Monday, March 05, 2007

 

Where Does The Blame TRULY Lie?

Fingers of blame are being pointed. Scapegoat heads are rolling, including one poor sucker who had been on the job only a few months, even though the conditions were present for years before he was placed in charge.

Bush orders an investigation; Congress gets all wild eyed and excited and make headlines decrying the disgrace, even though veterans and soldiers had been complaining to them for years. Only when journalists publically broke the scandal did anyone pay attention.

I live in an apartment building reserved for the elderly and handicapped. The residents here too young to be of retirement age are those individuals who suffer some sort of handicap. Some residents are WWII veterans, Korean War veterans and Vietnam War veterans. The two latter categories are the "youngsters" . Last year, in 2006, the VA FINALLY offered treatment for the Vietnam War vets suffering from PTSD!! One of my good neighbors down the hall on my wing received treatment and his veterans benefits were increased for his disability, a sufficient raise that he was above the income limit to qualify to live here and moved to a private rental apartment.

I do not know the date of Leo's service, but the Vietnam War was over in 1975. 1975, or before when he suffered his PTSD disability, to 2006 before he received treatment and proper disability pay ! A shame, a disgrace and an outrage.
Partial timeline for Vietnam war: http://www.historyplace.com/unitedstates/vietnam/index-1969.html
History of Vietnam War and US involvement: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vietnam_War

Must today's warriors wait as long?

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Vietnam War veterans at a California Stand Down. These veterans show proper respect when the National Anthem is played, in spite of the disgraceful neglect and maltreatment they have suffered. Far more than many civilians I have observed during the playing of the National Anthem who chatted, strolled around, purchased snacks and in general ignored their duty to our anthem.

And who is truly to blame for the lack of funds for our veterans' care? Take your pick.

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The Democratic Party
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USATODAY.com - Plan to raise vet fees hits wall of opposition
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Democratic Policy Committee
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Veterans Betrayed by Bush
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Indignities Endured by U.S. Military Veterans - BuzzFlash News Analysis
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Think Progress " Bush wants cuts to veterans' health care.
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The Bulletin Online - Supporting Our Troops - Veterans Day 2006
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Stand Up for Our Veterans Petition
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Cut Vets Benefits Veterans' Disability Benefits Commission
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