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Sick veterans wait for Obama’s promise
Washington Times, by John Solomon

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Posted By:garnet, 11/12/2012 7:41:02 AM

It was one of the simplest, most poignant promises Barack Obama made in 2008 in his first campaign for the White House: He would fulfill “a sacred trust with our veterans” by significantly reducing the government’s lengthy backlog of pending claims for disability coverage. The goal: All veterans could get a decision on disability claims within 125 days. But on this Veterans Day, as Mr. Obama prepares for his second term, the president’s pledge not only remains unfulfilled, it has become a rallying cry for sick veterans,

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: idahospanky, 11/12/2012 8:00:19 AM     (No. 9008449)

I am a veteran, West Pointer, US Navy submariner, and I know I have back problems that are directly related to an injury sustained in the submarine service that has plagued me for over 25 years, but I will never apply for veterans disability benefits because there are so many more deserving veterans that I cannot in good conscience take something from someone who gave so much more to their country in the defense of our liberties. My father, who died 4 years ago next February, had lung cancer attributed to agent orange. He was 100 % disabled veteran and received his benefits and is survived by my mom. Zero made another empty promise to true patriots. He should be tried for treason for crimes against the Constitution, and any true patriot and relative of a veteran should do everything in their power to see Zero impeached for anything.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: CEP, 11/12/2012 8:20:06 AM     (No. 9008473)

He said yesterday that he was keeping this promise?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: idahospanky, 11/12/2012 8:22:34 AM     (No. 9008478)

Like all of his other promises.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: CEP, 11/12/2012 8:34:37 AM     (No. 9008506)

Yes

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Reply 5 - Posted by: lakerman1, 11/12/2012 8:53:35 AM     (No. 9008542)

I´m covered by the VA, and have nothing but good things to say about the care providers.
The administrators are a different matter. They are bureaucratic beyond belief. And each minor administrator seems to build his or her own little kingdom.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: iamtinman, 11/12/2012 9:18:00 AM     (No. 9008585)

Why would anyone, especially veterans, trust this government to do anything? This thugocracy is dedicated to taking from those who earn and giving to those who want as long as they support the leftist in the white house. Veterans are not included in that group. It´s a national disgrace and in a just world would create a nationwide outcry but in Washington these days "sacred trusts" aren´t valid more than 5 minutes after the votes are counted.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: frenesi1, 11/12/2012 11:29:39 AM     (No. 9008942)

Americans put Obama back in office. They don´t care about Veterans.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Coy860, 11/12/2012 11:35:52 AM     (No. 9008951)

Or their widows. My spouse died of service connected illness. It has been one year since I applied for widow´s benefits, and for reimbursement of his final expenses. I am still waiting. Every 3 months I receive a letter telling me they are "working" on the claim.
He applied in 2007 and was finally rated Feb. 2012..3 months after he died.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: idahospanky, 11/12/2012 11:47:03 AM     (No. 9008972)

My father had similar experience with his benefits and it took almost two years for her to receive her death benefits after my dad´s passing.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: galbaccr, 11/12/2012 6:53:29 PM     (No. 9009778)

#6 - Our local VA clinic had a really bad (typical) administrator. Arrogant and a real thorn in the side of both the caregivers and the vets. There were lots of complaints and, apparently enough of them that they finally moved this person elsewhere (they never fire them, I suspect). The new administrator was apparently aware of his predecessor´s reputation and probable reason for transfer. He has been super kind and gets along well with everyone. These admins cannot fix overall VA problems themselves (they are just one cog in the bureaucracy - but they can at least not add to the problems or not impede the solutions by not being a pain in everyone´s rear.

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