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Veterans Benefits Administration Consumer Satisfaction Survey

For all Servicemembers, Veterans, or family members who are currently receiving compensation benefits, please be aware that J.D.

On my way south... Just a little.

For those in the Seattle/Tacoma area, I will be there from April 24th to April 28th.  If you have veterans or military related issues that you wish to discuss, please email me and we can set up a venue so that I can meet with you face to face.  The veterans crisis is not over yet.  If you have VA related incidents to report, or need help getting your disability claim done, let me assist you or refer you to someone local who can help.

 

Doug Harvey, LTC, MS, AKARNG (RET)

Director of Veterans and active Duty Affairs

Debt Ceiling Again

How is it that our debt stands at 18.1 trillion dollars and it seems that Washington is not paying attention or doing anything to lower the debt?  Earmarks added all over every bill.  We also have so many special programs that are not needed for our nation to move forward.  There needs to be some serious change made in Washington.  We have relied so many times for the Republicans and Democrats to do something.  But now Washington is just managed from one crisis to another there are no real efforts being made to change our dept problem or our economy.  We need some common sense back in Washington.  Not politicians that make it a living.  We need real change in this country.

From the Chair: National Security Before Politics

With the deadline looming to continue funding the Department of Homeland Security without interruption, millions of American citizens are growing increasingly concerned about the safety of our nation. In the face of continuous terrorist threats, the prospect of the government department most directly tasked with preventing their execution being de-funded over a policy unrelated its central mission is unthinkable to the vast majority.

Coming soon to an island near you...

Aloha fellow Whigs and Veterans!  I will be traveling this week to Lihue, Kauai, HI from February 12th to February 17th, 2015.  Any veterans or party members in that area who wish to sit down and discuss issues/ideas please email me at veteransmodernwhig [dot] org and leave a good contact phone number.  Between SCUBA diving and hiking around the rain forest, I'm sure I can find time for some face-to-face meetings in a setting where I don't need to wear my parka.

Note: After posting the above, I noticed that the email address did not come across as intended.  The email address should be "veterans" followed by the "at" symbol "modernwhig" dot "org.

 

American Sniper and Legislation We Need To Support

Modern Whig Party Deputy Director of Veterans and Active Duty Affairs Matthew Benedict shares his views on the effect of the Movie American Sniper and on pending legislation to support veterans.  His post follows this introduction:

 

An Update on the Veterans Volunteer Initiative

This is the time of year when many are making those New Year’s Resolutions for self-improvement, or to help others.  Jason Decker, our NY State Vice Chair has made the commitment, as have I, to do volunteer service with our local branch of the Veterans Administration in order to give something back to those who have paid dearly for our freedoms.  In the three plus years I have been doing volunteer service, I have found it to be interesting and rewarding, and always appreciated.  Jason has gone the extra distance and made a short video explaining the process that he went through while starting his own volunteer service.  You can view the video by following the link here:

Veterans Burial Information From Matthew Benedict, Deputy Director of Veterans Affairs, MWP

     The following information has been provided by Modern Whig Party Deputy Director of Veterans and Active Duty Affairs, Matthew Benedict.  Matthew works for the Veterans Administration, specifically with the National Cemetery System.  This information has been provided in order to assist family and friends when the inevitable happens.  We hope it is of benefit.

 

 

Burial and Memorial Benefits for Veterans

 

Of Presidents, Politics and People from Other Places

My family hails from Ireland. My mother's parents emigrated to America from County Mayo; my father's, from County Cork. They came to this country early in the 20th Century, in the third big wave or so of immigrants from their country, and found themselves joining a culture which regarded them as little more than the "servant class."

Little Things Help

Little Things Help…

 

     Part of being the Director of Veterans and Active Duty Affairs for the Modern Whig Party is finding ways for people to help our troops.  I get a lot of questions about which organizations people should donate to, and whether an organization is trustworthy or not.  One of the first organizations that comes to mind is the United Service Organization (USO).

Let's Give 'Em a Hand

Today, as on every Veterans Day, America honored the men and women of the Armed Services. It's surely heartening for our veterans to see the numerous expressions of gratitude on social media, hear the praise of pundits and citizens alike, and generally feel the affection of a grateful nation. It's nice to know you're appreciated.

But once the applause dies down, some stark realities show themselves. The unemployment rate for veterans still remains stubbornly high, and veterans of Gulf War II are still unemployed at a higher rate than the overall civilian population. The story for veterans between the ages of 18 and 24 is particularly gruesome: in 2013, 24.3 percent were without jobs.

Director of Veterans & Active Duty Affairs Recommends Update of Uniform Services Employment & Reemployment Rights Act of 1994

As Director of Veterans and Active Duty Affairs, I have to read a lot of articles in a wide range of publications in order to keep up on issues affecting those who selflessly defend our rights and freedoms.  Just last week I was thumbing through the October 27th issue of Air Force Times when I came across an article by Karen Jowers  (kjowersmilitarytimes [dot] com) entitled “Landmark employment law for troops turns 20”.

Political Spectrum: It's more than "Left & Right."

When I have discussions about where the Modern Whig Party is on the political spectrum, questions such as, "Are you guys liberal or conservative?" are very common. Other questions may dig beyond the surface, and include a social or fiscal adjective, e.g "socially liberal, fiscally conservative." The truth is, in my opinion, summary classifications such as polarization of political position are completely apocryphal.

Are The VA’s Priorities Correctly Set?

I recently spoke with a Veteran’s Service Officer who works for a Nationally Recognized Veterans Organization.  This individual told me that lately, he has been seeing several letters each week to Veterans who already have rated disabilities which more or less conform to the following example:

“Dear Mr. /Ms. Veteran.  We have conducted a review of your service-connected disabilities and have noticed some improvement.  Therefore we propose to change your rating from 50% to 10% for your Degenerative Disk Disease.”

Impeachment and lawsuits: Party tools of emotional extortion-T.J. O'Hara

RANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., August 4, 2014 – In a Nation that favors sound bites over solutions, it should not come as a surprise that the term “political integrity” has become little more than an oxymoron. Ethics be damned: If the Parties can use something to “stimulate the base,” you may rest assured they will pursue it. It is irrelevant whether it makes sense or is morally reprehensible as long as it can be used to extract money and votes. The recent discussion of impeachment and lawsuits are cases in point.

http://www.commdiginews.com/politics-2/impeachment-and-lawsuits-party-to...

 

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