Thursday, March 6, 2014

Senate Republicans Block Veterans Bill

I got involved in politics because of the failure of the political class in the run up to the Iraq War 2.

The GOP blocking the Veterans bill recently reminds me of this failure of leadership and their vote against Veterans is causing quite a stir on social media from people across the political spectrum. 

Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont has more:
The legislation was backed by the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America and virtually every other veterans’ and military service organization in the country.  
“The cost of war does not end once the last shots are fired and the last battles are fought,” Sanders said.  “When members of the military lose arms, legs and eyesight fighting in wars that Congress authorized, we have a moral obligation to make sure that those Americans receive all of the benefits that they have earned and deserve.  When American soldiers die in combat, we have a moral obligation to make sure that the spouses and children they leave behind are taken care of and do not live in abject poverty.”   
The measure would have improved health and dental care services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs. It also would have allowed the VA to open 27 new clinics and medical facilities. Educational opportunities would have been expanded for post-9/11 veterans. Another provision would have improved access to care and benefits for veterans who experienced sexual trauma while serving in the military. Also full cost-of-living adjustments would be restored for future military retirees. 
This Chris Hayes segment is worth a watch

Also see: Jon Stewart Is Shocked (But Not Surprised) By GOP Killing Veterans Bill

 Republicans block Senate bill to boost veterans' benefits - 

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