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


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Military Families & Veterans' a Big Part of 'Hunger in America'


Veterans among millions of Americans relying on food banks

August 18, 2014 - According to a new report, one in seven Americans is receiving food assistance. But the faces of those struggling to put food on the table may surprise some. Manuel Bojorquez reports.

A window into other issue. Listen as the Veteran speaks, from the trauma's of War/Occupation Theaters to the trauma's on the oh so 'patriotic' streets of America, "If it weren't for my son........."

More Military Families Are Relying On Food Banks And Pantries
About 20 percent of all the households using Feeding America services include a member who is serving or has served in the military. Of those, 620,000 households have at least one member currently in the military, which is one quarter of all U.S. military households.

Hunger in America
The Hunger in America study series is the nation’s largest and most comprehensive insight into charitable food distribution in the United States.

Hunger in America is a series of quadrennial studies that provide comprehensive demographic profiles of people seeking food assistance through the charitable sector and an in-depth analysis of the partner agencies in the Feeding America network that provide this assistance. It is the largest study of its kind. The data collected through the Hunger in America studies help guide the development of programs and solutions that improve food security for individuals and their households and inform public policy and support for solving hunger in America.

Hunger in America 2014 is the sixth and most comprehensive study undertaken. The 2014 study reveals that each year, the Feeding America network of food banks provides service to 46.5 million people in need across the United States, including 12 million children and 7 million seniors. Through a network of 58,000 pantries, meal service programs, and other charitable food programs, the Feeding America network reaches people in need in every community across the U.S. read more w/report links>>>


Monday, August 18, 2014

Yuppers! That, poser patriotism, 'Support the Troops'

It really is a bitch, ain't it, when the rare piece of reality comes along and wipes out the phony meme's and in the case of the Military and Veterans the symbols used, especially when the reality is easy to ignore!

More Military Families Are Relying On Food Banks And Pantries

"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

About 20 percent of all the households using Feeding America services include a member who is serving or has served in the military. Of those, 620,000 households have at least one member currently in the military, which is one quarter of all U.S. military households.
And carried into when those few who serve join our Veterans community especially us from our military actions or wars and long occupations, while them served never think they to should 'sacrifice'! Why it's to easy to just ignore or deny, much much cheaper, the issue's, especially as to those flag waving 'patriotic' wars and them follow the conservative long line of accusing the mostly dedicated personal, and volunteers, who strive to work for or help the Veterans especially those in the VA, it's all their fault and certainly not the, go shopping, 99%plus served! Why those served don't feel the need even to pay the multi billions in war costs, mostly to private corporate contractors, leading into the trillions!

“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

August 18, 2014 - Despite the economic recovery, more than 46 million Americans — or one in seven — used a food pantry last year. And a surprisingly high number of those seeking help were households with military members, according to a new survey by Feeding America, which is a network of U.S. food banks.

The — conducted in 2013 — found that almost 620,000 of the households using Feeding America services have at least one member currently in the military. That's one quarter of all U.S. military households.

Deborah Flateman, who's president and CEO of the Maryland Food Bank in Baltimore, says she isn't surprised. Last year, her food bank started working with groups like the USO to provide food aid to families affiliated with nearby military bases like Fort Meade.

She says, so far, they've used their mobile food pantry to distributed more than 200,000 pounds of food to military families.

"They're not unlike any of the other families that we serve," says Flateman. "They meet hardship and they need assistance with food."

And other food banks and pantries say they're seeing a similar increase. 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 recent wars have yet been paid for, let alone the results from!!}

Highlighting Veteran Homelessness… “Wrong Side of Heaven”

Or this:

Veterans Administration: 'Facts' Are For Media To 'Report'

It is important that we openly and willingly discuss our mistakes and how we intend to improve. As we acknowledge areas where more work is needed, we also need to set the record straight when our work is unfairly mischaracterized.

But alas don't worry be happy, we got us an expensive private corporate merc army, that also has yet to be paid for, that's also charged with intelligence gathering!!


Sunday, August 17, 2014

Bill 'Moyers & Company': Maya Angelou on Facing Evil

Full Show: Maya Angelou on Facing Evil
August 14, 2014 - In this second of two programs celebrating the life and work of the late Maya Angelou, Bill Moyers revisits a 1988 documentary in which he and Angelou attended a conference on “Facing Evil,” held in the Hill Country of central Texas. Evil was a topic about which Angelou, the victim of childhood rape and virulent racism, had a lot to say.

Rape caused her to retreat into silence for five years, she said, and was “a dire kind of evil, because rape on the body of a young person more often than not introduces cynicism, and there is nothing quite so tragic as a young cynic, because it means the person has gone from knowing nothing to believing nothing. In my case I was saved in that muteness, you see, in the sórdida, I was saved. And I was able to draw from human thought, human disappointments and triumphs, enough to triumph myself.” read more w/transcript>>>

Full Show: Facing Evil With Maya Angelou from BillMoyers.com on Vimeo.

Much More Found At: Moyers & Company


Saturday, August 16, 2014

Highlighting Veteran Homelessness… “Wrong Side of Heaven”

Those 'served', the 99%, need to finally step up and actually 'Sacrifice', their representatives start actually doing their jobs and not constantly attack the personal because they haven't done those jobs {here's looking at You Rep Miller, seeking the media coverage of himself, and company}, decades and wars from Not! As they ignore or deny the costly issues! These present wars have yet to be paid for let alone, DeJa-Vu, the long term results from! And build the VA not only promised but their Responsibility to bring to those few that served them, the served Poser Patriots!!

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

New Five Finger Death Punch music video highlights veteran homelessness…but is it accurate?
August 15 2014 - The band Five Finger Death Punch has had close ties to the U.S. military for years. Previous music videos have featured images of soldiers struggling through life in a combat zone, and they have performed overseas for the troops on numerous occasions.

Their latest project takes on a related social issue. Released this week, the video for the song “Wrong Side of Heaven” casts a spotlight on veteran homelessness. It already has been viewed online more than 1 million times.

The statistics flashed across the screen are stark, and draw attention to an important issue. But are they accurate? Checkpoint decided to investigate. Among the claims: read more>>>

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: To Those 99% Served, 'Build the Veterans Administration Promised!!'

Under Gen. Shinseki, with a target on him after speaking Military Truth and the bushco firing him with the political ideology/greed within the agency helping those in power targeting him, finally with help from this Executive Branch and it's Cabinet, like the Department of Labor - Veterans, The Department of Housing and Urban Development - Veterans and the Department of Justice - Veterans Courts and Related to name but only a few Veterans issues were finally addressing decades long ignored issues with some even denied they exist. Long Ignored by those served, other VA Secretaries and Executive Administrations, especially Conservative, and Especially Congresses who Represent the People Served, or are supposed to, and control the Nations purse strings. Across the VA and all issues of the us Veterans and especially from our Wars and long Occupations of others, not just Care Issues!
Already started but an agency can do only so much and at the pace the people served allow with what the agency is budgeted, still grossly under funded with two more long wars and the budget mostly borrowed with interest payments to cause problems thus feeding the conservative want to privatize for corporate profit off the peoples treasury, and country served willing to pay for:

"He would update the VA software program for scheduling called VISTA, a program first used in 1985.

Nabors also calls for the VA to hire more doctors and nurses, and build more physical space that will be needed for veterans in the future."

What the VA Needs is Those Served Actually Sacrifice, Not Poser Patriotism from Congress and those, 99%, People Served!!

Build the Veterans Administration Promised from the beginning with Real Patriotism not the decades of, cheap, empty rhetoric and Unfunded Congressional Legislation, putting their names too for that patriotic feel and praise, just like the unfunded flag waving patriotic wars with two tax cuts and no offsets mentioned, still unpaid for, used only to attack the VA personal for not rapidly addressing what was passed, Poser Patriotism!!

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
{Neither of these recent wars have yet been paid for, let alone the results from!!}

Fact:The Obama Administration, and it's Cabinet, they don't do the peoples purse strings, have been the 'Only Government Branch' consistently doing not only for Veterans but Military Personal and their Families since coming in!!

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

Fact: Lets hope what Gen Shinseki, with the help of the entire Obama Admin and Cabinet, had finally started addressing continues. But it only can when those served, through their representatives, decide they actually owe in paying for these cheered on 'patriotic' wars and the long term results of is their responsibility to fully address!!

Are You Concerned About a Veteran? The Veterans Crisis Line Can Help>>>

For our sisters: National Women Veterans Hotline, call 1-855-VA-WOMEN (1-855-829-6636) New Hotline now up and running


Thursday, August 14, 2014

The Yuri Orlov File

Human Rights Legend and Distinguished Physicist Turns 90
Founder of Moscow Helsinki Group Endured Gulag and Exile, Still Teaches at Cornell

Web Posting Includes KGB and Politburo Documents on Orlov's Dissident Career, Declassified U.S. Reports on the Human Rights Challenge Orlov Faced, Complete Orlov Physics Publications List, First Publication in English of Orlov's Historic 1956 Speech Criticizing the Communist Party, and Video of Orlov-Reagan White House Meeting from 1986

August 13, 2014 - Marking the 90th birthday of the human rights legend and distinguished physicist Yuri Orlov, the National Security Archive at George Washington University (www.nsarchive.org) and the Memorial Society in Moscow (www.memo.ru) today posted online an extensive collection of formerly secret Soviet and U.S. documents on Orlov's career as a Soviet dissident, including the first English-language translation of his historic 1956 speech at his physics institute in Moscow, and his 1976 founding of the Moscow Helsinki Group.

The posting also includes Orlov's complete publications list as a still-active research physicist, his 2009 Vernon Hughes Memorial Lecture at the Brookhaven National Laboratory, and never-before-published video of Orlov's White House meeting with President Ronald Reagan in 1986.

The documents include detailed KGB, Communist Party Central Committee and Politburo documents, together with parallel CIA and White House assessments, that suggest how courageous human rights activism by leading Soviet scientists like Orlov as early as 1956 fundamentally threatened the repressive Soviet system while setting the stage for the late 1980s perestroika/glasnost period that ended the Cold War. read more>>>


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Robin a ‘True Friend’ of the Troops

Certainly 'Not' a FOX/Rush, and greater majority served, patriotic?, 'Poser Patriot'!! As the FOX and Rush, and their many parrots, have been showing their true colors since Robin's death!!

Hagel Praises Williams as ‘True Friend’ of Troops
WASHINGTON, Aug. 12, 2014 – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel saluted actor and comedian Robin Williams, who’d passed away yesterday at age 63, for his steadfast support of U.S. troops and veterans over the years.

In a statement issued yesterday, Hagel noted that Williams had toured with the USO to entertain overseas-deployed U.S. forces and supported efforts to assist veterans.

Hagel’s statement reads as follows:

“The entire Department of Defense community mourns the loss of Robin Williams. Robin was a gifted actor and comedian, but he was also a true friend and supporter of our troops. From entertaining thousands of service men and women in war zones, to his philanthropy that helped veterans struggling with hidden wounds of war, he was a loyal and compassionate advocate for all who serve this nation in uniform. He will be dearly missed by the men and women of DoD -- so many of whom were personally touched by his humor and generosity.”

Rest In Peace Robin, your life long battles caught up to you. You knew what those battles were, you understood with them what many who serve suffer from as to their service especially in war theaters, and fought valiantly by bringing more then just your one of a kind humor about to us all, even the drama's you portrayed sent messages covering many issues in human nature, RIP!!

Journalist Recalls Travels With Robin Williams
WASHINGTON, Aug. 12, 2014 – U.S. service members truly lost a friend with the death of Robin Williams yesterday.

Williams made multiple USO tours to Iraq, Afghanistan, the Persian Gulf, Bahrain, Kuwait and other bases in Southwest Asia to give soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and DoD civilians a little taste of home.

It was my privilege to accompany him on many of those tours, and I can attest that he truly loved doing what he was doing and the people he was doing it for.

There really was no difference between Robin on stage and Robin behind the scenes.

On the first trip with Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers, then-chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the plane stopped at Shannon Airport, Ireland, to refuel. He got off the plane into the midst of about 150 National Guardsmen going home. Robin shook every hand, posed for every picture and ensured the Guardsmen knew he appreciated their sacrifices.

That was Robin. read more>>>

Remembering Robin Williams
August 12, 2014 - The sudden death of Robin Williams has left the world without an acting genius. Williams was able to bring characters of all kinds to life not just for a few hours on the screen; he was able to make them stay permanently in his audience’s memory.

Through these characters, Williams was able to elevate social issues in movies in a way that few actors can. To honor the man, Think Progress assembled a list of seven such issues Williams touched in his films. We give you an excerpt below: read more>>>


Sunday, August 10, 2014

Miliband: "Iraq War Contributed to Current Crisis"

With the American lead and Propaganda, cheering on from some 70%plus support and the Media following the Conservative Politicians Beating the Drums Louder and Louder, in Abandoning so Quickly the Missions and those sent to Accomplish after 9/11 brought about the also quick growth and spread of the many, now, al Qaeda style criminal terrorism groups that attack any and all who don't follow their extremist views and wants!!

David Miliband: the Iraq war and its aftermath contributed to current crisis
Former foreign secretary accepts responsibility for leaving many people in the UK unwilling to support other military interventions

9 August 2014 - The 2003 invasion of Iraq contributed to the country's current disintegration and mounting crisis at the hands of Islamist militants, David Miliband has conceded, as he expressed fresh regret over Britain's involvement in the war.

As US president Barack Obama authorised potential US air strikes against Islamic State jihadists, who have seized control of swaths of the country, the former foreign secretary said that the outcome of the war in Iraq "induces a high degree of humility".

"It's clearly the case that the invasion of Iraq, or more importantly what happened afterwards, is a significant factor in understanding the current situation in the country," said Miliband, during a wide-ranging interview with the Observer in New York.

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Asked whether the chaos that it had unleashed made him regret supporting the war as a minister in Blair's government, Miliband said: "I regret it because I made a decision on the basis of upholding the norms of respect to weapons of mass destruction, and there were none."

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"You have to, you have to take responsibility," said Miliband. He added: "You can't press the rewind button."

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Miliband went on to say that the full extent of the CIA's use of British territory for the rendition of terrorism suspects should be made public, as he acknowledged for the first time the possibility that the US had misled ministers about the programme. read more>>>

Of course Tony Blair disagrees as would the Bush and especially the Cheney and at least one of his offspring!!

This: "that attack any and all who don't follow their extremist views and wants!!" describes the political atmosphere within America, only still using words and symbols so far, and led by the same who readily rubber stamped the policies that told the continuation of what was to follow and has!

* * * 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, August 09, 2014

The 'COALITION' Grows to 'AID' the Iraqi People

Following what President Obama has now engaged in, Humanitarian aid lifts and with Targeted Military Strikes against this ISIS, another growth and spread of criminal terrorism from the Failed policies of the Bush Administration their rubber stamping Conservative Congresses and buying a Coalition to support and invade/destroy Iraq after so quickly Abandoning the Missions and those sent to Accomplish after 9/11, other's are reaching out to help the Humanitarian Effort!! Hopefully to stop the genocide that has already started!

Australia preparing to join Iraq air campaign, says Tony Abbott
Prime minister indicates RAAF is ready to perform aid drops to displaced people as US jets strike Isis militants

9 August 2014 - Tony Abbott has offered Australia’s assistance to the US for humanitarian air drops over northern Iraq after the US military launched air strikes against Islamic State (Isis) forces.

The prime minister said he had spoken with US officials about the “potential humanitarian disaster” and that he had been asked to consider participation in humanitarian air drops.

“President Obama has already said that it has the potential to become a genocide and that’s why it’s important for Australia to join with our international partners in doing what we can to render humanitarian assistance,” Abbott said. read more>>>

British aid plane takes off for Iraq
9 August 2014 - A cargo plane has left RAF Brize Norton carrying British humanitarian aid to Iraq, the BBC understands.

The aid drops are part of an £8m package of aid announced by the UK government.

Members of the Yazidi community trapped on a mountainside in northern Iraq will be among those to receive assistance.

It comes as the government's emergency Cobra committee meets to discuss the response to the conflict in Iraq.

'Brutal persecution' read more>>>

Canada stops short of offering humanitarian aid to Iraq
Aug. 08 2014 - Foreign Minister John Baird is stopping short of pledging new military or humanitarian aid to Iraq, saying Canada will monitor the situation in the country as the United States began air strikes and supply drops to help civilians fleeing Sunni extremists.

In a statement Friday, Mr. Baird said Canada’s ambassador to Iraq, presently based in Jordan, is “working to determine how best to support the Iraqi people.” In the meantime, the federal government says it has not received a request for military help. read more>>>

The Iraqi Military has to come back reorganized, and fast, and help the Kurds, which is helping their own throughout the country, who have a long cause they're fighting for and the motivation to try and stop another attempt at controlling them and their resources. The Turks, despite their long suppression of the Kurds, need to step in and help as well!!

Who's condemning, and making fun of this present CiC, continued deadly tragic present events and demanding more robust military actions, some even comparing to the one night instant growth and deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi:

The bushco's rubber stamping conservative congresses, with some 70%plus support of the country, in abandoning the missions and those sent to accomplish so quickly after 9/11, destroyed that pandora's box and greatly enhanced the growth and spread of the al Qaeda, and like groups, type criminal terrorism!!

As said over and over before, the world, especially those in these area's, will be living, dying, with the results from for the next decades!!

Why those that fully supported and defended, still do, the extremely failed policies, every action and cost under, including much of the press, of the bushco and conservative controlled congresses!!

And neither war has yet to be paid for, DeJa-Vu, especially the long term results from, the people's responsibility the VA, two tax cuts especially for the wealthy, with No Demand To Sacrifice By Those Served!!

* * * 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


Bill 'Moyers & Company: Going Home With Maya Angelou

Full Show: Going Home With Maya Angelou
August 7, 2014 - Over the years and on several occasions, Bill Moyers interviewed Maya Angelou, the legendary author who died in May. In this first of two programs celebrating her extraordinary life and legacy, Moyers revisits an episode from his 1982 series Creativity in which he and Angelou returned to the small town of Stamps, Arkansas, where she spent much of her childhood.

Walking with Moyers, she remembers a place where she was “terribly hurt… and vastly loved.” Stamps, Arkansas, was deeply segregated, and divided by railroad tracks that split the town into black and white.

“This was more or less a no man’s land here… If you were black you never felt really safe when you simply crossed the railroad tracks,” she says. “… And I used to have to walk over here. Oh gosh, I hated it. I had no protection at all over there. I had an idea of protection on this side. I had my grandmother on this side. I had the church, my uncle, and all my people were on this side. So I had an idea of protection, but there I would be all alone and I loathed it, crossing those railroad tracks.” read more>>>

Much More Found At: Moyers and Company


Thursday, August 07, 2014

Water Down $16.3 Billion, Long Under Funded, VA Bill - Pissing In The Tea Bucket

More pissing, conservative watered down, into them tea buckets in the still grossly under funded Veterans Administration budget, decades of and wars from especially the past decade plus, wars yet to be paid for with no offsets demanded as spent, and counting! As even this will be on borrowed funding, No Sacrifice From Those Served Especially The Wealthy!!

Long time want of conservatives, privatize for corporate profit off the peoples, not the wealthy, treasury! As still government agencies they would then stop obstructing much needed spending and build bigger budgets, that means more taxes for those served, not the wealthy, for th needed growth corporate bottom lines! Not in the poser patriot people served responsibility, the VA, especially as to wars and results of nor to fix problems even more numerous in the private sector! No accountability for those private sector corporations and as still government agencies the blame for problems would still be targeted at those working in the agencies!

That 'privatization' should have been more then obvious under the bush and the six years of tepublcan control in congress, and as well in states with same, with not only the wars and 'no bid contracts' but also the many other area's they readily rubber stamped! Easy wealth building profits and huge tax cuts for those who reaped!!

President Obama's remarks at signing of Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act
"“To care for him [or her] who shall have borne the battle.” That’s the heart of the VA’s motto. That’s what the bill I’m about to sign will help us achieve. But I want to be clear about something: This will not and cannot be the end of our effort. Implementing this law will take time. It’s going to require focus on the part of all of us. And even as we focus on the urgent reforms we need at the VA right now, particularly around wait lists and the health care system, we can’t lose sight of our long-term goals for our servicemembers and our veterans.

The good news is, we’ve cut the disability claims backlog by more than half. But let’s now eliminate the backlog. Let’s get rid of it. (Applause.) The good news is, we’ve poured major resources into improving mental health care. But now, let’s make sure our veterans actually get the care they need when they need it. The good news is, we’ve helped to get thousands of homeless veterans off the street, made an unprecedented effort to end veterans’ homelessness. We should have zero tolerance for that. But we’ve got to -- still more work to do in cities and towns across America to get more veterans into the homes they deserve. We’ve helped more than a million veterans and their spouses and children go to college through the post-9/11 GI bill. (Applause.) But now, we’ve got to help even more of them earn their educations, and make sure that they’re getting a good bargain in the schools they enroll in.

We’ve rallied companies to hire hundreds of thousands of veterans and their spouses. That’s the good news. With the help of Jill Biden and Michelle Obama -- two pretty capable women. (Laughter.) They know what they’re doing, and nobody says no to them, including me. (Laughter.) But now, we’ve got to help more of our highly skilled veterans find careers in this new economy." read more>>>

Obama signs veterans bill into law

Private sector lacks capacity, expertise to care for veterans
July 29, 2014 - Sadly, the simple truth that the VA provides high-quality care has been overshadowed by problems in the system designed to deliver that care. As we move forward with the process of correcting these systemic failures, we cannot ignore the fact that the VA’s quality of care simply cannot be replicated through privatization.

First, the private sector does not have the expertise to provide care for the unique needs of veterans, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, prosthetic's, conditions related to toxic exposure in war zones, or traumatic brain injury. The VA was designed to provide care for conditions unique to veterans. Much of this care is provided by veterans who understand the needs of veterans. This was made clear by the CEO of the American Hospital Association, who told the committee that the private sector will need time to understand the unique needs of veterans before it can meet demand.

Second, those in private practice do not share the same singular mission as the VA. In a recent hearing, representatives of major private care providers voiced concerns with reimbursement rates and speed, while repeatedly refusing to share with the committee their expected profit from expanding private care for veterans. The VA has a singular mission, as President Abraham Lincoln said: “To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan.”

Finally, in Nevada and across the country, there is a shortage of private-sector doctors. The Silver State, as measured by the number of physicians for every 100,000 residents, is severely lacking in both generalists and specialists, including family practice doctors (46th in the country), pediatricians (46th), orthopedic surgeons (51st), ophthalmologists (48th), psychiatric physicians (50th), OB-GYNs (40th), and registered nurses (50th), according to University of Nevada School of Medicine researchers. We are doing a disservice to veterans by pushing them into an already overburdened private system. read more>>>

Will the cash from the VA healthcare overhaul help?
7 August 2014 - That’s why the feds will cover private doctor visits for veterans who either live 40 miles from a VA medical center or have waited more than 30 days for a visit. But Disabled American Veterans Executive Director Garry Augustine says vets, by and large, like what they get at the VA.

“The VA knows how to treat the post-traumatic stress. The different type of spinal cord injuries. Those are done better in the VA than any place else,” he says.

Surveys dating back a decade concur. They show vets are more satisfied with the care they receive at the VA than patients are with what they get in private sector hospitals.

Former VA administrator Dr. William Duncan says the challenge is providing timely care and keeping vets tethered to the VA. He knows peeling people away – even temporarily – means connecting them to other providers who may even be less functional.

“There’s a lot of doctor’s offices that are not electronic. It depends on paper. Paper gets lost. It’s a mess,” he says.

Duncan hopes the money to hire more doctors and nurses will add capacity to the VA, but he warns this money will only be well spent if the VA can build smart systems to track and treat their patients, too. 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

More of the Presidents remarks:

"So America has to do right by all who serve under our proud flag. And Congress needs to do more, also. I urge the Senate, once again, to finally confirm my nominee for Assistant Secretary for Policy at the VA, Linda Schwartz; my nominee to lead the Board of Veterans Appeals, Constance Tobias; my nominee for CFO, Helen Tierney. Each of them have been waiting for months for a yes-or-no vote -- in Constance’s case for more than a year.

They’re ready to serve. They’re ready to get to work. It’s not that hard. It didn’t used to be this hard to just go ahead and get somebody confirmed who is well qualified. Nobody says they’re not. It’s just the Senate doesn’t seem to move very fast. As soon as the Senate gets back in September, they should act to put these outstanding public servants in place. Our veterans don’t have time for politics. They need these public servants on the job right now. (Applause.)" read more>>>

The Senate and House are the People's Served Representatives and what they do is what those who are served, and thus it's their responsibility, want!

From Kathie Costos DiCesare, PTS suffering Vietnam Veterans wife and known as the 'Nam Guardian Angel' long time and dedicated Veterans Advocate and Activist, a whole list of backlinked long time problems and no actions on, only to rise once more and be made into media feeding 'scandals' reporting, reported by those reaping the benefits of huge tax cuts on their upper income compensation. Visit to take a look:

Senate and House Veterans Affairs Committees Snow Job
August 5, 2014 - The longer problems for veterans goes on, the more it seems as if the Senate and House Veterans Affairs Committees are pulling a snow job on veterans.

A new poll from NBC says voters are not happy with congress. Majority disapprove of their own House member but the other part of this is, "Americans’ frustration with Congress is reflected in other polls, too: just 3% said they thought Congress had been “very productive” this year in a recent NBC News/Marist poll."

Well, my fellow Americans, welcome to the world veterans have lived in for decades. They haven't been happy in, well, forever.

As much as I frankly do not like the national news stations, especially cable news, CNN did do a pretty good job of trying to explain how long veterans have suffered while members of congress just promised them everything, usually around election time and they needed the votes. Here are some highlights.

The VA's troubled history: read more>>>

Those served, the 99%, fully back, well some, actually most and especially conservative, the free wars, these recent ones have yet to be paid for! Representatives of, do complain "what more money, money won't fix, that would mean we should sacrifice also, we like 'scandal' reports and FOX speak on."!!

Those use those arguments about 'throwing money at' have already been doing that to continue the disruption and thus constant costly problems they then can blame on all the mostly dedicated agency workers! To fix problems monies have to come from those part of the budget, thus even more so greatly shorting the needs in under those budgeted funding, which then cause problems where none existed or were already growing as the country served ignored or denied, that's only PTSD how about gulf war syndrome, the costly problems even though heavily under funded to begin with and especially at times of wars and in the decades after! They might pass the occasional policies directed at Veterans, never saying anything about funding for, if passed and become law they are then used to attack the VA personal for not fully implementing, no matter how hard they tried to. The House Veterans Affairs Committee, under Rep Miller, is great at these constant attacks, with nothing done after the hearings, as he rushes to the camera's or written media to continue attacking, and he gets praised for doing so!


Wednesday, August 06, 2014

POSER PATRIOTISM: "......supposed to be helping the troops"

Remember, grew from these two wars after quickly abandoning the missions and those sent to accomplish after 9/11, the U.S. Navy Veterans Association. The personal and political slush fund that collected millions and did virtually nothing for Veterans' but was highly praised, with photo ops even, by those pols benefiting from the contributions and 'patriotic' supposed purpose of.


Fast-forward to 1998. A man calling himself Bobby Thompson showed up in Tampa and by 2002 had founded U.S. Navy Veterans Association in a rundown duplex in Ybor City. The charity claimed it had branches nationwide and Thompson told people he was a former military intelligence officer. The charity claimed it collected nearly $100 million in donations over the next eight years. But it funneled hundreds of thousands of dollars to conservative political campaigns and did little for veterans.

Thompson, who lived in the other half of the charity's roach-infested duplex, regularly put on a blue blazer to hobnob with top Republicans at pricey dinners. He got his picture taken with Karl Rove, John McCain and twice with President George W. Bush. read more and do a search on, plenty more out there>>>

“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

There are and have been plenty of others very similar in past years and in past wars, the Country served is more then willing to give to but not willing to Demand they Sacrifice when they send our Military into invasions and occupations. Sacrifice as to paying for these wars and especially the long term results from. Easier to ignore the issues or deny they exist, finally being addressed under the Shinseki VA administration with no added funding, deficits mean budget still mostly borrowed, by those served, cheaper too. but give a few bucks every now and then and feel 'patriotic', even brag to family and friends about. Why even the well known National Veterans Groups, reactive and not pro active, principle leaderships get healthy compensation then joining the meme's of attacking the mostly dedicated Veterans Administration workers, even in Congress, and not Demanding those served should be Sacrificing as they demand the Military and their Families do. Never checking out if these groups are legit, many are and fight for the same dollars to continue being actually using the most of the funds for the intended purposes, but taking the word of pols or famous in the arts as being so as trusting words pulling at that 'poser patriotism' of symbols and speak with american flags waving.

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

08/05/14 - Conservative group accused of US troop aid scam
Kim Barker, reporter for the New York Times, talks with Steve Kornacki about her report on Move America Forward, a charity she says lied about its supposed mission to help deployed U.S. troops, enriching its founders instead.

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

Pro-Troop Charity Misleads Donors While Lining Political Consultants’ Pockets
Move America Forward has collected millions to send care packages to U.S. troops. But its appeals often rely on images and stories borrowed without permission, and its assets have been used to benefit political consulting firms and PACs.

Aug. 5, 2014 - In February 2013, Move America Forward announced an ambitious fundraising goal. The charity, launched in part by one of the most prominent figures in the Tea Party movement, had adopted the 800 Marines in a battalion fighting in Afghanistan and wanted to send them all care packages.

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Move America Forward calls itself the nation's "largest grassroots pro-troop organization," and has recruited a bevy of Republican luminaries, including former Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush and former Vice President Dick Cheney, to support its efforts.

Yet an examination of its fundraising appeals, tax records and other documents shows that Move America Forward has repeatedly misled donors and inflated its charitable accomplishments, while funneling millions of dollars in revenue to the men behind the group and their political consulting firms.

In several instances, the charity has taken images and stories from other groups and from veterans themselves without permission to use in fundraising appeals.

Last year, Move America Forward even solicited funds by claiming a partnership with Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, the largest hospital for wounded service members in the country. No such partnership existed, Defense Department officials say.

The charity's funds and other assets also appear to have been used to subsidize three conservative political action committees, records show. read more>>>

Nation's "largest grassroots pro-troop organization": Conservative Con!!

""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


Tuesday, August 05, 2014

August 12th & 17th: The War Comes Home

The War Comes Home, our first collaboration with Soledad O’Brien’s Starfish Media Group, will debut on CNN on Tuesday, August 12th, 2014 at 9 p.m. EST and will encore at 12:00 a.m. EST, and on Sunday, August 17th at 7:00 p.m. EST.

As the U.S. prepares for the final drawdown of soldiers from the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, Soledad O’Brien and MediaStorm take an intimate look at two veterans as they struggle with the transition from war to home.

The War Comes Home
Approximately every hour a U.S. veteran commits suicide.

A quarter of all returning veterans suffer from post-traumatic stress, with families and communities hanging in the balance.

As the U.S. prepares for the final drawdown of soldiers from the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, Soledad O’Brien and MediaStorm take an intimate look at two veterans and their families’ lives as they struggle with the transition from war to home.

Delon Beckett is one of those veterans. He returned from Iraq a changed man. Now, he drinks to calm his suicidal thoughts. read more w/trailer>>>


Nation's "largest grassroots pro-troop organization": Conservative Con!!

Your 'Strong on National Defense' typical, political slush fund, remember the U.S. Navy Veterans Association, con job in all it's 'glory' of more DeJa- Vu 'supporting the troops' reality! Ya won't hear about this on the, Poser Patriot, FOX or Limbaugh type shows or sites!! Oh and only 'care packages for the troops' are another relatively cheap form of Poser Patriotism but does wonders for the bank accounts of the principles collecting the cash!!

‘Pro-Troop' Charity Repeatedly Misled Voters, Funneled Millions To Tea Partiers
08/05/2014 - In February 2013, Move America Forward announced an ambitious fundraising goal. The charity, launched in part by one of the most prominent figures in the Tea Party movement, had adopted the 800 Marines in a battalion fighting in Afghanistan and wanted to send them all care packages.

"For some troops, these care packages are the only mail they will receive all year," the group said in one email solicitation.

The charity later described the fundraising drive as a rousing success: In less than five weeks, all 800 Marines in a 1st Marine Division battalion nicknamed Geronimo were sent care packages and notes in Afghanistan, it claimed.

But that couldn't have been true. The Marines of Geronimo weren't even in Afghanistan during Move America Forward's fund drive. Instead, they were deployed more than 3,000 miles away, in Okinawa, Japan.

Move America Forward calls itself the nation's "largest grassroots pro-troop organization," and has recruited a bevy of Republican luminaries, including former Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush and former Vice President Dick Cheney, to support its efforts. read more>>>

Pro-Troop Charity Misleads Donors While Lining Political Consultants’ Pockets

Last year, Move America Forward even solicited funds by claiming a partnership with Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, the largest hospital for wounded service members in the country. No such partnership existed, Defense Department officials say. read more>>>

Veterans' Affairs Bill Next Stop: President Obama's Desk ... FINALLY!!

The five Republicans in the House of obstruction, especially in paying for the wars and the long term results of, DeJa-Vu, who voted no on the still obstructed and grossly under funded needs, decades and wars from now, watered down once again, bill: Rick Crawford (Ark.), Walter Jones (N.C.), Jack Kingston (Ga.), Mark Sanford (S.C.) and Steve Stockman (Texas). Joining these Senators: Sens. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) , who had voted 'Nay' weeks back while the House delayed after!! None having any problems, Poser Patriots, in rubber stamping All the war costs, no mention of offsets, including the no bid private contracts, off the books till administrations changed and all borrowed, yet to be paid back!!

Was it Politics, to feed the Conservative 'scandal' needs especially in the Rep Miller House Veterans Affairs Committee attack hearings, or Greed Brought into VA Facilities{?} Where politics nor greed should ever cross those thresholds!!

These present wars, Afghanistan and Iraq, after abandoning the missions and those sent to accomplish so quickly after 9/11 to invade another, have yet to be paid for!!

Now it's time to for, Tea Party Republicans, All Republicans in full support of everything under the bush, to pay a price for standing in the way of legislation, decades long time obstruction and seeking VA budget cuts, that will save veterans' lives.

Congress is on a month long vacation{?}!
DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOUR CONGRESSIONAL REP IS AND WHAT THEY"RE DOING AND WITH WHOM??


Sunday, August 03, 2014

Bill 'Moyers and Company': John Lithgow, ‘King Lear’ and Our Uncertain World

Full Show: John Lithgow, ‘King Lear’ and Our Uncertain World
August 1, 2014 - As violent, disturbing images on the front pages confront us daily, reminders of the uncertain times we live in, we’re surrounded by productions of Shakespeare’s King Lear, the story of an elderly monarch losing strength and sanity, seeking order in chaos.

Why are we so drawn these days to the tale of Lear and his dysfunctional family? John Lithgow, the award-winning actor and writer is playing him right now in The Public Theater’s Free Shakespeare in the Park production. This week he talks to Bill about what it’s like to perform the monumental role and its significance in a time of so much unrest. read more>>>

Much More Found At: Moyers & Company