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Obama administration can’t pay soldier’s tuition right and they need to be in charge of health care???

September 25, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

The Obama administration shows again and again that it is completely unable to handle… well, anything correctly.

How can these people be trusted with a huge portion of the US economy when a few billion flummox them?

The Obama administration has yet to fully unsnarl the reimbursements from the Cash for Clunkers program, and have claimed that the overwhelming demand caught them by surprise.  In contrast, the latest GI Bill for veteran education, the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008, has been in effect for more than a year, with fairly predictable demand curves.  So why did the administration botch tuition payments for tens of thousands of veterans at the beginning of this semester?

The U.S. government failed to send promised college tuition checks to tens of thousands of veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars before they returned to school this fall, even after being warned that it was inadequately staffed for the job.

The Veterans Affairs Department blamed a backlog of claims filed for GI Bill education benefits that has left veterans who counted on the money for tuition and books scrambling to make ends meet. …

Out of more than 277,000 veterans who have filed for the college tuition benefits this semester, more than 200,000 claims have been processed and approved, but fewer than 11 percent of the veterans have received the funding, according to the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA).

The group says it has been contacted by thousands of veterans who have not received their benefits and that they are forced to take out loans or pay the money out of their pockets.

Just imagine what these same people can do when they take over your health benefits!

How long will it take before the media notices the pattern here?  This program has been in place for months, and now it has a whopping 89% failure rate in a program that shouldn’t have a 5% failure rate.  It doesn’t take a claims genius to process and approve tuition reimbursement requests.  They are a lot less complicated than, say, health care claims.

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  1. briana ward and shawn stuart
    September 25, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    We are a family that is suffering through a very hard time right now due to the lack of payment from the GI Bill…we were even on the local new right here in helena MT…..we have been protesting this for weeks now and its good to see that it is finally coming out…you can see news coverage about our family on beartooth NBC Helena MT….we were told to go to welfare but we did’nt qualify so we were in such a bind that we had no choice but to accept charity from local organizations to help us with diapers, formula, wipes, and food for our triplets and 2 other school aged children! This is all BS and veterans put their lives on the line for our country and they should be top priority! More to come from us next week when we request a meeting with the LT Gov. of MT and Thanks to Senator John Tester for supporting our veterans!

  2. ayfs
    September 25, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    As someone who was in the military, I know how difficult it is to have a family under the extremely low pay that you are provided.

    My heart goes out to you and I agree with you completely. The brave men and women in the military give up so much to defend our country. The are paid little and we expect so much of them.

    When I was walking through an airport about 2 years ago, I was walking behind a soldier. I watched a man put his bag down, grasp his hand and thank him for protecting and serving our country. This is the respect the military deserves.

    As a nation, our defense should be our top concern. Our defense is based on the fine people who serve. Every politician should be ashamed that something like this is going on. These fine soldiers support our nation and should expect us to support them.

    Thank you, for everything.

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