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H/T to Richard Cranium for posting the report as I've seen he's posted it a few times as well.

Want to know more about Rep. Ryans tenure in Congress, especially in voting as a GOTP foot soldier, i.e. a rubber stamper to the previous administration and obstructionist since. After all he's been in Congress for nearly 13 years, but Rep. Paul Ryan (TR-Wis.) has only seen two of his bills pass into law during that time. On the side of making policy his record doesn't match his pay and benefits of the job, so we only got his 'foot soldier' voting record, especially related to military veterans while soldiers are in long occupations, to look at.

Well the American Bridge PAC has done the hard work for you with the American Bridge Paul Ryan Research Book - July 19 2012. For the purpose of this post I've taken some cuts on his 'support?' of Veterans issues from the Veterans Section found on page 268 to 270. Not any different then those you'll find from the rest of the GOTParty faithful, especially in this past decade plus. His whole time in office and as a party faithful 'foot soldier' rubber stamping the wars costs all off the books, till the present administration, and all borrowed as the surplus was gone and the deficits started quickly rising Before 9/11 and continue to today, wars not over nor veterans needs, especially related to the wars and long occupations with the abandoned Main Mission, with the almost full support of the country on the first drum beat pointed at Iraq, for even sending our soldiers into that region. As those GOTP's wave their 'patriotic' flags of 'support', slam those not walking in lockstep with them as 'unpatriotic' including soldiers, families of and veterans, that ends there as to actual support for those that serve the Country and are sent into it's wars of choice. They love not being told they have to Sacrifice as well, actually they want even less sacrifice for everything they use and get from the society and contributions into the collective pot of the treasury not only related to wars and results of.

You can view the research book in full or for the section on the rest of the votes on Veterans scroll down to page 268 and as said above it goes to page 270, in the full book you'll find the backlinks, including the Veterans section, not included in the cuts below, of the sources for the reseach, congressional bills and more.

Veterans
Benefits

Ryan Voted Against Protecting Veterans’ Benefits from the Cut, Cap, and Balance Cuts. In July 2011, Ryan voted against a motion to recommit the bill with instructions that it be reported back with an amendment that would state that it will not be in order to consider balanced-budget constitutional amendments that could result in a reduction in veterans benefits. According to the St. Louis Dispatch, “Members defeated, 236-188, a bid by Democrats to protect veterans’ benefits from being trimmed in the $5.8 trillion, 10-year budget-cutting plan imposed by HR 2560…A yes vote backed the motion over GOP arguments that the plan already protected veterans’ benefits in full.” [Roll Call 605, H 2560, 07/19/2011; St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 7/25/11]

Ryan Supported Budget that Cut Veterans Programs. In 2005, Ryan voted in favor of final passage of the $2.6 trillion budget conference report for 2006. The conference report cut funding for veterans’ health care by $13.5 billion over five years. However, the budget still found room for $106 billion in tax cuts for those who need it the least. The budget passed 214-211. [Roll Call 149, S 95, 04/28/2005; House Budget Committee Democratic Caucus, “Summary and Analysis of FY 2006 Budget Resolution Conference Report,” 4/28/05]

Ryan Opposed Fiscally Responsible FY 2009 Budget With $48.1 Billion for Veterans’ Services. In 2008, Ryan voted against a budget resolution that would establish the congressional budget for FY 2009. The resolution would call for expenditures of $3.1 trillion and would allow up to $1 trillion in discretionary spending, plus $70 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and $5.8 billion for hurricane recovery. The bill would also include $48.1 billion in funding for veterans’
269 benefits and services. The bill passed 212-207. [Roll Call 141, S 312, 03/13/2008; Congressional Quarterly; “Summary of the 2009 Democratic Budget”; House Committee on the Budget, 3/11/08]

Ryan Opposed Budget that Included Record Increase for Veterans. In 2007, Ryan voted against the fiscal year 2008 budget conference report that began to reverse six years of Republican fiscal mismanagement, provided for middle-class tax relief and would return the budget to balance – reaching a surplus of $41 billion in 2012 – without raising taxes. The budget increased funding or veterans’ health care and services by $6.7 billion (18.3 percent) above the 2007 enacted level, and $3.6 billion above the President’s budget. According to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the budget represented a “historic $6.7 billion increase” over the previous year’s budget. Meanwhile, the American Legion wrote, “The American Legion and its 2.8 million members applaud… the Fiscal Year 2008 Budget Resolution.” According to the Military Officers Association of America, “...the resolution makes a strong statement of Congress’s commitment to restoring national confidence that our wounded warriors will receive the kind of first-quality care and services that they have earned...” The budget also saved veterans from paying increased fees totaling $355 million in 2008 and $2.3 billion over five years. The President’s budget imposed those new enrollment fees and increases co-payments on Priority 7 and 8 veterans. The budget passed 214-209. [Roll Call 377, S 21, 05/17/2007; House Budget Committee, Conference Agreement on the FY 2008 Budget Resolution: Building on the “Six for ‘06, 5/24/07; Military Officers Association of America; American Legion; Veterans of Foreign Wars, Washington Weekly, 5/25/07]

Ryan Opposed Historic Funding Increase For Veterans Programs. In 2007, Ryan voted against a budget that provided a $6.6 billion increase in funding for veterans programs. However, the Veterans of Foreign Wars applauded the budget, and the House and Senate leadership who were instrumental in the adoption of this historic increase. These additional resources would cover increases in the costs of health care, the VA’s increasing patient load, including veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, and help cover the cost of forthcoming recommendations to improve military and veterans’ health care facilities and treatment. The budget passed 216-210. [Roll Call 212, S 99, 03/29/2007; VFW Washington Weekly, 4/2/07; CQ House Action Reports, No. 110-4]

Ryan Opposed Veterans’ Health Care Funds. In 2007, Ryan voted against legislation that provided critical funding for veterans health care, including funds to enhance medical services for active duty forces, mobilized personnel and their family members and $1.7 billion for veterans’ health care priorities including maintenance at VA health care facilities like Walter Reed. The measure included: $550 million to address the maintenance backlog at VA health care facilities to prevent situations similar to those at Walter Reed; $250 million for medical administration to ensure sufficient personnel to address the rising number of veterans and to maintain a high level of service; $229 million for treating the growing number of veterans; $100 million to allow the VA to contract with private mental healthcare providers to offer veterans, including Guard and reserve members, quality and timely care; and, $62 million to speed claims processing for returning veterans. The measure passed 218-212 [Roll Call 186, H 1591, 03/23/2007; CQ House Action Reports, No. 110-3]

Ryan Supported FY 2005 Budget Trashed by Veterans’ Groups. In 2004, Ryan voted in favor of a budget that was strongly opposed by major veterans’ organizations. A coalition of veterans groups, including the AMVETS, Disabled American Veterans, Paralyzed Veterans of America, and Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States was vehemently opposed to the bill. “Passage of the budget resolution, as presented, would be a disservice to those men and women who have served this country and who are currently serving in Iraq, Afghanistan, and around the world in our fight against terrorism,” the groups said. The budget resolution passed 215-212 [Roll Call 92, S 393, 03/25/2004; Letter to Members, 3/23/04]

Ryan Opposed Motion To Allow Veterans With Service-Related Disabilities And 20 Years’ Honorable Service To Receive Full Disability Benefits And Full Retirement Pay. According to the Saint Paul Pioneer Press, “Voting 188 for and 217 against, the House defeated a Democratic bid to allow veterans with a service-related disability and at least 20 years’ honorable service to receive full disability benefits as well as full retirement pay. At present, most veterans must deduct disability income from retirement pay in a subtraction known as the ‘disabled veterans tax.’ The motion was offered to the 270 defense bill above, which already included GOP language phasing out the ‘tax’ for about one-third of affected veterans. If not offset elsewhere in the budget, the Democratic motion would add over $50 billion to the national debt over 10 years. A yes vote backed full, dual benefits.” Ryan voted no. [Saint Paul Pioneer Press, 11/9/03]

Ryan Voted to Cut Funding for Veterans’ Programs, Impose Enrollment Fees. In 2003, Ryan voted for a budget that called for cutting $15 billion from veterans’ benefits, including veterans’ pensions, compensation, education and other benefits, over 10 years. The Disabled Veterans of America strongly opposed the budget, sending a letter to all members of Congress “to communicate our deep-seated outrage regarding the fiscal year 2004 budget adopted by the House Budget Committee, which would cut veterans’ programs by more than $15 billion during the next 10 years.” The GOP budget also included the President’s proposal to impose a $250 fee for enrollment in VA health care for category 7 and 8 veterans, along with a doubling of the drug co-payment for those veterans. The budget passed 215-212 [Roll Call 82, S 95, 03/21/2003; Letter from Edward R. Heath, National Commander, Disabled Veterans of America, 3/17/03]

Paul Ryan Voted to Cut Funding for Veterans Benefits By $25 Billion, Imposed Enrollment Fees. In 2003, Paul Ryan voted for a budget that called for cutting $25 billion from veterans’ benefits, including veterans’ pensions, compensation, education and other benefits, over 10 years. The Disabled Veterans of America strongly opposed the budget, sending a letter to all members of Congress “to communicate our deep-seated outrage regarding the fiscal year 2004 budget adopted by the House Budget Committee, which would cut veterans programs by more than $15 billion during the next 10 years.” The GOP budget also included the President’s proposal to impose a $250 fee for enrollment in VA health care for category 7 and 8 veterans, along with a doubling of the drug co-payment for those veterans. The budget passed 215-212. [Roll Call 82, S 95, 03/21/2003; Letter from Edward R. Heath, National Commander, Disabled Veterans of America, 3/17/03]

Funding

Ryan Voted Against Spending an Additional $20 Million to Prevent Suicides by Combat Veterans. In June 2011, Ryan voted against a motion to recommit the Fiscal 2012 Military Construction-VA Appropriations bill with instructions that it be reported back with an amendment to increase funding for veterans medical services for PTSD and suicide prevention by $20 million. The funds would advertise suicide-prevention assistance and services for veterans. The $20 million would be offset by reducing funding for the Department of Veteran Affairs’ information technology program by $25 million. The motion to recommit failed, 184 to 234. [Roll Call 417, H 2055, 06/14/2011; Virginian-Pilot, 6/20/11]

GI Bill

Ryan Opposed New GI Bill. In 2008, Ryan voted against an amendment that would create an expanded educational benefit for veterans, imposing a surtax on the very wealthy to offset the costs of the new veterans’ program and suspend implementation of seven Bush administration Medicaid regulations. The amendment appropriated $21.2 billion for domestic programs, military construction and foreign aid programs. It would provide $4.6 billion for military construction and $5.8 billion for levee building in Louisiana. The amendment would provide a permanent expansion of education benefits for post-Sept. 11 veterans, offset with 0.47 percent surtax on modified adjusted gross income above $500,000 per year for individuals and $1 million for couples. It also would temporarily extend unemployment insurance benefits and place a moratorium through March 2009 on seven Medicaid regulations proposed by the administration. It would appropriate $9.9 billion for the State Department, USAID and international food assistance. The amendment passed 256-166 [Roll Call 330, H 2642, 05/15/2008; Congressional Quarterly, Congressional Quarterly Weekly, 5/16/08]

Again, you can visit the research book to find the rest of the votes, more opposed then in support related to veterans and from a rubber stamper of off the books war costs including no bid contracts, as well as embedded links to the research sources, actual bills and votes as well as others.

Related Posts: Ryan Seeking to Cut Already Underfunded VA Budget

Iraq Veteran Beau Biden's Warning on Romney and the VA

And an article from another Iraq War Vet from earlier this year: GOP Budget Doesn't Even Say the Word "Veteran"

Originally posted to DKos Military Veterans on Mon Aug 13, 2012 at 06:35 AM PDT.

Also republished by Military Community Members of Daily Kos and Ryan Inc.

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  •  Tip Jar (14+ / 0-)

    Vets On FLOTUS and SLOTUS, "Best - Ever": "We haven't had this kind of visibility from the White House—ever." Joyce Raezer - Dec. 30, 2011

    by jimstaro on Mon Aug 13, 2012 at 06:35:27 AM PDT

  •  What a swell fella...NOT! n/t (3+ / 0-)

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Mon Aug 13, 2012 at 06:40:42 AM PDT

  •  Bookmarked for future reference (3+ / 0-)
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    Thanks Jim

    Well, I been around the world, and I've been in the Washington Zoo. And in all my travels, as the facts unravel, I've found this to be true.... ...they don't give a f^ck about anybody else

    by Zwoof on Mon Aug 13, 2012 at 07:09:26 AM PDT

  •  Great information! (2+ / 0-)
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    Thanks!

    Was a cold and dark December when the banks became cathedrals...

    by althea in il on Mon Aug 13, 2012 at 07:17:10 AM PDT

  •  The GOP, in general, is no friend of veterans (3+ / 0-)
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    Thanks for picking this up and expanding on it.

    Over the past year, the VA claims backlog has nearly doubled - from 324,000 to 606,000.  We have the GOP wars of choice to thank for much of this increase.  America will be paying for these wars of choice, through care of its veterans, for decades after the last military personnel leave Afghanistan.

    And Ryan (and the rest of the GOP) want to renege on the country's promise to veterans?  I don't think so.

    The test of whether we're willing to stand up to the thugs that wrote voter suppression laws is this: Are you willing to hold hands with someone that needs hand holding in order to qualify to vote?

    by Richard Cranium on Mon Aug 13, 2012 at 07:24:20 AM PDT

    •  Thanks for (1+ / 0-)
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      The posted replies on, I would never have thought to look to a single source, especially this quick, of his record, unless it cane into my inbox with other search posts and that I doubt would have.

      Vets On FLOTUS and SLOTUS, "Best - Ever": "We haven't had this kind of visibility from the White House—ever." Joyce Raezer - Dec. 30, 2011

      by jimstaro on Mon Aug 13, 2012 at 07:31:57 AM PDT

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      •  I'm sure there's more (2+ / 0-)
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        ...but the American Bridge oppo report is a great place to start on all things Ryan-related.

        You're welcome!  :-)

        The test of whether we're willing to stand up to the thugs that wrote voter suppression laws is this: Are you willing to hold hands with someone that needs hand holding in order to qualify to vote?

        by Richard Cranium on Mon Aug 13, 2012 at 07:39:00 AM PDT

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        •  I probably (1+ / 0-)
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          Would have gotten the bits and pieces, and will, but you're right, 'great place to start' and refer back to.

          Vets On FLOTUS and SLOTUS, "Best - Ever": "We haven't had this kind of visibility from the White House—ever." Joyce Raezer - Dec. 30, 2011

          by jimstaro on Mon Aug 13, 2012 at 07:41:28 AM PDT

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    •  Speaking of the paper work (0+ / 0-)

      Not bringing the VA into the 21st century or even the latter 20th for decades, ignoring the Vets in the process, Agent Orange, PTS, Gulf War Syndrome to name but a few, and Especially doing Nothing, till the present VA administration and Executive branch, as two more wars of choice are waged, and yes Afghanistan became when the country cheered the first drum beat pointed at Iraq!!!

      Guess the VA Does Have a Paperwork Problem…
      August 10, 2012 - Veterans routinely complain about how much paperwork they have to generate to apply for VA benefits. They may have a point: the Department of Veterans Affairs inspector general reported Thursday that paper had piled so high at the VA’s regional office in Winston-Salem, N.C., that it “appeared to have the potential to compromise the integrity of the building.”

      Noted the IG:

      If you missed this, or anybody, this shows what the underfunding of the VA, hell we citizens can buy better technology off the shelf, causes. Which in turn Costs Huge Sums Extra in playing catch up, especially as wars of choice and cheered on and rubber stamped, as well as in trying to build a VA the country should have to begin with and should have Demanded More to cover the needs of these two wars. All the while the peoples reps lay blame on the agency and the people, especially the teabag types, Love That and rehire the smucks!!

      Vets On FLOTUS and SLOTUS, "Best - Ever": "We haven't had this kind of visibility from the White House—ever." Joyce Raezer - Dec. 30, 2011

      by jimstaro on Mon Aug 13, 2012 at 07:52:18 AM PDT

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      •  A picture is worth 1000 words (2+ / 0-)
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        From the linked article...

        The test of whether we're willing to stand up to the thugs that wrote voter suppression laws is this: Are you willing to hold hands with someone that needs hand holding in order to qualify to vote?

        by Richard Cranium on Mon Aug 13, 2012 at 08:06:16 AM PDT

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        •  Great work Rich and jimstaro (1+ / 0-)
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          and my suggestion is get this to Ed, Rachel and I will send it to Hal Donahue for his vet show and HP.

          We the People have to make a difference and the Change.....Just do it ! Be part of helping us build a veteran community online. United Veterans of America

          by Vetwife on Mon Aug 13, 2012 at 08:10:21 AM PDT

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          •  The IG report itself, along with the VARO response (1+ / 0-)
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            can be found here.

            The IG's report is only for one VA regional office.  

            As usual, quite a bit of ass covering going on by the VARO director.  And I'm left to wonder: if the active case files are going to be warehoused offsite (and I'm assuming every one of them in the picture are active, or they wouldn't be there), how much longer will the claims be ignored?  Out of sight, out of mind.

            Which is exactly what Romney, Ryan, and the GOP (in general) would prefer when it comes to veterans.

            I wish all veterans understood this.

            The test of whether we're willing to stand up to the thugs that wrote voter suppression laws is this: Are you willing to hold hands with someone that needs hand holding in order to qualify to vote?

            by Richard Cranium on Mon Aug 13, 2012 at 08:42:45 AM PDT

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        •  Shinseki (1+ / 0-)
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          Along with his amazing group, especially the young vets of these two conflicts, of folks in the VA Administration, have been doing miracles while the reps, especially the GOTP's can only find fault while Not doing their jobs again, for young and us older vets. And with an Executive Branch including the cabinet helping.

          But they can only go so far in a country that refuses to Sacrifice itself, while wavin patriotic flags, and with a political party obstructing everything!

          If yiu fund an agency fully at the front, and especially while rubber stamping wars, and quickly add to the needed funding as wars are cheered on, the Country would be Saving Monies, tons of monies, instead the veterans of suffer at one point or another or right from the beginning!

          Vets On FLOTUS and SLOTUS, "Best - Ever": "We haven't had this kind of visibility from the White House—ever." Joyce Raezer - Dec. 30, 2011

          by jimstaro on Mon Aug 13, 2012 at 08:30:33 AM PDT

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  •  Ryan the 'foot soldier' (0+ / 0-)

    They had an interesting short discussion this morning on NPR as I was putting together the piece above. It was with The New Yorker's Ryan Lizza who wrote a piece about ryan a couple of days back called Looks Like Ryan: Mitt’s Pick

    My ears grabbed a couple of the statements within, the trans script isn't up at NPR but you can listen here, that were rather interesting.

    For one thing, Ryan has no significant private-sector experience. Besides summer jobs working at McDonald’s or at his family’s construction company, or waiting tables as a young Washington staffer, Ryan has none of the business-world experience Romney frequently touts as essential for governing. In the run-up to his first campaign for Congress, in 1998, that gap was enough of a concern for Ryan that he briefly became a “marketing consultant” at the family business, an obvious bit of résumé puffing.
    I've worked construction since coming back from Vietnam in my last year of service of my four, actually some prior to the military, and this,
    that he briefly became a “marketing consultant” at the family business, an obvious bit of résumé puffing.
    speaks volumes, as anyone who's worked in the construction industry, might say in other businesses as well, and for family run operation who's offices are filled with family, most not doing much of anything, especially after the contract is signed and the real work is done, with little to no credit, by the skilled labor in the field, and especially with titles like "marketing consultant", I'll say 'resume puffing'!

    Then we get this:

    And the experience that Ryan does have is not exactly what voters are clamoring for at the moment. The bulk of Ryan’s House career coincided with the Presidency of George W. Bush, during which he was a reliable vote for many Bush policies that have not aged well: Medicare Part D; the Iraq War; and the Troubled Asset Relief Program. Ryan told me that voting for all of that spending, which added trillions to the deficit, made him “miserable,” but he’ll need a better explanation in his October debate with Joe Biden.
    Read just above as well as the record in the diary.

    Which continues with this:

    For one thing, Ryan has no significant private-sector experience. Besides summer jobs working at McDonald’s or at his family’s construction company, or waiting tables as a young Washington staffer, Ryan has none of the business-world experience Romney frequently touts as essential for governing. In the run-up to his first campaign for Congress, in 1998, that gap was enough of a concern for Ryan that he briefly became a “marketing consultant” at the family business, an obvious bit of résumé puffing. read more
    But the good 'foot soldier' wants them 'job creators' to have even more and bigger tax cuts sooo's they can 'create jobs' like they did, NOT, since bush signed the tax cut law into being, totally collapsing the economy and in construction it started long before the residential mortgage collapse, believe me long before!

    Vets On FLOTUS and SLOTUS, "Best - Ever": "We haven't had this kind of visibility from the White House—ever." Joyce Raezer - Dec. 30, 2011

    by jimstaro on Mon Aug 13, 2012 at 07:27:34 AM PDT

    •  He Doesn't (0+ / 0-)

      Serve All those in his district, nor does he vote for policy to better the country and the important issues of, he walks in lockstep with an extreme political ideology, that frankly isn't even 'republican' and strictly adheres to that ideology as do the teabaggers who were cheering on the bush actions and suddenly found their voice of opposition with the change in the administration and stay silent on the cheney/bush cabal as they did the whole eight years!

      Which is why this

      made him “miserable,”
      is a load of bunk that he's never shown especially when on a mic or TV talk fest and certainly in his speeches over the weekend!!!!!

      Vets On FLOTUS and SLOTUS, "Best - Ever": "We haven't had this kind of visibility from the White House—ever." Joyce Raezer - Dec. 30, 2011

      by jimstaro on Mon Aug 13, 2012 at 07:39:22 AM PDT

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  •  The GOP and vets. (1+ / 0-)
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    I am a vet.  When you are a soldier, sailor, marine, or air force you are in real terms an expendable asset of the Unite States government. That may sound harsh, but it is the reality of military service. The politicians are those who determine when where how and why those assets are used. We are the final tool in the bag of diplomacy and foriegn policy.
    Our blood and lives are the currency that buys the freedoms that we enjoy as citizens of this country. The contract between each and every service member is that the country will take care of us, or our loved ones, should we be injured, or die in the course of our service.
    The GOP understands the expendable part and fails miserably when it comes to honoring the "after care" portion of the contract.
    As for the department of Veterans Affairs, they are the underfunded red headed step child of the government. There a lot of really excellent people there busting thier collective asses to do the work needed. The problems is there are not enough of them.
    Before you enter the voting booth know who is willing to expend you and leave you, and who is willing to honor the contract.

    •  The Country (0+ / 0-)

      Through their reps, hasn't 'honored the contract' since Korea, which I had started noticing even before I was sent to Vietnam in my last year and why I came out and started advocating with the brothers that already had been on Veterans Issues! But the past decade has been to the extreme in the words and symbols and Total lack of Support from the people!!

      Vets On FLOTUS and SLOTUS, "Best - Ever": "We haven't had this kind of visibility from the White House—ever." Joyce Raezer - Dec. 30, 2011

      by jimstaro on Mon Aug 13, 2012 at 08:05:33 AM PDT

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  •  Great Info..Thanks (2+ / 0-)
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    I'll be at my regional VA Medical Center in a few days and this info will certainly help me in my quest to educate a few of the (many) RW vets I run into.

    You're a mammal, listen to your body.

    by post rational on Mon Aug 13, 2012 at 08:51:29 AM PDT

  •  Just sent this info to Hal Donahue (1+ / 0-)
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    who is well known and he is sharing and has radio shows.
    Good Diary and great research !

    We the People have to make a difference and the Change.....Just do it ! Be part of helping us build a veteran community online. United Veterans of America

    by Vetwife on Mon Aug 13, 2012 at 09:01:07 AM PDT

  •  This is excellent primer (0+ / 0-)

    Lets also not forget Ryan wants to slash the VA workforce and budget.  I am a disabled vet and a VA employee,I already work in a 80 year old building with a crumbling foundation.  I had to beg and borrow for a serviceable scanner and 15 of us share the same desktop printer.  I do my work on a 8 year old Dell Computer in a tiny cubicle built in the 1980s.  I found some semi operational filing cabinets in a store room and have managed to put together an operational office.  I have been told there is no money for me to attend training or get a new desk chair.  

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