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Obama has done more for Vet's -any President 30yrs
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Republicans and conservatives have spent 4 years spreading the lie that President Obama hasn’t done anything for veterans. They have repeated it 100x per day for all 4 years and spent millions promoting their lies. The thing about records is that they are recorded. So let’s set the record straight.

Quick Overview:

Expand Veterans Centers in rural areas (HINESVILLE GA)

Expand “Vet Centers in rural areas so that veterans and their families can get the care they need where they live.”
Initiated a new policy to promote federal hiring of military spouses.

Expand housing vouchers program for homeless veterans

"Expand proven homeless veteran housing vouchers to assist those already on the streets."

Establish standards of care for traumatic brain injury treatment
"Establish standards of care for TBI (traumatic brain injury) treatment, require pre- and post-deployment screenings and improve case management so that service members get the best possible care."

Fully fund the Veterans Administration

Fully fund “the VA so it has all the resources it needs to serve the veterans who need it, when they need it.

Improved benefits for veterans.

Interagency Task Force on Veterans Small Business Development.

Worked to clear the backlog of veterans claims and streamline benefits to those who served.

Provided for the expenses of families of to be at Dover AFB when fallen soldiers arrive.

Donated 250K of Nobel prize money to Fisher House.

Veterans Health Care Budget Reform and Transparency Act of 2009.

Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2009.

Medal of Honor Commemorative Coin Act of 2009.

Promoted a bill to award a Congressional Gold Medal to the Women Airforce Service Pilots (“WASP”).

Ended media blackout on war casualties; reporting full information.

Military Spouses Residency Relief Act. ref

Improved basic housing allowance for military personnel.

Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010.

Provided minimum essential health care coverage by Veteran’s Affairs.

Authorized construction/opening of additional health centers to care for veterans.

Korean War Veterans Recognition Act.

Blinded Veterans Association.

Major Charles R. Soltes, Jr., O.D. Department of Veterans Affairs Blind Rehabilitation Center.

Improved access for Veterans to receive PTSD treatment.

Green Vet Initiative to promote environmental jobs for veterans.

Increase the Veterans Administration budget to recruit and retain more mental health professionals

Increase “the VA budget to recruit and retain more mental health professionals.”

Launch a supportive services-housing program for veterans to prevent homelessness

"Launch an innovative supportive services-housing program to prevent at-risk veterans and veteran families from falling into homelessness in the first place."

For a detailed Obama Administration Record for Veterans and Wounded Warriors, please visit:


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JimmyMack commented on Tuesday, Nov 12, 2013 at 17:52 PM

Another one knocked out of the Park!!

These Conservative fellas around here ain't used to this PN. But hey! If they keep setting them up, keep on knocking em down.

Sheran commented on Tuesday, Nov 12, 2013 at 18:18 PM
sebekm commented on Wednesday, Nov 13, 2013 at 20:14 PM

Set the record straight? I don't think so. The things you list are pro forma events that would be expected of ANY administration.

The President who has done more for the military in the last 30 years is Ronald Reagan. It isn't even close. Here's an outline of the accomplishments of the Reagan administration - as they relate to the military and how they impacted the U.S. economy as a whole, from our friends at u-s-history.com:

Part I:

"The late 1970s had witnessed the triumph of Marxist governments in Angola and Nicaragua. El Salvador seemed ready to follow suit. The U.S. had been humiliated by the outcome of the Vietnam War (1975), and the Soviets seemed secure in their unrelenting mission to conquer Afghanistan.

Islamic fundamentalists had come to power in Iran. They had captured 52 embassy Americans as hostages, and the Jimmy Carter administration had made a bitterly unsuccessful attempt to rescue them.

As a result of Carter Administration policies, the American military was plagued by low morale, low pay, outdated equipment, and practically zero maintenance on what did exist. Important U.S. military personnel were not reenlisting; it just wasn't worth it to them. In fact, thousands of enlisted men's families survived on food stamps.

The U.S. economy was struggling, burdened by seemingly unstoppable inflation. High tax increases and an upward spiral of interest rates were an everyday occurrence for Americans. The United States seemed in an era of limits; the country seemed to be running out of oil, and in practice, U.S. foreign policy had adopted a stance of co-existence with the Soviet Union and China.

In 1980, the American electorate shooed in a leader with an eye toward countering domestic social changes wrought by Civil Rights and Affirmative Action programs and military superiority and a new sense of political direction. Ronald Reagan was inaugurated the 40th president of the United States in 1981.

Defense secretary Caspar Weinberger was the new president's right-hand man throughout his mission to build up a massive military to wear down the Soviets in what would be the final years of the Cold War. Reagan's administration revived the B-1 bomber program, which had been canceled by the Carter Administration, and began production of the MX Peacekeeper missile. Reagan's response to Soviet deployment of the SS-20 missile was his approval of NATO's deployment of the Pershing II missile in West Germany, despite much protest.

By the time Reagan stepped down from the helm, he had expanded the U.S. military budget to a staggering 43% increase over the total expenditure during the height of the Vietnam war. That meant the increase of tens of thousands of troops, more weapons and equipment, not to mention a beefed-up intelligence program."

sebekm commented on Wednesday, Nov 13, 2013 at 20:36 PM

Part II:

"The Reagan administration managed to keep America out of a major war for nearly a decade — but with several scary nuclear close calls. Much of the nation's current firepower is a legacy of the Reagan years.

The Soviet Union began to crumble in 1989 with the toppling of the Berlin Wall. America had emerged triumphant and the Cold War was officially ended in 1990."

See: http://www.u-s-history.com/pages/h195...

While the above is just history, unless you have walked the walk you have no idea of the tremendous positive impact on soldier morale and the overall well-being of the military that Reagan had on the troops and their leadership. He is clearly seen by those who have "been there" as the finest Commander-in-Chief since FDR.

As far as the laundry list of things you cite. I'll just use Fort Stewart as an example. Unless you worked on post in the 1980s and 1990s, you have no idea how sorry the facilities were. While they had huge firing ranges and expensive weaponry, things that actually TOOK CARE OF SOLDIERS were so substandard that they were the object of derision Army-wide. The solution? George W. Bush. Dubya was the best thing that ever happened to the soldier and family facilities at Fort Stewart. Hundreds of millions of dollars were pumped in here to create the first-class buildings (and even average facilities) because the money was appropriated in Dubya's - A REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT'S - budget. Dubya was helped by 9/11, but the fact of the matter is that HE DID IT and he didn't have to.

When I was on active duty, there was a tremendous sense of pride in our Commander-in-Chief when Reagan and the Bushes were President. Why? Because not only did they say they were our friend, BUT THEY BACKED IT UP BY GIVING US WHAT WAS NECESSARY TO DO OUR JOBS. They treated us like we were important - not just because we were the instruments of their national policy, but because we were people who were deserving of respect. They also treated the military culture with respect.

Quite frankly Carter and Clinton were an embarrassment as Commander-in-Chief. Carter should have done better because he had active service, but he just bumbled and fumbled his way along. Clinton came into office with a "loathing of the military" on his record, and his appointment of Les Aspin as Secretary of Defense showed us what he thought of us. Clinton was useless as Commander-in-Chief. I give him higher marks for working with Republicans in Congress to get our fiscal house on the right path.

sebekm commented on Wednesday, Nov 13, 2013 at 20:38 PM

Part III:

The entire record hasn't been written on Obama yet, but I've seen little to distinguish him from any of the Democrat Presidents since FDR. The fact of the matter is that the purpose of the military is war-fighting. Anything that subtracts or distracts from that goal is counter-productive. Period. From Republican presidents, we have gotten straightforward mission, personnel and personal support. From Democrat presidents, we have gotten subtraction and distraction.

There are many reasons why I am anti-Democrat, but one of the biggest is how they treated me and my fellow soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines when I was on active duty. For that, I neither forgive nor forget.

Funkentelecky commented on Thursday, Nov 14, 2013 at 23:41 PM

The Grand Slam has been delivered by Michael Sebek, A.K.A Chief MVB :D

JimmyMack commented on Friday, Nov 15, 2013 at 09:06 AM

I need not tell you Sebe, but holding on to negativity is not good for you.

However, per my man Funks comment: I give your exuberantly verbose response, a bizzaro world fielder's choice.

sebekm commented on Friday, Nov 15, 2013 at 11:25 AM

Thanks, Funky. And Jimmy - I don't have to worry about "holding on to negativity" when the Democrats keep dealing it to WE THE PEOPLE every day. I'm trying to get rid of negativity. The only way to do that is to THROW THE BUMS OUT.

JimmyMack commented on Friday, Nov 15, 2013 at 12:30 PM

I can see that! Not that I am sounding the retreat, but...sebe....should I, JimmyMack, EVER do anything that even comes close to your feelings to the DEMS and not being in a forgive or forget mode, will you at least afford me the opportunity to explain myself as I am not in shape for a carpet bombing attack like the one happening here.

For the record: I am staying wid my team til the final votes are counted tho. No matter which side prevails in the end. Yellow dawg til the end.

sebekm commented on Monday, Nov 18, 2013 at 12:17 PM

Jimmy: this may seem bizarre, but when I say "Dems" I almost 100% of the time mean the elected politicians who wear the moniker of the Democratic party - and NOT Democratic voters or constituencies. I hold the party LEADERSHIP responsible for their policies and their philosophy - despite the fact that in many cases it is their constituencies who shape party policies. Voters and constituencies have needs, desires and problems, but it is up to the elected representatives to come up with answers/solutions in a way that balances the solutions with the wellness of our society as a whole.

I'm still hoping that you decide to become a BLUE dawg.

And speaking of our military having to watch their backs when there's a Democrat administration in power, here's another recent example. They even cite the need to "watch...their backs" and being worried about being "stab(bed)....in the back." The subjects of this article are Navy Seals - who obviously feel like used prophylactics when it comes to treatment they have received from and at the direction of the Obama administration:


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