Veterans Day Edition
We have a real problem with discrimination among the veteran community. The issue is the differences shown between pre 9-11 and post 9-11 veterans. Let me make this perfectly clear immediately. A bullet, is a bullet. A threat such as the Cold War is just as dangerous as terror threats? A threat is a threat.
This is my Veterans Day post and how we should be thanking veterans. It is more than a cup of free coffee, meal or parade.
Generations were under threat from the Cold War including a full obligation of 6 years to Uncle Same, some time on active and remaning on reserve. There was also a Full Draft in effect to send people who either faced jail, leaving their homes to Canada or dodging bullets on foreign shores. They had no choice of the matter during these wars. They had to do one of the three things. That is not the case for post 9-11 veterans. Pre 9-11 veterans now getting older and more frail are denied some of the benefits awarded to Post 9-11 veterans…
As I have studied the ever changing Title 38 benefits of Veterans Affairs, it is very clear to me that the Vietnam Vet is still getting a raw deal. The Persian Gulf Vets are as well. The Montgomery GI Bill to WWII has better benefits regarding education than does Title 35 which is Educational Benefits for Dependents for Those severely disabled or killed. The money difference is great. The Life Insurance option is ridiculous. There is a huge difference between a 10,000 policy and a 400,000 policy. The Caregiver act is equally a form of discrimination... 300.00 Aid and Attendance compared to 1500.00 is a jump from people caregiving doing the same thing. The biggest difference other than money is the age of the spouse, normally who is a senior and having to do things harder for he or she than the younger veterans, receiving more money.
Helping a loved one shower, or change clothes or bed sheets is a much harder task when one is aging and on social security themselves. Our beloved Testvet posting this dispair and anger just before he died. He was livid in fact about the differences shown. Testvet was consumed with worry over the differences shown among the veteran community benefits as was Mrs. Testvet. Senator Bernie Sanders gets it and I found this in research but needed to find out what happened in 2013. I went to DC and still did not get solid answers. There are still no answers.
The Congressional Budget Office estimated that an additional 70,000 caregivers would participate by 2016 if the bill, sponsored by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., becomes law.
This was posted in The Ledger but appears to just be sitting there. I found this Change.org online and quite sure people either do not know about the differences or it was not circulated properly. I am here to make sure it is a known fact. The truth is...it never got off the ground and I traveled to DC to find out why. The truth is no one really wants to talk about it but
Patty Murray, Sherrod Brown and Bernie Sanders. This also would include Jim McDermott.
I found this petition and is a sample of the wording on Change.org and every word is true. It is not that the Pre 9-11 veterans want anymore that deserved but a veteran is a veteran. Some of our older veterans are being left behind. It needs to change as the author of this petition has outlined. I could not get it to link properly so I blockquoted the petition.
Make Eligible for the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers available to pre-9/11 Veterans. I do not understand why this program has singled out just post 9/11 Disabled Veterans Caregivers. There are many other Veterans Caregivers who are full time caregivers, giving up their careers their jobs to take care of their Disabled Veteran full time. Are they not important? Are their struggles any less? No. Is there any reason why some Veterans would get benefits that others who are just as disabled and in need of assistance from family members as those pre 9/11? There are MANY Disabled for Life Veterans who need full time care, whose families continue to sacrifice everyday for their country. To not make this available to ALL Veterans Caregivers who have given up so much to care for their Permanent and Total Service Connected Disabled Combat Veteran is not equal treatment of Veterans and is discrimination. Is the sacrifice of other Veteran caregivers worth less?? Are their sacrifices any less real? I think not. All full time veteran caregivers deserve the same benefits, without prejudice
Here is the bill and here it sits Congressional Bills 113th Congress] [From the U.S. Government Printing Office] [S. 851 Reported in Senate (RS)] Calendar No. 186 113th CONGRESS 1st Session S. 851 [Report No. 113-107] To amend title 38, United States Code, to extend to all veterans with a serious service-connected injury eligibility to participate in the family caregiver services program. _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES April 25, 2013 Mr. Sanders introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs September 17, 2013 Reported by Mr. Sanders, without amendment _______________________________________________________________________ A BILL To amend title 38, United States Code, to extend to all veterans with a serious service-connected injury eligibility to participate in the family caregiver services program. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the ``Caregivers Expansion and Improvement Act of 2013''. SEC. 2. EXTENSION TO ALL VETERANS WITH A SERIOUS SERVICE-CONNECTED DISABILITY OF ELIGIBILITY FOR PARTICIPATION IN FAMILY CAREGIVER PROGRAM. Section 1720G(a)(2)(B) of title 38, United States Code, is amended by striking ``on or after September 11, 2001''. Calendar No. 186 113th CONGRESS 1st Session S. 851 [Report No. 113-107] _______________________________________________________________________ A BILL To amend title 38, United States Code, to extend to all veterans with a serious service-connected injury eligibility to participate in the family caregiver services program. _______________________________________________________________________ September 17, 2013 Reported without amendment
After I wrote this diary and had a meeting with some folks on Capitol Hill, I questioned Congressmen about this bill that was sponsored by Senator Sanders. Nobody seemed to have a clue what happened to the bill that was to make all veterans of all wars, equal.
I was told it was lost in committee due to funding. I also was told that since it was introduced by Senator Sanders in September 2013 when the 114th Congress was elected that it died.
The veterans of Korea and Vietnam get less regarding the caregiver act and they are much older. The educational benefits are much less for Vietnam Veterans than the GI Bill of WWII and a great deal less than the Iraq and Afghan veterans. The Life Insurance offered has a $300,000 difference between them. I do not think we need this kind of discrimination being shown among veterans. This type of thing worried Testvet and his wife and we spoke of it many times. We obviously were not the only family members concerned. No one wanted to take away from the recent Vets, but to make equality available to ALL VETERANS. Senator Sanders saw this and tried to make it right but the do nothing congress obviously wants to continue making Class warfare a priority, even among it’s veteran community. Few wanted to bring this bill before Congress in 2014, but again a D and R did. It just sat there, went into committe and died or is being used as someone’s bar coaster.
I say, when you think of Veterans Day, think how to really thank a Veteran. MAKE LIFE EASIER FOR THE FAMILIES of the veteran. The ledger reported that it is law...but I cannot get confirmation of that from anyone.
www.govtrack.us/… As title 38 is today. It is exactly the same as 2010. This is truly an issue that our platform needs to be bringing up and with each and all of our candidates.
Veteran Eligibility: 1. The Veteran incurred or aggravated a serious injury (including traumatic brain injury, psychological trauma, or other mental disorder) in the line of duty, on or after September 11, 2001. 2. Because of the qualifying serious injury, the Veteran requires another person (a Caregiver) to assist the Veteran with the management of personal care functions required in everyday living. 3. The serious injury renders the Veteran in need of personal care services for a minimum of six continuous months based on a clinical determination that takes into account various factors. 4. It is in the best interest of the Veteran to participate in the Caregiver Support Program. 5. The Veteran will receive ongoing care from a Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT) or other VA health care team as a requirement for participation in the program. 6. The Veteran agrees to receive ongoing care at home after VA designates a Family Caregiver. 7. Personal care services that would be provided by the Caregiver will not simultaneously be provided through another individual or FAMILY MEMBER.
if you want to thank a veteran this Veterans Day…...I suggest you start burning up the phones and calling this congress and say, Inequality on any level is not acceptable.
As you well know, the cost of advocacy can get expensive. We also work completely on donations from our members here at United Veterans.
We made a trip to Washington to advocate for equal benefits among the pre 11 and post 911 veterans. The trip was somewhat successful.
We feel the senate bill of Sanders/McCain of 2013 should not have been tabled and should be brought up once again. This bill would ensure that every veteran from every war be treated equally monetarily regarding education, respite, caregiving and life insurance . The bill was discussed with several legislators and the Presidential Medal of Freedom Award for a Korean Veteran was proposed as well. The receipent would be a 90 year old vet who has accomplished much and still getting out the vote. The proposed receipent is Dr. Ferguson Reid, Sr. of Virginia. He was a MASH surgeon during the Korean war. He also served in the Virginia assembly during the Jim Crow era. He paved the way to Equal rights and an equal rights icon.
The cost of the trip was 1400.00. This cost covers gas, transportation,lodging and food only.
We can only depend on these expenses to be offset by people who care about these issues. We as always pay out of pocket with hopes to regain some of our personal finances that was spent on these efforts. Thank you in advance and just hit the button above to give what you can. All funds are tax deductible and transparent.
Veterans being harmed with lack of special mode in Florida
Sad, and still happening. It has even gone so far as for me to have to fight for special mode transportation and I am 100% T&P service connected that has been adjudicated. Why is it that some non-veteran is able to deny us? That is one of my hot spot buttons that can make me go nuts.
I have been offline for some time due to circumstances beyond my control.
First I want to say I am working very hard with some news media folks regarding better care for our vets and I also have had some sickness in the family..so now that General Shinseki has resigned and I do not believe he was the knot in the tire that continues today to bump, I say we need the administrators to quit getting paid for poor performance. Do your job..or lose your job..
Congratulations to our new members and we continue to allow to dissolve the offline UVA we will continue to have an online information site. UVA is totally volunteer and it is very hard to keep up in real time offline with meetings and local activity 350 miles away.. Seems others are tyring but cannot online seems to accomplish more with the exception of out flag distribution on holidays, some local help and recognition of fallon soldiers.
We are not quite as active as we were in 2000. Our membership locally has declined due to death, illness, disability and folks moving away. We still do exist and we still care.
As of date we are still active and running but mostly on line with the exception of help we provide for those in need and continue to lobby congressfolks for better healthcare and accountability.
In the meantime the wheel keeps bumping at the VA and it will take more than money to fix it and private VA's are out of the question.. The VA was designed to treat veterans.. No other private entity has such a machine if kept oiled and maintained can do the job !
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This is not a completely free site and even though it does not cost to join.. Normal membership is 20.00 a year for belonging to United Veterans. We have always waived membership. This may no longer be an option . We may ask for a first of the year donation to help things running. The board has asked for at least 5.00 from each member. We need your support. We do not depend on grants or membership fees ..just donations. Our year end is Feb 20... and the donations this year have been down lower than in it's existence. We cannot continue this way. Thank you.
This year our expenses exceeded donations by more than 1,000.00.
This organization is pretty much pay as you go. We budget for at least 4,000 a year. This year we came no where near that amount. Final figures are still being tallied but according to the Bank records ....the organization had to pay for two needy veterans out of pocket with no help from the outside. Three dinners and one Christmas was bought for a veteran. We paid 340.00 for a light bill. We paid 500.00 for car expenses for a veteran with brain cancer. We paid 75.00 Secretary of State Expenses There is still an outstanding balance of 300.00 for gas expenses. There was a donation of 20.00 to the Cancer Society for Scotty Decker's memory. There was a donation made for an Afghinstan veteran of 25.00. Lake City, Florida. No expenses were covered for any board members and their efforts to help.