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  • Hatch Votes to Reform the VA to Improve Veterans Care
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    Published - 08/01/14 - 12:18 PM | 2 2 comments | 54 54 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Veterans Affairs
    Veterans Affairs
    (WASHINGTON, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) voted last night to significantly reform the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The bill, the Veterans' Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act, provides funding to hire more health care providers, build new health clinics, support veterans and their families with more educational and psychological benefits, and give the Secretary of the VA the authority needed to fire senior executives at the agency as the Secretary sees fit. The legislation was passed by the Senate mere days after the Senate confirmed a new Secretary of the VA, Robert McDonald, who Hatch voted to confirm.

    “Our veterans and their families are heroes who deserve our very best, but sadly, the system in place and some of the senior leadership at the agency in Washington was preventing that,” Hatch said. “I recently visited the VA hospital in Salt Lake City and it’s staffed by some of the most caring staff anywhere, but they can only do so much without strong leadership from Washington. These new meaningful reforms and a new Secretary of the VA are important first steps to provide that foundation so our veterans and their families can receive the care they deserve.”

    The reforms passed last night come after widespread misconduct and malfeasance at some VA facilities around the country that led to the deaths of veterans waiting for medical care and the resignation in May of Eric Shinseki, former Secretary of the VA.

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    August 02, 2014
    Present: More Time Passes While Veterans Wait - Past: Decades & Wars From = DeJa-Vu

    VA Bill Next Stop: President Obama's Desk ... FINALLY!!

    The five Republicans in the House of obstruction, especially in paying for the wars and the long term results of, DeJa-Vu, who voted no on the still obstructed and grossly under funded needs, decades and wars from now, watered down once again, bill: Rick Crawford (Ark.), Walter Jones (N.C.), Jack Kingston (Ga.), Mark Sanford (S.C.) and Steve Stockman (Texas). Joining these Senators: Sens. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) , who had voted 'Nay' weeks back while the House delayed after!! None having any problems, Poser Patriots, in rubber stamping All the war costs, no mention of offsets, including the no bid private contracts, off the books till administrations changed and all borrowed, yet to be paid back!!

    Was it Politics, to feed the Conservative 'scandal' needs especially in the Rep Miller House Veterans Affairs Committee attack hearings, or Greed Brought into VA Facilities{?} Where politics nor greed should ever cross those thresholds!!

    Under Gen Shinseki, with a target on him after speaking military truth and the bush admin firing him with cheers from the supporters of, and with help from the entire Executive Branch and it's Cabinet, long ignored, Poser Patriots easy out to not Sacrifice, and some denied issues were being addressed. PTS, Agent Orange, Other War Theater Contamination's, Gulf War Syndrome, Homelessness, Jobs, Upgrading and adding new National Cemeteries as well as upgrading and adding new clinics and Veterans facilities {Thanks in a big part to the job creating during economic collapse Recovery Funds!}, adding much needed mental health care professionals for the long ignored PTS and more, to name but only a very few from decades and wars of in past to the present as these two wars, quickly abandoning the missions and those sent to accomplish after 9/11, were brought to an end. Also being addressed was the very slowing advance of, in the new 21st century, record keeping and more technology as the funds to stay advanced were obstructed in previous, as well as present, budgets.

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

    The responsibility of those served not maintained, obvious in this past decade plus especially, two tax cuts with two more wars, especially for the wealthy served, in taking care of those who served them.

    These present wars, Afghanistan and Iraq, after abandoning the missions and those sent to accomplish so quickly after 9/11 to invade another, have yet to be paid for!!

    Now it's time to for Tea Party Republicans, All along with the rest in full support of everything under the bush, to pay a price for standing in the way of legislation, decades long time obstruction and seeking VA budget cuts, that will save veterans' lives.

    Here's hoping that All that the Gen Shinseki VA administration started addressing, with full help from the Executive Administration, not only as to the present Veterans, already ignored issues, returning but the past decades and wars from ignored or denied Veterans issue's continues, and more, and those served fulfill their Responsibility, Finally, going forward. And the Conservative dream of privatizing for corporate profit, Congress then can build the needed bottom lines with bigger budgets and added fee's then, is never brought to completion!!

    USN All Shore '67-'71 GMG3 Vietnam In Country '70-'71 - Independent**
    August 02, 2014
    There's no 'deal' on this issue, it's just more obstruction and shirking of responsibility, DeJa-Vu for decades now and wars from, by the people served, Poser Patriots, through their hired representatives and leading to the want to privatize for corporate profit built on then bigger budgets from lawmakers!!

    Rep Miller and Sen Burr, i.e Conservatives: There should never be NO Negotiations, NOR Offsets, Like Your Rubber Stamped For Corporate Profit Wars, Through Their Representatives on Veterans Issues, the Responsibility of the 99% Served!!

    “Why in 2009 were we still using paper?” VA Assistant Secretary Tommy Sowers “When we came in, there was no plan to change that; we’ve been operating on a six month wait for over a decade.” 27 March 2013

    Prior too this present Executive and Veterans administrations, with two wars dumped into their laps and virtually nothing done for the veterans of and once again veterans of previous decades and wars from:

    October 23, 2008 - And now VA investigators are trying to figure out if this one-time survey points to the likelihood that documents have been improperly destroyed for months or even years.

    "Whatever this problem is, it didn't just start in the last two weeks," said Dave Autry, a spokesman for Disabled American Veterans. "It'd be unreasonable to assume that. Who knows what's been destroyed."

    The documents, which didn't have duplicates at the VA, would have been critical in deciding veteran pension and disability claims. As a result, many veterans are asking whether their delayed or denied claims were affected by lost paperwork. read more>>>

    Oct 16, 2008 - VA claims found in piles to be shredded

    October 24, 2008 - House panel will target VA shredding

    February 11, 2009 - Veterans' Claims Found in Shredder Bins

    ProPublica and The Seattle Times Nov. 9, 2012 - Lost to History: Missing War Records Complicate Benefit Claims by Iraq, Afghanistan Veterans

    "DeLara's case is part of a much larger problem that has plagued the U.S. military since the 1990 Gulf War: a failure to create and maintain the types of field records that have documented American conflicts since the Revolutionary War."

    Army Says War Records Gap Is Real, Launches Recovery Effort

    And the just above is just recent history, not all that has been for decades and wars from!!

    "If military action is worth our troops’ blood, it should be worth our treasure, too" "not just in the abstract, but in the form of a specific ante by every American." -Andrew Rosenthal 10 Feb. 2013

    These present wars, Afghanistan and Iraq, after abandoning the missions and those sent to accomplish so quickly after 9/11 to invade another, have yet to be paid for!!

    USN All Shore '67-'71 GMG3 Vietnam In Country '70-'71 - Independent**
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