18 March 2009

The thanks of a grateful nation: Going AWOL on VA Health Benefits

Update - this just across the wire:

American Legion Commander Praises Obama's Change in Plan

WASHINGTON, Mar 18, 2009 (BUSINESS WIRE) - The leader of the nation's largest veterans organization applauded President Obama for dropping his plan to bill private insurance companies for the treatment of military veterans who have suffered service-connected disabilities and injuries.

We are glad that President Obama listened to the strong objections raised by The American Legion and veterans everywhere about this unfair plan," said National Commander David K Rehbein of The American Legion.

"We thank the administration for its proposed increase in the VA budget and we are always available to assist by providing guidance to ensure a veterans health care system that is worthy of the heroes that use it."

Our thanks to the American Legion for leading the charge of Veterans' organizations against this proposal.

Original post:

The American Legion keeps the heat on in today's WSJ.

'If you were injured in Iraq or Afghanistan and you have not paid your co-pay, please press 1. If you were injured during military training and you have not yet reached your deductible, please press 2. If your family has reached its maximum insurance benefit, please call back after you have purchased additional coverage. Thank you for your service.'

Bonus! Let's cut weapons systems, too (via Ace).
Two defense officials who were not authorized to speak publicly said Gates will announce up to a half-dozen major weapons cancellations later this month. Candidates include a new Navy destroyer, the Air Force's F-22 fighter jet, and Army ground-combat vehicles, the officials said.

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