Want to honor the veterans? Call your representatives in the U.S. Congress and tell them to increase funding for the Department for Veterans Affairs.
As much as we appreciate groups like the Wounded Warrior Project and everything they do for veterans, it is a moral outrage that our government can send 4 million men and women into war — just since 9/11/01 — but can’t take care of them after.
Veterans shouldn’t have to wait 5-1/2 hours in a waiting room to receive care, they shouldn’t have to wait 18 months to have their claims addressed. A Primary Care Physician shouldn’t have to see 20-plus patients a day. If it was just 20 that would be a great improvement.
There shouldn’t be 22 veterans committing suicide every day.
Semper Fi on Veterans Day.
Tim Forkes started as a writer on a small alternative newspaper in Milwaukee called the Crazy Shepherd. Writing about entertainment, he had the opportunity to speak with many people in show business, from the very famous to the people struggling to find an audience. In 1992 Tim moved to San Diego, CA and pursued other interests, but remained a freelance writer. Upon arrival in Southern California he was struck by how the elected government officials and business were so intertwined, far more so than he had witnessed in Wisconsin. His interest in entertainment began to wane and the business of politics took its place. He had always been interested in politics, his mother had been a Democratic Party official in Milwaukee, WI, so he sat down to dinner with many of Wisconsin’s greatest political names of the 20th Century: William Proxmire and Clem Zablocki chief among them. As a Marine Corps veteran, Tim has a great interest in veteran affairs, primarily as they relate to the men and women serving and their families. As far as Tim is concerned, the military-industrial complex has enough support. How the men and women who serve are treated is reprehensible, while in the military and especially once they become veterans. Tim would like to help change that.