Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Homeless Vets: "This year I've seen a huge number of 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

Homeless Vets: They're Not Just Single Men Anymore

Neither of these recent wars have yet been paid for, let alone the results from! As well as under deficits most of the, grossly under funded, VA budget is still borrowed thus added, problem creating, costs that shouldn't exist!

Along with the decades long and wars from conservative obstruction of the VA budgets, in the present, concerning Veterans, led by Rep Miller in the House, seeking out media attention, for him, 'scandals' caused by the, very costly added, problems congress created, and Burr in the Senate, total, conservative, obstruction in job creating federal investments, your money your returns on, for economic growth and Countries needs, many long ignored, of now and into the future. Those federal investments had always rippled into private sector job and economic innovative growth before. After WWII 'Greatest Generation' never to be repeated, they Sacrificed and thus Developed an Economy envied by those who now have our once proud innovative trades and growth from!

Stand Down: Homeless Veterans in San Diego

September 16, 2014 - Every summer for 27 years, a small tent city has popped up in San Diego. "Stand Down" is a three-day oasis for homeless veterans, with showers, new clothes, hot meals, medical help, legal aid and a booth set up for every housing program in the city.

Increasingly, the event needs ways to keep children entertained.

"They've got the kids zone and everything. My kids live out here very happy. They're looking forward to it from last year," says Alex Morales, who served in the Army in the 1970s.

Morales, his wife and their five children have come here for nine years running — the kids practically grew up here. Some years the family had transitional housing, sometimes they had jobs — but they always needed some help.

After seeing attendance rise for most of a decade, Stand Down this year saw a slight drop in the overall number of vets they served. Yet the numbers grew for families and female veterans needing help.

"This year I've seen a huge number of families — more than I've ever seen before," says Darcy Pavich, who directs Stand Down. "The number of children has probably doubled from last year." read more>>>

“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

'Tens of thousands' more medical staff needed, says VA chief

"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

You can bet, and win, you won't hear any mention of the Country being told they have to Sacrifice in the debates related to the growing destructive ISIS or ISIL created by the Conservative policies on the international stage under the Bush/Cheney leadership!

Homeless Veterans / Upcoming Events / Stand Downs


Sunday, September 14, 2014

The palin side of the story.....using us Veterans?!

I really, really don't want to give this clan added publicity, like I don't use FOX, others, links to give traffic to the crap they spread.

But thought I might this one time as I expected this to rise from this hillbilly clans 'patriotic' tuned grift, using us Veterans':

So this is how they'll, FOX, spin the incident: “Don’t you know who he is? He’s a vet!”

The Palin Family's Side of the Anchorage Brawl Story

For the grifter, very much in the public eye none of them should have got involved in anything like this and she should have seen to it they didn't. This explanation will only work if she paid all her expenses to this 'Mighty Oaks Warrior Foundation' event and also given them a hefty donation from all she's reaped opening her mouth whenever and getting paid for same, no matter what comes out!

He's the Vet, she's the 'BlueStar' family member of, never having served. If she got her travel, expenses and compensation for her appearance ,then she's just another 'war profiteer' and if all or a great majority of what this group raised at this is wasn't turned over to actually help the brothers and sisters, there are a few orgs. who aren't in it for their own benefit and slush fund raising, especially for conservative politics, like there are individuals who regularly volunteer at VA facilities, then they aren't any better. Even the well known National Vets orgs are more reactionary, 'It's All The VA's Fault', instead of proactive on Veterans issues. But they make a lot of noise thus raising much in donations!

Not so strange one never see's anything about her speaking at or getting involved in the groups of parents with 'special needs' children. Never hear her even talk about. Why during the campaign, while at less then half term gov., her youngest daughter was involved in more of the human and parental type bonding, especially a special needs, a child needs. Even when she did carry the baby it was more like 'see my special needs baby', 'now please someone take it so I can talk more about how super patriotic I, and conservatives, am and the rest, liberal, moderates and republicans not in her lockstep, aren't.

She, after elevating into the high income on her easy grifting cash, hasn't paid for these two recent wars let alone, as her son is a Vet and this says a counselor to combat PTS veterans now, hasn't paid for the long term results of, Nobody Has! DeJa-Vu all over again for decades and wars of. As to the Countries responsibility the Veterans Administration, decades long under funded with conservatives keeping it that way to eventually privatize for corporate profit so they can finally stop obstructing the much needed budgets, but still be able to attack the VA personal left to keep it a government agency, and build those budgets to grow that profit bottom line for the principles of and the investors in, themselves included!!

So momma grizzly I for one ain't buyin what you're sellin, or your friend is tryin to!!

POSER PATRIOTISM



Iraq War Inquiry Final Report ‘might be after {their} election’

Chilcot report on Iraq war ‘might be after election’
14 September 2014 - The Chilcot inquiry into the Iraq war is still making fresh requests for the release of classified government papers, suggesting that its report is unlikely to be published before the general election.

Government sources say Sir John Chilcot and his team are still filing a “steady stream” of requests asking civil servants to declassify documents that he wants to quote in his report – meaning it is still being written.

So far the inquiry has cost more than £9m including £1.5m in the last financial year, even though it was not sitting. Senior politicians and officials fear it will not be published before December at the earliest and warn that if it is not ready by the end of February it may have to be delayed until after the election.

A spokesman for the inquiry confirmed yesterday that the process of Maxwellisation, whereby Sir John will warn those he intends to criticise, has not started. That process is expected to take at least two months.

Civil servants had believed the report was close to being signed off and published at the end of May when Sir John struck a deal with Sir Jeremy Heywood, the Cabinet Secretary, to allow some cabinet papers and the “gist” of Tony Blair’s conversations with George W Bush before the war to be published. read more>>>

* * * The British Iraq War Inquiry * * *
Released will carry private communications between GWBush and TBlair, like this already released: TB said there was a danger the Tories would see this as their chance to get rid of him … Bush said they would make it clear to the Tories that if they moved to get rid of TB "we will get rid of them".

* * * Iraq War Promoted Terrorism Rather Than Reducing It * * *

24 April 2014 - Britain’s involvement in the Iraq War promoted terrorism rather than reducing it and was a “strategic failure”, according to a major new report which estimated the cost of all UK conflicts since the end of the Cold War.
The Royal United Services Institute said the UK could face a bill of nearly £65bn, once the cost of long-term care for injured veterans was factored in, with most of the money was spent on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The study, called Wars in Peace, said both conflicts were largely “strategic failures” for the UK, The Guardian reported."

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Bill 'Moyers & Company': Climate Change — Faith and Fact

Full Show: Climate Change — Faith and Fact
September 12, 2014 - The latest in a string of dire reports on climate change came this week from the United Nations’ meteorological advisory body, which said that the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere reached a new record high in 2013, due to a “surge” in carbon dioxide, prompting fears of an accelerated warming of the planet.

A majority of Americans think global warming is real and that human activity’s a factor, believing in the science behind reports on climate change. But some two-thirds of white evangelical Christians aren’t convinced. read more w/transcript>>>

Much More Found At: Moyers and Company


The 'chickenhawks' of Congress Who Represent the 'Poser Patriots'

Showing, once again, their True Concern, their special interests heavily financed jobs, especially conservatives!

Not those extremely very few who serve sent into harms way, as Military Personal, leaving Families behind, already taking deadly actions!

It's just so easy to use them tough hawkish words, especially for war rubber stamper bush conservatives, then stand up and fulfill their responsibility and show the wishes of those they represent, conservatives standard line "The American people want...........", attacking the Executive and Commander in Chief, this one especially, after dumping All the blowback onto them, in their continued total obstruction, like the Veterans Affairs budgets for decades and wars of, on everything!!

09/12/14 - US announces war without declaring it

Why the concern what it's called?!

Whatever they are you, the 99%plus served, get them for FREE, No Sacrifice nor No Demand For through your Representatives, everyone does!

Except the very very few sent into and their families, even if they come back alive!!!!

12 September 2014 - Rachel Maddow reports that the White House, Pentagon, and State Department are all using the word “war” to describe military operations against ISIS, despite insisting just a day ago that they are merely counterterrorism operations.

These recent long deadly occupations, which laid the foundation of what's followed, after the country cheered with the growing drum beats to abandon the missions and those sent to accomplish so Quickly after 9/11, have cost anyone anything, two tax cuts especially for the wealthy and All rubber stamped war costs on the credit card!!

Not only that but, DeJa-Vu all over again and for decades and wars of, the responsibility those 99%plus served hasn't been fully funded, actually extremely grossly underfunded, the Veterans Administration. As those served find it extremely easy to either ignore the costly issues from or outright deny many even exist and their representatives give them what they want so they son't have to Sacrifice as they wave the Poser Patriotic flags at parades and such!!!!!!

Oh and in these times and what's happening them reps are probably Not going to Vote, either House, till after the Elections, but till then they'll blame Obama and like you carrying them tea buckets comment from folks like 'Nam brother Kerry!!

Them VA Budgets, with the constant decades of conservative obstruction, are mostly borrowed, that's what deficits bring!!

* * * The British Iraq War Inquiry * * *
Released will carry private communications between GWBush and TBlair, like this already released: TB said there was a danger the Tories would see this as their chance to get rid of him … Bush said they would make it clear to the Tories that if they moved to get rid of TB "we will get rid of them".

* * * Iraq War Promoted Terrorism Rather Than Reducing It * * *

24 April 2014 - Britain’s involvement in the Iraq War promoted terrorism rather than reducing it and was a “strategic failure”, according to a major new report which estimated the cost of all UK conflicts since the end of the Cold War.
The Royal United Services Institute said the UK could face a bill of nearly £65bn, once the cost of long-term care for injured veterans was factored in, with most of the money was spent on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The study, called Wars in Peace, said both conflicts were largely “strategic failures” for the UK, The Guardian reported."

Effort to rescue Foley and Sotloff was larger than Bin Laden raid
September 12, 2014 - The fighting force deployed to rescue journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff was made up of roughly 70 to 80 U.S. commandos, a much larger group than the one which killed Osama Bin Laden. While it appears the two Americans had once been held at the raid location, they were apparently moved prior to the operation. David Martin reports.

"Other westerners, including Americans, are being held, complicating any strikes into Syria"

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
Neither of these recent wars have yet been paid for, let alone the results from! As well as under deficits most of the, grossly under funded, VA budget is still borrowed thus added, problem creating, costs that shouldn't exist!

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

VA Needs “Tens of Thousands” More Personnel


Thursday, September 11, 2014

ISIS: If Boehner And McCain are serious, Demand A Vote!!

Today!! Not tomorrow or next week or next month, Today!!

No matter how much you miss being dictated to and readily rubber stamping All wanted, policies, lives and treasure, by the bushco, Congress is a separate branch of Government directly Representing All those you're elected to serve, whether they wanted to hire you or not, and you are charged in that job hired to perform is to speak and vote for All those you represent by actual majority of same, not the majority who voted for you but the majority as to the different issues faced, and stop this conservative 'the american people want!' crap as it shows you aren't listen or paying attention to the American people, not strictly political party, especially failed, policies!!

Obama to cautious?

Well lets see here, have yet heard Congress Demand the Country Served Sacrifice, i.e. haven't heard the 99plus% served who they represent demand same, and pay for any actions as well as the long term results from!!

President Obama: How We're Responding to the ISIL Threat
09/10/14 - Good evening,

I just addressed the nation about what the United States will do with our friends and allies to degrade and destroy the terrorist group known as ISIL.

Let’s be clear: While this group may call itself the "Islamic State," it is not "Islamic." No religion condones the killing of innocents, and the vast majority of ISIL's victims have been Muslim. Nor is it a "state." It is not recognized by any government, nor by the people it subjugates.

This is nothing but a terrorist organization with no vision or goal other than to slaughter all who stand in its way. While we have not yet detected specific plotting against our homeland, these terrorists have threatened America and our allies. And the United States will meet this threat with strength and resolve.

Already, our military has conducted more than 150 successful airstrikes over the past month against ISIL targets in Iraq -- strikes that have protected American personnel and facilities, killed hundreds of ISIL fighters, and helped save the lives of thousands of innocent men, women, and children.

Going forward, our objective is clear: We will degrade, and ultimately destroy, ISIL through a comprehensive and sustained counterterrorism strategy.

Here is what that strategy looks like. read more>>>

Not expecting them war rubber stampers of bushco, with almost full media support,, especially conservatives, to do so. We haven't paid for anything after abandoning the missions and those sent to accomplish so quickly after 9/11. As they also follow the long conservative lines of attacking and laying all blame on the mostly dedicated VA personal of not new 'scandals' Rep. Miller can drum up that have existed for decades, especially the still decade plus and two more wars of choice, with this Administration and it's Cabinet the only Government Branch consistently doing to help the grossly under funded VA!!

Do NOT Listen to Dick Cheney

Talk tough war drum beating got us into the present situations, and congress is a huge part of causing!!

Obama is doing almost exactly what the bushco should have done after 9/11 and the almost full support from around the planet.

Building a coalition of not only countries but the intel communities of same to work in concert and as a law enforcement/military body to take on the al Qaeda of the time with follow through if Pakistan was willing to go along as they should have done with bin Laden, to isolate them as well!

09/10/14 - Sen. Sanders urges caution, planning on ISIS
Senator Bernie Sanders reacts to President Obama’s address on the U.S. against ISIS, praising the president’s measured pace and cites the war in Vietnam and the Bush/Cheney administration’s war in Iraq as reasons to be cautious starting military ventures.

* * * The British Iraq War Inquiry * * *
Released will carry private communications between GWBush and TBlair, like this already released: TB said there was a danger the Tories would see this as their chance to get rid of him … Bush said they would make it clear to the Tories that if they moved to get rid of TB "we will get rid of them".

* * * Iraq War Promoted Terrorism Rather Than Reducing It * * *

24 April 2014 - Britain’s involvement in the Iraq War promoted terrorism rather than reducing it and was a “strategic failure”, according to a major new report which estimated the cost of all UK conflicts since the end of the Cold War.
The Royal United Services Institute said the UK could face a bill of nearly £65bn, once the cost of long-term care for injured veterans was factored in, with most of the money was spent on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The study, called Wars in Peace, said both conflicts were largely “strategic failures” for the UK, The Guardian reported."


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Campaign Ads Featuring Veterans

Plenty of ads, most again playing politics with false information using us Veterans', as the corporations use us for marketing or celebrities to boost their fame. None Calling for the Country to Sacrifice as they wave them, Poser Patriotic, flags of support, as to it's Responsibility especially during and after wars and long occupations of others!

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

Campaign Ads Featuring Veterans Swarm The Airwaves
September 10, 2014 - There aren't really any unifying issues in this year's midterm elections, except for one: the treatment of the nation's veterans.

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It may seem like candidates for Congress are spending a lot of money to win over veterans, a relatively small segment of the electorate. But what they're really after are votes of undecided and independent voters, says Jon Soltz, chairman of VoteVets.org. He says it's because veterans affairs are a "mom and apple pie issue."

Vote Vets is a democratic group that's spending $5 million to unseat Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell in Kentucky. Soltz blames McConnell for blocking a $21 billion measure aimed at increasing VA funding. The group is running this ad featuring a Vietnam veteran, shown slowly walking with a cane:

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Dan Caldwell, issues and legislative campaign manager for Concerned Veterans, says this spot and one the group is running in North Carolina targeting Democratic Senator Kay Hagen are aimed at holding Democrats accountable.

"Congressman Braley and Senator Kay Hagen have something in common. They both campaigned on being veterans advocates, they were going to help fix the VA. But once they got into office, the situation at the VA got worse and they didn't really devote enough attention to it," he says. read more & listen>>>

Ahhh yes the 'Concerned Veterans for America' {really??, concerned??}, reminds one of that small group, mostly non Vets, called 'swiftboaters'. This group funded by the conservative, Poser Patriots, Koch brothers who reaped more wealth from investments in these two recent wars and the no bid private contracts of as the costs were rubber stamped and off the books till executive administrations changed, still not paid for!!

Taking Hagan to task, who isn't privy to VA agency reports, over problems at the VA while the Senior Senator of NC, Burr, is privy to All the reports and has done little for but attack VA personal during the now many years he's held that seat, is the Minority head of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, when he's got time to actually attend the hearings. Hagan is on the Armed Services Committee not the Veterans Affairs Committee, having just another Senators voice and vote and not leadership and oversite in VA Affairs! She has stepped up for Veterans on numerous occasions though, like the want to privatize the Salisbury VA, long want of conservatives to privatize for corporate profits and ability to then raise budgets for more bottom line profits under that private care, while the Country were sending our Military into two more wars of choice. Or the Marine Base Camp Lejeune cancers and deaths from water contamination's on the base for years, to name but a few as well as positive votes on calls from the Executive branch for more VA budget funding. Country still hasn't Sacrificed, neither of these recent wars, and no bid private contracts for, have also not been paid for, let alone the long term results from, DeJa-Vu all over again, decades and wars of.

As we abandoned so quickly the missions and those sent to accomplish after 9/11 and invaded Iraq, with troops in harms way and that administration and rubber stamping conservative congresses were doing almost nothing for not only the Veterans but Military Personal and their families: Salisbury VA Medical Center Changes Still On the Table Despite Word of Delays:

December 15, 2008 - The VA announced yesterday that it would not implement any proposed changes to the Salisbury (Hefner) VA until 2013, leaving the facility as a fully operational medical center. While union officials applauded the work of Senator-elect Kay Hagan and Congressmen Mel Watt and Larry Kissell for fighting the proposed elimination of health care services at the hospital, they criticized the VA’s continued commitment to privatize the medical center.

That VA, W. G. (Bill) Hefner VA Medical Center - Salisbury, NC, has a National Cemetery on it's grounds also. And instead of 'privatizing' the Facility has gone through many much needed upgrades as well as some expansions, same for the cemetery, during the Obama administration and the Shinseki Veterans Administration. As the clinic in Charlotte was upgraded and now a new expanded one is being built for the many Veterans' in this area and surrounding, including northern South Carolina, area's. Like many facilities around the Country, including new and upgraded National Cemeteries during the past six years. Hoping that continues but it needs the Country to finally step up and uphold it's side of the contracts to those some 1% that have Sacrificed for them!!

“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

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

Neither of these recent wars have yet been paid for, let alone the results from! As well as under deficits most of the, grossly under funded, VA budget is still borrowed thus added, problem creating, costs that shouldn't exist!


Saturday, September 06, 2014

Bill 'Moyers and Company': Elizabeth Warren on Fighting Back Against Wall St. Giants

Full Show: Elizabeth Warren on Fighting Back Against Wall St. Giants
September 5, 2014 - In Oklahoma, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and her brothers grew up in “an America that invested in kids like us and helped build a future where we could flourish.” But, as she writes in her memoir, A Fighting Chance, “Today the game is rigged – rigged to work for those who have money and power… The optimism that defines us as a people has been beaten and bruised. It doesn’t have to be this way.”

Warren, a former Harvard Law School professor, is an expert on how Wall Street and the banking industry are destroying the middle class. She’s put that knowledge to powerful use on Capitol Hill, rapidly becoming the most authoritative and articulate voice of the Democratic Party’s progressive wing. Many are urging her to run for president. read more w/transcript>>>

"A Fighting Chance" - Elizabeth Warren

Much More Found At: Moyers & Company

5 September 2014 - Web Extra: Elizabeth Warren on Why “I’ll Never Be an Insider”


Friday, September 05, 2014

Bush-era Abuses, Bush-era Abuses Investigations

Up to 2,100 Photos of US Soldiers Abusing Prisoners May Soon Be Released
September 4, 2014 - Would the release of 10-year-old detainee abuse photographs, such as one depicting US soldiers pointing a broom handle at a hooded detainee's rectum, incite terrorist organizations and threaten national security?

That's a question government attorneys will have to answer next week when they explain to a federal court judge why as many as 2,100 unclassified photos of US soldiers abusing Iraqi and Afghan captives should continue to be concealed from the public.

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) case, which resurfaced last week, is part of the American Civil Liberties Union's (ACLU) long-running lawsuit against the US government to obtain documents about the treatment of detainees in custody of the CIA and military.

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Barack Obama inherited dozens of George W. Bush-era open-records lawsuits pertaining to Bush's post-9/11 interrogation program involving CIA prisoners and the treatment of detainees by US military personnel at prisons in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Obama, who signed an executive order — one of his first acts as president — promising to usher in a new era of transparency and open government, had to decide whether his administration would fight various federal court rulings ordering the release of highly sensitive documents that laid bare the brutality of the treatment of detainees.

He acted on that pledge. In April of that year, Obama released memos written after 9/11 by a young Justice Department attorney named John Yoo authorizing the CIA to subject high-value detainees to 10 so-called "enhanced interrogation techniques," a euphemism for torture. read more>>>

A reminder, these actions weren't only carried out by our Military personal and often orders for didn't come from Military personal, they were overseen by the extremely quickly built and extremely expensive private corp merc army, still not paid for like both wars and the results from! Who quickly morphed into another intelligence gathering arm of our Government, In Our Names! And the actions of same got our Military personal killed and maimed in these theaters of occupation. Those from these countries and regions know full well what went down, long before it was open knowledge within our borders!

* * * The British Iraq War Inquiry * * *
Released will carry private communications between GWBush and TBlair, like this already released: TB said there was a danger the Tories would see this as their chance to get rid of him … Bush said they would make it clear to the Tories that if they moved to get rid of TB "we will get rid of them".

Iraq War Promoted Terrorism Rather Than Reducing It

U.S. Forms Anti-ISIS Coalition at NATO Summit

This is exactly, especially with all the support initially after 9/11 and thus using the combined intelligence communities and much more to go after al Qaeda, what should have been done by the bushco regime and teapub congresses!!

Instead they led the cheering country to quickly abandon the missions and those sent to accomplish after 9/11, with the full support and help from the media, and buying a coalition for the Iraq total disaster, thus causing the spread and growth of these al Qaeda style criminal terror groups!! It'll take decades, if ever, to reign in what those policies created, and all for free for the cheering U.S. population! Wars are yet paid for and DeJa-Vu all over again so are the results from including their responsibility the VA for which have yet to Sacrifice and fully fund, again, DeJa-Vu!!


Questioning if Secretary Shinseki Fell on His Sword Too Quickly

Rep Miller, House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman, loves having as many Congressional hearings as he can, searching for a 'scandal' that will stick so it raises his political stature and tough legislator guy persona. This recent 'scandal' as to Veterans Affairs scheduling and even deaths, tens of thousands of Veterans have died from long ignored or denied issues in the wake of our wars with few of those served raising an eyebrow about, they'd have to actually Sacrifice and pay for the care that should have been, was actually a decades long running problem, especially from the previous executive administration and these two recent wars and including Desert Storm even.

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

This looked like a typical Rep Miller sought out 'scandal' and with insider help with facts and spin, politics should never cross the thresholds of Veterans facilities, Never!! And now, though you probably won't hear much from the media now, it looks like some of the real facts are surfacing.

VA investigation shows Shinseki's resignation regrettable
Foote never provided the evidence – actual names of the victims of shoddy VA health care services.

September 4, 2014 - Just a few months back, reputable news services relied on reputable sources to confirm rumors and reports of a secret list of at least 40 former service members who died while waiting for care in the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care system.

But last week, the Veterans Administration debunked that claim, citing "purported error" by retired VA physician Dr. Sam Foote as the source. He alleged that the Phoenix branch hid that patients waited months to be treated for care from the VA's Electronic Wait List.

This was breaking national news on network television and likely responsible for President Barack Obama's dismissal of the agency's head.

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As it turns out, the majority of the veteran patients whose cases were reviewed were on official or unofficial wait lists and experienced delays involving access to primary care. Some cases of pressing clinical issues required specialty care, which some patients already were receiving through VA or non-VA providers.

For example, a patient might have been seeing a VA cardiologist while on a wait list to see a primary care provider when he died.

"While the case reviews in this report document poor quality of care, we are unable to conclusively assert that the absence of timely quality care caused the deaths of these veterans," the reviewers of the "alleged deaths" admit. read more>>>

As to the cooking the books in scheduling, that seems to be a not wide spread throughout the system problem, but was being done in some of the facilities. Easy to talk about when gathering at functions within a group of like minded people, political, already found in the years working in and telling them 'hey you should try this, it's working great for me and my bonuses and enhanced professional records'.

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


Thursday, September 04, 2014

“This is our responsibility and the right thing to do for veterans"

Long ignored issues that started being addressed under the Shinseki VA administration, or totally denied issues like PTS existed, those doing so making comfortable livings writing and leading the political speak, especially conservative privatization wants, as legislation's were denied to help those suffering from so those served, poser patriots, needn't sacrifice and fund their responsibility, continue being addressed. Doing so with help from the entire Obama Executive administration on those issues the other Cabinet Secretaries of could give the VA aid in addressing.

V.A. Rules May Enable Benefits Long Denied to Vietnam-Era Veterans
SEPT. 3, 2014 - Thousands of Vietnam-era veterans barred from receiving benefits because of less-than-honorable discharges may be eligible for upgrades under a new set of guidelines released by the Defense Department on Wednesday.

The new rules offer the first guidance to military discharge review boards on how to address post-traumatic stress disorder. Many experts and veterans’ advocates assert that the disorder may have contributed to misconduct by veterans who were later kicked out of the military and stripped of benefits.

The guidelines call on the independent boards that review petitions from veterans seeking upgrades to give “liberal consideration” to any symptoms of PTSD now or at the time of the veterans’ discharge, and “special consideration” to findings of PTSD by the Veterans Affairs Department. In a statement, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the guidelines were intended to create “fair and consistent results in these difficult cases.”

“This is our responsibility and the right thing to do for veterans,” said Mr. Hagel, a former Army infantry sergeant who was wounded in Vietnam. “This new guidance reflects our commitment to those who served our country during times of war many decades ago.” read more>>>

Sept. 3, 2014 – Hagel Issues Guidance for Veterans’ Discharge Upgrade Requests

Like all our wars, before and after Vietnam, many of the brothers and sisters that came back have passed on and many of those from the complications and added issues from the long ignored or denied issues, out of site out of the minds of those, poser patriots, served!

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
{Neither of these recent wars have yet been paid for, let alone the results from! As well as under deficits most of the, grossly under funded, VA budget is still borrowed thus added, problem creating, costs that shouldn't exist!}


Saturday, August 30, 2014

National Recruitment Effort of Medical Professionals to VA

Secretary McDonald Announces the Start of a National Recruitment Effort to Bring Needed Medical Professionals to VA

This is what Congress is charged to do, from both the Senate and House Veterans Affairs Committee's, as to the needs of the peoples responsibility, in this case, the Veterans Administration and the effects of the flag waving, Poser Patriotic, wars especially. Decades and wars from of not, as issues are ignored or blatantly denied they even exist to bolster the long conservative excuses for not fully funding. As they seek to privatize for corporate profit and thus build bigger budgets to increase that profit, bringing the private sector problems into all area's of the VA charges for us Veterans!

Congress should also, as the people's representative's, be helping the specialized higher education, industry now, facilities in whatever needs to recruit the high school grads into the fields of health care as shown by the dangerous low levels and problems from when a few years back the VA started recruiting trained mental health professionals and found the huge shortage of in the private sector to recruit from. And that's been seen also in other area's of the society and the many dangerous problems caused by that shortage of trained experienced health professional especially in mental health needs.

Recruitment of Additional Medical Providers Will Increase Access to Care

WASHINGTON – August 29, 2014 - Speaking to a crowd of medical students, residents and faculty at Duke University’s School of Medicine, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald today launched a recruiting initiative aimed at bringing the best and brightest health professionals to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) which will ultimately expand access to care for Veterans.

“At VA, we have the most inspiring mission and the greatest clients of any healthcare system in the world. That’s exactly the message I’m going to share as I speak with health care professionals and students about the value of serving at VA,” said Secretary McDonald. “We have taken action to get Veterans off of wait lists and into clinics in the short-term, but in the long-term, in order to provide timely access to care, we need to build capacity by hiring more clinicians. We need the best doctors and nurses serving Veterans, and that is why I will be out recruiting, leveraging the existing relationships and affiliations VA has with many academic institutions, and talking directly to medical professionals about joining us to fulfill our exceptional mission of caring for those who ‘shall have borne the battle.’”

VA is taking multiple steps to expand capacity at our facilities, to provide Veterans the timely care they have earned and deserve. In addition to Secretary McDonald’s direct messages to clinicians and clinicians-in-training, these steps include: read more>>>

In these present times, the past decade plus, two more wars and long occupations, after abandoning so quickly the missions and those sent to accomplish after 9/11, came with two tax cuts, huge for the wealthy. Neither of these wars have yet to be paid for. The monies requested, then obstructed by congressional conservatives, DeJa-Vu over and over again, for the Veterans Administration, continue to be mostly borrowed and if ever paid done so by future generations. The VA thus is still grossly under funded especially when related to wars aftermath for the coming decades after.

Fact: TX-19 Congressional Candidate Neal Marchbanks - Veteran: 28 March 2014 - "Congress controls the budget for the VA and it is the fault of Congress that the VA does not have enough employees and that the facilities are too small."

Fact: Sixth District Congressional candidate Seth Moulton: "Congress has made 'travesty' of veterans care" 05/14/2014

Read 'Congress' as the 99%plus People Served!!!

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

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: “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

Much of what comes from Research and Development, and first hand initial filling any needs, treatments, equipment and improvements on etc., and often with collaborations with Universities and Colleges, with no royalties shared as the private sector uses for profit, in the DoD and VA, not only in health care, is then used to improve the private sector in the similar area's, like health and care, so it's never monies wasted, it's investments into an improved society and world!


Friday, August 29, 2014

Deaths of Chicano Soldiers in Vietnam

Just another reminder to the teabag, white supremacy, republican (R) conservatism, of those who actually serve and served you in the free wars, especially the long term ignored or denied results from you don't feel the need to pay for, for that poser patriot flag waving freedom!!

Not just the Chicano or Hispanic but the African Americans, the Native Americans, the not yet, or newly sworn in, immigrant soldiers and sailors!!

August 29, 1970

Between 15 and 30 thousand predominantly Chicanos (Americans of Mexican descent) gathered in East LA's Laguna Park as the culmination of the Chicano National Moratorium. It was organized by Rosalio Munoz and others to protest the disproportionate number of deaths of Chicano soldiers in Vietnam (more than double their numbers in the population). There had been more than 20 other such demonstrations in Latino communities across the southwest in recent months.

The Vietnam War and it's Detrimental Effects on Chicano's

Vietnam Veteranos: Chicanos Recall the War


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Why Veterans' Administration Claims Exploded

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."

Fact: "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

CBO: Why VA claims exploded and ways to slow the trend
August 28, 2014 - America’s population of living veterans fell by almost five million, or 17 percent, from 2000 to 2013. So why did the number of veterans drawing disability compensation climb by 55 percent over that period? And why has yearly VA disability payments tripled since 2000 to reach $60 billion in 2014?

The Congressional Budget Office explains why in a new report, and the primary reason is not found among veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. That source of claims is significant but not yet near its peak.

A greater factor has been liberalized laws and policies on “service connected” ailments, particularly decisions to compensate Vietnam War veterans for common medical conditions of aging and lifestyle because of an “association” with possible exposure to herbicides used in that war.

For example, in 2000 only 38,000 veterans from all war eras were receiving disability compensation for diabetes. By last year, 320,000 veterans from the Vietnam War alone drew diabetes-related compensation.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) expanded its list of diseases presumed caused by Agent Orange to ischemic heart disease, Parkinson’s disease and certain types of leukemia in 2010. By June of last year, that decision had led to VA processing 280,000 claims for the newly presumptive ailments and to making $4.5 billion in retroactive disability payments. read more>>>

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

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!

Fact: TX-19 Congressional Candidate Neal Marchbanks - Veteran: 28 March 2014 - "Congress controls the budget for the VA and it is the fault of Congress that the VA does not have enough employees and that the facilities are too small."

Fact: Sixth District Congressional candidate Seth Moulton: "Congress has made 'travesty' of veterans care" 05/14/2014
Fact: “We are dealing with veterans, not procedures—with their problems, not ours.” —General Omar Bradley, First Administrator of the Veterans Administration

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: 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

* * Iraq: 10 Years After, 19 March 2013 - Costs of War * *


Thursday, August 21, 2014

Homeless Veterans 'Stand Downs'

"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

Stand Downs — Putting Lives Back Together
August 21, 2014 - There will be a Stand Down for Veterans at the American Legion Post in Sharon, Pennsylvania, this Saturday, August 23. VA Butler Healthcare and the local community are partnering to host the event.

It’s a day-long respite from the streets and an opportunity for some Veterans to put their lives back together.

On August 27, there will be a Stand Down in Sheridan, Wyoming, followed that same week by Stand Downs in Honolulu, Hawaii, Fargo, North Dakota and Montgomery, Alabama. Similar events will take place around the country throughout the year.

Stand Downs are one part of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ efforts to provide services to homeless Veterans.

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The first Stand Down was organized in 1988 by a group of Vietnam Veterans in San Diego, Calif.

The total number of Veterans served during 2013 Stand Downs was 45,133. Of these, 41,421 (92 percent) were male Veterans, and 3,712 (9 percent) were female Veterans.

In addition, 7,553 spouses/companions and 4,269 children of Veterans attended for a total of 56,935 Veterans and family members served. read more>>>

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

Neither of these two present wars have yet to be paid for and once again neither have the long term results from, the peoples responsibility the Veterans Administration, decades long and wars from grossly under funded VA budget is still mostly borrowed as issues still ignored by those served!!

More Military Families Are Relying On Food Banks And Pantries

Hunger in America

“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

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."

Army Says War Records Gap Is Real, Launches Recovery Effort

* * * 2014 - Homeless Veterans/Stand Downs * * *

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