You know, to speed things up a bit...
Some of you may have noticed that Alex, and the dudes from VetVoice have some pretty kick ass information posted today. Well, I got the same email, but was stuck in the photo lab all day. Here is the same info, but I wanted to do my part in getting this information out there.
Today, VA's top dude, General Shinseki, authorized a $3,000 emergency payment to Veterans using the Post-9/11 Bill, and who have still have not been paid. This says many things, including the obvious: shit is still fucked up. However, the equally obvious is that despite the public shitstorm that has been heaped upon the VA, they ARE listening. In fact, they were doing some thinking, and then some acting. So, while VA employees will be working around the clock this weekend to continue processing claims, by Thursday next week, veterans can walk into their regional VA office, and walk out with some fundage to help pay the bills, you know, as sort of a gesture in good faith.
In a way, it's kinda like BEING that Private going for his EIB. On any other day, his shit was clean, and his skills were honed. Snuffy would probably get his ass reamed by his Squad Leader for fucking up, but when that stream of recited information came back to him in the "front lean and rest" like some flatulent and inspirational nugget of hope, Squad Leader just might successfully convince the Graders to give Snuffy a chance at redemption.
There might not be second chances in close combat, but that wouldn't stop Private Snuffy from working his fucking ass off to prove to his Platoon that he doesn't want to be a Private for long.