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2014-05-09 09:32:16 AM
This guy had a sh*tty life. Sounds like he got the shaft.
 
2014-05-09 11:20:23 AM
In all honesty though, he could've gotten Hep C prior to the colonoscopy.
 
2014-05-09 11:21:31 AM
So. . .solicited finger in anus is worse than UNsolicited finger in anus
 
2014-05-09 11:23:19 AM
The 'man' shiats on everyone equally.
 
2014-05-09 11:28:54 AM
My family got poisoned by Camp LeJeune drinking water and Dad was later poisoned by agent-orange. I'm having a hard time finding things the military can't F-up.

My young Aunt went blind a year later after living at the with the family at the base, Mom is dead from cancer, and Sister who was born at the base is crazy as a jay-bird.

I was born a year or so after the family left Lejeune.

Have a death wish?  Join the military.
 
2014-05-09 11:28:54 AM
Around the end of May of '44, a US military hospital gave my grandfather sepsis by using improperly sterilized equipment. He spent about a week in a coma and when he woke up, he had missed the D-day invasion. But he made it into a medical journal as a case study confirming the effectiveness of penicillin to treat sepsis and was given benefits. So things worked out reasonably well for him.
 
2014-05-09 11:30:14 AM
That whole story makes me incredibly sad.
 
2014-05-09 11:33:17 AM
Hey, thanks my fellow Americans.

ou have 21.2-million veterans with 9.6-million of them over 65. We veterans really appreciate how much you love to not pay taxes, keep voting for political candidates who give you tax cuts and cut veteran benefit funding, including the VA budget.

Just like that bumper sticker you all love to plaster over your cars and SUVs: Freedom isn't free.

We served; some bled; some didn't come home.

You didn't; you whined; you stayed home.
 
2014-05-09 11:36:06 AM

EdNortonsTwin: My family got poisoned by Camp LeJeune drinking water and Dad was later poisoned by agent-orange. I'm having a hard time finding things the military can't F-up.

My young Aunt went blind a year later after living at the with the family at the base, Mom is dead from cancer, and Sister who was born at the base is crazy as a jay-bird.

I was born a year or so after the family left Lejeune.

Have a death wish?  Join the military.


The military isn't the only ones who FU stuff.

Never heard of Love Canal and other EPA Superfund sites?
 
2014-05-09 11:39:53 AM
Well, the good news is that Hep C is largely curable now.
 
2014-05-09 11:43:26 AM

AirForceVet: Hey, thanks my fellow Americans.

ou have 21.2-million veterans with 9.6-million of them over 65. We veterans really appreciate how much you love to not pay taxes, keep voting for political candidates who give you tax cuts and cut veteran benefit funding, including the VA budget.

Just like that bumper sticker you all love to plaster over your cars and SUVs: Freedom isn't free.

We served; some bled; some didn't come home.

You didn't; you whined; you stayed home.


No I didn't sign up for a shiatty job where people might shoot at me, knowing that if I did get shot the healthcare is receive would suck.

And I'm sure the trillions of dollars making Iraq free (lol) could never have been used to improve the va or any other vital services at home.

Your job is a job, you're not better than anyone else
 
2014-05-09 11:45:28 AM

AirForceVet: Hey, thanks my fellow Americans.

ou have 21.2-million veterans with 9.6-million of them over 65. We veterans really appreciate how much you love to not pay taxes, keep voting for political candidates who give you tax cuts and cut veteran benefit funding, including the VA budget.

Just like that bumper sticker you all love to plaster over your cars and SUVs: Freedom isn't free.

We served; some bled; some didn't come home.

You didn't; you whined; you stayed home.


i.imgur.com
 
2014-05-09 11:46:02 AM
I've assumed for some time now that I will eventually die in a VA hospital.

But these days, I wonder if that death will happen during multiple systems failure when I'm in my nineties... or the next time I get my knees checked.
 
2014-05-09 11:51:38 AM
That means you can now bone Pam Anderson worry-free.
 
2014-05-09 11:51:45 AM
Laugh it up, Obamacare will spread the love to the masses.

/Affordable care act? LOL
 
2014-05-09 11:52:06 AM
OMGZZZZ    THIS PROVES THE GUBBERMINT SUUUUCKS AND ALL GOVT IS BAD!!
 SHUT DOWN THE VA EPA DEA FBI RIA DER  DERP   DEEEEERP DEEEERP DEEEERP !!!!

\  this could never happen in private sector (eyeroll ) </sarcasm>
 
2014-05-09 11:52:08 AM

AirForceVet: Hey, thanks my fellow Americans.

ou have 21.2-million veterans with 9.6-million of them over 65. We veterans really appreciate how much you love to not pay taxes, keep voting for political candidates who give you tax cuts and cut veteran benefit funding, including the VA budget.

Just like that bumper sticker you all love to plaster over your cars and SUVs: Freedom isn't free.

We served; some bled; some didn't come home.

You didn't; you whined; you stayed home.


img2.wikia.nocookie.net

This wasn't a 'funding' problem.
 
2014-05-09 11:52:24 AM

AirForceVet: Hey, thanks my fellow Americans.

ou have 21.2-million veterans with 9.6-million of them over 65. We veterans really appreciate how much you love to not pay taxes, keep voting for political candidates who give you tax cuts and cut veteran benefit funding, including the VA budget.

Just like that bumper sticker you all love to plaster over your cars and SUVs: Freedom isn't free.

We served; some bled; some didn't come home.

You didn't; you whined; you stayed home.


I'm a Veteran but did not protect anyone's freedoms.  I signed a contract and did a job which ended up supporting a large machine vested in protecting and projecting the geopolitical interests of the United States.

It can be argued that the last Veterans who truly defended freedom were those who fought the War of 1812.

Stop with the overly inflated sense of importance.
 
2014-05-09 11:52:28 AM
"discharged for other than honorable conditions."

c2.staticflickr.com
 
2014-05-09 11:54:55 AM

Gary-L: Stop with the overly inflated sense of importance.


Glorification of the military is a hallmark of Empire™. Always has been.
 
2014-05-09 11:57:12 AM

Yogimus: Laugh it up, Obamacare will spread the love to the masses.

/Affordable care act? LOL


OMERGRDZZZZ  ITS DE GUBBERMINT THIS NEVER HAPPENED BEFORE GUBBERMINT SOCIALSTS   DEEEEERP
 
2014-05-09 11:57:36 AM

AirForceVet: Hey, thanks my fellow Americans.

ou have 21.2-million veterans with 9.6-million of them over 65. We veterans really appreciate how much you love to not pay taxes, keep voting for political candidates who give you tax cuts and cut veteran benefit funding, including the VA budget.

Just like that bumper sticker you all love to plaster over your cars and SUVs: Freedom isn't free.

We served; some bled; some didn't come home.

You didn't; you whined; you stayed home.


Hmm. . .not sure if serious or just mad that he was picked last for the kickball team in 3rd grade.  I got my bag of Purina Troll Chow just in case.

Here goes.

You don't have to travel half-way around the world to bleed for your country.  People sacrifice themselves all the time.  Just because it is not with a blind allegiance to the red, white and blue does not make it any less noble.

Firefighters, teachers, police are easy ones to pick out.  Farmers and construction types also put forth major effort as well.  Many people colloborate on a grand scale to make this country truly awesome.  Just because you-chuck-em spear at wolf does not mean the cook of the village is any less important.  We all play our part.

I live in a military town, but I don't kiss military ass.  I have worked with them and lived beside them.  Many times we sit at the bar and enjoy each other's company.  There are lots of interesting people with interesting stories.  I have heard so horrors as well.  I treat them as human beings who made a decision to serve and hopefully let them know I am doing the best with the freedoms still have that they have helped to protect.

I don't know you from Adam.  I do appreciate your sacrifice but you may want to step the woe-is-me attitude just a notch.  You claimed you are/were a soldier - not a little biatch. You do realize that marijuana is legal in Colorado now, right?  It might be a good time to take a trip and get some of the feel good they have to offer.

I would change out of the sandy panties first though.

/damn, now by bag of Troll Chow is empty
 
2014-05-09 11:57:58 AM
I feel terrible for Shinseki. He warned Congress and the country that we wouldn't have the troops to hold Iraq. Then Fartbongo goes and appoints him head of the VA so he can take care of his wounded veterans via a system that has always sucked.

I don't know whether Shinseki took the appointment out of guilt towards his wounded soldiers or out of revenge against Hermann Rumsfeld but I'm so sorry Obama ever offered him the job. And more sorry that Shinseki accepted.
 
2014-05-09 12:08:56 PM

Gary-L: AirForceVet: Hey, thanks my fellow Americans.

ou have 21.2-million veterans with 9.6-million of them over 65. We veterans really appreciate how much you love to not pay taxes, keep voting for political candidates who give you tax cuts and cut veteran benefit funding, including the VA budget.

Just like that bumper sticker you all love to plaster over your cars and SUVs: Freedom isn't free.

We served; some bled; some didn't come home.

You didn't; you whined; you stayed home.

I'm a Veteran but did not protect anyone's freedoms.  I signed a contract and did a job which ended up supporting a large machine vested in protecting and projecting the geopolitical interests of the United States.

It can be argued that the last Veterans who truly defended freedom were those who fought the War of 1812.

Stop with the overly inflated sense of importance.


You mean the war where we decided to invade Canada?
 
2014-05-09 12:09:05 PM
Gary-L: I'm a Veteran but did not protect anyone's freedoms.  I signed a contract and did a job which ended up supporting a large machine vested in protecting and projecting the geopolitical interests of the United States.

It can be argued that the last Veterans who truly defended freedom were those who fought the War of 1812.

Stop with the overly inflated sense of importance.


Geoff Peterson: Glorification of the military is a hallmark of Empire™. Always has been.

Yogimus: Laugh it up, Obamacare will spread the love to the masses.

/Affordable care act? LOL


In the order given above, I find your poorly structured rationalizations, myopic justifications and weak deflections typical of those who didn't serve and/or those who did serve in name only.

But, what can one expect? Too many Americans give a blind eye to the problems and tragedies of others like the disabled, the poor, the hungry, the elderly, the children. Why should vets think they're any better off from such heartless tools?
 
2014-05-09 12:14:29 PM

K3rmy: You claimed you are/were a soldier...


Hang on a sec, please. Soldiers were/are in the Army. This guy claims to be an Air Force vet, which (at best) makes him an Airman. Those of us who were or are Soldiers would very much appreciate it if we could get our terminology correct. That's the first step in not lumping us all in with this guy.
 
2014-05-09 12:14:42 PM
Hey at least he has Obamacare to look forward to, guaranteed top notch healthcare.
 
2014-05-09 12:17:21 PM

bikerbob59: In all honesty though, he could've gotten Hep C prior to the colonoscopy.


The VA accepted responsibility and said it came from them. Read TFA!

I've also gotten a letter stating that I might have contracted Hep C from poor practice at the VA (I'm honorably discharged and 100%--and tested negative, thank God)...in another state clear across the country!

Could I have contracted Hep C or any other blood borne pathogen prior to receiving care at the VA? Sure! I was medical, attached to a MASH my first four years in the Army, before going intel. That possibility always exists. However, the fact that I tested annually for diseases caused by blood borne pathogens because it was required does sort of negate that possibility.

Bottom line is this: it's well known that the VA has accepted responsibility for poor practice leading to possible infection of patients with blood borne pathogens (and farking up paperwork--I have a letter from the White House proving they've accepted responsibility for farking up paperwork seven years in a row). Even if a patient is otherwise ineligible for care, the VA has a responsibility and a duty to treat patients for infections that they have caused. A civilian hospital would have to do the same. Difference is, a patient can sue a civilian hospital. Most veterans who are patients at the VA cannot sue the VA. Perhaps the bereaved spouse can (and should, if she's able to do so legally), but the patients generally cannot.
 
2014-05-09 12:23:03 PM

AirForceVet: Hey, thanks my fellow Americans.

ou have 21.2-million veterans with 9.6-million of them over 65. We veterans really appreciate how much you love to not pay taxes, keep voting for political candidates who give you tax cuts and cut veteran benefit funding, including the VA budget.

Just like that bumper sticker you all love to plaster over your cars and SUVs: Freedom isn't free.

We served; some bled; some didn't come home.

You didn't; you whined; you stayed home.


Don't people in the military overwhelmingly vote Republican? The same Republicans who love cutting VA budgets?
 
2014-05-09 12:26:38 PM

K3rmy: AirForceVet: Hey, thanks my fellow Americans.

ou have 21.2-million veterans with 9.6-million of them over 65. We veterans really appreciate how much you love to not pay taxes, keep voting for political candidates who give you tax cuts and cut veteran benefit funding, including the VA budget.

Just like that bumper sticker you all love to plaster over your cars and SUVs: Freedom isn't free.

We served; some bled; some didn't come home.

You didn't; you whined; you stayed home.

Hmm. . .not sure if serious or just mad that he was picked last for the kickball team in 3rd grade.  I got my bag of Purina Troll Chow just in case.

Here goes.

You don't have to travel half-way around the world to bleed for your country.  People sacrifice themselves all the time.  Just because it is not with a blind allegiance to the red, white and blue does not make it any less noble.

Firefighters, teachers, police are easy ones to pick out.  Farmers and construction types also put forth major effort as well.  Many people colloborate on a grand scale to make this country truly awesome.  Just because you-chuck-em spear at wolf does not mean the cook of the village is any less important.  We all play our part.

I live in a military town, but I don't kiss military ass.  I have worked with them and lived beside them.  Many times we sit at the bar and enjoy each other's company.  There are lots of interesting people with interesting stories.  I have heard so horrors as well.  I treat them as human beings who made a decision to serve and hopefully let them know I am doing the best with the freedoms still have that they have helped to protect.

I don't know you from Adam.  I do appreciate your sacrifice but you may want to step the woe-is-me attitude just a notch.  You claimed you are/were a soldier - not a little biatch. You do realize that marijuana is legal in Colorado now, right?  It might be a good time to take a trip and get some of the feel good they have to offer.



I agree with about 95% of this.  I work with a lot of veterans who have this "I served, you didn't" thing going on.  Last time I checked, conscription ended in 1973.  If you joined the military after that date, you saw that particular path as the best way to go in your life at the time.  Along with the more than decent education assistance that comes with it.

http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/docs/pamphlets/ch33_pamphlet.pdf

You essentially signed up for a job that comes with obligations, risks, and rewards.  As an adult, you signed a contract.

The 5% I don't agree with is in regards to people that were drafted, particularly between WWII and the end of Vietnam.  Those people didn't chose to go half way around the world to fight a proxy war between 2 superpowers, they were FORCED to do it, and pretty much regarded as chattel by the politicians that sent them there.  In addition, the methods by which people got exemptions favored those with wealth & power.  These people got the shaft.

One of them was my father.  Now I don't say this based on the notion that my father was drafted during Vietnam.  That lucky SOB ended up fixing trucks at an airbase outside Ansbach Germany while my American mother joined him over there, working as a librarian.  Of all the experiences a man could have had during the Vietnam era in the Army, I would have to say my father's was probably a 9.998 out of a possible 10.

He still told me when I was a teenager that if I ever joined the military, he would disown me.  He loathed every second of it.  Based partially on that, and on stories I heard from buddies in high school, I took the college rout and now push papers across a desk all day.  Have to say I'm glad I didn't go the military route.  My father was right.  I would have farking hated it.
 
2014-05-09 12:28:06 PM

Aigoo: Difference is, a patient can sue a civilian hospital. Most veterans who are patients at the VA cannot sue the VA


Ding ding ding, winnar!
 
2014-05-09 12:28:41 PM

BullBearMS: Well, the good news is that Hep C is largely curable now.


Yeah, if you have $90,000 for the treatment.
 
2014-05-09 12:29:18 PM

AirForceVet: Hey, thanks my fellow Americans.

ou have 21.2-million veterans with 9.6-million of them over 65. We veterans really appreciate how much you love to not pay taxes, keep voting for political candidates who give you tax cuts and cut veteran benefit funding, including the VA budget.

Just like that bumper sticker you all love to plaster over your cars and SUVs: Freedom isn't free.

We served; some bled; some didn't come home.

You didn't; you whined; you stayed home.


Because the problems are never mismanagement. It's always never enough taxes. Way to bend over backwards to bend over forwards for the current team in power.
 
2014-05-09 12:31:24 PM

K3rmy: Hmm. . .not sure if serious or just mad that he was picked last for the kickball team in 3rd grade.  I got my bag of Purina Troll Chow just in case.

Here goes.

You don't have to travel half-way around the world to bleed for your country.  People sacrifice themselves all the time.  Just because it is not with a blind allegiance to the red, white and blue does not make it any less noble.

Firefighters, teachers, police are easy ones to pick out.  Farmers and construction types also put forth major effort as well.  Many people colloborate on a grand scale to make this country truly awesome.  Just because you-chuck-em spear at wolf does not mean the cook of the village is any less important.  We all play our part.

I live in a military town, but I don't kiss military ass.  I have worked with them and lived beside them.  Many times we sit at the bar and enjoy each other's company.  There are lots of interesting people with interesting stories.  I have heard so horrors as well.  I treat them as human beings who made a decision to serve and hopefully let them know I am doing the best with the freedoms still have that they have helped to protect.

I don't know you from Adam.  I do appreciate your sacrifice but you may want to step the woe-is-me attitude just a notch.  You claimed you are/were a soldier - not a little biatch. You do realize that marijuana is legal in Colorado now, right?  It might be a good time to take a trip and get some of the feel good they have to offer.

I would change out of ...


Actually, I was picked first to play kickball in 3rd grade because I was really good at that game. Went on to play football from 5th to 9th grade as well.

My posts are aimed particularly at those who complain about the Federal government, income taxes, and cutting spending. That points mostly toward Republicans and Teabaggers (oh how I love that name they gave themselves), who often want to use the military but not contribute to the military, included funding, service or their own children. Of course, Libertarians, Democrats and others can fit into that area too, lumping the military-industrial complex excuse with other trite reasons why not to owe any obligations to veterans or anyone else, for that matter.

Troll? Naw. I just try to stand up for veterans and those still serviing. We seem under-represented here on Fark threads sometimes. We also have some posers who came to be active duty and/or vets, like the discredited FlyNavy.

And, as a disabled vet with service connected disabilities, I take a keen interest on these threads involving veterans, the military, the VA, etc.

That's nice you don't kiss military ass. As you are a civilian, I find it amusing you would mention that, even if you live in a town with a military base. I did live in such an area too before I joined the USAF.

Yes, our military is now all-volunteer. However, I wouldn't always call it volunteering when some don't have much choice due to poverty, race, lack of opportunities than others. And, not all military personnel are wonderful examples of Captain America. That's what the UCMJ is for.

So, if you don't believe those who serve in the military deserve any benefits after finishing their commission or contract, vote for candidates who'll end the VA, military pensions and benefits and disability payments. That's your right as an American.
 
2014-05-09 12:43:16 PM

change1211: Don't people in the military overwhelmingly vote Republican? The same Republicans who love cutting VA budgets?


I was in the Air Force and remained Democratic through my 20+ years. And I wasn't the only one.

One could say the same for the elderly too, who often seem to vote more Republican. They seem to have forgotent Social Security and Medicare were Democratic programs.

Americans are funny like that. What can you say? Americans aren't exactly stellar about voting in the first place alas.

I am curious how many military members and veterans from the Iraq War are Republicans? Maybe that's why Fox News' audience is becoming older, shifting to a mediam age in the 60s? Could Fox News go the way of the Lawrence Welk Show?
 
2014-05-09 12:43:40 PM

AirForceVet: K3rmy: Hmm. . .not sure if serious or just mad that he was picked last for the kickball team in 3rd grade.  I got my bag of Purina Troll Chow just in case.

Here goes.

You don't have to travel half-way around the world to bleed for your country.  People sacrifice themselves all the time.  Just because it is not with a blind allegiance to the red, white and blue does not make it any less noble.

Firefighters, teachers, police are easy ones to pick out.  Farmers and construction types also put forth major effort as well.  Many people colloborate on a grand scale to make this country truly awesome.  Just because you-chuck-em spear at wolf does not mean the cook of the village is any less important.  We all play our part.

I live in a military town, but I don't kiss military ass.  I have worked with them and lived beside them.  Many times we sit at the bar and enjoy each other's company.  There are lots of interesting people with interesting stories.  I have heard so horrors as well.  I treat them as human beings who made a decision to serve and hopefully let them know I am doing the best with the freedoms still have that they have helped to protect.

I don't know you from Adam.  I do appreciate your sacrifice but you may want to step the woe-is-me attitude just a notch.  You claimed you are/were a soldier - not a little biatch. You do realize that marijuana is legal in Colorado now, right?  It might be a good time to take a trip and get some of the feel good they have to offer.

I would change out of ...

Actually, I was picked first to play kickball in 3rd grade because I was really good at that game. Went on to play football from 5th to 9th grade as well.

My posts are aimed particularly at those who complain about the Federal government, income taxes, and cutting spending. That points mostly toward Republicans and Teabaggers (oh how I love that name they gave themselves), who often want to use the military but not contribute to the military, included funding, servi ...


You're both right and you're both wrong.

Do we deserve our benefits? Yes--people who have paid into the GI Bill deserve the educational benefits they've paid for. Do I have a problem with Post 9/11 enlistees getting dramatically increased educational benefits and dramatically increased VA benefits over other veterans? Yes I do. A serviceman/woman is a serrviceman/woman, regardless of when he or she served. You get more respect from me if you're a WWII or Vietnam vet because you didn't ask for that shiat. You get MUCH more respect from me if you are a CMOH awardee (I have met one in my lifetime, and he was about 90 when I met him).

As far as medical benefits go, those of us who have become permanently disabled in some way as the direct result of serving our country--whether in time of war or in time of peace--do have a right to expect that the government which "broke" us take appropriate steps to treat the disability that was caused by our military service. Those individuals who were not injured...less so. In my opinion.
 
2014-05-09 12:55:11 PM
Did he apply for medicaid?
/I don't recall seeing that in the article
 
2014-05-09 01:16:08 PM
Good ol govt control
 
2014-05-09 01:17:12 PM
hammer85:
No I didn't sign up for a shiatty job where people might shoot at me, knowing that if I did get shot the healthcare is receive would suck.

And I'm sure the trillions of dollars making Iraq free (lol) could never have been used to improve the va or any other vital services at home.

Your job is a job, you're not better than anyone else


Depending on when someone served, they didn't necessarily sign up either.

/on the one hand, thank God we got rid of the draft
//on the other hand, it did kind of keep the level of stupid more in check
 
2014-05-09 01:29:37 PM

AirForceVet: EdNortonsTwin: My family got poisoned by Camp LeJeune drinking water and Dad was later poisoned by agent-orange. I'm having a hard time finding things the military can't F-up.

My young Aunt went blind a year later after living at the with the family at the base, Mom is dead from cancer, and Sister who was born at the base is crazy as a jay-bird.

I was born a year or so after the family left Lejeune.

Have a death wish?  Join the military.

The military isn't the only ones who FU stuff.

Never heard of Love Canal and other EPA Superfund sites?


Yea, I've read through some of that.

Tustin and El Toro USMC air bases (now closed) have and are building homes and a "great park" on the land.  That land is polluted as all fark from 60 years of fuel dumping and who knows what else.  They used to pour fuel on vehicles and light it up all the time so they could practice putting out emergency fires.  I could see the smoke for miles.

The people who live there are farked.

Hey USMC brings death to friends and enemies alike - cheers!

By the way have you read this Senate report on Gulf War findings?  http://www.gulfwarvets.com/arison/banking.htm">http://www.gulfwarvets .com/arison/banking.htm

Interesting bits about Gulf War disease and who sold Saddam WMD precursors labeled dual use.  Somehow Anthrax and warhead filling equipment is "dual use".

Exerpt:
3. The United States provided the Government of Iraq with "dual use" licensed materials which assisted in the development of Iraqi chemical, biological, and missile- system programs, including:http://www.gulfwarvets.com/arison/banking.htm#N_6_">(6) chemical warfare agent precursors; chemical warfare agent production facility plans and technical drawings (provided as pesticide production facility plans); chemical warhead filling equipment; biological warfare related materials; missile fabrication equipment; and, missile-system guidance equipment.


Why re-open old wounds you might say?  The wounds aren't closed, that's why.
 
2014-05-09 01:38:08 PM
Am I the only one who noticed the guy was not honorably discharged? Or that after he got Hep C, he stopped going to the VA where they would have treated him?
BTH You don't get OTH by being medically unfit for duty and asking to go home.
 
2014-05-09 01:52:20 PM

AirForceVet: Hey, thanks my fellow Americans.

ou have 21.2-million veterans with 9.6-million of them over 65. We veterans really appreciate how much you love to not pay taxes, keep voting for political candidates who give you tax cuts and cut veteran benefit funding, including the VA budget.

Just like that bumper sticker you all love to plaster over your cars and SUVs: Freedom isn't free.

We served; some bled; some didn't come home.

You didn't; you whined; you stayed home.



Some of us were told we weren't allowed to serve, so there is that.
 
2014-05-09 01:57:16 PM

pmdgrwr: Hey at least he has Obamacare to look forward to, guaranteed top notch healthcare.


Well, since he's dead, not so much.
 
2014-05-09 02:19:00 PM
The Army gave my sister Hep C with a transfusion. Kicked her out. Denied her benefits. Not getting a kick.
 
2014-05-09 02:20:33 PM

The hopeless imp: Am I the only one who noticed the guy was not honorably discharged? Or that after he got Hep C, he stopped going to the VA where they would have treated him?
BTH You don't get OTH by being medically unfit for duty and asking to go home.


You might be the only one that didn't notice those discharges are part of the system when they want to get rid of "problems." Report a rape? That's a discharge. Report a broken pelvis during the Crucible? That's a discharge.
 
2014-05-09 02:26:08 PM

JungleBoogie: AirForceVet: Hey, thanks my fellow Americans.

ou have 21.2-million veterans with 9.6-million of them over 65. We veterans really appreciate how much you love to not pay taxes, keep voting for political candidates who give you tax cuts and cut veteran benefit funding, including the VA budget.

Just like that bumper sticker you all love to plaster over your cars and SUVs: Freedom isn't free.

We served; some bled; some didn't come home.

You didn't; you whined; you stayed home.

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the real irony is that is engraved on a Cigarette (cancer stick / coffin nail) lighter...
 
2014-05-09 02:28:24 PM

Gary-L: AirForceVet: Hey, thanks my fellow Americans.

ou have 21.2-million veterans with 9.6-million of them over 65. We veterans really appreciate how much you love to not pay taxes, keep voting for political candidates who give you tax cuts and cut veteran benefit funding, including the VA budget.

Just like that bumper sticker you all love to plaster over your cars and SUVs: Freedom isn't free.

We served; some bled; some didn't come home.

You didn't; you whined; you stayed home.

I'm a Veteran but did not protect anyone's freedoms.  I signed a contract and did a job which ended up supporting a large machine vested in protecting and projecting the geopolitical interests of the United States.

It can be argued that the last Veterans who truly defended freedom were those who fought the War of 1812.

Stop with the overly inflated sense of importance.


yeah... seriously, WW1 and 2 was all about the oil.... oh wait.
 
2014-05-09 02:33:22 PM

drjekel_mrhyde: Did he apply for medicaid?
/I don't recall seeing that in the article


FTA: "The electric bill each month was close to $300. Linda said she needed to keep her husband warm due to his medical conditions. At one point, the couple had to weigh whether to buy food or pay their rent. She said they owe thousands of dollars in medical bills and they're not eligible for Medicaid."
 
2014-05-09 02:36:48 PM

Geoff Peterson: "discharged for other than honorable conditions."

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Yup.  The guy "served" a year most likely with a large percentage reporting to sick call.

The guy seems to have been dealt a pretty bad hand but none of this is the fault of the VA or Medicaid.   It really sounds like he was trying to use the military as health insurance.

Also, we're only hearing one side of the story, people tend to paint themselves in a much lighter picture than reality.
 
2014-05-09 03:20:43 PM

Geoff Peterson: "discharged for other than honorable conditions."

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Yeah, I don't even understand how he qualified for the first procedure? Although if they give you hep, regardless of whether you were entitled to the care, they need to take responsibility.
 
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