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All candidates say they would help veterans. Who actually has a plan?

GOP 2016 TrumpWASHINGTON – Promising to take care of military veterans is an easy win for presidential candidates.

All of them agree on the need to overhaul the scandal-riddled U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and end delays in accessing the health care that veterans were promised. This is especially a key issue in the South Carolina primary, where veterans make up 11 percent of the adult population.

White House hopefuls have stressed the issue in debates and town halls. But a closer look at their public platforms shows a vast discrepancy in the level of detail in their plans, ranging from footnoted documents of seven-step plans to bullet points to a single flashcard.

391,660 Veteran population in South Carolina, according to the most recent U.S. census data

Which of the candidates have detailed plans that would address the kinds of problems faced by the Williams Jennings Bryan Dorn Medical Center in Columbia, South Carolina: long wait times for appointments, concerns about benefits and difficulty in promptly reaching VA representatives? The hospital was one of the most dire examples of the systemic issues facing the VA when 2014 investigations exposed that a number of veterans were dying after long waits and delayed care.

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One Response to "All candidates say they would help veterans. Who actually has a plan?"

  1. wjabbe  February 17, 2016 at 4:31 am

    Who would help this former Marine:?
    “Decorated Marine vet attacked, robbed at Washington DC McDonald’s, police say”
    Washington DC McDonald’s, police say
    Published February 17, 2016 Quote from the article:

    “A decorated former Marine was attacked and robbed by at least four people at a Washington D.C. McDonald’s last week, according to local police.
    Christopher Marquez, 30, an Iraq War vet, told the Washington Post he was eating in a back corner of the restaurant when a group of teens and young men approached his table.
    “They saw me and crowded around … and they started asking me if I believed black lives matter,” Marquez told the paper. “I was ignoring them, then they started calling me racist.”
    At that point, Marquez said he left the McDonald’s, but was knocked unconscious by a blow to his head. When he came to, he pants were ripped and his wallet, which contained $400 in cash, three credit cards and VA medical card among other items, was missing.
    Marquez served in the Marine Corps from 2003 to 2011. He was awarded the Bronze Star with combat distinguishing device for valor during the battle for Fallujah, Irag in November 2004. Marquez is one of two Marines depicted carrying then-1st Sgt. Bradley Kasal out of the so-called “Hell House” in a famous photograph.”

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