Jon Stewart on the lousy way we treat veterans (video)

Jon Stewart takes a look at the lousy way we treat our vets at the VA.

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  • pappyvet

    I’m sure that some VA hospitals give decent treatment,it just has not been my experience.

  • Abra

    And people wonder why I don’t take advantage of my vet status and go to the VA hospital. Fuck that shit, would rather pay civ docs, and I don’t have insurance either.

  • disabled_american_veteran

    And the Republiklans want to cut VA funding, not the bonuses for doing bad jobs, but patient care funding. Stop voting for these damn chicken hawk republiklans

  • arcadesproject

    I have heard positive reports about treatment at the VA hospital near but negative reports outnumber the positive ones. Just anecdotally it seems that the more recent the vet’s service, the lousier the
    treatment. This is a disgrace. I hear a fair amount about charities aimed at Iraq/Afghan war vets and it makes me quite queasy to think that these folks might have to rely on charity and not on their government to help them with their service related issues.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    I agree. Bringing back the civilian military would bring short shift in the endless war games real soon. As it stands now the ‘professional’ military is used like a private instrument of the Executive Office and it’s control of the Pentagon.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    You are luck P. A2 is a major world class medical hub.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Sorry PV. It’s gone far beyond a national disgrace.

  • ArthurH

    Hospitalized veterans are just another group of people the fiscal conservatives feel can be nickel-and-dimed. We ask young people to volunteer to join the army, navy and marines; and after serving their hitches to be in the reserves and thus on-call for serving in wars and have to leave their jobs and family to fight them. And if they suffer severe physical and emotional injuries and end up in VA hospitals, they get billed for things like meals. When I first heard that I was outraged. But it was policy since the Reagan Administration when it was first proposed as an acceptable budget cut. And at lunch, the two conservatives I sat with said the meal charge was acceptable as those in VA hospitals were mostly malingerers and goldbricks. So I asked hoe they knew this, such as if they had kids in the military who saw these things first hand. They replied that their sons were not in the military; they were too smart to do such a job. The volunteer army was only for people too stupid to have any other job prospects. Maybe they’d think different if we brought back the draft with no deferments.

  • HelenRainier

    When they perform so miserably they should not receive bonuses. They are government employees.

  • http://poodyheads.wordpress.com/ zorbear

    You can be comforted by the knowledge that most of the people don’t get bonuses — just the big bosses. You know, like in any big business…

  • HelenRainier

    I have never understood why people who are employed by the government should get bonuses for doing their jobs, or in these cases not doing their jobs.

  • pricknick

    Sorry to hear that. I’ve had nothing but great from the VA in Ann Arbor Michigan. I’m sure not everyone feels the same, but it’s better than the surrounding major hospitals as far as I’m concerned.

  • pappyvet

    I just had an unintended stay at my local VA hospital. It was as if I were on an assembly line. Very sad.

  • Monoceros Forth

    Conservatives treat soldiers like unborn children: they’re priceless until they turn into living, breathing civilians.

    Indeed. I can only guess that right-wingers aren’t very good at love and compassion since all their supposedly boundless, Christian love is expended either on vague generalities or on vaguer unrealities. They love ARE TROOPS but individual soldiers’ problems are costly nuisances. Abortion is a holocaust of the unborn but killing a hundred thousand Iraqi citizens makes us proud and strong (and they were all terrorists anyway.)

  • Hue-Man

    Conservatives treat soldiers like unborn children: they’re priceless until they turn into living, breathing civilians. “The [Canadian] federal government is asking a BC Supreme Court judge to strike down a class-action lawsuit filed by six war veterans over disability compensation.

    The disabled veterans are challenging a pension program introduced in 2006, which the soldiers say violates their human rights with insufficient and arbitrary disability payments.

    Kevin Berry, one of the plaintiffs named in the lawsuit, contends that the benefits are 40 to 90 per cent worse under the new rules, and are weaker than provincial compensation plans.” http://bc.ctvnews.ca/veterans-suing-government-over-disability-pensions-1.1378991

    What outrages me is that many of our vets are living with unimaginable mental and physical injuries that would have killed soldiers in previous wars. Their government pension is likely to be the only source of income for their entire lives.

  • discus_sucks_ass

    nailed it again Jon. Liked John but it’s good you’re back :)

  • skwcw2001 .

    i would think it was funny but for the fact i lived next to a bunch of frat guys they made life a living hell for everyone on the street.

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