“We are dealing with veterans, not procedures—with their problems, not ours.” —General Omar Bradley, First Administrator of the Veterans Administration

The Countries Responsibility is to Fully Fund the Agency Charged With Fulfilling the Obligations Promised to Those That Served Said Country! But those served, some veterans as well, find it easier to follow the started attacks, conservative ideology, on the agencies dedicated personal, while ignoring the many costly issues especially from our wars! Gen Shinseki had finally started addressing those issues and building the agency the Country promised but ignores and uses as a political pawn, Poser Patriotism, while addressing the Veterans issues of the present and two more long wars! Political ideologies and personal greed should never cross the doorways of Veterans Facilities nor Veterans Issues!!

"If military action is worth our troops’ blood, it should be worth our treasure, too — not just in the abstract, but in the form of a specific ante by every American." -Andrew Rosenthal 10 Feb. 2013


"12 years also is a long time. We now have a lifetime responsibility to a generation of service members, veterans and their families." Dr. Jonathan Woodson 11 Sep. 2013: With 9/11 Came Lifetime Responsibility {two tax cuts, especially for the wealthy, came with these two recent unpaid for wars, nor the results of, DeJa-Vu all over again from the previous decades and wars from! Ignore the many issues, by those served, no need to fund!}

Rachel Maddow: Obama indicates beginning of end of war on terror "We got a huge round of tax cuts in this country a few weeks before9/11. Once 9/11 happened and we invaded Afghanistan, we kept the tax cuts anyway.
How did we think we were going to pay for that war? Did we think it was free?
Then, when we started a second simultaneous war in another country, we gave ourselves a second huge round of tax cuts. After that second war started. The wars, I guess, we thought would be free, don`t worry about it, civilians. Go about your business."
23 May 2013

Sen. Bernie Sanders told Republicans: “If you can’t afford to take care of your veterans, than don’t go war. These people are bearing the brunt of what war is about, We have a moral obligation to support them.” February, 26th, 2014

How We Could Do More For Our Vets: "We need to go into debt to pay our debt to U.S. veterans to make sure they get the care and services we owe them."


“Why in 2009 were we still using paper?” VA Assistant Secretary Tommy Sowers “When we came in, there was no plan to change that; we’ve been operating on a six month wait for over a decade.” 27 March 2013


WHY? GOOD QUESTION THOSE SERVED SHOULD ANSWER!


Prior too this present Executive and Veterans Administrations and just touching on the problems:


And more disturbing in relation to even before and through the early years of the Afghanistan, quickly abandoned missions of, and Iraq occupations, this:


ProPublica and The Seattle Times Nov. 9, 2012 - Lost to History: Missing War Records Complicate Benefit Claims by Iraq, Afghanistan Veterans

"DeLara's case is part of a much larger problem that has plagued the U.S. military since the 1990 Gulf War: a failure to create and maintain the types of field records that have documented American conflicts since the Revolutionary War."


Army Says War Records Gap Is Real, Launches Recovery Effort


Add in the issues of finally recognizing in War Theater and more Veterans, by this Veterans Administration and the Executive Administrations Cabinet, what the Country choose to ignore from our previous decades and wars of: The devastating effects on Test Vets and from PTS, Agent Orange, Homelessness, more recent the Desert Storm troops Gulf War Illnesses, Gulf War Exposures with the very recent affects from In-Theater Burn Pits and oh so so much more! Tens of Thousands of Veterans' that have been long ignored and maligned by previous VA's and the whole Country and through their representatives!


How does a Country HONOR It's Fallen, by Their Own 'Sacrifice' in Taking Care of the Brothers and Sisters They Served With!!


These present wars have yet to be paid for, rubber stamping and rapid deficits rising started before 9/11 and continued with same for the wars. But especially in the early some six years of extremely little was added to the Veterans Administration budgets by those Congresses, and since obstructed by same war rubber stampers, as to the long term results of War, DeJa-Vu all over again. Keeping the VA under budgeted causes problems and of many grow worse, which costs more to correct much more, which is the goal of those seeking to privatize Government Agencies as they attack the people of and which was created by their own incompetence and ideologies, but doing those served will!


"You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today." - Abraham Lincoln


"To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow and his orphan" - President Lincoln








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Sunday, November 4, 2012

HONORING THE FALLEN: US Military KIA, Iraq & Afghanistan/Pakistan - October 2012

How does a Country HONOR It's Fallen, by Their Own 'Sacrifice' in Taking Care of the Brothers and Sisters They Served With!!

Veterans - Keeping Up With Your Benefits After Hurricane Sandy
2 November 2012 - As East Coast residents begin the process of rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy, we want to be sure you know what to do if your benefits were affected. If you have been displaced by Hurricane Sandy, you should change your contact address with VA. You can do this within eBenefits, by contacting your closest VA Regional Office, or calling 1-800-827-1000. read more>>>

November is Military Family Month
Nov 1, 2012 - Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan Battaglia, senior enlisted advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and his wife, Lisa Battaglia, honor the families of service members for their support of their loved ones and the nation in this Military Family Month 2012 video message. November is the month set aside by the Defense Department to recognize the contributions of military families.

Chairman Dempsey & Sgt. Maj. Battaglia's 2012 Veterans Day Message
Nov. 1 2012 - Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey and the Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman, Sgt. Maj. Bryan Battaglia thank veterans for their service.

'A new chapter': United States shuts down Iraq war
Nine years of conflict saw 4,488 Americans killed, 32,230 U.S. wounded and more than $800 billion spent

By the Numbers: 1.5 Million

Iraq Veterans: ‘National Day of Honor’ 19 March

OIF: Iraq, from Operation Iraqi Freedom to Operation New Dawn on Sept 1, 2010

December 20 2011 - Ceremony to Retire Iraq Mission Colors on U.S. Soil

Though many still haven't come home from our previous wars, Iraq is Really Now Officially Over,All are out, All are home!!

There had been 4,804 coalition deaths 4,488 Americans
2 Australians, 1 Azerbaijani, 179 Britons, 13 Bulgarians, 1 Czech, 7 Danes, 2 Dutch, 2 Estonians, 1 Fijian, 5 Georgians, 1 Hungarian, 33 Italians, 1 Kazakh, 1 South Korean, 3 Latvian, 22 Poles, 3 Romanians, 5 Salvadoran, 4 Slovaks, 11 Spaniards, 2 Thai and 18 Ukrainians -- in the war in Iraq as of January 2, 2012, according to a CNN and iCasulties count.
Graphical breakdown of casualties. At least 32,230 U.S. troops had been wounded in action, according to the Pentagon.

Iraq war ends with a $4 trillion IOU: 15 December 2011 - Veterans’ health care costs to rise sharply over the next 40 years

CNN Map U.S. and Coalition Iraq Casualties

POW/MIA: Afghanistan & Iraq

One U.S. soldier is currently listed as captured or Duty Status -- Whereabouts Unknown as of March 3 2012. The information below reflects the name as Prisoner of War or Duty Status -- Whereabouts Unknown by the Pentagon.

Sgt Bowe R. Bergdahl 23 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division Ketchum, Idaho Captured in Paktika province in Afghanistan, on June 30, 2009. The Pentagon declared him Duty Status Whereabouts Unknown on July 1 and his status was changed to Missing-Captured on July 3.

Memorial at the New JPED facility at Dover Air Force Base, Del..OEF: Afghanistan - Pakistan!! There have been 3,220 coalition deaths -- 2,146 Americans, 39 Australians, 437 Britons, 1 Belgian, 158 Canadians, 5 Czech, 42 Denmark, 25 Netherlands, 9 Estonians, 2 Finn, 86 French, 53 Germans, 7 Hungarian, 47 Italians, 2 Jordan, 3 Latvian, 1 Lithuanian, 10 Norwegians, 35 Poles, 2 Portuguese, 19 Romanians, 1 South Korean, 34 Spaniards, 5 Swedes, 14 Turks, 11 New Zealand, 11 Georgian and 14 NATO/ISAF -- in the war on terror as of November 4, 2012, according to a CNN and iCasulties count. Below are the names of the soldiers, Marines, airmen and sailors whose deaths have been reported by their country's governments. The troops died in support of the U.S.-led Operation Enduring Freedom or were part of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan. At least 17,790 {17,684 up to October, 2012} U.S. personnel have been wounded in action, according to the Pentagon. In addition to the military deaths, 11 U.S. intelligence operatives have died in Afghanistan.

Corporal Alex F. Domion 21 Richfield Springs New York 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Non-hostile Helmand on October 31 2012

Staff Sergeant Kashif M. Memon 31 Houston Texas, 96th Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne), Killed by hostile small arms fire - Green on Blue, Uruzgan Khas on October 25 2012

Sergeant Clinton K. Ruiz 22 Murrieta California, 9th Military Information Support Battalion (Airborne), Killed by hostile small arms fire - Green on Blue, Uruzgan Khas on October 25 2012

Corporal Channing Day 25 Northern Ireland Newtownards, County Down, 3 Medical Regiment Killed by hostile small arms fire Nahr-e Saraj district Helmand on October 24 2012

Corporal David O’Connor 27 England Havant, Hampshire, Commando Royal Marines Killed by hostile small arms fire Nahr-e Saraj district Helmand on October 24 2012

Chief Warrant Office Michael S. Duskin 42 Florida Orange Park, U.S. Army 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group Killed by hostile small arms fire, Wardak Chak District on October 23, 2012

Cpl.Scott James Smith 24 Barossa Valley, Australia Special Operations Engineer Regiment Killed when an improvised explosive device detonated while his unit was clearing a suspected insurgent compound in Uruzgan province, Afghanistan, on October 21, 2012

Pfc.Shane G. Wilson 20 Kuna, Idaho, USA 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Died in Khost, Afghanistan, on October 18, 2012

Sgt. 1st Class Ryan James Savard 29 Sierra Vista, Arizona, USA Headquarters and Headquarters Company, U.S. Army Special Operations Command Killed by small-arms fire while on patrol during combat operations in the Khanabad district of Kunduz province, Afghanistan, on October 13, 2012

Sgt.Thomas Raymond Macpherson 26 Long Beach, California, USA Company D, 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment Killed by small-arms fire from enemy forces during a heavy firefight while conducting combat operations in the Andar district of Ghazni province, Afghanistan, on October 14, 2012

Spc.Brittany B. Gordon 24 St. Petersburg, Florida, USA 572nd Military Intelligence Company, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division Gordon was killed along with a CIA officer and four Afghan intelligence agents when a suicide bomber detonated an explosive device in Maruf, Afghanistan, on October 13, 2012

Sgt.Robert J. Billings 30 Clarksville, Virginia, USA Company B, 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division Died of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with a roadside bomb in Spin Boldak, Afghanistan, on October 13, 2012

Cmdr.Joel Del Mundo Tiu 49 Manila, Philippines Assigned to Logistics Forces, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command Died as a result of non-combat related injuries in Manama, Bahrain, on October 12, 2012

Staff Sgt.Justin Cameron Marquez 25 Aberdeen, North Carolina, USA Company B, 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group One of two soldiers shot and killed while on dismounted patrol in Chak district, Wardak province, Afghanistan, on October 6, 2012

Warrant Officer Joseph Lee Schiro 27 Coral Springs, Florida, USA Company B, 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group One of two soldiers shot and killed while on dismounted patrol in Chak-e Wardak district, Wardak province, Afghanistan, on October 6, 2012

Sgt.Camella Marchett Steedley 31 San Diego, California, USA Combat Logistics Regiment 17, 1st Marine Logistics Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force Died while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on October 3, 2012

Sgt. 1st Class Aaron Arthur Henderson 33 Houlton, Maine, USA Company A, 2nd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group Died October 2, 2012, at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device in Zumbilay, Helmand province, Afghanistan, on September 30, 2012

Staff Sgt.Donna Rae Johnson 29 Raeford, North Carolina, USA 514th Military Police Company, North Carolina Army National Guard One of three soldiers killed when an insurgent detonated a suicide vest while they were on dismounted patrol in Khost, Afghanistan, on October 1, 2012

Sgt.Thomas Jefferson Butler IV 25 Wilmington, North Carolina, USA 514th Military Police Company, North Carolina Army National Guard One of three soldiers killed when an insurgent detonated a suicide vest while they were on dismounted patrol in Khost, Afghanistan, on October 1, 2012

Sgt.Jeremy Franklin Hardison 23 Maysville, North Carolina, USA 514th Military Police Company, North Carolina Army National Guard One of three soldiers killed when an insurgent detonated a suicide vest while they were on dismounted patrol in Khost, Afghanistan, on October 1, 2012

CNN Map U.S./Canada and Coalition Afghanistan Casualties

Soldiers - Veterans - Families Of

On Afghan War 11th Anniversary, Vets Confront Mental Health Crisis, Soldier Suicides and Violence

The American Veteran - Nov 6
A video news magazine designed to inform veterans, their families and their communities about the services and benefits they have earned through their service to America.

Joining Forces to Train Teachers to Serve Military Children
October 03, 2012 - This afternoon, I was so honored to meet two of our nation’s youngest heroes – 11-year-old twin sisters Felicity and Abigail. The 7th graders love to read and play sports, and, like many of our nation’s 1.3 million school-age military children, their current school is not their first school. read more>>>

Support for our Heroes - Joining Forces
Joining Forces is dedicated to connecting our servicemen and women, veterans and military spouses with the resources they need to find jobs at home.

DOT Helps Veterans Find Work and Success in Transportation

Team Rubicon Teams Up With Got Your 6 in Campaign to Support Veterans

War veterans hit Sandy's front lines for rescues, cleanup
November 1 2012 - Up to his armpits in flood water, flanked by darkened buildings and submerged vehicles, Iraq veteran Peter Meijer felt oddly at home Monday night as he trudged through the streets of Brooklyn at the height of Sandy's fury: "The right place at the right time with the right mission." read more>>>

Military veterans to get priority for police jobs under COPS grants

Team Rubicon unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with medical professionals to rapidly deploy emergency response teams into crisis situations. read more of mission statement>>>

Homeless Veterans 'Stand Down' Events 2012

National Coalition for Homeless Veterans

Iraq War contractor KBR ordered to pay National Guardsmen $85M over toxic chemical exposure
PORTLAND, Ore. -- 3 November 2012 -- A jury on Friday ordered an American military contractor to pay $85 million after finding it guilty of negligence for illnesses suffered by a dozen Oregon soldiers who guarded an oilfield water plant during the Iraq War. read more>>>

Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses:
VA is seeking to extend the date to Dec. 31, 2018 for medically unexplained chronic multisymptom illnesses and undiagnosed illness to have appeared in Gulf War Veterans. Medically unexplained chronic symptoms include fatigue, headaches, joint pain, insomnia, gastrointestinal problems, and respiratory disorders: Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses: Medically Unexplained Chronic Multisymptom Illnesses.

VA Continues Long-Term Study on Gulf War Era Veterans

Lung Disease Following Deployment in Iraq and Afghanistan

Leaked memo: Afghan 'burn pit’ could wreck troops’ hearts, lungs

Improving Access to Mental Health Services for Veterans, Service Members, and Military Families
31 August 2012 - Since September 11, 2001, more than two million service members have deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan, many of them serving with unprecedented duration and frequency. Long deployments and intense combat conditions require optimal support for the emotional and mental health needs of our service members and their families, and ensuring that they receive the support they deserve is a top priority for the Obama Administration.

That's why today, President Obama signed an Executive Order that will help the federal government better meet the current and future demand for mental health and substance abuse treatment services for our troops and veterans, as well as their families.

Building on the ongoing efforts to expand these services, today's Executive Order: read more>>>

Executive Order -- Improving Access to Mental Health Services for Veterans, Service Members, and Military Families

Fact Sheet: President Obama Signs Executive Order to Improve Access to Mental Health Services for Veterans, Service Members, and Military Families

Service Members, Vets Celebrate Military Legacy of Women
WASHINGTON, Oct. 22, 2012 – Hundreds of active-duty women and veterans turned out Oct. 20 at the gateway to Arlington National Cemetery to celebrate the legacy of more than 2.5 million women who have served in the nation's military.

Former WACs, WAVEs, WMs, WAFs and SPARS shared with their active-duty counterparts in the contributions women have made to the U.S. military that are enshrined at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial, dedicated by President Bill Clinton on Oct. 18, 1997.

While WIMSA serves as a memorial to all of America's service women, Wilma L. Vaught, president of the Women's Memorial Foundation, said she doesn't consider it a museum, though the building does contain a gift store and features numerous artifacts and photographic exhibits.

"This is more than a memorial; it's an educational center meant to tell the story of women in the military from the American Revolution through Iraq -- it was an opportunity to tell the story of women's service individually and collectively," said Vaught, who enlisted in the Air Force in 1957 and went on to retire as a brigadier general in 1985 as one of only seven women serving as general or flag officers in all of the services at the time. read more>>>

Military women celebrate memorial's 15th anniversary
October 22, 2012 - In the past 15 years, military women have led air wings, commanded a carrier strike group and piloted attack helicopters and fighters — all jobs they couldn't get in earlier years.

About 14.6 percent of active-duty military personnel are women. It's a racially diverse force, and many current service members have never lived in a world where women were not recruited, promoted or deployed just as easily as men.

The Women in Military Service for America Memorial marked its 15th anniversary Saturday, and those who birthed and nurtured it looked with pride on the progress of their descendants and expressed satisfaction with the recognition that the memorial has brought. read more>>>

October 19, 2012 - Army Releases September Suicide Data

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline~~~Army Regulation 600-63 (Health Promotion) pdf~~~Army Pamphlet 600-24 (Health Promotion, Risk Reduction and Suicide Prevention) pdf~~~Suicide Prevention Program~~~Suicide prevention training resources for Army families~~~Information about Military OneSource~~~Army’s Comprehensive Soldier Fitness Program~~~Defense Center for Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) Outreach Center~~~American Foundation for Suicide Prevention~~~Suicide Prevention Resource Council~~~Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors~~~Army Medical Command: Civilian psych staff doubled since 2007~~~Army examining mental health programs~~~Eric Greitens & Paul Rieckhoff: Stresses of War & Tours In~~~Army Seeks To Curb Rising Tide Of Suicides~~~VA to Increase Mental Health Staff by 1,900~~~VA Adding Family Therapists and Mental Health Counselors to Workforce~~~American Psychiatric Nurses Association Joins Forces with First Lady Obama and Dr. Biden to Support Veterans and Military Families~~~UT College of Nursing Answers First Lady’s Call to Improve Veterans’ Care~~~Military affairs beat: For cops, courts, a primer on PTSD~~~DoD and VA to Fund $100 Million PTSD and TBI Study~~~Department of Defense Expands Sexual Assault Prevention Efforts

Honor our living brothers and sisters as they return from our wars, especially the wounded, physically and mentally, all the time! Fully Fund the Veterans Administration, no questions asked, as we fund the Department of Defense, no questions asked.

CNN-Iraq and Afghanistan War Casulties

In Remembrance - Moving Tributes

Afghanistan & Iraq Civilian Casualties - War Refugee's

Recording Casualties: Victims of Armed Conflict Worldwide

This programme draws on the principles of human security to develop and enhance the technical and institutional capacity, identify and consolidate the legal requirements, and build the political will to record details of every single victim of armed conflict worldwide. The programme incorporates research into emerging good practice and existing legal frameworks, the development and promotion of clearer legal and more effective regulatory instruments, and the creation and support of advocacy networks. visit site for updated reports

Every Casualty.org: New Org Website Launched On Casualty Recording The one-stop source for information on conflict's casualties worldwide and the organisations that record them

Film Highlights Perils Faced By Iraqis Who Helped U.S.
THE LIST: Project to Resettle Iraqi Allies

Refugee's: 27.5 million From Violence 2010

AFGHANISTAN ANNUAL REPORT 2011: PROTECTION OF CIVILIANS IN ARMED CONFLICT {54page pdf}

Exact Count of Civilian Casualties may never be known, as is the case in every conflict, especially an Invasion by another Country. For it is the Innocent Civilians and those Defending their Countries,of which All would be counted if this country, the U.S., were ever invaded, who suffer the most, during and long after!

All the Deaths, Maimings and Destruction are the Blood on All Our Hands, No One can Escape that Guilt!

Strasbourg judge: “Those who export war ought to see to the parallel export of guarantees against the atrocities of war”

The Rand Corporation Terrorism Report the press release here, you can get the full document here or a summary of the research brief here


97 percent {now more} of U.S. deaths in Iraq have occurred after George W. Bush declared an end to "major combat."
May 1, 2003 - "Mission Accomplished!" After leaving the Main Mission in Afghanistan, as to 9/11, to invade and occupy Iraq, which created the rise in the regional insurgents fighting in Afghanistan since!

"Victory means exit strategy, and it's important for the president to explain to us what the exit strategy is," - George W. Bush, Texas Gov., 1999

"How anyone can say that torture keeps Americans safe is beyond me -- unless you don't count American soldiers as Americans." How to Break a Terrorist: The U.S. Interrogators Who Used Brains, Not Brutality, to Take Down the Deadliest Man in Iraq Matthew Alexander who is writing under a pseudonym for security reasons

"Torture is the tool of the lazy, the stupid, and the pseudo-tough. It's also perhaps the greatest recruiting tool that the terrorists have." Major General Paul Eaton

POW/MIA Recognition Day Honors Service Members
September 19, 2012 - National POW/MIA Recognition Day is Friday, Sept. 21. Each year, the President issues a proclamation asking Americans to recognize the nation’s service members who were held prisoner or are still missing, and their families.

The day’s events include a Pentagon commemoration ceremony hosting former prisoners of war, family members, military service members and distinguished guests. Traditionally held on the third Friday in September, the event will include formal military honors. A flyover of military aircraft is scheduled to conclude the ceremony. read more>>>

Airmen Missing From Vietnam War Identified

October 16, 2012 - The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced today that the remains of two servicemen, missing in action from the Vietnam War, have been identified and will be buried, as a group, with full military honors.

Air Force Col. Wendell Keller of Fargo, N.D., and Capt. Virgil K. Meroney III of Fayetteville, Ark., will be buried as a group, in a single casket representing the crew, on Oct. 19, in Arlington National Cemetery. Meroney was interred individually on June 9, in his hometown. read more>>>

Done "In Our Names"!


HONORING THE FALLEN: US Military and Coalition Forces Killed in Action, Iraq & Afghanistan/Pakistan from 2001 to September 2012 - My Honor Rolls, and more, to Share


National World War II Memorial


National Korean War Memorial


National Vietnam Veterans Memorial - "The Wall"


The Vietnam Women’s Memorial


Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemeteries


Arlington National Cemetery


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