Obama’s America? Veteran Care About To Get Even Worse

Recently, the National Commander of the American Legion called for Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki and other Under Secretaries in his agency to resign. It was the first time since 1941 that the veterans’ organization called for such a presidential appointee to step down. The American Legion Commander cited poor oversight and failed leadership in the VA when explaining his position. He listed a number of recent high-profile scandals that have “infected” the VA system as reasons for his public request.

According to the VA, the agency is currently involved with administering services for:
* 8.9M veterans enrolled in the health care system.
* 4.3M vets and survivors receiving compensation and pensions.
* 2M veterans with active home loans, with 950 applications approved daily.
* 1.6M veterans and dependents receiving education and training benefits under the new Post-9/11 GI Bill.
* 120,000 who receive final honors or burial in one of the VA’s 131 cemeteries.

The list of VA problems is long and not new to veteran advocates who continue to urge the government to do better. Advocate and VA Watchdog Jim Strickland enumerates some of the allegations, which include a VA clinic in Ft. Collins, CO allegedly falsifying records to make it appear that doctors were seeing all VA patients within two weeks. In addition, the Phoenix, AZ VA hospital is accused of using a secret waiting list, which may have resulted in the death of 40 veterans.

There have been recent articles documenting a long-standing backlog of VA claims that have been reduced by 44% to “just” 344,000 on March 31. Vets are now facing an average wait of “only” 119 days to receive a decision on a claim, provided that all the t’s are crossed and the i’s dotted.

So, is the VA ready for prime time?

According to the budget proposed in February by the Obama administration, the Army is expected to shrink to pre-WWII levels. There are also calls to retire hundreds of aircraft and warships. National Guard units are also expected to be downsized.

Like the post-draft, Vietnam-Era drawdown, advocates worry that soldiers will be discharged just short of vesting for military pensions. In New York State alone, 44,000 newly discharged veterans are expected to return within the next three years. These brave men and women will be in need of benefits and will be filing claims in an already overwhelmed VA administrative system. They will be seeking health care in an already overwhelmed VA medical system. They will also be seeking housing, education, and most importantly, jobs in a most challenging economic climate.

Former Lt. Governor Betsy McCaughey said it best in a recent NY Post editorial: “Veterans’ demand for medical care exceeds the VA’s capacity. Again and again, VA bureaucrats have responded to that problem by lying, gaming the electronic-monitoring system and making false promises to the public.”

The looming question of whether the VA is up to the task and whether the President and the Congress are ready to meet the challenge is one that I shudder to consider.

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Comments

  1. Lots of liberals forget that veterans always vote

  2. scholar says:

    You don't *F* with the vets and that's what JiggaBama is doing. They will rise up against the feds and citizens all across America will join them in a bloody civil war….

  3. Linda From NY says:

    This Jiggaboo is really screwing our Vets and he has no respect for our Brave men and women. He is also setting us up for if we get attack, we will be defenseless. while every other Country is increasing their Military he is shrinking ours to the size of WW2.

    I believe this is a set up by this traitor or he is really that dumb, one of the other, either way we get screwed.

    • Edwardkoziol says:

      Linda what really hurts is he put a well decorated General in charge of screwing other vets.Looks like this jap will have to fall on the sword and committ Hari Kari.As farbas the jigaboo he along with his wife the Grape Ape never lioked the military.

      • Linda From NY says:

        Hi Edward,
        Secretary Eric Shinseki and other Under Secretaries were asked to resign for failed leadership. What is going on? With the 9 Trillions that Obama wasted on crap, there should be no excuse for our Veterans to be neglected to the point where 40 of them die.

        This is so wrong, this is criminal and some of these people in charge needs to be investigated in case if there were any misused of funds

  4. MuslimLuvChrist says:

    obama wanted all Americans in Afghanistan and Iraq to die

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