“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


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Sunday, December 2, 2012

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

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

Arlington National Cemetery Releases the ANC Explorer
November 29, 2012 - Arlington National Cemetery has created ANC Explorer, an application that can be downloaded on a smart phone or used through a web browser that will enable family members and the public to explore Arlington’s rich history. The first version of ANC Explorer will allow users to look up events, locate gravesites or other points of interest throughout the cemetery, generate front-and-back pictures of a marker or monument, and receive directions to these locations. In the future, ANC Explorer will offer features such as emergency and event notifications, restroom and water fountain locations, shuttle stops, and self guided tours.
A New Way to Explore ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
Click on graphic and it takes you to the online site for Computers
The downloadable apps for smart phones can be found there or at link in above description.

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'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 3,233 coalition deaths -- 2,161 Americans, 39 Australians, 438 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 December 2, 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 18,071 {17,790 up to November, 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.

Cpl.Christopher M. Monahan Jr. 25 Island Heights, New Jersey, USA Combat Logistics Battalion 2, Combat Logistics Regiment 2, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, II Marine Expeditionary Force Died while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on November 26, 2012

Petty Officer 1st ClassKevin R. Ebbert 32 Arcata, California, USA Assigned to an Virginia-based Naval Special Warfare unit Died while supporting stability operations in Uruzgan province, Afghanistan, on November 24, 2012

Lance Cpl.Dale Means 23 Jordan, Minnesota, USA Combat Logistics Battalion 2, Combat Logistics Regiment 2, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, II Marine Expeditionary Force Died while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on November 18, 2012

Sgt.Channing Hicks 24 Greer, South Carolina, USA 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Divisionm One of two soldiers killed when enemy forces attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device and small-arms fire in Paktika province, Afghanistan, on November 16, 2012

Sgt.Joseph A. Richardson 23 Booneville, Arkansas, USA 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division One of two soldiers killed when enemy forces attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device and small-arms fire in Paktika province, Afghanistan, on November 16, 2012

Staff Sgt.Rayvon Battle Jr. 25 Rocky Mount, North Carolina, USA 38th Engineer Company, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division Died in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, on November 13, 2012

Staff Sgt.Matthew Henrick Stiltz 26 Spokane, Washington, USA Company A, 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division Killed when insurgents attacked his unit with indirect fire at Zerok, Afghanistan, on November 12, 2012

Capt.Walter Reed Barrie 41 Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom The Royal Scots Borderers, Company D, 1st Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland Captain Barrie was taking part in a soccer match between British soldiers and Afghan soldiers at Forward Operating Base Shawqat in the Nad-e Ali district of Helmand province, Afghanistan, when he was shot at close range by an Afghan soldier on November 11, 2012.

Staff Sgt.Kenneth Wade Bennett 26 Glendora, California, USA 53rd Ordnance Company, 3rd Ordnance Battalion, 71st Ordnance Group Died from injuries sustained when he encountered an improvised explosive device during combat operations in Sperwan Gar, Afghanistan, on November 10, 2012

Spc.Daniel L. Carlson 21 Running Springs, California, USA Company D, 3rd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division Died as a result of a non-battle related injury in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, on November 9, 2012

Capt.James Dominic null Nehl 37 Gardiner, Oregon, USA Company D, 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division Killed by small-arms fire while on patrol during combat operations in Ghazni province, Afghanistan, on November 9, 2012

Pfc.Brandon Lucas Buttry 19 Shenandoah, Iowa, USA Company A, 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division Died as a result of a non-battle related injury in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, on November 5, 2012

Spc.Ryan Paul Jayne 22 Campbell, New York, USA 444th Engineer Company, 479th Engineer Battalion, 411th Engineer Brigade, deployed with the 178th Engineer Battalion, Army Reserve One of three soldiers killed when enemy forces attacked their unit with a roadside bomb in Paktia province, Afghanistan, on November 3, 2012

Sgt.Brett Edward Gornewicz 27 Alden, New York, USA 444th Engineer Company, 479th Engineer Battalion, 411th Engineer Brigade, deployed with the 178th Engineer Battalion, Army Reserve One of three soldiers killed when enemy forces attacked their unit with a roadside bomb in Paktia province, Afghanistan, on November 3, 2012

Staff Sgt.Dain Taylor Venne 29 Port Henry, New York, USA 444th Engineer Company, 479th Engineer Battalion, 411th Engineer Brigade, deployed with the 178th Engineer Battalion, Army Reserve One of three soldiers killed when enemy forces attacked their unit with a roadside bomb in Paktia province, Afghanistan, on November 3, 2012

Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew Geoffrey Kantor 22 Gillette, New Jersey, USA SEAL Team Four, Naval Special Warfare Group 2 Assigned to an East Coast-based Naval Special Warfare unit Based at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek in Virginia Beach, Va. Died supporting stability operations in Zabul, Afghanistan, on November 1, 2012

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

Soldiers - Veterans - Families Of

7 Dec. 2012 - 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. The Pentagon Channel: The American Veteran

Google launches new site to guide veterans into civilian work force
29 November 2012 - Google is aiming its search-engine horsepower at homecoming veterans, launching Thursday what may be the largest online hub to help men and women exiting the military as American armed forces draw down.

Called VetNet, the site offers veterans three distinct “tracks” to plot and organize their next life moves – from “basic training” which aids job hunters to “career connections” which links users to corporate mentors and other working veterans to “entrepreneur” which offers a roadmap to starting a business.

To arm the new site with some heavy-hitting experts, Google partnered with three leading nonprofits in the veteran-employment space: the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Hiring Our Heroes program, the Institute for Veterans and Military Families, and Hire Heroes USA.

“We asked: What else can we be doing with our technology to help these folks transition home?” said Carrie Laureno read more>>>

By the Numbers: Supporting Veterans Success as Small Business Owners
November 2012 - Empowering Veterans through Entrepreneurship

U.S. military veterans own 2.4 million businesses, or nearly 1 in 10 of all businesses nationwide. 8.3 percent of veteran business owners have service-connected disabilities.

Veteran-owned businesses generate $1.2 trillion in receipts and employ nearly 5.8 million people. 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

KBR Wants Gov. to Compensate Iraq Vets in Won Lawsuit
Iraq war contractor says government should pay in case about sickened soldiers
Nov 27, 2012 - An Iraq war contractor that lost an $85 million verdict to a group of sickened Oregon soldiers has filed a lawsuit seeking to force the federal government to pay the soldiers' damages.

In early November, 12 Oregon National Guard soldiers won the verdict against Kellogg Brown and Root, an engineering and construction firm that helped lead the reconstruction work in post-war Iraq. The soldiers were exposed to a toxin while guarding an Iraqi water plant.

In the new lawsuit, KBR also demands that the government pay more than $15 million in its lawyers' fees. 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.

Certain illnesses are associated with Gulf War service

Lung Disease Following Deployment in Iraq and Afghanistan

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

Veterans Administration Mental Health Home Page

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

Petite But Proven: Two women warriors pass elite Army training course
1 December 2012 - While the Pentagon brass and U.S. military leaders are struggling over how to bring women into ground combat training, two young female soldiers have already proven they've got what it takes to join their male counterparts on the battlefield.

1st Lt. Audrey Moton and 2nd Lt. Carley Turnnidge, both West Point graduates, took on the Army's Sapper Leader Training course for combat engineers at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri. It's one of the toughest combat training courses in the entire U.S. military and the only course of its kind that accepts women. Since 1999, nearly 60 women have made the grade. read more>>>

Women prove tough at Sapper training
Sapper training may be dirty, grueling and bordering on physical torture but petite women are proving their strength alongside their bigger, beefier soldiers. NBC’s Jim Miklaszewski reports.

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First Female Combat Veterans Elected to Congress May Lead to Change in Military

November 15, 2012 - Army Releases October Suicide Data

11/16/2012 The Army releases the latest monthly, October, suicide data with a reminder of where to turn to find help to prevent suicides. Available in high definition.

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

Mid Year - Afghanistan Annual Report 2012: Protections Of Civilians in Armed Conflict {67page 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

Done "In Our Names"!

POW/MIA Arrival Ceremony 12/03/2012: Service members stand at parade rest next to flag-draped transfer cases during the U.S. Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command Arrival Ceremony, on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Nov. 30, 2012, in honor of fallen U.S. personnel whose identities remain unknown.

Soldier Missing from Vietnam War Identified

December 03, 2012 - The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that the remains of a serviceman, missing in action from the Vietnam War, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors. Army Sgt. John R. Jones, of Louisville, Ky., will be buried Dec. 6, in Arlington National Cemetery. On June 4, 1971, Jones was part of a U.S. team working with indigenous commandos to defend a radio-relay base, known as Hickory Hill, in Quang Tri Province, South Vietnam. When enemy forces attacked the site, Jones and another serviceman took up a defensive position in a nearby bunker. The following morning, Jones was reportedly killed by enemy fire and the other soldier was captured and held as a POW until 1973. read more>>>


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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