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Trump taps Obama Under Secretary for Secretary of Veterans Affairs

vaAs a U.S.M.C. veteran, the presidential pick for the Secretary of Veteran Affairs is very important to me. Especially since I have seen the V.A. literally fall apart in front of me! Just this last summer I tried to be seen at the Poplar Bluff, MO V.A. for a ‘pinched nerve’ .  Not only was the long drive an issue but I waited an unbearable four hours, only to go to the emergency room to find out there was only one doctor!  With eight more in front of me, needless to say I left, unseen.

So one can imagine how excited I was to learn of Trumps plan to ‘overhaul’ and ‘drain’ the system with his ‘Veterans Affairs Reform‘ program.  Of his ten-point program, I was most excited about the tenth option:

“Ensure every veteran has the choice to seek care at the VA or at a private service provider of their own choice. Under a Trump Administration, no veteran will die waiting for service.”

However now we are learning of his plan to appoint, the Obama administration, current under-secretary of the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), to be the next secretary of the VA, Dr. David Shulkin.

My hope was that President-elect Trump would choose a veteran for this critical position. As the Hill notes:

“First, David Shulkin is not a veteran. Though there is no requirement that the Secretary of VA must be one, Shulkin would be the first non-veteran to serve as Secretary.

Second, as Under Secretary for Health, Shulkin has been the head of VHA since July of 2015. This essentially means that Trump, while touting that veterans will be a top priority and that VHA is so broken it should be privatized, picks the man who has been ultimately responsible for the success or failure of VHA for the last year and half to lead all of VA.”

This is very concerning as I, as a veteran, have put off the refiling of my service-connected disability waiting for a new V.A. Administration that would “put veterans first”. And now that I am older and my disability worsens, I will have no choice but to file under this administration. I am hoping that our President-elect is not like a Nancy Pelosi moment We have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in itand there is  a method to this madness.

~Tori Proffer

In Remembrance of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

I was just a child when Martin Luther King was assassinated. But I remember the loss, just as it was the same loss  I felt when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Even though I was a child it was something that stayed with me into my adulthood. The loss of a true great leader is one that effects our nation, our communities and our souls.

Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness. ” ~ MLK

He gave us great wisdom. Sadly we are at the point, in our nation today, that our politicians fail to grasp his wisdom.  When most now enter ‘public service‘ they do it to enrich their lives, rather than to enrich their communities.  I often wonder where our nation would be today if both of these men would have lived to fulfill their dreams.

“Today our nation pauses to honor a legend, an icon, and an American hero. The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. lifted up the conscience of our nation — a towering leader in his day, and a lasting inspiration for all generations to follow.

Our Declaration declares that ‘all men are created equal,’ and Dr. King challenged our nation to live out that sacred truth: to banish the evils of bigotry, segregation and oppression from the institutions of society and the hearts of men.

His legacy of freedom is the true memorial to his life: no testimonial can pay better tribute than the faces of young children living out their dreams.

But his work is not done: all around us today we see communities and schools falling behind and not sharing in the prosperity of American life. Each of us has a solemn obligation to ensure that no American is left behind — and that all Americans are fully included in the American Dream. When young Americans of color are left on the sidelines, our nation is denied a lifetime of contributions to this society — and when any of our American brothers and sisters is forced to live in fear, or poverty, or violence, it is setback for the entire nation.

We rise and fall together, and today we pledge to follow in Dr. King’s footsteps so that all Americans may know the full blessings of this God-blessed land.” ~Donald J. Trump