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Excuse Me While I Rant!

Updated on February 26, 2014

Satan does his best to upset my apple cart constantly. Daily, I struggle to not let him get the better of me, to keep my feet on the stony path that leads to the better world that will come. Lately it seems as though I am stubbing my toe more often and stumbling and falling into that place I seek to avoid.

Fatigue. Grief. Disillusion. Resentment. In other words, I'm workin' up a balls to the wall, pure-dee old fashioned pissed off day of all-fired ANGER!

The Vietnam War: The war no one wanted, no one respected, no one benefited from, even today.
The Vietnam War: The war no one wanted, no one respected, no one benefited from, even today. | Source

Why? Oh, a myriad of reasons but the one in my sights right now revolves around our wonderful Government and its various reasons why they continue to allow, ENCOURAGE lazy ass shiftless nobodies to continue to collect money for doing nothing beyond draining our society's money, giving benefits to illegal aliens who contribute nothing to the bottom line of America (I hesitate to use the capitol A here, but my schooling got the better of me), and deny help to those who both need it and damn well deserve it!

Case in point: my Father-in-Law. We were told that as he served in the military, and as such he would be able to get some kind of Veteran's Administration benefits to assist with his situation. If you have not heard of what ails him, may I suggest you go back and read my Alzheimer's hub about how it affects the family. Anyway, we knew he served but were not sure of the dates. Questions were answered giving us the knowledge (Hah!) that if he served during a war, he would get benefits. We knew he served in the late 50's to early 60's but could not find out exactly when. Why? HIPPA, the act protecting people against having their privacy infiltrated. My wife has the court document in hand, signed sealed and stamped, which makes her the Guardian and Conservator of he and his estate. Not good enough for our Government! Seems we must seek out the information we need in the Archives which requires a mailed letter (are they working to keep postmen employed here?) and a wait of up to 9 MONTHS!!! We are in a emergency situation here, but do they care? Hell no!

Well, we have dug and dug and filled out papers from here to hell-n-back. First we found a discharge paper dated 1966. His ex-wife (my mother in law) said that can't be right because he was discharged before they got married and that was in 1962! So back we went, searching boxes and safes and looking for that one little piece of paper that would prove he was in the Army at the right time.

Today, we found it.

His DD-214, dated June of 1962. My wife rushed home to fax it to the VA and waited by the phone for a call. She got it. But it was not what we were hoping for.

Sorry, Charlie; you don't get no benefits.

Huh? He was drafted into the Army, went overseas, served two years of active duty 1960 to 1962, served another 4 years as a Reservist, honorably discharged dated 1966 and he gets nothing?

Yep.

According to the VA, he served during peacetime. Excuse me, but didn't the Vietnam conflict/war/police action/whateverthehellyouwanttocallit begin in 1959 and end in 1975?

Why yes; but because he did not serve during the time it was "serious" (meaning after 1964 as an active participant) he doesn't get jack squat. So sorry, please don't call back another day.

Do you think it is right to deny anyone who served in the U.S. Armed Forces benefits, regardless of if they served in peace time or war time?

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Here is a man, a MAN who worked his entire life age 14 to 76; who served HONORABLY in our country's Armed Forces for two years, was REQUIRED to serve another FOUR years as a Reservist, and he gets less than someone who swam across the river into our country; someone who lives in the inner-city dropping babies left and right in order to gain more and more welfare, someone who walks the halls of the capital in Washington doing less in their lives than this man did in a month for his family.

He is left to fend for himself, alone but for his daughter and myself and a handful of grandchildren. He has lost everything he owns due to an unscrupulous female who saw him coming and used him to the fullest in order to fund her dream of owning a shop that sells quasi-legal drugs (remember K-2? Now her thing is Kratom which is used as an alternative to getting people off morphine!) to college students. Who has him in debt to the IRS for $30,000 due to her not paying taxes on her store, who has refused to pay state taxes and has had her merchant's license revoked yet continues to remain open and operate illegally, who begged, cajoled, wheedled money from a man who has developed Alzheimer's and Vascular Dementia and must have known he was not of sound mind even as she continued to take money from him. His net worth is somewhere south of a thin dime.

Because his name exists on the paperwork for this store, Medicare says he does not qualify for assistance. Our Government refuses to give him anything beyond his allotment of Social Security, which is not even enough to pay the cost of a decent nursing home for a month, let alone allow him to be cared for in a manner approaching humane. His sole Life Insurance policy is a $100 per month cost for a less than $8,000 burial benefit.

Per the bank legal department which handles the account for this store, even though his name is on the account he, or rather my wife who is his legal guardian and conservator, is not allowed to withdraw any money from the account. He is cut off.

His younger brother served in Vietnam during the "serious" time which was spoken of. How was he treated? Oh, try exposed to Agent Orange, developing cancer due to that exposure and dying a hideous, painful death far too young. My Father-in-Law even had his arm broken while serving overseas and was hospitalized for four months waiting for it to heal. The arm even broke a second time while in the hospital waiting for it to heal! He was left with a noticeable deformation on his left arm, yet was refused any form of disability because of it. Typical government.

I am ANGRY!! How dare our Government deny ANY veteran benefits. They were called, they served faithfully, going wherever directed. So what if he was not in Vietnam, he was overseas serving in Germany and France. He was away from his family and potentially a moment's notice from the front lines. Between 1961 and 1963, which he served two of the three years in active service, the armed forces in Vietnam increased by 800%. His number could have been called at any time. He was there, ready and able; why should he not get the benefits he needs to make the end of his life the best it can be?

He could have been here. But our Government could not care less.
He could have been here. But our Government could not care less. | Source

Is this what our Government has become? People so bent on screwing everyone else and cow-towing to those minority groups that squall like a baby in order to get what they want, not what the country needs? Worrying about their constituents more than the average American? Doing what they want rather than what is right?

If it is, then we need a change. Now.

Help me! Help yourselves! Get these people out of office! Put honest, hard-working Americans in office who will do what this country needs! Put in place a system that rewards those who work, who serve, who do their utmost to make sure this country is moving ahead in a direction that will keep it the model the world looks to rather than being intent on reducing it to a third tier nation at best, one who cannot afford to pay its people, who takes taxes out to fund programs no decent hard-working person desires, who cares more for the people who refuse to try than for those who die trying.

What are we supposed to do? What are tens of thousands of other families supposed to do? How many men and women who served in the armed forces either have not received or will not receive anything when they need it. I have heard that even today, young people are wooed into the services with promises of college tuitions paid for, of careers set forth for them, of mutual hand in hand assistance for those who place their life on the lines for others and a promise of something yet to come for that service.

I don't believe a word of it. Our Government can, does, and will change its mind on a whim, a whim depending on who is in office at the moment, of who has the ties that bind the money sack in hand at the time. When a need develops elsewhere, something gets cut. Sorry, Veterans; we know you counted on us as we counted on you but too bad. Just because you served does not mean a thing in the eyes of this country; you have to toe the line and be in harm's way, on the line, in a war. Yes, I know you were overseas, were drafted against your will, forced to train how to kill someone even if you didn't believe in it, sent thousands of miles away, waiting on pins and needles to see if your number came up and you were sent into this country to hunt down and kill the Vietnamese. It doesn't matter in the grand scheme of things. We used you, got you killed, gave you trauma you might never get over, experimented on you, placed you in positions no one should be in and hung your ass out to dry.

Too bad. so sad (not).

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I don't even know what to say. I don't even have a horse in this race and it pisses me off to no end. The U.S. Government is not for the people...I'm not sure it ever has been, but I know for damn sure it isn't now. I'm sorry this happened to your father-in-law....to your family...this is just plain wrong.

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      Mr Archer 3 years ago from Missouri

      Thank you Bill. I just don't know how our government can turn their back on those they forced into the armed forces. Just one more shining example of how badly we need a new direction for this country. If we don't, we will go the way of Rome.

      Stay positive, be blessed, and remain safe, my dear friend.

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      Mike 3 years ago from Rural Arizona

      It seems your father-in-law and I served about exactly the same time. I was in the Army from 1959 - 1962. I learned a long time ago I have no benefits to count on from this Military service, but fortunately I have not needed them.

      My son served 24 years in the Army Rangers and is now battling with the VA for some help for all the injuries he received during his service. They seem to always find some form he failed to fill out correctly or something equally stupid to delay giving him any help.

      I heard on the news where a VA office in California was so backlogged on claims they decided to just destroy most of the previous claims and start over. They based this on the fact that "some" of those who had previously applied have since passed away and no longer need their help. They did not bother to notify anyone on the waiting list that their application has been destroyed and they must start the process all over again.

      This is just plain disgraceful in my opinion. The decision to downsize our Military will result in more needless deaths and casualties. Yet knowing this, they plan to proceed with the force reduction.

      Anyone out there even thinking about joining the Military should be having second thoughts about this decision.

      My guess is we will see the draft re-instituted as there will not be enough volunteers to even meet the minimum staffing requirements in the near future.

      My heart goes out to you but it appears this is a situation that we can literally do nothing about. It sure makes you proud of our Government doesn't it?

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      Mr Archer 3 years ago from Missouri

      Poolman my friend, I am so sorry you have had to travel this path. And all those others out there who have been forced to realize they cannot count on the country which counted on them.

      Disgraceful? Absolutely! Heinous is the word I am finding on my lips more and more. To me, there is no difference in what Hitler did to the Jewish population and what America has done to its Vet's. Use them, abuse them, kill them, cast their broken bodies aside and walk over them.

      As for the downsizing, my thoughts were exactly yours - what happens when we need them? What happens when we do not have a force ready to provide a defense against someone attempting to run over us? An immediate, in your face threat in the here and now? Say "Wait! We're not ready yet! Can we put this off a few months?"

      I am working on a slightly sarcastic hub entitled "I Hereby Announce My Candidacy For The President Of The Untied States". In it I intend to lay out the reasons we need a normal person, someone who still believes he (or she) can make a difference in the direction our country is going. Who knows? I may even be serious! Someone needs to do something before its too late.

      Thanks Sir. I appreciate your reading this and feel for you and your son and all the other individuals who deserve better than they have received at the hands of this sorry excuse of a government. Stay safe.

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      Mike 3 years ago from Rural Arizona

      I am looking forward to reading your next hub, and wish you would run for President.

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      Mr Archer 3 years ago from Missouri

      Well, I know for sure I couldn't muck it up any worse that then last few Presidents!

      If I run, I will need you, and a lot more of my Hubber friends to meet in Washington with me. We could change this country's stars!!!

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Mike, this is unconscionable! Only a non-American run government would slap our veterans in the face as they have done to your father-in-law. I understand your ire. I've been pissed off since 2008!

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      Mr Archer 3 years ago from Missouri

      Thanks Cheyenne. Maybe someday enough of us will get angry enough and we will be able to DO something about this! You take care and Blessings to you and yours.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Mr Archer, this is a very unfair situation. I am not American, but I can understand your anger and frustration at the Government for your father-in-law's situation. All veterans should be provided for and treated with respect for having served their country. I hope things improve and the situation gets sorted.

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      Debbie Carey 2 years ago from Riverton, KS, USA

      Mr. Archer...you've got MY vote! My son is actively serving today. He re-enlisted and will serve a second 8 year stint..however with only a 6 minute stint of active combat, I am concerned what all these years away from home will get him! Yes...only 6 minutes...I have YEARS of prayer showing on my knee caps that kept him behind the scenes instead of on the front lines! LOL. All vets, even the cooks and camera men should have full benefits. Sad to say a government who has not served will not care about those who have. I believe one should also serve in the military before they would qualify as a Commander in Chief. The problem is not that we are not angry enough....but we are working too hard to make ends meet to be able to spend the time and money it would take to get through our corrupt system. However....with God..ALL things are possible! Thanks for your GREAT hub and God Bless your family! O...and we ARE neighbors!! I am literally less than two miles from the OK/KS/MO intersecting point!

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      Kile Taylor 2 years ago from Roanoke, VA

      I spent nine years in the the active duty Army Infantry and spent my time in combat. I don't care what branch you are and what your job was, if you served this country should take care of you. If we can pay people who aren't even trying to find a job to have even more kids, then we have an obligation to take care of the men and women who give us the rights that we cherish or in many cases take for granted. Your article upsets me in so many ways that now I can't sleep. I hope everything works out for your family. God Bless.

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