Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1972

 

This landmark legislation was created in 1972 by 92nd Congress but President Richard Nixon should get full credit for championing and signing this act into law.

 

You can download a complete copy of this law in PDF format from the U. S. Government Printing Office by clicking HERE.

 

Vietnam Era Veterans need to know their right under the law and are encouraged to download, read and use this document.

Letter to Zachary Goldfarb of the Washington Post

by Steve Carr

 

Dear Zachary,

 

1. I read your article “Obama announces aid for wounded vets,” in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Page A2, Sunday, 11 August 2013 edition.

 

2. In the article you quote President Obama as saying, “We’ve got to end this epidemic of suicide among our veterans and troops.” This rings hollow to me.

 

3. You don’t need any more research grants or money to study the veteran suicide problem. This is not rocket science. At the 30,000 foot level, there are two major contributors to veteran suicide.

 

a. Lack of a job which sustains a decent standard of living for a family. This is not going to change anytime soon because this administration holds enforcement of Executive Order (EO) 11246 http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/codification/executive-order/11246.html (race, color, religion, sex, or national origin) and its successor EOs to be sacrosanct and of paramount importance. It is a cornerstone of the Democratic Party since Lyndon Baines Johnson signed it on 24 September 1965. This administration encourages EO 11246 to trump veterans’ employment rights and privileges codified under Federal law in Titles 5 and 38 of United States Code (USC). You would not think that an EO would trump USC, but there you have it. As a consequence all veteran’s employment rights and privileges in Titles 5 and 38 of USC are essentially null and void, constituting little more than a charade for the U. S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM).

 

b. A proclivity for overmedication and reckless over prescription of psychotropic drugs by the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs. We went from an average of 18 veteran suicides / day in 2007 to 22 veteran suicides / day in 2013. This according to recent articles citing a U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs report http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/02/01/16811249-22-veterans-commit-suicide-each-day-va-report?lite. The VA is not and perhaps has never been adequately prepared to deal with veteran suicides. It does do an excellent job dispensing psychotropic prescriptions, for which the U. S. taxpayers pay billions of dollars / year. A good shipmate, mentor, and friend of mine who lies in Arlington National Cemetery, Master Chief John H. Phillips, Jr., USN (Retired), often told me, “If the only tool you have is a hammer, then every problem becomes a nail.” The VA has abused psychotropic drugs in exactly such a manner. It is a well known fact that a major side effect of psychotropic drugs is suicidal thoughts. Every mental health issue the VA encounters is a “nail” and therefore psychotropic drugs is their “hammer” for what ails the depressed veteran.

 

4. Is it any wonder therefore, that the veteran suicide rate has increased from 18 suicides / day to 22 suicides / day? The VA performs intake on the veteran, and as a standard knee jerk reaction prescribes him / her psychotropic drugs, because they can’t give the veteran a job, and / or they don’t have enough counselors, mental health clinicians, or other resources to deal with the veteran on a sober basis. Result: Even more suicides! With help like this, you don’t need enemies. There is a macabre cost accounting benefit to this practice. Once the veteran is dead, he / she is no longer a financial liability to the VA.

 

5. The whole system is broken. The EO 11246 Mafia is determined to protect their turf, no matter how many dead veterans’ bodies they step on or step over. The VA keeps handing out pills to unemployed veterans. Is it any wonder we have 22 veteran suicides / day? Attached please find a somewhat dated presentation which I delivered in an attempt to illuminate the veteran unemployment problem. It needs updating.

 

6. In conclusion, I would like to cite an observation by my esteemed colleague LCDR Larry Holman, MSC, USN (Retired). Larry is past President of Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA), Pennsylvania State Council. Upon reviewing my presentation, Larry pointed out to me the inextricable cause and effect relationship between veteran unemployment and as its consequence veteran homelessness, veteran suicides, veteran incarceration, veteran substance abuse, veteran family violence, and veteran divorce. Give a veteran a job and you go a long way toward reducing their homeless, suicide, incarceration, substance abuse, family violence, and divorce rates. Please reply confirming receipt. Thank you for listening.

 

Very Respectfully,

Stephen M. Carr

CDR, SC, USN (Ret.)

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