Today I learned through the Gold Star Wives of America that Cong. Michele Bachman has proposed outrageous proposed cuts to Veterans benefits. I am shocked and outraged, but not surprised.
Tomorrow marks the 43rd anniversary date when my dear husband, Captain James Eddie Reed, Company A, 3rd/39th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division, US Army was killed in action in Vietnam. Many brave and decent men who served in his unit and others in the 9th Infantry Division rely on the VA benefits to deal with their serious health issues and emotional problems, a byproduct of their commitment to the United States of America and everyone therein. Eddie may not be here with us to raise his voice, but I am here. I am strong. I am angry. I am speaking out and I say that cutting Veterans Benefits is a moral outrage.
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Cong. Michele Bachman has revealed that she has no care and concern for the quality of life of our Veterans through her announced plan for cutting $400 billion in federal spending that includes freezing Veterans Affairs Department health care spending and cutting veterans’ disability benefits. She is showing utter contempt for the 22,658,000 Veterans who served our nation and did their best for us to include 7.5 million are Vietnam era vets; 5.8 million peace time Vets. 5.7 Gulf War Vets ; 2.4 Korean War Vets; and 2 million World War II Vets.
In a recent video she commemorates Veterans. Now she is asking: "Do Veterans really need that money."
On November 11, 2010 the hypocritical double-speaking heartless Michele Bachman wrote on her blog quoting President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, a World War II Veteran:
President John F. Kennedy said, "As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." Thank you for remembering to honor our veterans. I hope that we can all live by the words we express and continue to keep our veterans in our prayers and thoughts everyday."
" I am also committed to increasing accessibility to health care for our veterans who live far away from VA medical centers. I supported passage of the Veterans’ Health Care Improvement Act of 2007 (H.R. 2874) which would provide additional transportation options for veterans in rural areas who must travel long distances to receive care. It would also enhance readjustment counseling and mental health services for Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom veterans through peer outreach and support programs."
On her Congressional website Bachmann has posted the following disingenuous statement on her page entitled Veterans Affairs:
"It is imperative that America's military men and women receive the support they deserve for the sacrifices they have made. Our members of the Armed Forces have fought to preserve the freedoms we cherish and I believe Congress must be steadfast in honoring our commitment to them."
I say to Bachmann: "Liar, liar, pants on fire!" Clearly Bachman has no intention of walking her talk. She is proving to be yet just another hatchet-faced woman callously using her power to do harm across America. I wonder what Veterans in the Tea Party movement think now.
Bachman's list of cuts doesn’t explain the impact of freezing veterans’ health care funding, but the Congressional Budget Office said in a report issued in October that health care costs have been quickly increasing. Of course they are increasing, we have been fighting two wars on two fronts for far too long.
“America’s sick and disabled veterans will not sit idly by while their earned health care and disability benefits are threatened,” said Gorman, executive director of the DAV’s Washington office. “We will raise our voices above the din and call on every member of Congress to reject Rep. Bachmann’s heartless proposal.”
Paul Sullivan, executive director of Veterans for Common Sense, said cutting veterans’ health care spending is an ill-advised move at a time when the number of veterans continues to grow as troops return from Iraq and Afghanistan. Sullivan said he finds it difficult to see how VA could freeze health care costs without hurting veterans.
“It is really astonishing to see this,” he said.
In a statement, Bachmann said her plan is intended for discussion purposes as an example of ways to cut federal spending to make it unnecessary to increase the current $14.3 trillion limit on the amount the U.S. government can borrow.
A word of gratitude to Representative Tim Walz, the highest-ranking enlisted soldier ever to serve in the United States Congress, has responded to Rep. Michele Bachmann’s proposal with the following statement:
“We have to have an aggressive, long-term plan to tackle our nation’s debt, but attempting to balance the budget on the backs of veterans who have risked life and limb in service of our country is unacceptable. I believe we can and should work together to find reasonable and common-sense cuts that will reduce our debt, but as a generation of warriors returns from two wars, our most solemn responsibility is to make sure they have the care and benefits they have earned.”
Michele Bachmann is all about betraying the trust of our good and decent American Veterans in order to make a name for herself.
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