Hey America, Let's Give Our Veterans Something More!
The Good Old Days (Okinawa, Japan)
Thank you for continuing to support the Soldiers and Veterans. Just watch and learn how each politician has voted with respect to the GI Bill, Veteran's Health and War Funding for Iraq. Please just take the time to review the votes.
Our Veterans took an oath to protect all 300 million of us while we go about our freedoms.
We owe them their health and security for covering our collective asses
Our Veterans are being squeezed out of their benefits! It's the red tape and exclusionary tactics employed at the highest level of our government by politicians and bureaucrats (MOST WHO NEVER SERVED AS SOLDIERS) that threaten the Soldier's and Veteran's ACCESS TO CARE. Other critical issues remain such as the fragile infrastructure of the VA Hospital System and the mere existence/recent increase in Veteran's co-payments to participate in a health system that was guaranteed to each of them when they raised their right hands. Bushco damaged our military readiness and Obama had better step up early to provide access to care and treatment for TBI, PTSD and the alarming suicide rate we are witnessing on page six in our respective towns and cities.
"Heckuva Job, Shinseki"
Nearly 10 years since I wrote and released "Veteran", our elected and appointed officials have done little to improve the quality of or timely access to care. Both sides of the aisle have failed to uphold the promise.
The sound clip below is an unscripted rant and rough recording of Veteran nearly a decade on. I was thinking of smashing yet another television this morning while watching Obama give the "Heckuva Job, Shinseki" speech. I call BULLSHIT. Most of you worthless fucking politicians never served and have no business managing the health and welfare of our Nation's richest human resource, the AMERICAN VETERAN. You should ALL resign, turn in your pensions and spend the rest of your days apologizing to EVERY American you encounter for screwing off on their /our dime.
Please click on the picture of Sean Terry below and view a 9news segment about Sean and his Family. American Soldier, American Hero - VA Denial & DOD Denial.
Think about this. If enough Veterans finally awaken to the truth. Trained Military Men and Women! You are absolutely fucking with the wrong group!
Click the Flag for Lyrics to "Land Of The Free". I wrote this in November 2001 as America was formulating a military response to 9/11. I sincerely believed that our President and our Congressional Leadership would focus attention on Bin Laden and company. Like most of our country, I was a sad, angry, proud American and I desired revenge for the loss of thousands of innocent humans that tragic day. "Land Of The Free" says it well and sadly, America strayed from the primary objective. Each day I read the latest death toll in Iraq and it reminds me of how far off course we are.
Dana Priest is 2007 Person of the Year...stop counting, case closed
Click the pic to visit the Veterans Administration
In Flanders Fields
In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly. Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved, and were loved, and now we lie In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe: To you from failing hands we throw The torch; be yours to hold it high. If ye break faith with us who die We shall not sleep, though poppies grow In Flanders fields.
This was the poem written by World War I Colonel John McCrae, a surgeon with Canada 's First Brigade Artillery. It expressed McCrae's grief over the "row on row" of graves of soldiers who had died on Flanders ' battlefields, located in a region of western Belgium and northern France. The poem presented a striking image of the bright red flowers blooming among the rows of white crosses and became a rallying cry to all who fought in the First World War. The first printed version of it reportedly was in December 1915, in the British magazine Punch.