Posted by: bosteen | May 7, 2007

Serious post from a friend

I got this from my friend Miss Wolfe. I think its important so I am reposting with her permission. I encourage you to write your representatives to address this problem. Now to the words of Miss Wolfe:

i am going away from my usual topic today because i am so enraged at the way the federal government is treating our soldiers. with current treatment of soldiers coming back from the current war with injuries to lessening of veteran benefits to people that have served, this country does a great injustice to those that have sacrificed their life in protection of our way of life. if you want to see this, you could go to any news source and find an example. i can remember a recent newsweek cover story on this topic or the military hospital scandal or this news posting to be specific.

with this in mind, i will go to the current news, you may have heard this. the Veterans Administration, VA, has recently gone over their budget by a billion dollars due to costs of disabilities, veteran benefits, etc… . however here comes the kick in the ass, VA officials get a nice bonus for doing such a great job.

Months after a politically embarrassing $1 billion shortfall that put veterans’ health care in peril, Veterans Affairs officials involved in the foul-up got hefty bonuses ranging up to $33,000 … documents a generous package of more than $3.8 million in payments by a financially strapped agency straining to help care for thousands of injured veterans returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan … They received performance payments up to $33,000 each, a figure equal to about 20 percent of their annual salaries … Annual bonuses to senior VA officials now average more than $16,000 — the most lucrative in government.

i am trying to understand where the great performance for these bonuses are coming from. is it the way they screw over people that were injured in a war zone? was it telling a WW2 vet that they need to pay more for disability drugs or doctors visits? these are people that gave much more for this country than most people. they volunteered to serve this country proudly and now our government spits on them and their service to this country.
furthermore, what does a civil servant need with a bonus? i could be idealistic but people don’t go into civil service for the money. they go into it to help their country. if these people want bonuses, they need to move their ass out to the private sector and find out how much of a bonus they get for running a company into a billion dollar shortfall. if they don’t want the job for what it pays, fire them and hire someone willing to do the fucking work.

the mistreatment of those that serve this country in the military needs to end! how much of that 3.8 million dollars could of gone to some private that got his leg blown off disability payment? i’m no expert but knowing some people in the service, that could of covered quite a few annual disability payments. this truly makes me ashamed to be a citizen of this country. i highly recommend that you write your congressmen and senators addressing this issue. i have already written mine. i did not write this to debate the current war. i just want to see our troops be treated with the respect they deserve and put some action behind the words “support our troops”.

– miss wolfe

Happy Humping!

Slut X

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