Veterans Say no to Dismantling the VA

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One legally blind WWII veteran fought off assailants attempting to vandalize his American flag after destroying his “God Bless All Police” sign.

Howard Banks, a proud Texas veteran at 92 years old, reportedly heard noises outside his home and went to investigate after a string of vandalism previously resulted in the destruction of his American flag and Marine Corps colors.

Legally blind, Banks says he could not fully make out what the vandals were doing, but he quickly realized they could see him. Moments after he went outside, the vandals knocked him down.

“I turned and looked in the other direction, and about then – ‘wham!’ They knocked me down.”

Bank, a WWII veteran of the Pacific front survived Iwo Jima, is not deterred by the injuries, defending the flag is “the one thing I can cling to. Yet at my capacity, there’s not much I can do. But I can honor our flag.”


There seems to be an increase in this happening. A sad day in our country when we disgrace humanity by terrorizing these heroes.


Veterans: Fix – Don’t dismantle –  VA System

A survey of 11,000 veterans shows that an overwhelming majority want to see the VA repaired, but not junked,  or switch to private care.

92% wanted the deficiencies corrected.

5% wanted the VA dismantled.

2%were not able to categorize.

1% wanted Universal Health care.


This same group were asked if they noticed any improvement at their local VA.

41% said yes they noticed improvements.

38% said improvements still needed.

17 % said no improvements needed.

4% N/A


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