Since John McCain Refuses To Discuss The Issues, Here's Part 2 Of Obama's Plan.

United States
September 13, 2008 1:41pm CST
As a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, Barack Obama passed legislation to improve care and slash red tape for our wounded warriors recovering at places like Walter Reed Hospital. He passed laws to help homeless veterans and offered an innovative solution to prevent at-risk veterans from falling into homelessness. Obama led a bipartisan effort in the Senate to try to halt the military's unfair practice of discharging service members for having a service-connected psychological injury. HERE IS BARACK OBAMA'S PLAN. WHAT IS JOHN McCAIN'S PLAN? Barack Obama believes America has a sacred trust with our veterans. He is committed to creating a 21st Century Department of Veterans' Affairs that provides the care and benefits our nation's veterans deserve. Barack Obama Will Allow All Veterans Back into the VA: One of Obama's first acts will be reversing the 2003 ban on enrolling modest-income veterans, which has denied care to a million veterans. Strengthen VA Care: Obama will make the VA a leader of national health care reform so that veterans get the best care possible. He will improve care for polytrauma vision impairment, prosthetics, spinal cord injury, aging, and women's health. Combat Homelessness among Our Nation's Veterans: Obama will establish a national "zero tolerance" policy for veterans falling into homelessness by expanding proven programs and launching innovative services to prevent veterans from falling into homelessness. Fight Veterans Employment Discrimination: Obama will crack down on employers who commit job discrimination against guardsmen and reservists. Help for Returning Service Members: Obama will improve the quality of health care for veterans, rebuild the VA's broken benefits system, and combat homelessness among veterans. Ensure a Seamless Transition: Obama will demand that the military and the VA coordinate to provide a seamless transition from active duty to civilian life. Fully Fund VA Medical Care: Barack Obama will fully fund the VA so it has all the resources it needs to serve the veterans who need it, when they need it. Obama will establish a world-class VA Planning Division to avoid future budget shortfalls. Fix the Benefits Bureaucracy: Obama will hire additional claims workers, and improve training and accountability so that VA benefit decisions are rated fairly and consistently. He also will transform the paper benefit claims process to an electronic one to reduce errors and improve timeliness. Improved Mental Health Treatment: Obama will improve mental health treatment for troops and veterans suffering from combat-related psychological injuries. Obama will improve mental health care at every stage of military service. He will recruit more health professionals, improve screening, offer more support to families and make PTSD benefits claims fairer. Improve Care for Traumatic Brain Injury: Obama will establish standards of care for Traumatic Brain Injury, the signature injury of the Iraq war. IN MY OPINION, BARACK OBAMA IS BETTER PREPARED TO DEAL WITH THE ISSUES FACING OUR MILITARY VETERANS. If you disagree with me, then tell me why. If you believe John McCain has a better plan, then explain it to me. Lloyd
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@ZephyrSun (7387)
• United States
13 Sep 08
"If you believe John McCain has a better plan, then explain it to me." Have you looked at his voting record for Vets? It's awful he votes "no" on just about every Vet issue. Well I should say he votes "no" when he shows up to vote. Senator Obama has a heck of a plan considering his wasn't help prisoner of war for five years. Great information thanks so much.
• United States
14 Sep 08
John McCain's Washington office is within walking distance of Walter Reed Hospital. But yet it took family members and the media to expose the awful treatment our returning vets were receiving. John McCain, of all people, should have recognized the terrible conditions our vets were receiving. Afterall, he and George Bush were the ones that put them in harms way. Here's the dark secret about what's going on at Walter Reed Military Hospital. Army Lt. Col. Robert Lazzell, who suffered a back injury in Iraq, described the red tape he encountered over the past year at Walter Reed despite being higher ranking than most patients at the hospital. "It really upsets me," Lazzell said. "If I'm hitting stonewalls, I know darn well they are." "There's just endless paperwork," said Cathy Lazzell, his wife. "Sometimes you feel like giving up." Lorraine Cousens, 77, whose grandson, a Marine, was severely injured by a bomb and who remains unable to walk, is grateful for his ongoing medical treatment but is "concerned and frightened" because a hospital official has suggested to her that there are not enough beds for him to stay much longer. "I was made to feel a little pressure," she said. The government, Cousens said, needs to spend more money on military hospitals. "The Marines, the Army, the Air Force, they're fighting a war," she said. "The rest of the country is shopping at malls." THIS IS A DISCRACE AND JOHN MCCAIN SHOULD HAVE KNOW ABOUT THESE PROBLEMS. Lloyd
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@ZephyrSun (7387)
• United States
14 Sep 08
I remember when it all came out about the WRMC not only were the Vets not getting the health care that they needed because of this stupid war the living conditions were awful as well. Most American Vets are just thrown away when they come back from the war "broken". The majority of the homeless people are Vets that were in one war or another, and most developed mental illness from said war. Volunteering at one of the homeless shelters here in my city I talk to homeless people a lot and it amazes me that most are Vets.
@savypat (20248)
• United States
13 Sep 08
Just how is he going to do this, are you trying to tell me with just his short time in the senate, in which he rarely voted for anything and was not on any committies, he knows some secret way to get things done when he's president? At least McCain has been able to get some things changed during his time in office. Sorry to play the devil here but can you explain this to me?
• United States
14 Sep 08
He going to do it by presenting his well thought-out plans to the American people. They are the ones who hold the power to make changes. As you can see, many of us back his proposals. As far as John McCain is concerned, he's been around Washington so long that he is now part of the problem and not part of any solutions. Just look at what George Bush, Richard Cheney and all those experienced politicians have gotten us into. An illegal war in Iraq. Record home foreclosures. Record unemployment. Record uninsured Americans. Nearly a TRILLION DOLLAR DEFICIT. I'd bet on Barack Obama's short time in the Senate than any of these EXPERIENCED LIFETIME POLITICIANS. Lloyd
@savypat (20248)
• United States
14 Sep 08
Keep it up Loyd, you'r doing fine. LOL
13 Sep 08
Hi lloydanthony111, Well lets hope he keep his good plans for the future of the American people if he get into the office. Tamara
• United States
14 Sep 08
I believe change is coming. We have no other choices. In order to deal with a problem, you have to first acknowledge the problem. Barack Obama recognizes this and John McCain doesn't. Don't worry. Things will change for the better soon enough. Lloyd