{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, May 29, 2016

Antiquated: Personnel and Accounting Integrated Data, Department of Veterans Affairs—53 years old

Finally after months and months of 'Bengazi' and morphed into 'Hillary E-Mails' Congressional investigations, Conservatives have nothing else like Governing to do, the Media and the Country have something real to sink their claws into and, as for the media, report reality on, maybe finally do something about!

Of course they won't, DeJa-Vu, the 'rage' is all about another Clinton, forget that the exact same and more went on during the GWB administration and with Congresses A'OK apparently!!

The GAO report delving into the archaic Government systems, if Congress was doing their jobs the Government would be leading all along in the advancing technologies that then would be shared with the private sector, as Military and Veterans research and development are, are just the tip of the many problems within, especially the VA, as issues are just ignored or denied existence of, to the detriment of the Society and for many the Planet! The antiquated systems can't be shared, if at all, easily across agencies that would need and help alleviate extremely costly problems that in attempting to fix create even more, over and over again. but boy do they sound good and help pointless dangerous ideologies when made into months long media hyped 'scandals' for political and personal needs, and to keep the people served from demanding they should 'sacrifice' at all. Nor can they be shared with individuals, in a timely or otherwise manner, seeking help and information on their own needs. As to the VA for the first time in my lifetime and especially as to the Veterans Administration a whole Executive Branch has been working continuously, with no help from Congress nor the People Served, to build as much as possible what was promised from the beginning!! Here's hoping that continues, but more hope is that the flag waving poser patriotic civilians, many vets as well, start demanding they actually 'sacrifice' and keep their otah and promises too!!!!!!

Been Conservative ideology for years and Country served likes it that way, because by actually fixing their Government it would take huge costs, saving huge amounts when working and maintained correctly going forward. Instead of the piecemeal, in the case of the VA especially, superficial mostly unfunded fixes, if any, that neither fix the ongoing, same, problems but create more added very costly problems. To then become future media hyped long running 'scandals' as the Country served stays on board the Conservative goal to privatize for corporate profit with little to no regulation, government of the corporation and not the people!!

“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

As the Obama administration entered they instantly started getting attacked, by the poser patriots served and through their, especially conservatives, representatives. Not only as to the VA as the total legislative obstruction, and was voiced as the conservative policy forward, began. As to the VA attacks on it's personal, with no guilt by those representatives and people served, it was asked with not one but two long destructive wars and occupations ongoing, DeJa-Vu:

Government agencies keep sacrificing cash to zombie IT systems, GAO finds
50-year-old Cobol code, 8-inch floppies, and PowerBuilder live on in government IT.

26, May 2016 - Some of the most critical business systems run by US government agencies are older than many of the IT people who support them, written in mainframe assembler code or COBOL. That might not shock or surprise anyone who works in mainframe-centric industries like insurance and finance, where the time-tested reliability of some systems has granted them lives that reach back to the Johnson administration. But a new GAO report has called out some of these systems as being so archaic that they're consuming increasingly larger portions of agencies' IT budgets just for operation and maintenance. As the breach at the Office of Personnel Management demonstrated, old systems are also a security risk—particularly when they've been "updated" with now-unsupported versions of Windows Server and Internet and database components that were end-of-life'd by their creators years ago.

To drive those points home, the report—written by David A. Powner, GAO's Director for Information Technology Management Issues—called out specific legacy systems from multiple agencies that are particularly obsolete, reliant on older programming languages and older computing technology that are no longer supported. To help members of Congress too young to remember them, the report also included an infographic (as show above) to explain what an 8-inch floppy disk was.

Of the top ten oldest systems cited by GAO, six are over 50 years old—and five of the ten oldest systems, all dating from before the 1980s, are not slated to be replaced anytime soon. And it should come as no surprise that the two oldest systems in government are at the Internal Revenue Service, and both will remain in place for some time.

To be fair, the "ages" of these systems represent how long the agencies have been investing in them and not necessarily their technology base. Many of them have had major updates to their components, if not their core code. But for the most part, those that have been updated are still based on more recent—but still obsolete and unsupported—operating systems and software.

The Old 10 are:


{4:} Personnel and Accounting Integrated Data, Department of Veterans Affairs—53 years old. Human Resources systems are one of the most common sinkholes for legacy technology. This system is VA's time and attendance system, and it was written in COBOL. VA is planning to replace it with a shared service in 2017, as part of the ongoing consolidation of like systems across the government.

{6:} Benefits Delivery Network, Department of Veterans Affairs—51 years old. This cluster of COBOL mainframe applications is what VA uses to track veterans' benefits, eligibility for access to benefits, and their dates of death, among other things. The VA is planning to roll it into another system someday, but there's no timeframe set. read more>>>

Photo 2012 : 2 April 2013 - Veterans Affairs Backlog Files Stacked So High, They Posed Safety Risk to Staff
One may ask why with the advancing computer technologies, to be quickly shared securely where needed, were the Veterans Administration still not only using all paper files but filling empty spaces, the size of warehouses, with stacks upon stacks of and needing even more empty big spaces to store same. Oh wait, someone did, {above} at a Congressional hearing joining the already many voices of veterans saying same for the previous decades. One could also ask why with two more wars, extremely quickly abandoning the missions and those sent to accomplish same after 9/11 wasn't Congress demanding the Country served 'sacrifice' during the war drums beating and after the invasions, to today. Doing what Congress is charged to do, agency budget needs and enhanced maintenance upgrading to give full support to the few who actually 'sacrifice', and their families, thus saving treasury funds and alleviating the many sure to come from not doing so media hyped 'scandals' that are often repeated and rippled out to more problems! Where finally with the Obama Executive Administration and it's Cabinet giving aid to first Sec. Shinseki, with a target on him from the beginning by Conservatives, and continuing with Sec. McDonald, Conservatives thought they finally got a like minded Corporate privatization executive in leadership of, finding out quickly they didn't so he now has their target on him. Fighting to build what already should have existed and patch up the years of unfunded poser patriotic congressional fixes that just kept creating more problems. Taking care of not only the new members of the war theater veterans community, and the rest of the few who serve, but addressing theirs and the many
long ignored and outright denied even existed of previous decades and especially wars from, with no help from Congress and the People Served issues.

In this piece Rachel mentions the VA with a list of other Government agencies, the people served responsibility and duty as to the whole country, especially the VA, promises made but not kept! In showing that the Congresses, especially with conservative ideology, haven't been doing the jobs charged to do, their staffs as well. Obstructing budgets, not helping government agencies fix problems that arise in a timely manner, not maintaining thus saving the peoples treasury monies. Instead choking government to make their argument that the private sector can do better, ignoring the many problems in that cash flush private corporate sector, the conservative ideology. This all causes tens of millions, each year adding to same with same thus causing tens of billions in patchwork legislation, usually unfunded, always needed to borrow thus interest to pay as well, paid for by the people, someday maybe, not them 'job creator' wealthy who add to their wealthy investing in defense needs and wars of!!

5/25/16 - Clinton e-mail report illustrates antiquated IT system
Rachel Maddow looks at how a new inspector general's report on Hillary Clinton's violation of State Department e-mail rules describes the archaic archiving system Clinton was supposed to have followed.

May 25, 2016 - Federal Agencies Need to Address Aging Legacy Systems

While this GAO report was focused more on the months long investigating of the SoS Clinton use of a private secure server in her home for e-mail's as others used same but not home bound and privately monitored, not a proper choice as to public records of those who work for same, that frankly might have been a good idea knowing how congress doesn't work as it's supposed to, this about the government agencies should be what is really reported on by professional journalists for the people!! But hey, how much did they do, as to technology and e-mails of, as to the just previous two SoS's Rice and Powell and not only their use of but destruction of the the peoples records! Or how about the entire Bush administration, along with so much more the Country should have Demanded Accountability for, they and the Conservative Congresses of, and the destruction of including probably correspondence with others outside of Government!! Wonder if the Rice and Powell e-mails were on those and in with the, supposedly, destroyed records on the RNC servers?!

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!!

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

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