This is how the VA calculates monthly payments for wounded soldiers, per the Washington Post.
Now let’s see bar graphs about how long each of those soldiers have to wait for treatment.
President Obama on Wednesday expressed outrage about allegations of misconduct at veterans’ hospitals and said that people in the Department of Veterans Affairs — including Eric Shinseki, its secretary — could be punished if investigations revealed wrongdoing.
Speaking to reporters at the White House after meeting in the Oval Office with Mr. Shinseki, the president said he would take swift action if it was proved that employees of the department manipulated data to hide long wait times for appointments at the hospitals.
“I will not stand for it,” Mr. Obama said. “Not as commander in chief, but also not as an American. None of us should.” He added that if “these allegations prove true,” he would consider the actions “dishonorable.”
“Once we know the facts, I assure you, if there was misconduct, people will be punished,” he said.
The statement from Mr. Obama was the first time he has spoken publicly about the growing furor over the veterans’ hospitals since he answered a question on the topic during his trip to Asia this month. White House officials are hoping to tamp down political attacks on the subject by demonstrating that the president takes the situation seriously and is prepared to act.”
The New York Times, "Obama Vows a Forceful Response to Veteran Care Issues."
Actions speak louder than words, Mr. President. A sea change is needed at the VA and it’s needed now.
Morning News Read 15 October 2013.
- EARTHQUAKE: A 7.2 magnitude temblor strikes the central Philippines, killing at least 93; quake was centered on Bohol island, causing major damage in region, including Cebu City, a business, population and tourist center. (Inquirer)
- SHUTDOWN: Republican and Democratc senators close to a deal, but whether or not Speaker John Boehner will stop dicking around and call a vote in the House is still unknown; GOP-led shutdown is now in Day 15 and they’re paying the price in the most recent poll. (CBS News)
- The shutdown reaches from the wasteland that is Washington, D.C. to the no man’s land that is Antarctica, where scientific research is threatened. (NY Times)
- SHENANIGANS: House Republicans “changed the rules” hours before the shutdown began to prevent a vote that ultimately would have prevented the shutdown in the first place. Stay classy, GOP. (USA Today)
- A veterans group decries the likes of Sarah Palin and Ted Cruz for “hijack(ing) the narrative” at their recent DC protest over war memorial closings. Man, the Tea Party can’t catch a break. (CNN)
- HARVEST: The NSA is building up contact lists from personal emails and chats. Guess the “G” in Gchat really stands for “Guess who’s all up in yo business.” (WashPo)
- BURIED: A freak snowstorm in the Midwest almost two weeks ago ended with the deaths of 100,000 head of cattle, suffocated or frozen by more than four feet of snow. (CBS News)
- AN AL QAEDA IN NEW YORK: Terrorist Abu Anas al-Libi, who was seized by US soldiers in a daring daytime raid in Tripoli, is now in New York to face charges that he was behind two American Embassy bombings in Kenya 15 years ago. (NY Daily News)
- LAX: Police find four “dry ice” bombs at Los Angeles International Airport: no injuries, and “no nexus to terrorism” according to authorities. (LA Times)
- Former Obama chief spokesman tells CNN that the launch of the Obamacare website was “badly bungled” and says “I hope they fire some people in charge of making sure this thing was supposed to work.” We have to agree. (CNN)
- A North Carolina county official goes against the grain, will accept marriage applications from same-sex couples — despite a state ban. (Time)
- CIAO, CHOW: Now eating less pasta: Italians. (Wall St. Journal)
- And finally… DOES THIS MAKE MY ASS LOOK BIG? Researchers have compared how average American men look like against average men everywhere else. Hint: most of us guys really need to go to the gym and start eating healthy (Guilty! —ed.) … and also stop telling women how they should look. (HuffPo)
(Illustration of what average men look like in terms of body mass index, height and waist size in the Netherlands, the U.S., Japan and France — I guess the only countries in the world that matter? — by Nikolay Lamm via The Huffington Post)
A visitor looks at the Armed Forces Memorial during Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day commemorations at the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, Staffordshire, England. (Photo: Darren Staples / Reuters via The Telegraph)
A veteran paid his respects at the National Memorial Arboretum on Remembrance Day in Lichfield, England, Thursday. (Photo: Christopher Furlong / Getty Images via the Wall St. Journal)