Gulf War Veterans “Aging” Faster | SPH | Boston University
Our Nation, built on democracy a system by all accounts of rules by laws, not individuals. This system of rule by law to protect the rights of us citizens and maintain order yet limit the powers of government as well. The US Constitution; Bill of Rights; the declaration of independence and others significant documents, speeches and other writings of our nation are based on the core democratic values that are fundamental beliefs and constitutional principles of our nations porosity, which unites all Americans.
VA Healthcare System
The Department of Veterans Affairs has been under fire for not giving vets enough access to care
- A VA inspector general report finds 307,000 vets died before applications processed
- The report notes that some VA staffers hid applications for care in their desks
The VA’s inspector general found that out of about 800,000 records stalled in the agency’s system for managing healthcare enrollment, there were more than 307,000 records that belonged to veterans who had died months or years in the past.
The inspector general said due to limitations in the system’s data, the number of records did not necessarily represent veterans actively seeking enrollment in VA health care.
allegations of mismanagement at the VA’s Health Eligibility Center, the inspector general also found VA staffers incorrectly marked unprocessed applications and may have deleted 10,000 or more records in the last five years.
In one case, a veteran who applied for VA care in 1998 was placed in “pending” status for 14 years. Another veteran who passed away in 1988 was found to have an unprocessed record lingering in 2014, the investigation found. According to a 2014 report of the Institute for medicine. The institue say an estimated 8 percent of current and former service members deployed to Iraq and afghanistan have post-traumatic stress (PTSD) diagnosis. Other congressional reports indicate national numbers of vets with mental health to be well over a million.
History of Discrimination
Even in The Military, Black soldiers Are Punished Disproportionately. the Air Force explicitly acknowledged that: “Diversity is a national security imperative, and we understand, in order to recruit and retain a diverse population of Airmen, they must have confidence that our system is free of any unlawful discrimination.”
- From 2006 to 2015, black airmen were 1.71 times (71%) more likely to face a court-martial or non-judicial punishment (NJP) than white airmen in an average year.
- From 2006 to 2015, black Marines were 1.32 times (32%) more likely to have a guilty finding at a court-martial or NJP proceeding than white Marines in an average year.
- From 2014 to 2015, the only complete years provided by the Navy, black sailors were 1.40 times (40%) more likely than white sailors to be referred to special or general court-martial and 1.37 times more likely to see action taken against them in the case in an average year.
- From 2006 to 2015, in an average year, black service members were 1.61 times (61%) more likely to face general or special court-martial compared to white service members.
Overall, black service members were at least 1.29 times and as much as 2.61 times more likely than white service members to have an action taken against them in an average year. Throughout history from the Revolutionary War on up to the Vietnam War. Report Shows These were and are African Americans who laid their lives on the line to protect democracy and defend freedom. They expected the rewards of full inclusion, acceptance, and citizenship for their sacrifices, but instead came home to continued humiliation, discrimination, incarceration, and death.
“It was risky for a black serviceman to wear his uniform, which many whites interpreted as an act of defiance.” drove African Americans by the millions into northern cities pre-branded as criminals often with the police. which proved a daunting task for black veterans because most banks routinely denied loans to black applicants.
Military leadership has been aware of the significant racial disparity in its justice process for years and has made no apparent effort to find the cause of the disparity or remedy it. The leadership has vigorously opposed any suggestion that the commander-controlled justice system is hindered by conflicts of interest or bias and has gone to great lengths to tout the fairness of the system.
Although veterans have a lower poverty rate than other Americans, 6.9 percent vs 14.4 percent in 2012, the simple fact that almost 1.5 million veterans live in poverty in the United States is reprehensible. The veteran poverty rate for vets between 18 and 34 years old is higher than all other age groups. This group, of course, means that the veterans of the Gulf War and Afghanistan have higher poverty rates than other veterans. Veterans are also using food stamps in larger numbers than ever before. Accountability has been sacrificed for the promise of permanent employment within the government bureaucracy and the sanctimonious pandering of politicians on both sides of the aisle.
Twenty-two veterans kill themselves every day. veterans are more than twice as likely as other civilians to commit suicide. USA Today reported a suicide rate Over 57,000 veterans are homeless on any given night. Unemployment is much higher among post 911 veterans than the general population More than 1.4 million veterans are living below the poverty line. Over 900,000 veterans live in households which receive food stamps The use of food stamps by active duty service members appears to be at an all-time, many active duty service families receive a special military supplemental food allowance designed to replace food stamps.
Experts worry high military suicide rates are ‘new normal’(June-2016)
Racial Disparity in Military Justice (May-2017)
Lynching in America: Targeting Black Veterans (Nov-2017)
VA LIES, COVER UPS, And DEATHS