17 March 2017 More distractions from the Affordable Care Act fiasco! The US Governments latest solution for paying for the true cost of war and Bernie Sanders repeated warnings going unheard

In my perception of things, the US Government is on a distraction campaign to try and get Americans to stop paying close attention to what is happening with the Affordable Care Act.  To me it seems like the most recent attempt at distraction was the Wiretapping scandal which is fizzling.  Now it appears they’ve decided to play the “trump card” that always works – guns and the Second amendment!

I could be wrong and I hope I am, but it appears the US Government is now exploring a new way to deal with pesky fallout that comes from perpetual war – mentally incapacitated veterans who often suffer from PTSD and other mental health issues.  They seem to be saying, “Thank you for your service and to show you just how much we appreciate your sacrifice, we are restoring your access to a gun. It’s way quicker than drinking a bottle of bleach.” (I met a fellow Veteran who actually tried to kill himself by drinking a bottle of bleach.)  It surprises me they would do something like this also in light of incidents in recent history like what happened to American Sniper Chris Kyle when he tried to help a former Marine Eddie Ray Routh who was suffering from PTSD:

http://abcnews.go.com/US/seal-chris-kyle-allegedly-killed-marine/story?id=18389238

Former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle and his neighbor Chad Littlefield took former Marine Eddie Ray Routh to a Texas gun range to help him, but for some reason Routh allegedly turned his gun on his two mentors, killing them both, police said today.

ABC News affiliate WFAA-TV in Dallas reported that investigators said Routh, 25, was recovering from post traumatic stress disorder, but police today said they could not confirm that.

Like I said, I hope I am wrong but our government has a horrible track record, going all the way back to President George Washington with how they “take care” of Veterans.

http://www.veteranstoday.com/2009/06/12/how-america-s-veterans-are-treated-history-repeats-itself/

When the US Government had a chance to to truly honor Veterans for their service they did this:

http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/199480-gop-blocks-veterans-bill

GOP blocks veterans bill

By Ramsey Cox – 02/27/14 02:44 PM EST

Senate Republicans stopped Democrats from advancing a bill that would have expanded healthcare and education programs for veterans. In a 56-41 vote Thursday, the motion to waive a budget point of order against the bill failed, as Democrats fell short of the 60 votes needed to overcome the Republican roadblock.

GOP Sens. Dean Heller (Nev.) and Jerry Moran (Kan.) voted with Democrats.

Senate Majority Leader (D-Nev.) refused to allow a GOP substitute amendment to get an up-or-down vote because it included Iran sanctions, which he said were unrelated to veterans’ issues. “I hope all the veterans groups have witnessed all the contortions the Republicans have done to defeat this bill,” Reid said Thursday. “Shame on Republicans for bringing base politics into a bill to help veterans.”

The fall-out of consecutive wars and poor medical care was this, increased instances of Veteran suicides:

http://www.militarytimes.com/story/opinion/2015/05/19/stopping-veteran-suicide/27533823/

VA Secretary Bob McDonald and members of Congress also took part.

“In recent years, the suicide rate has risen steadily for the general population, but not veterans in the VA system. For veterans in our care, rates have remained stable, maybe even declined slightly, which tells us that treatment works,” McDonald said.

The VA estimated in 2012 that 22 veterans die each day by suicide, but the number is an extrapolation derived from 1999-2011 data from 21 states, and both the VA and advocacy groups say it should be interpreted with caution.

Given that at least four states with large veterans populations were not included in the calculations — California, Texas, Arizona and North Carolina — the numbers could be higher.

And now in their brilliance, they’ve come up with this as the remedy to all their military budget problems. The logic I see them using here is if more Veterans kill themselves and others that frees up more money for the military budget they want to increase. I hope to God I am wrong about their intentions with this legislation!

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/03/17/520510426/house-oks-bill-allowing-mentally-incapacitated-veterans-to-buy-guns

America

House OKs Bill To End VA’s Ban On ‘Mentally Incapacitated’ Veterans Buying Guns

March 17, 20178:00 AM ET

Bill Chappell

Updated at 1:55 p.m. ET

The House has approved legislation that would make it harder to keep veterans who are “mentally incapacitated, deemed mentally incompetent” or prone to blackouts from buying guns. Critics of the bill say it could raise the suicide rate among veterans — a rate that has risen in the past decade.

At least a dozen Democrats joined Republicans to support the bill, which was approved by a 240-175 vote.

The legislation would add a new hurdle to the process of blocking a veteran whose mental competence is in question from owning a gun. While the Department of Veterans Affairs currently adds the names of veterans it deems unfit to own a deadly weapon to a federal background check system, the bill would require a court hearing before that determination is made.

“About 170,000 disabled veterans are deemed mentally incompetent by the VA,” NPR’s Quil Lawrence reports. “A VA-approved guardian makes some medical and financial decisions for them. Their names go on an FBI list so they can’t purchase guns — House Republicans sponsored the Veterans’ Second Amendment Protection Act to change that.”

Opponents of the bill say that easing gun ownership for mentally disabled veterans would make them a greater threat to themselves. As recently as 2014, an average of 20 veterans per day died from suicide, according to statistics released last year by the VA Suicide Prevention Program. Between 2001 and 2014, the VA said, the suicide rate among U.S. veterans rose by more than 32 percent.

Backers of the bill, such as Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn., the chair of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee, say it would help veterans avoid being caught up in a bureaucracy that can make it tough to remove a negative label. Roe also cited the importance of “removing the stigma of mentally ill people — that because someone is mentally ill, they’re a danger to themselves or others.”

On the other side of the issue, Rep. Anthony Brown, D-Md., said, “When a determination is made that a veteran is mentally incompetent or incapacitated — for whatever reason — that determination is made to protect them, not to punish or deprive them.”

Critics of the bill include retired Gen. Peter Chiarelli, the former vice chief of staff of the U.S. Army. Speaking to Quil about why he opposed the bill, Chiarelli said, “Every single study you can read on this shows you that people in crisis — because suicide is such a spontaneous event — when they separate themselves from personal weapons the incidence of suicide goes down tremendously.”

The House legislation will now go to the Senate. It would change U.S. law by adding this section to sections governing veterans’ benefits:

Conditions for treatment of certain persons as adjudicated mentally incompetent for certain purposes

“In any case arising out of the administration by the Secretary of laws and benefits under this title, a person who is mentally incapacitated, deemed mentally incompetent, or experiencing an extended loss of consciousness shall not be considered adjudicated as a mental defective under subsection (d)(4) or (g)(4) of section 922 of title 18 without the order or finding of a judge, magistrate, or other judicial authority of competent jurisdiction that such person is a danger to himself or herself or others.”.

 

The Cost of War – Bernie Sanders

Veterans America Does Not Give A Damn About Us!   – Pastor Dowell

 

 

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