Obama hails veterans, pledges continu...

Obama hails veterans, pledges continued support

There are 4 comments on the WTAX-AM Springfield story from Nov 11, 2012, titled Obama hails veterans, pledges continued support. In it, WTAX-AM Springfield reports that:

President Barack Obama laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to mark the Veterans Day holiday on Sunday, declaring that soldiers' needs would be met even as the country winds down wars in the Middle East and Asia.

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Since: Jun 11

Bonifay, Florida

#1 Nov 11, 2012
This Veterans Day, 70,000 veterans will sleep in the streets. Unemployment among post-9/11 veterans is above 10%. And suicide among troops is at an all-time high, and now kills more soldiers than the Afghan war.

This morning Obama promised to improve how the government serves veterans, in remarks at the Veterans' Day ceremony at Arlington Cemetery.

"Today, a proud nation expresses our gratitude, but we do so mindful that no ceremony or parade, no hug or handshake is enough to truly honor that service," the president said. "We must commit, this day and every day, to serving you as well as you served us." He continued, "No veteran should have to wait months or years for the benefits you've earned, so we will continue to attack the claims backlog. We won't let up."

Obama's point is implicitly political, suggesting he'll push for increased federal funding to the Dept. of Veterans Affairs. Vets have recently had to wait months for an under-staffed VA to process disability, tuition, and housing claims .

There's also a long wait list for mental health care and no long-term treatment offered for Traumatic Brain Injury, a leading factor in suicides according to a HuffPo report.

Livonia, LA

#2 Nov 18, 2012
vets havent been given back what they gave for america.this goes back further than obama!whats chilling today is obama is more worried about civillian casualities than what happens to our troops!call it war and treat it as such!if not stop making our troops into policeman and letting them get shot or blown up by the enemy a few at a time?this good guy ideal by obama to not hurt civilians is bull shit!you cant fight with your hands tied but america goes that way today!only our soldiers die to make obama look good for not letting so called civilians be hurt?i couldnt tell the good from the bad in the nam but obama must know the difference?dismembered soldiers must be better to him than whiping out the enemy hiding behind civilians?bring back the draft and see if congress doesent look at war differently?

Livonia, LA

#3 Nov 27, 2012
obamas the man in photo opts?where is he on fort hood killings by islamist hasan?no where is the answer while the courts make a joke of the trial!the chickenshit main stream media dropped this issue as fast as they could knowing what is dropped in the media is soon forgotten!obama hails vets makes me puke as he wont condemn his islamist brother(hasan) as a terrorist?now we have the embassey killings of americans and the whitehouse lies to protect who?even liberals with any integrety should want to know(WHO) the truth!again the main stream media drops this issue and all hopes it will go away!the msm is controlled by the whitehouse and the public is too stupid to know it?

Elkview, WV

#4 Nov 27, 2012

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