Don’t expect much help for veterans from Henderson v. Shinseki, (No.09-1036).
Most of the members of the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC), the top veterans court, are ideologically opposed to helping veterans. And I would very surprised to see the U.S. Supreme Court order CAVC to both follow the law and to help veterans.
Waging war is easy for the neocons and chickenhawks. Paying the costs of war to our veterans afterwards is difficult: Just too expensive and unseemly, says the American right-wing like Dr. Sally Satel, the American Enterprise Institute and the embedded slime in the DVA and VBA bureaucracy.
Secretary Shinseki has made some real changes at the DVA but no government bureaucracy cries out more desperately for a housecleaning.
More than that we need more presidential leadership, and by that I mean slashing, even insulting rhetoric that President Obama inherited a veterans-benefits systems that is nothing short of a disgrace. From the veterans service officers to the neocons to the slime at CAVC, change is needed.
Don’t play this cool, Mr. President: Declare war on bureaucracy and ideology that disregards our veterans. And never let a day go by without a slamming these jerks in the media as well.