No More Broken Promises

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.

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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!

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15 responses to “No More Broken Promises

  1. Cinie

    Wow, that just sucks!

  2. celestialdragonfly

    This is nothing new….the sad thing is that they are taking away from the Vets and giving to those who would do nothing to earn the benefits that they will get. Lets encourage the lazy and unmotivated losers of this country to continue in their ways by rewarding them for their bad behavior.
    I love how this country rewards laziness with increased benifits while those who have served and SACRIFICED at great cost for this country, get shafted! Yep this is nothing new.

  3. 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.

    Oh my Gawd!

    I now know who’s going under the bus in our next show: veterans, especially disabled ones.

    Utterly shameful. To think after eight years of this cr*p we have to suffer through even more!

    It really beggars belief.

  4. My dad has been turning in his grave for years. KIA in Viet Nam, July 20, 1967.

    God bless you for your service, and thank you.

    We have got to get the whole lot of them gone from DC.

    I will continue my small donations to worthy veterans groups.

    God bless America!

  5. The worst part is that Evita Peron Jr. Jr. was visiting with soldiers at Bragg today, kissing up to them and lying about how she’s going to be so concerned about them, and is going to make them her priority as First Liar. What is she going to do while they force private insurance costs on them, bake cookies and read the “Cat in the Hat” to their kids? Up yours MO!

    What a pair of snakes. And here is what Juan Lincoln Peron Jr. Jr. said at Camp Lejeune last week:

    “In her visits with military families across the country, my wife Michelle has learned firsthand about the unique burden that your families endure every day,” the president said. “I want you to know this: military families are a top priority for Michelle and me, and they will be a top priority for my administration. We’ll raise military pay, and continue providing quality child-care, job-training for spouses, and expanded counseling and outreach to families that have known the separation and stress of war. We will also heed the lesson of history – that those who fight in battle can form the backbone of our middle class – by implementing a 21st century GI Bill to help our veterans live their dreams.”

    What a pair of lying snakes. The men and women that put their lives on the line, fight, and die to protect our Constitution deserve better than this, and have deserved better for a very long time. If I were an officer, and this braying ass were my Commander-in-Chief, I’d resign my commission.

  6. How many Americans will sign up to fight our wars now that there are no benefits for them when they come back? Is this how the civilian volunteer force takes over because the military has no new recruits? Puzzles within puzzles.

    Thanks Navy!!!

  7. Can someone tell me what country this is? I believe I’ve lost my way.
    American Genie…so sorry for your loss. What bravery during such a tumultuous time.

    My Navy Girl,
    I believe that Sen. McCain was also a proponent of cutting benefits for veterans, how ironic.

    We revere the lazy, the listless, the takers, the celebrities, the liars, and those without conviction. I’m of the understanding that Dumbo had to be told to salute when he entered and exited Air Force One. In Indonesia, they don’t understand U.S. protocol, the poor guy hasn’t a clue.
    As for MO, Shtuey, one of her focuses as First Shady will be to concentrate on educating the public about healthy eating. Yes folks, just call her Eleanor Roosevelt.
    Navy…we are all so thankful for who you are.

  8. What a disgrace our counrty has become. While we slept they did so much damage. Shame on us. Maybe the usurpers will be gone soon, taken out in handcuffs. Better yet, and most likely, in shackles.

  9. SFIndie

    CNNpolitics.com has highlighted the story:

    http://tinyurl.com/c57dqj

    Veteran’s organizations aren’t going to take this lightly!

    Just proves – once again – that The Pretender hasn’t a clue, about anything. He’s so far removed from the realities of every day life most people live, and not even on the same planet when it comes to knowing what our veterans experience during and after their service to this country!

    The Pretenderess may be proud to be an American now, but I’m ashamed.

  10. http://youhavetobethistalltogoonthisride.blogspot.com/2009/03/tgif-circus-life-chinese-fire-drill.html

    I also covered this in my week in review…I like to think of it as an ode to Kayne West….Barack Obama doesn’t care about Rich People GRIN. My husband is a veteran he served 27 years in the Army. I still have a brother in law in the Army active duty officer. My father in law is Ret Army almost all in my husband’s family served their country in one form or another. On the inside we are used to this treatment, once you are used up, and no longer of any use you are cast off…now is that because of the Military system or the Political Leadership?

  11. and where is the media covering this??? wait ….I think Concentrated Nonsense Network has a headline about Bristol Palin and her boyfriend ….

    I knew that mo was up to no good .. I kept asking my friend Carol , who lives near Fort bragg …WHY is mo schmoozing up the military families … she does not really care … and now i know ….
    to give the appearance of caring while they gut their benefits

  12. Fredster

    I hope to hell that Congress squashes this flat.

    As I wrote over at NQ on this topic, the Prez usually visits the national conventions of the service organizations to give a speech. I wonder what type of reception this idgit will get if he has the nerve to appear at one of their conventions?

  13. I think Congress would be a little hard pressed to put this through. With a new generation of vets coming home from Iraq (I’ll believe that when I see it), crapping all over the men and women whose families had to buy them body armor is probably not a good move.

    Of course, if your plan is to drive down recruitment levels so you can try and push a draft, this would be one way to do it.

  14. “Commander David K. Rehbein of the American Legion set down his phone after speaking with the White House, and then picked it back up to call into today’s Washington Times show- Inside the Story with Rick Amato- to announce the Obama administration has abandoned its plans to force private insurance companies to pay for the treatment of military veterans who have suffered wounds and injuries.”
    this news just came to me from Rick Perry, broadcaster in San Diego and writer for the Washington Times.

    Good news, hopefully.

  15. ok, per my navy girl’s request, i’ve just found the written source for what i posted.

    http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/politics/6320116.html

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