Hurdles remain to helping veterans

Promise to end homelessness has yielded results

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  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Nov. 12, 2012 8:54 p.m.

    The forgotten soldier still exists. It appears that 171,000 military retirees are going to lose their medical care level that they had. Maybe they can join the homeless also as the country celebrates a Veterans' Day Holiday. Maybe this is the last good day for men and women and their families that served their nation. Those that died may have been the fortunate ones as these men and women will not be the first to pay the price, again. They say military served with honor. It appears that Congressmen and Women and Senators maybe don't serve with Honor as they deprive military personnel of a good life.

    Military people don't enjoy the same benefits of those people they are fighting to preserve their freedom. It is just that people will not be as motivated to serve a country who considers military personnel, active, reserve and retired as second class citizens.

    Military personnel volunteered to serve. However, it is the Congress and the President that funds and directs the war efforts. It is a sad day for our country to abandon these dedicated souls. Sitting in the desert sun with gnats and flies is almost the same as game?

  • Ann Blake-Tracy Henderson, NV
    Nov. 12, 2012 4:20 p.m.

    Interesting: "Mental health issues may be the biggest challenge to the government's effort ..."If VA doesn't take a critical look at and correct the serious problems ... most notably, its mental health access issues and rising (disability) claims backlog, we will end up right back where we started,"

    If the military did not promote the medications this veteran is on - antidepressants that rightly kept Eric Harris of Columbine fame out of the military - antidepressants which CAUSE PTSD (see Australian researcher Murray Essler), we would have far less mentally ill & homeless veterans! They're being drugged out of their minds with multiple medications! Google Stan White or my name to learn what families are doing about the senseless deaths of their veteran loved ones.

    These "medications" are causing the disorientation, depression, psychosis & disabilities which lead many into homelessness. FDA warns taking antidepressants under age 25 increases suicidal thinking & we now have more military suicides than combat deaths! Withdrawal is extremely difficult unless they know to withdraw VERY, VERY SLOWLY off them. So many remain on them because they are not aware it is possible to safely withdraw & regain their health causing many to die from suicide trying or from toxic effects.

    Nov. 12, 2012 10:25 a.m.

    The Veterans Jobs Bill would have been a great start for this. Unfortunately, it failed in the senate with a vote of 58-42 because the GOP would not allow it to come up for a regular vote. Seven republicans did cross the aisle to vote for it, we just needed two more. I served in Baghdad from 2003-2004 and have worked with a couple of veterans organizations since, traveling to DC and trying to push veterans legislation. We got the GI bill passed, although the GOP fought that one really hard too.

  • mohokat Ogden, UT
    Nov. 12, 2012 8:36 a.m.

    Another Obama promise.We already know that what he promises and what he delivers are two different things. He has plenty of undeliverd promises why not default on another? My Veteran brothers beware.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Nov. 12, 2012 8:36 a.m.

    As a veteran of the Army and Air Force, I disagree that the military is on target to get veterans away from being homeless by 2015.

    With all the money that has never been there for the Veterans' Administration and the military for these types of services, the budget plans a decrease for operational needs of the military and especially personnel issues.

    The TRICARE medical system is being thrown under the bus for people who have served in the military. It will not get better for the Veterans' Administration, either. It has always been the albatross for Veterans and families seeking help. They don't have the right funding and especially with the wars of the past 10 years and people retiring medically and through the normal process. Veterans will be released from the military now that the wars are over and it will take a special effort to keep the Veterans heads above water. Their families have suffered psychologically and in a world of depression, mentally and financially, the burden is especially high for the Veterans and their families.

    The Reserve and National Guard forces have not been deployed this much in history and will have special needs today, always.