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VA Secretary McDonald needs to be replaced – NOW!

Chuck Yarling

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2015 was a bad year for U.S. Veterans Administration (VA) Secretary Robert McDonald.

First of all, there was extremely disturbing news that indicated the VA was totally out of control. Later, it was reported that McDonald is receiving the wrath of veterans across the country.

With the allegation that 57,000 veterans were waiting more than 90 days for appointments at VA medical centers across the country and an another 64,000 veterans had “requested medical care but never made it onto VA waiting lists.”

There was hope that after he was appointed, McDonald would start firing those accused of this travesty foisted on veterans nationwide. This was thought to be the case when in an interview with NBC on a February 15, 2015, McDonald claimed he fired 900 employees.

So, how many administrators were removed from their position or demoted?

However, James Hutton, a spokesman for the VA provided a breakdown for Politifact, an independent fact-checking journalism website: 487 of that number were “probationary” terminations. Because of the one-year probationary period for new employees, it is easy to release them if it is determined that they were not working out.

McDonald also claimed, “We’ve got 60 people that we fired who have manipulated wait times.” However, Politifact’s investigation revealed in a simple result: “Sixty people weren’t fired as a result of the scandal; the secretary’s statement is incorrect.”

So, bottom line? He Straight Up Lied About Wait Time Firings.

Then, in July, there was the news that an official at the VA medical center at Augusta, GA, was indicted on 50 counts of falsifying veterans records. This was followed by a report entitled,

Then Congress got involved with the VA Accountability Act of 2015. The House version of the bill, H.R. 1994, was passed on July 29, 2015 with a 256 – 170 vote, mostly along party lines, despite a White House veto threat. The Senate version of the bill, S.1082, is currently awaiting further action.

The bill is so important that it is “supported by nearly every major veterans’ organization, including the American Legion and VFW.”

However, McDonald opposed this bill saying, “You can’t motivate good people to do a good job by punishing them for things that others have done,” he said. He went on to say, “Look, (if) it works at the VA, let’s spread it throughout the entire federal government so people are not ensconced.”

Prior to becoming VA Secretary, McDonald’s resume showed he was a successful President and CEO of Procter & Gamble, therefore a political appointee by President Obama. But since his appointment, there has been absolutely no news about VA employees responsible for the wait-time scandal being placed on probation, demoted, removed from their position nor been fired.

All else being the same, it appears that if the VA Accountability Act becomes law, McDonald will continue to not bother in using its capabilities and do the right thing, period!

That’s why McDonald needs to be fired immediately and replaced by someone more mindful to the needs of veterans: a veteran himself or herself!

Perhaps a woman would certainly be a welcome change to the continued scandals and injuries to our veterans.

One final note: Jonah Goldberg’s recent editorial was entitled, It’s Time to Get Rid of the VA.

Maybe that’s a better idea!

Chuck Yarling has had many titles in his career thus far: veteran, engineer, math teacher, consultant, technical writer, book author and publisher, and triathlete. He was a member the Military Order of the Purple Heart and Bugles Across America, which plays Taps at military funerals and special events. Spec. 5 Chuck Yarling served with the 26th Combat Engineering Battalion in Vietnam as an awards clerk. His service with the U.S. Army resulted in being awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Army Commendation Medal. You may reach Chuck at [email protected]

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Budweiser’s New NFL Ad Leaves Every Military Fam In America In Complete SHOCK With What It Shows

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As one of the NFL’s biggest sponsors, Budweiser let it be known this week that they aren’t backing down to many Americans’ demands that they pull their support from the sport that allows protests to continue. Now, they have come out with a new commercial that is leaving every Military family in the country in complete shock.

The beer company offered a public statement that didn’t condone the National Anthem kneelers but also didn’t discredit them. They spoke of support for our military members who have and are defending our freedom but left a lot to be desired in making a real statement through assertive action.

Yahoo Finance compiled the responses of sponsors to the protest, most of which carried the disappointing theme that they considered the actions of players to be freedom of speech. The official report from Anheuser-Busch reads:

“On Monday night, a spokesperson for Anheuser-Busch InBev sent Yahoo Finance this statement, which appears to fall into the play-it-safe, neutral category along with Under Armour and Ford:

“At Anheuser-Busch, we have a long heritage of supporting the institutions and values that have made America so strong.  That includes our armed forces and the national anthem as well as diversity, equality, and freedom of speech.  We proudly employ over 1,100 military veterans and we work every day to create an inclusive environment for all of our employees. Because only together can we achieve our dream of bringing people together for a better world.”

While their politically correct statement seems to be playing it really safe on the issue, their commercial sends a very clear message that not everyone is going to appreciate. Perhaps Anheuser-Busch realized the fine line they were walking with who their customers are. True Americans who bleed red, white, and blue and are boycotting the NFL are the ones who drink their beer, not those who support these anti-patriotic protests.

The company’s recent commercial represents this, bringing the attention back to where it belongs — on the sacrifice of those who fight to defend our flag that entitled sports stars are kneeling before.

When you reach into the cooler this weekend and pop open a cold one while spending time with those you love, Budweiser hopes you think of them and drink one of their beers while not watching football. With that plan in mind, they created a special commercial to commemorate our nation’s independence and many Americans were floored at what they saw.

It’s been a year of beer debacles a major brewing company like Heineken going down the misguided path behind liberal coffee giant Starbucks in mixing politics with their products. Budweiser also decided to mix the two but in a much different way that left their customer base in awe and ensured that they are the staple beverage for beer drinkers at cookouts across the country.

Right Wing News reports:

If this doesn’t make you bleed red, white, and blue for the rest of the year, I don’t  know what will. I mean, what’s more American than beer, Marines, Star Wars and helping veterans?

Star Wars star Adam Driver (better known as Kylo Ren) is a Marine veteran who has achieved his dream of becoming an actor. Now, he wants to give back, with the help of Budweiser’s “Folds Of Honor” program.

Budweiser created a docu-movie of sort in their moving ad that really tugs at the heartstrings of every country-loving patriot in the country. Driver is seen traveling across the country to meet up the real daughter of an actual wounded Army vet, John Williams, who had been severely injured during a training exercise. The hero’s daughter, Hayley Grace Williams, is currently studying to become a nurse and had written into the “Folds of Honor” program in hopes of getting a scholarship to help facilitate her dreams.

“Because of his injury, Williams was not able to go overseas and was medically discharged,” Right Wing News explains. “His daughter has been forced to work 40 hours a week to pay for her final year of school, which is going to cost $44,000. In her letter, Hayley explains that the weight she carries is so great that she may not be able to finish her final year of schooling.”

While Heineken preaches to red-blooded Americans about “open borders” on their bottles, Budweiser took the patriotic approach rather than using divisive political rhetoric to sell beer. The sales should speak for themselves in that Heineken lost a huge portion of their customer base and Budweiser reinstated they’re truly the “king of beers.”

Here is what the Heineken bottle reads:

Here’s To An Open World

To a world without borders or barriers. To the belief that there is more that unites us than divides us. To find common ground to raise a bottle with the person next to you. Because a stranger is just a friend that you haven’t had a cold Heineken with yet.

Open Your World.

While Heineken thinks that what unites people is open borders, Budweiser understands that true red, white, and blue patriotism is what America really needs right now. That means doing more for those who fought and sacrificed for this country, than those who cross the border illegally. There are homeless, hurting veterans that need our attention and help before refugees and illegal immigrants. If liberals really cared about coming together and unifying people, their concern would be for those who defended their right to complain about “open borders.”

While we don’t get paid to promote any beer brand at Freedom Daily, you can bet that we’ll be buying a brew with real American values and not one with an agenda to push, like Heineken. We hope that everyone has a happy and safe Independence Day, drinks responsibly, and supports a brand that backs America and our heroes who fought for this country.

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Obama Suffers Complete Meltdown Over What Veterans Just Gave Trump On Live TV

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For the past 8 years, Obama made it no secret how much he hated our military. He hollowed out our military capabilities to pre-world war II capabilities, while making it virtually impossible for our soldiers to protect themselves on the battlefield with the outrageous changes he made to our military’s Rules of Engagement (ROE), resulting in the deaths of dozens of our warriors. To add insult to injury, Obama constantly treated our service members like crap, refusing to do simple things like return salutes to Marines assigned to his detail, where he reduced our Marines to his personal umbrella-holding servant boys. Obama also would go back on his campaign promise to “fix the VA,” where hundreds of our veterans would go on to die waiting for medical treatment from their war injuries.

With Trump in office, things have taken a drastic and wonderful turn for the better. President Trump’s love and appreciation for our military is constantly on full display with the genuinely nice way he treats any service member he comes into contact with. Whether it’s chasing down a Marine’s hat that’s blown off, taking time from his busy schedule to visit our wounded warriors, going to a fallen soldier’s funeral, or firing 800 corrupt VA officials who worked during the Obama Administration, Trump’s sincere care and compassion for Americans truly knows no bounds.

So not surprisingly, when President Trump had the opportunity to honor our veterans over Veteran’s Day, despite his busy 11-day Asia tour, he would drop everything to honor our Vietnam veterans with an incredible ceremony and a heartfelt speech. Trump took the stage to honor all of America’s veterans, where he was flanked by 7 elderly Vietnam Veterans. But one of the veterans did something completely unexpected after Trump’s remarks, that will probably have Hussein Obama completely furious.  

Standing with Vietnam veterans behind him, Trump said:

“Our veterans are a national treasure, and I thank them all for their service, sacrifice, and patriotism.”

“To each of you with me today, you are the heroes who fulfill your duty to our nation. And each of you, under the most difficult conditions, did what you had to do, and you did it well.”

Unlike Obama who made every event on planet earth about him, President Trump then turned the microphone over to the seven Vietnam heroes behind them, giving them the opportunity to say whatever was on their minds. The third veteran to speak, who was wearing a Navy SEAL veteran hat, could only get a few words out before choking up and turning to Trump saying:

“Mr. President, from my heart, thank you for your support of the military, and it’s an honor to be here as one of seven Vietnam veterans representing the 58,000 heroes that never made it home. Thank you so much,” the veteran said.

Immediately overcome with his appreciation and emotion for a Commander-in-Chief who genuinely cares, unlike our previous president, the veteran then hugged Trump and began weeping. The touching moment begins around 3:55:

Watch:

Correct me if I’m wrong, but I’ve never seen any World War II or Vietnam Veteran ever hug Obama for anything he did for them. Obama had no issue stabbing our elderly veterans in the back, as we all remember the heartbreaking images of wheelchair-bound elderly veterans being turned away from visiting their World War II memorial after Obama decided to shut it down back in 2013 as part of his political ploy to make Republicans pay. Even the Park Police thought it was incredibly horrible what Obama did, and refused to follow Obama’s orders and not let the veterans into the memorial.

Here’s a recap of the disgusting way Obama treated our WWII veterans, via Stars and Stripes:

Wheelchair-bound elderly veterans pushed aside barricades to tour the World War II Memorial Tuesday morning, in defiance of the government shutdown which closed all of the memorials in the nation’s capital.

The four bus loads of veterans — visiting from Mississippi as part of a once-in-a-lifetime Honor Flight tour — ignored National Park Police instructions not to enter the site as lawmakers and tourists cheered them on.

“We didn’t come this far not to get in,” one veteran proclaimed.

The scene was both emotional and comical at once. After it was clear they had lost control of the situation, Park Police officials stood aside, telling press that they had “asked for guidance on how to respond” to the breach of security.

 As 80-something veterans slowly walked around the massive war memorial, Park Police stood quietly to the side, advising other tourists that the site was technically still closed. But they made no moves to stop the wishes of the war heroes.

The memorial was closed because of the government shutdown that started 11 hours earlier, after lawmakers failed to pass a temporary budget plan to keep nonessential federal programs operating. Republicans and Democrats have been stalled in budget fight for weeks, mostly over legislative add-ons dealing with the new healthcare law.

It’s wonderful to see our veterans finally being treated well by a Commander-in-Chief who doesn’t exist for the sake of furthering the Islamic agenda. You know Obama’s got to be pretty mad right now after seeing how much our veterans LOVE President Trump!

H/T [The Blaze]

 

 

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Amazing! Yes, A Woman Has Received The U.S. Medal Of Honor

The more you know…

Chuck Yarling

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Meet Dr. Mary Edwards Walker, a woman with many titles: surgeon, abolitionist, suffragist, prohibitionist, prisoner of war, and the only woman to have received the U.S. Medal of Honor.

Born on November 26, 1832, Mary Walker was raised in a home where “thinking outside of the box” wasn’t commonplace: free thinking, questioning regulations and restrictions on women. Needless to say, this was certainly revolutionary for the times. For example, she kept her name after her marriage to fellow student, Albert Miller.

She was highly interested in medicine and pored over her father’s medical texts on anatomy and physiology as well as other medical litereature. She graduated with honors from Syracuse Medical College in New York at the age of 23 in 1855.

She was in private practice until the Civil War broke out in 1861. She wanted to join the army as a surgeon but wasn’t allowed to because she was a woman. Because of her credentials, she didn’t want to be a nurse, either. So she volunteered as an unpaid surgeon for a number of military hospitals and battlefields for the Union Army. She was the first female surgeon to do so.

On April 10, 1864, Walker was captured by Confederate troops, and arrested as a spy, just after she finished helping a Confederate doctor perform an amputation. However, she was exchanged for a Confederate surgeon just four months later.

After the war, she was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Andrew Johnson even though she was a civilian. But the medal was rescinded in 1917. As with her nature, she wore the medal until she died two years later.

In 1977, President Jimmy Carter restored her medal posthumously because she had gone into enemy territory to care for the suffering vicitms, when no man had the courage to do so, for they feared being captured and imprisoned.

The Citation for Medal of Honor:

Whereas it appears from official reports that Dr. Mary E. Walker, a graduate of medicine, “has rendered valuable service to the Government, and her efforts have been earnest and untiring in a variety of ways,” and that she was assigned to duty and served as an assistant surgeon in charge of female prisoners at Louisville, Ky., upon the recommendation of Major-Generals Sherman and Thomas, and faithfully served as contract surgeon in the service of the United States, and has devoted herself with much patriotic zeal to the sick and wounded soldiers, both in the field and hospitals, to the detriment of her own health, and has also endured hardships as a prisoner of war four months in a Southern prison while acting as contract surgeon; and Whereas by reason of her not being a commissioned officer in the military service, a brevet or honorary rank cannot, under existing laws, be conferred upon her; and Whereas in the opinion of the President an honorable recognition of her services and sufferings should be made.

It is ordered, That a testimonial thereof shall be hereby made and given to the said Dr. Mary E. Walker, and that the usual medal of honor for meritorious services be given her.”

So thank you, Dr. Mary Edwards Walker, for representing all women in this list of 3,497 Medal of Honor recipients!

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