Obama, Congress: America’s Veterans Have Something to Say to You

After being barred from a war memorial in Washington, D.C., veterans speak their minds about the current political stalemate

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Busloads of veterans who fought in Vietnam and Korea and World War II arrived in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday to tour memorials dedicated to their service. There was just one problem: Due to the federal government shutdown, some of those memorials were closed, with barricades erected between veterans and the national icons they had flown 1,000 miles to see.

At the Arlington National Cemetery, TIME caught up with a group of veterans from Story County, Iowa, who had been barred from the World War II Memorial (though it was eventually opened to them) and asked them if they had a message to send to President Barack Obama and Congress about the current budget snafu. And they certainly did.

See their comments in the video above.

For more on the controversy over veteran access to memorials during the shutdown, read national security correspondent Mark Thompson’s piece on World War II veterans struggling to make the pilgrimage to the nation’s capital.

6 comments
Tommy34684
Tommy34684

It would have been nice if a Veteran wrote this article. A Veteran could use the job today.

JimStarowicz
JimStarowicz

Hey country, Look In The Mirror!!!!!!!!!!!

America's Free War's and No Sacrifice by those served for Those Who've Served In


How does a Country HONOR It's Fallen, by Their Own 'Sacrifice' in Taking Care of the Brothers and Sisters They Served With!!


"If military action is worth our troops’ blood, it should be worth our treasure, too"  "not just in the abstract, but in the form of a specific ante by every American." -Andrew Rosenthal 10 Feb. 2013


"12 years also is a long time. We now have a lifetime responsibility to a generation of service members, veterans and their families." Dr. Jonathan Woodson 11 Sep. 2013: With 9/11 Came Lifetime Responsibility


RM: "We got a huge round of tax cuts in this country a few weeks before9/11. Once 9/11 happened and we invaded Afghanistan, we kept the tax cuts anyway.

How did we think we were going to pay for that war? Did we think it was free?

Then, when we started a second simultaneous war in another country, we gave ourselves a second huge round of tax cuts. After that second war started. The wars, I guess, we thought would be free, don`t worry about it, civilians. Go about your business." 23 May 2013


“Why in 2009 were we still using paper?” VA Assistant Secretary Tommy Sowers “When we came in, there was no plan to change that; we’ve been operating on a six month wait for over a decade.” 27 March 2013


WHY? GOOD QUESTION THOSE SERVED SHOULD ANSWER!


These present wars have yet to be paid for! Rubber stamping and rapid deficits rising started before 9/11 and continued with same for the wars. But especially in the early some six years of extremely little being added to the Veterans Administration budgets by those Congresses, and since obstructed by same war rubber stampers, as to the long term results of War, DeJa-Vu all over again. 


"You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today." - Abraham Lincoln


USN All Shore '67-'71 GMG3 Vietnam In Country '70-'71

NicolasLazarus
NicolasLazarus

I didn't know buses could fly, very interesting!

shepherdwong
shepherdwong

Shame "reporters" insist on lumping President Obama in with House Republicans, blaming them equally for shutting down the government. The President would have signed a CR, at Republican funding levels, last week if John Boehner had the guts to bring it to the floor. More Failed Media Experiment.

JimStarowicz
JimStarowicz

Following the Law, those that the tepubs pay no attention to:

143-year-old law has lawmakers treading gingerly during shutdown

Antideficiency Act Background: The Antideficiency Act prohibits federal employees from - google it

JimStarowicz
JimStarowicz

Prior too this present Executive and Veterans Administrations and just touching on the problems:


Army Times Oct. 16, 2008 - VA claims found in piles to be shredded


CNN iReport October 25, 2008 - House Vets' Committee To Probe VA Shredder Scandal


Tampa Bay Times Oct 27, 2008 - Hundreds of VA documents improperly shredded, review finds {Tampa Bay Times search page and series of articles}


CBS News February 11, 2009 - Veterans' Claims Found in Shredder Bins


And more disturbing in relation to even before and through the early years of the Afghanistan, quickly abandoned missions of, and Iraq occupations, this:


ProPublica and The Seattle Times Nov. 9, 2012 - Lost to History: Missing War Records Complicate Benefit Claims by Iraq, Afghanistan Veterans

"DeLara's case is part of a much larger problem that has plagued the U.S. military since the 1990 Gulf War: a failure to create and maintain the types of field records that have documented American conflicts since the Revolutionary War."


Add in the issues of finally recognizing in War Theater and more Veterans, by this Veterans Administration and the Executive Administrations Cabinet, what the Country choose to ignore from our previous decades and wars of: The devastating effects on Test Vets and from PTS, Agent Orange, Homelessness, more recent the Desert Storm troops Gulf War Illnesses, Gulf War Exposures with the very recent affects from In-Theater Burn Pits and oh so so much more! Tens of Thousands of Veterans' that have been long ignored and maligned by previous VA's and the whole Country and through their representatives!