Are The Vets Catching On?

Sounds like some of our military veteransare finally sick of being used as political props.

Retired Maj. Gen. Paul Eaton, among retired military officers who took part in a conference call about Bush’s visit, praised the president for seeing wounded soldiers. But, he added: “I’m convinced he would honor them more if he would refrain from using soldiers as props in political theater.”

“I would be very happy to see him do the Walter Reed visit more like the commander and secondarily as an inspector general, rather than as a politician,” he said.


“Walter Reed is not a photo-op,” [Bob] Muller [president of Veterans for America] said. “Walter Reed is still broken. The DOD health care system is still broken. … Our troops need their commander in chief to start working harder for them.”

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  1. Talk in-front of cameras is CHEAP!! The truth in the pudding!!!!!
    The Bush administration’s budget assumes cuts to funding for veterans’ health care two years from now – even as badly wounded troops returning from Iraq could overwhelm the system. After an increase sought for next year, the Bush budget would turn current trends on their head. Even though the cost of providing medical care to veterans has been growing rapidly – by more than 10 percent in many years – White House budget documents assume consecutive cutbacks in 2009 and 2010 and a freeze thereafter. The proposed cuts are unrealistic in light of recent VA budget trends – its medical care budget has risen every year for two decades and 83 percent in the six years since Bush took office. VA expects to treat about 5.8 million patients next year, including 263,000 veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan. The White House budget office, however, assumes that the veterans’ medical services budget – up 83 percent since Bush took office and winning a big increase in Bush’s proposed 2008 budget – can absorb a 2 percent cut the following year and remain essentially frozen for three years in a row after that. The cuts come even as the number of veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars is expected to increase 26 percent next year. To find out more, read the full article at

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