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U.S. NATIONAL DEBT CLOCK
The estimated population of the United States is over 316,896,672
so each citizen's share of this debt is over $53,912.22.
The National Debt has continued to increase an average of
$2.63+ billion per day since September 30, 2012!
Concerned? Then tell Congress and the White House!
Even They Realize The Mess We Are In
Obama Slashes Military Pay Raises
President Obama has told Congress he will cap next year’s pay raise for U.S. military personnel at 1% instead of boosting pay by 1.8% as called for by a federal law.
The president’s move will negatively impact American combat troops scheduled to remain in Afghanistan through 2014.
The federal law says military pay raises must be based on the Employment Cost Index compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which ties military raises to private sector pay growth. Under that formula, military personnel should be getting a 1.8% pay raise beginning in January 2014.
But the law also states that the president can inform Congress of an alternative pay adjustment “if because of national emergency or serious economic conditions affecting the general welfare, the president considers the pay adjustment which would otherwise be required by this section in any year to be inappropriate.”
Obama wrote to congressional leaders: “I am strongly committed to supporting our uniformed service members, who have made such great contributions to our nation over the past decade of war. As our country continues to recover from serious economic conditions affecting the general welfare, however, we must maintain efforts to keep our nation on a sustainable fiscal course.”
He also asserted that his decision “will not materially affect the federal government’s ability to attract and retain well-qualified members” of the military.
The House passed a bill in July authorizing the 1.8% raise, but the Senate has set the raise at 1% as recommended by Obama.
Bill Would Reduce 2014 Troop Pay
Raise to from 1.8% down to 1%
( Please Note: The House of Representatives and the Senate togeather make up the "Congress". Each entity votes on a bill separately. The House of Representatives part of the Congress did not kill our 1.8% 2014 Pay Raise down to 1.0% it was the Senate that "killed the 1.8% down to 1.% not the House of Representatives. )
A proposed deal on a defense bill in Congress would decrease troops' pay & retire pension raise in 2014 to 1.0% from 1.8% this year.
The figure is in line with what the Obama administration requested and the Democratic-led Senate Armed Services Committee approved earlier this year. While the Republican-led House of Representatives previously passed a 1.8% military pay raise for next year, some of its leaders have since agreed to limit the increase as part of a legislative compromise.
"It appears that the 1.0% pay raise is what's been locked in," Michael Hayden, director of government relations at the Military Officers Association of America, an Alexandria, Va.-based nonprofit representing some 380,000 current and former officers. "We've been pushing real hard for 1.8% but our expectation is we may have lost that battle."
The change means the average enlisted member will receive a monthly pay increase of $26 instead of $47, according to Pentagon budget documents. The House is expected to vote this week on the compensation levels as part of the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act, which sets policy goals and spending targets for the fiscal year that began Oct. 1.
The leaders of the armed services panels Sen. Carl Levin, D-MI, and Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon, R-CA. on Monday announced a last-minute compromise on the defense bill and, in a departure from the norm, urged their colleagues to pass the legislation without amendments to meet certain year-end deadlines. The House is scheduled to adjourn Friday for holiday recess.
If the measure passes the House, it will go to the Senate for a vote next week. If that chamber approves it and President Barack Obama signs it, the pay raise would become law and take effect Dec. 31.
The lower raise for military personnel was "a tough decision" for Pentagon leaders, but it allowed them to not have to thin the ranks "by thousands of additional troops on top of the drawdown already planned," according to budget documents.
While the bill would set pay raises at 1%, it would also reject proposed fee increases for the Tricare health care system and renew combat pay and other benefits.
Even so, if Congress doesn't pass the bill soon, important forms of military compensation would freeze after Dec. 31, including hazard pay & re-enlistment bonuses, according to Sen. James Inhofe, R-OK, senior Republican on the Senate panel.
Separately, congressional negotiators on Tuesday announced a budget deal that would undo some of the automatic federal spending cuts known as sequestration. The agreement, known as the Bipartisan Budget Act, would give the Defense Department more than $30 billion in additional funding in 2014 and 2015.
However, the pact would be paid for in part by reducing pension contributions to working-age military retirees. Military retirees between the ages of 40 & 62 would receive an annual cost-of-living increase that's 1% less than inflation. The reduction would be introduced over 3 years and take full effect in 2016.
Hayden said MOAA has vowed to fight the provision and already started a letter-writing campaign to lawmakers.
"This was a backroom deal that was made by a committee that doesn't have jurisdiction over armed services," he said. "It not only caught us by surprise, I think it caught members of Congress by surprise, especially members of the armed services committees."
The pension change may decrease overall retirement benefits by nearly 20% for some military retirees, Hayden said. For example, an E-7 who retires at age 40 would lose about $83,000 in cumulative retirement pay by the time he or she reaches age 62, while an O-5 who retires at 42 would lose about $124,000 in cumulative retirement pay by the time he or she reaches the same age, he said.
The House is similarly expected to vote on the budget bill before adjourning Friday, though nothing has been scheduled yet.
Next Time You Think You Were "Screwed" By your
"Congressman Remember This.
The United States Congress is the bicameral legislature of the federal government of the United States consisting of two houses: the House of Representatives and the Senate. Congress meets in the Capitol in Washington, D.C. Both representatives and senators are chosen through direct election. Members are affiliated to the Republican Party or to the Democratic Party, and only rarely to a third-party or as independents. Congress has 535 voting members: 435 Representatives and 100 Senators.
The members of the House of Representatives serve 2-year terms representing the people of a district. Congressional districts are apportioned to states by population using the United States Census results, provided that each state has at least one congressperson. Each state regardless of population has exactly two senators; at present there are 100 senators representing the 50 states. Each senator serves a six-year term, with terms staggered, so every two years approximately one-third of the Senate is up for election. Each staggered group of one-third of the senators are called 'classes'. No state of the United States has two senators from the same class.
Who Control The House and the Senate ?
House of Representatives (Congressmen & Congresswomen)
Vacant Positions (3)
Remember Bill (Laws) are developed in the House and are then passed on to the Senate for Ratification and then sent to the President for signature or veto. Also remember that the "President" of the Senate is the Vice President ( Joseph Biden-D ), with the power to cast tie-breaking votes
Congress Tosses Plan for Tricare Enrollment Fees
Military.com by Bryant Jordan
As military leaders look to reduce personnel costs related to health care, Congress agreed to throw out a plan to introduce new Tricare enrollment fees that Pentagon and White House officials inserted into the 2014 defense budget.
Military healthcare costs climbed from $19 billion in 2001 to $49.4 billion requested for next year; and even that amount presupposes about $900 million in savings from proposals that would have retirees kick in a bit more for Tricare.
"If left unchecked, pay and benefits will continue to eat into our readiness and modernization. That could result in a far less capable force that is well-compensated, but poorly trained and poorly equipped," Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in July, when he outlined some of the findings in a Strategic Choices and Management Review.
Hagel's view is shared by the White House and the service chiefs, each of whom has testified before Congress about the ever-increasing costs associated with payroll, benefits and healthcare.
Under the DoD plan, annual enrollment fees would be based on a percentage of retired pay for Medicare-eligible retirees in Tricare for Life. Also, working age retirees in the Tricare Standard and Tricare Extra programs would also see new annual enrollment fees phased in over five years.
Additionally, the White House proposed increasing Tricare Prime co-pays by $4 for retirees and their beneficiaries for medical visits not related to mental health.
By throwing out any new increases, the House Armed Services Committee said its members believe retirees' access to quality healthcare services is "a benefit earned through prior service to our nation."
"Mindful of Congress' commitment to servicemembers and their families, and endorsing the bi-partisan work of the military personnel subcommittee, the [National Defense Authorization Act] once again rejects all administration proposals to increase Tricare fees or establish new ... fees."
Any kind of cuts in retirement benefits, including even minor increases to Tricare monthly premiums, have been staunchly opposed by veterans' service organizations such as Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars & American Legion.
"We have been down this road before," American Legion National Commander Daniel Dellinger said last month. "While we appreciate fiscal realities and acknowledge White House and Pentagon concerns about what they term 'spiraling personnel costs,' we remain steadfast in our belief that economies should not be made at the expense of those who have already sacrificed much for our country."
Ryan-Murray Deal Hits Younger, Future Retirees
The yearly value of a 20-year military retirement would be cut for the current force steadily until age 62 under a COLA cap provision in the "bipartisan" budget deal struck by Rep. Paul Ryan R-WI and Sen. Patty Murray D-WA, the House & Senate budget committee chairmen.
The cumulative effect would be to cut the lifetime value of military retirement by roughly $83,000 for a typical enlisted member who retires at age 40 after 20 years' service. The typical officer retiring at age 42 after 20 would lose about $124,000.
That's according to retired USAF Col. Michael F. Hayden, director of government relations for Military Officers Association of America. Hayden also serves are co-chair of The Military Coalition, an umbrella group of more than 30 military & veteran associations, rushing to try to kill the deal.
Targeted in the Ryan-Murray deal is full inflation protection for "working age" military retirees, those younger than 62. Retirees 62 and older would continue to get annual cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) that match inflation as measured by the government's Consumer Price Index.
Retirees younger than 62, and future retirees including currently serving members, would see yearly COLAs in retirement cut by 1% point below inflation until age 62. At that point they would receive a one-time catch up in their annuity to restore lost purchasing power going forward into old age.
The Ryan-Murray deal, said Hayden, reneges on assurances by Congress in setting up the Military Compensation & Retirement Modernization Commission last year, as well as promises from President Obama & his defense secretaries, that any substantive changes to retirement would be "grandfathered," impacting only future generations of members. Current retirees or serving members were to be protected.
The budget deal, said Hayden, "basically shoots the grandfather."
"I have to think anyone who signed on to this doesn't understand the full effect it will have on purchasing power of promised retired pay," Hayden said. The message being sent to the current force and younger retirees is, he said, "they just changed the rules on the benefit you signed up for."
To do so without the armed services committee holding a single hearing, and without any analysis conducted on the impact on force readiness, said Hayden, is "absolutely insane."
"You have a group of lawmakers not affiliated with the military that completely backdoor these changes," Hayden said.
Murray serves on the Senate appropriations subcommittee on defense and the veterans affairs committee, which she chaired for a few years until becoming budget committee chairman last year.
Hayden said The Military Coalition was rushing to try to stop the budget deal from becoming law. He wasn't optimistic.
"They basically are putting a lump of coal in the stocking and running out for the holidays," Hayden said.
Hayden said this would have "a significant impact on members and their families looking to make the military a career." The long-term financial impact is enough to change minds "on whether to stay in the military."
Congress and the White House seemed unaware of the hornet nest they had kicked inside the military community.
At a press conference, Ryan & Murray congratulated themselves on reaching a deal that takes a first step toward reducing the deficit through bipartisan compromise, eases across-the-board sequestration cuts to federal programs, including defense & protects their "core beliefs."
For him, Ryan said, those are no tax increases and replacing arbitrary cuts of sequestration with "smart, targeted reforms."
"We eliminate waste. We stop sending checks to criminals. We cut corporate welfare. We reform some mandatory programs and we start to make real reforms in these autopilot programs that are the drivers of our debt in the first place," Ryan said. One "autopilot" program, in his view, appears to be full COLAs for working-age military retirees.
"For younger military retirees, we trim their cost-of-living adjustment just a bit," explains a fact sheet released by Ryan's committee. "It's a modest reform for working-age military retirees."
The first capped COLAs would take effect in January 2016.
President Obama called the deal "balanced" & "a good first step" to replace sequestration which has "harmed students, seniors & middle-class families & served as a mindless drag on our economy over the last year."
The deal, the president continued in a written statement, includes "targeted fee increases and spending cuts designed in a way that doesn't hurt our economy or break the ironclad promises we've made to our seniors."
Murray said the deal would cut $6 billion from military retirement over 10 years, and another $6 billion from federal civilian retirement by forcing new hires with fewer than 5 years' federal service to contribute an additional 1.3% of salary toward their pensions.
"We think it's only fair that hard-working taxpayers who paid for benefits that our federal employees receive are treated fairly as well," said Ryan. "We also believe it's important that military families & non-military families are treated equally & fair."
The Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS), which took effect in 1987, only provides full inflation protection in years when the CPI increase is t2% or less. If inflation is between 2% to 3%, COLA is set at 2%. If the CPI is more than 3%, COLAs for FERS are set 1% below the CPI.
Advocates for military retirees argue that FERS wasn't imposed on career employees. They could stay under a system still paying full COLAs.
Who Actually Wrote Obamacare?
And now for the shocking truth about who actually wrote Obamacare. After all the secrecy surrounding Obamacare is lifting, we can finally put a name to this cruel lie. The man’s name who wrote a great deal of the scourge that we call Obamacare, is convicted felon, Robert Creamer.
Served 5 months in prison (and 11 months in house arrest) for tax evasion and bank fraud
While in prison, wrote book that later served as a blueprint for Democrat proposals for universal health care.
Calls for the “democratization of wealth” in America & “progressive control of governments around the world”
Advocates amnesty for illegal aliens
left-wingers say that Creamer’s book has
inspired them in their progressive fight.
Creamer’s work has received support and garnered
an endorsement from a surprising source. Or,
maybe it is not so surprising after all. Former
White House Senior Adviser, David Axelrod,
described Creamer’s book as a “blueprint” for
future progressive victories. Creamer has stated
that in order to impose socialist healthcare on
an unwilling nation, it is necessary to deceive
Creamer is the husband of Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (IL-D) who demands a “single payer” healthcare delivery system. Creamer’s book calls for the “democratization of wealth”, and the “progressive control of governments around the world”.
Creamer says that Democrats could win a permanent majority in Congress “by passing a national health care bill, turning more people into wards of government, that works to grow government; and by giving amnesty to all illegals, thereby creating, virtually overnight, a large new constituency of Democratic voters”. With 50% of the country on some form of welfare, Creamer’s plan has progressed at a very rapid pace.
Creamer counseled Democrats that to win complete control of America, they must “not just generate understanding, but emotion—fear, revulsion, anger, disgust”. He adds, “If the Democrats continue to stand firmly for immigrant rights, the issue will define immigrants’ voting loyalties for a generation. If we’re successful, we’ll have a gigantic block of progressive votes over the next 15 years, a block that could be decisive in the battle for the future.”
I would really like to sell the American people a used car. And while we are at it, I would like to sell our fellow countrymen some swamp land in Florida. For the citizens of this country to have allowed the passage of Obamacare without any knowledge of what was in the bill and who wrote the bill, makes me think that the majority of the citizens of this country are dumber than a box of rocks.
We have met the enemy and he is us. Cheers! Here is to your good health, America.
Purge High Officers
Look up the service records of some of these guys. MOST have perfect LONG services, highly decorated.
Commanding Generals fired
Gen John R. Allen - Commander International Security Assistance Force (Nov 2012)
Col James Christmas - Cmd 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit & Cmdr Special-Purpose Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response Unit (July 2013)
MG Charles M. Gurganus - Region Cmdr SW & I Exp Force Afghanistan (Oct 2013)
MG Gregg Sturdevant-Dir-Strategic Planning & Policy Pacific Cmnd & Cmdr-Aviation Wing-Camp Bastion, Afghanistan (Sept 2013)
Gen James Mattis-Chief of CentCom (May 2013)
Col Daren Margolin - U.S. Marine in charge-Quantico’s Security Battalion (Oct 2013)
MG Michael Carey-Cmdr in charge 9,600 people & 450 ICB Missiles (Oct 2013)
MG Ralph Baker - Commander of the CJTF Horn in Africa (April 2013)
MG Peter Fuller - Commander in Afghanistan (May 2011)
Gen Carter F. Ham - African Command (Oct 2013)
LG David H. Huntoon, Jr. - 58th Super. Military Academy West Point, NY (2013)
CSM Don B Jordan - 143rd Expeditionary Sustainment Cmd (susp Oct 2013)
Gen Stanley McChrystal - Commander Afghanistan (June 2010)
Gen David D. McKiernan - Commander Afghanistan (2009)
Gen David Petraeus - Dir CIA: Sep 2011-Nov 2012 - Cmdr International Security Assist. Force & Cmdr US Forces Afghanistan (Nov 2012)
BG Bryan Roberts - Commander 2nd Brigade (May 2013)
Col Eric Tilley - Commander of Garrison Japan (Nov 2013)
BG Bryan Wampler - 143rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command-1st Theater Sustainment Command (suspended Oct 2013)
Commanding Admirals fired:
R-Adm Charles Gaouette - Cmdr John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group 3 (Oct 2012)
Vice Adm Tim Giardina (Demoted to 2 Star) Dep.Cmdr Strategic Cmd, Cmdr Sub Group Trident-Sub Group 9 & Sub Group 10 (Oct 2013)
Naval Officers fired: (All in 2011)
Capt David Geisler - Commander Task Force 53 in Bahrain (Oct 2011)
Cmdr Laredo Bell - Cmdr Naval Support Activity Saratoga Springs, NY (Aug 2011)
Lt Cmdr Kurt Boenisch - XO Amphibious transport dock Ponce (Apr 2011)
Cmdr Nathan Borchers - Commander destroyer Stout (Mar 2011)
Cmdr Robert Brown - Commander Beachmaster Unit 2 Fort Story, VA (Aug 2011)
Cmdr Andrew Crowe-Executive Officer Navy Region Center Singapore (Apr 2011)
Capt Robert Gamberg - XO - Carrier Dwight D. Eisenhower (Jun 2011)
Capt Rex Guinn - Commander Navy Legal Service office Japan (Feb 2011)
Cmdr Kevin Harms - Cmdr Strike Fighter Sqdrn 137 Abraham Lincoln (Mar 2011)
Lt Cmdr Martin Holguin - Cmdr mine countermeasures Fearless (Oct 2011)
Capt Owen Honors - Commander aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (Jan 2011)
Capt Donald Hornbeck - Commander Destroyer Squadron 1 San Diego (Apr 2011)
Rear Admiral Ron Horton - Commander Logistics Group, Western Pacific (Mar 2011)
Cmdr Etta Jones - Cmdr Amphibious transport dock Ponce (Apr 2011)
Cmdr Ralph Jones - XO - Amphibious transport dock Green Bay (Jul 2011)
Cmdr Jonathan Jackson - Cmdr Elec. Attack Sqdrn 134 USS Carl Vinson (Dec 2011)
Capt Eric Merrill - Commander submarine Emory S. Land (Jul 2011)
Capt William Mosk - Cmdr Naval Station Rota, Naval Activities Spain (Apr 2011)
Cmdr Timothy Murphy - Cmdr Elec. Attack Sqd 129 NAS Whidbey Is. WA (Apr 2011)
Cmdr Joseph Nosse - Commander ballistic-missile submarine Kentucky (Oct 2011)
Cmdr Mark Olson-U.S. Navy Commander destroyer The Sullivans FL (Sep 2011)
Cmdr John Pethel - XO - Amphibious transport dock New York (Dec 2011)
Cmdr Karl Pugh - Cmdr Electronic Attack Squad 141 Whidbey Island, WA (Jul 2011)
Cmdr Jason Strength - Cmdr of Navy Recruiting District Nashville, TN (Jul 2011)
Capt Greg Thomas - Commander Norfolk Naval Shipyard (May 2011)
Cmdr Mike Varney - Commander attack submarine Connecticut (Jun 2011)
Cmdr Jay Wylie - Commander Destroyer Momsen (Apr 2011)
Naval Officers fired: (All in 2012)
Cmdr Alan C. Aber - XO - Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 71 (July 2012)
Cmdr Derick Armstrong - Cmdr missile destroyer USS The Sullivans (May 2012)
Cmdr Martin Arriola - Commander destroyer USS Porter (Aug 2012)
Capt Antonio Cardoso - Commander Training Support Center San Diego (Sep 2012)
Capt James CoBell - Cmdr Oceana NAS’s Fleet Readiness Mid-Atlantic (Sep 2012)
Capt Joseph E. Darlak - Commander frigate USS Vandegrift (Nov 2012)
Capt Daniel Dusek - Commander USS Bonhomme
Cmdr David Faught - XO Destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (Sep 2012)
Cmdr Franklin Fernandez - Commander Mobile Construction Btn 24 (Aug 2012)
Cmdr Ray Hartman - Commander Amphib dock-landing ship Ft McHenry (Nov 2012)
Cmdr Shelly Hakspiel - XO - Navy Drug Screening Lab San Diego (May 2012)
Cmdr Jon Haydel - Commander - USS San Diego (Mar 2012)
Cmdr Diego Hernandez - Commander missile sub USS Wyoming (Feb 2012)
Cmdr Lee Hoey - US Navy Cmdr Drug Screening Laboratory, San Diego (May 2012)
Cmdr Ivan Jimenez-Executive Officer frigate Vandegrift (Nov 2012)
Cmdr Dennis Klein - Commander submarine USS Columbia (May 2012)
Captain Chuck Litchfield - Commander assault ship USS Essex (Jun 2012)
Capt Marcia Kim Lyons - Commander Naval Health Clinic New England (Apr 2012)
Capt Robert Marin - Commander Cruiser USS Cowpens (Feb 2012)
Capt Sean McDonell - Cmdr - Mobile Construction Battalion 14 FL (Nov 2012)
Cmdr Corrine Parker - Cmdr Fleet Logistics Support Sqdn 1 (Apr 2012)
Capt Liza Raimondo - Cmdr Naval Health Clinic Patuxent River, MD (Jun 2012)
Capt Jeffrey Riedel - Program manager, Littoral Combat Ship program (Jan 2012)
Cmdr Sara Santoski - Cmdr Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Sqdrn 15 (Sep 2012)
Cmdr Kyle G. Strudthoff - XO - Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25 (Sep 2012)
Cmdr Sheryl Tannahill - Cmdr Navy Operational Support Ctr Nashville, TN (Sep 2012)
Cmdr Michael Ward - Commander submarine USS Pittsburgh (Aug 2012)
Capt Michael Wiegand - Commander SW Regional Maintenance Center (Nov 2012)
Capt Ted Williams -US Cmdr amphibious command ship Mount Whitney (Nov 2012)
Cmdr Jeffrey Wissel -Cmdr of Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron 1 (Feb 2012)
Naval Officers fired: (All in 2013)
Lieutenant Commander Lauren Allen - XO Submarine Jacksonville (Feb 2013)
Captain Jay Bowman - Cmdr Navy Operational Support Center Ft Dix, NJ (Mar 2013)
Captain William Cogar - Cmdr Hosp. Ship Mercy’s Med treatment facility (Sept 2013)
Commander Steve Fuller - XO - USS Frigate Kauffman (Mar 2013)
Capt Shawn Hendricks - Program Manager Naval Enterprise IT Networks (June 2013)
Capt David Hunter - Cmdr Maritime Exp Squadon 12 Coastal Group 2 (Feb 2013)
Capt Eric Johnson - Chief of MEPS Cmd Great Lakes NTC, IL (2013)
Capt Devon Jones - Commander Naval Air Facility El Centro, CA (July 2013)
Capt Kevin Knoop - Cmdr Hosp ship Comfort’s medical treatment facility (Aug 2013)
Lt Cmdr Jack O’Neill - Cmdr Operational Support Ctr Rock Island, IL (Mar 2013)
Cmdr Allen Maestas-Executive Officer Beachmaster Unit 1 (May 2013)
Cmdr Luis Molina-U.S. Navy Commander Submarine Pasadena (Jan 2013)
Cmdr James Pickens-Executive Officer Frigate Gary (Feb 2013)
Lt Cmdr Mark Rice - Commander Mine Countermeasures ship Guardian (Apr 2013)
Cmdr Michael Runkle - Commander of Mobile Diving & Salvage Unit 2 (May 2013)
Cmdr Jason Stapleton - XO - Patrol Squadron 4 in Hawaii (Mar 2013)
Cmdr Nathan Sukols - Commander Submarine Jacksonville (Feb 2013)
Lt Daniel Tyler - XO - Mine Countermeasures ship Guardian (Apr 2013)
Cmdr Edward White - Commander Strike Fighter Squadron 106 (Aug 2013)
Capt Jeffrey Winter - Commander of Carrier Air Wing 17 (Sept 2013)
Cmdr Thomas Winter - Commander Submarine Montpelier (Jan 2013)
Cmdr Corey Wofford - Commander Frigate Kauffman (Feb 2013)
157 USAF MAJORS FORCED RETIREMENT
Air Force majors forced into early terminations, no retirement or benefits.
All 157 had been twice passed over for promotion & were within 6 years of retirement.
If you want to cripple the Field Grade Officer Corps kill the lower ranks.
What Is Really
When individuals wonder why 1.6 Billion rounds of ammo has been purchased collectively by various U.S. agencies that normally have no reason to have anywhere near the amount let alone ammo at all. It is very simple. Spread the wealth. And that means if you want one agency to have an unlimited amount of weapons and ammo then spread it amongst many non required agencies so when the time is at hand one agency can have total access to the whole sum of the weapons and ammo.
Why would the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or The IRS need hollow point ammunition? Target practice? Let's be realistic, hollow point bullets are neither used or required and cost much more than normal ball rounds. And who are they going to shoot at, evil weather doers? Also individuals who don’t pay their taxes are either fines or jailed not shot.
At the current use in the war in Afghanistan 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition would supply the troops for over 22 years of constant war. Currently Department of Homeland (DHS) Security uses 15 million rounds ammunition a year for training purposes in the form of target practice. At 1.6 billion rounds that amount of ammo would equate to over 106 years of training.
Why does the DHS require 2,717 Mine Resistant Tank (MRAP) Style vehicles? Last time I looked we don't have mines in the streets, roads and highways of the continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii, Guam or the Virgin Islands. And these vehicles are being deployed nationwide.
To kill a military from within all you need to do is to cut the head off the organization. Plainly stated, fire the leaders. Sound familiar? Recently 11 key High Ranking Field Grade Officers all of which held high level CO positions have been either fired or flat out suspended. Several even were allowed to "quietly" retire. Two of which held the top key positions for Nuclear Defense.
How do you create a situation which appears to warrant "martial law”? Let's see, create an economic and social panic situation such as closing of governmental services, reduce assistance to the poor, such as reducing or eliminating the food stamp benefits to needy individuals at a time they need it the most, create a split in the military by firing or suspending key high ranking personnel and destroy the Constitution & Bill of Rights. Does any of these scenarios sound familiar?
Remember an enemy within is harder to detect and defend against than a foreign power, terrorist group or foreign organization.
Hitler, Mussolini, Chairman Mao Zedong all thought to be “saviors” in the beginning by their countrymen and eventually destroyers of the country they were “elected” to serve.
And those who attempt to preserve their way of life such as returning military personnel & vets & yes even preppers are considered terrorists. In one sentence FEMA & DHS states the need to be prepared & when those who attempt to do that they are labeled anti-American & subversive.
If you think this is a bit of Conspiracy Theory? Remember, just because your paranoid doesn’t necessarily mean they are not out to get you.
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What Is Happening to Our Military?
Top Officers relived, fired or suspended during Obama Term in office
Total: 200 Officers
Year: 2013 (9, so far).
1. USMC Col. Daren Margolin - Quantico Oct. 18, 2013. Quantico Security Battalion.
2. USMC MG C.M.M. Gurganus Oct. 12, 2013. Cmdr Regional Cmd SW & Marine Expeditionary Force, Afghanistan.
3. USAF MG Michael Carey Oct. 8, 2013. 2-Star Cmdr - 20th AF. 3 wings of ICBMs. 450 nukes. Covered 3 AF bases across nation.
4. Navy Vice-Admiral Tim Guardina Oct. 9, 2013. 3-Star Vice-Cmdr US nuclear forces (land/air/sea). Relieved of command. Demoted to 2-Stars.
5. USMC MG Gregg A. Sturdevant Sept 2013. Director - Strategic Planning & Policy Pacific Cmd & Cmdr Aviation Wing, Camp Bastion, Afghanistan.
6. USMC Col. James Christmas July 18, 2013 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit. Cmdr - Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response Unit.
7. Army BG Bryan Roberts May 2013. Cmdr, Ft. Jackson, SC.
8. USMC General James Mattis May 2013. Chief CentCom.
9. USAA MG Ralph Baker April 2013. Cmdr JTF Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti, Africa
10. USMC Col. Kris J. Stillings Marine Corps' Officer Candidates School
Year: 2012 (Overall total – 4 +24 = 28 Final total).
1. USAF General John R. Allen Nov. 13, 2012. Cmdr, USAF - International Security Assistance Force.
2. USAA General David Petraeus Nov. 9, 2012. Cmdr, International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) & Cmdr, U.S. Forces Afghanistan USFOR-A. Director - CIA Sept 2011 - Nov 2012.
3. USN Rear Admiral Charles M. Gaouette Oct. 27, 2102. Cmdr, USS John C. Stennis strike group. Relieved within a day or so of Benghazi.
4. USAA General Carter F. Ham Oct. 18, 2012. Cmdr, AFRICOM. Relieved during Benghazi from direct command of AFRICOM.
5. USMC Col. James Christmas 22nd MEU commander
Naval Officers (all in 2012): Total – 24
1. Cmdr Derick Armstrong, Commander, Guided Missile Destroyer USS Sullivan
2. Cmdr Martin Arriola, Commander, Destroyer USS Porter
3. Capt Antonio Cardoso, Commander, of Training Support Center San Diego
4. Capt J. CoBell, Commander, Oceana NAS’s Fleet Readiness Center Mid-Atlantic
5. Cmdr Joseph E. Darlak, Commander, Frigate USS Vandegrift
6. Cmdr Franklin Fernandez, Commander, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 24
7. Cmdr Ray Hartman, Cmdr, Amphibious Dock-Landing Ship USS Fort McHenry
8. Cmdr Jon Haydel, Commander, Amphibious Transport Dock USS San Diego
9. Cmdr Diego Hernandez, Commander, Ballistic-Missile Submarine USS Wyoming
10. Cmdr Lee Hoey, Commander, Navy Drug Screening Laboratory, San Diego
11. Cmdr Dennis Klein, Commander, Submarine USS Columbia
12. Capt Marcia “Kim” Lyons, Commander, Naval Health Clinic New England
13. Capt Chuck Litchfield, Commander, Amphibious Assault Ship USS Essex
14. Capt Robert Marin, Commander, Guided Missile Cruiser USS Cowpens
15. Capt Sean McDonell, Cmdr, Seabee Res Unit Naval Mobile Const. Battalion 14
16. Cmd. Corrine Parker, Commander, Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 1
17. Capt Lisa Raimondo, Commander, Naval Health Clinic Patuxent River, Md
18. Capt. Jeffrey Riedel, Program manager, Littoral Combat Ship program
19. Cmd. Sara Santoski, Commander, Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron 15
20. Cmd. Sheryl Tannahill, Commander, Navy Operational Support Center Nashville
21. Cmd. Michael Ward, Commander, Submarine USS Pittsburgh
22. Capt Michael Wiegand, Commander, Southwest Regional Maintenance Center
23. Capt Ted Williams, Commander, Command Ship USS Mount Whitney
24. Cmdr Jeffrey Wissel, Commander, of Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron 1
Year: 2011 Total – 1 + 159 = 160 overall
Army MG Peter Fuller May 2011. A top U.S. commander in Afghanistan.
Military advocates decry ‘illegal’ early terminations of 157 USAF Majors
Year: 2010 Total 1 (total)
1. Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal, Afghanistan June 2010. Replaced by Gen. Petraeus
1. Year: 2009 Total 1 (total)
Army Gen. David McKiernan. Afghanistan 2009. 1st 4 Star relieved since MacArthur.
Examples Of The U.S. Military Being Taught How
To Treat Americans
Who are the “extremists” and the “terrorists” that the U.S. military should be concerned about? For years, we were told that the “terrorists” belong to an organization known as al-Qaeda in the Middle East and other radical jihadist groups that are affiliated with them. But now that has all totally changed. We are discovering that time after time U.S. military personnel are being taught that evangelical Christians are “extremists” that belong to a “domestic hate group” and that they are potential terrorists that could use violence at any time. This vilification of Christians started about the time that Barack Obama was elected and it has greatly accelerated over the past couple of years. Stunned Christian service members can hardly believe what they are hearing in some of these training sessions. They are being told that they cannot be affiliated with any of these “hate groups” and that anyone found to be supporting such groups could be disciplined under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. The U.S. military later publicly disavows many of these training sessions when they are revealed to the public, but the demonization of Christians has not stopped. In fact, it appears to be getting more frequent. The following are 8 examples of the U.S. military being taught to treat Christians as extremists and potential terrorists…
From The Truth Wins:
Soldiers at Ft. Hood were instructed that
evangelical Christians are a “threat to this
nation”… Soldiers attending pre-deployment
briefings at Ft Hood say they were told
evangelical Christians & members of the Tea
Party were a threat to the nation & any soldier
donating to those groups would be punished under
the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
A soldier who attended a briefing stated a counter-intelligence agent in charge of the meeting spent nearly a half hour discussing how evangelical Christians and groups like the American Family Association were “tearing the country apart.”
#2 During a recent U.S. Army briefing, the American Family Association was identified as a “domestic hate group“… Several dozen U.S. Army active duty & reserve troops were told the American Family Association, a well-respected Christian ministry, should be classified as a domestic hate group because the group advocates for traditional family values. The briefing was held at Camp Shelby, MS and listed the AFA alongside domestic hate groups like the Ku Klux Klan, Neo-Nazis, the Black Panthers & Nation of Islam.
#3 A battalion commander assigned to the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, KY sent out a mass email to those under his command last year that included the “Christian Right”, the Family Research Council & Focus on the Family founder James Dobson under the heading of “Domestic Hate Groups”.
#4 An unclassified guide for military leaders published in Aug 2011 identifies those that exhibit “extreme religious intolerance” as potentially violent radicals. If you claim your faith is the only true faith like Bible-believing Christians do, that would put you into this category.
#5 Earlier this year, the Pentagon issued a written statement to Fox News that stated that “religious proselytization is not permitted within the Department of Defense” and that “court martial's & non-judicial punishments are decided on a case-by-case basis”.
#6 One of the top consultants that Barack Obama has brought in to the Pentagon to work on issues related to religion in the military, Mikey Weinstein, has described evangelical Christians as “human monsters” & “enemies of the U.S. Constitution“.
#7 Weinstein teaches that when evangelical Christians shares their faith, it is equivalent of “spiritually raped by fundamentalist Christian religious predators“.
#8 In April of last year, a U.S. Army training presentation specifically identified evangelical Christians as religious extremists. On a slide entitled “Religious Extremism”, “Evangelical Christianity” was at the very top of a list of extremist religious groups that also included al-Qaeda, Hamas and the Ku Klux Klan.
is just the tip of the iceberg. Along with
evangelical Christians, Tea Party activists,
“conspiracy theorists”, anti-abortion protesters
and those concerned about a “New World
Order” have also been identified as
dangerous extremists in a whole host of official
U.S. government documents. For a large number of
examples of this phenomenon, please see my
previous article entitled “72 Types Of
Americans That Are Considered “Potential
Terrorists” In Official Government Documents“.
And the frightening thing is that the federal government has actually been doing research into methods that change the way that people view the world. As I have written about previously, the government is actually developing technology that would enable it to brainwash people and change their religious beliefs.
So who would the government do that to?
They would do it to “extremists” and those that belong to “hate groups” of course.
Once you are identified as a “terrorist”, then that gives authorities legal permission to treat you just like they would treat members of al-Qaeda.
That is why it is so important for evangelical Christians to stand up and denounce this kind of vilification.
In Nazi Germany, they didn’t just wake up one day and decide to start shipping Jews and other minorities off to prison camps. It all started with years of propaganda and demonization.
And now a similar thing is happening in the United States.
You would have to be completely blind not to see what is happening right in front of our eyes.
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Obama Refers to U.S. Armed Forces as ‘My Military’
In case you missed it, President Obama referred to the United States armed forces as “my military” during a statement to the media regarding the Syrian crisis Friday.
“But as I’ve already said,” Obama noted, “I have had MY military and our team look at a wide range of options.”
I wonder how many jobless Americans are aware that their tax dollars went to a Canadian firm to build the Obama's HealthCare.gov website. CGI Federal is the company that built most of HealthCare.gov
Rep McClintock Calls for Americans to Rise Up Against Obama’s Un-Constitutional Usurpations
Rep. Tom McClintock R-CA took to the floor of the House of Representatives amidst the shutdown dealings to break down the debt crisis and to point out Barack Obama's agenda to destroy Republicans, Congress and the Constitution, while gaining control of the American purse, usurping power as a dictator. He ended his remarks by stating that he believed that the salvation of the nation would be the American people standing up against un-constitutional usurpations just as our veterans did last week.
"The debt limit exists for a simple reason," McClintock began. "It's to assure that public debt isn't recklessly piled up without Congress periodically acknowledging it and addressing the spending patterns that are causing it. If the debt increase is supposed to be automatic as the president suggests then there's really no purpose to it."
McClintock then went on to point out the difference between Obama and his predecessors.
"This president has vowed that unless Congress unconditionally raises the debt limit, the United States will default on its sovereign debt. But a failure to raise the debt limit would not by itself cause the nation to default. The Government Accountability Office has consistently held that the Treasury Secretary has 'the authority to choose the order in which to pay obligations of the United States and to protect the nation's credit.'"
"Such authority is inherent in the 1789 Act that established the Treasury Department and entrusted it with 'the management of the revenue' and 'the support of the public credit,' he added.
Rep. McClintock also pointed that the Treasury Department's job in doing this is underscored by the Fourteenth Amendment. He also stated that the United States revenues are ten times the debt payment, so that there is no need for default.
The California representative also referenced the fact that the House passed HR 807, the Full Faith & Credit Act, which not only explicitly requires the payment of the national debt, in the case of an impasse over the debt limit, but allows the president to exceed the debt limit itself, in order to protect the nation's credit. The bill passed in May 2013, & the Senate has yet to take it up, due to Barack Obama's threat of a veto of the bill. One would have to ask why he would do that, if he is as concerned about default and credit as he says. It's because Obama is lying to the American people.
While paying some bills ahead of others might cause some disruption, it would not imperil the nation's sovereign credit. "Only the president can do that," McClintock affirmed.
The House leadership had met with Obama and offered to extend the debt limit until November 22 with no strings attached. Obama wouldn't budge. Senate Republicans offered a 6 month extension, but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid D-NV refused.
McClintock also stated that what Obama threatened to do regarding defaulting on the nation's debt was unprecedented and catastrophic, because markets are confident to loan money to the federal government based on our credit rating.
Representative McClintock said that Republicans had miscalculated on two key assumptions:
Democrats would negotiate on issues that divide our country
Democrats would seek to minimize the suffering caused by the impasse
On both of these fronts, the Democrats were unwilling to negotiate, and what did the Republican establishment do? They bowed to Barack Obama and surrendered.
McClintock confessed that the way the government shutdown was handled, he believed that Obama would knowingly destroy the full faith and credit of the U.S.. Welcome to the real world Rep. McClintock.
Mr. McClintock warned that if the Republicans caved, which they did, it would, in essence, move the power of the purse from the representatives of the people, per the Constitution, to the Executive Branch. Immediately following the debt deal, which included questionable appropriations, Obama set to provide $1.6 billion to jihadists in Pakistan.
"The Executive bureaucracies will be freed to churn out ever more outlandish regulations with no effective congressional review or checked through the purse," McClintock said. "A perilous era will have begun in which the president sets spending levels, and vetoes any bill falling short of his demands. One house can simply refuse to negotiate with the other until Congress is faced with the 'Hobson's Choice' of a shutdown or a default. The nation's spending will again dangerously accelerate, the deficit will rapidly widen, and the economic prosperity will continue to slowly bleed away."
"This impasse may have started as a dispute over a collapsed health program, but it's now taken on the dimensions of a constitutional crisis," he said.
Concluding his remarks, Rep. Tom McClintock referenced veterans that had gathered just the day before at the Capitol "to stand against these un-constitutional usurpations."
"I believe the salvation of our nation now ultimately depends on the American people joining them."
UPDATE: If you would like to encourage Rep. McClintock, his phone is 202-225-2511
Vets Receive Letters Prohibiting Purchase, Possession, Receipt, Or Transport Of A Firearm/Ammunition…
Written By Constitutional Attorney Michael Connelly, J.D.
How would you feel if you received a letter from the U.S. Government informing you that
because of a physical or mental condition that the government says you have it is proposing to rule that you are incompetent to handle your own financial affairs? Suppose that letter also stated that the government is going to appoint a stranger to handle your affairs for you at your expense? That would certainly be scary enough but it gets worse.
What if that letter also stated: “A determination of incompetency will prohibit you from purchasing, possessing, receiving, or transporting a firearm or ammunition. If you knowingly violate any of these prohibitions, you may be fined, imprisoned, or both pursuant to the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, Public Law Number. 103-159, as implemented at 18, United States Code 924(a)(2).”?
That makes is sound like something right from a documentary on a tyrannical dictatorship somewhere in the world. Yet, as I write this I have a copy of such a letter right in front of me. It is being sent by the VA to hundreds, perhaps thousands, of America’s heroes.
In my capacity as Executive Director of the U.S. Justice Foundation I have been contacted by some of these veterans and the stories I am getting are appalling. The letter provides no specifics on the reasons for the proposed finding of incompetency; just that is based on a determination by someone in the VA. In every state in the U.S. no one can be declared incompetent to administer their own affairs without due process of law and that usually requires a judicial hearing with evidence being offered to prove to a judge that the person is indeed incompetent. This is a requirement of the 5th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that states that no person shall be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law”.
Obviously, the VA can’t be bothered by such impediments as the Constitution, particularly since they are clearly pushing to fulfill one of Obama’s main goals, the disarming of the American people. Janet Napolitano has already warned law enforcement that some of the most dangerous among us are America’s heroes, our vets, and now according to this letter from the VA they can be prohibited from buying or even possessing a firearm because of a physical or mental disability.
Think about it, the men and women who have laid their lives on the line to defend us and our Constitution are now having their own Constitutional rights denied. There are no clear criteria for the VA to declare a veteran incompetent. It can be the loss of a limb in combat, a head injury, a diagnosis of PTSD, or even a soldier just telling someone at the VA that he or she is depressed over the loss of a buddy in combat. In none of these situations has the person been found to be a danger to themselves or others. If that was the case than all of the Americans who have suffered from PTSD following the loss of a loved one or from being in a car accident would also have to be disqualified from owning firearms. It would also mean that everyone who has ever been depressed for any reason should be disarmed. In fact, many of the veterans being deprived of their rights have no idea why it is happening.
The answer seems to be it is simply because they are veterans. At the USJF we intend to find the truth by filing a Freedom of Information Act request to the Department of Veterans Affairs to force them to disclose the criteria they are using to place veterans on the background check list that keeps them from exercising their 2nd Amendment rights. Then we will take whatever legal steps are necessary to protect our American warriors.
The reality is that Obama will not get all of the gun control measures he wants through Congress, and they wouldn’t be enough for him anyway. He wants a totally disarmed America so there will be no resistance to his plans to rob us of our nation. That means we have to ask who will be next. If you are receiving a Social Security check will you get one of these letters? Will the government declare that you are incompetent because of your age and therefore banned from firearm ownership. It certainly fits in with the philosophy and plans of the Obama administration. It is also certain that our military veterans don’t deserve this and neither do any other Americans.
– Michael Connelly, J.D.
Executive Director, United States Justice Foundation
The First Shot of the New American Revolution
The first "shot" of the revolution Sunday Oct 13, 2013 was fired yet no one heard it because no weapons were used except those of the riot police sent to put down the rebellion. The Riot Police did not feel or were instructed by their political elite that it would not be "Politically Correct" to arrest or harm patriots of the next revolution.
The revolution was not started by young people with noble ideas of high moral thoughts or by angry militants. The first soldiers of this revolution were 50 years old to 90 year old warriors of long forgotten wars. Old warriors who remembered the oath they took and decided to honor them even when they no longer were expected to remember or care by those who will ultimately benefit from their deeds.
The warriors did not come dressed in battle gear or drove tanks or jeeps or Humvees. The came in wheel chairs & Segways dragging the remnants of barriers placed around a WW II Memorial honoring the long forgotten deeds of their brothers in WW II by an uncaring government that do not honor commitment to recent dead veterans let alone those that have survived decades after their time on the battlefield.
And while you watched your sports on TV and had you Sunday dinners no network coverage was being broadcast of the revolution. Only a few were there to document the revolution. A few caring politicians were there but even they could not get the word out.
But remember this and remember this well on Sunday Oct 13, 2013 the revolution started. From here on we are watching you, those individuals who feel they have our political lives and souls in their hands. We are listening to your hearts and words of those that want to control our lives with their words and deeds.
In the words of Edmund Burke, Statesman "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."
Richard E. Buckner USMC Retired
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There is little over 1 minute video of part of
the confrontation here. Watching it makes it
plain that the police were not protecting or
serving. They showed up in a small force, armed
with batons & bicycle helmets & tried to provoke
the crowd. It didn’t work.
Article II, section 1, of the US Constitution clearly states about the president: "Before he enter on the Execution of his Office, he shall take the following Oath or Affirmation: "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States." Further, Article I, section 1, states "All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives."
Oct 2011, Obama, seeking to circumvent
congressional opposition and to jump-start the
economy, pushed a series of “executive branch
steps,” beginning with “new rules” to make it
easier for homeowners with little or no equity
to refinance their federally funded mortgages,
through Fannie May & Freddie Mac, which posted
larger losses than expected, sought $6 billion
in additional aid.
2011, Obama told the National Council of La Raza
that the idea of “doing things” on his own was
“very tempting” when bypassing
Congress on immigration.
Sept 2011 Obama told the Congressional
Hispanic Caucus he’d like to work his way
2011, during the debt limit debate, Obama asked
lawyers if there was a way to interpret the 14th
Amendment so as to get around Congress and
establish a “long-term extension of the federal
borrowing limit” on his own.
Article I, section 8 (Powers of Congress) of the
US Constitution, there is the phrase “To declare
War…” But Obama said the US actions in Libya
didn’t amount to war, so he didn’t need the
approval of Congress. And he ignored the War
“Congress shall make no law respecting an
establishment of religion, or prohibiting the
free exercise thereof;….”
nation can survive its fools, even the
ambitious, but it cannot survive treason from
within. An enemy at the gates is less
formidable, for he is known and carries his
banner openly, but the traitor moves against
those within the gate freely. The traitor speaks
in accents familiar to his victims, and wears
their face and their arguments. He rots the soul
of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in
the night to undermine the pillars of the city,
he infects the body politic so that it can no
longer resist. A murderer is less to fear."
Marcus Tullius Cicero
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"The administration published
10,535 pages of final Obamacare regulations.
Have you read all those regulations?"
Johnson: "No, I have not."
CNSNews: "How many have you read?"
Johnson: "I've read the entire law."
CNSNews: "Entire law? Well, what about those final regulations?"
Johnson: "I have not read the final regulations, don't plan on doing it. I haven't had the time to do it. I don't think that that's my responsibility to do it."
I’m sorry? Let me see if I can understand this. Representative Johnson was elected by the people in her district in Texas to represent them in the legislature. The duty of the legislature is to pass legislation, and to do that, members of the legislature vote on suggested bills. The premise is that the legislators learn what the bills says and then vote on them in an educated manner. So, the most basic responsibility of a lawmaker would then be to read the laws being voted on.
So Ms. Johnson it is your responsibility to read the regs you plan on forcing on the rest of us.
constrained by a system our founders put in
A actual quote by Obama
THIS SITE IS BASED ON THE PRINCIPALS OF THE CONSTITUTION
Amendment I : Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
Over the course of history, dictators have seen the Catholic Church as an obstacle to their power. Since Barack Obama has been in Washington he has targeted Christians in general and adherent Catholics in particular. A close second target has been the United States military which has been abused and attacked by all manner of assaults from drastic cuts to the forced introduction of Gay troops whose primary purpose is to demoralize Christians and drive them out of their chosen Service. Earlier this year Barack Obama ordered military priests not be allowed to read a letter to Catholic troops written to them by their Bishop because He didn’t like what was being said about Gay troops edict. He has also ordered those who even “think” (yes just think), ill of homosexuals being in their ranks be kicked out of the Service. It is, therefore, not surprising that Barack Omaba is using the phony crisis, he himself has created, during this government shutdown to mount a new and perhaps the most vicious of his attacks on Catholics and their priests serving in our military. Under the cloak of the usual weekend news blackout where virtually no reports of any value are posted, Barack Obama has used a edit to command that any Catholic priest who dares say mass on a military base during the shutdown be arrested. Yes that said arrested! The British did this for hundreds of years in Ireland, but even that ended in the late 19th century. Since the beginning of the last century we have seen the original thug gangsters that ran Mexico round up and shoot priests; Stalin murdered priests; Franco of Spain imprisoned priests; the Chinese Communists imprisoned tortured and murdered priests as did the Cambodians. Today we have such behavior only from Islamists; and the President of the United States who wants to arrest Catholic priests who dare to act as Catholic priests. 25% of our military are members of the Catholic Church. They have a right to receive the comfort and joy provided by their priests; but that means nothing to Barack Obama.
hospitals shrinking services due to spending
Patients at Walter Reed Hospital and other premier military hospitals are being sent to private doctors and having surgery and other treatment delayed because of furloughs to medical personnel, according to interviews and internal documents. "Please show patients the utmost understanding and care while we are asking them to accept longer wait times and in some cases, curtailed or limited services," Rear Adm. Alton Stocks, hospital commander, told staff in a message. A "colleagues" memo issued in recent days says inpatient beds are in "critically short supply" because of furloughs of civilian staff triggered by federal spending cuts known as sequestration. The memo encourages "dispositions/discharges as soon as possible." Hospital spokesperson Sandy Dean explained this direction, saying, "We are are encouraging health care providers to be more efficient when handling their paperwork instead of writing discharge orders later in the day no patient has been or will be discharged before it is medically appropriate." With cases of post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health problems at an all-time high, Dean says civilian caregivers in the hospital's in-patient mental health section are furloughed, reducing beds there from 28 to 22. Most serious combat wounded and other medical cases are given priority as routine treatments are delayed, officials said. Military families complain on the National Military Family Association website of waiting longer for medical appointments, immunizations for infants and getting someone to answer the phone at small medical clinics. Similar cutbacks occurring across military medicine are "definitely impacting our ability to deliver health care," said MG Richard Thomas, commander of 11 Army hospitals in the western U.S.. Just in the first month of furloughs, 10,000 routine patient appointments in the western Army medical region been delayed because of staffing shortages, Thomas says. The Pentagon's top medical official, Jonathan Woodson, assistant secretary of Defense for health affairs, called the cuts illogical and a significant threat. "We simply cannot continue to sustain the burdens placed on the military medical system if sequester remains the law of the land, the men & women who have fought tirelessly on the battlefields of Iraq & Afghanistan deserve much, much more than this." Thomas said that by sending patients to a network of private doctors who contract with the government for services, the Pentagon will spend more money in order to compensate for the automatic spending cuts. "As we curtail we will inevitably refer more care out to the network, we'll end up spending more money in the long run." The automatic cuts, which many in Congress have vowed to keep in place through 2014, led the Pentagon to furlough more than 640,000 civilian workers for 11 days between July 8 and Sept. 30. For the Army, which has the largest medical system within the military, all but 6,600 of its 44,000 civilian medical workers are being furloughed. "The impact on morale is huge," says Thomas, adding that some caregivers have quit, lured to the VA for jobs. "VA is parked right outside our installations and they're poaching our players." For Erika Townes, a nurse at the Malcolm Grow Medical Center, an out-patient clinic at Andrews AFB near DC, furloughs mean canceling family vacation, cutting groceries and losing $200 or 20% per paycheck every 2 weeks. "It frustrates me because I make less than $50,000 a year and, not to toot my own horn, but I'm a damn good nurse. I put a lot of passion into what I do. So you're going to punish me because you can't fix your own budget?" says the veteran nurse, a mother of four whose husband is disabled. At Walter Reed, the primary care facility for troops wounded in Afghanistan, the number of operating rooms has been cut from 23 to 20 Monday thru Thursday & to 10 on Friday, when most civilians take their weekly furlough day, according to a memo from USN Capt. Philip Perdue, deputy chief of surgery. "Sorry to be the bearer of bad news this is being forced on all of us," he writes. The sprawling Walter Reed campus in Bethesda outside DC is a joint military operation that in 2011 combined the National Naval Medical Center and the Walter Reed Army Hospital. With the spending cuts, 10%-20% of beds are now left vacant in surgery, in-patient mental health, maternal child services & critical care. Surgeons are urged to finish operations by 3 pm each day, according to an internal memorandum.
Obama Orders Pay Raise for Biden, Congress & Federal Workers
Barack Obama issued an executive order to end the pay freeze on federal employees, in effect giving some federal workers a raise. One federal worker now to receive a pay increase is Joe Biden. According to disclosure forms, Biden made a cool $225,521 last year. After the pay increase, he'll now make $231,900 per year. Or a pay raise of $ 6,379.00 a year Members of Congress, from the House and Senate, also will receive a annual salary increase from $174,000 to 174,900 or $ 5,000.00, a year pay raise. Leadership in Congress, including the speaker of the House, will likewise get an increase. Here's the list of new wages, as attached to Obama's executive order: "A new executive order has been issued providing for a new pay schedule beginning 'on the first day of the first applicable pay period beginning after March 27, 2013."
UPDATE: According to a senior Republican congressional aide who has reviewed the executive order & consulted with the Congressional Budget Office, Obama's pay raise will cost $11 billion. "The CBO stated that Obama's pay raise for federal workers will cost $11 billion over 10 years," says the aide. The aide explains, "On the cost-estimate, CBO says the discretionary cost of the .5% pay-hike the President is calling for in the Exec Order relative to a freeze is about $500m in FY13 & $11 billion over the 10 years from FY13 - FY22. The reason why the FY ’13 savings is only $500 million is because the pay hike as proposed by the President’s Exec Order would not go into effect until April 1st, 2013 when the current CR expires. So it only covers 1/2 the fiscal year. The annualized cost of the pay hike is about $1 billion/year." My 2013 pay raise as a retired military was $ 10.26 a month / $123.12 for the entire year.
Every year on Memorial Day &
Veterans Day, Barack Obama & our
other politicians make very nice
speeches, but the truth about how
they feel about us vets can be
seen in how they are treated every
single day. In the U.S.
today, there are well over half a
million veterans that have been
waiting for at least 125 days to
have their benefit claims processed.
Many of them will ultimately have
their claims sent back or denied
just so a government employee
somewhere can get a bigger bonus.
Meanwhile many veterans have to wait
more than half a year just to get an
appointment at one of those
facilities. Once you start looking
into how this country really treats
military veterans, it becomes easier
to understand why 22 military
veterans commit suicide in America
every single day. Our vets have a
higher rate of unemployment, a
higher rate of poverty, a higher
rate of homelessness, a higher rate
of depression and a higher rate of
divorce than the general population.
It is a crying shame. One of the
ways that any society is judged is
by how it treats military veterans,
and the truth is that America has
Under Obama, VA’s Problems Get Worse
Despite Obama’s pledge to fix the ‘broken VA bureaucracy,’ benefits claims are taking longer than ever to process, reports Aaron Glantz of the Center for Investigative Reporting. The VA's ability to quickly provide service-related benefits has virtually collapsed under Obama, according to internal VA documents obtained by the Center for Investigative Reporting and authenticated by the agency. Cpl. Todd Love, who lost both legs and his left arm in an IED explosion in Afghanistan, rolls his wheelchair on stage at an amphitheater before a veterans benefit concert in Alpharetta, GA, October 31, 2012. Those documents, which the VA has yet to share with Congress or the public, show that the delays new veterans face before receiving disability compensation and other benefits often are far longer than the agency has publicly acknowledged. The documents also offer insight into some of the reasons for those delays. The agency tracks and widely reports the average wait time: 273 days. But the internal data indicates that veterans filing their first claim, including those who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, wait nearly 2 months longer, between 316 & 327 days. Those filing for the first time in America’s major population centers wait up to twice as long 642 days in NY, 619 days in LA & 542 days in Chicago. The ranks of veterans waiting more than a year for their benefits grew from 11,000 in 2009, the first year of Obama’s presidency, to 245,000 in December an increase of more than 2,000 %. As a candidate, Obama had promised to revamp a “broken VA bureaucracy,” but the documents reveal that many of the administration’s attempts including efforts to boost staffing and computerize claims processing have fallen apart in the implementation. Calls to the White House press office were not returned. Despite agency promises to eliminate the claims backlog by 2015, the internal documents show the VA expects the number of veterans waiting currently about 900,000 to continue to increase throughout 2013 and top a million by the end of this month. “I’m not surprised at the number of us that kill ourselves,” said Lincoln Capstick, an unemployed Iraq War veteran in Indiana, where the average wait on new claims is 612 days.
The VA will be spared but Veterans will not
Despite assurances that veterans benefits and services will be exempt from the budget cuts, veterans and their families will share the suffering along with military counterparts. The result could mean more homeless veterans, less help for those looking for work, and tens of thousands of furloughed veteran struggling to make ends meet. “There’s a very large concern about the secondary effects of sequestration on veterans programs nationwide,” said Joe Davis, spokesman for the VFW. “We still don’t know all the ways veterans might be hurt.” VA programs and payouts are exempt from the mandated spending cuts. White House and department officials have promised that that disability benefits, veterans education funds and health care services will continue uninterrupted. But VA Secretary Eric Shinseki has warned on several occasions that everyone in America will feel the effects of sequestration, including veterans. Department officials have deflected questions about specific hardships facing veterans, but other agencies have detailed where the problems will emerge. About 350,000 vets work for the DoD, comprising about 44% of the civilian workforce. Nearly all of them will face once-a-week furloughs starting in late April, as the Pentagon tries to make up a multibillion-dollar shortfall in funding between March & Oct. The weekly furloughs represent a 20% loss in pay for veterans, many of whom re-entered the federal workforce assuming their paychecks and job stability were guarantees. Tens of thousands of veterans working in other state and federal agencies could face pay cuts as well. The U.S. Customs & Border Protection agency has announced planned furloughs of up to 14 days to help fill their sequestration-mandated cuts. More than one in four employees of that agency are former military. And veterans without jobs will likely have a more difficult time finding one. Department of Labor leaders said the transition assistance program which includes Labor and defense department funds will have to reduce operations, leaving soon-to-be veterans under prepared for a return to civilian life. The Veterans Employment & Training program will lose about $4 million over the next 6 months, and state grants for veterans jobs programs will also be reduced. That’s a significant blow at a time when unemployment among Iraq & Afghanistan era veterans remains well above national rates. Nationally, more than 844,000 veterans were out of work last month, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In addition, officials from the Department of Housing & Urban Development earlier this month said sequestration would slash housing vouchers and rental assistance programs for about 125,000 individuals, including veterans. That money designed to keep unemployed and underemployed individuals off the street won’t be available to provide a safety net for financially troubled veterans. HUD officials said the cut could jeopardize the White House goal of ending veterans homelessness in the next 2 years. Even many protected veterans initiatives will be hit with collateral damage. Louis Celli, legislative director for the American Legion, said medical records sharing and suicide prevention programs run jointly by the military and VA will be pinched because only the VA money will be protected. Pentagon programs will see funding cuts just like all other defense accounts. VA hospitals and physicians won’t be affected, but military doctors will. For tens of thousands of veterans still receiving health care through Tricare retiree offerings, that will mean the same longer waits for appointments and reduced care that is facing military members. Ultimately, that could end up forcing more veterans into the VA health care system, adding pressure to the taxed system. “As long as veterans are still tethered to the DoD, we are all going to feel the effects,” Celli said. None of those problems address the long-term effect of sequestration, which Davis said could lead to flat or lower VA budgets for years to come. Earlier this month, a coalition of vet groups offered their hopes for the fiscal 2014 VA budget, lobbying for a 7 % increase in department discretionary funding next year. That includes almost $1 billion in construction projects alone, which groups say is overdue and needed but also unlikely, given the national financial constraints.
A Little-Known Benefit for Aging Veterans
As veterans age, many are unfamiliar with a benefit that can help pay for care at home or in assisted living or a nursing home. Here’s a riddle: When is a government benefit that pays for caregivers, assisted living and a nursing home not a benefit? When hardly any people know they’re entitled to it. That seems to be the story with a VA benefit called the Aid & Attendance & Housebound Improved Pension benefit, known as A&A, which can cover the costs of caregivers in the home including sons and daughters who are paid to be caregivers, though not spouses or be used for assisted living or a nursing home. The benefit is not insignificant: up to $2,019 monthly for a veteran and spouse, and up to $1,094 for the widow of a vet. Surprised that you’ve never heard of it? You’re not alone. “It’s probably one of the lesser-known benefits,” said Randal Noller, a VA spokesman in Washington. Of the 1.7 million WWII veterans alive as of 2011, who were in need of care giving assistance and thus eligible, only 38,076 veterans & 38,685 surviving spouses were granted the A&A benefit that year, according to Mr. Noller. Mr. Noller is not the first to acknowledge A&A is a well-kept secret. Jim Nicholson, former secretary of VA, said in a news release that “not everyone is aware of his or her potential eligibility” for the program, which he called an “underused” benefit. Not much has changed. A search of the VA Web site for evidence of public information efforts in the 6 years since came up blank. “The sad thing is, it’s been an entitlement for 61 years, but it’s sat idle the VA employees just haven’t been educated about it,” said Debbie Burak of Midlothian, VA. She said she repeatedly called department offices on behalf of her father, a WW II veteran, and her mother, who became homeless after their house caught fire and their injuries required extensive care. She was told there were no benefits they were entitled to. Indeed, when I called 2 Baltimore-area VA offices for my father, a WWII veteran, no one had heard of this benefit or any benefit that paid for caregivers or assisted living or nursing homes. “My parents’ end of life was so difficult. They lost everything, were living in a terrible hotel, ran up every credit card we had,” Ms. Burak said. “My mother begged us not to cremate her, but there was no money for a burial; we had no choice.” It was only after her father died that Ms. Burak discovered her parents would have been entitled to as much as $160,000 over the last decade through the Aid & Attendance benefit. She applied, but no money arrived before her mother died. Mr. Noller said the program’s low visibility might be an effect of the size of the department. “The VA is the 2nd largest agency in the federal government, and you can’t expect everybody to know everything,” he said, referring to the agency’s work force. To bridge the info gap, Ms. Burak introduced VeteranAid.org a Web site and a 501(c)(3) charity, in 2005, to provide information about A&A eligibility and how to apply. To qualify, a veteran need not have suffered a service-related injury. He or she only had to have clocked at least one day of his or her 90-day minimum military service during a time of war and need care giving for activities of daily living. Applying can be confusing and arduous. If you know the program’s name & search the VA Web site for Aid & Attendance, the first page states, among other things, that you are not eligible for A&A unless you already qualify for a basic VA pension for which you have to be “totally disabled.” That’s more than a little misleading. “What people don’t know is that when wartime veterans turn 65, the VA automatically classifies them as ‘totally disabled,’ ” Ms. Burak said. And if they meet income and asset criteria, they are eligible for a basic pension. The A&A benefit can be more than 50% higher than the basic veteran’s pension $24,239 annually for a veteran and spouse with A&A, versus $16,051 for a basic pension. The income and asset cutoffs are also higher than for A&A benefits. Karen McCarty, of Fort Worth, is one of the lucky ones who applied for A&A and got it. She heard about it when the assisted living facility where her father-in-law, Robert McCarty, 92, was living, held a seminar on it. Ms. McCarty, a former certified public accountant, started researching the application process at the VA site, but, she said, “the VeteranAid.org site was much clearer.” She found all the forms she needed, and her father-in-law received the first check in record time 6 months. Not all Veterans Affairs officers are in the dark about A&A. After Annette Cadena’s parents were in a car accident and moved to a nursing home in their tiny hometown, Fossil, OR, it was the local VA officer, Paul Conroy now retired, who saw her on the street and mentioned that her parents might qualify. “I was skeptical, to be honest,” said Ms. Cadena. “My husband did 2 tours in Iraq & has worked 30 years for the Washington State Army NG coordinating with the VA to help veterans, and he had never heard of it.” Still, she applied in Aug 2009, and 9 months later her parents started receiving the maximum $2,019 per month. The benefit was a lifesaver. That is, until her father, Clinton Ray, died on Aug 5. The payments to her mother, Bessie Ray, stopped, even though widows of vets are also entitled to this benefit. “They cut her off cold,” Ms. Cadena said, and told her she would have to apply all over again as a widow, which could take 9 to 18 months. “My mother said, ‘Oh, my God, are they going to kick me out of the home?’” Ms. Cadena recalled. Still, when the benefit comes through, it can make a real difference. Marcia Hruska’s mother, 85, had run through all her savings after 7 years of worsening Alzheimer’s and round-the-clock care in her apartment in Coconut Creek, FL. Assisted living was the next step, but Ms. Hruska didn’t know how they would pay for it, with SS her only income. “One of the assisted living facilities we visited asked if my dad had been in the service,” and mentioned A&A, Ms. Hruska recalled. So she filled out the 26-page VA application which used to be only four pages and on Sept. 1, 6 months after applying, she received the first monthly check for $1,019. “This relieves a lot of tension,” Ms. Hruska said. One warning note: Scams abound. The department forbids anyone to charge to help vets fill out these challenging forms, yet a growing number of companies many of which, on a Web search for “Aid and Attendance,” pop up with waving flags and red-white-and-blue banners offer to “help” vets fill out the forms free, then charge thousands of dollars for financial consultation. And, Ms. Burak warns: “Financial planners at assisted living facilities are putting on seminars about the A&A benefit but it isn’t out of the goodness of their hearts. They are trolling for residents who have too much money to qualify, to get them to move assets into annuity products that don’t count as income or assets and yield big commissions.” This is possible because, unlike Medicaid, with its 5 year look back, The VA has no look back on asset transfers. The department does not reveal maximum allowable assets. But $80,000, house & a car are exempt from this total seems to be in the ballpark, though someone with more assets could still qualify if expenses were very high, according to Ms. Burak. Income limits are not set in stone either. But the maximum is around $20,000 - $23,000 after deducting costs for medical expenses, caregivers, assisted living or nursing home fees. Some people are taking advantage of A&A to protect assets for their heirs, Ms. McCarty said. Still, she said, "it's a wonderful benefit.”
Below is a email I received regarding VA Travel Pay problems at the Indianapolis VA Hospital. Is this how veterans are to be treated? President Obama said that Veterans were to be honored and respected. Talk is cheap Mr. President.
My name is Gina Gabriele and I served in the USAR back in 1973-74. I live in Ft Wayne, area.
I had 2 appointments in Indy, was reassured by the Ft Wayne VA that my travel pay was approved.
When it was time to leave Indy, the lovelies at the travel pay window said I wasn't eligible.
The Fort Wayne VA was closed and I was extremely angry and hysterical !!!!!!! Like you, I had to go beg for mercy in the ER to get a gas card.
Fort Wayne Travel Pay (Jan, a male) apologized and gave me the travel pay in Fort Wayne. But, I am afraid to go back to Indy and get treated like that again.
Dan Stauffer gave me your name. He also told me someone in Fort Wayne screwed up my approval papers. I don't quite understand that.
Just thought Id share with you. I assume you were a Col? I SALUTE you!
Gina Gabriele RN (jobless also)
No jobs in NE Indiana. I have no money, no nothing, point of despair. I had a very good interview at Parkview Hospital but they seem to drag their feet. I'm okay until the end of the month, then the electric & house payment is due. Do you know anyone that helps vets out with this situation? I don't qualify for unemployment, & I refuse to be disabled. I want to work.
August 24, 2011
Honorable Mr. Mike Pence,
On Aug 22, 2011 I traveled from Dunkirk, IN to Indianapolis, IN for the purpose of a MRI at the VA Hospital Indianapolis. After receiving the MRI I then went to travel to pick up my travel pay. I was informed that the computers were down and that no pay could be processed. I informed them that I had traveled 86 miles one way and that I was a little short on funds as my check would be in my account the next day.
They informed me that there was nothing they could do. They informed me that I could go to Social Services in the hospital & perhaps they could help. I asked the social worker & was told that she would give me a $10 Gas Card but I would forfeit the remainder of my travel pay.
That would amount to a loss of approximately $65 as my travel pay to Indianapolis & back would be approximately $75 for the total 172 miles traveled. I informed the VA social services that was unacceptable. Sir, as a 20 year veteran/retiree of the U.S. Military that is one of my benefits. Just as you in Congress also have your benefits they should not be used as a "Let's Make A Deal" by the social services part of the VA.
I was informed that I would receive my travel pay in the mail in about 4 weeks. I usually utilize the Marion IN VA Facility for my medical needs which include Diabetes, a compression fracture of my lower back, knee and leg injury. In the 16 years that I have utilized the VA Health Care I have always been treated with respect & a high degree of professionalism. The personnel at the Marion & Ft Wayne Facilities & the CBOC in Muncie, IN are true professionals.
I find it completely unprofessional & verging on criminal that I be offered assistance for a benefit I earned by serving my country for 20 years by asking me to give up my benefit in lieu of a $10.00 Gas Card. I will state that the medical services provided to me while at the VA in Indianapolis were excellent as were the medical personnel that I encountered. While I was receiving the MRI my wife was asked by the Deputy Director of the VA Facility there in Indianapolis how we were being treated.
At that time it was perfect and my wife stated that. I realize you are a very busy individual and I realize that this is a small matter. But as a constituent, and voter (for you I might add) I would appreciate it if you would look into this matter so another veteran is not subjected to this type of treatment.
Richard E. Buckner
125 Harold Avenue
Dunkirk, Indiana 47336-1505
Post Note: Received a phone call from Indianapolis VA Travel Section. After a lengthy conversation with their main Travel Section Representative I was informed that I had already received a "Gas Card" for my travel pay back home. Also it was questioned why I had contacted a Congressman about this matter. It appears that Travel was more concerned with a Congressional Investigation than they are doing their own jobs. However, no card was issued or wanted. After talking with the Deputy Director of VA Hospital Indianapolis who was extremely helpful & a true professional and 2 Patient Advocates who were equally professional & helpful the problem quickly was taken care of. The Travel check is being mailed & everything is like it should be. It is a shame you have to assert yourself to receive the benefits you earned.
At The VA - Richard E. Buckner - Veterans United
His name is David, he is a military veteran like his father. His father was a POW in Viet Nam and his son is a U.S. Army Special Forces soldier in Iraq who was wounded and a recipient of the Purple Heart. His day started when he left Van Buren, IN to visit the Marion VA facility in Marion, IN. He was instructed to pick up medicine by the VA.
But when he visited the Pharmacy he was informed that the medicine he was instructed to pick up would not be released for another 5 days ? Frustrated David asked the Pharmacist to contact his Doctor at the VA there in Marion and clarify the problem. He was informed that they could not do that and he would have to go up several stories and talk with the doctor himself. David explained that he had an injured foot but the Pharmacist insisted he could not help him.
When David asked if there was a Patient Advocate he was informed there was not. This is when I entered the picture. Knowing that there is required by law for a Patient Advocate to be assigned to each facility I informed him that this was not the truth. I explained to him that the position was vacant for nearly 8 months and the position was manned in a rotational order. I told him to check at the front administration desk and that the Advocate if he or she was in was across from the administration desk.
David thanked me and proceeded to go to the desk. I waited several more minutes and my name was called and I picked up my medicine. My wife and I then proceeded to leave when we came upon David standing next to the advocate's cubby hole area across from the Admin Office. I asked him if he was being helped and he informed me that he was waiting for someone to assist him. Not being in any particular hurry I decided to wait with him. As we were standing there talking with David an elderly vet accidentally spilled a large cup of Orange Soda.
We then informed the VA employee working at the desk that there was a spill in front of their window and that perhaps it should be cleaned up to prevent an accident from someone slipping on it. After 2 more attempts to have someone clean up the mess my wife decided that since 10 minutes had gone by perhaps it would be just as easy to clean it up herself. The VA Administrative Workers action to this was not even a thank you. All this time David, myself and another VA employee was discussing David's problem. The VA employee named Chad was extremely polite and helpful and departed to make arrangements for David to get his medicine. While he was away David and I spoke about other problems he had lately at the facility. Several weeks earlier David asked about the Means Test and how much it was for veterans in his area.
The Means Test is a Financial Chart that shows exactly how much to the dollar a veteran can make without going over a mandated amount to receive free or Co-Pay assistance for medical services and medicine. This particular VA employee who David had spoke with informed him that according to an order given her by her supervisor that this information was not to be given out. I found this puzzling since that information did not even require a Freedom of Information Request since it was posting in VA Booklets & Manuals and was on the Internet. I asked David if he asked her why she was not able to give out the information. His answer floored me. It seems she was informed by her supervisor that and I quote "Veterans are thieves & are crooked and conniving and that they would use the information to circumvent the paying for services."
David requested to speak with her supervisor and was directed to another VA Supervisor who asked David in a sarcastic tone "What do you want a Cash Settlement? That's what you want cash, right?" David was completely aghast and asked to speak with her supervisor. The next meeting was between David & a VA Employee when David happened to mention that his father had been a POW and his son was an Army Special Forces soldier who had received a Purple Heart after being blown out of a tank and received injuries. The comment made by this supervisor was completely unbelievable. His comment was "Yes, business is good" I then left David & remembered I needed to make an appointment with my VA Health Care Physician.
My wife & I went back up several floors and patiently waited for over 10 min while the VA Reps behind the counter talked with her bank regarding her mobile home. It seems she was not clear about some papers she signed & wanted clarification. From the conversation it sounded like she was in a hurry to get it cleared up. When she finally got off the phone I asked her to see when I could make an appointment as I had received a Reminder Card to make an appointment. She informed me that I had to go next door office. My wife and I then left her counter and walked to the next office only to find it locked and vacant. It appears that the VA Supervisors are out of touch with reality much like their political leaders who make the policies.