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SCHIP Veto Insults Our Troops (Again)

Here’s another example (as if we didn’t have enough already) of phony flagwaving Republicans yelling “Support Our Troops!” while stabbing them in the back.

The SCHIP bill that Bush vetoed — with help from his drones who upheld the veto — contains two provisions for helping the families of soldiers who’ve been critically wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan.  (I got this link from Christopher Radulich in his comment at this post.)

The SCHIP bill would have requir ed one year of employment discriminati on protection for family members caring for a severely injured soldier. And the permitted work leave for these family members would be extended from three months to six.

One out of five severely wounded soldiers says that a family member has been forced to stay home from work in order to take care of him/her.

Before Congress upheld Bush’s veto last week, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) was urging Congress to override the veto. IAVA Executive Director Paul Rieckhoff said: “Any member of Congress who supports the troops should vote to override the President’ s veto. If SCHIP fails, so does this protection for families of our most grievously wounded troops. These service members and their families carry the heaviest burdens of this war and they need all the help they can get.”

Our corrupt pathetic chickenhawks in Congress should just come out and say it: They hate the troops, and they hate everything their country stands for. They should leave America — Now! — with their tails tucked between their legs. Buh Bye.

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7 Responses to “SCHIP Veto Insults Our Troops (Again)”

  1. […] SCHIP Veto Insults Our Troops (Again) The SCHIP bill that Bush vetoed — with help from his drones who upheld the veto — contains two provisions for helping the families of soldiers who’ve been critically wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan.  (I got this link from Christopher Radulich in his comment at this post.)The SCHIP bill would have requir ed one year of employment discriminati on protection for family members caring for a severely injured soldier. And the permitted work leave for these family members would be extended from three months to six. […]

  2. If the Dems really believe in the provisions for vets, why not introduce them in a stand alone bill? There are families in need of this provision having to wait while the Dems play politics with this. Once again this is a political ploy to use a decoy issue to get an unrelated bill through. The SCHIP bill is about health care for children not the military. Their other choice of course is to compromise with the President and get the SCHIP through, with the ploy provisions attached if they won’t do it any other way. This is shameful of the Dems to hold up this important help to vets for political gain. It is the pathetic Democrats in congress that show how they do not support the troops. Look at the recent Pelosi gambit that pissed off Turkey. The country that most of our supplies to the troops comes through. Coming from the party that has members denouncing our troops as murderers, it comes as no surprise. They should leave the congress with their tails tucked between their legs. Buh Bye.

  3. Interesting that this story was also at the website you linked:

    “IAVA Responds to President’ s Comments on Improving Veterans’ Care
    Veterans Commend White House for Addressing the Dole-Shalala Recommendati ons

    NEW YORK – Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), the nation’s first and largest nonpartisan organization for veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, commends President Bush and the Dole-Shalala commission for taking action to improve care for veterans. IAVA Executive Director Paul Rieckhoff issued the following statement:

    “We are pleased that President Bush is now taking action to improve care for veterans. Iraq and Afghanistan veterans across the country know that healthcare for the wounded must be a top priority for our nation’s leaders. Since the Dole-Shalala commission released its recommendati ons more than two and a half months ago, IAVA and its membership have worked tirelessly to ensure that their recommendati ons did not sit on the shelf gathering dust. The continuing problems at Walter Reed have been the focus of our national TV ad campaign and our congressiona l efforts. Now, we urge Congress to work together in a bipartisan manner to ensure that our veterans’ needs are finally met. Our nation’s wounded heroes cannot afford to wait any longer for adequate health care.” ”

    Note that the Dole-Shalala commission released it’s recommendati ons more than 2 and 1/2 months ago. They are commeding the President and urging congress. It is the Dems in congress not making these recommendati ons law. They have the control and only use bills that help the Vets when they think there might be political gain. It is amazing that you guys fall for this. Call your cowardly Democrat congressman/ woman today and demand they quit with the games and get this done.

  4. You should take a look at the Wounded Warriors Project. It raises awareness for severely wounded combat U.S. combat veterans in Iraq and Afghanistan. It really puts a face on the cost of this war. Here’s a link:

    http://www.w oundedwarrio rproject.org  /aarwebshow

    Jeff

  5. Excellent link, Jeff. Thanks.

  6. The right wingnuts are coming after the WW, ya’ know.

    JMJ

  7. The best thing about the SCHIP Veto so far is that its really showing the whole country just what conservative & republican politics are all about, so far it show us that they don’t really care about, “all” the kids in the nation or even the nations vets ( Walter reid Cough!), and certainly not about , “all ” American families their idealologies are moraly bankrupt, when it come to caring for others the republican party has be come the “Me,” Party me, me, me, me, me! Hey ! Ask not, do already! and try to redeem yourselves for the shit you have caused.

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