To top it off this 'poser', with them very handsome contracts, put himself and his wife at the top of the list of them huge wealthy tax cuts that came with these two wars. Both on the countries credit card and yet to be paid off, the rubber stamping, from congress, and rapidly rising deficits started Before 9/11 and continued after with both included. But more importantly neither has the costs been paid as to the results of these wars and the decades of underfunding the Veterans Administration and the previous wars, and ignoring veterans of issues, in those decades since Korea. Tammy mentions the long delays those who really served are still going through because of that underfunding and ancient record keeping as technologies advanced elsewhere with previous VA Secretaries, and congresses with those administrations, doing the peoples wishes and not fully funding the agencies needs as those war flags of patriotism waved when their need to wave presented itself! Not only the peoples wishes but they seek to privatize the peoples responsibility for pure bottom line profit like this contractor is getting!
06/26/2013 - On Wednesday, Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), a veteran of the Iraq War, dramatically chastised a federal contractor who claimed that a high school sports injury had rendered him a service-disabled veteran.
Speaking during a hearing of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Duckworth vividly described to a committee witness, Braulio Castillo, how she lives in near constant pain after losing both of her legs during her service as a combat pilot.
Castillo cited his foot injury, suffered at a military prep school, as the basis for his IT company's application for special status as a "service-disabled veteran-owned small business." The application was granted, and his company, Strong Castle, was given preferential treatment in federal contract bids.
"Does your foot hurt?" Duckworth asked Castillo, who answered yes.
"My feet hurt too," said Duckworth. "In fact, the balls of my feet burn continuously, and I feel like there's a nail being hammered into my heel right now. So I can understand pain and suffering, and how service connection can actually cause long-term, unremitting, unyielding, unstoppable pain."
"I'm sorry that twisting your ankle in high school has now come back to hurt you in such a painful way, if also opportune for you to gain this status for your business," she added. read more>>>
"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
Rachel Maddow: "We got a huge round of tax cuts in this country a few weeks before9/11. Once 9/11 happened and we invaded Afghanistan, we kept the tax cuts anyway. How did we think we were going to pay for that war? Did we think it was free? Then, when we started a second simultaneous war in another country, we gave ourselves a second huge round of tax cuts. After that second war started. The wars, I guess, we thought would be free, don`t worry about it, civilians. Go about your business." 23 May 2013
"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