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  >Subject: Bush Tries to Keep Half Million Vets In the Dark

>Date: Wed, 7 Jul 2004 13:28:58 -0400 (EDT)

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>THE DAILY MIS-LEAD

>< http://daily.misleader.org/ctt.asp?u=1230400&l=44008 >

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>BUSH TRIES TO KEEP HALF MILLION VETS IN THE DARK

>

>President Bush celebrated the July 4th holiday by praising veterans,

>saying "we're proud of your service, we're grateful for the example you

>have set for America."[1] But a new report shows that more than half a

>million veterans are going without health care benefits owed to them -

>and the Bush administration has tried to keep those veterans in the

>dark.

>

>According to Knight-Ridder newspapers, 572,000 veterans nationwide "are

>missing out on disability payments from the Veterans Administration"[2]

>even though they are owed those payments from their service. A large

>portion of these veterans are not receiving their payments because they

>do not know about them - a situation the White House has tried to

>perpetuate. In 2002, VA officials were ordered by the Bush

>administration "to cease efforts to enroll new patients into its health

>care system." The directive said it was "inappropriate" for local VA

>workers to attend health fairs, open houses and

>community meetings to educate veterans about what their eligibility and to

>enroll them in health care programs.[3]

>

>The President's efforts to prevent veterans from getting the benefits

>they are owed came at the same time the White House was squeezing

>veterans programs overall. Specifically, the President has drastically

>underfunded veterans health care programs, leading to major veterans

>groups calling his policies a "disgrace" and noting his most recent

>budget falls $2.6 billion short of what is needed this year alone.[4]

>The President also raised premiums that veterans pay for their

>prescription drugs.[5]

>

>Sources:

>

>1. Presidential Remarks, WhiteHouse.gov, 7/04/04,

>http://daily.misleader.org/ctt.asp?u=1230400&l=44009.

>2. "Thousands of disabled vets lack disability payments due to poor

>agency outreach, stigma," Knight-Ridder, 7/01/2004,

>http://daily.misleader.org/ctt.asp?u=1230400&l=44010.

>3. "VA says `no' to new patients - Service," VFW Magazine, 9/02,

>http://daily.misleader.org/ctt.asp?u=1230400&l=44011.

>4. "VFW Terms President's VA Budget Proposal Harmful to Veterans VFW

>Appeals

>to Congress for Relief," VFW.org, 2/02/2004,

>http://daily.misleader.org/ctt.asp?u=1230400&l=44012.

>5. "Bush calls for electronic medical records," CNN.com, 4/28/2004,

>http://daily.misleader.org/ctt.asp?u=1230400&l=44013.

 

 
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