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The Republicans have you square in their sites. Here's what they plan to do to you if they win the the house this November: That twice a year meeting you have with your primary VA doctor? Fer ged 'bout it. Those specialty clinics staffed with really good specialty doctors? Gone. In fact, VA outpatient clinics? Nope. They have a plan. It's the same one former Veteran's Affairs Secretary Principi's brain trust was working on before they got caught. Their plan was and remains to privatize the Veteran's Administration - both the Veteran's Benefit Administration and the Veteran's Health Care Administration.

OK: That's the worst case analysis. But, already in the works is this: It's all spelled out in black and white. It's the Ryan budget. Click on the links below and search on the word Veteran. [hint: it's not there] It's the Paul Ryan Budget

Below the Flying Spaghetti Monster's butt print, a defensive plan:

It is absolutely critical that we elect as many progressive - and, dammit - liberal Democrats to Congress in November. You know how insideous Blue Dog Democrats are when it comes to taking care of veterans. Well, here is a candidate that is not only progressive, but an Air Force Brat. Her dad served during Viet Nam. She is perhaps the best known of 5 candidates in the August 7th primary. She is Darcy Burner.
From her Campaign page:

I will never stop working to make sure we keep our promises to our nation’s veterans. I come from a military family – my father, husband, and brother all served in the armed forces – so I understand the sacrifices made by our troops and their families. I will work to ensure that our veterans always receive the support they deserve for their service to our country, and I will opposed attempts to cheat them out of the medical services, educational opportunities, and retirements they have earned through their service.
Now look, I want you to donate on this paycheck. But if things are a bit tight and your spouse is holding you back, Sara R and Winglion (Sara & Ann) have worked their fingers to the bone to produce an enticement.

The Providence quilt
Quilt signed in Providence at NN12, "Love Notes to the Future" -- it could be yours!

The entire month of July will be a quilt fundraiser for Darcy Burner, candidate for Congress, WA-01.  There will be a drawing for the quilt signed in Providence at NN12 the first week in August.  Everyone can get one chance per day, each and every day in July by EITHER donating $10 or more to Darcy Burner's campaign through this Act Blue page OR by writing a 50-word-or-less essay on this topic: How can we bend the arc of history more towards justice for all?.  If we deem your essay to be on topic, it will count for a chance.  Send essays to winglionquilts AT gmail DOT com with "Darcy Burner" in the subject line.  To recap, earn an equal chance once a day every day in July by either donating or sending a short essay (one or the other).  That means everyone who began at the beginning can have as many as thirty-one equal chances in this drawing.  The first week in August, I will find a neighborhood child to do the drawing and someone will become the new owner of the quilt.

Quilt stats:  It will be about 66" square, sleeved for hanging.  The fabric is cotton, the batting a fine wool.  I am quilting it by hand and am close to finishing it.

Goal Thermometer
Click on the thermometer to donate!

Here is a quilt fundraiser diary schedule for the rest of July.  Please let me know in the comments if you would like to post a diary.  Thank you!

 Friday, July 27 - belinda ridgewood
 Saturday, July 28
 Sunday, July 29
 Monday, July 30 - Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse
 Tuesday, July 31

Originally posted to Friends of Darcy Burner on Thu Jul 26, 2012 at 05:55 PM PDT.

Also republished by Military Community Members of Daily Kos, DKos Military Veterans, Community Fundraisers, DK Quilt Guild, Street Prophets , and Positive Intention and Lovingkindness.

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  •  Donations to Darcy are needed now (20+ / 0-)

    And remember, you have a lot to gain with a person like Darcy in Congress.

    Bring those still in Afghanistan home NOW . . . It's long past time.

    by llbear on Thu Jul 26, 2012 at 05:57:39 PM PDT

  •  Thank you for this, (12+ / 0-)

    {{{{{{llbear}}}}}}}!  Let's get the best possible people in Congress, like Darcy.  It's past time.

    You can order Pootie Pads here until the website is back up. Pooties love them!

    by Sara R on Thu Jul 26, 2012 at 06:06:25 PM PDT

  •  I'll be right back. (9+ / 0-)

    I need to pay my respects at IGTNT

    BTW: Darcy and I share the same feeling about Afghanistan. With her help, we're out of there.

    Bring those still in Afghanistan home NOW . . . It's long past time.

    by llbear on Thu Jul 26, 2012 at 06:08:03 PM PDT

    •  I don't need to be quite as polite here (9+ / 0-)

      as in the IGTNT diaries.  I am ready for them to come home.  In the past few days I have gotten several emails from my congressman who is much more worried about more funding for military equipment than he is about those wounded in body and spirit who are coming home from the war zone.  And he is a physician, no less!  

      I am sitting here fuming.  Let Eric Bogle speak truth to power.  He sings of a battle--and its terrible aftermath--that took place almost a hundred years ago, but is as timely as the most recent IGTNT diary.  The Band Played Waltzing Matilda:

      The general who wins the battle makes many calculations in his temple before the battle is fought. The general who loses makes but few calculations beforehand. - Sun Tzu

      by Otteray Scribe on Thu Jul 26, 2012 at 06:17:05 PM PDT

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      •  Perfect! (9+ / 0-)

        For those who think Waltzing Matilda is a pretty little folk song, you need to hear it as I once did: in Vietnam, sung by a bunch of off-duty drunk Aussies. AND THEY WERE PISSED WITH THAT WAR TOO. If you think that's shouting, you should have heard them.

        Bring those still in Afghanistan home NOW . . . It's long past time.

        by llbear on Thu Jul 26, 2012 at 06:21:21 PM PDT

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        •  Those Aussies were some damn fine troops. (7+ / 0-)

          And they were fun to party with as well.

          "Up the Red Roo!"

          God bless them everyone.

          “It would be nice to spend billions on schools and roads, but right now that money is desperately needed for political ads.” – Andy Borowitz

          by Gordon20024 on Thu Jul 26, 2012 at 06:33:48 PM PDT

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          •  Amen for that. (6+ / 0-)

            I was on the 1st R&R flight from Viet Nam to Sydney. First place I walked into was a bar owned by a Texan. Swear to God!

            Bring those still in Afghanistan home NOW . . . It's long past time.

            by llbear on Thu Jul 26, 2012 at 06:37:38 PM PDT

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          •  They were the military police in Vung Tau (6+ / 0-)

            which I always considered to be one of the most dangerous postings in the war - I mean, trying to police hundreds of drunken grunts who are out of the bush for a couple of days of frolic before they have to go back? ...heh...

            I am a warrior for peace. And not a gentle man... Steve Mason, 1940-2005

            by Wayward Wind on Thu Jul 26, 2012 at 06:48:52 PM PDT

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            •  Very good to see you here. (4+ / 0-)

              I'll send you a Kos-mail update.

              Bring those still in Afghanistan home NOW . . . It's long past time.

              by llbear on Thu Jul 26, 2012 at 07:59:21 PM PDT

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            •  Hey, I was one of 'those grunts'. (5+ / 0-)

              72 hours in Vung Tau was the highlight of that year for me.  I had a three day pass for being Soldier of the Month of my battalion and made the best use of the privilege that I could.

              It was a month or two after Tet '68 and the town was still in a state of pucker factor nine as I recall.

              Six months later I went to Bangkok for R&R and had a very hard time getting on the bus for the airport back 'home' (Cat Lai on the Dong Nai River).

              First night back we had a mortar party courtesy of the neighbors and I had a rude awakening and regret for having ever gotten on that bus the day before.

              I often thought of doing a 'Lord Jim' and staying upcountry in Thailand and never coming back. I still don't know if I did come back to this day. It was like leaving heaven and going back to hell. But, hell was where my buddy's were and that's where I belonged.

              Please excuse me for being so maudlin tonight. So help me I miss those days and all those guys. Those beautiful, innocent guys. Each one of them were special in their own way. Each and every one. Bless them.

              “It would be nice to spend billions on schools and roads, but right now that money is desperately needed for political ads.” – Andy Borowitz

              by Gordon20024 on Thu Jul 26, 2012 at 10:42:00 PM PDT

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              •  Go again... (5+ / 0-)

                I have been back to Vung Tau several times over the years - the first time back was in 1984 when I was on a veterans delegation.  It was eerie - the Vietnamese officials opened a closed up restaurant for us to have lunch.  Stained white tablecloths, glitter ball on the ceiling, and nothing on the jukebox from after 1972.  Talk about deja vu....

                Now, there is an Aussie veterans group there running some humanitarian assistance projects, so I went down to see if we could lend them some support.  No more bouncing in the back of a deuce and a half - there are Russian hydrofoils from the docks in front of the Majestic Hotel in HCMC which make the trip down the river in an hour.

                And I ultimately did what you thought about - I retired to the coast in Thailand....swing by sometime...heh...

                I am a warrior for peace. And not a gentle man... Steve Mason, 1940-2005

                by Wayward Wind on Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 12:12:16 AM PDT

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        •  He wrote this in 1971 (3+ / 0-)
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          not too long after he moved to Australia and saw his first ANZAC Day parade.  The song is about the terrible personal price paid by one ANZAC soldier in the aftermath of the Battle at Gallipoli.  

          The old men who send young men to war never feel that price at a personal level. Damn them all to hell.  

          The general who wins the battle makes many calculations in his temple before the battle is fought. The general who loses makes but few calculations beforehand. - Sun Tzu

          by Otteray Scribe on Thu Jul 26, 2012 at 06:57:26 PM PDT

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  •  Not that I doubt it in the least when you (3+ / 0-)
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    wrote, because I don't:

    Their plan was and remains to privatize the Veteran's Administration - both the Veteran's Benefit Administration and the Veteran's Health Care Administration.
    But here's the thing. I have a very right-wing father, who is an 80-year-old Veteran. He frequently goes to the VA. He also is absolutely convinced that President Obama is a Socialist and a Communist.

    If I'm going to hit my father with this information, I need to back it up. If I send him a link to this diary, all I'm going to hear about is this is a place funded by George Soros.

    Do you have any supporting links for this?

    For me, Mitt reminds me of Jeff Bridges in Starman. He's like an alien that hasn't read the entire manual. You know, he's going, "Nice to be in a place where the trees are the right size. -- Robin Williams on Letterman 26 Apr 2012

    by hungrycoyote on Thu Jul 26, 2012 at 07:04:24 PM PDT

    •  Connect him to the Paul Ryan budget and ask him to (2+ / 0-)
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      find the word "Veteran". As far as the plot to privitize VA, all my sources are from either liberal sites or - at the time - accusatory speeches given 4 years ago by Democrats railing against the plans that anonymous top-level VA handed over to them.

      But his best source: have him look for the oldest VA employee he can find - doesn't matter what job they hold - and ask them if it's true.

      Bring those still in Afghanistan home NOW . . . It's long past time.

      by llbear on Thu Jul 26, 2012 at 07:58:01 PM PDT

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    •  Send him the (2+ / 0-)
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      VA Press Release Page, just for starters, check below I just posted a link to one press release, which I'll bet believing as you say he hasn't a clue what the VA has been doing under this administration while he joins those tepub reps in laying blame on the VA.

      He can research out the older releases as well.

      There's plenty more ways, but I doubt you'll change his mind, but tell him this 'Nam Vet does and has been for years following who and what do for the Veterans as the Country, including him, ignore and underfund!

      Vets On FLOTUS and SLOTUS, "Best - Ever": "We haven't had this kind of visibility from the White House—ever." Joyce Raezer - Dec. 30, 2011

      by jimstaro on Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 05:06:13 AM PDT

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  •  I read it, got mad, and donated - sigh (3+ / 0-)
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    llbear, Sara R, winglion

    when will we get rid of these awful Republican people ? No VA outpatient clinics ? Privatize ?

    How many more sick and/or homeless Veterans they want to neglect and drop ?

    I shouldn't have read it. Now I can't sleep.

  •  ((((llbear))) (2+ / 0-)
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    Thank you for pointing this out. Plans like those are beyond the pale.
    We need more people like Darcy. People who care and are shakers and movers for all.

  •  Less than human (2+ / 0-)
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    Wish I could contribute.

    Just finished my 8th round of chemo. The Rethugs have made sure that we who depend on Social Security and Medicare get as few benefits as we can squeeze out of the system.

    Every year for the past 4 now has seen erosion of benefits and explosion of payments. What did my premiums pay for in the past 30 years?

    Fast becoming a third world country.

    My friends who are vets are in dire need, please help, please. One particular buddy still suffers horrible nightmares from 'Nam, is forced to live in a group home with drug addicts where his entire income is taken by the "administrators" of his case since the VA does not recognize their responsibility in his demise. Barbaric.

    Peace

    CJ

    Some people make you want to change species

    by ulookarmless on Thu Jul 26, 2012 at 11:08:59 PM PDT

  •  The mitt Campaign and Ad on Recovery Funds (2+ / 0-)
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    Sara R, llbear

    There's an ad showing, over and over, and approved by the mitt himself asking 'What Happened to the Stimulus Funds?" that fries my ass!

    This mitt is what happened to just a portion, as you use in the ad yourself, even the rove has some mention in his lousy ads:

    $1.8 Billion Investment Improves Care and Services for Veterans

    August 5, 2010 - Health Care Services Enhanced

    VA obligated $1 billion to improve VA medical care facilities across the country through building renovations, roadway and walkway repairs, high cost equipment replacement, security improvements, new construction, replacement of steam lines and boiler plants, upgrades in emergency power distribution, and purchases of additional emergency generators among others.

    To help Veterans access care, Recovery Act projects in VA medical facilities will add or improve more than 26,000 parking spaces and 39 elevator banks are being built or upgraded. VA will upgrade nearly 14,000 inpatient bed spaces, while 16 pharmacy renovation projects will help Veterans get medicines quicker and more efficiently.  More than 14,400 clinical improvement projects, some with multiple exam rooms, will be undertaken.  

    Funds are also helping ensure VA health care facilities function more efficiently (by reducing annual recurring maintenance and upkeep cost) and are equipped to provide world-class care to Veterans.

    Specific projects include:

    ·         Bedford, Mass., VA Medical Center (VAMC) mental health unit renovation, $7.165 million;

    ·         Philadelphia VAMC emergency room renovations, $4.74 million;

    ·         Cleveland VAMC surgical suite refurbishment, $8.5 million;

    ·         New Haven, Conn., VAMC private and semi-private inpatient units, $7.743 million;

    ·         Hines, Ill., VAMC electrical distribution infrastructure upgrade, $8 million.

    VA serves 5.5 million Veterans annually in its hospitals, outpatient clinics and rural health programs.

    Just a snippet of information, but can be easily expanded with simple search for each area of the country where spent, of what this Administration, the Whole Administration, has been doing especially helped in the 110th and 111th Congresses who had taken on what the previous two didn't especially as to the veterans of their two rubber stamped off the books wars of choice waged into long occupations after abandoning the main mission for even sending them into that region with the first drum beat at iraq!

    In this VA press release it touches also on: Energy Conservation, Claims Processing Improvements, National Cemeteries Revitalized and a One-time Benefit Payments.

    There has been only one VA Secretary, in my time, that even tried bringing the long underfunded, after the supported wars of choice, up to what the country should have had already built, that was Max Cleland, but was blocked by the country ignoring vets, PTS, Agent Orange and into Gulf War Syndrome and much more and their mostly real republican representatives, back once there were some one could work with and get something from, no more. As Ibear mentions above, Principi, who actually stripped away some of what Max had done, and as I already mentioned nothing was done as the drums of wars were beat and invasions with long occupations had started and grew those first years. Those in and with this administration, including those in the DoD leadership, finally have taken on all the issues including for us older vets and are seeking to build that VA that should always have been, while still being grossly underfunded and the country got tax breaks instead of Sacrifice for the wars they wave those support the troops flags at an hour or two of parades, welcome homes etc., most watch video clips of and don't even bother attending, to show they're patriotic and care! What do the now tepublicans representatives do, lay blame at the VA in their hearings and press speak etc. instead of doing their jobs and the public, including some veterans, like that.

    We love war but hate Sacrifice, let the very few do that and with their families!!

    These wars haven't been paid for, surplus was gone before 9/11 and rubber stamping from congress had already started, the deficits started rising rapidly and real fast with both wars. More important is because of those huge deficits, wars off the books till the present admin, not one dime has been Sacrificed for the results of those wars and the decades to come. At least the 'stimulus' helped some in correcting that, while boosting employment in communities Nationwide and some on issues that will continue the needed community help as veterans and visitors come into those communities now.

    Vets On FLOTUS and SLOTUS, "Best - Ever": "We haven't had this kind of visibility from the White House—ever." Joyce Raezer - Dec. 30, 2011

    by jimstaro on Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 04:56:56 AM PDT

  •  Here is a thought...never thought before (0+ / 0-)

    today.  IF they privatize the VA...Then the monies of the veteran can be seized in banks or levied as they cannot now due to being a government benefit like social security and #2 could possibly be taxed.   Now if that is true... That is really a mess.  They lose some of their benefits.

    We the People have to make a difference and the Change.....Just do it ! Be part of helping us build a veteran community online. United Veterans of America

    by Vetwife on Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 05:37:21 PM PDT

  •   (0+ / 0-)

    today.  IF they privatize the VA...Then the monies of the veteran can be seized in banks or levied as they cannot now due to being a government benefit like social security and #2 could possibly be taxed.   Now if that is true... That is really a mess.  They lose some of their benefits.

    We the People have to make a difference and the Change.....Just do it ! Be part of helping us build a veteran community online. United Veterans of America

    by Vetwife on Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 05:37:32 PM PDT

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