BugsyR wrote:You make it sound that Bush and McCain are denying benefits to us Vets. I don't know of anyone being denied medical. I know some are being denied full pay (usually happens after they go see the Old Man for doing something stupid....but that has nothing to do with Bush or McCain.... ). So what legal passed by law benefits are you talking about when you say...
My point is that this administration & John McCain are "short-sheeting" both our active duty personnel & retired vets in terms of the benefits (not privileges) that they are guaranteed by law.
Back! (I know...I know......You couldn't wait,right? )
First let me make a point:
I am not a lawyer (so perhaps we should get Stockingfull or another lawyer to chime in if they ever read this) but here's my earlier point, put more exactly:
Privilege: To me (a layman) I define a "Privilege" as something good that may or may not be given to you by your employer based on you earning it, somehow. It's not guaranteed.
Benefit:: I define as something guaranteed as part of your employment contract.
Now.....To answer the question you asked:
There are almost daily news stories of Iraqi War veterans being denied medical care for things this administration tortures the English language to avoid claiming responsibility for.
1. GW Bush has hidden & denied the fact that more Iraqi war veterans are committing suicide than any other soldiers/veterans in history. (Provable Fact!)...Thus they are being intentionally (an unconscionably) denied access to the psychological medical care that they deserve & have earned.
2. How many horror stories have we heard about the interminable wait that many GI must endure before they receive some medical care. (Walter Reed scandal comes to mind)
Medical care delayed is medical care denied....to steal a legal phrase about "Justice"
Just a few examples right off the top of my head.
My point is , as I and many others see it, that our both our active duty military & veterans are merely paid lip service too by this admin & John McCain for crass political purposes in election years, but when real increased benefits are proposed to help these GI's when they retire, they are shot down by Bush & McCain in the worst form of hypocrisie imaginable!
(just compare the veteran's benefits proposed in a bill by Virginia Senator Webb (an ex Republican & Sec. of the Navy for R.Reagan) to that watered down, "Face Saving" bill that was supported by Bush & McCain & finally signed into law. Ask the veterans which bill they would have preferred?? ...but Bush had threatened to veto because it was to good for our veterans!)
Ask almost any veteran except Mike (BugsyR) that is!
We need a change!