For the past eight years it has been no secret that President Barack Obama, in my opinion, has not been the President of all the people, but rather the head community organizer and the nation’s chief divider verses the more positive role as the chief uniter. It has also been no secret that he has planned to fundamentally transform America, a facet he told us he planned to do. But leading up to the 2009 election that swept him into the oval office, people truly believed that he would be the “one,” that “man of color,” who would do the work that Dr. King spoke of during the Civil Rights Movement. But as it turned out, we would all be disappointed because he wouldn’t be that man and he consciously chose not to do Dr. Kings work. Instead, he used his new position as the head of the most powerful nation to further the agenda of the Progressive Left and the minority groups they support.
As Commander-in-Chief, Mr. Obama has decimated the ranks of our military by instituting progressive social policies experiments and tying the hands of our warriors with political rules of engagement neutering their ability to defeat the terrorist threat overseas. But the most damage has been done to the ranks of our veterans not through any action, but through simple inaction and neglect. For these men and women who answered the call to duty, Barack Obama has done nothing; they are the forgotten minority in America.
It’s been a little more than two years since the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) Eric Shinseki resigned after the VA scandal pertaining to the exposure of “appointment waiting lists” and the discovery that hundreds of veterans died while waiting for a health care appointment. Since that time, virtually nothing has been done to improve the dire situation veteran’s face everyday and they have been forgotten by the media, local politicians, members of Congress, and most importantly, the President of the United States. Oh sure, we’ve had Inspector General Investigations and the like, but these investigations are nothing more than “window dressing” akin to putting a band aid on a gunshot wound.
One has only to look around at the 55k homeless veterans in this country and the occasional media story like the one this past week highlighting the administrative cover up at a VA center in Texas, accused of falsifying veteran wait times. You would think that as Americans there would be a huge outcry, but no, its old news even through it’s only been four days since the story broke. Any more, I just shake my head.
According to 2014 VA records, “there are 22 million military veterans in the U.S. population. If you add their figures on veterans to the active personnel numbers mentioned above, 7.3 percent of all living Americans have served in the military at some point in their lives.”
Based on these figures, we can deduce that 97.7% of the population has not served in the military, allowing us to conclude that veterans are in fact a genuine minority requiring special consideration and protection by the federal government. Why then have they been abandoned to fend for themselves by the very people and government that they’ve sworn to protect? After all, many of our veterans are also members of the Title VII protected classes that would otherwise afford them special privileges. So what gives?
All across America, persons from various countries have entered this county illegally, and have been given sanctuary and special treatment by the government. President Obama as part of his signature health care program, provided health care to approximately 9M people who previously did not have such care. The fairness of this program while still in great question as to its true effectiveness, will not be debated here. However, the teaching point is that veterans, for whatever reason have been left behind time and time again by every level of government in favor of other minority groups, some of which are citizens and many who are not. That said, and whether you realize it or not, it is time to act if our elected officials will not. I for one cannot sit by idly while the heart and spirit of our nation is left to wither away.
Over the next few months, I intend on drafting legislation that our elected officials in Congress are not willing or do not have the spine to write. During this time, I will obtain sponsors and support of elected officials in order to get this legislation through committee and to the house floor for a vote. I anticipate that my use of the media will also play a vital role.
As a veteran myself of over 30 years, our brother and sisters who have put their nation first for as long as they can remember, can no longer wait. Waiting lists are for fools and bureaucrats; I am neither of these nor are our veterans. It is long overdue time to put our veterans first and I plan to make that a reality regardless of the political landscape come the November Election.
Please support our nations veterans by calling or emailing your member of Congress and tell them to get engaged in the fight to fix this travesty. Our Veterans have answered the call of duty since this nation was founded and now it’s time for us to answer their call.
Colonel (Ret) John D. Vernon, USA, is the author of “Angels Watching Over Me” and is the CEO, American Warrior Press. Learn more at http://americanwarriorpress.com and follow him on twitter @JOHNDVERNON1. ©JohnVernon2016