Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Veterans: What Priority? by John Bury

Here is the second of two pieces by Blue Water Navy Veteran John Bury:

Military service personnel of all branches of service, be it Army, Navy, Marine Corp, Air Force or Coast Guard. They serve with pride and honor and are sworn to protect our Country’s borders, our Constitution and Bill of Rights. They serve in peace time and war time, all with one common goal, our Country’s Freedom.

We who served and those who now serve, ask only to be cared for by our Government if we have become sick with disease or injured in the line of duty. We are from all walks of life. We represent all religious faiths, all races, all political parties.

A bullet, a disease, does not discriminate who we are or what we are in time of war. A bullet or a disease does not care if we are of any one religious faith, black or white, yellow or red, democrat or republican or independent. We are all equals. Some of us are injured by a bullet or explosive device. Some of us get sick by the use of poisonous herbicides that causes cancer, Hodgkin’s disease, and Ischemic heart disease, just to name a few. Some of us end up with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Yes, some of us even end up with a whole deck full of problems.

Some of our Legislators introduce Bills to the House and Senate to care for us who are in need. We submit claims to Veterans Affairs. Mountains of paperwork is required for us to prove we have disabling problems during our time in service to our Country. It can take months, more likely even years for that paperwork to get through the system. In the mean time those Legislative Bills receive little to no action in a hurry up and wait mode of operation. Some of our Legislators aren’t sitting on their hands, some support us, they are of the minority. A few can not do the job needed, it takes a majority.

What are the priorities of our Legislative Body? Do they tax the very wealthy, millionaires and billionaires or give them tax breaks? To what countries do they give billions of dollars? To what banks do they give assistance? To what giant manufactures do they give assistance? What Pork Barrel projects do they support? Just to name a few top priorities. But our military personnel who are sick and injured, where are they on this priority list? At what point does the almighty dollar stop to help those who served? It seems to me, if the bureaucracy waits long enough and makes VA claims difficult enough, more of us will just die out, then there are fewer of us to be concerned about. Sounds like a rotten death sentence?

What say you, The American People, is this what it has come to? Are those who fought for Freedom to be forsaken? Ask your Congressional Representatives and your Senators, are those who served to be forgotten?

By: John J. Bury, US Navy/retired/war veteran

Bravo Zulu, John, Bravo Zulu.


”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 Obama 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 then 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. Stanley Greene12:13

    These posts by Mr. Bury are great. They need to be shared with our Congressional Reps and mostly the American public via letters to the Editor, etc. Is it permissible to copy these and send to local papers? Thanks for your service from one VietNam Vet to another.

    Stanley Greene

  2. Stanley,

    I have asked Mr. Bury for permission to send you a copy of his two letters. I have your address from the VASVW rolls, so if and when he agrees I will forward them to you.


    You could post the request on the VASVW Forum and deal with Mr. Bury directly. You are both members.

    Blog entries are blocked from being copied. We had to do this because we were being plagiarized.

    So if anyone wants copies of anything, use the "email me" link at the top of the left column.


  3. Anonymous15:12

    I thought Mr Bury hit it right on the head and add my 'Bravo Zulu' to others. I would like to add another comment, only partially related. The disparity between VA Regional Offices; One will approve a claim that another won't, by that I mean the SAME claim, word for word, document for document. I have seen, for instance, an RO on the West coast apporcve AO claims that would never get through the RO here in Florida. This doesn't need a new law, it only needs a good housecleaning within the DVA.
    OK, soapbox is free again....