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  •  And that is the problem with most stories on (0+ / 0-)

    Vets not getting benefits.  The injury occurred after service, not during service.  In my readings I've notice many libs yelling it doesn't matter, if you served you should get a lifetime disability paycheck.  Are they insane?  Someone who gets in an accident, or has a fight with someone and get injured after leaving service is to be paid by the VA for disability?  Vets who have no injuries receive GI Bill, VA Home Loans, and Training all paid for by the VA.  That's enough to get them started on a good path after serving 2 + years. You served 20, you don't have to be injured your set for life.  But we cannot give everyone a paycheck for injuries not incurred during service.  It's common sense.  

    •  Do tell? Got links? (12+ / 0-)

      Because I'd like to see ANYONE around here talking about how just because someone's a vet they should get a lifetime disability paycheck.

      Sounds like bullshit to me, but hey, I'll give you the chance to prove it.

      "In your readings..." and "...many libs..."

      Okay, highly rec'd comments here, rec list diaries, come on, show us the links, bub.

      "It puts the lotion on its skin, or it gets the GOP again." - The Democratic Party

      by Rick Aucoin on Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 04:10:19 PM PDT

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      •  Actually there was quite a large write up (0+ / 0-)

        In Washington post during the discussion of not messing with retirement pay by offsetting with disability pay.  

        There was an example of a guy who got out of service with 40% and now is 100% disabled, not because of service related injury but because of normal aging ailment such as cardiac issues and diabetes...  I thought at the time that is just bs, he should not be assessed 100% from normal aging health issues.

        First and foremost there should be no self certification, period want gov contracts set aside for SVDV then the government needs to freakin certify their eligibility.  

        Senator mccaskill has done a stellar job on this issue
        Most set aside are ripe with fraud...multi million $ owners getting special treatment over other eligible business is BS

        Takin it to the Streets! time to GOTV

        by totallynext on Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 04:37:52 PM PDT

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        •  It's not quite that simple, though (11+ / 0-)

          My father had his first two heart attacks while on active duty.  He later had to go through quadruple heart bypass surgery.  The circulation in his legs, it turns out, was utterly wrecked because of the 300+ jumps he had done as a paratrooper in his twenties.

          Now they don't permit that many jumps because they have learned it causes a crap ton of long term health issues to slam repeatedly into the ground at 35 miles an hour for years on end.

          They couldn't give him his legs back - he was in a wheelchair by the time he was sixty.  

          Best they could do was pay for the wheelchair.

          The Cake is a lie. In Pie there is Truth. ~ Fordmandalay

          by catwho on Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 05:39:05 PM PDT

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      •  Never said it was around here. (0+ / 0-)
    •  My late husband was a Viet Nam Vet. (1+ / 0-)
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      He was injured to the extent he spent 10 months in a hospital and had his hip and thighbone replaced with metal.

      When I married him he had a successful business, walked fine and did not get any benefits because he was proud of serving his country and would not ask for anything else.

      After twenty years or so, he was in abject pain, self-medicating and losing his business. I tried for years to get him benefits. He had the records, I talked to hundreds of people but because he did not apply for benefits immediately, he was automatically not believed his injuries were service related.

      He did not apply twenty years before because he was proud and wanted to take care of his family himself. Because of that he could not get what he needed years later.

      So yeah, injuries can manifest years later.

      And yes, he died from medicating himself.

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