June 28, 2018

As a candidate, Donald Trump made improving the Department of Veterans Affairs a top priority.  As President, he’s attempted reforms and even donated part of his own salary to the VA, but fixing it has been an uphill battle.  Reforming entrenched Washington bureaucracies is like cleaning out the Augean Stables, and the VA was even more filled with manure than the original.  Providing the very best of care to our veterans should be Washington’s job one, but a near tragedy in Atlanta illustrates how far we still have to go.


A 58-year-old Air Force veteran, apparently trying to draw attention to the failures of the VA system, doused himself with a flammable liquid near the Capitol and set himself on fire.  Fortunately, a state trooper happened to be driving by and saw it.  He rushed up with a fire extinguisher and got the vet to a hospital.  He’ll survive, but he has burns covering up to 90% of his body. 


Click the link for more details on this horrific story, the problems with the VA in general, and especially to access the phone number for the Veterans’ Crisis Line, if any veteran you know is having suicidal thoughts.


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  • Jeanne Poulsen

    06/30/2018 05:19 PM

    Why is the Hollywood crowd aloud to offend WE THE PEOPLE, and nobody does anything about it,their are alot of govt. officials that need to step in and help the majority that wanted and voted to have President Trump our president, they need to represent us after all they get great healthcare and salary and retirement and lots of other ways they make invested money. Do they think we do not see how well they take care of themselves but not us. I am sure they do not want another civil war, which they are going to get if they do not step up and help our president get what we want done!

    trump in

  • Mike Frost

    06/28/2018 12:10 PM

    I agree this is terrible. But I don't think anyone did him a favor by extinguishing the flames. Now he is burned over 90% of his body and is in pure hell and will likely die anyhow. No favor there.