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May 1, 2014 - 8:33 am
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Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) called on President Obama to appoint a special investigator to probe the treatment of wait-listed veterans at the VA.

Reports surfaced last week that at least 40 veterans died waiting for appointments at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care system, and many of those who lost their lives were put on a “secret” waiting list.

The chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), said Friday he wants to wait for the results of an inspector general’s report before investigating the death, despite calls from fellow senators to hold hearings right away.

“My strong conviction is that we owe a moral obligation — not just a legal obligation — to those veterans to keep our commitments to them once they separate from military service. And I’m sorry to say that the Department of Veterans Affairs has repeatedly and outrageously failed to uphold its own commitment to America’s armed forces and our veterans,” Cornyn said on the Senate floor today.

“This should be a call to action on the part of the United States Senate and the federal government to live up to its obligations and its commitment to our nation’s veterans,” he continued.

“Serving America’s veterans is one of the most important responsibilities the federal government has. The VA’s failure to meet its responsibility is an ongoing scandal, one that I will continue drawing attention to until our veterans get the support they so rightfully deserve.”

On Monday, President Obama said he’d told Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to look into the matter.

“That is consistent with what has been my rock-solid commitment to make sure that our veterans are cared for. I believe that if somebody has served our nation then they have to get the benefits and services that they have earned,” he said at a press conference in the Philippines. “And my budgets have consistently reflected that. That’s why we’ve resourced the Veterans Affairs office more in terms of increases than any other department or agency in my government.”

Yesterday, Arizona GOP Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake sent a letter requesting a briefing and regular updates on the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of the Inspector General’s ongoing investigation.

“We are certain we all agree it is important to conduct an honest and objective inquiry into these allegations. Given their stark and disturbing nature and the need to ensure the prevention of any future consequences, it is our hope that this investigation and the subsequent oversight by the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee will occur in a timely fashion,” the senators wrote.

Arizona Reps. Matt Salmon (R) and Kyrsten Sinema (D) offered an amendment to the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2015 that would give $1 million additional funding to the OIG to provide oversight and accountability at the Veterans Administration.

Sinema called the reports of wait-list deaths “immoral, unconscionable, irresponsible and un-American.”

“We need answers in Phoenix but this is not an isolated incident. Stories of health complications and deaths because of wait times have surfaced in other places around the country including South Carolina and Texas,” she said. “That this is happening to the good people who have defended our flag and our freedoms is beyond the pale.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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The Country Served that 'Talks the Talk', way too much and with symbols, especially the so called conservatives and that includes the veterans within those ranks, but very rarely 'Walks the Walk' especially through their representatives, federal and states!!

TX-19 Congressional Candidate Neal Marchbanks - Veteran: 28 March 2014 - "Congress controls the budget for the VA and it is the fault of Congress that the VA does not have enough employees and that the facilities are too small."
Congress, in Veteran Marchbanks statement, are the people served and who representatives work for, or are supposed to!

Why do Conservatives and much of the Country Attack the VA and it's dedicated civil servant personal as well as the many needed volunteers!!

Freedom Isn't Free, We Paid For It, American Veterans!!
Reality as to those of us who've served:

They, conservatives, don't seek a smaller government, that's never been their goal. They seek a privatized for corporate profit government, with no accountability, regulations, built into what would be corporate run agencies contracted by them, no bid or for campaign contributions, and paid with the peoples treasury. and much more expensive to run and maintain, And we've been seeing just what those private contracts have been giving back, think the NSA and the military contractors and the costs for, off the government treasury, they Never mention the private sector, with their huge amounts of corporate cash especially in the executive suites, in the hearings or public displays, that handles similar issues, like hospitals and clinics as they attack VA personal when issues arise. Nor do they try to help the, under funded and especially with our wars, VA in overcoming, the VA does that on their own mostly, and in these past some five years with the help of the Executive branch and it's Cabinet, and with what is allotted to them through the representatives of the people served!!

""26 March 2014 - In U.S., hospital-acquired infections run rampant""
""16 April 2014 - Children's Hospital investigated five patient deaths from deadly fungal disease in 2009""
""Patient slapping at St. Joe's symptom of persistent problem at U.S. hospitals: bad behavior by docs""

"12 years also is a long time. We now have a lifetime responsibility to a generation of service members, veterans and their families." Dr. Jonathan Woodson 11 Sep. 2013: 'With 9/11 Came Lifetime Responsibility' {two tax cuts, especially for the wealthy, came with these two recent unpaid for wars, nor the results of, DeJa-Vu all over again from the previous decades and wars from! Ignore the many issues, by those served, no need to fund!}

Sen. Bernie Sanders told Republicans: “If you can’t afford to take care of your veterans, than don’t go war. These people are bearing the brunt of what war is about, We have a moral obligation to support them.” February, 26th, 2014

"If military action is worth our troops’ blood, it should be worth our treasure, too" "not just in the abstract, but in the form of a specific ante by every American." -Andrew Rosenthal 10 Feb. 2013

Where were the 'offsets' to federal spending as the rubber stamping, more then the off the books wars with no-bid contracts, was going on and claiming 'patriotism' for?

USN All Shore '67-'71 GMG3 Vietnam In Country '70-'71 - Independent
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Why would O'Bamma appoint anyone? The VA hospitals and TRICARE are the model for O'Bamma Care.
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