Letter to the President
by Georg E Mateos
Rated "G" by the Author.
edited: Saturday, June 06, 2009
Posted: Saturday, June 06, 2009
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The letter was forwarded to the office of President Obama, as well as to The New York Times, Washington Post, to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, among others.
Adding to your problems is the inheritance of the soldiers returning home from the battlefields, but you also have inherited Veterans claims as long back as WWII.
The problems has left to grow and fester with the complacency of those VA involved during too many years.
My humble suggestion below (Article) can be done surgical quickly using the knowledgeable personal that you have already at your disposition, the unemployed Veterans, but first, you will need to clean the VA house of the dead weight that have sucked the system like leeches and didn’t do a day of honest job to accommodate the Servicemen needs.
Please, Mister President, take the Red Tape from the VA, replace its malfeasant ones with an honorable crew, the unemployed and able Veterans.
Soldiers coming back from Iraq/ Afghanistan to a foreclosed house, to unemployment and a long string of years to get their claims right to be processed.
After WWII it was made an attempt to help with the GI Bill, but then came Korea, Nam, Iraq x 2 and Afghanistan.
In between a few more "little" brawls that left a few dead and more than few "damaged"
Pompously, Agencies were promptly put in lace for the soldier's benefit...which never reached the soldiers because a wall made of red-tape was build as well to protect the allocated funds from the greedy handicapped ex-soldiers.
DREAM, that all War Veterans alive, walking, crawling or pushed, descend one and the same day over Washington and park all around Congress, disrupting traffic with a million men and women, in a sit down until their demands are satisfied once and for all with a iron clad law that even a money corrupt President and his cronies can’t touch.
They can't arrest one million, can they? not in front of all worlds TV cameras showing amputees soldiers, old forgotten ones, homeless soldiers, infirm ones from war’s effects that the Pentagon denied its causes ever happened, the GOP will have a hard time explaining as the media frenzy would go on telling the rest of the world how nice is the American Dream?
Ed Kostro said, quote "The last time that veterans marched on Washington was back in 1932, after the Great Depression, and for similar reasons. And they were chased out of D.C. with tear gas." unquote.
But, I will say, they didn't had Television or Internet or YouTube or photo/camera cellphones or camcorders or...need I say more?
ARTICLE, posted with a solution for those VA stagnated officials living in a world made of red tape and self-gratification.
The VA said they have a backlog of 1.000.000 Veteran claims?
Divide them with 50 US States = down to 20.000 claims per State.
Or, compensate small States vs big States quantity as required.
Each US State will open 10 VA offices manned with 10 unemployed but educated Veterans each. (100 new post of full employment, that also can double as recruiting offices, thy know what they are talking about)
Down to 2.000 claims per VA office.
Each employee workload = 250 working days, at 4 claims per week = 208 claims X 10 = 2.008 claims per year per office.
State wise 20.080 claims processed per year.
Country wise 1.040.000 claims processed in 250 working days that are 40.000 more than VA's backlog.
First, say that for the sake of argument, that it will take 500 working days, it can be done. Today takes four years for a Veteran claim & appeal to ever move an inch, and that if it moves at all, it will take years or never to do so, if we let our VA domestic little tsars get away with it (we have done it for so long…)
Second, unemployed Veterans can have a job where they know what they talk about and the "money on the dole" like they like to call, will be put in good use and give a little more dignity to the men and women that served.
Third, All the Administrative structure of the VA will be revised by a panel of high rang officers with the top VA echelon dismissed forthwith in suspicion of power and/or economical corruption of Veterans fund malfeasance, and the rest of the actual employees, in probation with no guarantees of no dismissal when the fiscal year ends.
”I just followed orders” will be not accepted as an excuse to callously dismiss a Veteran's claim. (It didn’t worked in Nuremberg Trials)
The time as come for the War Veterans to take matters in their own hands with the help of their Commander in Chief and President.
In a country that gives bodyguards to the likes of a gimme-gimme more oil Dick Cheney and take the bread and bandages away of the Veterans, maybe the soldiers that got the fortune to come back from the field at all should have the right to shake all the corrupt political system and their lobbyists.
If the President can say YES, WE CAN, then the soldiers can say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH, and remember what President Truman said? Now, go find a man that can say and mean it…"The Bucket Stops Here"
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|Reviewed by Jennifer Miller
|Here's a thought Georg,
Lets all fly to the gates of the White House, and together, news media and all, we can...and will make a difference.
Count on me!
From one author to another...with lots of respect and praise for the works you write, you are admired.
|Reviewed by Joel Sattler
|Are you familiar with the "Bonus March" ?
Yes, our vets deserve more.....
|Reviewed by D. Kenneth Ross
|George- dead on the money. If anything cries for reform now its the pathetic treatment of veterans by the politicians who all seem to spew hot air but haven't the integrity to put our money where we want it to go. Veterans don't just deserve this simple demand they require it for all of us to be able to enjoy any of the freedoms we still do. you have my full support. God bless our veterans and to steal some of the right Reverand Wright's thunder, "God damn the politicians. Amen
Dave Ross-D. Kenneth Ross
|Reviewed by Mark Lichterman
|Great letter, Georg. If only it could get to him, although with the faith I have in this guy no matter what you or anyone might say to him I think will mean absolutely nothing because he hates the military and if one was wounded, well, maybe he shouldn't have volunteered to go.
Your friend, Mark
|Reviewed by Regis Auffray
|Soldiers coming back from Iraq/ Afghanistan to a foreclosed house, to unemployment and a long string of years to get their claims right to be processed.
What an incredibly sad and unacceptable situation, Georg. I do appreciate the solution/s you have offered. Perhaps someone will try to implement them. Love and peace my friend,
|Reviewed by Tom Hyland
|GEORG - BRAVO! LET ALL CROOKED RAT-BASTARDS BEWARE!
1. I APOLOGIZE - for never visiting your site before now! I'll be BACK!
2. You stole my Thunder - i.e. I just decided today to write a piece tonight, entitled "VETERANS UNITE!" - suggesting EXACTLY what you already wrote - ALL ASSEMBLE IN D.C. AT ONCE, HOPEFULLY, THIS JULY 4TH - bring D.C. to a total STANDSTILL - DO NOT LEAVE UNTIL MISSION IS ACCOMPLISHED!
3. Your suggestion of STAFFING VA with ALL VETERANS IS EXCELLENT! These proud men and women who already served - ABOVE AND BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY - would do so AGAIN - WITH DIGNITY! TO HELP THEIR BROTHERS AND SISTERS!
4. I have written and sent similar letters before - to BUSH - to OBAMA - not once even an acknowledgement! Our TALK (and Writing) is CHEAP - ACTION IS NOW REQUIRED.
5. Just look at the MILLIONS of plain poor people MARCHING IN THE STREETS OF IRAN -
AND THEY ARE NOT FREE, LIKE WE ARE!
6. VUN - V-U-N ... VETERANS UNITE NOW!
May God Bless - You - Ed Kostro - Marcia Miller-Twiford - Karla Dorman -
and every single VETERAN that ever put on a UNIFORM!
NOW, I'M FULL OF PISS N' VINEGAR - and will write my little 'piece.'
TOM HYLAND ... only a former 'Weekend Warrior' - but - ALWAYS A PATRIOT.
|Reviewed by Mr. Ed
|The problems has left to grow and fester with the complacency of those involved during too many years.
So very sadly true. And I would disagree with those that say that raising your voice is a waste of time. If we all started raising our voices, and voicing our concerns, perhaps someone will finally start listening. There is power in numbers.
I think our leaders, and our citizens, have all been far too complacent, for far too long.
|Reviewed by Marion Dollar
|This letter will never fly. Know why? It makes sense! Anything that makes sense is immediately dismissed on Capital Hill these days by the idiots that run the asylum. It does not put money in their pockets,it was not thought up by them, it does not give them face time and it is the right thing to do; therefore the liberals will make sure it will not get done. Obama will lead the pack in the objections.|
|Reviewed by Tuchy (Carl) Palmieri
|Georg such a great letter right on the money
let us hope he reads it and acts on it
|Reviewed by Marcia Miller-Twiford
|Good for you Georg. I hope President Obama gets to read your letter but that's doubtful. "They" also need to address the plight of the widows of disabeled veterans. A woman spends her life lovingly caring for her husband who was injured fighting for our country. The man needs assistance with daily living and most live in pain for the rest of their lives and are unemployable. The wife cares for him. The veteran's disability is rated on a scale of 10 to 100% and he is paid a disability pension in accordance with his rating for the remainder of his lifetime. When he dies his wife gets nothing unless the veteran was rated at 100%. She suddenly finds herself without husband or income and she's elderly and unskilled having lived her life as her husband's wife/nurse. To me this is a crime. I know of a woman who spent 38 years caring for her husband who lived in a wheelchair and needed help with almost everything. She's now living in the basement of her son's house, pennyless. Her late husband was rated at 90% disabeled.|