I've been looking for supporting links to see if my memory was correct (read on) .. I'm replying to this: (( if that's true, shame on the gwb administration. Our troops deserve respect and whatever care we can afford them. )) ... First, I totally agree with you. So when our troops were in Iraq without proper armoured vehicles and IUDs were causing US fatalities, and this was known, and yet not handled, it really pissed me off. Similarly, it really pissed me off when US infrastructure contractors who built barracks for our military men and women did shoddy jobs in electrical wiring and water purification which lead to electrocution and dissintery. The contractor was Halliburton and they got their contract thru a no-bids process. One last prelim item: I don't think Obama and his Admin do enough at all. These suicide rates are skyrocketing under his watch. He's as guilty as any politician.
Re my saying I recalled GWB cutting Veterans Benefits the same day US forces attacked Iraq, I am probably 95% wrong. I would say 100% but there were numerous related stories whose links were no longer existent in reputable and mainstream news media, and I didn't want to post some biased venue.
The closest I could actually find a reliable active link for is October 17, 2003:
"Sick, wounded U.S. troops held in squalor" FORT STEWART, Ga., Oct. 17 (UPI) -- Hundreds of sick and wounded U.S. soldiers including many who served in the Iraq war are languishing in hot cement barracks here while they wait -- sometimes for months -- to see doctors.
Read more: http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2003/10/17/Sick-wounded-US-troops-held-in-squalor/UPI-14181066419340/#ixzz1xGlpe1Ie
I found this via a thinktank & tracking organization called "Center for American Progress" which states it is "an independent nonpartisan educational institute dedicated to improving the lives of Americans through progressive ideas and action". While that is true, it is for sure left of center in its policy beliefs. ... If you can set that aside to just observe the data they collected which showed numerous occasions of GWB stating how strongly he supported our troops ( sure, in active service) while at same time cutting medical benefits and and housing for US combat veterans just in year 2003 alone!http://www.americanprogress.org/kf/bushtroops.htm
** But the links to Bush's official statements are all broken now because they were Whitehouse Briefing records, and for whatever reason the links haven't survived. For example here:http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2003/01/20030117-8.html
(That's terrible too. All of this stuff is supposed to be a matter of public record for every President)
THIS ACTION is what I remembered, about cuts in Military housing for the spouses of those who'd just deployed overseas -- unbelievable!
-but the date is June 30, 2003 -
not in March. (see first item listed) http://www.topix.com/forum/city/livingston-tn/T664FMIHTVDON40S5
TheHill.com does Washington DC news, but this link is broken:
"Vets' health low on Bush's priority list"http://www.hillnews.com/news/091703/evans.aspx
September 17, 2003
(but a reprint of that story can be found here)http://groups.yahoo.com/group/VeteranIssues/message/2416
Lastly, this is the earliest "record" I could find, back to:
Sunday, December 22, 2002 by the Boston Globe:
"Frustrated Veterans Accuse Bush of Breaking Promise"
but the Boston Globe's link is broken, which is the case with almost every news site going back 8 to 10 years. This is a reprint, so you may not think it is credible:http://www.commondreams.org/headlines02/1222-01.htm
CNN- 2005: more cutshttp://articles.cnn.com/2005-03-19/politics/dems.radio_1_budget-cuts-war-veterans-veteran-services?_s=PM:ALLPOLITICS
A list without links to the stories cited:http://www.cafemom.com/journals/read/1359925/What_George_Bush_has_done_for_soldiers_and_veterans