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It’s a null contract. It has nothing to do with ‘deserve’.

In Re-blogged from Flyover Press on April 9, 2013 at 9:32 am

Screwing the Troops: What Else is New?

Posted on April 9, 2013

“Remember, we are not talking welfare queens or entitlement  parasites. These are guys badly hurt in Washington’s wars, brains scrambled by  IEDs, legs still somewhere in Afghanistan.”

Flyover Press editor, Dr. Jimmy LaBaume adds:

There is a question that has haunted me for some years now. How can these guys (who very much deserve it if anybody ever did) find justice without victimizing (extorting) innocent people–people that had nothing to do with Washington’s wars?

Should society just say, “screw ‘em” because they got what they deserved because they signed up for it. Or, should society recognize they were as much victims of the propaganda machine as anybody ever has been and take care of them?

I know what the libertarian answer is: No one has any sort of “right” to NOT starve. To claim such a right would require a claim on someone else’s life which no human has any sort of “right” to.

But to me personally, it is the classic ethical dilemma. I also have a VA disability claim that has been in the mill for over a year now. I fully intend to take all I can get from the bastards for ruining my life by destroying my health. My dilemma arises because I know that somebody will have to be robbed. — jtl, 419

 

statismI’ll give you partial credit, Doc. But you lost me when you invoked ‘deserve’.

It is true that no one has any sort of ‘right’ to NOT starve. It is equally true that no one should be forced to fulfill the terms of a contract they did not voluntarily enter into as individuals. (It is the same reason any assertion that there exists some ‘social contract’ is nonsense…it lacks the required element of being voluntary.)

The veterans (and other ‘welfare queens’) need to visit with the folks who made the promises. (Show me where I signed the contract.)

The state creates more poverty than sloth ever has. Diplomatic bungling by the state started more wars than did any individual soldier, sailor, airman, or Marine. By what right do the state’s welfare queens and former military have a right to enjoy what is mine? They have no such right.

Neither group ‘deserves’ benefits.

If the ‘unseen, third man’ is foolish enough to allow the state to confiscate his money and put it all in a magical, pendulous, government teat…the veterans AND the welfare queens (both being state-created) should suck, suck, suck until the teat runs dry. But they also need to remember…they have no entitlement to having the teat refilled with milk compelled from its rightful owner.

 

Here’s Fred…

by Fred Reed via Fred on Everything

For a  country always at war, the United States is remarkably not interested in taking  care of soldiers it has broken in its wars. Having bankrupted the country,  Washington sinks every available penny into the two purposes of the military:  funneling money into the arms industry, and fueling imperial ambitions, in  large part of pasty fern-bar Napoleons at National Review and Commentary. The  Veterans Administration is way back in the chow line. It doesn’t work very well.  As best I can tell, nobody cares.

What do I mean,  it doesn’t work? Consider a vet blinded or nearly so in some war or other. To  use a computer, which has come to be necessary life, he needs screen-reader  software, such as JAWS. It costs roughly a thousand dollars retail. For a  blinded vet, most likely of slight education and no resources beyond his VA  compensation, this is a lot of money.

The software  could be provided quickly and easily, as follows: The vet fills out an  application online, perhaps prints it, signs it, and scans it to the VA. An  employee of the VA receives it and keys the veteran’s social-security number  into his computer. In two seconds the vet’s records come up. Yep, blind. The VA  emails him a URL and download key, by arrangement previously made with the  manufacturer of the software. The vet downloads it. End of story. Elapsed time:  an hour, plus download.

What really  happens? To begin with, the VA is so disorganized, its web sites so badly  designed, its technology so primitive, its staffing so inadequate, its unending  forms so incomprehensible, that few vets can navigate the system. I can’t. The  kid from Tennessee, with a room-temperature IQ and what passes now for a  high-school education, doesn’t have a chance. He will simply be ignored. I know  this from personal experience. I have sent letter after letter to the  educational-benefits office in Buffalo, and nothing comes back. This is common.

So much for  supporting our boys in uniform. They are broken goods. What the hell. We can  recruit new ones.

The delay  and endless often senseless paperwork involved in getting anything is so great  that it is easier for disabled vets just to do without or pay for it themselves  one way or another. Remember, we are not talking welfare queens or entitlement  parasites. These are guys badly hurt in Washington’s wars, brains scrambled by  IEDs, legs still somewhere in Afghanistan. The vet’s only  hope is to have smart, tenacious representation, preferably by a lawyer. Few have  this. What it comes to is that, in practice, the benefits that are supposed to  exist do not. This saves a lot of money. It doesn’t help the vet.

I did have (very)  good representation in a matter involving the VA. A career in journalism gives  you contacts that men from small towns in the heartlands don’t have. My rep and  I requested my VA records. Easy, right? They pop up on the computer? No. They  exist only on paper. Scanning the records of veterans of Viet Nam, who are  aging and need care, would cost money. Washington has much more interest in  making new cripples in remote countries than in caring for the  cripples it has already made. My country, ‘tis  of thee….

The VA said consecutively  that my records were in Pittsburg, then Austin, then St. Louis, and then, God  knows why, in Portland, Oregon. It took a year to get them, despite threats of  litigation.

Utter  confusion reigned. Over and over they sent us forms to fill out that we had  already filled out, sent letters to the wrong address. This is what most face  without help. The barrier is almost insurmountable, and saves the government a  lot of money.

I live in  Mexico, as do a lot of vets, a fair few of them disabled. (The VA seems not to  understand that a world exists beyond America’s borders. Nowhere on the VA’s  web site could I find answers to questions that expat vets need answered.) If a  vet here makes a claim because his condition has worsened, he goes through the  VA office in Houston. On average, it takes Houston 377 days just to get to him. Not to solve the problem, just  for him to bubble to the top of the pile. Being technologically at the  grass-hut level, the VA doesn’t know about email, and so sends and demands paper  letters. These may or may not arrive in foreign lands. The VA insists on the  vet’s filling out a form he didn’t receive and didn’t know was sent, so the  whole convoluted process stops.

Try dealing  with this if, as is the case with an acquaintance of mine, you are so riddled  with shrapnel, because something big came through the bottom of your  helicopter, that you are in constant pain—forty years later. You have to take  so much pain medication just to get through the day that you can’t under  bureaucratic letters. The consequence is….

The hell  with it. The following is a letter to me from an attorney who represents vets  pro bono before the VA:

“Fred: Of  course, your suggestion (about screen-reading software) makes perfect sense and  that’s why it will never happen. Secretary Shinseki means well and has done  what he can to improve the claims backlog, but no one ever expected that the  wars in Iraq and Afghanistan would lead to the number of service-connected  injuries that currently exist. One of the biggest problems is orthopedic  injuries caused by the 100-pound-plus combat loads these kids have to carry. I  currently have four claims for Iraq and Afghanistan kids for shoulder, hip and  knee injuries, usually caused when they fall going up or down hilly terrain  with these loads. Then there are the injuries caused by IEDs. The truth is that  the President has given more money to the VA in five years than Bush did in  eight, but it’s not enough, thanks to Republicans in the House. The new budget  proposes a 4% increase to $63 billion, but it does not include enough money to  hire thousands of new people to work on claims. Most of the increase is to hire  more medical staff, particularly mental health providers. It does no good to  offer mental-health services when the vets who are suffering can’t get their  claims done in less than a year. It is forcing many to live on the streets,  sleep in their cars or they end up in shelters. We see this right here, in  Central Oregon.”

It makes me  feel so patriotic I could choke.

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