The Home of the Brave

Sacrifice.

Those who sign away their lives to defend the freedom and liberty of their homeland against all threats: foreign and domestic.

You don’t have to believe in war to know that our troops deserve our respect and appreciation.  Men and women who believe in our freedom and put themselves in harms way on the front lines, thousands of miles from home; who don’t get to see their families for months or years sometimes.  War is Hell they say and it’s easy to understand why.

When you put yourself on the front lines of a war you do so knowing many things.  You may never see your family again.  You may have blood on your hands.  You may see your friends be injured physically or mentally.  You may see them killed.  You do this for freedoms of your own friends and family that aren’t there.

When troops arrive home we should at least be able to guarantee them the health care they need.  It’s often seen that these men and women get the short end of the stick in return for what their job entails.  Dodging bullets and losing limbs apparently does not deserve as much money as sitting in Congress far from the front lines in secured buildings.

As we stated before, we believe our armed services are basically shit on.  So much money is spent to increase our military, but when the tour ends, so does the government support.  Our representatives in the upper echelons of government don’t really care for them. They use them for photo ops as political scapegoats. You’d be surprised at how many politicians, Republican and Democrat alike, vote in favor of a Veteran or even current soldiers well being.  A few years ago, John Stewart, then host of the Comedy Centrals – The Daily Show:

“On this Memorial Day weekend eve, we can finally admit that America has had for over 200 years a great bipartisan tradition of honoring those who have fought for our freedom by fucking them over once they give their guns back,”

This is why we have the Department of Veteran Affairs.  Its primary function is to support Veterans in their time after service by providing benefits and support.  In 2014 the reported amount of negligence became known on a broader scale.  It was reported that in the Phoenix, Arizona that at least 40 United States Veterans died while waiting for care.  Spanning back the previous decade, across multiple VA hospitals, numbers were reported a number of 1000 that may have died as a result of VA practices.

There was a target of care within 14 days which wasn’t being met and data was being falsified to show that it was.  This investigation expanded to other locations and the number was actually shown to be over 1700 people had to wait 115 days, well over the goal of 14.

After a preliminary investigation it has been uncovered that the VA had two different waiting list.  The active reported waiting list and a “secret wait list.”  The true waiting list was the secret one.  Veterans were on that list until appointments were within a 14-30 window which was the reported wait list in order to show wait times were improving which they were not actually doing.   Arizona, it seems, is not the only VA hospital around the country guilty of this fraud.

The Secretary of the VA, Eric Shinseki, who resigned his post has called this act indefensible as well. The director of the Phoenix hospital stated, “To think that any of us would do anything like that to harm any veteran for any financial reasons is very, very disturbing.”

So my question for you is: Do you support our troops?  Actually appreciate their sacrifice?  Do you know how your representatives vote regarding the care of them?  No? Don’t let politicians fool you.  Don’t let their bullshit words cloud their voting records.

We thank thank the men and women of our armed services.  The sacrifices you make and the courage and willpower you show every day is appreciated.

Words however, can only do so much.  There are thousands of homeless vets.  There are thousands that need help and may not know where to go.

http://5fdp4vets.com/ At the end of the video, or at the bottom of the page.

https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/

And there are many more that rank up there.  Find your local ones, research them and find out how they help.

Other references

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veterans_Health_Administration_scandal_of_2014

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/federal-eye/wp/2015/06/23/one-year-after-va-scandal-the-number-of-veterans-waiting-for-care-is-up-50-percent/?utm_term=.e7efecf8de11

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