On this D-Day Invasion Anniversary, 70 years ago: The Veterans from and that Generation did care even with not understanding issues like PTS at the time, once recognized ignored or denied it even exists. Everyone Sacrificed During and After, a Patriotic and Responsible Duty. And with partnerships of Government/Private that Generations returning Veterans joined the Country that had Sacrificed in building an Innovative Economy and Workforce that was the envy of the rest! The children of grew up in and into, that started disappearing some 30 plus years ago.
Decades since and Wars from Ignoring the Many Many Issues, now being addressed and starting under the Shinseki VA, even though still grossly under funded and two tax cuts, especially for the wealthy with these two recent long occupations, the wars haven't yet been paid for, with help from this Executive Administration and it's Cabinet and charges under each!
The reports are slowly coming in on the Countries Scandal, not the Veterans Administrations but for the few within that for whatever their reasons saw nothing wrong with placing condemnation on the whole agency and it's dedicated civil servants and legions of volunteers and successful organizations, they don't just give a few bucks and wave them poser patriotic flags, where politics and greed should be left at the door!
Acting VA Secretary Sloan Gibson said he does not know whether the 18 new deaths were related to long waiting times for appointments but said they were in addition to the 17 reported last month by the VA's inspector general. The announcement of the deaths came as senior senators reached agreement Thursday on the framework for a bipartisan bill making it easier for veterans to get health care outside VA hospitals and clinics.
The 18 veterans who died were among 1,700 veterans identified in a report last week by the VA's inspector general as being "at risk of being lost or forgotten." The investigation also found broad and deep-seated problems with delays in patient care and manipulation of waiting lists throughout the sprawling VA health care system, which provides medical care to about 9 million veterans and family members. read more>>>
Are they the older brothers and sisters of those decades of ignored issues since Korea as they fought for recognition and care for, that compounded into other dangerous health issues?
The Congresses of, the peoples representatives, would throw a few million out every now and then for studies they already knew what the outcomes would be, no connections so those represented need not pay! Oh the same would pass legislation, mostly around election times and rarely telling the people served it's their responsibility to fund the needs of, then especially if passed they would use in congressional hearings to attack the VA personal for not fully implementing!!
Are they from recent past decades like Desert Storm and the not only ignored but hardly even mentioned, Gulf War Syndrome and more and like those Veterans before them some passed onto their children being born?
Are they from these two recent occupation theaters, like what is being called the Agent Orange of this generations in theater Military, the Burn Pit contamination's and others not even mentioned?
Are they the long term homeless, decades of to the present, that contracted health issues because of being so?
Are they causing added health problems by self medicating, again those from the previous decades to the present, in coping with what the Country ignored and still tries to as those conditions grow worse by doing so?
Are they the ones thrown into the jails and prisons which up to the Shinseki VA, with partnerships with the VA and Legal and Mental Health communities, what might have caused illegal activities weren't being addressed?
Thousand upon thousands of our brothers and sisters have died, leading into their child suffering from and dying, while the Country ignores unless someone, the press and representatives along with many vets lead the charge, yells out 'Scandal'! Still not demanding they finally Sacrifice, just looking for heads to roll. In this case the long Conservative want of Gen Shinseki to be gone like under the bushco and conservative congresses he was for being Military Honest!
Like I said, this isn't the Veterans Administrations 'scandal', this is the Country Served 'SCANDAL'! And mostly caused by the Conservative ideologies of privatizing the Government thus using any obstruction they have and especially under the Conservative leaderships in Executive Branches and Congressional/State majorities, but some Democrats are just as involved, along with the Country served wants. Costly problems caused, already grossly short on being fully funded especially during and after wars, with much needed agency budget, people's treasury, or more borrowed, to address and those compound out to creating other costly problems.