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ColonelDan for VA Sec or asst Sec? Not Sure Duckworth is qualified, or experienced enough..luv her as State DVA

consider Pat Fitzgerald? LT Gov Quin? a serious veteran's Lawyer or Judge like Joe Moore or HR Moroz or Bob Walsh?

someone who knows how to prosecute crooked VA employees, rather than persecute veterans

NO US Senators or REP's, NO Former Generals

who to replace Sen Obama as Senator? NOT the Gov, NOT Sen Emil Jones... that would be criminal

consider: Lisa madigan, Dan Hynes, Lou Lang, Rep Jackson

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Peake, Chu, should update resumes

By Bruce Coulter

Mon Nov 10, 2008, 04:00 PM EST

Burlington Union

During the course of a 21- month presidential campaign, President-elect Barack Obama said he would derail the amount of legislation passed on behalf of Washington, D.C. lobbyists, many of whom are former government officials.Although he’s taken a step back from that posture, he hopes to limit the role and influence of special interest groups. Still, jobs, according to Politico.com, would still be available to lobbyists, but not within the sphere of their private practice.

In other words, an energy industry lobbyist would not likely be hired to work for the Department of Energy.Given that position, Obama should take a hard look at Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary James Peake, who earlier this year proposed outsourcing the administration of new Post-9/11 G.I Bill benefits.The VA has since reversed course, announcing last month it would rely upon its own workforce to set up the information technology programs needed to implement the educational benefits of the G.I. Bill.

The plan was not well received by veterans’ groups, who loudly protested against the proposal.Peake, as I’ve written before, was an executive with California-based QTC Management, Inc, a private corporation that provides compensation and pension examinations for the VA.

The chairman of QTC is former VA secretary Anthony PrincipiIf Obama is serious about limiting the influence of special interests, he should consider nominating Tammy Duckworth, a decorated and disabled veteran of the Iraq War, and now, the director of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs.Duckworth was serving as co-pilot of a Black Hawk helicopter in Iraq that was struck by a rocket-propelled grenade. As a result of the attack, she lost both legs and partial use of one arm.

Despite what could have been a major personal setback, Duckworth has moved forward with her life, making an unsuccessful bid for Congress in 2006 and still serving as a major in the Illinois National Guard, despite being offered a medical retirement.Duckworth may also be a sentimental favorite as a “hometown” pick given that she, like Obama, represents the Land of Lincoln.John Raughter, a spokesman for the American Legion, when asked for a comment regarding Duckworth’s possible nomination, said the group’s bylaws do not allow endorsements for any offices.

]“So we always focus on positions, rather than personalities,” he said.I tried contacting Duckworth at her Illinois office, but was told she was traveling, and unavailable for comment. The department’s communication manager, Jessica Woodward, e-mailed a statement Duckworth had previously provided.“I have been very focused on my current position fighting to improve benefits for the state’s Veterans and their families.

My goal is to continue to serve my country in the best way possible.”Other candidates being considered for the position is the incumbent, Peake, and Max Cleland, a former U.S. Senator from Georgia and a disabled veteran of the Vietnam War.

And while he’s taking applications …Obama should consider sending David Chu, the undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness packing. Chu, a career federal service employee, is no friend of veterans.In a 2005 interview with the Wall Street Journal, Chu said Congress had gone too far in expanding military retiree benefits."The amounts have gotten to the point where they are hurtful.

They are taking away from the nation's ability to defend itself,” said Chu.Now he’s at it again. The Department of Defense has instituted a policy, based on a memorandum written by Chu, according to Disabled American Veteran Magazine, “Limits the number of injured and disabled servicemembers who would not have to repay their military disability severance pay before they could receive disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Chu’s memo redefines what qualifies as a combat-related injury, despite the intent of Congress’s passage of the 2008 Defense Authorization act, which allows combat-related special compensation for injuries received in a combat zone or duty performed in combat-related operations.In his memo, Chu defined combat-related injuries as “a disease or injury incurred in the line of duty as a direct result of armed conflict.

”In short, by changing Congress’s policy, Chu has cheated a large group of veterans out of compensation they earned the hard way, including many who would be eligible for combat-related special compensation.By the way, the pensions earned by veterans after 20 or more years of service are likely to be dwarfed by the federal pension Chu will receive.

It’s time for him to update his resume.Finally, to my fellow Marines, wherever you’re serving, happy 233rd birthday.Bruce Coulter is the editor of the Burlington Union and a retired, disabled veteran. He may be reached at 978-371-5775, or by e-mail at bcoulter@cnc.com



YNCS Don Harribine, USN(ret)

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