Thursday, May 24, 2012

Support Among Military and Veterans as to Votes

On FLOTUS & SLOTUS "There is this sense that this is genuine," says Raezer. "We haven't had this kind of visibility from the White House—ever." Joyce Raezer - December 30, 2011
These two ladies started trying to find the needs of the military personal and their families as well as veterans while still in the campaign, and haven't stopped, much of it unreported or under reported!

What wasn't done by those who should have, the previous administration, those congresses, that VA administration, More Importantly the Country:
"In 2004, we invaded Iraq," he said. "At that point, the VA should have seen it coming." Richmond attorney Matthew A. Kapinos, a veteran of Army service in Iraq and Afghanistan - May 13, 2012
and obstructed since, even with the 112th House trying to cut the VA budget as soon as they entered!

This aired on NPR this morning, 24 May 2012.

Obama Seeks To Gain Support Among Military Voters
May 24, 2012 - Historically, the veteran and military vote has gone Republican. In 2008, for example, while losing the presidency, John McCain — a war hero — won 55 percent of this vote.

This year, the Obama campaign thinks it can close the gap.

For one thing, neither candidate is a veteran. And the campaign is hoping to capitalize on a generational change in the military. Four years ago, although he lost the veteran vote overall, President Obama won among vets under age 60.

Long before Obama's Wednesday commencement speech to Air Force cadets at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, his campaign was focusing attention on veterans, active military and their families. read more>>>

There were a couple of statements from veterans in the piece and at least one of shows he follows the lead of his so called political party politicians in laying blame at the VA, through the now President, and not following what has been in the past and the now taking place in the agency he gets his veterans help from.

But one they sought a comment from should never have opened his mouth, or in doing so should be praising the current Veterans Administrations leadership and staff, the previous Secretary of the Veterans Administration.

Principi of All people should put a cork in it:

Anthony Principi, former veterans affairs secretary and adviser to the Romney campaign, believes the Obama administration is falling short. An outreach program to military families, Principi says, isn't enough. "Look at the unemployment rate; look at the backlog of claims. Look at the delays in getting mental health treatment. These are all of the important things that have to be delivered. Not promises, not outreach. It's actually getting in the trenches and taking care of people," said Principi.

He has No positive record on what he did especially related to these two present wars let alone the issues previous, it was that lack, along with those congresses and especially that administration for why what he describes is still happening. No sacrifice from the country, no up dating of the technology needs and needed personal to handle the quick influx of a new generation of combat veterans, not only of one war this time but two long deadly occupations, the long ignoring us older veterans as to PTS and more, and in present times the ignoring the Desert Storm veterans and especially related to 'Gulf War Syndrome'. The only VA Secretary, up to the now Shinseki and those he brought into that administration, that tried upgrading the decades long underfunded VA was Cleland and republican congresses, there still were a few actual republicans then, blocked him. Shinseki and this Executive Admin are getting things done despite the obstruction now in Congress and the Country not Demanding They Sacrifice, a decade now added to the previous decades.

The 110th and 111th Congresses got many issues done not covered by the two previous congresses while they rubber stamped everything that administration wanted especially related to these present war costs but not for the results of, even issues related to us older veterans! The 112th congress, the tepubs, has done squat except with the elections coming now putting up bills or signing onto others as they wave those lapel flag pins of support. Why in the Senate the minority leader of the Committee on Veterans Affairs, one Richard Burr, can't even show up for hearings, he's had Sen. Scott Brown standing in the last two important hearings

The country, who these elected officials represent, not only in the fed but states as well, fairs no better!

No Revenues {nor private capital economic investments} = No Sacrifice = No Support = DeJa-Vu all over again!. Now a decade and counting, told to go shopping, added to the previous decades of under funding the VA, while the peoples reps Still try and lay blame on the Agency, after rubber stamping wars and costs of and those represented cheer on these wars!

While the wealthy and other investors garner their booty, still, from both and many have the chutz·pa to call themselves more patriotic{?} then others wrapped in those false flags, using false slogans and various cheap symbols of and then seek one day events or parades to wave all that patriotism, call it "Supporting the Troops", then go home and either ignore or forget about those that actually sacrificed for the country!

With Memorial Day approaching few will heed the call of what it represents and the sacrifices made!

Everyone Can Find a Way to Honor our Service Members
May 23, 2012 - Over the past few years, I have been blessed with the opportunity to spend time with our veterans, troops and military families. With every visit, I come away inspired.

They are military spouses, who balance work, family and school — all while dealing with the emotions of a deployment. They are military children, who move from school to school while picking up extra chores while their dad or mom is away serving our country. They are survivors of our fallen, who are pillars of strength for their communities. And of course, they are our troops, veterans and wounded warriors, who have dedicated their lives to defending America.

This Memorial Day, we must remember that these heroes are found in every corner of our country, from big cities to rural areas, from base communities to small towns. But no matter where they are assigned or what their duties are, when our service members are called to serve, so too are their families.

That’s why one year ago, first lady Michelle Obama and I launched Joining Forces, an initiative to bring Americans together to recognize, honor and serve our nation’s veterans and military families. Joining Forces focuses on three key areas — employment, education and wellness — while raising awareness about the service, sacrifice and needs of our troops, veterans and their families. read more>>>

The new 'magnetic ribbons', the 'parades' and 'welcome home celebrations', with no demand for sacrifice get same results, but 'parades' only last a few hours on one day! Think 'Desert Storm' and 'Gulf War Syndrome', Ignored till the last couple of years, finally, after the 'Parades'!

Have the 'Welcome Home Parades' but at each the one word that should be spoke and on the minds of All, 'Sacrifice', Demand It, You Owe It!

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