Friday, December 19, 2008

Reaction to the Dr. Phil Show on Veterans

The Doctor Phil show just ended. Like many Americans, we wept at many of the segments, and felt anger at the entire situation.

But we were not surprised one bit about the problems identified as resident in the Department of Veterans Affairs. After all, we have been experiencing this for many years now. The problems identified are not new. What was new was the format in which those problems were presented.

It was not a news show. We did not get a 2 minute sound bite, we got nearly an hour [less commercial time], and real Veterans discussing their issues. And the experts, Chairman Bob Filner of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, and Fox News expert Colonel David Hunt were there to cement the credence of what the public was hearing, and the degree of severity of what was being presented.

We have been calling for criminal charges against DVA leadership for several years. It was satisfying to finally hear such personages as Colonel Hunt, and Chairman Filner, and later, Dr. Phil, actually call the DVA's actions criminal. And listening to Colonel Hunt call for a "perp walk" to wake the nation up to what the DVA has been doing for decades elicited a leap out of the chair and a "YEAH!" loud enough to set the dogs barking.

Most of all, we were pleased that Dr. Phil promised to keep the issue of DVA incompetence at the forefront. That sounds like an opportunity, and we may be able to get our issue onto a second version of the show.

We need to get the public informed of our plight. We need the public to support our proposed legislation. And most of all, we need to make sure we do not become politically triaged out of the benefits system.

So, in addition to your campaign to get support from your "Congresscritters" while they are home on recess [they go back for the January 6th swearing in of the 111th Congress], we should get started emailing Dr. Phil to follow up by telling our story. He was outraged at what he saw and heard today, even to the point of chastising himself for not doing this show earlier. Perhaps we can keep the momentum up by getting him to do another show.

Here is the link to contact the Dr. Phil Show.

Turn to, folks!


”It is a stain on this nation's honor that the Department of Veterans Affairs has become a deadlier and more difficult adversary to the American veteran than any they have ever faced on a battlefield."-- VNVets

"The concept that Agent Orange, and its effects, stopped dead in its tracks at the shoreline is simply too illogical, and too ludicrous to accept. What does that say about the Bush Administration and his Department of Veterans Affairs?"--VNVets

"With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation's wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan--to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations." --President Abraham Lincoln

"It follows than as certain as that night succeeds the day, that without a decisive naval force we can do nothing definitive, and with it, everything honorable and glorious."--President George Washington

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  1. Anonymous18:55

    I wrote Dr. Phil. I said, God bless you for shining a light on the monstrous negligence and betrayal of the VA towards those who served with honor, did not flee to Canada, and now are paying for their patriotism with their very lives. And what a bitter price! And I also spoke of the anguish and anger we, the wives of these proud soldiers and sailors, feel, as we watch them sicken, and also lay dying, forgotten and abandoned. Ruth J. Boody, wife of Stephen (Steve) F. Boody USS Koiner DER-331 RM2 66-68 Operation Market Time, riverine forces, etc.

  2. Anonymous09:33

    I'm sorry to say I missed the show, was there any mention of specifics such as the Agent Orange/Blue Water Navy Vets problem?

  3. No mention of Agent Orange,which is why we called for readers to write to Dr. Phil to do a follow up Veterans show and include Filner and the Colonel, and expose the illegalities of the DVA against us.