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    Re: Why do RETHUGS hate Veterans?

    In 2001, the General Accounting Office issued a report warning that wait times for medical services at VA clinics were excessive—and dangerous. Since that time, wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have created a whole new generation of veterans. Advances in battlefield medicine have allowed more fighters to survive serious injuries, but that has also meant more returning home with wounds and disabilities, both physical and mental. Even though the total number of veterans has been declining, as the World War II generation passes on, the number of veterans seeking care has been increasing—placing further strains on the system. As my colleague Alec MacGillis has noted, the lawmakers screamingly most loudly right now seem blissfully unaware that the need for VA services is a direct by-product of wars they supported even more enthusiastically.

    But demand alone doesn’t explain the VA's problems. Antiquated, sclerotic bureacracies are also part of the story. Veterans who wish to use VA health services must first apply. They also must get determinations about what kinds of disabilities they have—and how they got them. Those determinations are important: Veterans who lost limbs in battle, for example, get priority for services over those who served stateside without injury. The application files are still on paper, creating a huge backlog. The process also inflates wait times for actual medical services, since the disability determinations frequently require tests and checkups at VA medical facilities.

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    Re: Why do RETHUGS hate Veterans?

    Breaking down the voting record, year after year, the pattern along party lines is clear: Republicans regularly propose cuts in VA funding and oppose increases sponsored by Democrats — a pattern that extends back to the first years of the Iraq and Afghan conflicts and continues to this day. As recently as last February, Senate Republicans filibustered a Democratic bill that would have added $20 billion in VA funding over the next decade and would have built at least 26 new VA health-care facilities. The Republicans killed that bill because Democratic leaders refused to add an amendment on Iran sanctions — designed to scuttle the ongoing nuclear negotiations — and because they just don't want to spend more money on vets
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    Re: Why do RETHUGS hate Veterans?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zk5ZJ6uVO9Y

    Flashback: Republicans Block VA Benefits

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    Re: Why do RETHUGS hate Veterans?

    Quote Originally Posted by Administrator View Post
    I have always thought this was hypocritical. They will spend a billion a week on a war, but when the troops get home they get no treatment or support. They just cut their pensions too. If someone risks their life for their country, they should be taken care of. I will even say, pay no taxes for life.

    And at the end of the day most troops are voting Republican which seems so dumb since they are the ones cutting ALL the programs.
    Libs always think MORE MONEY AND MORE GODVERNMENT is the solution. Th VA needs to de defunded and the veterans should be given vouchers to visit a real doctor of their choice. As always, tbe Godvernment just fs everything up.
    That's the origin of SNAFU

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    Re: Why do RETHUGS hate Veterans?

    Ya mean like Reagan?

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    Re: Why do RETHUGS hate Veterans?

    In Reagan's first four years in office, government spending grew by at least 7.5 percent, and in the first two years, government spending grew by over10 percent year-over-year. Obama hasn't had one year of government spending growth over 7.5 percent, and the growth in government spending in 2011 that appears as the second smallest in this chart, is actually the third smallest since WWII.

    Government spending under Obama, is now shrinking at the fastest pace since the late '60s.

    Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/one-m...#ixzz32gEK1iNF

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