A BuzzFlash Editorial
August 14, 2002
A BuzzFlash Message to Military Veterans: Part 2
A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL
Are contracts to military suppliers who contributed to the Bush/Cheney campaign more important than the health and economic well-being of our nation's veterans?
Are tax cuts for the wealthy more important to the Bush/Cheney cartel than medical care for our veterans?
The answer to both questions, in a nutshell: Yes.
In our first BuzzFlash Message to Military Veterans (see http://www.buzzflash.com/editorial/2002/07/23_Burned.html), we noted with disgust that the Bush administration was financially shortchanging disabled veterans:
According to the Sunday, July 21, 2002, print edition of "Parade Magazine":
after our editorial, various news stories noted that the VA had sent out
a memo mandating that its staff no longer "recruit"
veterans for healthcare services. According to an August 1st Boston
Globe article (http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/213/nation/
According to the Globe, Bush Veterans Affairs Secretary Anthony J. Principi rejected withering criticism of the memo by Senator John Kerry, a decorated Vietnam War Veteran, with the following response:
In another article, in the Washington Times, Principi was a bit more candid:
A BuzzFlash reader responded to our posting of the Boston Globe article with her own personal experience with the VA system under Bush:
John Kerry, who served in Vietnam (unlike Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney), has been fighting against the Bush Administration's efforts to limit VA services.
Bush had a chance to rectify the injustice done to our veterans by allocating more money for their care. But he needs the money to build a useless missile defense system and to finance his tax cut for the wealthy -- on the backs of veterans.
On Tuesday, August 12, Senator Paul Wellstone blasted the Bush Administration for "President Bush's decision to block $275 million in federal emergency funding for veterans health."
According to a Wellstone statement:
It is crystal clear that veterans are getting the shaft from the mannequin in the White House.
When will our former military men and women realize that the Bush cartel is only interested in a healthy bottom line for their contributors (military contractors and civilians alike), not in the health of veterans?
A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL
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July 18, 2002 Memo from Department of Veterans Affairs to the Network Directors
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