Veterans Suffer While VA Head searches for Salvation

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Now, along with Bush’s unconstitutional Office of Faith Based Initiatives and his dismantling of the separation of church and state, we have this kind of crap to put up with.

SAN FRANCISCO, Sep 5 (IPS) – The head of the U.S. federal government agency that doles out benefits to disabled veterans is under fire for saying Bible study is “more important than doing [my] job.”

“We’re very concerned about this because hundreds of thousands of veterans are waiting for their benefits while Cooper himself says that promoting his religion is more important than helping the veterans,” Veterans for Common Sense’s Paul Sullivan told IPS.

Since Cooper was appointed the head of the Veterans Benefits Administration, the number of veterans waiting on their disability claims has increased dramatically, from 325,000 in 2002 to 600,000 today. On average, a U.S. war veteran must wait six months for an answer to their application. If a vet decides to appeal a denial, the process often drags on as long as three years.

The groups are also upset that Cooper gave his top aid, Ronald Aument, the deputy secretary for benefits, a 33,000-dollar cash bonus while the claims backlog grew larger.

“He’s prostituting his position,” argued Mikey Weinstein, the head of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation. “We could have done just as poorly as he’s done by sticking a German Shepard or a cactus in that job.”

Just another example of how this administration REALLY supports our troops.

“Hey, you wounded guys in the waiting room. Come back tomorrow, I have a bible class tonite.”

Update: I received the following comment to this post.

Thank you for your posting about the alleged unethical actions of President George W. Bush’s political appointee, Daniel Cooper, the Under Secretary for Benefits at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Please note that four generals were found to have violated ethics laws for using their name, rank, and picture to proselytize and raise funds for “Christian Embassy,” part of the group “Campus Crusade for Christ.” Cooper used his name, his picture, and his official government title to do the same.

The Iraq War is lost and our veterans are waiting and suffering needlessly, yet Bush poses for photo-ops with our troops and claims he won he war and he supports our troops.

Best,

Paul Sullivan
Executive Director
Veterans for Common Sense
Washington, DC 20003

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One Comment on “Veterans Suffer While VA Head searches for Salvation”


  1. Thank you for your posting about the alleged unethical actions of President George W. Bush’s political appointee, Daniel Cooper, the Under Secretary for Benefits at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

    Please note that four generals were found to have violated ethics laws for using their name, rank, and picture to proselytize and raise funds for “Christian Embassy,” part of the group “Campus Crusade for Christ.” Cooper used his name, his picture, and his official government title to do the same.

    The Iraq War is lost and our veterans are waiting and suffering needlessly, yet Bush poses for photo-ops with our troops and claims he won he war and he supports our troops.

    Best,

    Paul Sullivan
    Executive Director
    Veterans for Common Sense
    Washington, DC 20003


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