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Veterans not getting help they need, Jerry McNerney says

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Posted: Friday, October 28, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 5:46 am, Fri Oct 28, 2011.

Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, and four other congressmen say that there is no indication of progress in helping troops and veterans with their mental health care.

The congressmen noted that little progress has been made since Congress approved Senate Bill 1963, which requires the Veterans Administration to establish a program on readjustment and mental health care for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans by November 2010.

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  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 5:41 pm on Fri, Oct 28, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Alex...how are you calculating the economic value each soldier gets. I think when you compare what other 18-28 year olds are paid for services rendered, it is not bad. I have two relatives in uniform. One in Afghanistan, the other in Korea. Both are very thankful for what they get in training, benefits and salary. Not one complaint as both re-enlisted enthusiastically. My Nephew has devoloped job skills and has seen much of the world. He will soon be stationed in Hawaii without having to pay for any expenses.

  • Alex Kennedy posted at 4:55 pm on Fri, Oct 28, 2011.

    Alex Posts: 215

    If our leaders supported our troops half as much as they talked about it, our soldiers would be in a much better position. We don't pay them what they deserve, have sent them to war without all proper equipment, commit them abroad for as long as possible, then we decide not to properly take care of them and their families when they get back. All they get in return is a bunch of lip service. How about instead of just thanking them for their service, we adequately compensate and care for them. 

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 1:19 pm on Fri, Oct 28, 2011.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    The VA should be doing as much as possible for these service members and their families who have sacrificed so much for this country.

    Just an FYI for veterans of the Vietnam War era - this according to the VA website:

    "VA assumes that certain diseases are related to qualifying military service. These are called "presumptive diseases." VA has recognized certain cancers and other health problems as presumptive diseases related to exposure to Agent Orange or other herbicides during military service."

    In October of 2010, the VA officially recognized that "Ischemic Heart Disease" is included in the list of "presumptive diseases" related to service in-country in Vietnam and exposure to Agent Orange. Vets do not have to prove they were exposed, only prove service in Vietnam and the inland waterways (US Navy).

    For information on Ischemic Heart Disease (for those Vietnam vets who have had a heart bypass, congestive heart failure, etc.) and the other conditions recognized by the VA as related to Agent Orange, go to


    The VA has certain disability and other benefits available to these vets. Also, you can contact the San Joaquin County Veteran's Services Office at 209-468-2916 and they can assist you with applying for available benefits.



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