David Hackworth spaeaks out on veterans issues
of us have been after David Hackworth for some time now to speak out
the shabby way veterans are treated. In this week's column he has
taken on the VA and eroding veteran's benefits.
doesn't matter whether you like what he usually says, or not. He has a
audience and he can do us a lot of good. Please go to his website and
him know you appreciate him sticking up for veterans.
Hackworth column follows ---
Search of a Perfect Plank"
David H. Hackworth
Cheney, Colin Powell and Norman Schwarzkopf are gathered in Philadelphia
week for the Republican National Convention. As these three musketeers --
under the command of George "Poppy" Bush brought our nation its
and from this eyewitness's viewpoint, most impressive military win -
try to help execute the political equivalent of Desert Storm on behalf of
"Dubbya," I hope they'll include in their platform the revitalizing
military. A plank that will bring to the citizens of this nation a
How they intend to pick our armed forces up off the mat and make them world
again after eight years of White House and Pentagon neglect, criminal
correctness and non-leadership -- which has done more damage to our
forces than all of our current enemies combined.
How they'll bring an end to mindless missions in such places as Iraq,
Kosovo and Colombia and assure us that from 2001 forward, our forces
be used only to defend America and its interests.
How they'll reform and streamline our Cold War force structure to meet the
of the 21st century, starting with no longer allowing the "gee-whiz"
that's supposedly revolutionizing our military machine to hog the
Instead, our tip-of-the-spear airmen, soldiers, sailors and Marines
once again be given the highest priority -- in wages and material, in
and training -- according to the tried-and-true maxim that
win battles, not wonder weapons.
How they'll recruit and retain the best and brightest leaders and grunts to
in our active and reserve units and eliminate the Perfumed Prince
and admirals who've forgotten our warriors and no longer set the
in their self-serving rush to scurry to the top of the promotion
How the destructive "kinder-gentler" social experiments that have
down our military's throat over the past eight years will be
and how the traditional military culture -- read warrior ethic --
won our battles from Yorktown to Kuwait City will be returned
How the recommendations of the Kassebaum Commission to end combined Initial
Training -- boot camp -- of males and females will be implemented, and
women will be pulled from all ground combat units ASAP.
How our nuclear arsenal will be cut by at least 50 percent, and what steps
be taken to provide these apocalyptic weapons, and facilities such as
Alamos, with at least the same security coverage as Chelsea Clinton
enjoys. * How they plan to care for the millions of vets who've
victimized by the Department of Veteran Affairs' long-term neglect,
and deceit. And how they plan to modernize and revitalize the VA,
of the most worm-eaten of U.S. government institutions.
How they'll provide our retired professional servicemen and women -- who
1941 in war after war put their lives on the line while suffering long
from their loved ones -- with a comprehensive medical and health
at least equal to those of retired lawmakers and fat-cat federal civil
And not forget that when our patriots enlisted to defend this
they were contractually promised these benefits in exchange for
a life of hurts, standing downrange and being shot at by bad guys who
to paint them red. (Now they're in line behind recent arrivals from
World countries, who actually receive the same level of medical
-- through Medicare -- as our brave and scarred.)
How they'll expand our national cemeteries so that those who've served our
in war and peace will be provided the same military burial at the end
their journey as our most distinguished generals. And how these heroes
no longer be hustled through insulting two-bit tape recordings of taps
-- if they're lucky -- a few members of an unfunded veterans group to
them and hand over the flag to their loved ones on behalf of a
in mid-August we can ask the Democrats in Los Angeles to show us theirs.
then will we truly be able to make an informed decision on who should be
next commander in chief.
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McArthur, Executive Director
National Veterans Organization of America, Inc.
the NVO Website at http://www.nvo.org