Here we are on the dawn of Day 4 in the New World and Veterans everywhere are growing anxious. Six months ago, Presidential hopeful Trump announced a special place on the White House switch board for a real operator to answer calls in real time. In addition, our new illustrious leader-to-be went on to say that if the problem could not be resolved in short order, or if there was no one with the requisite intelligence at VA to fix it, that he, The Donald, would see to it personally.
Now granted, Roberto Shulkin has not yet been graced with a confirmation hearing before Congress. Apparently, some on the other side of the aisle feel each and every Agency head has to be inspected, detected and face their wrath now that they are in the minority. This is why I so dislike politics-sore losers. Unfortunately, we, as Veterans, are the pawns in this game. It’s time for Congressfolks to put America and its interests to the forefront of any personal squabbles or discussion and squelch our own misgivings for the betterment of Veterans benefits both medical and compensatory. We’re unwilling to go another decade or two while they try to “iron out” the complexities. Both sides are at fault so there is no distinct political miscreant.
Here’s the Vet Tube of it all. If it’s true, we’re in high cotton. This would be better than having Secretary Bob’s number. July 11th, 2016 at my favorite surfing spot on the east coast- a few miles from the AFEES in Hampton where I began my military career.
Either this is going to a showdown at the OK corral or a Dog and Pony Show for the ages. I hope they publish the telephone number soon. We’re waxing down our surfboards. We won’t wait ’til June. What’s the phone number, Don?
P.S. The good news from the DC deep throat is that our incipient VASEC in waiting “gets it”. We won’t have to spend a year studying the fustercluck and proposing insane ways to fire the dead wood if he’s already abreast of the problems. I wonder how the VSO crowd is going to respond when they discover they no longer have the ear of the inner council or any influence on the levers of power as in centuries past.
P.P.S. And a word from the Secretary of Defense Jimbo Mattis:
Gen. Mattis’ Inauguration gifts to Daesh.