Rev. Austin Miles
VA personnel steal pain killers from vets
By Rev. Austin Miles
July 9, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. (7/9/14) – The best 4th of July celebration of all was the one held on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol. And how good it was to see shared patriotism, something we need more of.

While America was watching this tribute to our country, Obama, according to news reports, spent his 4th of July at a Mosque and invited Muslims to be with him at the White House.

When it appears that things could not be worse in our country, today, the news broke that medical personnel at the Albany Stratton VA Medical Center in Albany New York, has been stealing morphine from dying veterans. Instead of the morphine flowing through the IV to relieve their suffering, the staff substituted water and saline solution so they could keep the morphine for their own use.

Also yesterday in Northern California, it was personally witnessed in a VA medical facility, that a very ill older veteran hobbled in with a walker with wheels. He had been brought to the facility and the driver would come back to pick him up within two hours. When he got to the check-in desk he was told that he did not have an appointment scheduled for that day. The patient showed him that the appointment had been given to him in writing. Nope, makes no difference saith the check-in clerk.

Then, strangely, the desk clerk stated that there had been many cancellations of appointments on this day, and that was it. How's that again? No matter what, those cancellations meant that there were plenty of openings, yet this man who had wrecked his physical being by being in the service of this country, with a written appointment, was turned away. Leaving that facility we could see the old veteran outside the door waiting and hoping his ride would come early. OUTRAGEOUS!

Then in the Army Times newspaper, picked up at that VA facility, a feature story told how the DoD (Department of Defense) was working to make compensation cuts to all these wounded veterans. The story written by Leo Shane III stated that the government plans to cut $1 billion next year which means, for veterans, a cut in pay, scaling back housing allowances,and launching new (raised) Tricare fees for non-active-duty veterans, which includes those who have returned from war. The savings, it is reported, will be used to help pay for "preferred programs." Yep-makes sense.

What is worse, the Marine Corps' Senior Enlisted Leader testified before Congress, now hear this, that troops actually might welcome reduced compensation. "They don't want an easy life," proclaimed Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Mike Barrett, who told lawmakers at that April 9th hearing that ,"They want to be tougher people."

NONSENSE! They are already the lowest paid of all occupations, many whose families exist on food stamps while they are out getting shot at and dodging land mines. But this is the Obama Administration speaking.

This is the dumbest exhibit of stupidity this writer has ever come across. Yet, this is but one example of the thorny issues involved in the Pentagon's efforts to reduce its personnel costs so Obama has more for his personal 'causes.'

While the Obama Administration is working to save money by cutting the benefits that our veterans should, without question, receive, Obama, has raked up so far, $44,351,777.42 for he and his tribe to take vacations to various luxurious locations while using Air Force One as their personal taxi at the taxpayer's expense. For The One's personal use of our money, there is no limit.

At this moment, Obama is trying to get over a billion dollars to accommodate the illegal immigrants-future Democrat voters-who are flooding across the border. He will give these people all the care including medical care they need, while our servicemen are having even their pain killers withheld from them so that personnel can use that medication for their own partying and highs.

Obama has already wrecked our military by shoe-horning in gays to openly flaunt their homosexuality. The sexual assault cases have more than doubled since Obama opened that door which creates havoc in the barracks..

When I was in service, there were a couple of gays who were "buddies." We all knew who and what they were, but they did not flaunt it nor attempt to come on to others. They were good soldiers and well liked.

What did Joan Rivers mean when she called Obama Gay and Michelle Trans on national TV? Actually that idea has been bandied about for some time. There will no doubt be more to come. It is interesting to Google the name, Michael LaVaughn Robinson who was born in Chicago along with Michelle Obama.

The world gets nuttier every day.

The ONLY way we will come out from this slush pile of evil pouring over us is to make God the center of our lives, and consider Sunday (Sabbath) Church Services a vital part of your week. There you will be strengthened in the faith that our country was founded upon and might spur us on to share our patriotism.

"if because of the sabbath, you turn your foot from doing your own pleasure on My holy day, and call the sabbath a delight, the holy day of the LORD honorable, and honor it, desisting from your own ways, from seeking your own pleasure and speaking your own word, then you will delight in the LORD, and I will make you ride on the heights of the earth; and I will feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father, for the mouth of the LORD has spoken."

Isaiah 58:13-14. New American Standard Bible.

Photo Caption: Old Veteran Salutes The Flag

Phot Credit: wwwveteransaidtobenefits.

© Rev. Austin Miles


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Rev. Austin Miles

Sadly, Rev. Austin Miles passed away on April 12, 2023, at age 89. His memorial service was held June 3, 2023. His obituary can be read here.

He has broken many major stories including the required study of Islam in the public schools, and reviews books, movies and concerts which brought him an award from University of California at Fullerton for Critical Review. He was a writer/researcher and technical consultant for the multi-award winning series "Ancient Secrets of The Bible," which debuted on CBS TV and has been in constant re-runs since.


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