by Harry Accornero, ©2016

(Feb. 23, 2016) — SHAME ON THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS… I have heard stories of the runaround Vets get and how they are treated by the Veterans Administration…As a veteran it makes me angry to hear how my fellow veterans are treated by our government…Men and women who are willing to give their all for our country are treated like dirt when their tour of duty is over. Many cannot get the medical help they need without jumping through hoops. Many wind up living on the streets or unable to find a job. (I could go on, but I am only getting angry.)

Our government has turned its back on those who defend our country every day, yet the are quick to give benefits and jobs to people that are here illegally. We send billions to countries who hate us but never have money for health care for our veterans. I never asked for any benefits from my country because I was proud to serve.

Just recently, I wanted to get a Veteran’s I.D.  I was given a number to call and when I did, I got a recording that told me after two minutes to call another number. I called the new number and got a recording telling me how much they want to help, but I need to call another number which was the number I called in the first place. If I got this runaround just for an I.D., I can only imagine what those veterans who really need help go through.

If you or a member of your family are a veteran or you have friends who are veterans, please write your member of Congress and the Department of Veterans Affairs and ask them to honor their commitment to our veterans. Please let’s start a write-in campaign and let our government know we honor our veterans and want them to do the same. It’s time for our government to be held accountable and honor their commitment to our veterans!!

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