After watching the President’s address and the Republican response on July 25, 2011 I am relieved. You may ask why a Veteran fighting cancer would feel relief from the confusion and parasitism going on in Washington as the government threatens to reduce Veteran benefits and entitlements such as Social Security and Medicare which so many Americans require to exist from day to day. All I can say on that subject is that a fairy told me not to worry about my battle with cancer because I would live until Congress and the President pulled their heads out of their behinds.

All America should feel disgusted with the performance, or lack of performance, of our elected officials. Throughout all the debate on programs that should be cut back to balance the budget I have yet to hear the President or any member of Congress offer to take a pay cut or cuts to their Golden healthcare benefits. My greatest fear is that all Veterans will suffer because of the lack of action and/or compassion we are receiving from Washington. They call upon the members of the armed forces to cover the butts in their time of need but stand ignorant and selfish when it comes to covering the backs of the Veterans who served to protect and defend their right to act as idiots.

I thank all our Veterans, the doctors, nurses and staff of all VA medical facilities and God bless America.

Lawrence Fox is a U.S. Army Veteran and cancer patient.

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Published on Jul. 29, 2011

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  1. John Cameron August 28, 2011 at 9:27 am

    i think it’s important to keep a positive attitude when dealing with all our problems…especially as it pertains to combat vets and each case is handled on its’ merits within the VA as with any government organization i’m sure…every combat vet should have had this opportunity with “social media” to debrief through medical channels (wish Nam vets had it)and to become 00/10 or whatever needed and continue to march and make a difference in the world according to their best traits blah blah blah… worked for 30+ yrs and the VA was always there for me…at first wouldn’t go “see them” overcame some issues and went on….then..well, “had to go talk to someone”. combat Marine retired rurally with large family in Nova Scotia

  2. Charles T. Cauthen August 5, 2011 at 5:31 am

    Lawrence, the whole system is disgusting. It’s hard to comprehend WHY we veterans are being mistreated and abused! There is no logical reason I can think of except greed. It’s difficult for a VA employee to see the truth and facts in front of them, when their salary and 20-30K bonuses require that they are oblivious to reality. I am one of the less than 1/3 still alive Vietnam combat vets exposed to Agent Orange. I’m terminal with 3 diseases I aquired in Vietnam.The symptons are painful, almost as painful as the treatment I’ve received from the VA in the last 2 years.
    I’m glad to hear you’re getting treatment, hang in there brother.


  3. dwight d. mcdonald July 30, 2011 at 1:28 am

    iam a cold war vet,i never seen combat.i was station in germany. my wife is a gulf war vet.i was station with the 11th ACR.she was with 24th infantry,she was with a tansportation company.she drove a 18-wheeler in gulf war.i think her and her friend paula was the first woman in combat during the gulf wwar.i don”t know wife truck broke down,she was left in the she has ptsd.she got ptsd in the desert.i feel sorry for the new vets this gov;is in bad debt crisis.i love my jesus,in trust the lord,we are in the last days.i pray for all the vets that has serv this usa.i lost a uncle in WWII,he buried in frankfort,ky.i love america,thank you all vets,that i can go worship in my little church at palpariso,fl,assemby of god.thanks to all the vets,that serv in this great country.god bless the usa and us vets.

  4. Ryan July 29, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    The only way the VA, military, Social Security, medicare, medicaid or any of our essential government functions cease to receive funding is if the executive branch chooses to pull the funding. Even if we don’t have an increase in the debt ceiling the administration has the ability to prioritize payments and keep the important programs funded. The one with the most “compassion” is the one who doesn’t use military pay as political leverage to advance his ideaology.

  5. Margee' July 29, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    I totally agree, Veterans are forgotten and yet they risked their lives for our country.
    I think all Presidents should have to have served our country in the military before becoming President.

    W/O Nam Vet with Brain cancer

  6. harry beckman July 29, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    I just want to say thank you, i agreewith you wholehardly. well said

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