much of the Military, we still haven't paid the bills for the extremely expensive private merc army quickly built as to Afghanistan and Iraq invasions and occupations! In same time frame, remember the Military Care Walter Reed Hospital scandal that conservatives in Congress quickly stated that it was moving soon so no need to fund much needed upgrades after long neglecting, the drawings for hadn't been done nor certainly construction started, while they rubber stamped all borrowed costs, and fully supported, the Bush Admin war drums of Afghanistan and Iraq!!

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.

Meanwhile and long before the states started cutting the already meager State Veterans affairs budgets the Obama Administration, with finally help from the Executive branches Cabinet, came in and started trying to build what the Country had long promised, as to more long wars and occupations were dumped in their laps, even with the conservative obstruction to, the Oath of a Strong VA system for the very few who serve them!

Bringing in Gen Shinseki, with a target on him after speaking truth to the Bush administration and Congress and getting quickly fired from the Military for doing so, to be Sec. of the Veterans Administration!

He in turn started hiring the extremely bright and tech savvy new younger veteran brothers and sisters - “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 - with their recent, multi tours in theater war experiences, to bring the VA into the 21st century, or try as hard as he and they could, despite the congressional obstructions, decades long! Complimenting the already mostly dedicated, not bring politics into the facilities where it doesn't belong, VA employee's which included older Veterans still fighting to address the long neglected and ignored or just plain outright denied issues by the country served and it's, conservatives especially, representatives! If the agency had been properly maintained and up to the advancing standards, and legislation, few and mostly near election cycles, passed in Congress was actually funded and not just to boost the, poser, patriotic creds of individual representatives, ahead of even like the care in theaters or R&D research that changes the care in the private sector Medical facilities benefiting all, especially those served, the Agency would have been saving in many area's and budgets properly distributed where needed!

So many issues and especially from our previous wars and long occupations and the Veterans from. One being the long ignored National Cemetery Administration of the Veterans Administration taken on quickly under Sec. Shinseki, and like the many others addressed continuing under Sec. MacDonald, with the continued help from the Executive branch and it's Cabinet. Upgrading, better maintenance and cost saving improvements, like alternative energy sources, long ignored but still maintained under limited budgets existing cemeteries and building new cemeteries, including in states where they hadn't existed for the veterans of. A big boost need was the Recovery Act, i.e. Economic Stimulus Program, of which funds from were used for the National Cemeteries along with many other area's and issues, creating jobs and long term employment as well in the communities spent on upgrades and expansions and much needed new facilities built. still ongoing and still with obstructed Congressional budget funding, while they continue seeking out media hyped 'scandals' created from the inaction's and under funding of previous Congresses, and still with Executive branch Cabinet help where their budgets and charges under can help the Veterans community as well as the Military and their Families!

Sen. Bernie Sanders 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

"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

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