How Obama reacts to both the "outing" of the C.I.A. station chief in Afghanistan and the ongoing problems at the Veterans Administration will wind up reflecting on his presidential legacy, for better or worse.
Many veterans are desperate to talk about their experiences with fellow Americans who accept shared responsibility for what is done in war, particularly the killing. Yet these conversations rarely happen today.
American soldiers: love 'em and leave 'em? The appalling treatment of American war veterans in Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals nationwide is not the first example of our country's often-tragic indifference to its returning war heroes.
Of his commitment to veterans, there cannot be any doubt, and I believe Eric Shinseki is as frustrated with his current command as any veteran, veteran spouse or family member, Member of Congress or the President could possibly be.
Earlier this year, the GOP had a chance to prove that it could fund veterans' health care as eagerly as it borrowed for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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Our veterans deserve much, much better. And of course, as far as I'm concerned, a lot more parades.
We are what we make of the cards we are dealt; our response to trauma is key. Let's hold the VA responsible; if the facts warrant, let accountability happen swiftly. But let's not forget the big picture: it takes a village.
By most accounts, veterans receive good care once they are in the VA system. But after a decade of wars, including Iraq and Afghanistan, and with thousands of Vietnam veterans, demand on the VA has grown enormously.
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Lawmakers today are for some reason reticent about using the same credit card that funded the wars to adequately fund veterans' health care costs.
Just in time for Memorial Day, we're once again being treated to a generous serving of praise and grandstanding by politicians and corporations eager to go on record as being supportive of our veterans.
It is indecent that preventable casualties during combat have been followed by preventable casualties during treatment. Let's all take responsibility and end this bipartisan shame with bipartisan solutions. The best politics is to do what is right for the vets, not the politicians.
As the nation prepares to honor our fallen soldiers this Memorial Day, there is no better time to strengthen our support for the health care system that treats those veterans who made it home.
Having retired from VA last September, after 12 years there as a speechwriter for four secretaries, and another 20 years in other lanes of federal service, I look at the scene from a distance through the strong field glasses of professional experience with many of the players.
What happened at the Phoenix VA is a real tragedy, and it deserves an investigation and a response. Without polling, I can tell you pretty much all of America's veterans believe that. But, what veterans don't seem to be saying yet, at least in the survey of our supporters, is that Eric Shinseki should resign.