Monday, February 2, 2015


In response to ABBOT TO OBAMA: " YOU PROMISED VA HOSPITAL. DELIVER" It is true the RGV needs a VA hospital desperately. However, it is not President Obama who is the stumbling block but the Republican Party!!!

Governor Abbott needs to communicate his displeasure regarding a Veterans Hospital in the RGV with Senator John Cornyn, Senator Ted Cruz, and the rest of the Republican Party; especially those who have never served in the military Armed Forces.

The majority of Republican GOP voted against seven bills to help USA military veterans!!


H.R. 466 – Wounded Veteran Job Security Act – This bill would actually provide job security for veterans who are receiving medical treatment for injuries suffered while fighting in defense of their country. It would prohibit employers from terminating employees who miss work while receiving treatment for a service-related disability.

H.R. 1168 -- Veterans Retraining Act – This bill would provide for assistance to help veterans who are currently unemployed with their expenses while retraining for the current job market.

H.R. 1171 – Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program Reauthorization – This bill would reauthorize programs in support of homeless veterans, to assist them with job training, counseling, and placement services through the Department of Veterans Affairs through 2014.

H.R. 1172 -- Requiring List on VA Website of Organizations Providing Scholarships for Veterans which does nothing more than direct the Department of Veterans Affairs to include information about scholarships for veterans.

H.R. 1293 -- Disabled Veterans Home Improvement and Structural Alteration Grant Increase Act of 2009 – Here’sanother bill in support of those who have fought for their country, passed by House Democrats and blocked from becoming law by Republicans.

This would increase the amount paid by the VA to disabled veterans for necessary home structural improvements from $4,100 to $6,800 for those who are more than 50% disabled, and from $1,200 to $2,000 who are less than 50%, disabled. This means, if a veteran lost the use of his legs in service of his country, the country will pay for the wheelchair ramp so that he can live at home.

By the way, the last time this ceiling was lifted was in 1992. There isn't even a fiscal reason for being against this bill, as the total cost of this bill, according to CBO estimates, would be a “whopping” $20 million. That's about a quarter (25 cents) per family of four.

H.R. 1803 -- Veterans Business Center Act – This bill would set up a Veterans Business Center program within the Small Business Administration, which would specialize in such programs as grants for service-disabled veterans, help them develop business plans and secure business opportunities. In other words, folks, it would create jobs and offer opportunities those who have fought in defense of our country.

H.R. 2352 – Job Creation Through Entrepreneurship Act – This bill essentially combines a number of other bills that Republicans had blocked in the Senate previously, and adds a few elements. The bill would again establish a Veterans Business Center Program; .... it would establish a Military Entrepreneurs Program

In February of 2014 Senate Republicans Betray U.S. Vets by blocking Veterans Benefits Bill by using a procedural maneuver to invoke the 60 vote rule. the final vote to waive the budget point of order faile, 56-41. Only two Republicans (Sen. Dean Heller and Sen. Jerry Moran) joined with Democrats on the vote.

The Republican Party will do anything to deny President Obama a "win" even if it is a WIN for our Veterans.

Also, the bill would have authorized the construction of 27 new clinics and medical facilities, and it would have provided tuition assistance to post-9/11 veterans.

Where was the outraged Attorney General Greg Abbott when all this was happening?

Flashback: Republicans Block VA Benefits!!

Republicans, conservative talking heads, etc "Love war and its industry" but cry "it is too expensive" to help those veterans who return wounded, maimed, and totally in need of help.

Republican Senator Bernie Sanders is correct; "If you think it is too expensive to support our returning military veterans, DON'T sent them to war!!

Senator John Cornyn Doesn't Support Our Vets

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