Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Veterans Continue to be Left Behind

The next time someone tries to tell you how much this country does for its veterans, have them read some of the articles and reports below. Other than a lot of flag waving, a lot of nice sounding speeches, feigned outrage, then this nations veterans end up paying the “cost of war” for the rest of their lives and the V.A. is there for them less and less every year. BushCo is great about sending young people to war, as were his predecessors, but when it comes to picking up the pieces of those who come back from war, this country is just not there for them. A lot of fine speeches have been given articulating “honoring the troops” until they come back at least, then they get the same thing as we did when we came back from Vietnam: “sorry, we’re closed as we ran out of money. Go home and come back another time. No room at the Inn.” It was just a couple of months ago that one of the heads of Rumsfelds Department of War told us and the world that “continued payments to veterans are a threat to our national security.” So much for “honoring” the troops, ala BushCo and cheerleaders! -- Jack

What's Killing Our Soldiers and Veterans At Home?
VFVC thinks you ought to know about the disturbing numbers of military members that are dying from suicide while serving and after returning home from the Middle East. Are we ready to treat and care for service members and veterans who need help to deal with mental injuries that are a part of going to war?

From Vietnam to Iraq: The Veterans Health Care Crisis

"I don't understand how they can do efficacy tests with children at the same time that we are discovering more and more U.S. soldiers who have been harmed by the vaccine," said Steve Robinson, executive director of the National Gulf War Resource Center for service members and veterans. "[NIH officials] want parents to want their children to be vaccinated against the anthrax terrorist attacks that have not happened."

Since Mike Norton, of Layton, began displaying the pictures of American soldiers killed in Iraq on an illuminated sign in his front yard, his home has been vandalized, cars have stopped in front of his home and honked horns in the early morning hours and he has received anonymous harassing phone calls. http://www.sltrib.com/portlet/article/html/fragments/print_article.jsp?article=2812530

The Bush administration, already accused by veterans groups of seeking inadequate funds for health care next year, acknowledged yesterday that it is short $1 billion for covering current needs at the Department of Veterans Affairs this year.

President Bush gives lip service to the sacrifices of American men and women fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan but his budget gives returning veterans the back of his hand.

"Back in April, Democrats tried to ensure the VA had enough funding to provide those who have served their country with needed healthcare services. Karl Rove, the White House, and the VA lied to you to make sure this didn't happen. Knowing that, do you think Karl Rove should be lecturing Democrats about supporting the troops?"

The Defense Department began working yesterday with a private marketing firm to create a database of high school students ages 16 to 18 and all college students to help the military identify potential recruits in a time of dwindling enlistment in some branches.

Divorce Rates in Military Up Sharply
The number of active-duty soldiers getting divorced has been rising sharply with deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq.


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