ENOUGH IS ENOUGH
Enough is enough! Is there no sense of honor left in this country? When will the powers that be stop trying to void the contract that was made with Veterans many, many decades ago? What will it take and what must we do to move them away from viewing us as nothing more than an unnecessary and unwanted financial drain on "their" economy? I do believe they have forgotten there wouldn't be a country if it weren't for Veterans (we did the things these neo-cons refused to do).
We have been insulted, dishonored and betrayed by this current administration and it's tight little group of ultra-right neo-con Republican Chickenhawks!! Over the past few months this group has not missed an opportunity to give lip service about honoring the troops. Let's briefly look at how they "honor" the troops (both past and present).
They honor the troops by: reducing death benefit payment from $12,000 to $6,000; reduce combat pay from $250 a month to $125 a month; reduce the monthly allotment for dependents from $250 a month to $125 a month; charging the wounded coming back from Iraq $8.10 a day for meals while they recuperate from their wounds. Honor and loyalty like that no one needs or wants. Who else but a pack of spineless chickenhawks could do these things to the very people they send to fight their bullshhit war!
How can we veterans expect honorable treatment, fairplay or respect from people that have no loyalty to their own troops? They honor and respect us by: refusing to make the VA budget a permanent line item instead of what it is, up for grabs every year; cutting VA budget forcing the closure of multiple facilities across the country at a time when the VA can't take care of the vets it has due to an overly stressed and under funded system; how many Vietnam vets are dead because of this countries refusal to properly deal with the Agent Orange issue? (My research indicates upwards of 30,000); 196,000 sick and injured Gulf War vets put out of the system... no room at the inn; Consistent use of laws, rules and guidelines to exclude vets from the system instead of what they are suppose to do... help the veteran.
In addition to what they have already done and are currently doing, these deceitful people (and I use that term loosely), they are now looking at how they can stop having to pay service-connected disability. They want to redefine "service-connected" disability and restrict the circumstances under which service-connected disability may be established. Not only would this make it extremely difficult to be classified as service-connected (as if it's easy now) it would be retroactive. The result would be a reclassification and elimination of between 1.5 million and 2.4 million veterans who are currently receiving disability compensation. Where is the honor?
Congress tried taking money from WW1 veterans (right around the time of the depression) they yelled and screamed (much like us now) and finally ended up marching on Washington DC (somewhere between 25,000 and 1 million depending on the report you read). They shut down the Capitol. Granted Federal troops were called out to quell the "disturbance" but that Administration and Congress capitulated and the veterans got their just due. Those veterans had faced guns, bombs and death (sound familiar?) in Europe and then came back home only to have to face armed troops again... this time to protect themselves against their own government (sound familiar? 1972 Washington, DC) and it's wanting to get out of it's responsibilities to veterans.
I honestly believe and do not say lightly, that it is time to once again make ourselves highly visible! It is obvious to me that those running this country (and into the ground) are people of no honor, no ethics (other than situational ethics), no integrity and whose loyalties lie with the big dollar political contributors only. These people are trying to "privatize" everything on planet earth including the military. The result has been a big logistical failure for the kids serving in Iraq. Lack of food, water and on and on. The troops exposure to all the depleted uranium over there is going to make agent orange look like child play. More sick and dying to be excluded from the VA, after the Pentagon says DU is harmless (sound familiar?). As soon as they get out of uniform they can join us. No longer "heroes" in uniform, but now looked upon as welfare recipients and a financial burden on the nation's economy. Ask any neo-con.
Tom DeLay (R-TX), House Majority leader pretty much heads up this new act of betrayal floating around in congress. He is very typical of the neo-cons. When asked why he was unwilling to serve in the military and go to Vietnam his response sums up for the rest of his neo-con buddies, "... there were so many minorities being called up there was no longer room for patriots like me."
Where is the loyalty? Where is the honor? What do we do about it? It is after all up to us. We, who in some ways understand the concepts of loyalty and honor better than most. Thieves and liars have broken into our home and are trying to steal everything in sight... over my dead body! In 1963, when I went into the Marine Corps, I swore an oath to protect and defend this country from all enemies, both foreign and domestic. As I see it, the biggest enemy on the block is my own government! We must change that before those idiots kill the very "idea" of America.