Honor Soldiers of Conscience

November 11, 2009 at 1:00 am | Posted in Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs, Obituary | Leave a comment
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U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC, at night, with reflection in pool in the foreground. The specific time was 10:30 p.m. on November 11, 1921, the date of the first celebration of Veterans Day. G.W. Stephenson, photographer. (Library of Congress)

This Veterans Day I will be remembering soldiers of conscience.


Department of Veterans Affairs

December 7, 2008 at 9:01 am | Posted in Department of Veterans Affairs | 1 Comment
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War veteran who sells pencils, Omaha, Nebraska (November 1938)

War veteran who sells pencils, Omaha, Nebraska (November 1938)

In 1930 President Hoover signed legislation consolidating the Veterans’ Bureau, the Bureau of Pensions and the National Homes for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers into the Veterans Administration. In 1988 the VA was given new priority, its head was made a cabinet-level position and it was renamed as the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The history of the department can be found here.

The department aids transition for veterans from active military service to civilian life, provides burial services for those qualified and serves as a single-payer government-run health-care system for military veterans through three administrative offices:

* Veterans Health Administration
* Veterans Benefits Administration
* National Cemetery Administration

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is one of the signature injuries of the Iraq occupation. Veterans suffering from TBI are particularly impacted by the quagmire of red tape among “the bureaucracies of DoD, TRICARE, Veterans’ Administration, Social Security Administration as well as state and community based agencies.”

Astonishingly, veterans and their families are left to navigate the complex bureaucratic system on their own. Obtaining benefits that are due and available is a constant struggle for too many.

Hilzoy has the links to things Shinseki.

(Photograph courtesy of The Library of Congress)

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