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I want to take a moment this Memorial Day to thank you all for tuning in and passing on the work we are doing here. Like nowhere else on the web, we expose fraud, waste, and abuse by VA leadership and employees, and your commitment here to spread the word is making an impact.

Today, I want to honor Amie Muller (left in photo), my daughter Caidyn’s mom (Caidyn middle, husband Brian Muller right).

Amie died last year at 36 years old from complications of burn pit related pancreatic cancer. Her loss has had a profound impact on my daughter, and Amie is sorely missed by family and friends. She was survived by her husband, their two children, and our daughter from our previous marriage, Caidyn.

RELATED: Minnesota Air Guard Member Newest Burn Pit Victim

This Memorial Day, I think we need to make a renewed focus on the soldiers and veterans we are losing at alarming rates after they leave the battlefield. Our military leadership could do so much more in avoiding obvious harms to soldiers that result in incredible hardship after military service.

All too often, veterans are forgotten when the illness, injury or death occurs many years after service from exposure to carcinogens or other hazards. And, all too often, our Department of Veterans Affairs pushes us away from the benefits we earned.

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  1. Being that today is “Memorial Day”. I thought y’all might want to see this, from “The Daily Caller”!

    “WATCH: A Memorial Day Message From The Men Who Guard The Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier”

    JUSTIN CARUSO
    Senior Media Reporter
    9:33 PM 05/27/2018

    “The Daily Caller recently had an opportunity to talk with the sentinels who guard the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.”

    “Many people think that the ultimate sacrifice is giving up your life. But these soldiers gave up not only their lives but their identities,” Staff Sergeant Shane Vincent said.”

    “When you see a World War II veteran struggling to get out of his wheelchair so that he can stand during taps and salute during taps, that really hits home and lets you know exactly what this place really is about.”

    “The sentinels featured in the video also recited the Sentinel’s Creed:”

    “My dedication to this sacred duty
    is total and whole-hearted.
    In the responsibility bestowed on me
    never will I falter.
    And with dignity and perseverance
    my standard will remain perfection.
    Through the years of diligence and praise
    and the discomfort of the elements,
    I will walk my tour in humble reverence
    to the best of my ability.
    It is he who commands the respect I protect,
    his bravery that made us so proud.
    Surrounded by well meaning crowds by day,
    alone in the thoughtful peace of night,
    this soldier will in honored glory rest
    under my eternal vigilance.”
    – Simon 1971
    “On Memorial Day, we celebrate the men and women who have died serving in the United States military. God bless our heroes.”

    Thank GOD for the men and women who serve, and have served, proudly in our Republic’s Military! They ALL deserve a place of honor!

    • Unknown Soldier. Great reminder. Moving. Amen. I think too many have forgotten or do not care what Memorial Day is all about besides three days off and stinking profiteering race. All the censoring anti-American trash out there needs to have that tattooed on their foreheads along with the bugle call poem. And Constitution. lol

      Had to spend hours up and down doing another post elsewhere, I am done for a while.

      Have a good one folks. Or try to.

  2. Thanks for all the articles, and thanks to all of you who comment. I gain something from every visit.

    I heard a trumpet sounding
    so I hurried to its call
    without regard to consequence
    whose price both great and small

    I stood in sheer amazement
    when the trumpets sound grew near
    a formation just ahead of me
    its number was unclear

    A great number there had gathered
    to the trumpets call
    on that hallowed ground
    I heard a long roll call

    Would I be counted worthy
    my sacrifice was small
    for many had paid so greatly
    and sacrificed their all

    Alas my name was spoken
    and it all became so clear
    those who paid the highest price
    had blown so I could hear.

    For all who answered the call.

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    Due to extreme anger, I canceled my intended comment.

    God Bless the men and women, that never came home.

  4. Even though we’re Grateful for those that gave the ultimate sacrifice, it should be a GOLDEN principle that we ALWAYS stand up for Veterans, especially the ones that are ROYALLY being screwed by the VA. Many such Vets visit this site all the time. How can a Nation proudly project Grateful and Thankful spirit, when the VA is disgracefully under-serving not a few, but many Veterans, especially those that are disabled?

    • I know this is a burn pit article/thread, but felt compelled to share an experience I had. I was eating in the Seattle VA cafeteria after an appointment. I ended up eating next to another vet who appeared to have had a tracheostomy. I’ve seen patients who’ve had a device they could press on to allow for vibrations needed to speak, but I was unsure if he that’s what he had attached around his neck/stoma (hole in the throat).

      Regardless, I soon found out he could not speak. I had a notepad with me so we began communicating by writing to each other. What I shortly thereafter was that he was not service-connected for the condition yet he claimed it was service related. I was/am appalled knowing his suffering–both physically & emotionally–must be gut-wrentching; especially, knowing your PCP and other providers see you and your condition every time you have an appointment and NOBODY’s advocating for him. He seemed like the humblest guy with a tremendous amount of sadness for the ways he’s been neglected.

      One day, may he be assigned to a dr/practitioner who will begin to offer him some justice!

      • There is no fairness or justness at a VA, and VA patient advocates are worthless. If he’s lucky and lives long enough he may find a Dr/practitioner that doesn’t have some form of ADD, depression, burnout, ore just don’t know what their doing. A lot of good Dr’s in the world and guess what, most don’t work for the gov because their to ambitious, or really do take the hippocratic oath seriously, or seriously enough that working for the VA and their flunky management is out of the question. Anyway hope you can help this vet (if you c him again), and don’t eat anything or even go in a VA cafeteria, and that goes for their gym or pool or whatever or you risk getting ringworm or some other dirty s**t. And yes someone really did s**t in the pool once a day at the Lebanon VAMC, vets were accounted for must have been staff or a perverted fat ass psychiatrist which Lebanon VA is known to have, just to c how people would react. It really did happen, they would keep a net handy to fish the feces out.
        And the black mold in the showers and bathrooms was particularly bad.

  5. Damn Burn Pits….they gave me COPD and I am going to die sooner rather than later cause there is no cure for it. I am not the only one. There are others I talked with that got it and they will die early as well. Sucks that the Colonel I spoke with in Afghanistan took my comments about the burn pit and ignored them and told me to go back to work. My Army Reserve Unit was the Army Environmental Policy Institute and I knew what environmental problems we were going to face once I found out what they were burning. Colonel Fred Abt could have talked to the CG about it and gotten it taken care of in 2003, so all those Soldiers who got sick from the burn pits, he is the one to blame. If I get my back disability and disability retirement I think I am going to sue him in civil court…he was a rat bastard and to blame for this mess…he could have done something but didn’t and now we all suffer for it. He needs to be held accountable and I hope that he has diseases like we do and he is in misery….

    • Lamb,
      I’ve got a suspicion your Col. wasn’t the only officer telling his troops to “…go back to work…”, (in Afghanistan or anywhere else, for that matter!)!
      There’s been lots of horror stories, concerning “burn pits”, coming out from duty stations around the world.
      The problem lies in the government’s illogical, and some would say, illegal way they DON’T want to admit it!
      As more and more veterans die, the VA will, more likely than not, continue to disregard the medical research opposing them! Until our government agencies are FORCED into providing medical care, which includes compensation, NOTHING will change!

      #fuckva
      #fuckafge
      #shutthevadown

  6. This is so very sad. On this solemn day of remembrance for those who paid the ultimate sacrifice I have to wonder why the VA has to fly the American flag in front of all its facilities. I just don’t get that!

    • Yeah, half the time their in violation of the flag code, I do love too c the big garrison flags flying, you know the ones that arn’t made in china. And yeah it is sad, the VA’s hypocrisy has no boundaries. A reminder, flag day June 14th, the U.S. Army’s birthday.

  7. My deepest condolences to you Ben, your family and friends, and a most humble thank you for all you do for veterans.

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