Sunday, February 10, 2008

NPR: Army Blocked Help To Vets

Nicole Belle, Crooks and Liars: There’s a special place in hell for bureaucrats that are responsible for things like this.

NPR’s Morning Edition:

A document from the Department of Veterans Affairs contradicts an assertion made by the Army surgeon general that his office did not tell VA officials to stop
helping injured soldiers with their military disability paperwork at a New York Army post.

The paperwork can help determine health care and disability benefits for wounded soldiers.

Audio available here. It makes me so angry to hear the wingnuts say that progressives don’t support the troops because we don’t want them in harm’s way, yet this kind of treatment by the administration that the wingnuts blindly support doesn’t even register.

Of course, they get it from the top:

President Bush drew great applause during his State of the Union address last month when he called on Congress to allow U.S. troops to transfer their unused education benefits to family members. “Our military families serve our nation, they inspire our nation, and tonight our nation honors them,” he said.

A week later, however, when Bush submitted his $3.1 trillion federal budget to Congress, he included no funding for such an initiative, which government analysts calculate could cost $1 billion to $2 billion annually.

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