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The War on America’s Military Veterans, Waged with SWAT Teams, Surveillance and Neglect
The Rutheford Institute ^ | May 23, 2104 | John W. Whitehead

Posted on 05/24/2014 6:54:13 AM PDT by all the best

Just in time for Memorial Day, we’re once again treated to a generous serving of praise and grandstanding by politicians and corporations eager to go on record as being supportive of our veterans. Patriotic platitudes aside, however, America has done a deplorable job of caring for her veterans. We erect monuments for those who die while serving in the military, yet for those who return home, there’s little honor to be found.

Despite the fact that the U.S. boasts more than 23 million veterans who have served in World War II through Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf War, Iraq and Afghanistan, the plight of veterans today is deplorable, with large numbers of them impoverished, unemployed, traumatized mentally and physically, struggling with depression, thoughts of suicide, and marital stress, homeless (a third of all homeless Americans are veterans), subjected to sub-par treatment at clinics and hospitals, and left to molder while their paperwork piles up within Veterans Administration offices.

According to the National Veterans Foundation, the VA has had a backlog of as many as 1.2 million unprocessed claims in recent years, in addition to the fraud and mismanagement within the VA and its network of offices across the country, and secret lists containing thousands of names of veterans who were forced to wait months just to see a doctor.

While President Obama has now declared that he “will not stand” for the mistreatment of veterans under his watch, the time for words is long past. As Slate political correspondent John Dickerson observed, these inexcusable delays represent “a failure of one of the most basic transactions government is supposed to perform: keeping a promise to those who were asked to protect our very form of government.”

Then again, as I detail in my book A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police...

(Excerpt) Read more at rutherford.org ...


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: va; veterans

1 posted on 05/24/2014 6:54:13 AM PDT by all the best
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To: all the best

In the minds of those who are now in control of the levers of power, all those vets fought on the wrong side.


2 posted on 05/24/2014 7:36:25 AM PDT by logic101.net (How many more children must die on the altar of gun control?)
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To: logic101.net

After reading the article, it is interesting to note that the Soviet Union also used “mental illness” as a tool to identify and “heal” those who disagreed with the party line.


3 posted on 05/24/2014 7:40:50 AM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: all the best

The VA is supposed to be an example of how the US government socialist model of a one payer health system would work.

In midterm of his first election, 2009 to be exact, Obama proposed discontinuing the VA health services and because it’s an all volunteer army having them buy and pay for their own health insurance. That was duly reported by believe it or not CNN and duly featured on Rush Limbaugh’s talk show. And very briefly all hell broke lose. And as typical through manipulation of the propaganda ministry quickly forgotten.

It should have been used during the 2012 election cycle by any of the candidates opposed to the AHCA during that time but the issues were so loaded with extrainious junk that it wasn’t.

And it’s not even being mentioned now.


4 posted on 05/24/2014 8:01:07 AM PDT by mosesdapoet (Serious contribution pause.Please continue onto meaningless venting no one reads.)
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To: all the best

Might not be on topic, but Sears has been playing their Memorial Day Sale commercial and the background music is “Hail To The Chief”.


5 posted on 05/24/2014 8:22:41 AM PDT by Bushbacker1 (Molon Labe! (Oathkeeper))
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