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Among the last five U.S. presidents, which one has done the most for veterans?

 

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  1. There is a lot of great information in the comments alone, not a big fan of President Obama, but he has at least done great things for the Veteran community. I still can't believe that people think the Gipper did anything other than steal $2.6 trillion from Social Security to pay for raises to active duty.

  2. Well, it could have been worse. At least the Gipper didn't give it as a reward for laziness.

  3. George W. B was the worst but now the republicans have trump and he will most likely sink us all if he becomes president. When I was in WWII we would have spit on trump, the guy is a total ass clown.

  4. Vote 3rd party so that the country is not so divided any longer. maybe then we will all just get along again(do you really think white people were so divided between 1935-1965)? No, they were not!

  5. 3rd party? You mean like Independent? The party that consists of like 39% of people and barred from voting by most states?

  6. "Barred from voting?" I hope (for your sake) that I can assume that you're speaking about the primaries, as independents, along with everyone else, have a Constitution right to vote in every general election. Primaries are party-specific, so only members of that party can vote in them. This is part of how the system is rigged for the two parties.

  7. Vote 3rd party so that the country is not so divided any longer. maybe then we will all just get along again(do you really think white people were so divided between 1935-1965)? No, they were not!

  8. If you look just at his campaign promises he has about a 60% success rate (which in politics is damned good) in fulfilling them. About a 20% success rate in finding reasonable compromises and a bout a 20% failure rate.

    Perhaps the most important is the establishment of the Opening Doors project which has allowed the Housing First movement to effectively end veterans homelessness in 3 states, 7 cities and decrease veteran homelessness by 33% - 50% (depending on who is saying) overall. Salt Lake City, New Orleans, and Phoenix solved this “unsolvable” problem within six months of initiation of Opening Doors.

    Obama was also the one that established the anti-maritime piracy policy that is in place, an issue that the Bush administration booted down to him having taken little or no action. When Obama took office there were upwards of 300 attacks a year on AMERICAN shipping off Africa. By 2014 that number was 245 attacks against ALL Shipping worldwide (not just off Africa). Yes, as a Navy and Merchant Marine vet, I do consider the MM veterans - even if they aren't DOD.

    Successfully increase the VAs funding.
    Expand veterans centers to rural areas
    He expanded the investigation authority to crack down on employers who were abusing reservists because of their service.
    The Veteran's Job Corp is still in the works. But the GOP doesn't want to fund it. To the tune of a lousy $50M.
    Pushed for a tax credit for employers who hire veterans.
    GAVE ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY the biggest raise he could when Congress blocked a larger one.

    The GOP on the other hand has blocked by various means 8 veterans welfare bills in the past few years.

  9. If you look just at his campaign promises he has about a 60% success rate (which in politics is damned good) in fulfilling them. About a 20% success rate in finding reasonable compromises and a bout a 20% failure rate.

    Perhaps the most important is the establishment of the Opening Doors project which has allowed the Housing First movement to effectively end veterans homelessness in 3 states, 7 cities and decrease veteran homelessness by 33% - 50% (depending on who is saying) overall. Salt Lake City, New Orleans, and Phoenix solved this “unsolvable” problem within six months of initiation of Opening Doors.

    Obama was also the one that established the anti-maritime piracy policy that is in place, an issue that the Bush administration booted down to him having taken little or no action. When Obama took office there were upwards of 300 attacks a year on AMERICAN shipping off Africa. By 2014 that number was 245 attacks against ALL Shipping worldwide (not just off Africa). Yes, as a Navy and Merchant Marine vet, I do consider the MM veterans - even if they aren't DOD.

    Successfully increase the VAs funding.
    Expand veterans centers to rural areas
    He expanded the investigation authority to crack down on employers who were abusing reservists because of their service.
    The Veteran's Job Corp is still in the works. But the GOP doesn't want to fund it. To the tune of a lousy $50M.
    Pushed for a tax credit for employers who hire veterans.
    GAVE ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY the biggest raise he could when Congress blocked a larger one.

    The GOP on the other hand has blocked by various means 8 veterans welfare bills in the past few years.

  10. Love Obama or Hate Obama, he and his administration has done more for Veterans then any President since FDR! Look it up before you speak! End of story!!

  11. Once all of the atrocious scandals- which continue to this day- came out and went viral over the news networks, the administration could no longer ignore the problems and pretty much had to do something.

  12. Wow...really? Does even one of you understand that Obama doesn't write the defense budget? You know the actual bill that has all that help for veterans! GWB is vilified for a bill written by a Democratic House and you give credit to Obama for a bill like the one just passed that is presented by a Republican House....all those really good things have nothing to do with his administration and has everything to do with the House of Representitives....lets give credit qhere it's truely due....Obamacare....The lovel Trade deal and let's not forget this excellant immigration idea with open borders...now those are Obamas personal ideas from his pen....not to sound like a parrot but.....Look it up before you speak! End of story! I myself prefer...Nuff said!

  13. I like it how some people claim the President has nothing to do with Vets' Benefits, when they don't like the president. The facts are the facts, read 'em and weep.

  14. Ed, You should probably get your facts straight--what you hear on Fox, Limbaugh, read on Breitbart, Washington Times, etc...is like the National Inquirer...

  15. Bush lowered retirement benefits for veterans to fulfill his promise to balance his budget. He actually said that the veterans would understand because he had to pay for a war.
    When Bernie Sanders presented a bill to restore these benefits to retiring veterans, it was blocked by a minority Republican Congress. This was clear and undeniable obstructionism, simply to block something that was presented by Bernie Sanders. This bill supported by an unprecedented 95% of Americans, and all but two Republicans voted against it.
    Next time you mouth off about how great your Republicans are, get your goddamn facts straight or shut the fuck up.
    Look up "THE COMPREHENSIVE VETERANS HEALTH AND BENEFITS AND MILITARY RETIREMENT PAY RESTORATION ACT OF 2014"

  16. To paraphrase an old expression, "The President proposes and Congress disposes" Over the last 7 years (the span of the Obama administration) Republicans in Congress have blocked or voted down bills that would have increased or improved Veterans benefits 9 times.

  17. the official recordz at the library of congress. (those would be known as "facts") prove differently and show you have no clue what you are talking about. you can argue until youre blue. you cant fight the factz, but i can fight ignorance. good day o/

  18. So what are you commenting on? Obama is not the one or is it someone else?? I wonder if you can actually read since your English grammar is atrocious....reading and writing....first grade English 101.

  19. To you Donald! Short & to the point. No doubt, Obama wins hands down. WHY? Follow the money then the cuts of of group 8 vets & who restored them back to system after GOP 2007-09 recession causing many older vets to lose their jobs & healthcare.

  20. Obama won't even salute his escort soldiers. WTF. Even Hitler respected his troops. Think, Obama is very anti-American. How can you be Commander and Chief of the military and disrespect them? US Army retired, the law is "Return the Salute". Unless you are STUPID!!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. Dude, you need to stop watching Fox "news", get out of the house and maybe try reading a book. Your post is so completely nonsensical and asinine. . . maybe even borderline moronic.The President of the United States is a civilian. He is not a member of the US Military and is therefore not entitled to salute. The military salute is a privilege earned by honorable service in the military.
    The truth (which is that President Obama has actually done a lot for our troops/vets) must really suck for you to hear, you're probably in some denial. Educate yourself, making ignorant assumptions only makes you and your political beliefs come off gullible and misinformed.

  22. Today he got a taste of failure, just because you sign a pen doesn't make it law. And fact checking, you need to educate yourself and stop watching Clinton New Network(CNN).

  23. Commander in Chief or not the President of the United States is still a civilian. Always has been and (hopefully) always will be.

    BTW, Hitler respected his troops so much he sent them off to die in the frozen wasteland of the Russian Front. Screw the salute. I'd rather have my life, thank you very much.

  24. President Obama doesn't salute his escort soldiers because a. he is not in uniform and b. he is uncovered. (No Hat). Any veteran would know the difference. It always pissed me off when ANY president saluted Any soldiers. A simple "As you were" or "Carry on" would do...but a camera can't capture that. A salute by any president is simply show.

  25. 02/03/12 President Obama unveiled his latest initiative to reduce veteran unemployment: a $6 billion jobs corps program which, if approved by Congress, will create opportunities for returning service members to serve their country in a new capacity — as policemen, firefighters, and employees of the National Park Service.

    In addition, General Eric Shinseki, the Secretary of the Department of Veteran Affairs and himself a wounded war veteran, announced that the Small Business Administration will begin offering online entrepreneurial training courses to veterans and their families.

    These initiatives are the latest example of the Obama administration’s deep and ongoing commitment to taking care of our men and women in uniform, even as they transition out of the service. Since coming into office, President Obama has substantially increased funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs. It is the VA that assumes responsibility for service members as they leave the force and transition back to civilian life, and its programs will only become more essential as more men and women return from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    Last November, Obama signed the VOW to Hire Heroes Act, which provides companies with a substantial tax credit if they hire unemployed or disabled veterans. And the President has also used his executive authority to establish a national Veterans Job Bank, authorize 6-months of career counseling at locations across the country, and create My Next Move, an online database that helps connect veterans with jobs that build off their military experience.

    Perhaps most importantly, President Obama, the first lady, and Dr. Jill Biden have brought public attention to the problem of veteran unemployment and the valuable skills that our service members possess. All the president and his administration have done to highlight this issue appears to have prompted employers to take a second look.

    As a result of the President’s policy, the jobless rate among post-9/11 veterans — as this blog noted earlier today — fell four percent in January, from 13.1 percent in December to 9.1 percent today. This is a tremendous improvement from one year ago, when the unemployment rate for these veterans stood at about 15 percent. And the initiatives announced by President Obama today will continue to target veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, who suffer from unemployment rates significantly higher than those facing the broader veteran population.

    President Obama has made much progress in tackling veteran unemployment. But much work remains to be done. The unemployment rate for veterans under the age of 25 is nearly 30 percent, more than twice the rate of civilians their age.

    Moreover, with the war in Iraq over and U.S. involvement in Afghanistan coming to a close, the Pentagon has announced that it plans to reduce the ground forces to near their pre-war levels. This process will entail shedding about 100,000 ground troops, a move that will further increase the number of service members looking for civilian jobs.

    Over the past decade, in the name of supporting our troops, Congress has steadfastly passed war supplemental after war supplemental. But it is imperative that this support does not end when our men and women in uniform come home. Congress should approve President Obama’s veterans jobs corps and allow these men and women who have served so admirably overseas to reinvest their efforts at home.

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  26. Very much for knowing the facts. Bill Clinton did do
    more for the disabled veterans, not retirees, than any
    other president. He undone what the older Bush took
    away from us. Most Vets voted for the old man Bush
    because he was in WWII, but then he turned around and
    knifed us in the back. His son only followed in ole
    Dad's foodsteps. Obama is trying, but the Republicans
    with their propaganda cannot stand the fact that a black
    man is in the white house. They lose sight of the fact
    that his mother was White. I do not agree 100% with any
    president we have ever had, but there isn't enough money
    in this world to make me take that ungrateful job. Let's face it, our grandchildren and great grandchildren
    are spoiled and many are LAZY. There are many that are
    good and work and have joined the military to help keep us free, and I am thankful for those who still care about America. I do not like the fact of no raises the
    past two years, Everything is higher.

  27. Prez Bush 43 signed dual comp. He wins my vote because its about: "all politics are local" (personal). So given that I want it all for me. :-) I agree with several responses above, e.g. party line voting, People just don't know, et al. But even though I voted for B 43 I think Prez Reagon did as much by raising the pay more than anybody which in reality did more for us who retired than anything anybody else did for us. I get the need of combat vets (not retired) for more. Really! I got the Campaign ribbons.
    Vets' long term feelings of "OK I can feel well/live good, if not extravagent" are really what (I think) a veteran wants. One day a year to hear the platitudes and a lot of other days to hear "thank yous" that come from our fellow Americans on their own volition. And speaking of party lines; why are votes overwhelming for Reps but the comments mostly from the Dems? That's telling...

  28. Clinton. He opened up VA health care for all vets. I am still getting treatment for which I would not otherwise qualify. W. slammed the door on all vets qualifying. Regan talked a good game but he was never in the military as has been widely claimed. He did make military propaganda films. It was democrats who passed getting retirement and disability pay both without penalty, republicans had fought it. If you look at vet funding over the years vets have fared much better under the dems than the repubs.

  29. I figure the question should be "which President proposed more in his budgets" for vets. Since Congress holds the purse strings, then which Congress has done the most for us?

  30. President Reagan was a great man, but if you happened to be a military retiree working for the federal government you may not have felt that way. He began a policy that, whenever there was a military COLA increase a like amount came out your civil service pay. It went on for six years. The good part - you got to pay into civil service retirement based on the money you didn't get.

  31. Under President George W. Bush the VA budget was nearly doubled. $48 billion for fiscal year 2001 to $93.7 billion in fiscal year 2009. I'd say "he done good."

  32. Pres. George Bush SENIOR cut VA budgets by the billions.
    He cut all medicine and men being able to go to their
    local clinic and VA hospital UNLESS IT WAS SERVICE
    CONNECTED. He cut all medication for non service connected disabilited including diabetis/parkinsons,etc.NOW, Agent Orange has proved otherwise. That is why he lost the 2nd term to Bill Clinton. It isn't a matter of liking Bill Clinton. He promised the Vets that would be first thing he would do, and HE DID THAT.AS I WAS ONE OF THOSE VETERANS. I am WWII Veteran,age 86. I received the Distinguished Flying Cross. I never felt that qualified me to be VP or President anymore than playing the part on screen as a President qualified Reagan to be Pres of the US.He was an actor.I lost 40% hearing as a Ball Turret Gunner hanging out of the bottom of a B-17,35 missions, including D-Day.I came back to America to retrain for the B29, but failed the physical/Just one of many WWII Vets coming home with no jobs available.

  33. As a fellow veteran, I would just like to say, "Thank you for your service". Your courage and honor is what makes me love this country. We are forever in your debt and are grateful for the sacrifices that you have made for all of us.

  34. Obama has not done anything for the vets or the military as a whole. The first thing he threw out when he got into office was that he wanted vets to pay for their own medical care. Dem's in general don't care about the military/vets. There are exceptions, but as a whole, that's the rule for them. Especially the one in the white house today. I don't know if any of them really did anything for vets, but I do know a couple of them wanted to do less.

  35. what news forum do you watch or read? Obama has done a lot for veterans. W surely didn't care about our vets!
    ~proud wife of army vet who served in desert Shield/ Storm and in Grenada under Reagan.

  36. I guess you never learned to read or research the news! Clearly, Obama has done Tons for the Vets, more then any in recent memory!

  37. You are dilusional! The President has increased funding for Vets you idiot! he has provided care for PTSD which W didnt even acknowledge. Dems care les about vets??? Nuts! Republicans didnt even mention them the entire 2012 Republican convention... Get your facts straight!

  38. There wasn't much to choose from. I only voted for HW Bush for winning the gulf war as quickly as possible, but his son destroyed any respect I had for that family! It was under George W. that all the VA hospitals fell apart while looking for WMD going on it's 12th year?

  39. Yup, it's party line voting at work, unless some of us just didn't notice the question was about having actually done something , not meant something. I'll give you Ronnie was a great symbol of some kind of American Gothic Great American Dream but when it comes to actually doing something to make servicemen and veteran's lives better, President Obama wins hands down and he is barely half done with his first term! I just really don't get the hero worship for the guy who raised taxes on the Working Class 11 times and created more Debt than ALL of the Presidents before him COMBINED. He tripled the size of the Federal Government. He started the round of VooDoo Economics and de-regulation that has brought our nation very nearly to her knees. I guess it's all that medication I'm on but I just don't get it.

  40. I hear about what Obama has done for the military but coming from a president who bows to foreign muslim leaders, did not hold a vigil for the victims at Fort Hood, shakes hands with his military escort and was the first president not to attend the Army Navy Game...his 'support of the vets' smacks of votes buying to me. I'm not fooled by the man's motives. He could care less for the military or their plight. He just wants to protect votes.

  41. At least Obama didn't hold hands with a Saudi Arabian male or kiss one like Bush did.

  42. This is utter nonsense. President Bush held hands with the Saudi prince (his business partner in oil)and KISSED him on the mouth! What did you have to say about that? President Obama leans over anytime he shakes hands with someone shorter and he is very tall. The was a childish, right wing photo caption designed to ridicule the president, nothing more.

  43. Evidently you missed the photos of Bush holding hands with Saudi males and kissing Saudi males.

  44. -President Obama spent a week in Fort Hood consoling the families of those killed at Ft. Hood. He also spoke during the memorial service for them.
    -It's true that Pres. Obama did not attend the Army Navy Game. Neither did George H.W. Bush or Dwight Eisenhower during either of their presidencies.
    -As far as saluting his military escort. This is true; he didn't. This is something that was started in Regan's administration. Even Eisenhower, who was a 5 star general, didn't salute his military escorts. This was no slight to the military and if he was "buying" military votes don't you think he would not have committed this obvious gaff?
    -Bowing to muslims?? What are you talking about??
    I'll say to you the same thing I have said to other Republican friends.......you are the ONLY one who can decide if your hatred of this president is more important than the truth. He has had his share of questionable decisions, like every president before him, so base your opinion of him on the TRUTH not some trumped up bullshit!

  45. so you judge what President Obama has done for veterans by whether or not he attended a ball game??? Rich, really rich!

  46. I don't care who attended or didn't attend a football game. I care about which president did the most for our country. Obama is NOT that president. He never was and never will be. He caters to the Muslim community for fear of offending them. He, supposedly, is an American. Then ACT LIKE ONE! Stand up for American. He and Clinton allowed those people to be murdered in Benghazi. Shame on them. AND his stand on abortion is horrible. He will never get my vote.

  47. The subject is about "VETERANS" nothing more, nothing less! Who gives a crap about games and politics! He, his wife, his VP and his wife have done more for "VETERANS" then any President then I can remember, I am a "VETERAN" approaching 70 years of age, stick to the topic!

  48. I would love to find that one shred of evidence proves your position, but it simply does not. You can blame the President for much (not following through on his campaign promise to fix the VA)but he has done more for veterans than the last president. I will still respect both because they are the Commander in Chief, but this relentless allegory about Benghazi is ridiculous.He has two more years. you will not get rid of him, show some respect.

  49. he will never get your vote because you have a small mentality! Where was the outrage over the 80 US citizens that were killed under Reagan and the two Bushes? Non existent. Your just STUPID!

  50. OR the 1983 bombing of U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut, Lebanon killing 241 American Marines & Navy personnel. Look it up, that was the first we heard of JIHAD terrorist in the American media & at home regarding our Country. President Reagan's response was to cut & run with no retaliation or response for those murders. THAT "NO RESPONSE" IS WHAT EMBOLDENED THE TERRORIST from then on. A UNDENIABLE FACT!

  51. He will always get your vote and support because your head is in the sand.How many US Ambassadors died under Presidents Reagan and the two Bush Presidency's? What has been done to prevent that from happening again? What actions were taken while they were under attack? As a Vet, President Obama and his lack of leaderships disgusts me. I respect the office. I do not respect the man.

  52. Thirteen(or twelve) embassies were attacked under George W. Bush with sixty(or 53, depending on your source)deaths. No investigations took place.

  53. 39 attacks or attempted attacks on U.S. embassies and embassy personnel occurred during the Bush Administration. 20 of these attacks resulted in at least one fatality.

    In the 20 incidents with at least one fatality, the total death toll was 87. If you only count those at embassies and consulates, the number of deaths is 66.

    Admittedly, the vast majority of these deaths were not Americans. 63 deaths were either of non-Americans or of people whose nationality is unknown. Another three were U.S. civilians. Another 21 were workers at the U.S embassy or consulate, either of American or foreign nationality.

    With all that said, is the life of an Ambassador any more precious than that of those who work for him? I bet the family members of those killed would greatly disagree, and you would be wrong in even suggesting it.

    Under Obama, there have been 2 embassy attacks and 4 deaths.

    Enough said.

  54. Army Navy game???
    My God, man! He has done far more important things for vets than your ridiculous list up there.

  55. Many presidents took in only one or two Army-Navy games, and several attended none at all. As charted in the sidenotes of a history of the Army-Navy game compiled by the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies, presidents such as Herbert Hoover, Franklin Roosevelt, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, and George H.W. Bush were not present for any Army-Navy football games throughout their terms of office.

  56. You're totally off base, not to mention clueless. The internet can provide you with proof about your rhetoric.The statement above, which claims that President Barack Obama was "the 1st president in 110 years to miss the annual Army-Navy Football Game," implies that every single president since Theodore Roosevelt attended the Army-Navy game each year they were in office. This is far from the case: Many presidents took in only one or two Army-Navy games, and several attended none at all. As charted in the sidenotes of a history of the Army-Navy game compiled by the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies, presidents such as Herbert Hoover, Franklin Roosevelt, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, and George H.W. Bush were NOT present for any Army-Navy football games throughout their terms of office. You can read more at Snopes or any Fact Checker sites. As for the bowing, how about Bush holding hands in the garden with the Saudi. Creepy at best. A simple fact check will tell you that Obama has done more than Bush easily for our veterans.

  57. There is no comparison between who has done the most for veterans. Barak Obama has done more. President Barack Obama signed a bill significantly boosting federal support for disabled military veterans and their caregivers. Among other things, the new law expands resources available for veterans' mental health counseling, provides expanded access to hospitals and clinics outside of the traditional Veterans Affairs system and provides stronger transportation and housing assistance for veterans living in rural areas.

    Obama passed legislation to improve care and slash red tape for our wounded warriors recovering at places like Walter Reed. He passed laws to help homeless veterans and offered an innovative solution to prevent at-risk veterans from falling into homelessness.

    Obama led a bipartisanto try to halt the military's unfair practice of discharging for having a service-connect psychological problems.

  58. Most Veterans serve out of dedication to our Country not entitlement programs that the leftist, socialist use to cripple this great Nation. Am I thankful that the VA exists to support our Service Men and Women - YES! Do I think any of the above but President Reagan was worthy of the office -- NO. No party lines here, we need a Commander-in-Chief like General Norman Schwarzkopf or General Colin Powell.

    BTW: It is President Reagan, President Bush, President Obama. Since when did any service men or women lose respect for the office of the President of the United States -- like the Left and Right has today. I may not like the President (list whatever name You like) but, I respect the Office! I am so sick and tired of hearing people refer to the President by his last name. We have fallen so far as a Nation!

    D.L. Young
    1st Cavalry, 15th Psychological Operations (1980-1999)

  59. I so agree with what you said about respect for the office. I thought that it was just me that noticed this; how people refer to the President by his name. I have never saw this done before, until now.

  60. Entitlements (VA benefits, Social Security, Medicare) are called entitlements because people PAID for their benefits. I paid Social Security and Medicare for my entire working life (47 years) when those programs began. Yes! I am entitled to them. Our veterans paid with their service, risking their lives for our country. Yes! They are ENTITLED to them!

  61. I bet you are collecting a military disability military pension or both and have a civil service job, so are you some socialist living off us taxpayers?

  62. ANY Soldier, Sailor, Marine or Airman who is collecting military disability and/or retirement is not "living off the taxpayers"! They are in fact taxpayers themselves, you donkey and after making the ultimate sacrifice which is to say, taking a job where any fool can lob grenades at you, entitles you to have all or a portion of your SERVICE CONNECTED disability pension excluded as taxable income, 'cause for damn sure skippy, while you were in theater taking those hits, you were paying taxes for the dubious privilege. And anyone who has a job, Civil Service or otherwise, again...is not living off the taxpayers, they are contributing to the tax base.

  63. I assume that Reagan and Bush got so many votes because so many people in the military immediately identify with the Republican party. I would love to see a list of the things that President Bush did for veterans. Look at the budget he approved for the VA compared to President Obama, the fact that Obama approved advance appropriations for the VA's budget, how little was done under the previous administration regarding PTSD, TBI and care for our wounded warriors in general (all of which were problems early on in Bush's presidency). I would be equally interested in hearing what President Reagan did for veterans. I know people love him because they think he really increased the budget for the DoD, but what does that have to do with veterans?

  64. For starters, I had an 18% pay raise under bush one year. He is the reason we make as much or more than our civilian counterparts. Enlisted military are...well were (before Obama) the highest payed occupation for those without a degree. We were vastly underpayed for decades and bush ended that. If you really want to show us you value us, show us the money. Obama has had the smallest pay raises year after year in the last several DECADES.

  65. Yeah, and . . . ? What is your point? When you are an active soldier, you are DoD. When you have fulfilled your service you are VA.

  66. I am a V.N. vet,1967 and 1968,70% S.C.I have used the VA for many years and under Reagan and the bushes it was horrible !! Not until Obama came along did we have an annual budget to work with.Obama has poured millions into the V.A. unlike his predecessor that was cutting benefits and funding at every corner.
    is there still problems at the VA..Yes..But at least they are being addressed,something that no recent republican has even attempted.

  67. Yes Sir, you got that right! GWB & GOP were CUTTING or UNDER FUNDING VA budgets & cut group 8 vets from VA HC system while sending troops off to 2 wars. The hypocrisy of that is deafening. President Obama in his 1st year gave a 11% VA budget increase & RESTORED group 8 vets to the VA system to make up for GW Bush & GOP cuts & under funding. And Obama has increased the VA budget each & every year since. The GWB recession brought in many more older vets to the VA who lost their jobs & healthcare as well in 2008-2009, then add the backlogs known since 2005 & made worse by GOP VA under funding & cuts from 2002 to 2008, Obama was playing catch up with the VA damage by republicans. As one post here said, love Obama or hate him, he has been a genuine friend to vets & it is verifiable & stems from a respect for his Granfathers WW II service. I am shocked how Romney got the support of a vet groups when NO ONE in 5-6 generations of Romney's ever wore a American military uniform. My Grandfather didn't take us to Mexico to avoid war like Romney's did. Same applies to Marco Rubio, NO FAMILY HISTORY of American military service in peace or war time yet they want control of wars, troops & Vets VA benefits, social security, medicare that vets earned. How can these guys relate to vets when they have no family history of any military service???

  68. Up until the time Ronald Reagan was elected (all through the Nixon, Ford, and Carter years) it was socially acceptable to spit on Vietnam vets and call them “baby-killers.” Ronald Reagan publicly praised the Vietnam vets for their service, and the big backlash against the old antiwar movement and the liberal media started AFTER Reagan stood up and condemned the liberal treatment of vets. I am not sure what more he could have done at that late date except openly support the vets and express his sincere gratitude for their service. The so-called “silent majority” finally took the hint and slapped the liberals down. For that I’m grateful.

  69. Do you mean the "liberals" like FDR, Harry Truman, JFK? George Bush did nothing for the men and women he sent off to wart. part of the VA backlog is that those of us who served during Vietnam finally had a President who recognized Agent Orange and PTSD. It will take time to fix, but Bush and Cheney were no friends of veterans.

  70. And yet he is the FIRST President to refuse to attend a dedication to a Veterans Memorial. Conflict of time? He was invited in January to attend a Memorial on Oct. 5. I'm sure the date could have been changed given the 10 month notice. He campaigned on fixing the VA Hospital and yet 6 years later he had conferred with his VA head 2 times and several veterans had died due to lack of care. The only reason there were any changes made at all were because a scandal ensued. Oh yes, he has done well by the veterans. Then of course there is the cutting of benefits to veterans and their families, and nary a word of protest from the President. One has to wonder what horrendous deeds one must do in your mind to do a bad job by our vets...

  71. Actually, beneficial programs for Veterans and their families have increased under President Obama. And the benefits that HAVE been cut have been cut not by POTUS but by this sorry azz Congress. When he tried to do something...anything, they stonewalled, when he took the lead and signed Executive Orders, the haters lost their collective minds. But no one said "nary a word" when Carter, Bush, Reagan and/or Clinton issued twice as many in half the time. As for the veteran's who died - More than 2200 in 2008. This was a year before the inauguration of President Obama. Unfortunately in life, until you have crisis, you don't see change. The changes were addressed by THIS POTUS and no other. I think it's laughable that people like you want to blame that lack of work ethic of people across the country on a man who has not taken a sick day in almost 8 years and has taken almost half again as man days in that same time than his predecessor did in 4 years. So let me get this correct, when you screw up on your job, slack off and call in sick so you can go to the park and post it on Instagram and Facebook, The leader of the largest free nation in the world should be aware of it? Well, just like the slackers in the VA, what is done in the dark eventually came to the light and believe you me, they have been cleaning house...There are still WAY too many dust bunnies in the middle, but they ain't what they used to be, thank goodness. And the VA has superior health care professionals, they also got a few monkeys in this zoo, but all things in good time. They are slowly but most assuredly getting gone. And THAT'S what happens when you make a commitment to your country to make thing better. Just because some seriously deluded people disagree doesn't take any of the shine off of his chrome.

  72. What about increasing the deficit? building the TARP fund to bail out companies going bankrupt? What about the depression of the real estate market that happened under his command?

    I can fix everything too if i could just print money whenever i want to. Unlike the president, money doesnt fix issues, policy changes and amendments do, without increasing the deficit.

  73. TARP was signed into law by President Bush on Oct 3, 2008, before Obama was even elected. The investments made through TARP were $426.4 billion while the revenue was $441.7 billion. So, while TARP initially increased the deficit, in the long run it reduced the debt by $15.3 billion since the gov't made money on it.

    As for the Great Recession, started by the subprime mortgage crisis, that began December of 2007 and hit its stride September of 2008 (again, before Obama was elected). It was, incidentally, caused by fraudulent lending practices of mortgage brokers. There was even an FBI report in 2004 that warned of a potential crisis due to the fraud. And while the agent in charge of the investigation asked for more resources to combat the fraud, those resources were reduced, not increased. Which I guess is similar to the way Bush ignored the "President's Daily Brief" (dated Aug 6, 2001) from the CIA that warned about a potential terrorist attack by Bin Laden on US soil – a month before 9/11. THAT happened on HIS watch! It's convenient so many people ignore that little fact.

    As for Obama INITIALLY increasing the deficit, there are two primary reasons for it: (1) the decrease in tax revenue brought on by the recession as more people lost their jobs and (2) the continuing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. So I guess Obama is responsible for... oh, wait. That's right. Bush started those wars.

    And BTW, programs aren't strictly annual. Some budgeted expenditures may be for 2 or more years and add to the deficits of the following years; in other words, Obama inherited deficits. Furthermore, a significant percentage of the budget is devoted to paying interest on the national debt which has a significant impact on the deficit. And for the record, these are the percentages the debt was increased by each president for the last 50 years:
    LBJ: 13%
    Nixon: 34%
    Ford: 47%
    Carter: 43%
    Reagan: 186% (yes, that's one HUNDRED eighty six percent)
    Bush: 54%
    Clinton: 32%
    Bush: 101%
    Obama: 53%
    Which makes sense because while Democrats are accused of being "tax & spend", the GOP (since Reagan's presidency) have bought into the myth of supply-side economics, what Bush the Elder called "voodoo economics", which is "reduce taxes & spend more". So, Obama is (and Clinton was) forced to pay the interest on the increased debt Republicans racked up.

    Oh, and here are the 10 worst deficits on record, as of this fiscal year:
    2008-2009, at $933 billion (G.W.Bush)
    2009-2010, at $694 billion (Obama)
    2011-2012, at $424 billion (Obama)
    2012-2013, at $372 billion (Obama)
    1943-1944, at $361 billion (FDR)
    1942-1943, at $337 billion (FDR)
    2010-2011, at $310 billion (Obama)
    1944-1945, at $287 billion (FDR)
    2007-2008, at $262 billion (G.W.Bush)
    1985-1986, at $245 billion (Reagan)
    You may have noted that the deficit during Obama's latest term is actually decreasing, whereas the deficit for Bush's last year increased by 256% over the previous year. Incidentally, Obama's last two fiscal year budget deficits have been $155 billion (2013-2014) and $128 billion (2014-2015). So, as you can see, the deficit is being reduced even more.

  74. Your statement is Incorrect and Lacks any kind of research
    First, he has cut ZERO Benifits, it was Paul Ryan (GOP) who authored and submitted a Bill to cut COLA and other Bills Cutting other Benifits for Vets. Look up the Bills, Look at the Authors, and Look how many Republicans vs. Democrats voted to cut benifits.

    VA Memorial Again, no research done on Current or Past Presidents attendance to these events.

    Appearances by U.S. presidents at any of those sites in commemoration of D-Day have been neither a long-established tradition nor a regular occurrence: such visits are a fairly recent phenomenon, and not only is President Obama one of only four U.S. presidents to have attended D-Day anniversary ceremonies in Normandy, and he is the only president to have done so more than once.

    Between 1944 and 2014 — a span of 70 years — four U.S. presidents have attended D-Day memorial ceremonies a total of seven times, and Barack Obama attended two of the seven.

    In fact, any public presidential activity paying tribute to fallen U.S. and Allied soldiers on the anniversary of D-Day has been an exception rather than the rule in recent years. Available White House presidential schedules for 6 June, going back to the beginning of the George W. Bush administration in 2001, list no public events connected to D-Day in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2003, or 2002.

    This house has 35yrs of Military and 20yrs DoD service, so we are not lambs, just stick to facts.

    The first president to travel to Normandy for D-Day was Ronald Reagan, who in 1984 attended commemorative ceremonies there for the 40th anniversary of the Allied landings. Bill Clinton attended D-Day memorial ceremonies in Normandy on the 50th anniversary of the landings in 1994, George W. Bush did so on the 60th anniversary of the landings in 2004, and Barack Obama did likewise on the 65th anniversary of the landings in 2009:

  75. Diane, do some fact checking. This is just one of thousands upon thousands of lies that have been spread about this president. He even visited the D-Day Memorial twice in Normandy. Between 1944 and 2014 only four U.S. presidents have attended D-Day memorial ceremonies for a total of seven times. Barack Obama attended two of those seven visits!

  76. @Diane T is mistaken. Obama not only attended that ceremony but you can see the photos with him speaking there on the website of the new "American Veterans Disabled For Life Memorial".

    Don't take my word for it - go to the avdlm website and see for yourself (I would post a link here but this commenting system disallows links.

  77. All your questions are easily answered via the internet. A simple google search will quickly tell you that GWB was hands down the worst for helping our veterans.

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