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12:29 AM on 05/28/2012
Well said, Governor. Our veterans and their families put everything on the line to serve our country. In return, they deserve the best our country has to offer, including excellent, hassle-free medical care; excellent facilities, job counseling and support, and support as they reintegrate into civilian life - to name only a few.

It would be great if the two parties could come together in support of these brave people.
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Tony Blass
said it wasn't a tax but it was
12:22 AM on 05/28/2012
When did honoring the military become partisan? When the left vilified returning Vietnam vets. It can be forgiven but never forgotten.
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09:58 PM on 05/27/2012
The VA claims process here in Maryland is appalling. As a VA doc for 29 years, I observe the claims of Vietnam vets for life compromising Agent Orange conditions ( e.g. leukemias, rampant stage II Diabetes) to be particularly seemingly "slow rolled " by our lazy &/or inept claims processing. The Vietnam veterans are not dumb & openly wonder why the "modern VA" leaves them feeling many are being delayed in order to "die off" formthese ill;neses caused by their servicein SE Asia before they are compensated. At the same time, the VA is unequivocally top heavy with mid- tier management -- "suits" who seem to do very little during any workday other than arrange superfluous meetings for themselves and glad hand each other in the hallways..
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Kory Leach
12:55 AM on 05/28/2012
I want to thank you for your support of my father's generation. While he's no longer with us, partially due to his Agent Orange exposure, those remaining need the help of good men/ women such as yourself.

Politics should have no place in the care of veterans, I know that I have my battles with the VA, cutting our care funds is the wrong answer, even though we all need to sacrifice to get our federal budget under control.
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11:39 PM on 05/28/2012
Thank you Kory...the real life Fonzi of our neighborhood went off to 'Nam in 1970 and came back a hard core heroin addict - a walking corpse, who one day just disappeared.. Lots of work still to do....
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roninroshi
01:18 AM on 05/28/2012
Well written Catfish...we Viet Vets are moving on and in 10-15 more years many of us will no longer be a burden on the VA...we were jeered and looked upon as "baby killers" then and can't get what we need now!f/f
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02:55 PM on 05/27/2012
Politicians love to pound their chest when they have photo ops with the troops. The fact is both parties have failed Veterans these past 10 years. Veterans have to take student loans because most universities cost more than the G.I. bill provides for. The V.A.and it's political appointees are delaying disabilitiy claims to save money (well documented).

Appointments are given Months (more than 3) away because they say they are understafffed. When a Veteran does see a Dr., the appointment is doublebooked.

Bonuses are paid to V.A. officials for saving money, theses savings come directly from denying Veterans Benefits. If anyone states any politician is serving Veterans they are living in susppended reality or a true partisan. I would ask anyone who believes Veterans are well taken care of to visit a V.A. with a Vetertan incognito, not an entourage or reporters.

Then, politicians and partisans will have the truth they avoid.
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ok3apples
It's all interesting
12:14 AM on 05/28/2012
My father was able on the GI bill to go to NYU. I doubt that would be the case now. And yet the age group of my father seem to be the very ones comprising the tea party and the anti tax crusaders and so on. The irony is not lost on me.
01:45 AM on 05/28/2012
The Post-9/11 Bill covers 100% of the tuition, gives you BAH equivilant to E-5 with dependants, $1000 a year for books, and I believe $250 for tutors. However, the VA is so far behind payments. I have several friends struggling to make ends meet, wondering if they're going to be kicked out of their home, because the VA can't pay them in a timely fashion.

If the VA is saying "Don't worry about the bills, focus on school" they should stand by that, and process things faster. Though, it's probably due to budget cuts, which leads to being undermanned.

How many politicians are talking about cutting other government entities? Can you imagine the wait at the DMV if the manning was reduced to half?
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01:23 PM on 05/28/2012
The post 9-11 G.I. bill is capped at $17,500 per year for 36 months. In most cases it costs much more (especially) in the west to attend school. I attended school after retiring from the military in the decade after 9-11, I know these veterans all had to take student loans.

The solution is simple, fully fund the G.I. Bill, regardless of institution. Post WW II this is exactly what they did. The V.A. would then not have to worry about counting pennies to pay the Veterans school.

We must quit making excuses for the Government to treat Veterans as they do.
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gabec666
the four noble truths
10:10 AM on 05/27/2012
such bull sh*t 'we support vets', as an honorably discharge wartime vet I am unemployed and cannot even get hire stacking phuckin shelves at a grocery. Employers don't give two sh*ts what you've sacrificed - if they can hire an 'undocumented' (LOL) instead they will. I have been told straight to my face 'I do not care that you're a vet'......this phuckin country rewards cheaters, liars, greed and corruption. I am begging on the street 4-5 hours a day to have some food and support my ill mother but it seems that viable, honest employment is not what i deserve phuckin pathetic - especially if you work as an H.R. representative.
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BlackJAC
It's better to be a black king than a white knight
06:48 AM on 05/27/2012
Meanwhile civilians are told to go skip a rope even though for nearly the past decade they've been living with the exact same problems the veterans are just now experiencing in day-to-day life.
03:37 AM on 05/28/2012
As a WWTwo vet I don't agree that all of us remaining are not in love with what the Tea Party professes. The great srides that folwwsed that war relating to civil rights, medicare, edtgc. muszt remain and if possible be enhanced.
03:42 AM on 05/28/2012
"Just now experiencing in day-to-day life". Really. Or maybe you're just now becoming aware of what Veterans experience, post military duty. Vietnam Veterans have been dealing with PTSD and denial of claims for a VERY long time. It's not new... it's just that the Afghan/Iraq Veterans have gotten WAY more attention as soldiers and now Veterans, therefore the problem seems new to people like you, apparently.
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BlackJAC
It's better to be a black king than a white knight
11:12 AM on 05/28/2012
Look up something called "38 USC 4212" and say all of that again.
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PurpleTomato
Exile the Secessionists
05:09 PM on 05/26/2012
Give me the money that has been spent in war and I will clothe every man,woman and child in an attire of which Kings and Queens will be proud.I will build a schoolhouse in every valley over the whole earth.I will crown every hillside with a place of worship consecrated to peace.
Charles Sumner
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NWBrunette
Blessed Girl
01:42 AM on 05/28/2012
Hear, hear!
03:44 AM on 05/28/2012
Every hillside doesn't need to be littered with a place of worship, since that's generally the basis behind wars in the first place. A hillisde can be appreciated in its natural wonder as a peaceful open space.
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jlirondog
If you can't say it I will
01:42 PM on 05/26/2012
not a suprise the gop cut cut cut just don't give a inch for anyone and as a vet myself i must say i would be in trouble if not for the va healthcare i need heart meds any company out there now dodges heathcare by only working you for 32 hours a week that puts them in the loophoe so they can put there money in the profit list and to hell with the workers health these gop voters who work for a living are a total bunch of lost souls no they don't want health care ??????no they don't want the unions to look out for workers rights ???? they don't want to tax the rich ????and best of all they want to cut money to take care of our vets ??? they should hang there heads in shame !!!!!! let's take care of our vet's and remember the ones who gave there all for you and i god bless!!!
12:45 AM on 05/28/2012
Amen, brother and fellow veteran. Thanks for speaking up.
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roninroshi
01:07 AM on 05/28/2012
Bro...thanks for your service and sacrifice...f/f
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paulthamec
Proud to have served this great nation ..
01:20 PM on 05/26/2012
In Congress, while the House's proposed defense budget calls for significant increases, it also cuts 11 billion dollars from veterans spending -- including healthcare and disability pay. They will sht on us again...Thanks boys and girls...we do not need you anymore....They send us to war, they lie why they are sending us off and they lie when it comes to are benefits....Just remember this if it was not for the service member ...this country would not exist...
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roninroshi
01:05 AM on 05/28/2012
Bro you nailed it...f/f
01:48 AM on 05/28/2012
Why can't they cut their own pay and benefits?

Oh yeah, the mentality of "As long as I get mine". Who keeps voting for these selfish individuals? They're public servants, they should act like we're the kings, and they're below us, not the other way around.
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paulthamec
Proud to have served this great nation ..
04:13 PM on 05/28/2012
Amen.....Fanned & Faved