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  1. hawgowar

    hawgowar said, over 2 years ago

    No, fewer veterans is not the answer. I retired in 1987, recalled for Desert Storm and re-retired after. Believe it or not, things were actually worse in the late 80s than they are now, but the media would not report it. Longer waits for appointments then, fewer specialists, lousy equipment. Under Bush 43 after 9/11 there was a massive influx of cash which improved thugs for a while until the flush wore off and things went back to normal. VA employees returned to their surly selves (not all, mind you, but about half) and the VA began thinking up excuses for not treating you for nonlethal conditions so they could improve their numbers and get bonuses. Then it moved on to denying treatment without really denying it (invisible waiting lists are but the tip of the iceberg) to get more and bigger bonuses. Any nurse of Dr who told tales out of school was severely punished or fired. Since the VA uses a TON of foreign doctors, they would do almost anything to be allowed to stay in practice in the VA until they had fulfilled their residency requirements. The neurologist at my local VA, for example, had to have his nurse with him at all times as she spoke Mandarin and his English was so bad that if she was not there to translate, he could not see patients. And the same VA had a scandal back in the 90s of doctors falsifying their specialty certifications and the VA not checking them, so you had non-certified doctors treating specialty patients and doing a poor job of it. At another VA I had to go to for treatment, they didn’t have enough VA doctors to cover the evening and weekend shifts so they “borrowed” foreign doctors on internships to the Ohio State University school of medicine to cover the wards o evenings and weekends. These doctors had never seen you before and would never see you again as the next evening or weekend they’d bring in another load by bus and turn them loose, unsupervised, on the veterans in the VA hospitals.

    The VA had been quite rotten for quite some time. Making fewer veterans will not solve the problem. As a government agency they are inefficient, wasteful, uncaring (institutionally speaking), and incompetent. The system is rife with corruption, fraud and abuse, as we have seen. It would be better to simply give each veteran a medical card like welfare people get and let the civilian medical industry take care of them. That way you don’t have to drive 50 or more miles to be seen by a Dr or PA or go over 150 miles round trip (and i some cases, one way) to the nearest VA hospital which actually performs surgery.

  2. mrs1wing

    mrs1wing GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    Typical thinking(?) of this generation…just saying.

  3. misterdantes

    misterdantes said, over 2 years ago

    Hawgowar, I’m not American so I am not well informed about all the details of the process, but it seems to me your final suggestion makes a lot of sense. I am sure it would be cheaper and more efficient for the government (and of course, most importantly, for the veterans) to provide health care in a “civilian” way and save all the expenses from a massive and, obviously inefficient government agency.
    Also, since the Vietnam war, (Korean war too, maybe?), there does seem to be a bad “tradition” of the US ill treating its veterans. Happy to send them to war, and pushing them under the carpet when they come back. Not a very decent way to treat people who risked their life for the country. Is it because none of these wars were won? Well Desert Storm was, technically, but that’s the exception.

  4. Kylop

    Kylop said, over 2 years ago

    But Joel, if you would just listen to the NeoCons and embrace the idea of bombing everywhere that is not us there will clearly be need to rebuild all over the world and we will be greeted as liberators. We have to bomb everyone so that they will love us.

  5. mikefive

    mikefive said, over 2 years ago

    “…and pushing them under the carpet when they come back. Not a very decent way to treat people who risked their life for the country.”

    The ill treatment of U.S. veterans isn’t a recent thing. To me, the most egregious treatment of U.S. veterans occurred in the 1932 assembly of WW I vets in Washington, D.C.

    That URL leads to a sad commentary about veteran treatment.

  6. Barc O'Dez

    Barc O'Dez said, over 2 years ago


    Thank you for your services and your story, sir.

  7. Kip W

    Kip W said, over 2 years ago

    The GOP loves wounded veterans. They made so many of them, and if you just let them, they’ll make a lot more!

  8. braindead08

    braindead08 GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    Ah, the invasion of Iraq. The gift that keeps on giving.
    It’s also good to remember that it was NOT a mistake based on faulty intelligence. It was a deliberate lie orchestrated by Cheney, Bush, Rice, Rumsfeld and all the rest.
    And no matter how much Republicans/Fox “news” viewer hate Obama, the 4500 American soldiers are still dead and another 32,000 wounded or mutilated.
    Thanks, George. Your gift will never be forgotten.

  9. ARodney

    ARodney said, over 2 years ago

    You’re making a straw man argument. The issue of who created wars is irrelevant to the fact that when asked to pay for their health care, the GOP is the only party that filibusters funding bills to void the promises that we made.

  10. hawgowar

    hawgowar said, over 2 years ago

    @Kip W

    @kip W, Ah, if you’l check the war-by-war casualties, you’ll see that about 93% of all US war casualties after the Civil War were under Democratic administrations. WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam. All were Democrat wars.

  11. Robert Landers

    Robert Landers said, over 2 years ago


    However, unlike the second Iraq war, none of those other wars were ever started as a premeditated war! In other words up until GW Bush the USA never fired the first shot!

    And, on top of that, the war that the most Americans died in was the Civil War (which some southern ultra conservatives are still fighting to this very day). In fact up until very recently all of these other wars put together did not equal the death count of the Civil War. But no real historian of American history would ever blame Abraham Lincoln for that great disaster of American history, and so, neither will I.

    WWI, WWII, and the Korean War, were all well under way long before either Democratic or Republican presidents were ever in office. And the Vietnam war was indeed a war like the second Iraq War, that we should never have been even involved in! And indeed, that war was also one in which both Democrat and Republican president became caught up in!!

    If our current president can keep us from another Middle Eastern disastrous war, then he will certainly be at least in the top percentage of past presidents of the US, Democrat or Republican!!

  12. hawgowar

    hawgowar said, over 2 years ago

    Eisenhower kept us out of Vietnam. Kennedy got us in and Johnson made it big. Nixon got us out. The Spanish American War was a war of aggression and to expand territory by the US. The US invaded Russia at Archangel (Arkhangelsk) and Vladivostok during the Russian Civil War. To date no Russian forces have ever invaded the USA (ignore Hollywood). The War of 1812 was a war of aggression, aiming for territory and using the impressment of seamen as an excuse. The various Indian wars were also wars of expansion and aggression.We “bought” Alaska form the Russians but never bothered to ask the native Aleuts living there is they wanted to be bought and sold. America has a hairy hind end on many fights we’ve picked. We basically embargoed the Japanese into declaring war on us in 1941. We can thank FDR for that one. As for WWI, who attacked us? Were there German Imperial Navy ships bombarding our shores? Did we have defense treaties with England or Austria or Europe in general? The Lusitania was running arms and was the excuse Wilson needed. Wilson also passed the sedition act which infringed upon free speech in America and is still used today for that same purpose. I fought America’s wars, but I am no war monger. No soldier really is. It is WE who have to place our bodies between our nation and war’s desolation. Politicians who start wars sit fat, dumb and happy in Washington and let us bleed for their wealthy reelection supporters. Democrats are the worst of a bad lot.

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