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The Department of Veterans Affairs has threatened to shut down hospitals in August unless it receives a budget add-on of $3 billion. The VA released this shocking news this month, capping off years of mismanagement and a blatant lack of transparency and accountability. It is long past time for President Barack Obama to become personally engaged in fixing VA.
Mere weeks after problems started surfacing with Healthcare.gov – the most visible public symbol of Obamacare – the Obama administration was clearly doing everything it could to fix the embattled website...
Even though VA has hired thousands of additional mental health personnel in recent years, the department is still struggling to meet the increased demand for care created by a steady stream of returning veterans, undeniable proof that when it comes to stopping the epidemic of veteran suicides, it is not about how many people VA hires. What matters is how many veterans they are able to help.
The Department of Veterans Affairs has received a lot of negative attention lately for failing to adequately deliver the care and benefits America promised our veterans.
According to figures released this week by the Department of Labor, there are currently 3.4 million job openings in the United States. That high number begs the question – why are the 14 million unemployed Americans not able to fill these positions?
Tonight, I watched as time stood still. Battle hardened men and women wept. Tears of sadness. Tears of anger. Tears of pain. I watched as three pairs of boots stood in flawless formation on a land far from home. Dusty, still, yet no soldiers stood to fill them. Three helmets atop three rifles inverted upon their bayonets, representing each branch of service that lost a service member — Army, Navy, Air Force. Dog tags hung motionless, occasionally swaying in the gentle breeze that blew across the tarmac as if to remind us that these heroes will never be forgotten. In the background, airplanes could be heard taking off. The mission continued. The Battlefield Crosses stood to memorialize the ultimate sacrifice paid by our fallen soldiers.
60,000 veterans were added to the unemployment rolls in June. That brought the total number of America’s out-of-work veterans to over 1 million – a staggering figure. That is why I have introduced the Veteran Opportunity to Work Act of 2011 (H.R. 2433), or the VOW Act. All of us have an obligation to find solutions to get America’s veterans back to work. These men and women have defended our nation, only to return home to stand in an unemployment line. That is not the homecoming we promised them.
America’s veterans must have the education and skills to find employment as they return home.
Over 235 years ago, the United States of America adopted of the Declaration of Independence.
Families and communities across the country gather on Memorial Day to barbecue or hang out by the swimming pool. This year, I hope they also remember those who have given the last full measure of devotion on the field of battle in defense of their country and in support of our nation's greatest gift: freedom.