I am more than willing to support or critique Obama on an issue as I did in the energy policy thread IF you asked about a specific issue or policy,
but I feel your thread subject is too broad to have a cohesive thread
AND you didn't lay your thoughts out first. Those are the reasons I
didn't answer this thread.
You also said, "No bias, please" and I am highly biased. We are ALL biased.
But, in the spirit of what I think
are your intentions, I will submit a post.
The Issue: Veterans' Affairs
There is a serious problem with the way this country treats its people after they have proudly and bravely served our country. The wounded aren't
treated with the care they deserve and the benefits veterans receive are not close to adequate.
According to the National Coalition for Homeless Vets
, nearly 400,000 vets experience homelessness sometime during the
year and 200,000 are completely homeless. This is INEXCUSABLE! One out of every 3 homeless persons you see have served their country!
In February, Bush's lawyers argued that Veterans Aren't Entitled to
Mental Health Care
The government should NOT be rejecting veteran's requests for health care!
Veterans have no legal right to specific types of medical care, the Bush administration argues in a lawsuit accusing the government of illegally
denying mental health treatment to some troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.
The arguments, filed Wednesday in federal court in San Francisco, strike at the heart of a lawsuit filed on behalf of veterans that claims the health
care system for returning troops provides little recourse when the government rejects their medical claims.
Veterans are killing themselves, becoming addicted to alcohol and
drugs, and wasting their lives away trying to deal with the repercussions of their service to this country and they have to sue the government to get
proper health care??? Something is very wrong there.
Obama's Plan for Vets
commits to creating a Department of Veterans' Affairs that sees to the
specific needs that our nation's veterans deserve.
Allow All Veterans Back into the VA: One of Obama's first acts will be reversing the 2003 ban on enrolling modest-income veterans, which has denied
care to a million veterans.
Combat Homelessness among Our Nation's Veterans: Obama will establish a national "zero tolerance" policy for veterans falling into homelessness by
expanding proven programs and launching innovative services to prevent veterans from falling into homelessness.
Improve Mental Health Treatment: Obama will improve mental health care at every stage of military service. He will recruit more health professionals,
improve screening, offer more support to families and make PTSD benefits claims fairer.
According to Military.com
, McCain's voting record has shown very
little interest in doing right by this country's veterans, even though he is one:
But organizations that have followed the senator's voting record have noted that McCain's actions are rarely in line with the interests of
veterans' organizations. In 2006, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America gave Senator McCain a failing grade of "D" based on his voting
The same year, McCain supported the interests of the Disabled American Veterans just 20 percent of the time. The main reason for the low scores is a
consistent pattern by Senator McCain of voting against appropriating money for veterans' health care and disability payments.
According to Disabled American Veterans, McCain voted almost a dozen separate times against spending additional money on veterans' health care in
2005 and 2006, even as hundreds of thousands of soldiers and Marines were returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and filing disability claims with the
Department of Veterans Affairs.
shows McCain's voting record on recent issues. He
voted AGAINST :
Obama Voted for It
S Amdt 2634 to S 2020: To provide an additional $500,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2006 through 2010, to be used for readjustment counseling,
related mental health services, and treatment and rehabilitative services for veterans with mental illness, post-traumatic stress disorder, or
substance use disorder.
and in 2006 he was rated a B+ by DAV because he supported the
interests of the Disabled American Veterans 80 percent of the time
. as opposed to McCain's 20%.
VA Watchdog - Source
So, taking the ACTIONS of the candidates into account, it's clear that Obama is much better for our veterans' health, care and well-being AFTER they
have so honorably served their country.