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Bush And The VA’s Failure Of All Veterans

Posted by nytexan on June 24, 2007

I was recently left a link in my comment section for the movie “When I came Home”, which by the way won the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival Award. This is about homeless Vietnam through the Iraqi war vets. You read that right, homeless vets. Bush and his continued neo-con bullshit of “we support the troops” is just that, BS. Years of lip service from the GOP, empty words for the neo-con base to cheer for.

Where’s the outrage in this country is for the men and women who give there lives, mental health and souls for us. Where’s the outrage in this country that Bush and the hawks on both sides of the isle continue to turn their backs on the people they send off to war? We should be ashamed of ourselves.

Support does not come in the form of a bumper sticker, a ribbon, a lapel pin or a flag. Support is standing up, speaking out and taking action. Watch the short 1 minute trail of the 70 minute move, it’s worth it.

From their website:

When I Came Home is a documentary film about homeless veterans in America: from those who served in Vietnam to those returning from the current war in Iraq. The film looks at the challenges faced by returning combat veterans and the battle many must fight to receive their benefits from the Veterans Administration.

Through the story of Herold Noel, a homeless Iraq war veteran suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and living out of his car in Brooklyn, the film reveals a failing system and the veteran’s struggle to survive after returning from the war. When I Came Home follows Herold’s battle with homelessness and PTSD as he tries to get help from the VA, city agencies, and various veterans organizations.

With temperatures dropping in New York, Herold meets fellow vet Paul Rieckhoff, founder of the country’s largest Iraq veteran advocacy organization. What follows is a media blitz that transforms the young, homeless veteran into the leader of a new movement.


11 Responses to “Bush And The VA’s Failure Of All Veterans”

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  2. ClapSo said

    That damn va has sucked for decades. Under the bush crime family it sucks even worse. Back in the early ’90’s I worked at a homeless shelter in NYC. More then half the people in the shelter were vets. Part of my job was to see that they got government help with their needs. I can tell you, it was like pulling teeth from an alligator.

    The scientifically impossible I do right away
    The spiritually miraculous takes a bit longer

  3. gasdocpol said

    To me “Support our Troops” is not sending them off in a counterproductive, perverse war and then neglect them when they come home with broken bodies.

    The truth will out and the backlash is coming.

  4. JollyRoger said

    Chimpletons believe a yellow magnet on the Expedition is all the Support! the Troops! require.

    For real fun, ask one about a willingness to pay for this war they all love so much. To get run out of town, suggest that Chip or Buffy SERVE in it.

  5. Corpsman Up 2/4 said

    The comment from Clapso makes you think: “That damn va has sucked for decades. Under the bush crime family it sucks even worse. Back in the early ’90’s I worked at a homeless shelter in NYC. More then half the people in the shelter were vets. Part of my job was to see that they got government help with their needs. I can tell you, it was like pulling teeth from an alligator.” This was during the Arkansas Administration. I know, I was there in the homeless programs myself. I monitored a number of them in Ohio. The funding wasn’t there during democrat and republican administrations.
    I’m also tired of the seeming denial that this happened to Viet Nam veterans. It happened as much if not more than it does now. PTSD is more recognized. Viet Nam veterans were just called “drug-crazed baby-killing losers.” and that is a verbatim quote. Look at the false testimony in Congress and the Winter-time Soldier project.
    Forget about blaming this administration. This has been going on for a long time. Johnson, Nixon, Carter, Reagan, Bush 41, Clinton, and Bush 42.

  6. Ari said

    I think that our troops deserve more than they are getting. Mental health is being ignored with potentially catestrophic reprecussions. I just read another blog everyone might find interesting, its by a scientist looking into treatment for traumatic brain injuries, like those suffered by IED blasts common in Iraq. The blog belongs to dr. Mike Merzenich and is worth a look.

  7. nytexan said

    Everyone is so right about the BS that the right & Bush thinks “support the troop’s means”.

    I realize that the vets have been neglected for years and we all should have been trying to fix it. But what makes it so egregious with this administration and the GOP is, they espouse their mantra and parade the troops for their own destructive motives. Then they turn their backs on the very people they who believed in what was the correct thing to do for OUR country.

    It’s time that we stand up and take our country back. Enough of sitting on our ass watching everything go down the toilet.

  8. Suzie-Q said

    It’s a shame that our Vets come home to be homeless! We need serious changes in this country!!

  9. nytexan said

    We need to get politicians that do what they are sent to Washington to do. If you are going to ask people to put their lives on the line then those same lives NEED to have value when they return.

  10. gasdocpol said

    You can add up all the harm perpetrated by Dalmer, Speck, Gacey , Ted Bundy and it would be a small fraction of the ruined lives that have resulted from the lies of the Bush administration.

    If those criminals deserved life imprisonments and humane execution, what punishment do Bush and Cheney deserve?

  11. Please send this link to those who care about our homeless veterans:

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