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Veterans or Victims

 Sunday, 14-Jan-01 15:16:10

      24.14.28.77 writes:

      Hack's Column
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      Veterans or Victims
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      By David Hackworth What a week! First we picked a new
      broom for the White House. And then, once the confetti and
      champagne corks are policed up and the pundits explain what
      happened, we honor our veterans.

      Except we seem to have lost track of our priorities, or
      have them backward, so that Veterans Day has become almost
      an afterthought these days. But if it weren't for the vets,
      we'd probably be speaking with a British accent or in
      French, Spanish, German, Japanese or Russian. And chances
      are we wouldn't have been able to hold free elections this
      week!

      Despite Abraham Lincoln's admonition "... to care for
      him who shall have borne the battle," the American veteran
      has always paid the price and then gotten the shaft. Since
      1776, it's been "use 'em, abuse 'em and forget 'em."
      And since the end of the Cold War, respect and concern
      for our veterans have gone downhill faster than a runaway
      70-ton tank.

      Take most Veterans Affairs hospitals. It's tough
      enough that our vets have risked their lives in dangerous
      places, but now going to many VA hospitals means putting
      your life on the line all over again.

      It's full-on double jeopardy, shameful and unfair.
      Especially when compared with the Platinum Card medical care
      laid on members of Congress, less than 7 percent of whom
      bothered to suit up when the slugs were snapping. Surely
      vets should receive medical benefits at least equal to the
      pols.

      Even great-aunt Nelly -- on Medicare at your local
      facility -- has a better deal. Go see her and then check
      out your local VA hospital. Compare the difference in
      standards, treatment and staff attitude. And sure, Nelly
      did her thing, but does the country owe her for charging a
      machine-gun nest, swimming from a sinking warship or coming
      home on a shot-up "wing and a prayer"?

      If the seedy VA hospital system doesn't ruin your day,
      then try some other broken promises:

      * Career soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines were guar-
      anteed by a supposedly "grateful government" that if
      they'd agree to be moving targets and live under condi-
      tions that PETA would call unfit for animals, they'd
      have free medical care for life. Not so. Today, many
      veterans are going bankrupt trying to stay alive while
      the outgoing commander in chief -- who's spent almost a
      billion dollars in the past eight years on legacy-
      searching junkets alone -- will have only the most
      deluxe medical treatment for the rest of his life.

      * Gulf War soldiers and sailors trusted that if they were
      wounded protecting the world's biggest gas station,
      they'd receive appropriate medical benefits. Now,
      almost 10 years down that sandy track, more than
      100,000 of these vets suffer from a Gulf War illness,
      which in thousands of cases has been far more painful
      and disabling than a bullet wound. But -- like the
      victims of Agent Orange during the Vietnam War -- these
      brave and patriotic vets have been left hanging by a
      government fixed on full denial.

      The latest insult to our vets is that for the past
      eight years -- whenever there's been a military blunder --
      the spin doctors have covered up by painting the particip-
      ants as heroes rather than the victims of wrongheaded policy
      or military ineptitude.

      Take Capt. Scott O'Grady, shot down over Bosnia by a
      SAM-6 missile that the Pentagon denied was there. He was
      made an instant hero, put on display, then quickly released
      from active duty. It was the same old sideshow all over
      again with those three soldiers captured by the Serbs in
      Macedonia because of dumb Rules of Engagement. Now there's
      the lionization of the crew from the USS Cole, another
      example of theater over truth. In all cases, these vets
      were used as window dressing to cover up flawed policy or
      Pentagon screw ups.

      Let's hope the new administration will do an about-face
      and enforce the dictum of Teddy Roosevelt, himself a veteran
      not unlike our president-elect:
      "A man who is good enough to shed his blood for his
      country is good enough to be given a square deal
      afterwards."

      Only when the men and women who've served so nobly are
      at last honored with decent care as well as words can there
      be a meaningful Veterans Day.
      ***
     
Http://www.hackworth.com is the address of David Hack-
      worth's home page. Sign in for the free weekly Defending
      America column at his Web site. Send mail to P.O. Box
      5210, Greenwich, CT 06831.
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<<< Take most Veterans Affairs hospitals. It's tough
enough that our vets have risked their lives in dangerous
places, but now going to many VA hospitals means putting
your life on the line all over again. >>>

APFN QUCIK NOTE 01/06/01

       Some of you may of been wondering where I've been.

       I just got out of the Hospital..... 7 days.... I am now
       on Home health care for the next six weeks, whereas I have
       to have IV twice a day.

       I had gone to the VA just before Thanksgiving with fever's of
       103+, they didn't do much. The fever's continued and on
       Dec. 29th I went to emergency at Thunderbird Samaritan Hosp. with
       fever of 105.7... they keep me in ER for 24 hours. Still not knowing
       what the problem was they admited me. Five Doc's later, they found
       infection in my heart.

       I am not feeling well at this time, so am going to end this for
       the time being... but, I am fine now and am feeling much better.
       It is planed for a Heart Valve replacement at the end of this six
       weeks of IV's...

       More Later,

       Kenneth L. Vardon, RM1, USN (Disabled) 493-81-68
       apfn@apfn.org


PS - I am a disabled vet and have tried to get the VA to replace my heart
valve for over 20 years. My next VA appointment was set for Jan 17 2001,
this next Tuesday. It should be interesting! I am taking my camcorder!
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November 11, 2002

ALERT: VETERANS: DID YOU RISK YOUR LIFE FOR *THIS*???

Veterans:

On this Veterans Day, the Liberty Crew salutes you! Thank you
for all you've done to keep us free. But remember, the fight
for freedom isn't over. In fact, your battle for freedom is
being frighteningly undermined.

You know it as well as we do. You can find the examples in
any newspaper or news broadcast. Just look at this pair of
American (but unAmerican) horror stories that have come
across our desk in the last couple of days:

1. FBI SNOOPING INTO WHAT YOU READ AT THE LIBRARY

http://www.ctnow.com/features/lifestyle/hc-privacy1103.artnov03col.story

We don't know how widespread this practice is. We *do* know
that it's only the only the beginning. Also read:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2002/10/31/wfbi31.xml/


DID YOU RISK YOUR LIFE SO THAT ORDINARY CITIZENS COULD LIVE
UNDER CONSTANT, COMMUNIST-STYLE SURVEILLANCE IN AMERICA?

2. RUMSFELD PLANS TO PROVOKE TERRORIST ATTACKS
http://www.counterpunch.org/floyd1101.html

Yes, the Defense Department and the CIA will work secretly
together in the "Proactive, Preemptive Operations Group (P2OG)"
to provoke attacks against Americans, just so they can justify
military "counterattacks."

DID YOU RISK YOUR LIFE SO YOUR GOVERNMENT COULD DELIBERATELY PROVOKE THE MURDER OF AMERICANS?

Heck NO, you didn't risk your life so that America could
become just like its former enemies!

BUT WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO ABOUT IT?

The answer: Re-create a Bill of Rights culture in America so
your fellow citizens will refuse to tolerate horrible abuses
like the ones we've mentioned here. A Bill of Rights culture
isn't a quick fix. But in the long run, it's the ONLY fix for
what ails this once-free country.

Here are some ways you, personally, can help restore the Bill
of Rights:

First, you can start by reading the article, "An Open Letter
to Our Fathers and Grandfathers: You Won the Battle But Lost
the War" ( http://www.jpfo.org/veterans.htm ).

You can also easily follow the educational steps outlined by
songwriter Dan Starr in his JPFO Alert "Let's REALLY Honor
Our Veterans" ( http://www.jpfo.org/alert20021107.htm ).

You can read _The State vs. the People_, the book that will
help you and others recognize when some "warm, fuzzy" sounding
thing is really a sign of a police state
( http://www.jpfo.org/tsvtp.htm ).

You can distrubute Gran'pa Jack freedom booklets to your
friends and family to give them an easy way to grasp the
principles of liberty ( http://www.jpfo.org/gpjackorder.htm ).
Especially consider Gran'pa Jack #3 "It's Common Sense to Use
Our Bill of Rights* and #5, "The United Nations is Killing
Your Freedoms!"

You can't stop every evil. But you can be relentless in
insisting upon your own rights, never cooperating with
injustice, and helping to educate your friends, family, and
neighbors about the principles you (and perhaps they) fought
so hard to preserve.

MAKE EVERY DAY VETERANS DAY.
LIVE AND TEACH THE PRINCIPLES OF LIBERTY --
THE PRINCIPLES OF THE BILL OF RIGHTS

The Liberty Crew

"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better
than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask
not your counsel or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands of those
who feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you. May posterity forget
that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

Reform the Veterans Administration System!
http://www.petitiononline.com/Ferguson/petition.html
 

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http://www.apfn.org/apfn/vet.htm


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http://www.apfn.org/apfn/soldier.htm

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http://www.apfn.org/apfn/pearl_harbor.htm

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