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    Action, Mr. President - NOT Another Study


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     k3vsDad told me, 'Having served in the U.S. Air Force, the grandson of a WWII veteran, nephew of a retired Navy veteran and step-son of Vietnam War Army veteran, the current lack of care shown by the VA and the lives lost as bureaucrats shuffle papers affects me personally. Though I am not eligible for care through the VA, my grandfather, uncle and step-father all were and did before each them passed on. Fortunately, my near relatives did not run into the roadblocks to care that appears to have resulted in veterans across the nation losing their lives waiting for America to fulfill its promise to adequately tend and mend those who were injured in the defense of our nation. Action is needed and not another study of what the problem is which is a known quantity.'
    - hhanks, CNN iReport producer

    After  weeks of silence, President Barack Obama finally spoke today about the  horrid, unacceptable scandal plaguing the Veterans Affairs medical care  system.

    This  veteran, like many others I have spoken with or heard speak out on the  news channels, was not satisfied with what the President had to say.

    The  President set the table and invited us all to have a seat. We were  expecting meat and potatoes, but received a few croutons and alfalfa  sprouts instead. We left the table hungry and a pit in our stomachs.

    What  has become all to common with the President and his Administration,  when action is called for, this President must "reassess" the situation  and call for an "investigation" or a committee to study what needs to be  done.

    Also  commonplace, it seems, with the President is "learning" of problems and  issues only when the media brings the situation to light.

    Earlier  this week, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told CNN's Jim Acosta  that the President only became aware of the fake waiting lists and  veterans dying waiting for medical care when the network broke the story  in the past few weeks.

    Never mind that CNN has been airing the scandal since November.

    Never  mind that the President, then junior Senator from Illinois seeking the  White House, in 2007 acknowledged the shortcomings with the VA in a  speech and promised to make veterans' health care a top priority if  elected to the presidency.

    Never mind a 2010 study called for an immediate stop to "cooking the books" and playing fast and loose with waiting lists.

    Never  mind an order from the Assistant Secretary of the VA ordering a "cease  and desist" order following that study to personnel throughout the  medical system to end the sham practice uncovered.

    This is not a time to study or reassess, Mr. President. This is a time for action.

    If ever there was justification of an executive order, now is the time.

    Fire  those who have been irresponsible in fulfilling the commitment to our  veterans. Bring in new blood who will follow orders and will ensure our  veterans' medical needs are addressed in a timely manner.

    Now is not the time to be giving a pass to anyone.

    I  and other veterans honor the decorated military service of VA Secretary  Eric Shinseki. We appreciate and feel for Shinseki laying it on the  line during the Viet Nam War and returning as a wounded veteran.

    However,  being a decorated, wounded veteran is not an excuse for turning a blind  eye to the apparent problems within the department which you are  assigned to administer and oversee.

    Our veterans deserve better than another study.

    Our veterans derserve and demand the medical care they need in a timely manner.

    Our veterans deserve and demand action now - NOT some time down the road after reassessing the situation.

    From  the Cornfield, Mr. President, this is six years into your term in  office. You knew in 2007 of problems with the VA and vowed to raise the  standard of treatment and care for our veterans.

    Why do you need another study?

    Why not issue an executive order to fix the problem now?

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