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Those 'served', the 99%, need to finally step up and actually 'Sacrifice', their representatives start actually doing their jobs and not constantly attack the personal because they haven't done those jobs {here's looking at You Rep Miller, seeking the media coverage of himself, and company}, decades and wars from Not! As they ignore or deny the costly issues! These present wars have yet to be paid for let alone, DeJa-Vu, the long term results from! And build the VA not only promised but their Responsibility to bring to those few that served them, the served Poser Patriots!!

Fact: “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

New Five Finger Death Punch music video highlights veteran homelessness…but is it accurate?

August 15 2014 - The band Five Finger Death Punch has had close ties to the U.S. military for years. Previous music videos have featured images of soldiers struggling through life in a combat zone, and they have performed overseas for the troops on numerous occasions.

Their latest project takes on a related social issue. Released this week, the video for the song “Wrong Side of Heaven” casts a spotlight on veteran homelessness. It already has been viewed online more than 1 million times.

The statistics flashed across the screen are stark, and draw attention to an important issue. But are they accurate? Checkpoint decided to investigate. Among the claims:   read more>>>

Fact: "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

Fact: To Those 99% Served, 'Build the Veterans Administration Promised!!'

Under Gen. Shinseki, with  a target on him after speaking Military Truth and the bushco firing him with the political ideology/greed within the agency helping those in power targeting him, finally with help from this Executive Branch and it's Cabinet, like the Department of Labor - Veterans, The Department of Housing and Urban Development - Veterans and the Department of Justice - Veterans Courts and Related to name but only a few Veterans issues were finally addressing decades long ignored issues with some even denied they exist. Long Ignored by those served, other VA Secretaries and Executive Administrations, especially Conservative, and Especially Congresses who Represent the People Served, or are supposed to, and control the Nations purse strings. Across the VA and all issues of the us Veterans and especially from our Wars and long Occupations of others, not just Care Issues!

Already started but an agency can do only so much and at the pace the people served allow with what the agency is budgeted, still grossly under funded with two more long wars and the budget mostly borrowed with interest payments to cause problems thus feeding the conservative want to privatize for corporate profit off the peoples treasury, and country served willing to pay for:

"He would update the VA software program for scheduling called VISTA, a program first used in 1985.

Nabors also calls for the VA to hire more doctors and nurses, and build more physical space that will be needed for veterans in the future."

What the VA Needs is Those Served Actually Sacrifice, Not Poser Patriotism from Congress and those, 99%, People Served!!

Build the Veterans Administration Promised from the beginning with Real Patriotism not the decades of, cheap, empty rhetoric and Unfunded Congressional Legislation, putting their names too for that patriotic feel and praise, just like the unfunded flag waving patriotic wars with two tax cuts and no offsets mentioned, still unpaid for, used only to attack the VA personal for not rapidly addressing what was passed, Poser Patriotism!!

Fact: Sen. Bernie Sanders told Conservatives: “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

{Neither of these recent wars have yet been paid for, let alone the results from!!}

Fact:The Obama Administration, and it's Cabinet, they don't do the peoples purse strings, have been the 'Only Government Branch' consistently doing not only for Veterans but Military Personal and their Families since coming in!!

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

Fact: Lets hope what Gen Shinseki, with the help of the entire Obama Admin and Cabinet, had finally started addressing continues. But it only can when those served, through their representatives, decide they actually owe in paying for these cheered on 'patriotic' wars and the long term results of is their responsibility to fully address!!

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  •  The 99% Served... (10+ / 0-)


    Through their Representatives with the full media help ignore what is and has been going on in the VA for decades and wars from, especially this past decade plus and two more wars, like the oh so many issues, and depending on politics so do many Vets.

    Until the, wanting to privatize, Congress can bring up a 'scandal' in hearings where very little, if anything, results from, never anything new but they place a new spin on and resell for the 'patriotic', poser, effect. Long ignored till regurgitated for political affect and coming elections ads, like the unfunded bills passed. Those unfunded bills are then readily used to attack the mostly dedicated, not political, employee's of the agencies for not fully implementing in future hearings for another wanted 'scandal' and blanket press for the pols to use!!

    "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

    by jimstaro on Sat Aug 16, 2014 at 04:31:31 AM PDT

  •  I Was Homeless . . . (7+ / 0-)

    . . . for eleven years, made so by a divorce court. (I am not going into the details of a divorce other than to note the court unjustly took my disability compensation and gave it my ex-wife in a state that did not have alimony, and other egregious assignments to pay her bills.) I was left homeless from 1996-2006.

    Despite the VA having troubles (which I did not note in those years), I had one friend in the VA: It was a place where I could get warm, or stay out of the rain.

    Its chronic underfunding now is unconscionable. Though I have not been a victim of any of today's alleged scandals, the idea of going after payroll employees and volunteers for failed government policy gets my goat.

    "A Conservative is a fellow who is standing athwart history yelling 'Stop!'"—William F. Buckley, Jr.—Founder of the conservative policy magazine "National Review"

    by Village Vet on Sat Aug 16, 2014 at 05:24:51 AM PDT

  •  VA homeless program receives $300 million! (3+ / 0-)
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    •  Keep in mind...... (2+ / 0-)
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      Any monies brought to the agency, especially the VA and including the recently huge watered down bill finally passed, are mostly still borrowed, like the still unpaid for recent wars, the rubber stampers never had 'offsets', nor especially a tax for, on the tip of their tongues as the bushco told everyone to go shopping and the economy still tanked!

      In this Administration, right from the beginning, these types of monies, as to the homeless, are coming from the other Cabinet agencies budget with a few numbers added in, maybe, charged duties in conjunction with the VA. Have been, again from the beginning, in helping the Gen. And hopefully will continue, I'm watching, as McDonald is mostly from the corporatist world and many conservatives hope he's more to their liking as to privatization for corporate profit government!

      "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

      by jimstaro on Sat Aug 16, 2014 at 06:22:22 AM PDT

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  •  Va Comp can't be garnished! (2+ / 0-)
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    Disability Benefits Not Subject to Marital Property Division

    Disabled veterans receiving disability compensation or pension are often concerned about losing half of their disability benefits as part of the property division in a divorce. They needn’t be concerned about this. Under the Uniformed Services Former Spouses’ Protection Act, VA disability payments are exempt from being treated as marital property and cannot be divided as part of a divorce.

    When VA Benefits Can Be Garnished
    Your VA benefits are protected from being garnished to pay unpaid taxes and most creditors’ claims, but in certain circumstances, VA benefits can and do get garnished. This is because the purpose of VA benefits is to provide support not just to a veteran, but to his or her family.
    If you fail to make alimony (spousal support) and child support benefits, the state can sometimes order your VA benefits to be garnished. This can be done because Congress specifically set out in Title 38 that VA benefits are intended to be used to provide support for dependents. The amount that can be garnished will vary based on how many dependents you have to support.
       However, your VA disability compensation cannot be garnished at all unless you waived part of your military retired pay in order to receive VA disability benefits. In other words, if you waived part of your taxable military retirement to receive nontaxable disability compensation, your disability benefits can be garnished to meet alimony and child support obligations. Only the amount of the disability compensation you were paid in place of retirement pay can be garnished. The remainder of your disability compensation is protected.

    As found at:
    http://www.nolo.com/...

    •  Understood, but . . . (0+ / 0-)

      . . . the court did not "garnish" my disability compensation.

      It just required I pay an amount of money that took all but about $20 a month. It did not care where I got the money. The court was very careful to stay away from the issue of "garnishing" my disability compensation.

      Evan after my ex-wife landed a job earning $120k a year, I could not get out of the alimony. (As it turns out, you need to have money to hire a lawyer to make a challenge to change an alimony payment.)

      Moreover, it turns out the judge in question was corrupt: when I sought a copy of my divorce decree so I could marry my second (and last) wife, the judge had been jailed for corruption. He was unable to sign the decree before he was jailed; hence, by Florida law I was still married to my ex-wife.

      What a fiasco! It took quite a bit of wrangling with the Duval County Clerk to get the divorce decree finalised (eleven years after the court had ruled on the divorce). My marriage to my wife was on hold as Oklahoma would not allow a marriage licence until Florida fixed its paperwork.

      "A Conservative is a fellow who is standing athwart history yelling 'Stop!'"—William F. Buckley, Jr.—Founder of the conservative policy magazine "National Review"

      by Village Vet on Sun Aug 17, 2014 at 05:23:19 AM PDT

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      •  Smells like BS to me! (0+ / 0-)

        Your words:

         ("I am not going into the details of a divorce other than to note the court unjustly took my disability compensation and gave it my ex-wife in a state that did not have alimony, and other egregious assignments to pay her bills.")

        The court didn't take your disability compensation, it ordered you to pay your ex's alimony and whatever! The court doesn't care where the money comes from, it just orders it to be paid!
        You can reopen your divorce case anytime you want and it doesn't take a lawyer to do so!

        If the Judge was corrupt in your divorce hearing go after him/her!

        What is your monthly compensation rate? In other words what percentage are you rated at?

        •  I am rated at . . . (0+ / 0-)

          . . . 100%.

          As far as that judge went, I only found out he was jailed after I remarried in 2007.

          It turned out when I tried to get a copy of my divorce papers, he'd never signed them (after eleven years). It was quite the flappadoodle to get them signed off so I could re-marry.

          I suppose I could re-open the case, but I would rather just forget about my ex-: that alimony ended some time ago.

          There were a number of things I found out about that divorce arrangement that were fishy after it was completed, and many things in it she did not comply with.

          Long after I'd forgotten about her, my ex- found my boss on LinkedIn and started harassing him over allegedly unpaid child support. He advised her to quit harassing him or he would sue her. (I'd paid my child support in full.)

          "A Conservative is a fellow who is standing athwart history yelling 'Stop!'"—William F. Buckley, Jr.—Founder of the conservative policy magazine "National Review"

          by Village Vet on Sun Aug 24, 2014 at 03:25:47 AM PDT

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  •  Homelessness among veterans is very complicated. (5+ / 0-)

    In Chicago I once had a homeless Vet friend who was one of the sanest people I ever met. He had a well-ordered life as far as he was concerned. What I defined as homeless he thought was silly. There were about a dozen places he went to at night to sleep. In the winter those places were warm, in the summer they were cool. I never saw any of them but he told me they were all safe, overlooked niches everyone else ignored.

    He had about 3/4 of a college education but dropped out because none of the required courses interested him. He told me that he lived in the college dorm for 3 years after dropping out. Because he cleaned the dorm every day, the old man who was the full-time janitor responsible for that dorm and two more, gave him a room key for a room too small for two students to share. Most of the time it had been a storage room even though it had a private bath attached.

    That guy was a rare exception. Most of the homeless Vets I've met just couldn't abide by the rules imposed by shelters. While many had a drug or alcohol problem, there is a good chunk  who had mental problems.

    My guess is that of the homeless Vet population only about 25% would live in a permanent facility.

    The time has come to repair this country and care for its' veterans.

    by llbear on Sat Aug 16, 2014 at 10:36:27 AM PDT

    •  Life and Everyone in it are Complicated, (3+ / 0-)
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      Reason the technology today is so popular as it wipes any common sense and especially critical thought gifts pretty much completely away, easy to spin, easy to throw out there and quickly spread anything far and wide, easy for few to actually pay attention.

      But the reality is that the VA has and is long time under funded while wars that fill it aren't and aren't questioned, never paid off though, they make hoards of wealth for the few though.

      Easy to ignore, while oh so easy to say 'we won't treat a later generation the way we treated a previous' while treating all exactly the same, ignore or deny and make sure ya got a cheap flag to wave.

      Everything costs, and the very few that serve the masses are easy to push aside while used as political and patriotic pawns!!

      "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

      by jimstaro on Sat Aug 16, 2014 at 10:57:40 AM PDT

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      •  It's important to ask every Republican (3+ / 0-)
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        Candidate for Congress if they swear on a stack of their own bibles to vote for the 2nd half of the VA budget. The Senate got close with a CBO estimate of $35 Billion and in conference committee cut that number in half.

        WE NEED THE OTHER HALF ! ! !

        The time has come to repair this country and care for its' veterans.

        by llbear on Sat Aug 16, 2014 at 04:26:01 PM PDT

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    •  When I was found disabled . . . (1+ / 0-)
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      llbear

      . . . due to epilepsy, it turns out that the VA is required to administer a test to determine which sort of study you would be suitable for.

      While still on active duty in the Navy (but scheduled for departure) the VA administered the test: the result was that I would be best suited for a career in chemistry, physics, or mathematics. The test they use suggested eight years of college for those fields.

      The VA then ruled me "unemployable." What that ruling means is you get 100% disability compensation, but your military college benefits are gone.

      I have a friend who was also in the Navy; he was in a motorcycle accident that left him hospitalised for six months. He took the same test; the VA sent him to college for eight years for a physics degree, including a trip to CERN in Geneva on the government's dime for an internship.

      I am unsure how controllable epilepsy (with medications) makes you unemployable but a walker does not.

      We are still friends, though we don;t get together as much anymore. (When my wife and I lived in Oklahoma he would come visit on trips to Texas.) One good thing though: he moved to Texas as the weather bothers all the wire in his back up north. That makes another vote for Senator Wendy Davis.

      "A Conservative is a fellow who is standing athwart history yelling 'Stop!'"—William F. Buckley, Jr.—Founder of the conservative policy magazine "National Review"

      by Village Vet on Sun Aug 17, 2014 at 05:30:52 AM PDT

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