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Are You Tired of the Government Screwing Over Veterans?

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Updated: December 23, 2013

 

By Kerry Patton

First, the government started to play around with Military and Veteran medical insurance premiums through an insurance program known as TriCare. Then, they decided paying the families of the deceased was just impossible during the temporary government shutdown…you remember the tragedy involving a Ranger unit not so long ago. Now, Uncle Sugar is playing around with military retirees pensions.

I am tired of continued broken promises on behalf of the Federal Monster. We veterans fought and bled for our benefits. Hearing the issues and continued broken promises infuriates me. If I didn’t have PTSD before, I sure as hell could argue that I have it now just based off Congress’s inability to keep a promise—or shall I say…several promises.

I, just like you, have options though. I can sit back and bitch and complain or I can take action. But what kind of action can I really take? Do I storm DC like a WWII Japanese Kamikaze pilot or some Jihadist suicide bomber? Of course not.

I need to take positive action, but how?

There is no better time than now to go out embrace, support, and take a veteran or currently serving service member by the hand and say, “I cannot any longer just thank you…I need to do more.”

Of course, the majority of us veterans do not want some free handout and that is not what I am referring to here. What I am referring to is actually supporting pre-existing programs that you believe in–programs that will truly assist our nation’s veterans.

Pick any you feel to be the best but let me explain the one I feel will do a lot for a very long time.

What you would do if you found an organization–one where the founder served over 20 years heroically in Special Forces—in Vietnam—the list goes on. You realize that in this organization, everyone is a volunteer meaning NO ONE receives a pay check. And, no money is spent on advertising. Literally, all money brought into the program is put back into the program.

That my friends sound like a bloody winner! That my friend is the Valhalla Project!

You now have the chance in helping not one but many current and future veterans through supporting a great initiative called Plato Was Wrong: A Valhalla Project Initiative.

This initiative will bring representatives from SOFREP, RangerUp, and Zulu 7 Productions to the Valhalla Project. Representatives will assist with chores on the Valhalla Farm, engage in fully optimizing veterans in need, and all the while we will create a documentary which will showcase the journey.

The documentary will be used for free marketing for the Valhalla Project. Hopefully distribution sales will go out to television networks and or Netflix which would inevitably bring in more money to the Valhalla Project. And lastly, the documentary will hopefully be used at transition programs within the Department of Defense and other institutions showcasing that us veterans are not victims but have great success stories, exceptional potential, and a “failure is not an option” attitude when we enter the civilian world.

Now is the time where Uncle Sugar has decided once again to betray those who fight to defend and preserve this great nation. I will not, nor should you, allow Uncle Sugar’s initiatives interfere with our capabilities, our successes, nor our livelihoods. We can still make a difference.

Many of you will be providing a donation this Christmas Season to an organization of your liking. I encourage you to please, think about giving a donation to our Kickstarter Campaign and help us get out to Valhalla so we can hopefully save the life of one of our own and assist in fully optimizing many.

Please go to our Kickstarter Campaign to send a donation then help by spreading this post far and wide to all your contacts so that they too can do the same:

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16 Comments

  1. Eric

    December 23, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    Is that art from one of the title screens from Mount & Blade: Warband?

    • fo694013

      December 23, 2013 at 2:34 pm

      Yup. First thing I noticed.

  2. dnice

    December 23, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    When I finished my tour in the Army and went to Rutgers/NJ Guard, I took US military history and one of the themes was that as soon as a conflict was finished or ops were winding down, so was the money to veterans. From Robert Rogers dieing broke(not American but Grandaddy of the Rangers), the Bonus Army to Vietnam Vets returning home, there is a checkered past when treating Veterans with the honor and respect they deserve for protecting its citizens.

    I feel like to counter this we have to take care of our own. Hopefully, projects like Valhalla can provide our Vets with what they need when the Govt will fail them.

  3. Aaron

    December 23, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    When I decided to serve my country, I didn’t do it for the benefits Kerry. I didn’t say oh on top of salary, I’ll get a GI Bill, inexpensive socialized medical care for life through the VA, VA home loans, preferred hiring status, VGLI, survivors benefits, burial benefits, etc. I did it because I wanted to do my part, and give something back. It made me a better person for it. I’m tired of hearing the DoD and the Veterans’ benefits being sacred cows. You want to decrease the deficit? You want to cut spending? Entitlements are going to get cut, but we’re going to have to do our part too. My benefits are not a sacred cow to be exempt from reasonable adjustments. I ask not what my country can do for me, but what I can do for my country. If cutting 1% of retirement benefits until age 62 will help our country reduce it’s spending issues, then I”m on board. Veterans deserve respect, but I don’t want to be treated differently than any other citizen with exception of Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day.

    • Ralph

      December 23, 2013 at 9:42 pm

      Doing our fair share is fine. But it has to be “fair”…..and a “share”. Federal Law enforcement officers can retire with 20 years LEO Service and draw AUO Pay for Unscheduled Overtime, paid Overtime, and up to six weeks Leave a year…never deploy….fight no wars…and usually just push lots of paper. Did they share in this as the Military did?

      Did anyone else in the Federal Employ take a the same hit on their pensions?

      Did the Congress do anything to cut wasteful spending….duplicative programs….cut any “Un-earned” benefits? Open a single investigation into the Pigford payments?

      No one minds being a part of a fair and equal application of cuts…..beyond missing the money….but to be singled out is what has people upset.

      Perhaps you might rethink your comment and explain the “fairness” thing again.

      • dnice

        December 24, 2013 at 12:05 am

        Excellent point Ralph. My buddy in the N-Guard came from a cop family and was always pointing that stuff out (as well as the benefits fireman have too). Of course I guess it comes down to politics because usually the local police can have a heavy influence in local/state politics to obtain benefits while Vets in the US aside from maybe the American Legion do not have the same sway in national politics for their benefits. And Vets make up what about a 5% voting bloc? Regardless of what the number is it is a minority in any election.

        • JoeC

          December 24, 2013 at 3:54 pm

          Local police and fire are also commonly unionized. That makes them a more difficult target than the military.

      • Adam

        December 24, 2013 at 8:19 pm

        I’m a police officer and I make less than 26k a year, no benefits and have a horrible retirement plan where I’m currently at. I also do more than just push papers like getting shot at, constantly have shitheads fight with me and deal with assholes who don’t have a clue about what’s it like.I have lost brothers too. I understand I’ve never been to a war oversees or have had to be away from family for longs period of time. I’ve paid my dues though and I chose to serve my country and state in another way. I hate to see men and women in the military get screwed over but law enforcement gets the their soul butffucked too sometimes.

        • Evan

          December 25, 2013 at 1:53 am

          I think he was specifically talking about DOD Police. You know the “Police” on military bases. The most they deal with is the occasional traffic ticket. They don’t get shot at or fought with. Nor do their souls get butffucked. I mean, if they find out they have to stand on a post for four hours, they would call in sick. I’m alittle jaded, I also worked with the worthless f*cks for years.

      • David Davis

        January 3, 2014 at 5:23 pm

        Right on Ralph!!!!

        To do ones fair share. Look at the Clinton’s, Bushmen, the Kerry, the Obama.

        Most lie, stand up and say they will do what is right for veterans, once put in a position to do something they do the right thing!!!!

        They turn their backs on you and allow the DVA to do what it will. Violate the CFR and the FCR.

        They allow the IG to fake reports

        They allow American veterans to be treated like dogs of war

        They allow crooked judges to line their own pockets and deny veterans real due process.

        This guy who allows his 1% to be taken away will allow the cops to invade your house and let you be taken away next. He likes the way America is being taken away from Americans and given to the filthy rich!!!!

    • Bobby

      December 30, 2013 at 4:50 pm

      First…Entitlements are handouts, benefits are earned. Do you really think cutting retirement benefits is going to help with this governments spending problem. Really? Maybe I come from a different place where your word and a promise mean something.

      You come work for me. Then I will cut your pay after 10 years and tell you it will help me with my spending problem. I’m sure you wouldn’t be as understanding.

      I could care less why you joined or what you accomplished while you were in the service. You sound as if someone is unpatriotic to expect the government to fulfill their promises?

  4. leftoftheboom

    December 25, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Off Topic.

    Holy hatracks Batman it’s Christmas. So Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays or whatever blessing offends you the least.

    Enjoy.

    LOTB

  5. Uncle Buster

    December 27, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    Kerry:

    I share your outrage. However, I think that it is HIGH TIME that we Vets, the people that have actually PAID for this country, start to do much more than just sponsor charities and concentrate our efforts within our own small community. It is no longer enough that we pat ourselves on the back and say “at least WE served.” No, we need to get MILITANT. We need to be every bit as vocal as the ass-nozzles that seem to garner all of the US media’s attention: you know the ones I mean. Their name is Legion.

    We need to show the other 99.55% of our so-called countrymen that FREEDOM isn’t FREE, and that WE are certainly capable of taking their precious, safe lives at the Mall away from them. Before you run screaming for the Exit shouting “TREASON!” I would like to submit a part of the Oath that we all swore: “…against all enemies foreign and domestic.”

    History is replete with examples of civilian governments that have become totally dysfunctional and have been replaced by those who understand the stakes. In our case, the stakes could not be higher. Marxism/Socialism is on the march, and anyone that refuses to admit it has his/her head in the sand.

    We are “the horses and dogs” that Thoreau described. Yes, that’s how they see us. We are abhorrent in the eyes of the Libtard/Progressive because we have done what they are AFRAID of doing: we have actually put ourselves in harm’s way. They hate us for what we have done, they fear us for what we COULD do. And they vomit incessant platitudes like, “Thank You for Your Service.” When I hear that, I reply, “I’d much rather hear you say ‘God Bless America.'”. To date, no one has taken me up on it.

    They exploit our honor by screwing us over and assuming that we will just bend over and take it again. And again.

    Until we start fighting back, until we start getting MILITANT and IN THEIR FACES, nothing will change.

    Back when I was a kid, my dad had just gotten orders to go to Vietnam to fly F-100’s. A friend of mine, Mark, also had an Air Force pilot father flying F-105’s and I remember telling him once on the playground “Your daddy is safe because he’s in Thailand.”

    Then one day Mark wasn’t there…and he never came back to school. They told us kids later that Mark’s dad was shot down. And that was, as they say, that. America didn’t notice and I never saw Mark again.

    That particular family’s grief is not unique, certainly not lately, but it will be the NORM until we take our government back.

    Until we get back to the Constitution, until we have a government that is dedicated to the ideals of our Founding Fathers rather than individual enrichment, until we start electing LEADERS rather than GAME SHOW HOSTS, until we start teaching the other 99.55% of our countrymen the basic ideals of DUTY, HONOR, COUNTRY, and until we stand up to the lunacy of Progressivism…we will be LOST.

    If it takes force, well then may God Defend the Right.

  6. bill

    December 28, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    Who is this Patton guy? All I can find are bio’s with buzzwords like “Internationally Recognized”, “Expert” and “CounterTerrorism”. He apparently “served honorably”, but none of his bio lists any military service whatsoever. Did he actually serve where he “fought and bled” for his benefits, apparently getting “PTSD”? I’m a little skeptical that any of the budget fighting going on vis-a-vis veteran’s benefits would affect him one way or the other. As for me, I served 22 years and could give a shit less if they make my annual retirement raise a little less. Truthfully, I was surprised my second year that I got a raise at all. It’s just not that big of a deal.

  7. Uncle Buster

    December 30, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    @bill:

    Just my two pfennigs, but I’d be willing to give him a pass until his bio is proven to be false or otherwise misleading. Indeed, it has been my experience that those who say the least have often done much more than the resume reflects.

    I’m glad that you’re ok with your 22 years of service being essentially disregarded or given a grudging nod and a token increase periodically. If you are ok with it, then how can I fault you for your opinion?

    All I can ask of you is to consider that you, and me, and people like us are LESS in the eyes of many politicians than an illegal alien: after all, HOW can you explain the cut in the COLA while tax credits for Illegals remain in place?

    Many military families have to rely on Federal Assistance for basic needs. FACT. The Regime continues to pour out benefits to Illegals, career Welfare Cheats, and anyone else they think will vote for them. FACT.

    Is there ANYTHING wrong with this picture? You might not personally feel the bite, but I can guarantee you many other retirees already do.

    God Bless America.

    • bill

      January 4, 2014 at 10:08 pm

      Uncle Buster,

      I hear you, and agree 100%. The US government wastes way, way too much money, but that’s not either here or there. You state that some military families are on government assistance, as if that has a bearing on the argument, but it does not. Yes, some are on assistance, which is a shame, but they’re PFCs with four kids and less than two years in the army. Not SGMs or LTCs at twenty years.

      At the end of the day, this has nothing to do with balancing the budget, and everything to do with spending defense dollars. To simplify, say the DoD will get 10 dollars. Under this bill, 2 dollars will go to retirees and the rest to training and war fighting. Fight the COLA decrease, and 4 dollars will go to retirees and the rest to training and war fighting. At the end of the day, regardless of all of the other government waste, TEN DOLLARS IS GOING TO DOD. Its just a function of how that money will be spent. I, for one, am not shattered about losing ONE PERCENT of my annual RAISE. ESPECIALLY if it means the warfighter is better trained. Jesus. The fact is that when I signed my contract it said NOTHING about COLA raises. Nothing at all. Hell, my father in law retired after 24 years at 50%. That was over 20 years ago. With the COLA raises he’s now making 80% of his base pay. It’s ridiculous, and not something “promised” to every veteran. You were promised 50% of your pay, period. Actually – in my case, I was promised 40%, then, in the 90’s it was RAISED to 50%. So I’m making 10% more than I actually agreed to when I signed my contract. Not a bad deal considering all I’m losing is 1% of my ANNUAL raise. Not a damn bit of my actual pay.

      As for folks who “say the least” having done much, much more, my experience has been the exact opposite. I retired out of Special Forces and now do independent contracting. What I’ve found is that anyone who tap dances around “top secret” stuff is usually full of shit. Yeah, the guy who you meet at the bar-b-que won’t talk, but anyone who’s selling themselves as a consultant will brag their ass off about their history. In this case, there’s little history. I did see on Linkd’in that he served a little over a decade in the US Airforce before 9/11. I’m sure it was honorable and I salute him, but spare me from the “PTSD” and blood and guts bullshit. He’s never heard a shot fired in anger.

      And also has no dog in the fight about retirement benefits.

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