Oliver North said in an interview with Fox news, “Do you know why they have coffee and popcorn in the VA lobbies? It is to cover up the overwhelming stench of death.”
Just stop and think about that. The place where our heros, our veterans are supposed to go to for care reeks of death. Why? These past few weeks I have been reaching out to veterans that normally do not talk much about their service, let alone their care at the VA, And they have been completely abandoned by their VA . First and foremost, I have been asked by several Veterans and their family members to not reveal their identities. These men and woman fought and served for our country and now, some fear for retaliation from the VA or even their government for which they served. I will be highlighting some of the experiences and the concerns of these people who are still struggling and other whose family members will speak of their losses.
There are veterans who are being over medicated, wrongfully diagnosed, fed pills instead of receiving the vital therapies or treatment needed to deal with stress, depression, anxiety or PTSD just to name a few. Several of the Veterans I have spoke with feel as if, “The VA is just wanting us to die , so that we are no longer their problem.”
“When we ask for an appointment, we are made to feel like we are not worthy of treatment. Hell, the prisoners at Gitmo get better treatment than an US Vet. That is a damn crime.”
“We need someone who is a vet to run the VA.”
Meanwhile the VA is spending $420 Million dollars on solar panels and wind turbines , instead of the immediate treatment for our vets. Many administrators in the VA are getting bonuses and keeping their jobs while there is blood on their hands.
Montel Williams has been at the fore front of the #VASURGE movement. THIS IS A NEW PETITION.
WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO:
FROM MONTEL WILLIAMS: ORDER A SURGE FOR THE VA #vasurge
Mr. President, our veterans are suffering. Sir, we need leadership from our Commander in Chief. The Administration’s silence in recent weeks has many Veterans wondering if you care about them. We must restore their trust. Congress is deadlocked, and that’s Congress’ fault. Please use your authority as Commander in Chief to:
ORDER the Secretaries of VA, DoD and HHS to submit a plan within 10 days to clear the backlog within 90 days using any and all military, Federal and civilian resources as may be necessary, and establish a baseline that can be used to determine what resources are needed to meet this most sacred of American commitments – to care for those who served.
– Montel B. Williams, LCDR, (Ret.) USN
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SIGNATURES NEEDED BY JULY 29, 2014 TO REACH GOAL OF 100,000
TOTAL SIGNATURES ON THIS PETITION