Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Concerned Veterans for America?

If you have a group stepping up to make sure veterans get the care they need, the first thing you should do is find out exactly what has been happening before demanding change. Too many times the change that comes, isn't the one hoped for.

Concerned Veterans for America issued a press release about "demanding accountability" which is a good thing but when you read the release, it seems as if they have no idea how it got this bad or when.

THE WARRIOR SAW, SUICIDES AFTER WAR lets people know where we are, how we got here and what can be done. There is a history behind what is happening to veterans today and you'll be able to read it, understand it and then fight to have it fixed.

"Military and veteran suicides are higher even though billions are spent every year trying to prevent them. After years of research most can be connected to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. PTSD has been researched for 40 years yet most of what was known has been forgotten. Families are left blaming themselves for what they were never told. Reporters have failed to research. Congress failed at holding people accountable. The military failed at giving them the help they need. We failed to pay attention."
Here is what this group wants to do.
New Website Launched to Demand Accountability from the Department of Veterans Affairs
By Concerned Veterans for America
Published: Monday, Apr. 15, 2013


ARLINGTON, Va., April 15, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As the backlog of pending disability claims at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) soars to nearly one million, today Concerned Veterans for America (CVA) is launching a new website ( and campaign to mobilize veterans and all Americans to demand accountability at VA. The new push calls on the White House to relieve VA Secretary Eric Shinseki and appoint a new Secretary who will pursue bold, innovative, and overdue reforms to a dysfunctional bureaucracy and calcified culture at VA.

This new MillionVetBacklog campaign includes a call-to-action video and a grassroots petition to keep the pressure on the White House to stop making excuses and start delivering results.

Pete Hegseth, CEO of CVA and Army veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, said the following about the new initiative:

"The dysfunction at VA is deep and wide, growing day-by-day as more facts come out about the length of time veterans are waiting for their pending claims to be resolved. Rather than meeting the needs of veterans in a timely manner, VA's bloated bureaucracy tells them to take a number and wait in line. That line has grown by 2,000% under this administration—a true failure of leadership. "Secretary Shinseki is an honorable man with a sterling record of military service; however, his tenure at VA has not produced the results he—or the White House—promised four years ago. Now is the time for a new leader and bold reforms."
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