Veterans Articles

Donny Come Lately

Why did Trump give so little to veterans before he ran for president?
2:25 PM, Jan 29, 2016
The WEEKLY STANDARD Podcast with senior writer John McCormack on Donald Trump's event last night in Iowa, and Trump's record with the veteran community. Read more

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero

Dec 21, 2015

On December 2, George T. "Joe" Sakato died at the age of 94. Enlisting in the Army after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Sakato was assigned to the segregated 442nd Regimental Combat Team, a fighting force consisting of second-generation Japanese Americans that saw heavy action in Europe. The 442nd became the most highly decorated unit in the war thanks to soldiers like Joe Sakato.

In 1944, deep in the Vosges Mountains of France, Sakato and his platoon were tasked with finding the 1st Battalion/141st Infantry, what became known as the Lost Battalion. In the midst of a German counterattack, Sakato remembers a fellow soldier making the mistake of standing up and getting shot. He died in Sakato's arms.

At which point Sakato got

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On Veterans Day

2:01 PM, Nov 11, 2015

President Eisenhower’s Commission on Veterans’ Pensions–the Bradley Commission—voiced concern in 1956 that if exclusive emphasis was placed on granting generous post-service benefits to prospective soldiers, then military service would become a mere negotiated economic relationship between the citizen and the state.

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VA: Not Getting Better

10:39 AM, Oct 21, 2015

CNN, which has been on the story of malfeasance and incompetence a

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Trump Asks CNN to Donate Debate Ad Profits to Veterans

9:50 AM, Sep 09, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has written a letter to CNN president Jeff Zucker asking the news network donate the ad profits for next week's GOP presidential debate to veterans. Trump posted a photo of the letter to his Twitter account. See the tweet below:

A letter to @CNN President Jeff Zucker-

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Father of Killed Iraq Vet: Say No to Iran Deal

2:21 PM, Aug 14, 2015

A new ad from Veterans Against the Deal features the father of U.S. Army specialist Clay Farr, who was killed by an Iranian bomb in Iraq in 2006. In the 60-second spot, Patrick Farr describes the day he learned of his son's death and expresses his opposition to a deal that will reward the regime that killed him.

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Iraq Vet: Tell Your Senator to Vote Down Iran Deal

2:30 PM, Aug 10, 2015

A new ad from the group Veterans Against the Deal features retired Army staff sergeant Robert Bartlett, who in 2005 was badly injured while serving in Iraq. The supplier of the bomb that "cut me in half, from the left corner of my temple to through my jaw" was the regime in Iran. In the ad, Bartlett urges Americans to tell their senators to vote against the proposed nuclear deal with Iran.

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Trump Announces 'Veterans for Trump'

4:55 PM, Jul 23, 2015

The Donald Trump has announced the formation of "Veterans for Trump" in New Hampshire.

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Drop and #GiveThem20!

A great way to thank our veterans.
9:31 AM, Jun 03, 2015

Many Americans have a friend or family member who has served in the military. Now, American Corporate Partners (ACP), a non-profit that helps returning veterans transition into new post-service careers, is promoting a unique way to honor them. It’s called #GiveThem20. Give them 20 push-ups or sit-ups, that is, to thank them for their service. Then, once you’ve caught your breath, spread the word on social media and nominate two of your friends to do the same.

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Phoenix NBC Station: 'Obama Snubs Veterans'

8:05 AM, Jan 09, 2015

President Barack Obama's brief trip to Phoenix Thursday included an off-schedule trip to a housing development and a policy speech at a local high school. But, as NBC affiliate KPNX noted in its report, the president's motorcade drove past the campus of the Phoenix Veterans Affairs hospital, which became "ground zero" for a nationwide scandal after reports that at least 35 veterans died while waiting to receive care.

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Obama Motorcade Drives Past Scandal-Ridden Phoenix VA Hospital

12:44 PM, Jan 08, 2015

President Obama is in Phoenix Thursday, and his motorcade drove past that city's Veterans Affairs hospital without stopping. Politico's White House correspondent reports:

So the Obama motorcade just drove by the Carl Hayden VA medical center in Phoenix, at the heart of last year's scandal, without stopping

— Edward-Isaac Dovere (@IsaacDovere) January 8, 2015

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Anti-Military Anthem Played at 'Concert for Valor'

Unfortunate song.
8:21 PM, Nov 11, 2014

Who would have thought that that Bruce Springsteen, Dave Grohl, and Zac Brown, accomplished musicians all, would be so, well, tone-deaf? But how else to explain their choice of song—Creedence Clearwater's famously anti-war anthem “Fortunate Son”—at the ostensibly pro-military “Concert for Valor” this evening on the National Mall?

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Veterans Day

12:43 PM, Nov 11, 2014

A tribute on Veterans Day from the Washington Free Beacon:

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New York Times Launches Credulous Attack on Attempt to Honor Vietnam Vets

1:17 PM, Oct 10, 2014

The New York Times has a news article today that's ostensibly about concerns the Pentagon is engaged in historical revisionism in a recent attempt to honor Vietnam veterans. Any legitimate concerns, however, are outweighed by the fact the article gives a prominent megaphone to radical liberal activists whose opinions on how Vietnam vets should be honored are dubious at best. Here's how the article begins: 

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Helping Veterans Through Their Smartphones

3:44 PM, Aug 13, 2014

Former House speaker Newt Gingrich recently spoke at the American Enterprise Institute about a new way to think about caring for America's veterans. Gingrich argues the federal bureaucracy that has failed in the case of the Department of Veterans Affairs hospital scandal can be replaced with technology-driven reforms.

You can watch the full speech below:

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VA: No Flies On Us

2:25 PM, Jun 20, 2014

The people who run the VA are doing great work and they know this because they have been telling themselves so:

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Don’t Tell Congress

1:47 PM, Jun 11, 2014
Jake Tapper has a report of VA officials telling members of Congress to buzz off, more or less, when they came looking for information about the sort of thing that has been in the news lately – lost patients, long waits for this who are not lost, and a clever bookkeeping system for covering it up.  Read more

Trust Us, We’re From the Union

3:09 PM, Jun 03, 2014

The problems at the VA cannot be laid at the feet of the unions that represent its workers.  A leader of one of those unions says so.  This astonishing news is reported by Charles S.

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Remember the VA

2:44 PM, Jun 03, 2014
General Shinseki may be gone but his leaving has not salvaged the reputation of the VA.  Read more

Shinseki Out

10:31 AM, May 30, 2014

The Washington Post reports:

President Obama said Friday he accepted the resignation of embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki.

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Civil Servants at Work

12:08 PM, May 29, 2014

One of the more intriguing aspects of the VA health care scandal is the way the paperwork was creatively done to make it appear that the system was operating as it was meant to.

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Wounded Warriors, Upset About VA, Take Memorial Day Ride

Visit VP Biden.
12:10 PM, May 27, 2014

The expletives were flying during a ceremony for wounded warriors at the vice president's residence on Memorial Day.

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Obama: Care for Veterans Part of 'Sacred Trust to All Who’ve Served'

5:46 PM, May 24, 2014

In his weekly address, President Obama referred to care for veterans as part of a "sacred trust to all who've served." He said our nation has to do "much more … to make sure all our veterans get the care they deserve."

The comments come amid criticism of the President Obama's Department of Veterans Affairs has been treating veterans. And the comments come just days before Memorial Day.

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With Scandal Comes Opportunity

1:33 PM, May 23, 2014

The VA story is still unfolding and the consensus seems to be that it will be with us for a while. Which makes the eagerness of some not-in-office political hacks to wade in all the more unseemly.

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California Veteran Can't Get Care Under Obamacare

Told to cancel his plan.
8:14 AM, May 22, 2014

It's not just veterans at VA hospitals who are having trouble finding care. One young Marine veteran in California can't find a doctor who will accept his Anthem Blue Cross insurance plan he purchased through Covered California, the state's Obamacare exchange. KPIX-TV reports:

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'VA Whistleblower Says He’s Been Demoted, Bullied'

1:23 PM, May 20, 2014

CBS affiliate KMOX reports:

Dr. Jose Mathews says he’s paying the price for being a whistle-blower at the VA hospital in St. Louis.

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One Change Is Not Enough for Veterans

11:06 AM, May 15, 2014

I did not get to know Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki when we served together in the Obama administration, but in our limited interactions I liked him. He struck me as polite, smart, earnest and hard-working. Over time he resisted the ego-tripping that many agency heads find irresistible in Washington.

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It’s All Their Fault

7:23 AM, May 15, 2014

Speaking at a fundraiser (naturally), the president said what many have been saying. Namely that “Washington doesn’t work.” And, as Justin Sink of the Hill reports, he blamed the dysfunction on:

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Reforming the Department of Veterans Affairs

12:15 PM, Apr 28, 2014

Senior writer Stephen F. Hayes led a discussion last Wednesday with North Carolina senator Richard Burr and Concerned Veterans for America on the need for Congress to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs. Watch the entire event below:

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