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(VIDEO): On This Memorial Day GOP: Honor Our Veterans with Bonifide Actions As Well As Words

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Army Sergeant 1st Class Cory Remsburg being honored with robust applause at the
State of the Union Speech, January 28, 2014.
Today is Memorial Day. Better known as a day we as a nation honor our Military Servicemen and Women who've gave their lives to defend our country against all enemies, foreign and domestic. We also honor the volunteer and drafted Men and Women who have served in the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard or our National Guard Branches.

During times of war and relative peace, Solidiers are frequency injured in conflict. To ensure our Soldiers, former and current military personnel receive the best possible health care the Veteran's Administration Medical Facilities expanded after World War I.
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Affairs logo.
"The establishment of the Veterans Administration came in 1930 when Congress authorized the President to "consolidate and coordinate Government activities affecting war veterans." 
The three component agencies became bureaus within the Veterans Administration. Brigadier General Frank T. Hines, who directed the Veterans Bureau for seven years, was named as the first Administrator of Veterans Affairs, a job he held until 1945."
Over the course of the next 70 years thought-out various conflicts and wars, the Veterans Administration has provided medical services to current and former soldiers grew.
"The VA health care system has grown from 54 hospitals in 1930, to include 152 hospitals; 800 community based outpatient clinics; 126 nursing home care units; and 35 domiciliaries. VA health care facilities provide a broad spectrum of medical, surgical, and rehabilitative care. 
The responsibilities and benefits programs of the Veterans Administration grew enormously during the following six decades. World War II resulted in not only a vast increase in the veteran population, but also in large number of new benefits enacted by the Congress for veterans of the war."
Today's VA extent health care services to veterans of the Korean Conflict, the Vietnam Era, Persian Gulf War, Iraq and Afghanistan wars, in addition to Men and Women Soldiers serving in times of peace.

Recent news of rouge VA Employees changing health care logs to deny care or backlog mandatory time frame of Veterans clinical visits for aliments or injuries, has been met with justified anger and shock -- especially within weeks of honoring our nations' heroes on Memorial Day.

Republicans, sensing a moment to attack any form of a government operated health care system have
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General and Head of the VA  Eric Shinseki
called on President Barack Obama (D) to terminate VA Administrator - the Honorable General Eric Shinseki.

Speaker of the U.S. House John Boehner (R-OH) recently as this week gave his support to privatize the Veteran's Administration Health Care System in its' entirely.
"It's time President Obama personally answer for the horrific conditions and abuses occurring at our veterans facilities," House GOP Leader Eric Cantor said in a statement, after VA Secretary Eric Shinseki testified before a Senate committee noted on Fox News. 
"Time after time, President Obama deflects blame to his hand-picked cabinet secretaries," Cantor said, adding: "Our nation's veterans can't wait on an internal White House staff review for this to be resolved."
Our Nations' Veterans also should not be subject to political gamesmanship moves over receiving the proper healthcare they earned and deserve.

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Both Houses of Congress, Republican &
Democratic Officials, President Barack
Obama and Attendees give applause to
injured Army Sergeant 1st Class Cory Remsburg,
January 28, 2014
Flashback to January 28, 2014, better known as the date of President Barack Obama State of the Union Address less than four months ago.

During the Presidents' speech, a breakaway moment occurred to honor 30 year-old Army Sergeant 1st Class Cory Remsburg, who was severely injured after his third tour of duty in Afghanistan War on October 1, 2009.

A war that begun nearly over a decade before in 2001 when Sergeant Remsburg was barely out of high school.
"Army Sergeant 1st Class Cory Remsburg couldn’t be blamed Tuesday night if the ear-splitting, two-minute standing ovation he received near the end of President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address brought back memories of the day a blast changed his life near Kandahar more than four years ago," Author Mark Thompson of Time Magazine wrote. 
"That was the day the now 30-year-old Army Ranger ended up floating in an Afghan canal—Oct. 1, 2009—after a roadside bomb detonated nearby with an ear-shattering explosion, sending shrapnel into his brain and right eye, and putting him into a three-month coma. 
Sergeant 1st Class Remsburg, who has been awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart, was a guest of First Lady Michelle Obama at the Capitol. As Obama detailed Remsburg’s progress, Congress—and the Joint Chiefs of Staff—roared their approval," penned Thompson.
That was then. This is now or better yet less than a month later after Republicans of the likes of Senate Majority Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) stood up during President Obama's State of the Union speech January 28 and cheered Sgt. Remsburg sacrifice. Along with Senator Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, every other elected and appointed official in the gallery, along with fellow attendees.

Yet, on February 27, 2014, only two Republicans in the Senate voted in favor to move forward with a $21 billion bill to enhance health care, education and job benefits for veterans: Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) and Jerry Moran (R-KS). The bill fell down in defeat less than four votes shy of the sixty threshold needed to avoid a lead Republican filibusterer 56-41.

According to ABC News, "Republicans and Democrats normally agree on the need to enhance benefits for the nation’s 22 million veterans and their families, but Republican senators wanted to lower the amount of spending in the bill.  The GOP senators also wanted to include a measure that would have imposed new sanctions against Iran, which President Obama has warned against doing at this time."
Congressional Republican Leaders John Boehner, Eric Cantor and especially Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell  (R-KY) in a neck and neck race against Kentucky Democratic Challenger and former KY Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes hopes you forget after the robust and periled cheers for Sgt. Remsburg before a national television audience of millions, they all voted in unison to deny America's Veterans the Health Care Benefits they've earned.

This Memorial Day don't forget those who have gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country versus those who insultingly use our Nation's Veterans are tools and props in times of political gamesmanship.

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