I often wonder just how much our political leaders like the men and women who fight the nation's wars! That's right, I question their respect for those of us who served and especially those who are injured. Yes, politicians LOVE to get their pictures taken with us and They never miss an opportunity to talk to the VFW or American Legion, but with the exception or President George W. Bush, no living President does anything for us.
Now, we don't need platitudes, we need action! For instance, why does it take 4 plus years to process a VA appeal? Are they waiting for the Vet to die? Look at Agent Orange. If it were not for Admiral Zumwalt, our Viet Nam Vets would still be without help for their crippling medical issues. No one will address the effects of the carcinogenic and neurotoxin chemicals used for decades in the hydraulic fluids used in Naval weapons systems, catapults, elevators, and propulsion systems. While the impact is much less than Agent Orange, it is still a wide ranging, debilitating, and incurable issue.
What about recognizing what happened to our Soldiers at Fort Hood? Do you think that was work place violence? No, it was an act of terrorism by a Islamic Terrorist! Yet, the President continues to deny our soldiers the benefits they deserve because he refuses to call this what it is, an act of terror.
No, I believe the Politicians want us to fight the wars they start and then, slink back into our holes and shut up! They would be very happy if we asked for nothing and only came out for their parades and photo ops. I have heard the news readers on the television say the Military retirement, Disability pay, and survivor benefits are in the same class of expenditure as welfare. Really? Did we fight, serve for welfare?! We who served, many voluntarily, are the same as individuals who choose NOT to work and live on welfare, get free cell phones, free food, free housing? That thought is offensive and the fact that it was spoken on nation television is a call to arms in my mind.
Our elected officials and Civil Servants work for US, the taxpayers. This is a government OF the People and BY the People! It is time we, the Veterans, Taxpayers, and Patriots, make the bureaucrats responsible to us for what they did to us! So, when you vote on November 6, remember those who helped you as a Veteran and those who will help you! Our vote is our weapon against tyranny.