Don’t Mess with Texas or Our Veterans

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In our “Hold Them Accountable” survey, veterans in Texas participated in greater numbers than all of the other states.  Out of sheer curiosity, we decided to see how Texas veterans differed in their opinions on issues when compared to the national group of current and former military personnel and their families.

In Texas, the opinions held were more conservative than the national group. Texans leaned much more towards a hands-on foreign policy with an increased 10.06% supporting interventionism and 12.65% less supporting isolationism compared to the national average. When asked to cut 20% of spending from an array of programs, Texas survey participants stated their top programs for cuts are (in descending order): Education, Corporate Subsidies, Arts spending, Pentagon spending, Welfare/Food Stamps, Medicare/Medicaid, Unemployment Benefits, Social Security and Veterans Affairs.

The overall survey participants overwhelming decried the loss of benefits from tax cuts; Texans were less enthusiastic with an additional 5.04% supporting tax cuts if they would result in decreased benefits; they were also 7.3% less likely to increase taxes for Veterans Benefits. (click to download the Texas Veterans Report)

Now, when DisabledVeterans.org represents the views of Texas veterans to elected officials, we can give a more fair and accurate portrayal of their opinions.

Initially, we decided to release the “Hold Them Accountable” results on Veteran’s Day to call attention to the views of veterans on the important issues of taxes, spending, and national foreign policy.  However, we realize that work is not yet done.

To be able represent opinions of individual states accurately to your representatives in Congress and the White House, we are re-opening the survey to all of you who didn’t have a chance to participate.  We are also going to have every elected official and challenger for national office fill out the Veteran’s Pledge explaining their stances on the issues that concern you the most.  Only then, as a group, can we then truly hold them all accountable to their word and vote accordingly.

I hope you will join us in our fight for your benefits and rights, by taking the survey if you haven’t done so yet.

As elected officials fill out the Veteran’s Pledge, we will report back to you on their responses.  We feel 2012 is a crucial election year for veterans and want to make sure you have access to fair and impartial information on the candidates’ stances on the issues that matter to us most.

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4 Comments

  1. Veterans are playid for fools and so much disrespect especilaly so many older vets who are suering from PTSD but are screened to be deniad such claims its not abaut wat this goverment owes us its much more wen one is been deniad becaus the claim is 99 % of veterans not geting the mental care we diserve I wish I would have never regesterid wit the va and also its so shame full to disclose sertin information while one was on active duty on a military post in the military but wat one is telling the va simple doesnot matter becaus you are told that its not military related and you do not meet the criteria at this time but we wander why so many veterans commit suiside or snap at a moment notice becaus of so much pain becaus some panel is so fucking concerned that you will get to file a claim.

  2. shirl, pursuing a VA claim is very hard work, both in and out of the military. Further, you have an interesting style of presenting this most serious issue.
    An older veteran who had completed his claim, simply told me that no matter
    what happens, stay with it. I, having completed a major portion (ongoing) of my claim; would add one remark to his counsel.
    I discovered along the way, through the Veterans Center in my area, that the VA does render compensation from the time of your application date. Investigate the regulations on retroactive compensation.
    Lastly, the pressure of pursuing ones claim, the filling out of papers, the
    frequency of exams and appointments, and finally the seemily endless
    wait; hopefully will lead to a satisfactory conclusion. Looking forward to
    your retroactive compensation, will slightly ease the pain of VA delay. And no matter how bad it gets, try not to let the process itself, just continue to beat you up so badly. Stay with it.

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