Ten years ago I helped organize and direct two veterans rallies in Wichita, KS. We held the first at the War Memorial near the river. We had a banner that read “No More Broken Promises”. And there were many more homemade signs that were penned with those same words.
I gave a rather moving speech that day, one that stirred many emotions from the more than 250 people that attended the rally. It was a rallying cry that has not been heard these ten years later.
Here is some of that speech:
Today we gather here to fight for our rights to timely adjudication of our claims, quality healthcare and an appropriate budget to sustain the Mission of the VA. The mission of the VA is to provide quality medical care in a timely fashion.
Many of the veterans standing here today have suffered many life changes while waiting for 12- 24 months for adjudication of claims. Some have experienced divorces, homelessness, chronic unemployment, loss of our families and severe medical problems left to go unchecked by an uncaring and overburdened system.
We are of one voice. We have one goal in mind…no more broken promises.
Together we will move mountains.
Ten years later the new president is about to continue the history of “broken promises” to the veterans who have served their country honorably and loyally. There will be no mandatory funding for the VA provided by the government instead all disabled veterans will get the shaft once more.
We have been put on notice that the new administration and the VA will now charge disabled veterans with private insurance for medical care for the injuries and diseases that result from the service to this country. They are preparing a full assault on Title 38 of the US Code which is the law under which we are treated.
This is the worst assault on disabled veterans to date. We were promised full care for our service connected disabilities and in a stroke of the pen it will all be gone.
I believe with all my heart that I put my life on the line for this country, serving with distinction. I gave it my all for thirteen years, a qualified Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist, which at that time had not been awarded to many women. I was summarily dismissed from the United States Navy, they said goodbye, we don’t need you anymore, ending a very distinguished career.
And it appears as though the new administration is about to kick the disabled veteran to the curb. Our care that we were guaranteed for life will now be relegated to a trash pile.
And with that there will be new broken promises!