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210. Secretary Shinseki’s Message to Gulf War Veterans.

August 2010 marks the 20th anniversary of the beginning of the Gulf War, launched with Operation Desert Shield and followed by Operation Desert Storm. VA honors this milestone with a renewed commitment to improving our responsiveness to the challenges facing Gulf War Veterans.

First and foremost, VA is an advocate for Veterans – we are committed to finding innovative solutions to long standing issues and to empowering Veterans and other stakeholders to be a part of the solution.

VA recognizes and values the selfless service and sacrifice of Gulf War Veterans and their families, and continues our efforts to address the unique health needs of Gulf War Veterans.

Today, more than 250,000 Operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield Veterans receive disability benefits from VA. VA has treated nearly 150,000 Operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield Veterans for illnesses associated with their military service. We vow to reach more of these Veterans and have taken steps to do so. Earlier this year, VA proposed a new rule to make it easier for Gulf War-era Veterans to obtain disability compensation and related health care. This rule, once it takes effect, will grant presumptive service-connection for nine infectious diseases associated with military service in Southwest Asia and Afghanistan.

In addition, VA’s ongoing Gulf War research and Task Force efforts continue to examine multisymptom illnesses, and other conditions associated with service in this conflict. VA continues to participate in Federal research efforts on Gulf War illnesses, contributing more than $158 million of the $406 million in total Federal commitment.

VA is taking bold steps forward in how we consider and address the challenges facing Gulf War Veterans as well as the challenges facing all Veterans. Our commitment to the Nation’s Veterans is unwavering.

As your Secretary and fellow Veteran, I pay tribute to all of you who so bravely served and thank all Gulf War Veterans for their heroic efforts. Our Nation owes you a debt of gratitude. We acknowledge and honor the contributions of your service. Thank you.
–Eric K. Shinseki


166. Mystery Caller and the VA Helpline

Dear Friends:

Sometimes my inbox receives some incredible articles. Here is one for Veterans that I feel is important to share that was sent to me courtesy of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. A full copy of the article is attached below. One can also receive the wrong information from the VA showing up in person as well. Articles like this make one need to learn more and know your veterans rights.

Mystery caller and VA help line


The mystery caller dialed the Department of Veterans Affairs help line 1,089 times in 2002. And it created quite a problem. Continue reading ‘166. Mystery Caller and the VA Helpline’


165. HR 840, The Hearth Act.



Dear Friends:

Wow what times we are seeing and living in! Bank failures, foreclosures, gasoline rising to nearly $5.00 in parts of the U.S., more companies (including banks) laying off more Americans, and relief being needed in every corner.   Listening to our President, or any of the Presidential Candidates running , it will take years for the nation to turn around.

In the meantime, while all of the economic woes are hitting this country, more and more Americans are falling through the cracks. Homeless shelters are filling and the need for aid is increasing.  Congress has HR 840, The Hearth Act before them this week before the House Finance’s Subcommittee on Housing and Community Opportunity. This measure does not bail out a sector of industry, it aids human beings more directly. Continue reading ‘165. HR 840, The Hearth Act.’


151. Homeless Veterans Memorial Day

I admit I am disappointed…

When I started this site I wrote about my daily experiences, things I investigated, places I have traveled, and have gone to lengths to research and point out about homelessness among veterans as well as what the homeless in this land experience. I feel like I have failed.My top post on this site that people read or google is on snaring rabbits. I planted snares while being on the roads of this country for survival, not to become the tell all on how to kill a rabbit. It seems I cannot get anyone interested in helping homeless veterans . The VA and other Municipalities should publish how their methods of injuring the homeless is more effective than writing about or helping the homeless.

We recently celebrated Memorial Day. According to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs; Dr. James Peake, we had buried up to 40,000 Homeless Veterans last year. The VA Secretary was parroting this information claiming they are successfully reducing homelessness among Veterans. I move to make the day after Memorial Day the Homeless Veteran’s Memorial Day.

I cannot believe the apathy this country has regarding our homeless population. Maybe Sally Struthers, George Clooney, and Sean Penn and other actors make it easier to save the children and other nationalities overseas as opposed to “On Our Streets”. Together every actor wants to help someone in a foreign land while driving their Rolls Royce or Porsche past their own suffering countryman. I guess that since this is the land of “Opportunity” unless GM, Ford, Johnson Controls or Motorola sent your job to overseas factories and almost bankrupted your city that is OK. Funny, kids are being killed for NIKE shoes on their feet, invented in America by a track coach, now made in factories by overseas workers.
Continue reading ‘151. Homeless Veterans Memorial Day’


149.“A fool with a plan can outsmart a genius with no plan.”

Homeless Man sleeping on a bench in North Seattle…Photo by Wanderingvet

Dear Friends and Wanderingvets:

I know it has been a while since I have written to you but admit to the fact that the numbers of Homeless and Homeless Veterans that I have been meeting of late have taken their toll on my spirit. Everyday it seems that while walking carrying the items donated by the “Friends of Wanderingvet” I see new faces along my traveled routes. Unfortunately as I see new faces, adding to those I see on my rounds… and it is disheartening.

“A fool with a plan can outsmart a genius with no plan.”

– T. Boone Pickens Continue reading ‘149.“A fool with a plan can outsmart a genius with no plan.”’


147.The New friend of the Friends of Wanderingvet

Dear Friends and Wanderingvets:

Tonight I had the privilege to meet “Mark”.

“Mark” is a former Vietnam Navy Corpsman. I met him coming out of my night job. Mark is currently sleeping rough in the vicinity of a Seattle suburb and I am not publicizing his photo due to local law enforcement crackdowns on homelessness in that area.

I came out out of work a little after 10 P.M.. and was preparing for my hike back to my digs. Continue reading ‘147.The New friend of the Friends of Wanderingvet’


Who’s Counting? Parts I – IV

This is the compilation of the four articles that were written on the Subject of HUD/VA methods of counting the Homeless in the United States. It has been condensed into one spot for easier searching and reading…

Continue reading ‘Who’s Counting? Parts I – IV’

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