Have no problem rubber stamping All related War costs, these two recent off the books till Administrations change, All on the credit card with Interests and No mention of 'offsets', still not paid for, none for the other rubber stamped bushco wants neither, in other Government spending while quickly rubber stamping Tax Cuts at the same time, especially for the wealthy who made more wealth from investments in the War Machine!! While now running for media coverage camera's on another 'scandal' they caused by grossly under funding the VA for decades and with the help of the people they represent and are served by the military who ignore or deny the issues of the Veterans especially those they send into their flag waving Poser Patriotic wars!!
June 24, 2014 - Cost estimates of up to $50 billion a year for a veterans emergency medical care bill drew sharp criticism on Tuesday from lawmakers who said they were grossly inflated and would complicate negotiations over final details of the legislation.
The measure, with slightly differing versions passed by both the Senate and House of Representatives, would allow veterans a two-year period to seek private care at the Department of Veteran Affairs' expense if forced to endure long waits at the agency's facilities or if they live more than 40 miles away.
House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller said Republicans on a negotiating panel want to find savings to offset the costs of the measure, but they believe the Congressional Budget Office estimates are unrealistic. read more>>>
In this present, so called scandal, anyone hear these leaders of, Rep Miller and political ideology wanting to privatize for corporate profit off the peoples treasury, actually offering changes and demanding those they serve Sacrifice, I haven't and haven't for decades!!
June 25, 2014 - Veterans Affairs Department doctors see only about ten patients a day at VA medical centers even with veterans waiting about 115 days for primary care appointments, officials told a House panel Monday.
"The difference between this estimated capacity and our current workload represents the amount of additional care we could potentially absorb to address veterans waiting for care," said VA Assistant Deputy Secretary Thomas Lynch at a June 23 House Veterans Affairs Committee hearing.
VA is developing new standards for provider capacity that take into account the need for urgent medical services. read more>>>
The Country that 'Talks the Talk' but rarely 'Walks the Walk', Patriotism Posers who loves the free wars and ignore any sacrifice as to the long term results from, while ignoring the many issues of Veterans, those that served them, especially as a result of our wars, their representatives leading that ignoring while attacking the under funded VA, decades now and wars from, they control the purse strings of the Country!
"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
19 June 2014 - Local members of Veterans for Peace gathered Thursday to voice concerns about the "massive under-funding, massive under-staffing and effort to privatize" the Veterans Administration that they said has been occurring for the last 15-20 years.
The VA currently enrolls 9.1 million of the estimated 21.6 million veterans living in the U.S.
Buzz Davis, an Army veteran who served in South Korea from 1967-70, said the VA budget hasn't increased enough to correspond with the country's growing number of veterans and its aging population. The U.S. has a propensity to forget its veterans after they return from war, he said.
"What we have is a massive meat grinder. We put in young men and women at the top of the meat grinder," Davis said. "The military, the Department of Defense, all these good politicians who never go to war but think war is just wonderful are grinding that handle on that meat grinder. And out of the bottom of that meat grinder comes men and women who are slightly messed up, or are dead. It goes on year after year. We've now been in almost 15 years of wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. We are not learning. We lost in Vietnam, you can't fight ideas ... you can't shoot a bullet through an idea. Same thing in Afghanistan. Same thing in Iraq." read more>>>