18 thoughts on “United States Vietnam war veterans demand PTSD justice

  1. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    I know how he feels. I was there trying to help them … get better.
    IMHO …. the VA is overwhelmed and can’t address all of these issues. They may say they are, but they aren’t. Should it only be the VA? What about other agencies ….

  2. Last week, Republicans filibustered legislation to provide veterans more access to health care and tuition assistance, and to restore the cost of living adjustment for military retirees.

    Why? Because Republicans are holding veterans’ benefits hostage to harsher Iran sanctions that would sabotage President Obama’s negotiations.

    Tell Congressional Republicans: Stop playing politics with our veterans.

    Thanks for all you do!

    Bob Fertik

    —–

    Dear Activist,

    George Washington once said that, “The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation.”

    I was reminded of that quote last week after the filibuster of legislation to provide veterans more access to health care and tuition assistance, while restoring the cost of living adjustment for military retirees.

    Senator McConnell and his Republican caucus halted the bill because of an increasingly partisan disagreement over diplomacy vs. sanctions in Iran: no sanctions, no increased care for our veterans from their perspective.

    I think this is the wrong approach. The same Congress that approved our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan has a responsibility to recognize that the costs of those wars continues long after the troops return home.

    Join me and over 400,000 veterans, military family members, and VoteVets.org supporters and send your Senators a message that you expect them to pass the Comprehensive Veterans Health and Benefits and Military Retirement Pay Restoration Act.

    Whether it’s Syria, Iran, or the shocking crisis unfolding in Ukraine, Republicans have developed a horrible habit of reflexively using national security in a completely partisan attempt to score political points.

    It’s terribly disappointing, and it’s one of the reasons I am happy to partner with VoteVets.org on this important issue. It seems that all too often, the voices of those who bear the disproportionate burden of keeping our country safe are forgotten once their service is complete.

    That’s not right.

    Join me and write a letter to your Senators telling them to pass the Comprehensive Veterans Health and Benefits and Military Retirement Pay and Restoration Act.

    The American Legion believes this legislation should pass cleanly and the American public agrees. Let’s put partisanship aside and provide for the veterans who risk so much for the country we all love.

    I’ll be in touch,

    Chris Murphy
    Senator, Connecticut

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