Surge seen in homeless Veterans!
Issue: Homeless Veterans
Date: 20 November 2007
what the VA wants to do in Lincoln, Nebraska and across the country: http://journalstar.com/articles/2007/11/15/news/local/doc473bc54e19d64555184896.txt
These are the problems and issues we are having in Lincoln: http://journalstar.com/articles/2007/11/18/news/local/doc474088910f84c630535364.txt
Homeless veterans? Seems to me that this just should not happen. Nebraska is the only state in the Country that does not
have a domiciliary where homeless veterans can go. Jason is just the beginning. There will be more when this war is over:
Please read and write to Senator Hagel, Senator Nelson and Congressman Fortenberry and ask them why there is no domiciliary
in Lincoln when there are four empty buildings on the Lincoln, Nebraska VA Medical Center campus? If they tell you that there
is no money, tell them President Bush should have thought of that before we went to war in Iraq. Everybody is for saving tax
dollars, however, our returning Veterans deserve the best!!!
Contact Senator Ben Nelson: http://bennelson.senate.gov/contact/email.cfm
Contact Senator Chuck Hagel: http://Hagel.senate.gov/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.Home
Contact Representative Fortenberry: http://Fortenberry.house.gov/feedback.shtml
One man's solution: I think all sides can win here!
1. Years ago I condoned the use of a Government Health
card that would pay for all Veteran health care 100 percent at any U.S. Hospital and with any U.S. doctor! A Senator Hagel
staffer called my idea radical. I see now where this idea has been adopted by some of the people running for U.S. President
(that's ok; they can take credit for my idea). It is a good one no matter who came up with it.
2. Sell all Veteran
Affairs Hospitals, land and equipment to the private sector to be used for the general health of the public with special consideration
to Veterans and their families.
3. Lay off all Veteran Affairs Administration staff.
4. With the money that
is saved (and made)from the above cuts, simplify Veteran Health care! No more Military or VA ratings. This can be a recruiting
tool for new service members. Tell them, you sign the dotted line and you complete your first tour and your heath care is
provided for LIFE!!!
5. VA staff should be given priority for hiring in the private sector. We may also want to keep
a bare bones staff to deal with issues especially related to Veterans; for example: PTSD clinics and Drug and Alcohol clinics.
These are all just ideas, of course, and my opinion. I think we should all be willing to work together to solve the
I have identified the problem and I have come up with a possible solution. I have also referenced articles
above that might explain the situation more clearly. Please give all of this your deepest consideration.
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The return from the killing fields is more than a debriefing it is a slow ascent from hell. - James Hillman
"A Terrible Love of War"