Friday, November 14, 2014

This Being the Week of Veterans Day

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

Bill Straub: If it’s true that you reap what you sow, McConnell could be dining on thin gruel
November 13, 2014 - In the minority as Senate Republican Leader, McConnell adopted a philosophy first verbalized by a man identified as a U.S. Army major during the Vietnam War — “We had to destroy the village in order to save it.” Indeed, McConnell has managed to soil the legislative nest so successfully over the first six years of the Obama administration that he finally, and ironically, managed to wrest the majority away.

This being the week of Veterans Day, a period when everyone falls over each other expressing their admiration for the men and women who have served in uniform while ignoring their true needs, it might do to remember that it was the Senate Republicans, led by McConnell who staged a successful filibuster over an omnibus bill offered by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-VT, chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, directing billions of dollars to meet the educational and health needs of those who served.

It wasn’t until reports circulated about those ill-served by the Veterans Administration’s health service that McConnell finally acquiesced, lest he be caught holding the bag. The legislation wasn’t as good as the original but at least it was something — and McConnell couldn’t be blamed for turning his back on veterans.

Like the Wizard of Oz, McConnell didn’t want anyone looking behind the curtain lest they discover who is really pulling the strings. Unlike Dorothy Gale, voters pretty much obliged him on Nov. 4, blaming the White House and his fellow Democrats for the nation’s setbacks, placing him in the position of obtaining the one thing he has yearned for his entire political life. read more>>>

"It wasn’t until reports circulated about those ill-served by the Veterans Administration’s health service" - Congressional created during this decade plus especially, but also thru the previous decades and wars from by doing what the people served wanted by their representatives in ignoring so many issues or outright denying many issues even exist, think also Agent Orange and Gulf War Syndrome with so many others even from these two recent theaters!

Brother and Sister Veterans, you can kiss bye bye to the advances made, by this Executive Branch and it's Cabinet the Only Government Branch doing, including the recent much needed boost of, watered down, budget monies in attempting to Actually build the VA the country refuses to Sacrifice as well as Ignore it's Responsibility, in doing, decades and wars from now and Especially the recent decade plus!! And watch as the conservatives gain more privatization of the VA for corporate profit, not for what the Country owes you, as it's all about that bottom line, i.e. no bid contracts and corporate owned!!

“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."

Part Two: A Son Lost in Iraq, but Where Is the Casualty Report?

Army Says War Records Gap Is Real, Launches Recovery Effort

Neither of these recent wars have yet been paid for, let alone the results from, including the long ignored or outright denied existence of, till this Administrations Cabinet and Gen Shinseki, only Government branch consistent for the past six years, issues! As well as under deficits most of the, grossly under funded, VA budget is still borrowed thus added, problem creating, costs that shouldn't exist!

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