Congress hates Veterans


While at the Veterans Hospital today I read a disclaimer that the staff had put on the counter at the dental clinic. It said:

“We would like to advise you that if you do not have dental coverage the cost of an extraction as set by CONGRESS is $487”

It goes on to say “a private extraction is less than $152 and at Cook County Hospital $50”

I find this disgusting and unjust. How can members of Congress sleep at night.

Thank you to the staff for bringing this to the attention of Veterans!


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Welcome. I am happy that our paths have crossed. Here you will find various poems, articles and photography. I hope that you enjoy them and visit often. I am currently working on writing “A Haiku A Day” so that I can, perhaps, have enough good ones for publication. If you are wondering what a “Fierce Buddhist” the following declaration should clarify. The “Fierce” in FierceBuddhist I define as “an obligation to do what I can to benefit all sentient beings, not just those close to me or those I agree with. If I see something or someone that is hurting others I must step forward and do what I can to assist them.” In the Army and in the dojo I learned how to defend myself, family and country but that does not mean I endorse the use of force. Two nonviolent examples of Fierce Buddhists that come to mind are Thich Nhat Hanh and the Dalai Lama. While I do not claim be even close to them I can strive and so can you. Furthermore, my Buddhist name, given to me by Sensei Kubose, is Seiyo. His interpretation of my communication and interaction with him led him to this name. He told me Seiyo means “Fierce Sun.” The sun shines on everyone without prejudices without giving preferential treatment to anyone. This is tough to live up to, as you can imagine, but it sure sets the tone for my life. In Buddhism this is called a Fierce Bodhisattva. I am only on the path to Enlightenment and can only say to be a Fierce Buddhist.

12 responses »

  1. thank you for this post, been trying to tell americans this. do you know how many are still fighting for health care charges related to agent orange, DU, and other nerve agents, is criminal.

  2. Reblogged this on Mindful Lifestyle – Devoted to Healing & Being and commented:
    This is really sick on the heals of the debate about universal health care!
    I think that we should stop all wars and bring our troops home. We can go back to war when we can figure out how to humanely treat these wounded warriors when they come back to us … which would mean no more war!
    Thank you for sharing it with us Bill. We should be outraged and disgusted!!!!!!

    • Thank you so much for reblogging this. Hopefully more people can spread this type of information so that when it comes time to vote they/we can hold our representatives accountable. They are happy to make disabled Veterans but seem not willing to help them afterwards.

      • Exactly right! I sent this to friends, put it on facebook, etc. It breaks my heart that we treat our warriors so poorly. We give millions of dollars and adoration to everyone from Michael Jackson to Howard Stern… but our women and men who risk their lives in the military, first responders, etc we use them as long as they are useful to us and then throw them away without batting an eye!
        Peace my friend!

  3. Sadly, history informs us that veterans have generally been abandoned by their governments once their use by date has passed. Sure they sentimentalize about them on Commemorative Occasions when they want to whip up a bit of patriotism, but try asking for a set of teeth.
    Reminds of when I worked as a clerk for my country’s veterans Affairs Dept many years ago. The Dept had a niggardly attitude to dispensing dentures. But I just approved everybody whenever I could. Eventually the dept heads found out what I was doing and there was an unpleasant scene, but at least a few old “diggers” got to eat their steak.

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