October 11, 2016

One of the major reasons why I support Donald Trump despite some personal reservations is that I believe he truly does have the best interests of America and its people at heart. He’s not in this for self-enrichment (it’s a big pay cut for him). And I believe he genuinely cares about our veterans and is angry enough about the way they’ve been treated to do something about it. Electing Hillary Clinton will mean at least four more years of corrupting the agencies of government to target political enemies and reward cronies, and no meaningful reform of the VA, even if it means veterans keep dying. If you don’t think sticking with the current situation at the VA will result in an endless cycle of fake outrage followed by rewarding the very people who are responsible for abusing our vets, consider this story:

A woman was fired by a Chicago VA facility for numerous instances of abusing veterans and lying during her appeal (she reportedly even called the police on her boss when he dared to ask her to do some work).

Meanwhile, in Arizona, the Phoenix VA facility was boasting that it has overcome its 2014 scandal involving lying about patient wait times and now has no tolerance for such behavior. Except that they hired the same woman who was fired by the Chicago VA. Thanks to union contracts and federal hiring policies, she was given preference over veterans and other applicants from the general public. The Daily Caller reports that the former Chicago VA employee was put to work on a program designed to help veterans escape long wait times by seeing private doctors. She had no experience in that field, and her department is now the worst-performing in the city, keeping patients waiting for months.

It’s said that Pete Towshend of The Who perfectly described modern politics when he wrote "Won't Get Fooled Again," with the lyrics, “Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.” If we allow ourselves to get fooled again and keep electing the same bosses to Washington, then we’ll get nothing but the same bosses at the VA. For our veterans, that’s worse than frustrating. It can be deadly.

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  • Larry L. Holland

    06/03/2017 02:56 PM

    Dear Gov. Huckabee;

    I am a veteran (USMC, 6 yrs) who voted for you every time your name appeared on the ballot. I believe you would make a great President.

    I voted for Pres. Trump last November, and am wondering, as many other veterans are about now, if we wasted our votes. The President's budget includes two proposals that have a direct affect on our benefits. First, veterans, as well as others who receive government assistance, have not had a COLA increase in four years! Now, Pres. Trump proposes to reverse COLA by taking money away from us! This is not helping veterans at all!

    Second, I'd battled the VA for Total Disability due to Individual Unemployability for twelve LONG years. I was honorably discharged from the Marines with a disability. This disability has increased in severity and frequency until I could not work. In the meantime, I worked for twenty-two years in the private sector. When my career ended in 2002 due to heart issues, my wife and I lost all that we had. We had family in Georgia that basically sustained us, with God's help, for several years. In 2005, I learned that I could apply for TDIU from my VA doctor. In May of that year, I completed and submitted my claim. In May 2017, the Board of Veterans' Appeals granted my claim. Imagine my relief! Then, later that day, I read Pres. Trump's budget proposal in a letter from the DAV. This measure would take away IU from veterans who also receive Social Security benefits. I have been receiving SSD since for about eight years. My wife and I have barely had enough to exist on. Our food budget is $250 each month. Pres. Trump might spend that much on his meal this evening. I realize millionaires can't imagine what having $250 a month to spend on food is like, but he needs to see that what he is proposing is not in the best interest of veterans or their families. Some veterans could lose their homes without this benefit. If this measure passes, he will be taking away what most of us have LEGITIMATELY earned.

    He has to see that his proposal would NOT be beneficial to veterans and their families! If he is trying to cut the budget, why not cut out benefits going to illegal aliens who are stealing money from the pockets of tax-paying American workers. Why not cease all foreign aid to nations who support terrorism IN ANY WAY! Why not cease aid to nations THAT DON'T NEED OUR AID, or those who don't WANT our aid. WHY NOT SEND AID TO THOSE WHO HAVE GIVEN OF THEIR TIME AND ENERGY TO DEFEND THIS NATION, IN AND OUT OF WARTIME!

    Thank you for your time.

    Larry L. Holland
    Christian, veteran, author

  • Bobby McBride

    10/12/2016 01:03 AM

    Mike I wish it was more republicans like you. I am on your team and won't settle for nothing less than a Trump win. We have a lot of republicans that has turned their backs on Donald and should be ashamed of there self. I want to thank you for being a true american and a true republican. We people that stays with the party for what it is lower taxes and down to earth conservitive values for our children and grand children.
    I pray for our america.