Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Veterans Make Suggestions for the Obama Administration's Handling of the VA

Jon Soltz, the co-founder of VoteVets.org who served as a Captain in Operation Iraqi Freedom, is feeling optimistic about the new Obama administration's commitment to military veterans. At noon, when the White House website switched from that of Former President Bush to the one for President Obama, he was encouraged by what he saw on the agenda.

After polling over 45,000 veterans and their families back in December, VoteVets.org sent a memo to President-Elect Obama's office that detailed their concerns and suggestions for how to improve the Veteran's Administration (VA) that handles health care for those who have served in the military. Soltz feels as if the new Obama administration is off to a good start by paying attention to what veterans are saying, as evidenced by what has been put on the new President's agenda for the VA.

Maybe if there had been better VA care available to my Vietnam Vet uncle, he could have received treatment for his depression and we'd still have him here instead of trying to deal with his suicide that has left his Army vet wife and daughter and the rest of our family (with a strong familial tradition of serving in the military) just devastated. It's too late for our family but I hope that this will be fixed so that other people don't have to lose their loved ones, too.

I bet my uncle would have been really delighted to see this day where an African-American became the President of the United States for the first time in our nation's history. I wish he was here.


Eric Dondero said...

Here's a suggestion from a Veteran: Me.

How about we downsize the Veterans Administration.

We Vets don't need government hand-outs. What we need is recognition of our service. We need parades, celebrations of our victories in Iraq and Afghanistan, movies made by Hollywood highlighting Pro-Military/Pro-Victory themes.

We're not government subsidy whores.

Give us recognition, not a check.

bint alshamsa said...

It seems most vets disagree with you, Eric. Most of them call for the VA to expand its services. By the way, you sure didn't mind government subsidies when it was time for you to go to college, did you?

Anonymous said...

i believe that they should stop giving the veterans a hard time concerning their disability and just let them have them they fought and bleed for this country they have a right to retire with grace and not have to be on the streets homeless. I believe people have forgotten how to care.

Joe Higgins said...

we all love and reap the benefits of the sacrafices of the veterans, we should have the courage to stand up for their rights and work to pay back the debt each of us have to them.