posted on Jun, 7 2018 @ 12:37 AM
a reply to: nwtrucker
If denigrating my personal feelings which are based on my own first hand experiences with the VA, local veterans resources offices, Senators,
Congressmen/women etc... by calling it a rant makes you feel better then I'm pleased to be of service. It's done more for you than Trumps lip service
will to anyone I served with or any friends I have dealing with similar VA nightmares or the countless homeless vets, jobless vets, drug addicted
vets, mentally ill vets and other vets who are considered unfit for working with the public.
I shouldn't need to beg the government to hold up its end of the bargain we struck when I signed my contract. I'm well aware of which committees in
Congress control the purse strings. To imply that I should be grateful and get down on my knees and beg Herr Trump to do what is right and proper is
an insult. I'm tired of explaining to my kids that I can't [play in the yard because my cane doesn't work well in mud or that I can't go on rides with
them at the amusement park because I could become a tetraplegiac if the roller coaster whips my neck the wrong direction too quickly.
This is all crap that could have been dealt with in my 20's and would have prevented these issues from spiraling out of control. I held up my end of
the deal and literally put my life on the line as a human shield to protect my squad as we walked the Mogadishu Mile but I should beg yet another
president to honor their end of the contract? No thanks. I've been writing letters since the mid 90's, making phone calls and showing up at offices
making a nuisance of myself because a young man who can barely walk makes a better visual impression than some anonymous guy in an email or hand
written letter pleading for help, any help. I'm done with the false platitudes and BS responses that they will "Look into it because if my claims are
true, a congressional investigation needs to be opened".
It's all, just like Trump's grand standing earlier, little more than lip service. It's a game of wait and see. We're going to be waiting and watching
the body count rise while we see them do NOTHING because NOTHING is what they do best.
So tell me again.... why is it that I should be thanking anyone's god for trump or for that god to bless the good ole US of A? How about we take
responsibility for ourselves, honor our commitments to our servicemen and women, stop playing World Police and use some of that military budget to
deal with the issues at hand instead of blowing money on contracts that go nowhere (like the Zumwalt Class Destroyers).
So instead of begging on my knees for scraps, I'll do what I've always done. Help fellow vets on my own time and my own dime. At least I know that I
can and will back up my words with actions and I don't need a photo op to make it real. You can't realistically expect people who have been screwed
over for years or decades to jump up and applaud this. I'm not holding my breath for any changes that actually help anyone but will gladly admit my
error if it turns out I'm wrong. I doubt either of us will recall this exchange in 5 years though because that's about how long any of this will take
to actually implement if it ever happens