The VA has been under fire throughout the years with their treatment of soldiers. With so many returning from Iraq, do you think the VA has improved in its ability to serve these soldiers and their families?
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That was dirty! Thanks for sharing. My husband's comment, "sometimes things never change!"
First, thank you for your honorable service. Secondly, sorry that such treatment was accorded to you. Third, if you haven't notice they are trying to change the image of the military. When commercials for marines show delivery of US Aid Boxes...
Thank you for your service and shame on them for their dishonorable treatment. I find it hard to understand them punishing someone else for another's suicide attempt, but they do as they please now, don't they?
You can challenge your discharge. If you are truly innocent, do it and don't let up.
SHOUT IT OUT! Keep the voice loud! The government probably needs to focus more on quality care in the VA. Though the VA has helped many, there are still many more falling through the cracks! Need to find some patching cement and stop those falls!
The government and nation as a whole is 54 Trillion's dollars in debt. I want to see our Vets provided for as well. So tell me where do you go and make the cuts so that they are better provided? Who do you rob to pay Paul?
Keith: We can start taxing corporations like GE, which paid no taxes in 2012. We as a nation are already robbing the tax payers when we spend billions bailing out companies that should have folded, or oil companies that make billions and pay nothing.
That is my husband's struggle...waiting on the return! Be sure to shake a hand of any vet you come across and welcome them home, even if they are World War II. I usually identify them from hats they wear! Walk right up and point, then welcome!
My husband and I are waiting on decision with disability and sometimes we feel like we are being "jerked" around. Seems like they should realize our life is in their hands!
My husband swears the pharmaceuticals use the VA Vets for ginna pigs. I have seen men and women, bring in big bags of their bottles for the doctor. Sometimes 50 different ones to a bag!
Pharmacology is so complicated that people and vets should really sit down with their pharmacist and go over their presciptions. Doctors do not always know which medication is best for patients and many times they are paid to promote 1 med over anoth
All the pills the VA has forced down my friends throats has messed them up even more. Its about control I think. They wanna test their drugs, get 'em hooked, so they can keep makin money.
My husband always checks new prescriptions online. He has PTSD and they gave him one that said definitely NOT to give it if patient has PTSD. He has gotten several that warned not to take with another he had.
I agree, the VA does good with what the have. Time for the government put money into taking care of their warriors and not so much into war. Cant fight successfully with weak souls!
I agree there's no clear cut answer however, repeat problems need to be addressed such as the case with annual GI Bill stipend delays. This happens almost annually yet they refuse to beef up staff and the stipends go unpaid leaving some vets homeless
My husband has had panic attacks worrying if his Disability payments that we fought for 18 years for would make it through the budget cuts.
Good to hear from Canada!
So much of what you have written here is not even televised or pritned by what is apparently a corrupt news syndication. More people join because they do not understand what they will be put through afterwards.
Interesting points to ponder!
Thus the view point of Government being the Protector so they can provide for themselves, and the view point of Government being protector by being the provider.
Let me tell you why so many American's join the military. It is called American Pride. The day the towers fell my husband went to sign the papers and take a stand to fight for your freedom along with the thousands after him.
Leaderofmany: I think pride plays a part in some recruitment. I think the GI Bill and college education plays a larger role. We can talk about pride... but where is the pride of this nation after a vet has lost his leg, his mind, or his humanity?
I know personally Soldiers who have lost arms, legs, and suffer from and the correct term is mental illness, such as PTSD andTBI and would still return overseas to defend you. Now that is true PRIDE!!!
We are talking about soldiers...men and women who have sacraficed themselves and their families to protect what the believe is a free country. There are not looking for the cake and eat too, but for support for their sacrafice!
Way to miss the point... so how we supposed to support them? Who pays for it? Where does the money come from? Do you understand the saying you have to rob peter to pay paul?
Keith: I understand what you are saying, but we can support veterans by spending tax dollars appropriately. It is important to make sure that we take care of those people who were willing to die for our own freedoms.
Thank you davenmidtown!
Way to push the Koch Bros agenda! This is what I am talking about when people who don't say a word about the greedy crooks who got us into this state. Where is the trillion dollars that Cheney and Bush stole from us?
And this is part of the reason I had no desire to stay in the military, they require absolute sacrifice but when it comes to taking care of their families or the soldiers after they come back, there is no guarantee they will.
I am writing a hub soon about my husband. He is Nam Vet and his stories are profound. Right now he is fighting for his VA disability and so far we are hitting the nineth year of red tape. Yet Iraq Soldiers get their diability easily, thankfully!
I have written a couple of Hubs about my Vietnam Disabled Veteran. This is one of them. http://hubpages.com/t/2d1805
After reading all the responses, I would say current condition has changed little.
It would seem that the nurses and the doctor try their best but are held in check by policies that are either neglegent or out of date. It was interesting to read the comment from thomasczech with pension issues and not medical treatment issues.
I am very familiar with the boat! You are so right! We need to forward letters too!
Well said my Sister! My husbands is Nam Vet and we are going on 9 years with his diability claim. What is funny, he got social security diability with the VA stating he is PTSD, but the VA is dragging on their decision. For now, living below average.
My Vietnam Vet had an 18 year fight. I have written about it.
I am Cold War and Gulf War era. I had orders to the gulf, plus my shots, and was about 18 hours from getting on the plane before the stand down came. But the VA says I'm not a wartime vet! Thanks for your comment.
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