Our politicians are fond of sanctimoniously invoking the bravery and heroism of our troops in the field.
Being pols, they hope some of the sheen from the achievements of others will rub off on them.
Some of the same people who are quick to accuse others of "abandoning our troops" when war budgets are questioned have often been oddly silent regarding expending funds to fulfill our obligations to our warriors.
Once they come home from battle wounded, damaged, and/or with a duffel bag full of promises made to them when they signed up, their usefulness to our lawmakers as props seems to diminish.
The string of revelations about our mistreatment of vets, including the Walter Reed scandal and untold other embarrassments, shame this country. Now we find that the V.A., thanks to bureaucratic overload, is unable to process payments in a timely manner to our veterans-turned-students. They are having to beg and rely on the generosity of others to extend credit to them while they await the arrival of what is rightfully theirs. More money could solve this.
The truly infuriating part of this is that the cost of a couple of F-22 Raptors we don't need would probably cover the shortfall with ease.