Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Talk about fast: the new White House scored an A+.

Jon Soltz
Co-Founder of, served as a Captain in Operation Iraqi Freedom
Posted January 20, 2009 | 02:22 PM (EST)
On Veterans, President Obama Off To a Great Start

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Talk about fast. At 12 noon, the White House website flipped over from President Bush to President Obama. Of particular concern to me and all of the veterans with was what the agenda was for veterans. On that, just one second after 12 noon, the new White House scored an A+.

Just before the inauguration, polled the over 45,000 veterans and veteran families in its over 100,000 person email base for suggestions on what the new administration should tackle at the VA. Today, the White House website makes clear that the message was loud and clear.

The full memo sent to the transition on our findings can be found here. The White House page on veterans can be found here. Notice similarities? Memo - Lack of easy access should be met with more VA hospitals and clinics and/or ability to get care elsewhere.
White House Page- Expand Vet Centers Memo - Prescriptions are often too expensive for many vets to afford; and Emergency services need to be covered.

White House Page - Fully fund the VA so it has all the resources it needs to serve the veterans who need it, when they need it. Memo - Advocates are needed.

White House Page - Hire additional claims workers, and improve training and accountability so that VA benefit decisions are rated fairly and consistently. Memo - Streamline and make the disability process easier to understand.

White House Page - Fix the Benefits Bureaucracy

How refreshing to have an administration that hears veterans, listens to veterans, and plans to fight for veterans!

We'll see what happens the rest of the week with an Executive Order closing Guantanamo, banning torture practices, and setting a new course in Iraq. But, if the new White House page on veterans is any indication, we finally have a President who is listening to us.

Jon Soltz on Huffington Post

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