Yesterday President Obama said: “In this country we take care of our own, especially our veterans.”
If he truly believes this, he should go find out what’s really happening over at the Veterans Administration today!
Nearly one million vets are now waiting to see if they will receive disability assistance, and most won’t on their first try. There are presently millions of homeless, jailed or unemployed vets who suffer from numerous physical and emotional injuries like PTSD. Every day 18 American war veterans commit suicide, and I’m beginning to see why!
My husband has suffered for years from an illness and disability caused by his service during the Vietnam War. But when he finally succumbed recently, and asked for some assistance from the VA after decades of trying his best to remain employed and employable, the VA turned down his claim, like they do thousands everyday.
After just a few years of trying to work with the Veteran’s Administration, I personally have no reason to believe that our country feels any real concern for the debt it owes to those who served their country in the past.
Today in the news we hear of lost or destroyed military recordswhich might have allowed deserving vets to receive their hard earned benefits. But according to Aaron Glantz, the author of The War Comes Home: Washington’s Battle against America’s Veterans,the VA rushes through their assessment of most VA claims for disability benefits, not even reading through most before denying them. According to Glantz, one third of claims are wrongfully denied and the VA makes mistakes 70% of the time. They apparently assume that vets will appeal later, so why bother taking any of them seriously?
I sincerely hope the rest of you never have to deal with this level of frustration at bureaucratic incompetence. Thank you for your concern for veterans on Veterans Day, but I am afraid a friendly “thank you” does not pay the bills at our house.