Last Update: Thursday, December 05, 2013
|Veterans Celebrate Court Victory Over the VA|
|Written by Robert L. Rosebrock|
|Thursday, 05 September 2013 08:02|
Members and supporters of the Old Veterans Guard (OVG) recently gathered for their 285th consecutive Sunday Rally of the Veterans Revolution, which was established on March 9, 2008 to "Save Our Veterans Home" and to "Bring Our Homeless Veterans HOME."
It was a momentous day to celebrate the recent Federal Court ruling against the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for engaging in illegal real estate dealings.
This was done at the painful expense of disabled and homeless Veterans for whom this land was exclusively deeded in 1888. As a result of this misappropriation of Federal property, Los Angeles has become our nation's capital for homeless Veterans. On June 8, 2011, the ACLU filed a lawsuit against VA Secretary Eric K. Shinseki and Donna Beiter, executive director of the Los Angeles VA, for misusing Veterans land and abusing disabled homeless Veterans.
On Aug 29, Federal Judge S. James Otero issued a Summary Judgment against the VA for entering into so-called sharing agreements for non-Veteran use. His order was brief and explicit: "These agreements are unauthorized by law, and therefore void."
The U.S. Attorneys defending the VA attempted to justify the VA's leasing of this property as a means for the Government to raise revenue for Veteran healthcare services.
The notion that the VA should lease these sacred grounds to help fund medical services for our disabled Veterans is as preposterous as leasing the front lawn of the White House to help pay Secret Service police to protect our Commander-in-Chief, or to lease the grounds and facilities on our military bases to help finance our Troops to defend America's freedom.
In plain language, what the VA has been doing in consortium with powerful politicians and affluent neighboring homeowners is land fraud. More specifically, this is the biggest land fraud scam in American history.
Even worse, this involves gross negligence and Human Rights violations against disabled and homeless Veterans, the very men and women who have sacrificed their own safety for our nation's safety.
In sum, there needs to be uncompromised FBI, Congressional and Federal Grand Jury investigations into this unprecedented misappropriation of federal property including crimes against humanity, and the perpetrators must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."
For now, the OVG has written Congressman Henry Waxman, who is the elected public servant to oversee this VA property, and requested that he demand the Obama Administration's VA and Department of Justice to immediately denounce any notion or plans to Appeal Judge Otero's Summary Judgment against the VA, and formally withdraw any and all possible Appeal options. Currently, President Obama is trying to convince Congress to vote for a U.S. Military strike against Syria.
Why is our U.S. Government trying to wage war with another country for illegal use of weapons and abusing its citizenry when this same U.S. Government is fighting a lawsuit over the illegal use of Veterans land and abusing our disabled and homeless Veterans? And guess who will have to ultimately bear the burden for the President's and Congress's willingness to wage war again?
Why would our Commanderin- Chief and Congress spend so much time and money defending other countries and their citizens when our own U.S Government abuses the very men and women who wage war at their behest?
It's time to take care of our own "first," and let other countries fight their own battles. We've suffered enormous American casualties on behalf of other countries and now our own Government shamefully neglects these brave men and women when they come back physically, mentally and emotionally disabled. It's time for the VA to immediately fix the disgraceful backlog of hundreds of thousands of disability claims before the President and Congress send one more American Troop into harm's way.
It's also time for the VA to stop leasing land at the Sepulveda VA for a dollar a year for 75 years to "non-profit developers" to build apartments. Instead, the VA needs to modernize and maintain these grounds and facilities for full medical services, just as it was intended more than a half century ago.
On the other hand, permanent supportive housing for disabled Veterans needs to be maintained at the Los Angeles VA, as stipulated in an 1887 Act of Congress and the legal Deed of 1888.
Correspondingly, the Los Angeles VA needs to immediately establish an emergency Humanitarian Relief Project with provisional shelter and care for the tens of thousands of homeless Veterans in Los Angeles.
The OVG will continue its vigilant stand on behalf of disabled and homeless Veterans until full justice is delivered and new and modern housing facilities are built at the Los Angeles VA.
At Sunday's Rally, it was also a day to celebrate the patriotic life of Newt Young, an 84-year old Korean War Marine Combat Veteran and loyal member of the OVG.
Newt stood guard every Sunday for four years until his recent passing. His wife Evelyn, daughter, son-in-law and grandson attended the ceremony as fellow Veterans shared fond memories of this true American Patriot. The OVG is very proud to announce our newest and oldest member, Aldo Dipre, a 94-year old World War II Veteran who lives in North Hills.
Aldo was an inspiration to all as he was super active on the "front line," displaying messages of Victory to passing motorists at one of the busiest intersections in West Los Angeles. God Bless America and the Veterans Revolution!
Robert L. Rosebrock, who served in the U.S. Army form 1965-67, is the director of the Old Veterans Guard, and director of Veterans Revolution.
|Last Updated on Thursday, 05 September 2013 08:06|