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chickencookie March 17th, 2015 12:44pm

Do you feel you are/were treated good as a military veteran by the government? If your answer is no, please explain why.

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Kozmycz44
03/19/15 4:58 pm

No..they still haven't released all my paperwork to me so I can't really do much as far as rejoining.

ozzy
03/19/15 5:02 am

Under Bush = yes
Not since

Marzyq South of North Dakota
03/17/15 4:18 pm

My husband gets very good care at the local VA center. He has no complaints about them.

Tryptamine Life is a trip
03/17/15 11:03 am

I made sure that I had a decent amount of savings by the time left the military. So other than the GI bill, I have had no need of government assistance.

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SaintAnger sumkindamonster
03/17/15 10:20 am

What's that quote, "Nothing's too good for our veterans, and nothing's what they'll get!"
Given what they have to go through and the lack of help they receive, I feel I'm treated better.

Laserbeam Crazy bird lady
03/17/15 8:18 am

I'm not a vet myself, but those I know who have been were pretty much forgotten about and not helped out at all.

PoOtiUs SoCal
03/17/15 8:09 am

I think I am, but I also don't have any health issues to have to deal with.

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chickencookie Jihad Joe
03/17/15 8:11 am

That makes a difference. Do you feel they treated you with respect?

PoOtiUs SoCal
03/17/15 9:02 am

Most of the time. But luckily with no health issues, I haven't had to deal with them too much.

tdyakker lost
03/17/15 7:59 am

I'm not a vet but I did take my dad to the VA twice a month for the last several yrs of his life. While the majority are slow and don't seem to give a damn about the vets, my dad had a some great doctors that seemed to give a rats arse.

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tdyakker lost
03/17/15 8:03 am

They took great care of him until he was admitted. That's when it went down hill. I hope and pray that all Vets that seek the help of the VA get the treatment my father did. They deserve the best and don't always get it.

chickencookie Jihad Joe
03/17/15 8:07 am

I think Viet Nam was the worst in recent history. Now at least everyone says "thank you for your service" even to those who never deployed.

tdyakker lost
03/17/15 8:17 am

I agree. They were treated horribly on return. He said at times it was worse being home because at least in war you know who the enemy was. I will never understand why our soldiers were treated so badly for protecting our country and its allies.

TheIndian Virgo Supercluster
03/17/15 7:31 am

Well I'm not a vet, but thank you all that are.

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imanag My heaven on Earth
03/17/15 7:30 am

I answered yes because my dad has been treated well. He's been fortunate to be in good health and never really try the system.

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DerekWills Lone Star Gun Rights
03/17/15 7:25 am

Arm blown off? Motrin
Cancer? Motrin
Headache? Motrin

Hey VA, I need to reschedule my appointment on May 12.... What do you mean the next available is December 17??

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DerekWills Lone Star Gun Rights
03/17/15 7:27 am

Hey VA, I'm still waiting on my blood test results from 2 weeks ago. I've checked MyHeathEVet, they're not posted.... What do you mean I need to come back in for more blood work?

Hey VA, I got a letter telling me about an appointment on May 1. Could

DerekWills Lone Star Gun Rights
03/17/15 7:28 am

you please ask me when I'm available for appointments instead of dictating to me y'alls availability? No? Why the hell not?

Hey VA.... YOU SUCK!!!

DerekWills Lone Star Gun Rights
03/17/15 7:30 am

No VA, I don't have nightmares. No I don't wet the bed. What does it matter if I have firearms in my home?? That's none of your goddamn business! Yes I'm refusing to answer your idiotic question! I don't give a fuck as to your requirements!!

chickencookie Jihad Joe
03/17/15 8:02 am

Derek have you been treated that way?

DerekWills Lone Star Gun Rights
03/17/15 8:03 am

All except the last one. That one was a buddy of mine.

ezh2o Texas Hill Country
03/17/15 8:05 am

Dereki, don't know where you go but I've used the Audie Murphy VA Hospital for 15 years with no problems. Very satisfied with service including several major surgeries. Compared to civilian hospitals, I'd pick Audie Murphy.

DerekWills Lone Star Gun Rights
03/17/15 8:07 am

I go to the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston.

chickencookie Jihad Joe
03/17/15 8:10 am

Derek you had cancer and your arm was blown off? I had no idea. Where did you serve?

DerekWills Lone Star Gun Rights
03/17/15 8:12 am

Haha! No, the cancer and arm blown off thing is not real. It's a running joke in the Navy and from what I've seen, in the VA as well. Corpsmen would always give you Motrin no matter your ailment and the claim was Motrin will cure cancer and regrow

DerekWills Lone Star Gun Rights
03/17/15 8:12 am

your limbs. Sorry for that. All limbs, most fingers, and all toes accounted for. The finger tip was lost before the Navy.

chickencookie Jihad Joe
03/17/15 8:14 am

Haha. Okay. My naïveté continues.

BrittneyBunny Maryland
03/17/15 8:35 am

Haha!!! I'm so glad I continued to read Derek's responses. The motrin thing isn't even a Vet thing. That's active duty and even dependents!! I think I've encounters a small handful of good Corpsman. By a small handful I mean like 4 total.

ezh2o Texas Hill Country
03/17/15 7:20 am

Good poll cookie. It would appear by the results that the veterans feelings about this depends on the veterans basic philosophy on politics and life. So maybe the VA system is getting a bad rap unjustly.

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chickencookie Jihad Joe
03/17/15 8:12 am

Idk. I don't think this direct question has been asked here before.

HappyLez No Worries... Be Happy
03/17/15 6:37 am

Not in military.. but look at the Mess going on in the VA Hospitals!
Republicans vote down every bill that would benefit our Veterans
Repubs are the first ones to send them into battle and the last ones to help them when they're home..Disgraceful!

PyroSadist like my comments follow
03/17/15 7:13 am

Democrats have been in power now for half a decade or so...I have seen them do no improvements to the system at all. In many cases it's been worse.

PyroSadist like my comments follow
03/17/15 7:16 am

If the Democrats are so much friendlier to our military why do they overwhelmingly vote Republican?

iPolitix Political Party Animal
03/17/15 9:32 am

Yea, only 29% of Veterans vote Democrat for a reason. The Republicans consistently & overwhelmingly support our military men & women.
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www.gallup.com/poll/118684/military-veterans-ages-tend-republican.aspx

BrittneyBunny Maryland
03/17/15 6:22 am

I said no only because I'm not in the military.

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chickencookie Jihad Joe
03/17/15 6:26 am

Is Swervin content? He's gone right?

BrittneyBunny Maryland
03/17/15 6:29 am

Sometimes he's content. Not always but some of that is command specific.

He is gone. He'll be back early fall :(

WildRice With a side of sass
03/17/15 6:58 am

Same here Brit. I'm not in it but my brother is. Thinking of you and little swerv!

BrittneyBunny Maryland
03/17/15 7:00 am

As you noticed on Instagram, he's completely freaking out about leaving so long. The video pretty much is "hey Boogs this is so you remember me while I'm gone" 😭

And he started crawling the day after he left.

WildRice With a side of sass
03/17/15 7:09 am

I saw that... It was super endearing and it's sweet that he worries so much

chickencookie Jihad Joe
03/17/15 8:42 am

My friend left for a "very dangerous place" today. 😢

iPolitix Political Party Animal
03/17/15 9:26 am

@🐤cookie, We are blessed by your friends service. I wouldn't worry much though. My cousin is a Ranger in Afghanistan (4th tour--he loves it) & he's safer there than in Chicago.

chickencookie Jihad Joe
03/17/15 9:59 am

Yes. Mine is very close to Ranger. Got a Purple Heart. Haha to Chicago

iPolitix Political Party Animal
03/17/15 6:00 am

Retired Veterans (20+ years) are treated greater than any other retirement group. Veterans who served less than that have not earned the same benefits, but are given preferential treatment from job applications to special housing loans over others.

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iPolitix Political Party Animal
03/17/15 6:03 am

The problem is only with veterans who have served a short time (2-8 years). With military downsizing, minimum enlistment should be 10 years, with partial retirement benefits. The US doesn't need short term military contracts any more.

chickencookie Jihad Joe
03/17/15 6:22 am

So they really lose out now if it is less than 10 years.

PyroSadist like my comments follow
03/17/15 6:24 am

10 years?!? That's crazy! When you first enlist you incur a 8 year obligation. You don't enlist for 4 years in the Army...you enlist for 4 years in the Army and 4 years in the Reserve...you usually don't have to attend drills....however they can

chickencookie Jihad Joe
03/17/15 6:25 am

I don't know much about this category. I am here for enlightenment.

PyroSadist like my comments follow
03/17/15 6:26 am

easily keep you past your 4 years active duty if they so choose. If you make it a 10 year obligation they could keep you that much longer.

Yeah mom...in 4 years I can go to college at 22. Or maybe 10 years when I'm 28?!?

BrittneyBunny Maryland
03/17/15 7:04 am

Or go to college during your active duty term.

PyroSadist like my comments follow
03/17/15 7:09 am

I was active duty for 4 years in the 80s...it wasn't easy then but possible. Now with multiple deployments it's even harder. I know guys who did 4 years active duty and deployed twice. Not very conducive to going to night school

BrittneyBunny Maryland
03/17/15 7:24 am

They have programs now that specifically designed for deployed military members. They don't even need access to a classroom or the Internet.

PyroSadist like my comments follow
03/17/15 7:54 am

Yeah because while avoiding being shot at or blown up that's utmost in your mind

chickencookie Jihad Joe
03/17/15 8:06 am

Where were you Pyro? Afghanistan? Croatia? My history is not very good.

BrittneyBunny Maryland
03/17/15 8:30 am

Most of those guys sit on facebook all day if they aren't on patrol.

chickencookie Jihad Joe
03/17/15 8:35 am

Pyro that message was for you. Where did you serve

iPolitix Political Party Animal
03/17/15 9:14 am

The US military is the most educated & skilled in the world (& highest paid). If you want to make it your career, you have to take college courses for the promotion points. Almost all senior NCOs now are college graduates.

iPolitix Political Party Animal
03/17/15 9:17 am

The military is college friendly. Many degrees are free through DOD with instructor-based or technology-based delivery. You can even transfer to ROTC or special education status to go full-time at a private college after your initial contract.

PyroSadist like my comments follow
03/17/15 1:20 pm

I was AGR (Means full time in the reserves) so I could only be mobilized with my unit (for the most part...there were exceptions) so altho I volenteered numerous times I was never mobilized. One of my great regrets...and reliefs

PyroSadist like my comments follow
03/17/15 1:21 pm

Altho I had a lot of friends go over...sadly not all that did came back, and some that did come back were not the same, nor ever will be.

TierasPet
03/17/15 5:49 am

I said yes because my grandfather was.

TierasPet
03/17/15 5:49 am

I could also argue no because uncle wasn't.

chickencookie Jihad Joe
03/17/15 6:21 am

I have to ask my sister about my dad. I never asked and had no interest at the time.

TierasPet
03/17/15 7:19 am

It is interesting. My grandfather was a colonel in the Air Force and my uncle was low ranking in the army.