Tuesday, March 06, 2007

V.A. Benefits

As I listened to Dick Cheney's overblown, forth right admonition about Veteran's Benefits and the recent scandal at Walter Reed Hospital I couldn't help but to be infuriated. It was this administration who cut Veteran's Benefits as they were sending our soldiers to Iraq. How do they sleep at night?

Actions speak louder than words:

Bush plans to cut veterans health care after 2008. “The Bush administration plans to cut funding for veterans’ health care two years from now — even as badly wounded troops returning from Iraq could overwhelm the system. … Even though the cost of providing medical care to veterans has been growing rapidly — by more than 10 percent in many years — White House budget documents assume consecutive cutbacks in 2009 and 2010 and a freeze thereafter.”

Bush raises health care costs for veterans. For the fifth year in a row, Bush’s budget has attempted to raise health care costs on 1.3 million veterans, calling for “new enrollment fees and higher drug co-payments for some veterans.”

Bush administration has claimed veterans benefits are “hurtful” to national security. In 2005, the Wall Street Journal noted the growing cost of veterans benefits due to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Pentagon’s response was to complain that it would “rather use [the funds] to help troops fighting today.” “The amounts have gotten to the point where they are hurtful. They are taking away from the nation’s ability to defend itself,” says David Chu, the Pentagon’s undersecretary for personnel and readiness.

2 comments:

Katie M. said...

As a veteran myself, this really upsets me. It's not me that I'm worried about. I'm worried about those who have served this country and now have medical problems because of their service. What are they going to do now?

If you want homeland security and good national defense of this country, you need to take care of those who do this job for you.

Paul Burke said...

Amen! I just can't understand why politicians would chose to live their lives as complete hypocrites for the sake of a title, pension and money - none of that stuff is worth it. They are simply a bunch of sell outs, and so corrupted they can not see the horror of their actions. How do you live with yourself, "I'm the decider, we are going to war, oh by the way cut Veteran benefits" - how do you do that? Living honestly is living clean and it doesn't make you naive or any less a business man, or less successful. Yet these fully grown men don't get it - sad really sad, pathetic and an abomination to those who serve and do their bidding.