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Our Vets Deserve Better: Obama’s VA failed to see more than 57,000 veterans in 90-day period

VA Audit

Modern warfare and advances in life-saving medical technology have dramatically changed the way our men and women in uniform return home from the battlefield. Now, perhaps more than ever, our government under the inept leadership of President Obama and officials at the Department of Veterans Affairs are failing soldiers returning from combat and those seeking medical treatment.

It’s truly heart wrenching.

According to an audit released Monday, more than 57,000 veterans have waiting more than three months for an initial appointment at any of the 731 VA hospitals and outpatient clinics. In the past ten years, more than 64,000 veterans who have enrolled in the VA’s health care program haven’t had a single appointment.

POLITICO reports:

Revelations about an Arizona VA facility’s use of secret lists to hide long waits for appointments started the furor that led to Eric Shinseki’s resignation as secretary in late May. But the audit, first reported by The Associated Press, found that type of deception was hardly rare and by no means limited to Phoenix. Eight percent of VA schedulers said they have used an alternative waiting list. Another 13 percent said their supervisors directed them to falsify appointment dates to hide the true wait times, a practice that occurred at least once in 76 percent of VA facilities.

“Such practices are sufficiently pervasive to require VA re-examine its entire performance management system,” concluded the audit, which was based on interviews with 3,722 department staff.

If his lips are moving, he’s probably lying: Obama goes back on campaign promise to remove all U.S. troops from Afghanistan

Afghanistan Troop Withdrawal

“We are bringing our troops home from Afghanistan. And I’ve set a timetable. We will have them all out of there by 2014.”

President Obama spoke these words at a campaign stop in Boulder, Colorado, just a few weeks before the 2012 Presidential election. Taking a swipe at Republican nominee Mitt Romney, who didn’t have a timetable for troop withdrawal, Obama warned, “That’s what’s at stake in this election.”

Nearly two years later, President Obama has decided to keep nearly 10,000 American soldiers on the ground in Afghanistan past the initial 2014 deadline, the Associated Press reports:

The two-year plan is contingent on the Afghan government signing a bilateral security agreement with the U.S. While current Afghan President Hamid Karzai has declined to sign the agreement, U.S. officials are confident that either of the candidates seeking to replace him would give his approval.

The plan calls for the U.S. military to draw down from its current force of 32,000 to 9,800 by the start of next year. Those troops would be dispatched throughout Afghanistan and focus on counterterrorism missions and training Afghan security forces. They would not be engaged in combat missions.

Over the course of next year, the number of troops would be cut in half and consolidated in the capital of Kabul and at Bagram Air Field, the main U.S. base in Afghanistan. Those remaining forces would largely be withdrawn by the end of 2016, with fewer than 1,000 remaining behind to staff a security office in Kabul.

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