Monday :: Jul 23, 2007

Supporting The Troops – Bush Style: Episode 499586

by soccerdad

A coalition of Iraq War veterans have filed a class action lawsuit against the Department of Veterans Affairs claiming that The Veterans Affairs has broke the law by denying them disability pay and mental health treatment.

Suing on behalf of hundreds of thousands of veterans, it charges that the VA has failed warriors on several fronts — from providing prompt disability benefits, to adding staff to reduce wait times for medical care to boosting services for post-traumatic stress disorder.

The lawsuit also accuses the VA of deliberately cheating some veterans by allegedly working with the Pentagon to misclassify PTSD claims as pre-existing personality disorders to avoid paying out benefits. The VA and Pentagon have generally denied such charges.

The lawsuit also notes that although 2005 budget fell $1 billion short, senior officials received $3.8 million in bonuses despite their role in the budget fiasco. Obviously, the people who filed this suit have a fundamental lack of understanding of how today’s America works. So how things going today? I bet you can guess.

Today, the VA’s backlog of disability payments is now between 400,000 and 600,000, with delays of up to 177 days to process an initial claim and an average of 657 days to process an appeal. Several congressional committees and a presidential commission are now studying ways to improve care.

JIM LEHRER has a report on how the vets are getting short changed. Apparently, the military is routinely under compensating veterans. Sgt. Webb who has 3 herniated discs in his back and needs morphine pumped into his spine to stop the pain, otherwise he would be unable to walk, was classified as 10% disabled. Here’s something to contemplate: Smith [lawyer for Disabled Vets] says high-level disability ratings have declined since the war began, a situation he says is hard to explain.

We know that veterans have a much higher suicide rate many are returning with sever psychological problems. So far its been estimated that there are between 35-50,000 wounded soldiers and their long term care could cost between $250 and 600 billion dollars. Another favorite trick of the military is when they suspect that a soldier has PTSD, discharge him because of “pre-existing” personality disorders That way they don’t have to pay for anything.

To get an up close and disgusting view of the up and coming chicken hawks watch this video that Max Blumenthal made at the College Republican National Convention.

I think this quote from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation accurately represents my feeling about these people who send our young to die for their imperialistic agenda and then ignore them when they return destroyed. They are cheap, lying, no-good, rotten, four-flushing, low-life, snake-licking, dirt-eating, inbred, overstuffed, ignorant, blood-sucking, dog-kissing, brainless, dickless, hopeless, heartless, fat-ass, bug-eyed, stiff-legged, spotty-lipped, worm-headed sacks of monkey sh*t

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