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President signs VA reform bill

President signs VA reform bill

American Legion National Commander Daniel M. Dellinger was at Fort Belvoir, Va., today where President Obama signed a $16.3 billion emergency spending measure that provides greater veteran access to non-VA health-care providers, among other reforms in the system.

“Today, another step is taken in the journey to restore trust in VA among our nation’s veterans,” Dellinger said after the bill was signed this morning. “We all understand it’s going to be a long journey. Those veterans who have been waiting a month or longer for medical appointments do not have time to wait for the entire journey to end. They need to see doctors and caregivers now, and that’s what this funding is expected to provide, on a temporary basis. The longterm solution is not to voucher out VA health care.”

The reform package, which provides additional VA medical staff and allows VA greater authority to dismiss directors who fail to meet expectations, was introduced after VA whistleblowers came forward last spring to announce that they had been directed to falsify appointment records leaving some veterans on secret lists with no appointments scheduled at all.

Since then, The American Legion has conducted seven town hall meetings and has provided support by conducting Veterans Crisis Command Centers in seven communities, with more scheduled in the coming months.

So far, the American Legion command centers have personally helped more than 2,000 veterans gain access to the VA system, apply for benefits and receive other forms of help.

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DaMadOne

August 17, 2014 - 5:09pm

All I can say is I have not seen any sort of significant changes or anything that could remotely be described as reform. Even simple things that don't require much as far as funding. Heck the higher echelon still hasn't figured out the patient advocates aren't advocating for the patients. You would think with the changes in the administration in the last 9 years that I have been in the VA system at least one of them should have returned at least one message or voice mail by now. So they implemented what they call a reform bill. It's just window dressing so that congress can go on their recess thinking they accomplished something. This was one of the biggest scandals since VA's establishment since the Veterans Buraeu and everyone in congress claimed they acknowledged throwing money at it would not address the issues and it was mostly mismanagement. If they couldn't manage money before why are they all of a sudden trust worthy enough to receive more money without demonstrating they can be trusted or any sort of significant changes in management on the front line or mid level. I'll believe it when I see it.

Ron C

August 10, 2014 - 12:17pm

ALL I can say is this country is in trouble. Vietnam Vet.

David A. Laibow

August 9, 2014 - 9:56am

I am Post Chaplain at Allen "Pop" Reeves Phil-Am Post 123, Angeles City, Department of the Philippines. In my opinion, the medical needs of America's veterans are best met by the American Legion and other major veterans' organizations forming a consortium to take over veterans' health care from the Veterans Administration, as a contractor. This is my own view, and does not necessarily represent the view of any of my Comrades, my Post, my Department, or the national leadership of the American Legion. I have informed National Commander Dellinger of my opinion.

Ted Buchmann

August 8, 2014 - 9:03pm

I was injured with a neck injury during the Viet Nam era, with continuous medical issues. I filed a number of claims, only to be denied. I always wanted to work, but had trouble with intolerable pain. I kept trying. I filed a claim years ago, taking it to the final appeal in Washington D.C.where I lost, and was told that this was the end of the line, and had no more appeals. I found out years later that I could have at that time taken my case out of the V.A. system and into a civilian court, where my chances would have been much better. I filed again a few years ago, and received a 80% service connected disability. By now I live on narcotics and paxil, and unable to even change my own oil. I'm not a druggie. I'd be better off dead. Why was I denied disability when I had a considerable backpay coming? They LIED to me, and it worked. Ted

Michael McBride

September 11, 2014 - 1:01pm

Thank you for your service Ted and please accept my sympathies for the pain you have endured. I have walked in your shoes. I am a Marine Veteran of the Gulf War. After 21 years of stuffing my memories deep down inside I attempted suicide in February 2013. I was spared the selfishness of my intended actions by a power greater than myself. Although my 19 year marriage dissolved in divorce we remain friends and our children benefit from my year and a half of continued sobriety. I am still adrift awaiting a claim decision from the VA, but I am trouble that the American Legion for which I had belonged to for several years had done nothing for me. Well, except for sending me renewal forms. There is a disconnect there as well as within the VA. Keep fighting and never surrender. This nation has a debt to repay. Broken soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines deserve better. We pledged our own lives to our country. That is a worth a hell of a lot more than those who profited from wars we fought deserve.

Wayne Varner

August 23, 2014 - 1:49pm

Welcome to the world that many of us Vietnam vets encountered. Agent Orange and the being denied until recently. I pray that you TED do not get discouraged because better days are ahead for all of us. I think you will see improvements. As for help as most VA centers are very good at what they do. The people working in them are dedicated it was the management that caused the problem not the doctors etc.

Wayne Varner

August 23, 2014 - 1:49pm

Welcome to the world that many of us Vietnam vets encountered. Agent Orange and the being denied until recently. I pray that you TED do not get discouraged because better days are ahead for all of us. I think you will see improvements. As for help as most VA centers are very good at what they do. The people working in them are dedicated it was the management that caused the problem not the doctors etc.

rick thomas

August 8, 2014 - 9:49am

Racism is alive and well in America! Grow up people. Use you own brain. Use critical thinking. Turn that dial every once in a while. Vets should be treated like heroes. Lets enact a mandatory 2 year service obligation for every person in the US by the age of 21 (or so). Join the military, work at a hospital, etc.

Anonymous

August 8, 2014 - 8:14pm

I agree with you Rick. I believe every US citizen should do 2 years of service to this country.

Jose Garcia

August 8, 2014 - 3:27pm

I agree that "every able man/woman" regardless of "any excuse except felony conviction" be required to serve the "government" with or without pay for 2 years. Makes a person more responsible and self confident. Some will say I already have that but some are only self-interested.

naturerover

August 8, 2014 - 3:08am

Here is a list of the people that voted against this important legislation for Veterans; 1. S. 1982, the Comprehensive Veterans Health and Benefits and Military Retirement Pay Restoration Act of 2014 (02/27/2014, Roll Call No. 46) 02/27/2014 -- This massive bill would create, expand, advance, and extend a wide array of VA benefits, services and programs that are important to DAV and to our members and their families. For example, responding to a call from DAV as a leading voice for wounded, injured, and ill veterans, it would create a comprehensive family caregiver support program for all generations of severely wounded, injured and ill veterans. Also, the bill would provide advance approproations for VA's mandatory funding accounts to ensure that in any government shutdown environment in the future, veterans benefits payments would not be delayed or put in jeopardy. This measure also would provide additional financial support to survivors of service members who die in the line of duty, as well as expanded access for them to GI Bill educational benefits. A two-plus year stalemate in VA’s authority to lease facilities for health care treatment and other purposes would be solved by this bill. Crucially, the bill would fully restore military retirement cost-of-living adjustments that were outrageously reduced in the 2013 House-Senate budget agreement and the subsequent appropriations act. These are but a few of the myriad provisions of this bill that would improve the lives, health, and prospects of veterans—especially the wounded, injured and ill—and their loved ones. 60 votes were needed to pass this important legislation. Richard Shelby (R-AL) Jeff Sessions (R-AL) Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) John McCain (R-AZ)0% Jeff Flake (R-AZ)0% John Boozman (R-AR)0% Marco Rubio (R-FL)0% Bill Nelson (D-FL) Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) Johnny Isakson (R-GA) Michael Crapo (R-ID) Jim Risch (R-ID) John Hoeven (R-ND) Rob Portman (R-OH) Tom Coburn (R-OK) James Inhofe (R-OK) Patrick Toomey (R-PA) Tim Scott (R-SC) Lindsey Graham (R-SC) John Thune (R-SD) Lamar Alexander (R-TN) Bob Corker (R-TN) Ted Cruz (R-TX) John Cornyn (R-TX) Orrin Hatch (R-UT) Mike Lee (R-UT) Ron Johnson (R-WI) John Barrasso (R-WY) Michael Enzi (R-WY)

Donald Dziczek

August 12, 2014 - 8:18pm

John McCain should have been left in Viet Nam Prisons for fooling around while flying a jet plane.He was just another hot shot like George W.Bush who paid for one election and then stole the next election.Who in thier right mind would vote for an idiot like Bush even once,let alone twice.McCain comes back a so called hero,well he wasn't,he was an accident waiting to happen,and now he gets elected on his hero record.There should be term limits on Congress,the Senate,the President,and the Supreme Court,if we are ever going to return this country back to the people of this country.

Jack Bowman

August 21, 2014 - 5:52pm

Don what about Obuma he did not pay for either election but stole both ?

GA. Guy

August 10, 2014 - 8:20pm

Thanks for the information Saxby Chambliss (R-GA)and Johnny Isakson (R-GA have came to light put a bitter taste in my mouth, The truth is out. These two will never get my vote or anyone I know in Georgia vote.

L H

August 8, 2014 - 9:14am

the two tn people will be voted out next time

LOU GIANNETTI

August 7, 2014 - 8:35pm

I AM WW 2 VET, 89 YEARS OLD. I HAD A GOOD JOB WITH BENEFITS AND DID NOT GO TO THE VA UNTIL I HAD BEEN OUT OF THE SERVICE 65 YEARS. THEY HAVE BEEN TERRIFIC. YOU MUST MAKE APPOINTMENTS 30 DAYS IN ADVANCE BUT THAT IS NO PROBLEM. I HAVE TO ASSUME IN AN EMERGENCY THEY WOULD REACT QUICKLY. THE FACILITIES AT GREAT LAKES ARE TOP DRAWER. ALL THE LATEST EQUIPMENT WITH DOCTORS AND TECHNICIANS. THE ONLY DRAWBACK IS SHORT STAFF. CONGRESS HAS HAD THE BRAKES ON FUNDING FOR YEARS. THEY WOKE UP NOW WITH AN ELECTION COMING BUT STILL HOLDING BACK FUNDS. THE REPUBLICANS IN CONGRESS ARE DETERMINED TO MAKE OBAMA LOOK BAD NO MATTER WHAT. THE SAY JOBS JOBS JOBS AT ELECTION TIME THEN DO NOTHING TO CREATE THEM. IN 2012 OR 2013, 25 OF THE TOP HEDGE FUND MANAGERS EARNED 23 BILLION DOLLARS. THE FUNDS BASED IN THE THE CAYMAN ISLANDS SO THEY PAID NO US TAXES. PEOPLE THAT EARN HERE SHOULD PAY TAXES HERE. THAT'S HOW YOU BALANCE THE BUDGET.

Maximus

August 7, 2014 - 7:22pm

The logistics of this has not been worked out. Primary physicians in the civilian world are in short supply and try to get an appointment with your own doctor within 4-6 weeks or a specialist within 90 days. The VA cannot fill its physician positions now; just giving the money to hire a thousand more will do nothing for physicians who are not available or would not want to work for the VA. It is not like there is not a shortage of jobs for them out there. The medical treatment cards Vets are suppose to use are just now being contracted out and that is a 90 day fix at best. The rest of the money is going to same managers and supervisors/directors who caused this mess. Until these people who caused the criminal activity are led out in handcuffs and raincoats on criminal charges, the same people with the same seniority will just weather this storm and prevail. We in the VA have lost the equivalent of all leadership including the Secretary, Undersecretary, medical inspector, general counsel when even before this happened, many leaders including VA Learning University, VA Chief of Staff, Undersecretary of HR&A, and others for the HR Conference debacle, in an organization that has over 330,000 employees. Try that in the corporate world and see how that company survives. There are thousands of employees in the VA who are genuine, caring and passionate people who want to serve our Veterans. Unfortunately all that is being told to them now is how to whistleblow. The investigations should not stop because someone should ask questions about the definition of "processed" when it comes to claim numbers and the absolute tragedy of the error percentage that is allowed to go on and on for VBA claims that are considered "processed" and presented to Congress that way. All we did was kick a large can down the road for a very short period of time with the can disintegrating as it is rolling.

Balanced Reasoning

August 8, 2014 - 2:49pm

Your insights and observations are well-articulated! Appears that you are much more informed than Congress (House and Senate) and President who supposedly were to be informed by witnesses. Looks like more money to be wasted. Do more wrong, get more money ...

Ronald Staggs

August 7, 2014 - 6:13pm

I am a Korea War Veteran have tried since 1956 to obtain service connected disabilities for injuries received in 1952 and 1953 in Korea. My first try was in 1956. I was supposed to have ben interviewed by 3 Doctor's, the first two told me that I should to ask for least 20 Percent. The third Doctor told me to come into his office and to have a seat. He never looked at me or looked at my paper, work which he had told me to put on the treatment table, and told me to" get the Hell out of his office that I was not going to get a damn thing. When I tried to find out what the problem was I was told that there was nothing anyone could do because he was the final word. I was talked into trying again this year and was told that my records had been lost in the 1975 fire of the St. Lewis Record's center. To top everything off ,the copies that I had were lost in a flood in Sinton Texas From Hurricane BUELA . I guess the Government needs the money as much or more than I do.

Donald D.

August 12, 2014 - 8:47pm

When I got out of the Army in 1977 I walked out with three medical profiles.I applied for disability and was told my records were lost in the fire at the St.Lewis Record's center also,but knowing ahead of time from other vets about disapearing records,on my last day I made copies of all my medical records before I signed out of the Army.And lucky I did,because they told me the same story about my records being lost in the fire of 1975,when in fact I was not discharged until 1977 with all my original medical records in tact,and long enough for me to copy them.So after they lied the first time,I told them I have a copy of my records that I will send them.Months later,which made it almost a year,they replied back in the mail that they had lost the copy I had sent to them,so I wrote back that I have the original copy and I will keep sending them until I have to send them to my Congressman,who at that time was the hardest working Congressman for veterans in the country,Congressman Silvio Conte.They finally said they received my medical records after about a year and a half of stalling,and the suffering I had to go through before getting any kind of help.If you think this has changed in the years since I got out of the Army till now,go talk to some of these young veterans coming home in pieces,for a war that Bush should have gone to trial along with most of his lying staff for murder of his own troops and treason.

Donald D.

August 12, 2014 - 8:47pm

When I got out of the Army in 1977 I walked out with three medical profiles.I applied for disability and was told my records were lost in the fire at the St.Lewis Record's center also,but knowing ahead of time from other vets about disapearing records,on my last day I made copies of all my medical records before I signed out of the Army.And lucky I did,because they told me the same story about my records being lost in the fire of 1975,when in fact I was not discharged until 1977 with all my original medical records in tact,and long enough for me to copy them.So after they lied the first time,I told them I have a copy of my records that I will send them.Months later,which made it almost a year,they replied back in the mail that they had lost the copy I had sent to them,so I wrote back that I have the original copy and I will keep sending them until I have to send them to my Congressman,who at that time was the hardest working Congressman for veterans in the country,Congressman Silvio Conte.They finally said they received my medical records after about a year and a half of stalling,and the suffering I had to go through before getting any kind of help.If you think this has changed in the years since I got out of the Army till now,go talk to some of these young veterans coming home in pieces,for a war that Bush should have gone to trial along with most of his lying staff for murder of his own troops and treason.

maxine

August 7, 2014 - 6:51pm

If you have filed a claim earlier there should be some files other than in the 1973 file. Just send in a request for your claim file and see what is in that file.

Ron Sr

August 7, 2014 - 6:03pm

I spent 4 years during the Vietnam War putting together air launched missiles and bombs. In 2003 the Bush Administration nullified my service and took away ALL of my VA benefits. This President has worked diligently to help the Veterans coming home from the War Based on Lies in Iraq and those returning from the war against those who attacked us on 9/11. And he had Osama Bin Ladin hunted down and executed. Something George W. said he wasn't concerned about. He found out about the problems in the VA and took action with Senator Bernie Sanders to fix it. He appointed someone who had experience and was a Veteran himself, but he was not able to do what needed to be done. So the President accepted his resignation and appointed someone else. But the Senate is still holding up key appointments because the Republican Tea Baggers HATE THE BLACK MAN LIVING IN THEIR "WHITE" HOUSE! Meanwhile Veterans suffer. You can't point to one thing that the Republican Tea Baggers have ever done to help those who do the actual fighting and dying for America. Never have, never will.

Art Miller

August 12, 2014 - 9:52am

Ron, Sr - I've found those crying "racist" the loudest to be the true character racism. Your comment above "HATE THE BLACK MAN LIVING IN THEIR "WHITE" HOUSE!" identifies your racist mentality, and is totally inane.

shooternc

August 8, 2014 - 10:08pm

The old race card, sick and tired of your wineing

DonRP

August 8, 2014 - 2:42pm

sir, your comment makes no since, you were not on disibility, correct? you were useing the VA just for medical, correct? you were most likely classified to a new catagory level.

Mike Jr

August 8, 2014 - 1:19am

You are an old fool and a bigot at best You talk smack about Bush then you act like Obama is a saint...All the while resorting to name calling..You sir do not help the situation you are the worst America has to offer..You should be ashamed of your self you are a blight on the history of America....

J.T.

August 8, 2014 - 2:12pm

Really? Epic version of the pot talking about the kettle. Iv'e got a name for you .... Maroon (idiot).

BL

August 7, 2014 - 10:42pm

I do not know of any president that has done anything for or against the veteran. Only Congress has that ability. So don't blame or credit a president. A president can only advise Congress of his wishes. However, I do remember Regan went around Congress and addressed the People. I remember I received a large pay raise at that time. Today, Congress is in deadlock due to the Senate and House having opposing parties in majority. I do not remember any law passed that would cause you to lose your VA benefits. You may have misunderstood your benefits as explained by the service advisor. Many people get service connected denial mixed up with loosing VA benefits. I advise you go to your county service office, or a veteran service agency and get the facts. If you were in the military, and have the few days minimum time in service, you have benefits.

SGB

August 7, 2014 - 9:21pm

Ron, Thank You for your Service!

Robert Smith

August 7, 2014 - 9:07pm

....and I totally agree with all you say Ron, that bunch of " Republican " misfits with all their (vinum) has pulled this country of ours apart.... United "we" stand, divided "they" fall! All of those Republican misfits need much to be (fired) NOW!! I've got enough of there garbage!!!

lou g

August 7, 2014 - 8:04pm

How/why did the president nullify your service and take away your benefits? As one that served 28 years, including a year in Vietnam and a year in Thailand during the Vietnam War, I've never heard of this.

Art miller

August 13, 2014 - 8:08pm

None of have heard of this, Lou g. I think we have a wannabee with us.

John T LaRochelle

August 7, 2014 - 7:23pm

You got er right.

EMoore

August 7, 2014 - 5:36pm

I have been waiting 6 (six) years on a judgement that there is something there. Held up at the VA Board since 2010. If there is something there then why the four (4) year wait.

Big Dog

August 7, 2014 - 4:51pm

What has Obama done for us lately? Domestically, his policies have had a grave impact on the American economy. He has overseen the weakest recovery from a recession in modern American history. He has mired the country in unprecedented levels of debt: about $6.5 trillion — that is 6,500 billion — in five years (this after calling his predecessor “unpatriotic” for adding nearly $5 trillion in eight years). He has fashioned a country in which more Americans now receive government aid — means-tested, let alone non-means-tested — than work full-time. He has no method of paying for this debt other than printing more money — thereby surreptitiously taxing everyone through inflation, including the poor he claims to be helping, and cheapening the dollar to the point that some countries are talking about another reserve currency — and saddling the next generations with enormous debts. With his 2,500-page Affordable Care Act he has made it impossible for hundreds of thousands, soon millions, of Americans to keep their individual or employer-sponsored group health insurance; he has stymied American medical innovation with an utterly destructive tax on medical devices; and he has caused hundreds of thousands of workers to lose full-time jobs because of the health-care costs imposed by Obamacare on employers. His Internal Revenue Service used its unparalleled power to stymie political dissent. No one has been held accountable. His ambassador to Libya and three other Americans were murdered by terrorists in Benghazi, Libya. No one has been blamed. The only blame the Obama administration has leveled was on a videomaker in California who had nothing to do with the assault. In this president’s White House the buck stops nowhere. Among presidents in modern American history, he has also been a uniquely divisive force. It began with his forcing Obamacare through Congress — the only major legislation in American history to be passed with no votes from the opposition party. Though he has had a unique opportunity to do so, he has not only not helped heal racial tensions, he has exacerbated them. His intrusions into the Trayvon Martin affair (“If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon”) and into the confrontation between a white police officer and a black Harvard professor (the police “acted stupidly”) were unwarranted, irresponsible, demagogic, and, most of all, divisive. He should have been reassuring black Americans that America is in fact the least racist country in the world — something he should know as well as anybody, having been raised only by whites and being the first black elected the leader of a white-majority nation. Instead, he echoed the inflammatory speech of professional race-baiters such as Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson. He has also divided the country by economic class, using classic Marxist language against “the rich” and “corporate profits.” Regarding America in the world, he has been, if possible, even more damaging. The United States is at its weakest, has fewer allies, and has less military and diplomatic influence than at any time since before World War II. One wonders if there is a remaining ally nation that trusts him. And worse, no American enemy fears him. If you are a free movement (the democratic Iranian and Syrian oppositions) or a free country (Israel), you have little or no reason to believe that you have a steadfast ally in the United States. Even non-democratic allies no longer trust America. Barack Obama has alienated our most important and longest standing Arab allies, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Both the anti–Muslim Brotherhood and the anti-Iran Arab states have lost respect for him. And his complete withdrawal of American troops from Iraq has left that country with weekly bloodbaths. Virtually nothing Barack Obama has done has left America or the world better since he became president. Nearly everything he has touched has been made worse. He did, however, promise before the 2008 election that “We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.” That is the one promise he has kept.

Shooternc

August 8, 2014 - 10:13pm

Well said Big Dog,

Joe Gutierrez

August 8, 2014 - 1:29am

It's unfortunate that your view of our and your President is based on the tripe that's spewed from Fox News. Try being honest and forthright about President Obama's time in the White House. The GOP and its leadership vowed from day one that they would do nothing to help Obama and their main objective was to insure that he'd be a one-term President. They cared and continue to not care about America and the people they're paid to represent. This is the worst do-nothing Congress in our history. They and you and your like are not patriots. You don't give a care about no one or nothing in this country. You are against anything that Obama is for. If it rains, you blame Obama. If there's a tornado, you blame Obama. You and your like have tied Obama's hands, and yet, in spite of your kind, he has accomplished much. Obviously, you don't agree with any of his accomplishments, e.g., providing healthcare for millions who were without. Not starting another war and getting our country out of the mess and destruction that Bush and his crowd initiated... lying our country into war. You excuse Bush and condemn Obama who has attempted to rectify Bush's terrible and tragic actions. Obama brought our country out of a depression. The Republicans have stopped every jobs bill that Obama pushed, and yet they say that Obama doesn't do anything about jobs. Give me a break. I must say that I supported Obama once he became our nominee; however, I'm disappointed in his actions dealing with Wall Street and the banks. I'm disappointed that we do not have medicare for all. I'm disappointed in his continuing and expanding Bush's Patriot Act. I'm disappointed in many of Obama's actions. I expected more, but he certainly is a thousand percent better than what we would have received with Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. Obama should have accepted the fact that the GOP had, nor have, any intention of helping him in any way. He should not have bent over backwards to gain their support. He should have acted as the Republicans do..... don't give an inch to your opposition. It's nothing for a Republican to lie. But I understand that it's futile to expect you and your like to be reasonable, because you're not and, unfortunately, never will be, until such time you stop watching Fox News (who, by and by, admit that they 'make' things up)and begin to live some of that Christianity that you supposedly live by. And I don't even know if you, in fact, are a Christian. No matter. Continue to spew your hate and lies. You really arn't sayin' anything. Just as a note.... I'm a 74 year old Army veteran, retired steelworker and Union Official with the United Steelworkers, a Democrat (more of an independent,) a practicing Catholic and someone who continues to have hope that there are more people who think like me in this world than you (And I believe there are) for the betterment of our country. N.B. Keep on watching Fox News and reciting the GOP talking points.-

Greg Hernandez

August 10, 2014 - 2:15pm

It is incredible to me how someone can bitch and moan about what's heard on Fox News. Fox is the ONLY channel that lets both sides present their case.All the other channels are left leaning democrap supporters. Ah, so proud of being a United Steelworkers official, Where are the steel workers in Bethlehem, PA ? Last time I went through Allentown, the mills were all shut down and falling apart. Where are the majority of workers of US Steel ? When the scrap metal from the World Trade Center was sold, most of it went overseas becaus that's where the mills are. Thank you United Steelworkers for your shortsighted thinking. You priced yourselves right out of the competition. Why do you think almost no clothing is made in the USA ? Thank the ILGWU. I worked for a company that bought the equipment from closed clothing and shoe making factories. Bought over 200 factories in the 5 years I worked there and partnered with other companies in another 150 or so.. Thank the Union workers in Bridgeport, CT who worked at the Singer Sewing machine plant who were among the highest paid workers with the best benefits in the state. In 1952 they started a strike that lasted over a year, Singer settled but started a factory in the UK then later Japan. Now there are no Singer Sewing Machines made in the USA. Thank shortsighted unions again. Coal miners of the UMW in WVA for years supported the dems. Now the lefties of the party HATE coal and the jobs are going away. Great waste of union dues that is still going to democraps. I loved it when I heard president Trumka of the AFL-CIO yell out, " Workers Of The World Unite " Boy if I was a union worker I sure would have been proud to hear Trumka speak like Lenin. Sorry sir but you are carrying the water for a corrupt party that has consistently lied to America. Social security was NEVER to be taxable, Democrats voted that null and void. Savings bonds were to be untaxed, same thing,Social security funds were NEVER to go into the General fund guess what , they are there.When President George W. Bush wanted to see if we could fix Social Security, it was the dems who would not work with the president. Maybe you should get your facts straight before making assumptiopns that aren't true. Remember at the State of the Union Address when the Dems all jumped up and started cheering and yelling ( and showing NO decorum )when President Bush said that there was no work done on fixing Social Security ? A Republican majority passed Johnsons civil rights bills over the screams of racist democraps but get no credit for doing it.Remember it was FDR who said that government workers should NEVER be unionized but the dems changed the law. You talk about Romney, an honest business man , one of the best governors MA ever had, a known job creator ( and yes I know about BANE Capital who created something like 10 times more jobs then were lost )but you don't seem to know that the only job Obama ever had in the private sector only lasted about 6 months and when he wrote about it he said he felt like he was working for the enemy.Great experience Huh ? Obama ,who knows NOTHING about being in the military, has been putting the military through a purge like has never happened in our History.Our armed forces are being drawn down to a smaller number than since BEFORE WW2 when we were ranked 17th in the world. He has destroyed don't ask, don't tell and is trying to eliminate all references to God in our military which should interest you if you truly are a Christian. What job bills has Obama put forward that weren't attached to new taxes or so-called Green jobs ? Did you get stimulated or was it just the money he stole out of your taxes getting redistributed ? How much does your gasoline, heating oil or gas and electricity cost you since this inexperienced fool and his pack of academics who have never worked in the economy started messing around with it ? If you think this man is so great, name one bill he sponsored while in the Illinois legislature, name one bill he sponsored in the US senate, name one accomplishment in the private sector. Show me his school records , Oh wait, you can't because he has spent over a million dollars to keep them hidden. By the way, how does a community organizer get the money to do that AND buy a 2 million dollar house ? Nevermind, we're talking about Chicago here. You talk about the Republicans not willing to work with the occupier in chief. What planet are you on ? Remember when he had his so-called bi-partisan meeting at the White House to discuss healthcare ? He and the Dems spoke for over 2/3 of the time allotted and HE rejected EVERY Republican idea then went out and said the Republicans hsd NO ideas.Then had Nancy Pelosi and the democrap controlled house go behind locked doors with NO Republican members to hash out that infamouse piece of crap legislation, that had to be read before you'd find out what was in it. And YES, there are unelected panels to oversee what care you can get, we call the DEATH PANELS because they will decide life and death matters with the only consideration beieng cost. Let me give you one last example of the genius of the man you and the Dems foisted upon this country like a dead Albatross around all our necks. If you were talking about adding 30 MILLION new people into government healthcare, What would be the first thing you'd do ? My first thought was, where will we get the doctors to care for them ? Maybe we could help promising students with lower costing medical education, but the fool in the White house and Rahm Emanuels brother with Valerie ( The Communist ) Jarret decided to hire 1,200 new IRS agents. Sounds reasonable to me....NOT. Tort reform was not even mentioned because over 75% of tort lawyers are big money donating democrats.A true example of dems and Rino Republicans running healthcare issues. Remember the big lawsuits going after the tobacco industry and saying how the money would go for healthcare ? The money was not supposed to go into any state general fund. Do YOU know who got the most money out of all that litigation ? The biggest payout was to the lawyer ( Democrat ) who owns the Baltimore Orioles and he got OVER 2 BILLION dollars The most any one individual or family of someone who died of cancer was 1 MILLION. the top 50 or so payouts were all to democrat lawyers and all got multi million dollar payouts and a couple other BILLION dollar payouts. The ONLY Governor who took the money and put it into the healthcare fund in his state was Republican Mike Huckabee. Got to say too you are a pretty unreasonable person yourself putting down someone who gets their information from someplace different from you. Fox doesn't just make things up and it would be nice if that was true of all networks. You insult another persons Christianity showing yourself to be a bigot and it's you who are spewing lies.The person you insulted was trying to put forth their ideas and just like Obama, you wouldn't even give him the time of day, just spew venom and insults. I thank you for your military service. I am a 68 Yr. old Vietnam vet, but your civilian record stinks brother and you are a sad example of someone who took an oath, never recinded, to protect the CONSTITUTION. By voting for this schmuck you insult every loyal American.By standing so tall with your union, you helped destroy the industry you worked in. Too bad you never learned, it is business people who provide the jobs and the industries without whom there would be no work. It is the job of union to protect the workers and work WITH the job providers in the best interests of the company and the workers, to keep people employed , trained and WILLING to work for each others good. Charity begins at home, not in the government and so does the precepts of the Judeo-Christian society we were once part of. You have no cause to attack anothers Christianity as if you are the Pope making infallible decisions. I am truly glad that there are more people every day finding out that your kind of thinking has put America into the toilet and only by cleaning up all aspects of government will we clean up the mess you and those who " Thought" ( and I use the term loosely) like you and have left this country in such sad shape by your non thinking votes.. I apologize for any facts I may have missed or written incorrectly, I am a Republican, a defender of the Constitution and a loyal American. I do not lie or make up my facts as you have done sir.

Everett William

August 8, 2014 - 1:39pm

Thanks Joe

Sgt AZ

August 7, 2014 - 7:19pm

You grandstanding for the Republican party? Terrorist captured or killed under Obama Antonious "Obama got no one." Perhaps you haven't been paying attention. Here are the accused terrorists who have been killed or arrested since a Democrat took over as Commander-in-chief: August 2009 -- Tehrik e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) leader Baitullah Mahsud killed in Pakistan September 2009 -- JI operational planner Noordin Muhammad Top killed in Indonesia -- Al-Qaeda in East Africa (AQEA) planner Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan killed in Somalia December 2009 -- AQ operational commanders Saleh al-Somali and 'Abdallah Sa'id killed in Pakistan February 2010 -- Taliban deputy and military commander Abdul Ghani Berader captured in Pakistan -- Haqqani network commander Muhammad Haqqani killed in Pakistan -- Lashkar-e Jhangvi leader Qari Zafar killed in Pakistan March 2010 -- AQ operative Hussein al-Yemeni killed in Pakistan -- Senior JI operative Dulmatin, believed to have been involved in the 2002 bombings in Bali, was killed during a raid in Indonesia. April 2010 -- AQI leaders Abu Ayyub al-Masri and Abu Omar al-Baghdadi killed in Iraq May 2010 -- AQ senior leader Mustafa Abu al-Yazid aka Shakyh Sa'id al-Masri killed in Pakistan June 2010 -- AQ commander Hamza al-Jawfi killed in Pakistan May 2011 -- Death of AQ leader Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan June 2011 -- AQ senior commander Ilyas Kashmiri killed in Pakistan. -- AQAP senior operatives Ammar al-Wa'ili, Abu Ali al-Harithi, and Ali Saleh Farhan killed in Yemen. -- Al-Qa'ida in East Africa senior leader Harun Fazul killed in Somalia. August 2011 -- AQ senior leader 'Atiyah 'Abd al-Rahman killed in Pakistan. September 2011 -- AQ external operations commander Yunis al-Mauritani arrested in Pakistan. -- AQ chief operations officer Abu Hafs al Shahri killed in Pakistan What republicans believe: The success of Obama care is not true. The numbers show the opposite. They said Obamacare would use death panels. It doesn't. They said it was a government takeover, and the insurance industry is making record profits. They said it covered illegals. It doesn't. They said it was a job killer. It hasn't been.

shooternc

August 8, 2014 - 10:22pm

You actually believe our commander in chief ( Obama) had anything to do with those Operations, I myself give credit to the great Men and Women in our Armed Forces who made this happen, your the one who's not paying attention

Mike Jr

August 8, 2014 - 1:24am

He gave five of the worst ones back lol Nice try water boy!! lmao

SSG ROCK

August 7, 2014 - 10:21pm

Ok, you peaked my curiosity. Where did you locate your 'insurance industry' conclusion? I am interested for you to provide additional insight as to your specific non-biased sources that prove 'record profits'? Since you mention 'death panels', are you providing defense towards the ACA? If you are not referencing the ACA, then which sector within the insurance industry are you referring? What credible reference sources(most individuals use at least 2 or 3 in order to show a credible vantage point/stance, and a non-biased perspective), back specific figures backed by legitimate data gathering? If you have a valid and credible stance, then any intelligent person is going to want to know how and why you came to your conclusion. So?

naturerover

August 7, 2014 - 11:10pm

Check this out, and thanks for wanting facts. If you want to see who supports the VA, check out the DAV Senate and Congressional scorecard. 109th 1st session in 2005-2 years after we attacked Iraq has the most bills. Obamacare Dividends Pile Up for Hospitals as Patients Pay Bloomberg By Alex Wayne and Shannon Pettypiece July 30, 2014 9:18 AM Thanks for looking for the truth.

James B

August 7, 2014 - 6:14pm

Blind eyes can't see, and closed minds can not make just decisions. You sir hear what you wan to hear, and decide that is the only truth. "Truth? You can't handle the truth!" It is my prayer for you that your eyes are opened, your mind cleansed, and the hate you foster does not spread to others.

Ron Sr

August 7, 2014 - 6:06pm

You need to watch something besides Fox News, Rush Limpballs, Glen Beck, Alex Jones and Mark Levine. Allan West doesn't give two shits about you.

Greg Hernandez

August 12, 2014 - 10:17am

Having fun insulting others ? We watch and listen to these people because along with them we hear, Alan Colmes, Kirsten Powers and other liberal voices which then allows us to make informed decisions unlike those who only listen to or watch the lame street media and then make the zombie like decisions which like obama are killing America.

Mike Jr

August 8, 2014 - 1:26am

Apparently you watch these guys too?? since you pretend to know the content...LMAO like I said you are the worst America has to offer...

Will E/

August 7, 2014 - 11:05pm

Do you actually think anyone in Washington gives a shit about the Veteran or any other American. They're there to pad their pockets and get that lifetime pension.

Robert Smith

August 7, 2014 - 9:50pm

The entire World see all that this "Fox News & Company" of Republican and Tea Party group is all about, really thay do! They try to shift the blame from George Bush & Chaney to place the blame on President Obama.... Their ignorance superseeds them! Their all good at the "BLAME" game while the world already know's the (weekness) of them...

Ron Sr

August 7, 2014 - 5:56pm

You are so full of shit your eyes must be brown. The Bush Administration committed so many war crimes it would take a page to post them. This nation was losing 750,000 jobs a month when President Obama took over. 17 Republican Tea Bagger Party of STUPID members met in a Washington DC hotel on the 1st day of his 1st term to swear an oath to destroy him. You can't point to one damn thing the Republicans have EVER done for the people who did the actual fighting and dying for this country. They filibustered the Veterans Jobs Act, the Voted NO one the GI Bill and the New GI Bill. And they filibustered the Veterans Benefits Act when it was first presented. And your comments about our allies in the Muslim countries? I would remind you that the people in those countries were living under the oppression of dictators that were propped up by Republican Presidents. Go look at the history of George W. Bush holding hands with King Saud and kissing his ring.

J.T.

August 8, 2014 - 2:20pm

YEP!

BJ

August 7, 2014 - 7:38pm

I served over 20 years on active duty with the USAF, under both Republicans and Democrats. When I joined the Air Force in 1970,I was promised free medical care for not only me, but any dependents who qualified if I served 20 years. Then Clinton came along, and signed a bill for Tricare in 1995, and many retirees lost their free coverage. Nobody was 'grandfathered' into the new system. However, someone had the idea for 'Tricare for life' (TFL), so when you retired and reached 65, you were covered for free. You could refuse Medicare B, because you would be covered by TFL. BUT, in 2012, (under Obama)it was changed so that if you refused to participate in Medicare B, you were denied TFL. So now I pay over $100/month for my FREE TLF. Don't tell me that the Republicans have done nothing, when it's been the Democrats who have slowly been reducing/eliminating the retired veterans' benefits. BTW, several members of my unit have served in Iraq and Afghanistan, and they returned with more than one story of gratitude they saw and heard while serving their country overseas. As far as the economy and jobs in my county, Obama has done nothing. It was in today's news that a local company that has been here for years is now closing because they can't compete with China's products. That's about 200 more residents who will be out of a job by Christmas!

BL

August 7, 2014 - 10:10pm

I am the person that introduced the idea of Tricare For Life to the Retiree Council in 1997-98 annual meeting. The question presented to us was "If there is no way we can get military health care back, what alternative do you suggest? I proposed that for the retired military and dependents, upon reaching retirement age, that Tricare become second payer to Medicare, and DOD pay for Medicare. Would you believe the Retiree Council poo-pooed by idea?...and said it would never work...there are laws against that. (I was one of the few enlisted ranked people in the room) I stood my ground and requested they send my idea forward. My idea was accepted, except that the part of DOD paying for Medicare. It became law. You are incorrect in your statement that the military person could refuse part B Medicare. The retiree has always had to pay for part B in order to be eligible for Tricare For Life. You are correct in your statement that the military retiree lost their medical benefits under the Democratic Congress and Democratic president in the 1992 vote. It always rubs me the wrong way when someone claims that the retirees receive FREE medical benefits. We paid for all benefits. On other's comments blaming a certain party for blocking progress of Congress...The Democratic Senate has blocked the Republican House every chance they get. The Republican House blocks the Democratic Senate every time the can. There will never be progress until the Senate and House have the same party in power. Historically, the Republican party is the party that has improved the military benefits, and lowered taxes for the masses. Now that I said that, I would like to point out that Tricare For Life and VA benefits are not the same thing. Only a military person who retires from the military is eligible for TRICARE. VA benefits are for any person who has been in the military and has met the eligibility requirements, military retired or not. So discussing TRICARE may not be included as the subject of this discussion.

DonRP

August 8, 2014 - 2:56pm

sir, the VA does not accept medicaid, medicare or tri-care and never have and most likely never will.

naturerover

August 7, 2014 - 11:22pm

Not to bust your bubble, but check out the DAV scorecard on Senate and Congressional voting for disabled veterans. They are all similar, but the 109th congress 1st session has the most bills, 2 years after Iraq.

BL

August 8, 2014 - 12:35pm

To Naturerover, I have kept up with such bills. You will notice that Congress members only introduce bills, but never bring them to a vote. They only want to "appear" to support veterans, in hopes of getting reelected. I never count such action as support for veterans.

John T LaRochelle

August 7, 2014 - 7:26pm

Everything you mention backed up by this organization.

Sgt AZ

August 7, 2014 - 6:50pm

Thanks, you are right on. Republicans believe Saddam was a good guy when Reagan armed him, a bad guy when Bush's daddy made war on him, a good guy when Cheney did business with him, and a bad guy when Bush needed a "we can't find Bin Laden" diversion.

John T LaRochelle

August 7, 2014 - 7:24pm

You're absolutely right.

Grunt69

August 7, 2014 - 5:27pm

Well written...and right on the money.

John T LaRochelle

August 7, 2014 - 5:46pm

Ill conceived and off target by Maggie's drawers.

Juan M. Mesa

August 7, 2014 - 4:45pm

I too have given up on going to the VA. They have told me that I am not a veteran. They are basing their opinion on the fact that they classified my application as a category 8 I believe, which is a non-vet. My explanation that I am a retired E-8,Viet Nam combat service and nuclear weapons service does not warrant VA benefits. That's ok though, I have been blessed with fair health and don't really need them, even for a 69 year old who is still working, serving our country as a civil servant. For me it has just been a recognition thing. There's too many out there, like me, who don't get recognized as being a veteran, and reminds me too much of a time when we were spat and shouted obcienities at when we returned from war. So once again, keep your medals, keep your TRICARE, keep your VA, I'll have a good life without them.

shooternc

August 8, 2014 - 10:36pm

That's not even close to being correct, if you have a dd214 served in Vietnam and a nuclear weapons tech and retired you should be covered for everything a classification for category 8 would mean you only pay for Meds and if you were retired you shouldn't have to pay for anything

James B

August 7, 2014 - 6:17pm

If you haven't join the American Legion and seek them out to help with your issues. As a Vietnam combat veteran, the Legion has been a huge help to me getting my benefits. The Legion is there for us, and will continue to serve the US Veterans.

Will Evans

August 7, 2014 - 5:07pm

Don't give up Juan. I had the same problem. I went thru the V A Service Officer (after 2 attempts and 2 lost application)..When I turned it over to the Service Officer, I had an appointment with 2 weeks and that's been about 8 years ago. See Category Group 8 below. DON'T ACCEPT THE RUN AROUND. You're entitled to it. Category Group 8 Veterans who agree to pay specified co-payments with income and/or net worth above the VA Means Test threshold and the HUD geographic index •Subpriority a: Noncompensable 0% service-connected veterans enrolled as of Jan 16, 2003 and who have remained enrolled since that date •Subpriority c: Nonservice-connected veterans enrolled as of Jan 16, 2003 and who have remained enrolled since that date •Subpriority e: Noncompensable 0% service-connected veterans applying for enrollment after Jan 16, 2003 •Subpriority g: Nonservice-connected veterans applying for enrollment after Jan 16, 2003

John T LaRochelle

August 7, 2014 - 5:49pm

Your comment is 'spot on'. Successful people build each other up. They motivate, inspire, and encourage each other. Unsuccessful people just hate, blame and complain.

shooternc

August 8, 2014 - 10:38pm

COOL

Anonymous

August 7, 2014 - 4:34pm

They keep missing the mark. Money is not the answer... If it were money, why was the VA secretary forced to resign. The answer in my opinion begins with the current management of VA starting with the PRESIDENT. More money will corrupt the system even more than it is now. I am a disabled veteran and retired employee of the VA. I know what I am talking about but no one listens... Remove acute care from VA. Give veterans a VA healthcare card so we can receive quality healthcare. Federal Gov't healthcare does not work. OBAMACARE does not work. Let us seek medical treatment in the private sector and have VA pay the expense. They do this now in certain situations so what is the isssue???

Scott K

August 7, 2014 - 4:29pm

Well it has not gotten any better. I asked to see my Doctor and they would not even give me an appointment. They said they would try and get an x-ray of my foot authorized so I could go to the local hospital and not to the VA clinic 110 miles away. A month late I still have no appointment and my heel still has the great pain I called about.

Dan Buffalo NY

August 7, 2014 - 4:27pm

I am a two tour Vietnam Veteran and I do not want to pay a copay.

Top Jones

August 8, 2014 - 4:40pm

CO-pay I pay 112.00 dollars every month for my meds, and just paid off Harris hospital 15,000 dollars in co-pays , then the VA charged my insurance 140,000 for my leg amputation , hell all I do is co-pays , for every VA doctor visit I get a 200.00 bill , I don't think its right for a 20 year veteran to treated this way . but I don't have an answer , can any one out there help me.

Will Evans

August 7, 2014 - 5:15pm

Dan, you have to meet a means test in order to qualify for no copay - it's based on your income, net worth, etc. I have to pay copays for my meds and Dr. visits. My copay is $15 for PCP and $50 for a specialist, plus $9 copay for 30 day supply on meds. I can see my personal PCP for $5 copay, and a specialist for $10...Something just ain't right. But remember we got to pay those bonuses and incentive pay to those that falsify the records. WHY IS OUR TAX MONEY BEING WASTED ON THIS CRAP?, then the Veterans have to pay out of pocket!

JPO

August 7, 2014 - 4:19pm

I don't understand why the VA needs to be in the business of providing healthcare. Why not have the VA act as a health insurer and provide oversight, then the individual veteran can see the doctor of his choice, and visit hospital and clinic facilities that are local to them instead of having to drive 3 hours to St Petersburg just to get an MRI. The VA does not provide good healthcare and never will with politicians in the mix.

Maynard Grimm

August 7, 2014 - 4:30pm

I have had excellent health care ate the Portland OR and Vancouver WA VA medical centers. The staff and care are both A +++++. Maynard D Grimm USN 1-1968 to 12-1971

AF vet

August 7, 2014 - 4:23pm

There is a brand new beautiful clinic in Cape Coral. Don't they do MRI's there.

SSGT RET. (specail forces) SKI

August 7, 2014 - 4:14pm

ok can any one tell me which president while in office, has done the MOST for Veterans.

BL

August 8, 2014 - 12:47pm

To answer the question of the president that has done the most for the military/veteran: President Regan.

BF

August 7, 2014 - 7:59pm

I served under Nixon, Ford, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, and Bush. I retired before Obama, but as a retiree, I have had to deal with Obama's policies, at least for the retirees' benefits and pensions. I have to say that George W. Bush has done the most for the veterans. I saw Clinton eliminate free healthcare for most veterans, when he signed the bill for Tricare. (No longer free healthcare for lifetime veterans or their dependents.) It has only gotten worse since Obama's elections. I now have to pay over $100/month to Medicare B, if I want my FREE Tricare For Life. (TFL). This is my opinion based on my over 20 years military & veteran's experience.

AF Vet

August 7, 2014 - 4:08pm

I have no AFDisability. I get all medical benefits paid via Medicare. I do get Social Security which I earned. With all of the new VA benefits, am I entitled to ANY additional benefits,?

Will Evas

August 7, 2014 - 5:22pm

AF VET....No, you didn't EARN Social Security....that's YOUR & Your employers money that was set aside from YOUR paycheck. It's not an "entitlement" as they now call it...It's OUR money that the Gov't withdrew and pissed it away! Google V A Benefits and Pension....You may be entitled to additional benefits, based on the menas test.

Larry M ( combat medic)

August 7, 2014 - 4:07pm

I believe, this new infusion of money, for the VA health system, will be like" pissing in the wind" a huge outlay of borrowed money( as all govn't. money is) with little actual benefit to veterans. By the time they buy/ rent more space, hire more Doctors/ nurses, who want to work for this badly broken system, and get everything up and running, the money will be gone,the rich will have gotten richer, time will have passed and more of us will have died. The exact result as now. Dellinger said it well when he said weeks ago;throwing money now is not the answer. There is more to this VA mess then just wait times, the full extent is not yet known. Now this will be 'swept under the rug' while politicians claim victory. What about these excessively long wait times for benefits? I read about scams Vets. claim for PTSD. I have posted this elsewhere, here is one solution; only combat PTSD is compensated. No CIB/CMB, or equivalent, no money, PERIOD. That is as it should be. Of course I could be wrong.

shooternc

August 8, 2014 - 10:51pm

I am a Marine MP Convoy Escort Vietnam 68/69, I am 90% PTSD CAR. I understand where you are coming from Larry, and part of what you are saying would clear up a lot of the PTSD claims, no combat no PTSD claim ,Maybe if you had PTSD from something other then a Combat situation you would understand the complex world of PTSD, its a nightmare and I'm sure a lot of women who suffer from rape would qualify, but I guess one whould have to be raped to understand that .

Very Concerned

August 7, 2014 - 5:05pm

You are wrong Larry, anytime your life is threatened in any traumatic way it does create nightmares, fear, and all kind of mental problems. Just think about the women who have been traumatically raped. How can you say what you said. WOW!!!

Larry M ( combat medic)

August 7, 2014 - 7:37pm

Very concerned: I think you misunderstand me, or, you have not read what I wrote. I understand trauma and PTSD, happens everyday, all over this country. Terrible, terrible, atrocious events; the government does not/ should not pay PTSD there. PTSD acquired while in combat is WAY DIFFERENT, that is what the VA should be compensating for. If you haven't been there,it is impossible to understand. Of course I could be wrong.

shooternc

August 8, 2014 - 10:56pm

You would think the VA would classify Combat PTSD, different then non Combat PTSD, but that would be to easy

J.T. (Combat medic)

August 8, 2014 - 2:49pm

Not that it will matter to many of the posters here but I do agree that combat induced PTSD is different. You never get rid of it and the health effects on your body become severe over time. Chronic pain is probably the worst and the VA is now trying to stop giving pain meds PERIOD. Last week a vet who had fought for pain relief for two years ended his fight at the Wythville CBOC. He shot the glass door out then his brains. There was an article in the local paper but no other coverage that I saw. A cover up? I've been trying for 3years to get adequate meds and they're trying to shut me out now. I know what it's like to have no real life due to pain 24/7, thanks VA.

SSGT RET,\. (specail forces) SKI

August 7, 2014 - 4:23pm

sorry larry u thing PTSD is only for combat veterans are u on crack? your wrong big time and ignorante to the fact what PTSD really is.. SHUT YOUR PIE HOLE Larry get your facts straight before u open your PIE HOLE

Larry M ( combat medic)

August 7, 2014 - 7:42pm

SSGT , retired special forces: Thanks for your nothing comment.Not only can you not write, you don't read to well either. Anyone else reading the SGT's ranting making sense of it?

aF Vet

August 7, 2014 - 4:20pm

I agree with you. I just read someone now claiming PTSD because it is taking so long to change out his medical chair. Not combat related. Is that crazy?

Sky cop

August 7, 2014 - 4:05pm

WOW! 13 Billion for the va. 33 Billion for Africa. whats wrong with this picture?

Will Evans

August 7, 2014 - 5:23pm

Our government had rather give OUR money to foreign countries than to help their own.

John Storms

August 7, 2014 - 3:47pm

I have been waiting for the Biloxi V. A. to remove the 500lb capacity power-chair from my home and give me one smaller as my home is a small manufactured home. But anything I say falls on deaf ears. I am 300lbs. with a right leg amputation and I need a chair that will fit inside my small bathroom, toilet/tub as I live alone and have no one else to help me. I am a member of BSL, MS. Post 139. I have been told the huge biatric chair they gave me I will have to keep. It is way too big to load in and out of my handicap van, I cannot see past my knees in it, and I can't see over my shoulder. Please someone help me! This is a quality of life issue that has caused my PTSD, depression and anxiety problems become much worse. I feel I can't leave my home. It does not even fit inside and around inside my home post. Way too large. I have a 9 y/o Invacare M-91 that works somewhet but is the only way I can get around in the house but is no longer trustworthy to leave the house in. The Biloxi V. A. refuses to help me with this issue. They have just written me off. I can't get out of my home and have been feeling useless and very lonely because they do nothing and seem to not care about my most necessary needs in simply getting out of the house and try living out the rest of my life in dignity.

CG

August 7, 2014 - 3:14pm

I don't care what he signs or says, there is something in the bill that will hurt us.......you vets need to use your Tricare if can, you get far better care,,,,,,,,I waited over a year for a procedure to be done at the FRESNO VA and was just told last week that they were going to send me out, oh well I went Medicare and Tricare and got it done in four days, YES WE DO HAVE A PROBLEM BUT WHAT WILL WE GET NOW WITH HIM IN THE MIDDLE OF IT JUST ANOTHER PHOTO OP........

R Boltwood

August 7, 2014 - 3:08pm

I submitted my VA compensation package to the VA on several occasions over the past 8 years. They finally got me started, but each time I sent the request to update my file and to provide me the correct benefits package they would deny it. I have been asking for reasons and they just don't follow up. They don't give or provide any correct reasons . I asked for a re-evaluation in 2012 and they reviewed my case and added a percentage increase for my medical damages, but took away a percentage that they had already awarded me to keep my total package below the 50%. This has been going on for a lot of us as veterans and now we might have a fighting chance. Thanks to the the legion and their support for those that gave to this country.

jim Sher

August 7, 2014 - 3:03pm

It took me over 7 years to get approved for disability benefits, and that was the result of a hearing in front of a judicial advocate (judge via video conference). The VA just kept ignoring the information I had provided them, and just "rubber stamped' the denial. I had six different doctors affirmed that my injury was military connected, and they refused to act on it. I hope they clean house. Most of the people running the VA need to be shown the door.

EDWARD SEROW

August 7, 2014 - 3:35pm

You got that right Jim.

RF

August 7, 2014 - 4:28pm

I second that.

JOHN--GEORGIA

August 7, 2014 - 3:03pm

Thanks American Legion leadership and all Legion Post for all the hard work and time you have spent getting something done. Even if this is short term it will help many Veterans. I'm thankful I am a member of the American Legion, a United States Army Veteran and a American. My VA medical care is been okay. However many other veterans I know have had a hard time. Hopefully this will help them and many others. Go Army!!

Harley McPeek

August 7, 2014 - 2:59pm

Recently, I heard that this bill makes obtaining care outside of VA difficult and limits outside care to 60 days. Is this true.

David Sisson

August 7, 2014 - 2:50pm

I hear your cries, I am a veteran also, I have seen it all in the hospital and the benefit office. I all most died in the hospital, if my wife had not been there I would not be here. The benefits dept. Just denied my claims and they have been in appeals sent 2008. So their day of reckoning will come.

James A Jenkins

August 7, 2014 - 2:39pm

I have been advocating for treatment in the private sector for many years. Now it's law. Hoora

charlie alvarado

August 7, 2014 - 2:32pm

I'm giving up going to the VA clinic, I've been hospitalize else where,and I got way better medical aid, and feel a lot better. not 100% but at least 80% at 62.

anonymous

August 7, 2014 - 2:30pm

Waiting 2 years for a rotator cuff tear surgery..

J Stewart

August 7, 2014 - 2:52pm

Me too. I gave up, now just living with it. It took over 1yr just to convince them that I needed a MRI in order to prove it was torn. Now I am waiting for medicare to get it fixed (64yr now).

wife of a disfunctional vet

August 7, 2014 - 2:29pm

Again, what does paying the executives more bonuses do to get the line people help that is sorely needed? Just another farce perpatrated by the anti-American dictator that is heading this country. I want to see some good for the common Vet.

Will Evans

August 7, 2014 - 5:28pm

Just another way to pay more bonuses and incentive pay to people who don't give a damn about veterans!

Linda-dysfuntional vet

August 7, 2014 - 3:41pm

How dare you say that about our president, he is the best thing that has come along in many years of "dysfunctional" republican "leadership" if you can call it that. Look at the chaos and incapacitation wrought by the republican "congress", if you can call it that. President Obama will go down in history as one of the greatest presidents who ever served this country that he has been sworn into the service of. He is loyal to the PEOPLE of this country. Shame on you, I AM a vet from Vietnam era, and you know absolutely nothing about anything. HIS work has made it possible for MANY to thrive and survive.

Sgt AZ

August 7, 2014 - 7:11pm

Thanks,Linda, well said.

Keith S

August 7, 2014 - 5:41pm

Wow, you are one hateful, spiteful, and ignorant woman; but that doesn't surprise me among the Dem. crowd. Please tell me that all the BS you just wrote is sarcasm. Please give me one thing this creature has done for America and our military.

Will E.

August 7, 2014 - 5:33pm

Your idiotic comment is so stupid, it doesn't warrant a reply from a logical person. The WORST PRESIDENT IN HISTORY. He is destroying our country...It's people like you that put him in office to begin with. I AM also a Vietnam era Vet.

Chuck winn

August 7, 2014 - 3:52pm

Are you kidding me are you crazy, this man has surpassed Carter as the worst president. Have you noticed his disapproval rating? Has he cut the deficit in half? Are you happy with the 6 Muslims in hs circle? Are you happy he is digging on one of the best friends we have? Are you happy with his arrogance? Even blacks are getting away from him. You are very crazy if you think he is so good. Please adopt an illegal so I do not have to pay for them, and please do not vote

Keith S

August 7, 2014 - 5:42pm

Amen, Chuck. This "Linda" woman is delusional.

Will E.

August 7, 2014 - 5:35pm

Amen Chuck.

linda

August 7, 2014 - 4:07pm

Your comments sound like the ravings of a lunatic, Chuck, to tell you the truth. So, since I'm crazy, I guess now I get to say, "It takes one to know one"!!!! Wow, I haven't had this much fun since I was in first grade, on the playground!

JOHN--GEORGIA

August 7, 2014 - 2:55pm

Sorry you feel the way you do about our country. What has the President got to do with your unhappiness? "Anti-American Dictator????" Come on. While I have not always been in agreement with the President, this one the last one or all the others, I'm tired of people writing crap like you have written. Especially when you don't have the facts and it appears you can't think for yourself.

J.T.

August 8, 2014 - 2:56pm

Yep!

DT

August 7, 2014 - 2:41pm

If you really live in a dictatorship you would not be able to voice your unhappy feelings without large muscular individuals kicking your door in dragging you out of your house beating the crap out of you. Look in the mirror and figure out why you are so unhappy, do you really think it is all Obama's fault that you are so unhappy. Take the blinders off and see what is really the truth and stop believing the "bullshit" that you are a custom to listening to. Think for yourself for once in your life!!!

ROGER OTT

August 7, 2014 - 2:28pm

WELL IT'S ABOUT TIME. WHAT DO WE DO FOR THE FAMILIES WHO'S LOVED ONE DIED WAITING FOR REFORM. I AM A VETERAN WHO HAS HAD EXCELLENT CARE FROM THE VA HOSPITAL THAT THE WHISTLE BLOWERS REPORTED OF THESE EGREGIOUS COVER UP'S, IT'S INCREDIBLE THAT THIS COULD EVER HAPPEN TO OUR VETERANS. I WONDER HOW MANY PEOPLE INVOLVED IN THESE COVER UP'S HAD VETERANS IN THERE FAMILIES? THANK YOU AMERICAN LEGION!

Donald VanWinkle

August 7, 2014 - 2:26pm

Yes I was just wandering if waiting 14 months to get Disability Benefits will this money speed things up a Concerned Veteran.

Hammie0331

August 7, 2014 - 3:57pm

no it will not speed up compensation claims, I had to go through 6 times asking them to take my claims, and they never added my claims till I lawyered up, I have bilateral planterfacitis (cant spell it sorry) torn meniscus (bilateral) and other problems. I tried to add this stuff in and they finally did it 8 months ago, ive been trying for 2 years, I wish you the best of luck with the comp claim, but if it fails lawyers might help ill try to keep you posted but I know theyre taking 20% of my first check

Anonymous

August 7, 2014 - 2:19pm

what bigger payouts to higher ups don't trust poison snakes they will get you when your guard isd down

Tommie walker

August 7, 2014 - 2:19pm

Does this help speed up our receiving "benefits"???

Les Schreiber

August 7, 2014 - 2:17pm

My only comment, is that after spending 22 1/2 years in the Navy, I cannot go to a VA, because I make too much money. What with that. I'm a Veteran

Will E.

August 7, 2014 - 5:40pm

Google V A Priority Groups - I believe you have been misinformed unless the rules have changed. I pay $15 for my PCP and $50 to see a specialist. My main reason is meds - $9 for 30 day or less supply. But at the same time I can see my personal PCP thru Medicare Advantage - $5 PCP, $10 specialist.

Michael795

August 7, 2014 - 2:37pm

I don't know but you might of been misinformed, to my understanding if one has a high income they pay a higher co-pay. I know I pay 50 bucks for a specialist and 15 for my assigned provider.. The great benefit is the cost of medication reason the why I go. I also had a Angio Gram at the VA which was excellent it corrected my condition.

Bob Gucwa

August 7, 2014 - 2:21pm

I dont know what military you where in, but the VA is open to all vets, plus you have tricare !!!!

Debra Tolliver

August 7, 2014 - 2:33pm

Bob if your issue is not service related the VA will not take care of you even if you are a Veteran. I agree with you it has nothing to do without how much money you have; however if I had the money to pay for my own medical issues why would I use resources just because I can.

Linda K.

August 7, 2014 - 3:48pm

Not true...the VA cares for all vets, period. They don't give disability unless it's service-connected. And, oh, I bet if you got it for lower cost through the VA you certainly would, no matter how much money you had, all else being equal.

Karl O

August 7, 2014 - 5:48pm

When I talk to other vets: I usually say if they are taking more than 3 medications, consider the VA especially if they would be copay exempt based on income. I have only gotten medical care from the VA - nothing else. And I don't want a non-service connected pension from VA even if I have no medical review - which will be the case in another year or so. There is no point in chasing after $50 per month (that's what I will get over my social security payment) only to pay $150 month in co-pays and premiums with medicare. Out of pocket medical costs for me are a big fat zero - and I keeping it that way! The only way I might apply for that pension is if I need some kind of nursing or attendant care - then I will apply for pension - and I will get automatic approval, no medical review. Don't do crazy math - that's why I get medical care at VA. If collect a dime from VA - county closes my file and will be paying medicare premium plus part D as well.

Will E.

August 7, 2014 - 5:43pm

Your darn tootin!!....We served our country - we're entitled to the benefits. Much more than the bureaucrats in Washington who receive lifetime pensions!

J Stewart

August 7, 2014 - 3:01pm

VA IL will take care of any health issue, whether its related to service or not. The problem is that they are toooo slow. Also, every year I must be re-evaluated to see if I qualify based on income and how much co-pay I will pay out of pocket for medication. I don't think that is right, they didn't ask about such things when I enlisted in 1968!!!!!

Karl O

August 7, 2014 - 4:54pm

Not anymore with recertifying for indigent care at VA. It is done automatic now in the background. Policy went into effect April 1st this year at Denver VA. VA now uses EIV system to verify income/IRS info/Social Security info. Past couple years, some office in Kansas was processing them. So if you have no earned income, on social security, and file no taxes like I have - they don't have recertify copay exempt care.

Chuck Saint

August 7, 2014 - 2:52pm

DT, Again you are Wrong! I know of at least 5000 veterans that are being treated at the Indpls. VAMC for ailments more than duty related.I AM ONE OF THEM! STOP, going on your emotions & opinions & see the worls as it really is!

John LaRochelle

August 7, 2014 - 2:08pm

Yes, the head of a veterans organization that despises President Obama, attending a bill signing event. As soon as it's over he'll find fault with it.

D. Peck

August 7, 2014 - 2:41pm

I have no idea where you have been but the true facts are that the tea party members in the house are the one's who have voted down the last 7 veteran benefits bill and they cut this one from 21 billion to 16 billion. No president can do anything about anything until the house and the senate pass a bill so your asinine anger over this president is just that asinine!

John T LaRochelle

August 7, 2014 - 3:53pm

I'm not angry over the President. My anger is elsewhere.

Will E.

August 7, 2014 - 5:47pm

I'm angry with everyone in Washington - Democrat and Republican. They need to get their act together and get our country on the right track - quit the bickering and spite work!

John T LaRochelle

August 7, 2014 - 5:52pm

Successful people build each other up. They motivate, inspire, and encourage each other. Unsuccessful people just hate, blame and complain.

DT

August 7, 2014 - 2:45pm

Yeah, finally a individual that thinks for themselves!!!!!I could not have said it better myself.

Debra Tolliver

August 7, 2014 - 2:26pm

Everything is Obama's fault, he can never do anything right! He has been one of the most caring, understanding presidents we have ever had; however it is sad that the racist house of representatives cannot see he would like to help everybody. My legs hurt (Obama's fault), my head hurts (Obama's fault), you get my drift right John. We must vote the Republicans out they are not for the people they are for big business only! Let us all vote them out!!!!!

Will E.

August 7, 2014 - 5:50pm

Our country is on it's way to being a third world country!....Whose fault is that?...Oh....I know it's Bush.

Karl O

August 7, 2014 - 5:25pm

You got it right - Debra! Some of those right wing-nuts don't even realize this is Obama's second term. Must be listening to too many Rush Limbough's and his ilk. And what do the tea bagger in house do: pass a law suit on the president that is frivolous. Actually the worst approval ratings are more for Congress!! The House is indeed racist - closet racists who could not accept even OBAMA won first term! And every president before WWII has been able to use "executive decisions" republican and democrat alike. Not to mention some of wing-nuts missed the Civics 101 class. The part dealing with the powers of Executive, Legislative & Judicial branches of government. If Congress was awake when Bush was in office - they would not have abdicated on Bush's decision to go to Iraq a second time for all the wrong reasons!

Chuck Winn

August 7, 2014 - 3:56pm

Evidently you have not read his approval rating, you must be one of the Libs taking without giving, do something for your President adopt an illegal

John Read

August 7, 2014 - 2:51pm

Obama had a Democratic Congress and Senate during his first term, what did he do then? Don't blame the Republicans. Am I racist(I am mixed bred)because I do not like the man just because he is a poor leader? I do not care what party, what religion, what color they are, I vote for the best leaders running, and Mr. Obama never fit that bill.

Linda K.

August 7, 2014 - 3:54pm

Oh, he fit the "bill" all right, and had to PAY the bill left behind by the inept Mr. Bush. If he hadn't kicked butt and taken names, we'd all be in the midst of a depression again right now....not just a recession that is actually starting to come around....

Keith S

August 7, 2014 - 5:58pm

Linda, I seriously doubt you served a day in the military or in 'Nam. Your claim to fame in 'Nam is probably licking Jane Fonda's butt while she spit on the troops. Let's just hope that the fate of our country isn't left to trash like Hillary.

John Brophy

August 7, 2014 - 2:37pm

Exactly!! The ONLY WAY Obama can really HELP the common people is to get the Republicans out of the control in the House of Reps Then we will see how Great a Man Obama Really is!!

Keith S

August 7, 2014 - 5:52pm

Just permanently eliminate the domestic terrorist organization otherwise known as the Democrat Party and it's leaders. Problems (mostly) solved.

DT

August 7, 2014 - 2:52pm

I completely agree!!!

DT

August 7, 2014 - 2:46pm

I completely agree!!!

John T LaRochelle

August 7, 2014 - 2:32pm

I agree wholeheartedly. This organization is not with you.

Anonymous

August 7, 2014 - 2:23pm

We seen with this president more so than with those in the past, he has a tendency to speak with with a silver spoon in his mouth. Then when you least expect it reacts in a manner totally different from his speeches. To bad people have been taken in with the last two presidents and their administrations. He is a photo-op president; nothing less. However, if you get on his bad side he reacts more like Richard Nixon. Can anyone trust such a person???? Yes, "Only the obtuse".

DT

August 7, 2014 - 2:30pm

You are unhappy and cannot see what is truth and what is not. You are so use to "bullshit" you cannot see when a honest person is in front of you. Take a look in the mirror and work on your own issues first and then maybe you can see life a little differently.

John T LaRochelle

August 7, 2014 - 5:53pm

Successful people build each other up. They motivate, inspire, and encourage each other. Unsuccessful people just hate, blame and complain.

buddie salsbury

August 7, 2014 - 2:08pm

above is comment

budsals

August 7, 2014 - 2:04pm

where can I receive a copy of the sighed bill ,that is in common English, SO I can understand it ......... I'm 84 , so I'm sure you have had ,guys like me .....I really appreciate what you have done for the veterans .......Bud

Lawrence Kelley III

August 7, 2014 - 2:27pm

You can get a copy of the bill in Word 2010 in 12 point type at Disabled Veterans dot org. There are links under the articles about the bill, or call your Congressman's office and ask for an "ADA compliant" copy of the bill. The ADA copies are all in large 14 point type. Probably calling your congressmen or senators office will be the fastest way. Tell then your age and that you prefer the larger print version so you can read it.

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