Trace Adkins is a strong advocate for our “wounded warriors” with his “Wounded Warrior Project” ads. His work on behalf of our wounded military men and women is nothing if not highly admirable. As a retired airman, this examiner owes him a debt of gratitude. He also owes all those Americans who gave and continue to give of themselves and their fortunes to those who didn’t give all, but may have given, to a certain degree, even more.
There is a question that needs to be answered, though—that question is “why?” Just exactly why is a “wounded warrior project” even necessary?
Our Veterans Administration, according to its “mission statement,” is charged “To fulfill President Lincoln’s promise ‘To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan’ by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s veterans.” Furthermore, the VA’s stated “vision” is “to provide veterans the world-class benefits and services they have earned–and to do so by adhering to the highest standards of compassion, commitment, excellence, professionalism, integrity, accountability, and stewardship.”
Have you seen one of Trace Adkins’ commercials? Have you seen the condition of some of our “wounded warriors?” What does this say about the sufficiency of the efforts of our premiere care giving agency, the Veterans Administration (VA), the agency tasked to fulfill the promise of the President of the United States, a promise to those who have served our collective purpose and who have lost much, in some cases nearly all, of their pre-service vitality and mentality for our sake?
Today’s VA, through its Veterans Health Administration (VHA,) is charged with accomplishing President Lincoln’s promise to care for our nation’s veterans. “VHA evolved from the first federal soldiers’ facility established for Civil War Veterans of the Union Army. On March 3, 1865—a month before the Civil War ended and the day before his second inauguration—President Abraham Lincoln signed a law to establish a national soldiers and sailors asylum. Renamed as the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers in 1873, it was the first-ever government institution created specifically for honorably discharged volunteer soldiers” according to a brief “VA History” provided on the VA’s site.
The full program provided for today’s veterans has evolved over the years, with congressional enablement, to what it is today—or to what it should be today–in fulfilling the VA’s “mission statement” and “vision.”
Of course, little things, like the current sequestration (one might suspect,) may be getting in the way of that “promise.” One thing’s for sure—it certainly isn’t helping.
And who is responsible for this sequestration? While some would like to blame all our ailments on President Obama, in this case the truth lies elsewhere. The Congress is behind the sequestration, and, for whatever good it has done, it has hurt those who have paid with their health and lifetime potential. This, so some of our Senators and Congressmen can continue to proudly say, “I’ve never voted for a tax increase.”
Well, “gentlemen, and ladies,” your solution to federal insolvency is totally inappropriate for this federal program, as it also probably is for many other federal programs. The only thing the sequestration might be usefully applied to is the salaries of the Congress, and that will definitely not accomplish the country’s goals. Furthermore, the “Wounded Warrior Project” donors should not be asked to do the job of the Congress.
You’ve all heard the expression, “throw the bums out?”
Well, if that is what is necessary, we, the people, will need about six years to get the job done. In the mean time, this is one issue that definitely should be addressed by those offering to be candidates for any and all of our country’s national offices—for the House of Representatives, for the Senate, and, of course, for the Presidency.
What about our veterans? Will the candidates support those payments needed to guarantee the promises our country made to its veterans are kept?
Every time a candidate speaks, these questions need to be answered.