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Veterans WTF?!

Oh God No! Sarah Palin Being Considered To Head The VA!

You may want to sit down for this news, because it’s truly horrifying, especially if you happen to be a veteran: Sarah Palin is being considered to run the Veteran’s Administration.

Online reaction was swift and merciless:

https://twitter.com/jbarro/status/804031290001522688

https://twitter.com/blakejp/status/804030913742913536

If you needed further proof that Trump is about to destroy this country, it has now been provided.

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Veterans WTF?!

Donald Trump Told A Group Of Vets That Those With PTSD Are Weak (VIDEO)

As part of a Q&A session with retired veterans held in Herndon, Virginia, Donald Trump was asked about the problem of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), which is one of the most frequent problems experienced by bets when they return from combat duty. Yet what Trump said seems to imply that those with PTSD are somehow weaker than other vets:

“When you talk about the mental health problems, when people come back from war and combat, and they see things that maybe a lot of the folks in this room have seen many times over and you’re strong and you can handle it, but a lot of people can’t handle it, and they see horror stories, they see events that you couldn’t see in a movie… we need mental health help and medical.”

This man wants to be Commander-in-Chief? He used the excuse of heel spurs to avoid serving in Vietnam and later commented that the danger of his possibly getting a sexually-transmitted disease was his “personal Vietnam.”

And as if what Trump said wasn’t bad enough, then he tried to use it so he could pivot to an attack on his opponent, Hillary Clinton, telling the veterans:

“To truly make America safe we must make cybersecurity a major priority, which I don’t believe we’re doing right now. Hillary Clinton’s only experience in cybersecurity involves her criminal scheme to violate federal law, engineering a massive cover-up and putting the entire nation in harm’s way.”

At last week’s debate, Trump proved just how clueless he is about issues related to cybersecurity, commenting:

“So we have to get very, very tough on cyber and cyber warfare. It is — it is a huge problem. I have a son. He’s 10 years old. He has computers. He is so good with these computers, it’s unbelievable. The security aspect of cyber is very, very tough. And maybe it’s hardly doable. But I will say, we are not doing the job we should be doing.”

Sounds pretty weak to me, Donald. Then again, you are the King of Weakness, so no one is surprised.

This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org

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Politics Veterans WTF?!

GOP Congressman Who Supports Trump Calls Veterans ‘Moochers’ At Ohio Town Hall

Take a good look at the douchenozzle in the picture above. This giant asshole of a human being is GOP Congressman Warren Davidson of Ohio, and he thinks that some veterans are “moochers.”

As part of a town hall meeting back in his district, Davidson commented:

“Just like workers comp out here’s got moochers, I wish that there were no vets that were the same sort of problem on our society. But part of the problem is there are some vets that are moochers and they’re clogging up the system, and we do as taxpayers want to make sure the VA filters out these folks that are pretenders. Just like we wish there were no people out there with stolen valor, but that’s a problem in the vet community, too.”

The reaction from vet groups was immediate and harsh. Veterans of Foreign Wars spokesman Joe Davis said:

“Honorably discharged veterans with service-connected wounds, illnesses and injuries, or who are indigent due to circumstances beyond their control, are not moochers.”

Davidson, who is himself a veteran, was even given a chance to walk back his comments or at least clarify his ignorant remarks. Instead, he offered this bit of crap:

“Any effort to suggest I have anything other than a soldier’s passion for providing our veterans with the care they deserve is dishonest.”

Perhaps it’s time we tell Congressman Davidson about the real moochers in this country: Members of Congress like him who think they are entitled to a salary of $174,000 a year, along with healthcare and retirement benefits, that come out of our tax dollars. How much better would we be represented if we made the arrogant asshats like Warren Davidson prove they’re worth a plug nickel before we agree to give them a damn thing?

It should also be noted that Davidson is an ardent supporter of Donald Trump, who is always saying how much he loves and respects veterans.

Wanna see a moocher, Congressman Davidson? Go take a long look in the mirror.

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Politics

That $6 Million Trump Raised For Veterans? Lots Of Groups Are Still Waiting For The Money

Donald Trump just loves to talk about how much respect and love he has for veterans and wounded warriors, even going so far as to hold a special benefit for them instead of attending a GOP debate merely because he was afraid to face Fox News host Megyn Kelly, whom he seems to have a deep-seated phobia of.

You remember that benefit, don’t you? If not, allow me to refresh your memory:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jWb1v8lnjw

If you’re like me, you probably clicked off that video after less than five seconds because you became nauseous. Personally, I may not eat for days after just seeing a few seconds of it. But take some deep breaths and stay with me.

Trump said he raised over $6 million for vets with his counter-debate soiree, and that’s fantastic, no matter what party you may belong to or what you happen to think about the man with the dead hamster sitting atop his head.

But there is one little itty bitty problem with Trump’s plans to pour out cash on the people who have so bravely served our country: He isn’t coming off the money.

While one nonprofit said it had received a check from the Donald J. Trump Foundation immediately after the event, most of the groups Trump promised to send money to said they hadn’t heard from the Trump foundation about payment for weeks, and a philanthropy expert described that as “uncommon.”

One other group said they finally got a check from Trump’s foundation, but only after the Wall Street Journal ran a story on how groups were waiting to get their money.

How does the Trump machine respond to these legitimate criticisms? Earlier this week Trump remarked that “a lot of the money was sent” and that any criticisms were completely out of place because, he maintained:

“Out of the goodness of my heart, I raised millions of dollars for the vets.”

Maybe, but if you sit on the cash and don’t disperse it as promised, Donald, it kinda makes what you did a very hollow gesture. Almost as hollow as the space in your chest where a heart should reside.

See, the purpose of the event for veterans wasn’t to help the vets. No. It was to make it appear that Donald Trump is a generous person even though we all know better.

This article was originally published by the same author at BipartisanReport.com.

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War and Peace

Progressive Host To GOP: You Use Vets To Excuse Wars And Then Deny Them Healthcare

“Young Turks” host Ana Kasparian had a message for Republicans on Veteran’s Day: You don’t respect our troops, but you are always eager to put Americans in harm’s way.

Kasparian told GOP hawks:

“You don’t respect the troops. You use the troops as an excuse to go to war in a country where we don’t belong. And on top of that, you deny them of incredibly important health benefits so they can get the treatment they need when they come back to the United States.”

She also noted that recruiters target people in low-income communities to join the military:

“Recruiters will go to them and say, ‘Hey you know what? Here’s a chance for you to turn your life around.’ Once they’re out of the military or once they come back, they don’t have the same type of safety net that the middle class or the upper middle class have.”

And without that safety net, many veterans become homeless. According to a Vocativ report,  there are nearly 50,000 homeless veterans in the US, and more than 1.2 million veterans are without health care.

As Kasparian said so eloquently:

“We know now that ‘Support Our Troops’ means now what it always meant. It means,’ Do not question the military adventure that we are proposing right now. That’s all it means. Veterans, after they’ve served — for most politicians, especially Republicans but some Democrats, as well — serve one or two limited purposes. You put them in back of you for photo ops or speeches, or maybe one or two of them who have told you in advance they will launch the next series of wars, you can put them up as potential congressmen.”

I have heard a true statement from several veterans, some of whom are family members of mine: If the people who start wars had to fight them, there would be no more wars.

And to those who served, I thank you and honor your service and your sacrifice. Not just on Veteran’s Day, but every day of the year.

This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org.