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


"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!


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Honoring The Fallen Afghanistan 2004

PBS NewsHour Silent Honor Rolls




A silent tribute to U.S. soldiers killed while on duty in Afghanistan and Iraq


In Honor - In Memory


Sgt.Roy Alvin Wood 47 Fort Myers, Florida, USA Company C, 3rd Battalion, 20th Special Forces Group, Florida Army National Guard Wood was fatally injured when the vehicle he was traveling in hit another vehicle near Kabul, Afghanistan, on January 9, 2004


Cpl.Jamie Brendan Murphy 26 Conception Harbor, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada 1st Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment Killed in a suicide bomb attack while on patrol near Kabul, Afghanistan, on January 27, 2004


Pvt.Jonathan Kitulagoda 23 Plymouth, England E (Devon & Dorset) Company, The Rifle Volunteers, British Territorial Army Killed in a suicide bomb attack near Kabul, on January 28, 2004


Sgt. 1st ClassCurtis Mancini 43 Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA 486th Civil Affairs Battalion, Army Reserve One of eight soldiers killed when a weapons cache prematurely exploded west of Ghazni, Afghanistan, on January 29, 2004


Sgt.Benjamin Lewis Gilman 28 Meriden, Connecticut, USA Company A, 41st Engineer Battalion, 10th Mountain Division One of eight soldiers killed when a weapons cache prematurely exploded west of Ghazni, Afghanistan on January 29, 2004. Initially listed as missing, his remains were recovered on February 2, 2004.


Spc.Robert James Cook 24 Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division One of eight soldiers killed in an accidental explosion at a weapons cache west of Ghazni, Afghanistan, on January 29, 2004


Sgt.Danton Kyle Seitsinger 29 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA 486th Civil Affairs Battalion, U.S. Army Reserve One of eight soldiers killed when a weapons cache prematurely exploded west of Ghazni, Afghanistan, on January 29, 2004


Sgt.Justin Andrew Scott 22 Bellevue, Kentucky, USA Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division One of eight soldiers killed when a weapons cache prematurely exploded west of Ghazni, Afghanistan on January 29, 2004


Spc.Adam Gareth Kinser 21 Rio Vista, California, USA 304th Psychological Operations Company, U.S. Army Reserve One of eight soldiers killed when a weapons cache prematurely exploded west of Ghazni, Afghanistan on January 29, 2004


Staff Sgt.Shawn Michael Clemens 28 Allegany, New York, USA Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division One of eight soldiers killed when a weapons cache prematurely exploded west of Ghazni, Afghanistan on January 29, 2004


Staff Sgt.James Douglas Mowris 37 Aurora, Missouri, USA 805th Military Police Company, Army Reserve One of eight soldiers killed when a weapons cache prematurely exploded west of Ghazni, Afghanistan on January 29, 2004


Sgt.Nicholes Darwin Golding 24 Addison, Maine, USA Company C, 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division Killed as a result of an AT-46 (anti-tank) mine explosion in Ghazni, Afghanistan, on February 13, 2004


Spc.David Eugene Hall 21 Uniontown, Kansas, USA 805th Military Police Company, 16th Military Police Brigade, Army Reserve Died in a non-hostile accident in Kabul, Afghanistan, on February 25, 2004


Sgt.Michael John Esposito Jr. 22 Brentwood, New York, USA Company A, 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division One of two U.S. soldiers killed when their team came under small-arms fire while clearing a village in Deh Rawod, Afghanistan, on March 18, 2004


Staff Sgt.Anthony Santos Lagman 26 Yonkers, New York, USA Company A, 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division One of two soldiers killed when their team came under small arms fire while clearing a village in Deh Rawod, Afghanistan, on March 18, 2004


Command Sgt. Maj.Dennis Jallah Jr. 49 Fayetteville, North Carolina, USA Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 10th Aviation Regiment, 10th Aviation Brigade, 10th Mountain Division Jallah died due to a non-combat cause on March 28, 2004, at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. He was medically evacuated from Afghanistan to via Landstuhl Medical Center in Germany on February 16.


Cmdr.Adrian Basil Szwec 43 Chicago, Illinois, USA Naval Hospital Guantanamo Bay, Cuba Died in a non-combat related incident in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, on April 12, 2004


1st Sgt.Herbert Ronald Claunch 58 Wetumpka, Alabama, USA 217th Military Police Company, Alabama Army National Guard Died after collapsing on the floor in his quarters in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, on April 18, 2004


Cpl.Patrick Daniel Tillman 27 Chandler, Arizona, USA Company A, 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment Tillman was part of a combat patrol that was ambushed at 7:30 p.m. local time by 10 to 20 attackers armed with mortars and small arms near Khost, Afghanistan, on April 22, 2004. In the ensuing firefight, Tillman was accidentally killed by fire from his own unit.


Sgt.Phillip Lawrence Witkowski 24 Fredonia, New York, USA Battery F, 7th Field Artillery Regiment, 25th Infantry Division Died on May 1, 2004, in Homberg, Germany, from non-combat related injuries sustained on April 30, in Kandahar, Afghanistan


Pfc.Brandon James Wadman 19 Cape Coral, Florida, USA Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 2nd Battalion, 265th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, Florida Army National Guard Died when his vehicle rolled over while traveling from Bagram Airfield to Kabul, Afghanistan, on May 5, 2004


Cpl.Ronald Raymond Payne Jr. 23 Lakeland, Florida, USA Company B, 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force Died due to hostile action in the vicinity of Tawara, Afghanistan, on May 7, 2004


Chief Warrant Officer 3Bruce Edward Price 37 Fayetteville, North Carolina, USA Company A, 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group Killed when insurgents ambushed his patrol and his vehicle was struck by small arms and rocket-propelled grenade fire in Kajaki, Afghanistan, on May 15, 2004


Pvt.Tommy Roedningsby 29 Skreia, Norway Telemark Battalion, Norwegian Army Killed when rocket-propelled grenades were fired at a Norwegian patrol in Kabul, Afghanistan, on May 23, 2004


Petty Officer 1st ClassBrian Joseph Ouellette 37 Needham, Massachusetts, USA U.S. Navy SEAL - Navy Special Warfare Group Two Killed along with three others when their vehicle struck an improvised explosive device as they swerved to avoid another explosive device in the road while returning to their base of operations near Kandahar, Afghanistan, on May 29, 2004


Spc.Joseph Allen Jeffries 21 Beaverton, Oregon, USA 320th Psychological Operations Company, Army Reserve Killed along with three others when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb as they swerved to avoid another bomb in the road while returning to their base of operations near Kandahar, Afghanistan, on May 29, 2004


Sgt. 1st ClassRobert Joseph Mogensen 26 Pinebluff, North Carolina, USA Company C, 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group Killed along with three others when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb as they swerved to avoid another explosive device in the road while returning to their base of operations near Kandahar, Afghanistan, on May 29, 2004


Capt.Daniel William Eggers 28 Cape Coral, Florida, USA Company C, 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group Killed along with three others when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb as they swerved to avoid another explosive device in the road while returning to their base of operations near Kandahar, Afghanistan, on May 29, 2004


Cpl.David Maurice Fraise 24 New Orleans, Louisiana, USA Company A, 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division Killed when a roadside bomb hit his patrol in Kandahar, Afghanistan, on June 7, 2004


Lance Cpl.Russell Patrick White 19 Dagsboro, Delaware, USA 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division Died due to a non-combat related incident at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, on June 20, 2004


Pfc.Daniel Bradley McClenney 19 Shelbyville, Tennessee, USA 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division One of two Marines killed by hostile fire near Bari Kowt in Kunar province, Afghanistan, on June 24, 2004


Lance Cpl.Juston Tyler Thacker 21 Bluefield, West Virginia, USA 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division One of two Marines killed by hostile fire near Bari Kowt in Kunar province, Afghanistan, on June 24, 2004


Staff Sgt.Robert Keith McGee 37 Antioch, Tennessee, USA Operational Detachment Alpha 155, Company B, 2nd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group McGee was found dead in his hotel room in Manila, Philippines, on June 30, 2004. He was deployed to the Philippines as part of an advance team for Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines to assist in light-infantry tactics training.


Spc.Julie Rochelle Hickey 20 Galloway, Ohio, USA 412th Civil Affairs Battalion, Army Reserve Hickey was evacuated from Bagram, Afghanistan, on June 30, 2004, and died in Landstuhl, Germany, on July 4 of complications from a non-combat related illness.


Spc.Juan Manuel Torres 25 Houston, Texas, USA 453rd Transportation Company, Army Reserve Died of non-combat related injuries in Bagram, Afghanistan, on July 12, 2004


Staff Sgt.Craig William Cherry 39 Winchester, Virginia, USA Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 29th Infantry Division, Virginia Army National Guard Killed when his vehicle struck an improvised explosive device in Ghazikel, Afghanistan, on August 7, 2004


Sgt.Bobby Edward Beasley 36 Inwood, West Virginia, USA Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 29th Infantry Division, Virginia Army National Guard Killed when his vehicle struck a roadside bomb in Ghazikel, Afghanistan, on August 7, 2004


Sgt.Daniel Lee Galvan 30 Moore, Oklahoma, USA Company B, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Infantry Division Killed when the helicopter he was in developed mechanical difficulties and crashed outside Forward Operating Base Salerno near Khost, Afghanistan, on August 12, 2004


Cpl.Murat Yagci Unavailable France 1er Régiment Parachutiste d'Infanterie de Marine, Brigade des Forces Spéciales Terre, (1st Marine Paratroop Infantry Regiment, Army Special Forces Brigade) Died on August 31, 2004, of wounds suffered during operations in Afghanistan on August 29, 2004


Staff Sgt.Tony Bruce Olaes 30 Walhalla, South Carolina, USA Company A, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group Killed when his patrol vehicle was ambushed by enemy forces using small arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades near the town of Shkin in Paktika province, Afghanistan, on September 20, 2004


Staff Sgt.Robert Stacey Goodwin 35 Albany, Georgia, USA Company A, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group Killed when his patrol vehicle was ambushed by enemy forces using small arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades near the town of Shkin in Afghanistan's Paktika province on September 20, 2004


Spc.Wesley Robert Wells 21 Libertyville, Illinois, USA Company A, 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division Killed when his observation post in Naka, Paktika province, Afghanistan, was attacked on September 20, 2004


Staff Sgt.Alan Lee Rogers 49 Kearns, Utah, USA Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 211th Aviation Regiment, Utah Army National Guard Died of non-combat related injuries in Bagram, Afghanistan, on September 29, 2004


Cpl. Maj.Bruno Giovanni 24 Crispi, Italy Susa Battalion, 3rd Alpine Regiment, Task Force Cobra, Italian Army Died when his VM-90 wheeled military vehicle veered off the road approximately 28 miles (45 kilometers) outside of Kabul, Afghanistan, on October 3, 2004


Staff Sgt.Brian Scott Hobbs 28 Mesa, Arizona, USA Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division One of two soldiers killed when a roadside bomb detonated near their dismounted patrol in Miam Do, Afghanistan, on October 14, 2004


Cpl.Kyle Ka Eo Fernandez 26 Waipahu, Hawaii, USA Company C, 2nd Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division Killed when a roadside bomb detonated near their dismounted patrol in Miam Do, Uruzgan province, Afghanistan, on October 14, 2004


Cpl.Silvio Schattmann Unavailable Germany German Army Died in a non-combat related incident in Afghanistan on October 17, 2004


Cpl.William Madden Amundson Jr. 21 The Woodlands, Texas, USA Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment Killed during a ground assault force infiltration in eastern Afghanistan when the Ground Mobility Vehicle he was riding in rolled over on October 18, 2004


Airman 1st ClassJesse Monroe Samek 21 Rogers, Arkansas, USA 66th Rescue Squadron, 57th Operations Group Samek died from injuries he received when an Air Force HH-60 Pave Hawk combat search and rescue helicopter crashed during a medical evacuation mission 105 miles (170 kilometers) east of Shindand, Afghanistan, on October 21, 2004. The accident was not due to hostile action.


Staff Sgt.Kingue Eithel Abraham 22 France 3e Régiment de Hussards (3rd Hussard Regiment) One of two French soldiers killed in a non-hostile vehicle accident northeast of Kabul, Afghanistan, on October 21, 2004


Pvt.Thierry Jean Baptiste 29 France 3rd Hussard Regiment One of two French soldiers killed in a non-hostile vehicle accident northeast of Kabul, Afghanistan, on October 21, 2004


Cpl.Billy Gomez 25 Perris, California, USA Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division Gomez died on October 27, 2004, at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Landstuhl, Germany, of wounds he received when his vehicle struck a roadside bomb on October 20 in Naka, Afghanistan.


Sgt.James Charles Kearney III 22 Emerson, Iowa, USA Company B, 1st Battalion, 168th Infantry Regiment, Iowa Army National Guard Died in Salerno, Afghanistan, from injuries sustained when his convoy was attacked by enemy forces using rocket-propelled grenades in Sharan, Afghanistan, on November 1, 2004


Sgt.Michael Christopher O'Neill 22 Mansfield, Ohio, USA Company B, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment Died on November 21, 2004, in Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany, of wounds he sustained when a grenade he was carrying was accidentally detonated during pre-combat preparations at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, on November 17


Cpl.Jacob Rudeloff Fleischer 25 St. Louis, Missouri, USA Company C, 2nd Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division Killed when a roadside bomb detonated near his unit in Deh Rawod, Afghanistan, on November 24, 2004


Cpl.Dale Edwin Fracker Jr. 23 Apple Valley, California, USA Company C, 2nd Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division Killed when a roadside bomb detonated near his unit in Deh Rawod, Afghanistan, on November 24, 2004


Chief Warrant Officer Travis Wayne Grogan 31 Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA Headquarters Troop, 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division Killed when his contract aircraft crashed in Bamian, Afghanistan, on November 27, 2004


Spc.Harley D. R. Miller 21 Spokane, Washington, USA Headquarters Troop, 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division Killed when his contract aircraft crashed in Bamian, Afghanistan, on November 27, 2004


Lt. Col.Michael Jerome McMahon 41 West Hartford, Connecticut, USA Headquarters Troop, 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division Killed when his contract aircraft crashed in Bamian, Afghanistan, on November 27, 2004


Cpl.Isaac Edward Diaz 26 Rio Hondo, Texas, USA Company B, 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division Died when his military vehicle rolled over while on patrol in Sharona, Afghanistan, on December 1, 2004