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Sunday, May 21, 2006

VETERANS HEAR FROM DEPARTMENT SECRETARY.................................................


White House rep addresses questions, concerns of audience

A White House Cabinet member came to Loveland on Friday to answer qustions about veterans issues.

James Nicholson, secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, talked to about 100 people at the Loveland Police and Courts Building.

U.S. Rep. Marilyn Musgave sponsored the veterans forum and introduced Nisholson to the crowd.

Nicholson talked for about 45 minutes to the group of veterans, many of whom wore red, white and blue clothing or hats signifying their participation in past wars.

Nicholson and Musgrave answered written questions from the audience. One person asked if the department is ready for the new veterans leaving the conflict in the Middle East.

"Absolutely yes," Nicholson said.

He said about 110,000 veterans are entering the system every year, but that's only about 2% of the total number of veterans the department serves.

He said a challenge to get veterans of recent wars to seek treatment for PTSD.

*The department is not ready for the new veterans leaving the conflict in the Middle East and they "are" trying to get help for PTSD. It takes longer than 2 months to get an appointment for mental health care, if you can get it at all.

"It's a common reaction to an uncommon experience," he said. "It doesn't mean you're crazy."

*Some troops can handle stress more than others. If you need to get mental health care, you need to get it right away or it can cause deep-set problems, sometimes for life. Nicholson talks as if PTSD is not a big deal, but it is. They blow it off because they are trying to do away with the benefits that are needed by these troops while they are trying to get thier heads together.

Two Fort Collins World War II veterans, Phil Bush, 83, and Maurice Rupel, 80, said they came to the event to find out about burial arrangements.

Bush said he's been happy with his benefits so far.

"The VA has done really well with me for 20 years," he said.

Nicholson said the department serves 24.8 million veterans with a staff of 238,000. Funding for the department has increased 70% since President Bush entered office, he said.

*I find it funny when Nicholson or anybody says that "funding for the department has increased 70% since President Bush entered office."
"IT WAS MADE TO "APPEAR" LIKE BUSH HAS DONE SO MUCH FOR THE VETERANS SINCE HE HAS ENTERED OFFICE, BUT "AS USUAL" BUSH IS A LIAR AND SO IS ANYBODY THAT SAYS HE GAVE THE VETERANS A LOT!

THEY ARE OVERSTATING THE RESOURCES THAT HAVE BEEN GIVEN TO THE VA HEALTH CARE SYSTEM.

What has Bush and the Republicans given to the veterans?:

* CHRONIC UNDERFUNDING

* MISREPRESENTING THE NUMBERS

* COOKING THE NUMBERS

* A BLEAK FUTURE FOR VETERANS HEALTHCARE

* ESTIMATES OF CONVENIENCE

* UNMET MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES

* CURTAILED SERVICES

THAT'S WHAT BUSH HAS GIVEN THE VA SINCE HE'S ENTERED OFFICE!!!!!!!

By the way, since you're here anyway, make sure that you read my posting called ''THE REPUBLICAN RECORD: BREAKING FAITH WITH AMERICA'S VETERANS." It will explain all of the above.


Source: Reporter-Herald
Loveland FYI
May 20, 2006

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