Posted by: rotenochsen | March 18, 2009



If President Obama wants to destroy the morale of OUR brave volunteers in uniform he is going about it in a stellar way!
This report from the American Legion Commander after his meeting with Obama illustrates a disdain and animus unlike any ting I have ever seen for veterans of military service who were wounded in combat!

It has been customary ever since WWII that the Veterans Administration cared for wounded and disabled veterans by providing their medical care, drugs as needed and rehabilitation. Now apparently a desperate President Obama is searching around for ways to scrape up money to pay for his welfare programs. And he has apparently decided that one way to garner 540 million dollars is to shift the burden from the VA to the Private Insurance Companies who cover veterans, by billing the insurance companies for treatment of veterans by the VA.
I myself make bi-yearly visits to the local VA medical facility, and see many disabled veterans being treated each time I visit my VA doctor.Since I am a veteran of the Korean conflict who was lucky enough not to suffer any enemy caused wounds, but have a slight disability from a fall on the steel flight deck of the USS Hancock during general quarters. I am eligible for VA benefits, and would hate to see the President complicate the treatment of veterans by involving private insurance companies who have no obligation to provide care for injuries or wounds caused during a man or woman’s military service.

This proposed change may cause many employers to be reticent to hire veterans who are Purple Heart recipients because of the medical adverse selection. This is no way to treat people who have sacrificed their well being for their Country.

The following is a report from Craig Roberts of The American Legion,                +1-202-263-2982         Office,                +1-202-406-0887         Cell

A group of senior officials from veterans service organizations joined Mr. Roberts for a meeting with the President, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki and Steven Kosiak, the overseer of defense spending at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The group’s early afternoon conversation at The White House was precipitated by a letter of protest presented to the President earlier this month. The letter, co-signed by Commander Rehbein and the heads of ten colleague organizations, read, in part, ” There is simply no logical explanation for billing a veteran’s personal insurance for care that the VA has a responsibility to provide. While we understand the fiscal difficulties this country faces right now, placing the burden of those fiscal problems on the men and women who have already sacrificed a great deal for this country is unconscionable.”

I strongly agree and I believe all veterans no matter what their political leanings are, should voice their opposition to this proposed dastardly move by Obama. If Obama wants to save some money but cutting of benefits to someone. Perhaps he should consider junking the “bussing” of elementary and high school students, and return to neighborhood schools. Every day hundreds of thousans of yellow buses clog the highways transporting school kids at a great expense and the use of millions of fosil fuels to promote a Liberal concept that has been an abject failure.

Pupil transportation is big business. The number of school children riding school buses in the United States has risen dramatically, making school busing one of this nation’s greatest service industries. American pupil transportation provides an estimated 10 billion rides to and from school annually.

Public school transportation costs approximately $500 per year per pupil. Only Pennsylvania transports all school children at state expense. The fifty states spent $11,746,576,005(that is 11 billion) for the 1999–2000 school year, which included expenditures for transportation and capital outlay to purchase new or replacement school buses.Why not take this benefit away instead of attacking veterans?
Source:href=””>Transportation and School Busing – The School Bus, History of Pupil Transportation, Issues in Pupil Transportation


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