Far too many of our Veterans, Patriots, live homelessly or so close to complete poverty it is inexcuseable for those of us that claim to admire them to deny them or their medical problems. I see embracing them to be a plus for the Republican Party I realize that Patriot admiration runs a little more than close to me right now as my Viet Nam Veteran brother just died a few days ago in Fort Myers. Florida. I have another thread here in USMB about that and I encourage you to visit it. Your friendship there is most appreciated. But for this trhead, that's beside the point. Why do we ignore the real Patriots, claim their Patriotism as our own and then deny them when their Patriotic connected illnesses manifest themselves in the forms of illness and disabilities? Our kids are now fighting in most uncertain situations and yet they still push on. A little earlier this year, the present administration tried to cut their hazardous duty/combat pay. Thank goodness, that was quickly reversed. But it did indicate a propensity, don't you think? But even now, most of the active duty troops don't get one cent or one second of consideration for any hazardous duty/combat pay. And many of them, if not all of them, fail to recognise that they won't get any consideration when their combat related illnesses begin to manifest in one year, ten years or thirty years from now. The treatment of Veterans in this country, the United States of America, is atrocious to say the least. I think Republicans and Democrats alike are equally complicit in the maltreatment of our Patriots, our Veterans. And I also think that a sizeable number Veterans and present day Warriors are not to be fooled with wordsmithing and lies. How long will they be expected to fall for unkept promises? And promises that were never meant to be kept? And being ignored when they express their needs? They came up to the plate willingly when we called them. Will we come up to the plate when they call us? History indicates the negative, at least to me. Have the Patriots actually won?