For Memorial Day, Remember Our Living Veterans In Need

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This Memorial Day message comes from Veterans for Common Sense (VCS). Although not an anti-war Veterans group in the true sense of the word, VCS still continues to question both the handling of the wars, and how our troops and Veterans are treated when they come Home to War.

Upon review of the various Memorial Day message coming from VSOs that question the wars, or how those fighting and dying in them are treated, we note that VCA has the same message as most every other Veterans group that QUESTIONS the wars, including Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA)

This Memorial Day weekend, as we pause and honor our fellow Americans who died in service to our country, please take time and remember our living Veterans who have given so much for our freedom.

Please support Veterans for Common Sense’s work
to help our brave Veterans get the health care and benefits they earned.

Robert L. Hanafin, Major, U.S. Air Force-Retired

Veterans’ Benefits Problem

It is criminal that given the experience and reception received by the Veterans of Vietnam from the American people and our government back in the day, that our younger generation of Veterans returning home from war with physical and mental wounds wait months and years for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to decide benefit claims.

Though America no longer blames us Veterans for participating in the wars that is about the only difference thus far from how Vietnam Vets were treated.

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Our Veterans are forced to fill out a burdensome 23-page claim form and are subjected to almost endless paper requests for proof of their service.

VETERANS TODAY EDITORIAL COMMENT: Our active duty folks even when they have the courage to admit they have a problem have it even worse when it comes to DoD red tape, long forms to fill out for active duty Mental Health treatment, and just how intimidating those forms can be. Don’t take my word for it just pick up or request a copy of the various forms our troops, and their families must fill out just to access Mental Health care. The most intimidating part is signing a release understanding that anything discussed with an Army or Navy shrink can be shared with a Soldier or Marines chain of command. We believe the services put up more road blocks that encourage stigma than breaking down barriers to stigma with comic books and virtual reality combat simulators.

This process of filing a VA Claim often lasts years.

Too often our Veterans’ paperwork ends up lost or shredded in the bureaucratic mess at the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), the agency within VA that decides Veterans’ claims.

Our Veterans deserve better. They deserve a Veteran-friendly, modern claims system that works accurately and quickly. [One that does not place COST SAVINGS over VET SAVING]

It is the least our country can do for all they have sacrificed.

Please help us fix this unjust VBA claim system because an approved claim often means independent financial dignity and an open door for free medical care at VA’s hospitals and clinics.

Our VCS Solution

Veterans for Common Sense works hard to fix VBA and get our Veterans the health care and benefits they have earned.

Seeing a doctor soon often means the ability to lead a quality life and keep a job. Getting benefits fast often makes the difference between paying the rent or sleeping in the streets.

We have a blueprint to fix VBA’s broken claims processing system. We have outlined the practical, common sense solutions VBA needs to implement to provide our Veterans with a simple and timely process.

Every day, we are putting pressure on VBA by sharing the real stories of our Veterans’ struggles with legislators and reporters.

Please help our Veterans get the health care and disability benefits they deserve in a timely manner by supporting Veterans for Common Sense today.

Thank you!

Sincerely,
Paul Sullivan
Executive Director
Veterans for Common Sense

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