posted on Feb, 7 2008 @ 05:54 PM
This is the first I've heard of this.
There are two things to take into account here.
1. The lawsuit was brought by two organizations I've never heard of.
2. The details of the case are not really all that clear from the article.
After the Civil War, America made a commitment to the nation that the veteran, his widow and his orphan would be looked after, but the reality is that
the government has always tried to get off with as little as possible.
That would be you, the Americans, anyway.
Therefore, it has been in the interest of veterans to join together to lobby for adequate benefits and that battle has been ongoing for
There is nothing new in this and the only reason most here are surprised to here this is that they've never had any interest in this issue until now
and I'm willing to bet the interest only goes so far as just a one more good reason to bash the Bush administration.
In The Fifties, the Eisenhower administration ordered a study of the veteran population, its needs, and its rights. Omar Bradley was placed in charge
of this study.
In a nutshell, the committee arrived at the conclusion that service to one's country was not sufficient cause to create a special class of citizens
who have rights over and above the rest of the population.
Frankly, I can only find one source for this news and that's the SF Chronicle, who doesn't have a history of giving a hoot about the military or
If we knew better what the claims were in the lawsuit, we might find that the government's argument is based on the precedent set by the Bradley
study that has been the basis of policy through fifty years of administrations.
There are many fine veterans' organizations that have been fighting for veteran's rights for a hundred years or so, some maybe more.
The fact that none of these organizations are listed as parties to this suit might tell us something about the validity of this lawsuit.
Most here know that I am a veteran.
I have had running battles with the VA that have lasted for decades.
Problems with the government bureaucracy that is called the VA are nothing new and they certainly did not start with the Bush administration.
It's not right, but that's the way it is and it is why I have belonged to one veterans' organization or another over the years.
Those who have a genuine interest in this issue should get in touch with their legislators to voice their opinion that veterans' issues should be
As for the rest of you, let the Bush bashing continue.
[edit on 2008/2/7 by GradyPhilpott]