Wednesday, March 20, 2013

DeJa-Vu: Country Continues to Fail in it's Responsibility

"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

US failing on promises to veterans

Sequestration undercuts veterans, students
We talked last week about the effects of sequestration cuts on the military, which have already led to cuts in the Army's Tuition Assistance program, benefiting veterans looking for financial aid to get a college degree. It's not the only military program related to education hurting under the sequester.

On the 10-year anniversary of the start of the Iraq War, and scholarships for children of troops who died fighting in that conflict are being cut by thousands of dollars, thanks to sequestration.

The awards, called the Iraq and Afghanistan War Grants, go to undergraduate students whose moms or dads died "as a result of military service performed in Iraq or Afghanistan after the events of 9/11," according to the Department of Education.

Awards that have already been established are safe, but as of March 1, the dollar amount for each new grant is being reduced by 37.8 percent from what a student would have received last year. That means young adults will receive up to $2,133.81 less if they apply for a grant for the first time this year.

Remember, all of this is entirely unnecessary. Congress could just turn the sequester off and allow the deficit to shrink on its own. The Iraq and Afghanistan War Grants may have to cut under the damaging policy, but the policy itself doesn't have to happen.

But congressional Republicans see these cuts as a "victory," so they're inclined to leave them alone. read more>>>

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Air Force joins Army, Marines in cutting tuition assistance

VA dodges cuts, but vets will still feel effects

Marines halt new enrollments in tuition assistance programs; other services could follow

"You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today." - Abraham Lincoln

"We are dealing with veterans, not procedure; with their problems, not ours." General Omar Bradley, First Administrator of the Veterans Administration

There has been only one Government Branch, Federal and States, that have been consistent these past four years, picking up what the U.S. Congress had started finally taking up on the Military their Families and All Veterans in the 110th and 111th, even with the obstruction then. That has been the Executive Branch, it's cabinet, like Labor and Housing and the DoD helping the Veterans Administration, and those directly around that branch. Congress, the peoples representatives, has done extremely little but lay blame on the VA and not themselves nor the Country, who have yet to Sacrifice, a decade plus!

Promises Kept: Ending the Iraq War and Supporting Our Service Members, Military Families and Veterans
{10th Anniversary of Iraq invasion} March 19, 2013 - Ten years ago my US Army unit was returning from our final training exercise in preparation for deploying in support of Operation Iraq Freedom. We listened intensely as President Bush announced the start of the war 10 years ago today, and my platoon prepared to deploy as part of the 1st Armored Division into the breach of battle. Within a few short weeks, my soldiers and I were rolling across the Kuwaiti border on our way to Baghdad to relieve the 3rd Infantry Division.

My soldiers and I spent most of the next 15 months based out of a Forward Operating Base on the banks of the Tigris River trying to bring stability to a chaotic and complex situation. We had a front row seat as the Iraqi’s celebrated the capture of Saddam Hussein, but also felt the war turn as we went from eating dinners in the homes of everyday Iraqi’s to fighting insurgents on the streets in places like Najaf. read more>>>

"Best - Ever": "We haven't had this kind of visibility from the White House ever." Joyce Raezer, military spouse - Dec. 30, 2011, and plenty more of similar since Joyce spoke

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