March Air Reserve Base, California
Vol. 74, No. 32
## Home of the largest wing in the Air Force Reserve Command Friday, August 14, 2009
Home of the largest wing in the Air Force Reserve Command Friday, July #, 2009
Health care reform won’t impact Tricare, VA
WINS SPIRIT OF By Donna Miles be affected by our efforts at think it’s very important to get While a new, national pro-
HOPE AWARD American Forces Press broader health-care reform,” the message out: If you are in gram will not force anyone to
Ms. Laura Froehlich was se- Service President Obama told military the VA system and are happy change health-care systems,
lected last month for the 2008 reporters at the White House with your care, great. We have President Obama said it could
Spirit of Hope Award. The WASHINGTON—In ongo- on Aug. 4. no intention of changing your
See HEALTH, Page 10
award, presented by the Wie- ing discussions about health- President Obama said he eligibility.”
gand Foundation, is given to care reform, President Barack also made that point clear af-
individuals or organizations Obama offered assurance to ter meeting with the American
who embody Mr. Bob Hope’s those receiving medical care Legion’s national commander, ‘March in Review’. . . . . . . p. 4
commitment and service to the through Tricare or the Depart- Dave Rehbein, and executive Combat Camera photographs
men and women of our military. ment of Veterans Affairs: Your director, Peter Gaytan. Rodeo 2009. . . . . . . . . . . . p. 7
Ms. Froehlich was nominated benefits are safe. “I want to make sure that
Candid Comments: health care
by the Commanding Officer of Eligibility for health care message gets out to our vet- reform. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . p. 12
the Navy Operational Support under VA or Tricare “will not erans,” the president said. “I
Center Moreno Valley for her
enthusiastic patriotism, service
and compassion in supporting SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA GUARD TROOPS RETURN HOME VIA MARCH
service members as they tran-
sit through March ARB for
OIF and OEF deployments, as
well as her support to families
through a local food bank, and
her tireless service to the local
community. The award will
be presented on Oct. 27, 2009
during a ceremony at the Pen-
STARTS FAMILY BLOG
The American Forces Press
Service has launched a military
“Family Matters” blog dedicat-
ed to helping military families
deal with situations unique to
the military lifestyle. The blog
features tips and timely re-
sponses to questions and com-
ments. Read “Family Matters”
Out of 3,200 nominees, the U.S. Air Force Photo/ Megan Just
Santa Ana Police Department
was selected for one of 15 Sec-
retary of Defense Employer
O NE LAST DUTY: Soldiers from the California National
Guard’s 1st Battalion, 185th Armored Regiment unload
rucksacks from the chartered aircraft that transported their
via two flights on August 6 and the third flight on August 11.
During their deployment, the Soldiers conducted more than
2,000 combat logistics patrols and provided more than 1.7
Freedom Awards. The award unit to March ARB Tuesday, August 11. The Soldiers were million miles of convoy security in Iraq. The Battalion came
recognizes outstanding support part of the second wave of more than 800 Soldiers from the in contact with small arms fire and improvised explosive de-
of employees who serve in the California National Guard returning from a yearlong deploy- vices (IEDs) on several occasions, but did not sustain any
Reserve or National Guard. ment in Iraq. Over 300 of the Soldiers were from the Los life-threatening injuries. The Soldiers were augmenting the
Angeles, San Bernardino, and San Diego areas and returned 81st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, based in Seattle.
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The ‘happy’ medium between OPSEC and
social networking: Can it be achieved?
By Maj. Gen. Henry C. “Hank” Morrow
1st Air Force commander
Guess where this photo
PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICER can recall sitting in my of- as naysayers when it comes to But with any job, a layer of was taken and you could win a
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Base, Texas, when I first re- MySpace and YouTube. Ad- able to rapidly react to a situa- at the Back Street Cafe. The
EDITOR alized that e-mail was going to vocates for the sites feel they tion that presents itself. Just be- coupon is good for an entree,
Megan Just revolutionize our way of doing provide a forum where ideas, cause that same security forces a side salad, and a beverage.
business. I remember thinking opinions and imagery can be Airman has been trained to use
PUBLIC AFFAIRS STAFF to myself, ‘Wow, I just got an freely shared with a worldwide a weapon, doesn’t mean that’s
Capt. Ashley Norris e-mail from a two-star general audience. Antagonists feel that all he needs. He must use his in-
Master Sgt. Mike Blair congratulating me on my pro- posting too much information stincts in situations that involve
Valerie Palacios motion to lieutenant colonel.’ can compromise operational human behavior -- he must ap-
In the olden days, I would security, or worse cost troops ply his common sense.
Staff Sgt. Megan Crusher have received a third-genera- their lives, simply from a 140- The same rules apply when
tion memo on Xeroxed letter- character “tweet.” it comes to blogging and so-
head with a few signatures or So, is there a happy medium cial networking. Airmen must
scribbled initials that came in between the two? From a com- use their common sense when
a wrinkled ‘holey-joe’ through mander’s perspective, I believe posting information that is ac-
base distribution. the answer is yes, provided us- cessible to not only family and
The Beacon is published by Aero- I also know we all chuckled ers stick to three basic rules of friends, but also to the enemy. “Where’s This” features a
tech News and Review, 456 East Ave. when we first heard the term, engagement: The bad guys are out there photo taken somewhere on
K-4, Suite 8, Lancaster, Ca., 93535. “paperless Air Force.” Did any- watching us, too, reading all March ARB. If you can guess
one really believe we could be COMMON SENSE the information you post to where it was taken, simply
connected with the U.S. Air Force. For totally paperless? Simple enough, right? Well, your personal site, and what’s contact the 452nd AMW Public
advertising, contact Aerotech at (877) And yet here we are, in a sometimes the simple things posted to your buddy’s site, and Affairs Office with your answer.
247-9288. hyperinstantaneous state of in- are what get people into signifi- to the Air Force chief of staff’s The winner and answer will be
The Beacon is published under ex- formation overload; all being cant trouble. site, and so on. They put all the announced in the next issue.
clusive written contract with the 452nd done electronically without a We entrust crew chiefs to bits of information together like When more than one person
- single piece of paper exchang- maintain multimillion dollar a puzzle. It’s known as “data guesses correctly, a winner
terprise Air Force newspaper is an au- ing hands. Chuckle if you will, aircraft. We issue security forc- mining,” and our enemies are will be drawn at random. If you
but I believe that social net- es personnel weapons and am- constantly monitoring what we see your nane published in a
working sites are going to be munition to protect our instal- post to the Web. subsequent Beacon, contact
the next Air Force revolution, lation. We empower medical the Public Affairs to schedule a
necessarily the views of, or endorsed and for that battle, we all need technicians to draw our blood JUDICIAL PRUDENCE time to pick up your coupon for
to be adequately armed. or administer vaccinations. This is area that gets people a free lunch. Good luck!
I’ve had many discussions These Airmen are extensively into the most trouble when us-
The appearance of advertising in with various supporters as well trained to perform these tasks. See NETWORKNG, Page 5 E-MAIL:
this newspaper, including inserts or firstname.lastname@example.org
LETTERS I would like to commend Tech. PHONE:
Sgt. Johnson-Rodriguez for 951-655-4138
Air Force or Aerotech News and Re- Letters of appreciation from employers who visited her professionalism, empathy,
view, Inc. Everything advertised in this March ARB last month on the Nebraska Employer Support and fortitude while acting as
of the Guard and Reserve Bosslift. liaison between the Navy- LAST WEEK’S WINNER
purchase, use or patronage without Marine Corps Relief Society
regard to race, color, religion, sex, na- I just wanted to send you Thank you so much for and a Navy widow. Through JESSICA ADAMS,
- a brief note to thank you for helping make the Nebraska several weeks of interviews, NAF BILLETTING
your courtesy during the recent ESGR Bosslift so memorable. phone calls and e-mails, OFFICE
Nebraska ESGR Bosslift to I appreciate all your help in Tech. Sgt. Johnson-Rodriguez
user or patron. March Air Reserve Base. I getting us to the many sites at remained ever gracious. I
Editorial content is edited, prepared appreciated your help in taking March Air Reserve Base and am confident that she brings
and provided by the staff of the 452nd care of a couple of requests keeping us on schedule! the same compassion and
(camera, souvenirs).The trip Our visit to March was understanding to all her
at March Air Reserve Base, Calif. All was very educational and incredible! clients, and does so with a
photographs in the Beacon are Air enjoyable. deep commitment to make a
Force photos unless otherwise stated. Thank you, difference. Thank you, Tech.
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COUNTDOWN TO THE ANNUAL PICNIC
U.S. Air Force Photo/ Megan Just
MAKE SURE IT’S STRAIGHT: (Right to left) Staff Sgt. Stanley St. John, Elaine Plein and Staff Sgt. Becky Dutcher unfurl a brand new Military Appreciation
Picnic banner. They zip-tied the sign to the fence in a prominent location on the main gate roundabout. The sign promotes the 37th Annual Military Appreciation
Picnic that will be held at LeMay park on Saturday, September 19. The picnic starts at noon and will run until 5 p.m. and is open to all branches of the military
and their immediate families. There is no cost to attend. There will be free food and drinks, live bands, children’s activities and a commander’s dunk tank. The
Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce, the Moreno Valley Chamber of Commerce, and The Silver Eagle Club are co-hosting the picnic. The March ARB
blood drive will begin two hours before the picnic and end at 3 p.m.
Heat and alcohol—a bad mix
By Alexis D. Washington If fluids in the body are not re- paired judgment causes a loss
TRICARE Management placed, dehydration can be life- of inhibitions and may lead to
Activity threatening. dangerous behavior. Alcohol
Alcohol also raises the also influences balance and
he great weather and body’s blood pressure, increas- coordination and its effects are
long days of summer ing the risk of a heat-related heightened by sun exposure and
are perfect for outdoor illness like hyperthermia (over heat. Simple decisions, such as
activities like barbeques, pool heating) and heat stroke (es- the right time to go inside to
parties and trips to the beach. pecially for people with high get out of the heat or when to
However, spending time out- blood pressure). drink more water, can be over-
side in the sweltering summer Signs and symptoms of de- looked.
sun can sometimes be a dan- hydration include: Judgment impaired by alco-
gerous combination. hol is a leading factor in deaths
One way people often deal Dry lips and tongue associated with water recre-
with the heat is to reach for a Headache ation. The Centers for Disease
cold drink containing alcohol, Weakness Control and Prevention report
but extreme heat and alcohol Dizziness alcohol use is involved in up
can be a recipe for injuries, Extreme fatigue to half of adolescent and adult
illness and even death. Dark urine deaths associated with water
Alcohol lowers the body’s Nausea recreation and about one in five
tolerance for heat and acts as Muscle cramps reported boating fatalities.
a diuretic—meaning it speeds Get more information about
up dehydration—and affects Alcohol can affect the cen- alcohol consumption at http://
the body’s ability to regulate tral nervous system. It impairs www.tricare.mil/alcoholaware-
its temperature. The body a person’s judgment, which ness/.
loses needed fluids through can interfere with the abil-
the urination alcohol induces. ity to make smart choices. Im-
4 August 14, 2009 www.march.afrc.af.mil
By Master Sgt. John Hale
452nd AMW Historian
you were her
Wish Photo courtesy of March Field Air Museum
P ostcards have been very popular souvenirs in the United State since
they originated near the end of the nineteenth century, and March
Field was no exception. Soldiers stationed at, and processing through,
“Field.” One of a series of postcards of March Field, this card is printed
on linen, a practice popular in the 1930s and 1940s. Other cards in the
series featured the Lockheed P-38 Lightning, the Douglas B-18 Bolo (part
March Field sent postcards, such as the one shown here, home to their of which is seen in the “E” above), and troops marching on the parade
families and friends. This postcard features the Army Air Force’s newest ground. The Post Exchange, which is now the Finance and Travel build-
bomber, the four-engine B-17 introduced in 1937, as well as other scenes ing, even had a postcard of the interior included in the series.
around the base and locally, such as the Mission Inn, visible in the “L” of
Beacon August 14, 2009 5
NETWORKING in uniform. Others blog from WAIT BEFORE SENDING self that could place you, your NEWS BRIEF
Continued from page 2 their deployed location about When in doubt, backspace it family, or your unit in harm’s
daily life and experiences in out. I have a personal rule that way? It’s imperative that you STAGE TWO WATER
ing social networking sites. As the war zone. This is all accept- I make myself follow any time think before you post, and if CONSERVATION
a servicemember, you don’t able, provided the information I’m about to craft an e-mail if you are ever in doubt about Homes in the Western Water
forfeit your First Amendment you post adheres to UCMJ and I am angry about a situation. I what you are about let the world District must now follow stage
rights the day join the military. operations security rules. step away from the computer or see or read about: delete it. Go two water guidelines. Some re-
We all take an oath to uphold Someone once gave me a I put my BlackBerry in its hol- with your instincts. Refer back quirements include:
the Constitution of the United simple acronym to remember ster. The worst thing you can to my rule No. 1: use your com- - Outdoor watering allowed be-
States, and that includes ev- on the type of information that do is send an e-mail when you mon sense. tween 8 p.m. and 8 a.m. (night
eryone’s right to free speech. can and cannot be released. The are emotionally attached to a The rules ultimately come watering only)
But that right to speak freely acronym is SAPP, and it stands situation. We’ve all been there down to this: choose your - Odd addresses may use sprin-
must be balanced against the for security, accuracy, policy banging away at the keyboard, words wisely. Operational se- klers Sat./Mon./Wed.; even ad-
Uniform Code of Military Jus- and privacy. The SAPP prin- typing a tapestry of words curity should be practiced at dresses Sun./Tues./Thurs.
tice. Just as the old saying goes ciple is an easy one to remem- meant to physically cut into the source. The same tactics - No washing down sidewalks,
about “You can’t yell ‘FIRE!’ ber when you’re about to blog the intended recipient for the that are exercised when dis- driveways, patios or other
in a crowded theater” under the about an upcoming deployment wrong that person committed closing information to the pub- paved surfaces.
auspices of free speech, you or a recent court-martial in your in your eyes. My advice to you: lic should be applied to social The District monitors com-
also can’t release sensitive, unit or the rumor you heard in don’t hit send. Those words, in media usage. By educating and pliance through water meters.
classified or inappropriate in- the squadron break room. Is some way, shape or form will training our younger generation Monetary penalties begin at the
formation as a member of the the information accurate? Can come back to haunt you. servicemembers -- the digital third violation and can be as
armed forces. you back it up with facts? Are This same advice holds true natives -- on what information much as $300/day.
Many military members’ you compromising operational for when you are typing some- should be guarded and what To read the full guidelines
social media sites contain pho- security by releasing this in- thing on your social media site. can be released, I believe we and to view Western Water
tos or video of themselves in formation? Are you violating Anything you post to the Inter- can find that “happy medium” District boundaries, visit http://
uniform, which automatically someone’s privacy by blogging net -- including photos -- will and capitalize on this burgeon- www.wmwd.com/pdfs/WC-
leads a viewer to conclude you about him or her? be there forever. Do you really ing technology.” SSP_Table_09FINAL.pdf
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March Inn employees earn hospitality certifications
By Michelle Converse March Inn Employee Certifications
452nd FSS/FSVL the classes. based and recognizes employ-
Oriana Moy, the March Inn ees for their job knowledge, CERTIFIED MAINTENANCE EMPLOYEE
training manager, and Helen experience and performance. Manuel Gavaldon
ince February, 21 March Holm, the March Inn general Through skill validation and
Inn staff members have manager, didn’t want to stop testing, employees earn a des- CERTIFIED RESERVATIONIST
earned professional hos- there. They believed the line- ignation that lets their custom-
Marisa Campos-Hardy & Tina Gonzalez
pitality certifications through
the American Hotel and Lodg-
ing’s Educational Institute (EI).
MARCH INN LOBBY CERTIFIED FRONT DESK REPRESENTATIVE
Donna Moser & Marissa Murguia
The EI’s certification program
helps dedicated professionals CERTIFIED GUESTROOM ATTENDANT
build hospitality careers by de- Meo Arnold, Agnes Brown, Dora Corona-Hernandez,
fining what it takes to be suc- Rosita Depatie, Diemphuc Dinh, Vilai Ellin, Carmen
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Frausto, Tanya Harvey, Chom James, Inocencia Marble,
sition and helping hospitality
employees reach their goals.
Edelmira Medina, Pheng Smith & Marisa Stockwell
Those who earn and maintain
CERTIFIED HOSPITALITY SUPERVISOR
these designations demonstrate
an exceptionally high level Jacqueline MacGowan
of expertise, competence and
CERTIFIED HOUSEKEEPING MANAGER
commitment to the industry.
Headquarters Air Force Ser- Connie Gray
vices Agency began using this
certification program several CERTIFIED ROOMS DIVISION EXECUTIVE
years ago. They set up classes Michelle Converse
specifically targeting su- U.S. Air Force Photo/ Henry Kim
pervisors and managers and eas. They hope every mem- them.
funded the courses when taken level employees should benefit ers know they are competent in ber of the March Inn staff can Connie Gray is the most re-
on site in San Antonio, Texas. from the certifications as well. the duties they perform. earn their professional certifi- cent employee to earn a certi-
The classes vary in length, most Moy, who is certified to be an Moy and Holm believe this cation. Certification benefits fication. March Inn managers
being four or five days. Each EI trainer, assisted with the certification program encour- the employee as well as March presented her Certified House-
class has an exam on the final line-level certifications. ages employees to fully excel customers who benefit by hav- keeping Manager certificate on
day. Three managers from the Line-level certification in their positions and perhaps ing fully trained and competent Thursday, August 13.
March Inn traveled to attend through EI is competency- even cross-train into other ar- employees working to serve
WHAT WE DO
GAS MASK PRACTICE
Tech. Sgt. Zita Cordova-Martinez,
452nd AMDS, practices sighting
techniques wearing a chemical protec-
tive mask while attending M-16 rifle
qualification training at March ARB.
Rifle qualifications with a gas mask
are required for all service members
deploying to CENTCOM. M-16 instruc-
tor Tech. Sgt. Oscar Munoz teaches
students to angle the rifle to them
instead of angling their head to the
rifle. His advice for succeeding in the
gas mask M-16 qualification is simple,
“Rotate the weapon until you can see
the front sight and the rear sight.”
U.S. Air Force Photo/
Staff Sgt. Donald R. Allen
Beacon August 14, 2009 7
Air Mobility RODEO 2009
DOCUMENTING RODEO COMPETITIONS: (Left) U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jerome Turner of March
ARB Fourth Combat Camera Squadron shoots video during Air Mobility Rodeo 2009 at McChord Air Force
Base, Wash., July 22. Mount Rainier looms in the background. (Center) Airmen with the 36th Wing, Andersen
Air Force Base, Guam, toss 45-pound sandbags from one crate to another as part of an Aerial Port competi-
tion, July 23. (Right) Airmen from Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., approach the finish line of the security
forces endurance course during Air Mobility Rodeo 2009, July 23.
U.S. Air Force Photo/ Senior Airman Matthew Smith
U.S. Air Force Photo/ U.S. Air Force Photo/
Senior Airman Dayton Mitchell Staff Sgt. Stephen Schester
Fourth Combat Camera Squadron leads photo team at 2009 Rodeo
MCCHORD AIR FORCE The Rodeo Combat Cam- team consisted of 20 person- Fourth CTCS documenting
BASE, Wash.—The Fourth era team captures video and nel from 4th CTCS, as well the event.
Combat Camera Squad- photos to document every as seven others from bases “That’s why I joined this
ron (4th CTCS) represented major event at the RODEO across the United States. Ac- career field,” said Senior Air-
March ARB at the 2009 Air for historical archives, train- cording to Major Riley, this man Jonathan Garcia, 4th
Mobility Rodeo as the leaders ing, media releases and other was approximately a third of CTCS videographer. “For
of the Rodeo Combat Camera publications. This was the the amount of people typical- the very fact that we get to
team. The exercise began on first time that Fourth Combat ly assigned the task of docu- see what everyone else is do-
July 18 and ended July 24. Camera Squadron has taken menting the event. ing in the Air Force and then
U.S. Air Force Photo/ Tech. Sgt Michelle Larche
The biennial Air Mobility the lead at Rodeo. Major Riley was proud some.”
Rodeo is a combat skills and “Our sister squadron on of the Fourth Combat Cam- Garcia enjoyed seeing and
flying operations competition active duty (1st CTCS) usu- era Squadron’s work. “They greeting people from differ-
designed to develop and im- ally leads the documentation have done a fantastic job,” ent countries. “I tried to learn
prove techniques. More than support,” explained Major she said. “In the end the team their language’s greeting, and
2,500 people on 100 teams Michiko Riley, Fourth Com- produced some fabulous still when they saw I was trying,
competed in the 2009 compe- bat Camera Squadron project and video products; the [Ro- it put a smile on their face. It
tition. Participants came from officer. “But due to real world deo] staff couldn’t have been built a lot of camaraderie.”
the Air Force, Air Force Re- commitments the Rodeo staff more pleased with everyone’s By Vanessa Gempis and
serve and allied nations. The Public Affairs asked Fourth performance.” Airman 1st Class Amber Kel-
last competition took place in CTCS for assistance.” It was an awarding expe- ly-Heard
July 2007 at McChord. The Rodeo Combat Camera rience for the members of
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August 22: Spend a relaxing day at the beach. Depart
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$99.00! That’s only $33.00 a day! This is only for
Solvang Southern California residents. Must show California
September 12: Check out Danish Days in Solvang for ID and military ID. First day must be used by August
only $20 per person. Depart 7 a.m. and return approxi-
mately 8 p.m. Minimum age is 10 years. Deadline for Deep Sea Fishing
sign up is September 4. August 22: $70 per person. Depart 4 a.m. and return
approx. 6 p.m. Come fish with us at Oceanside (3/4
Temecula Wineries day). Cost includes transportation, fishing fees, and
September 26: Visit the Temecula Wineries and Old bait.
Town for only $18 per person. Pack a pinic lunch, buy
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Town. Minimum age is 21. Sign up by September 22. September 11-13: Hike and camp in Big Bear for
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only $40 per person! Includes campsite, equipment, port Activity and you can enter to win a grand prize
and transportation. Minimum age is 10 years. Depart of $10,000 plus weekly cash prizes and valuable cou-
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the 13th. Deadline for sign up September 3. Group Fitness: FREE group fitness classes going
Milt Rasmussen Retiree Dinner Dance
Come enjoy the big band sounds and a great dinner
buffet on August 21. Dinner starts at 6 p.m. and music
starts at 7 p.m. Call 951.653.2121 for more details! on at the Fitness Center. You can try Box and Tone
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gust 28 starting at 11:30 a.m. motivate yourself and work out!
It’s only $13 for club mem-
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et. August 19: Summer Sizzle 5K Run/Walk 6 a.m.
New Sports Bar Come Pick up a MatchUP game piece at any Force Sup- August 20: Intramural Bowling Meeting 1:30 p.m.
check out the newly reno- August 22: Outdoor 1.5 Mile Walk 10:00 a.m.
vated sports bar at the Hap August 26: F2F Top This Competition 11 a.m.
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new pool tables, shuffle- September 2: 3-point Shootout 10 a.m.
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HEALTH ing the largest VA funding increase in 30
Continued from page 1 years, President Obama told American Le-
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offer benefits or geographic convenience that VA provides America’s veterans the
that might make some veterans elect to highest-quality health care possible.
join it. A national program “will actually Meanwhile, he told reporters VA will
give them more choices, more flexibility,” increase its outreach to more veterans to
he said. make sure they’re aware of their medical
President Obama cited problems in benefits and other entitlements.
U.S. health-care delivery systems, which “Although there are hundreds of thou-
he said cost more than other countries’ pro- sands of veterans who are using our ser-
grams and too often deliver less. vices, we know there are hundreds of
The VA “has probably made more thousands more who may not know that
progress than most systems out there in in- benefits are available,” he said.
creasing quality” during the past 25 years, “And we are working really hard to
and could help shed light on better ways of make sure that every single veteran -- not
delivering health care, he said. just our active force, but also National
But the cost of delivering that care is Guard and reservists -- are aware of the
high even at VA, and Tricare consumes benefits that are available to them.
a big piece of the Defense Department’s “Guiding them through that process, we
budget, he said. think, is extraordinarily important.”
With the fiscal 2010 budget reflect-
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“I believe that for a society as advanced as “I like the idea of providing health care for all “I understand that health care is important,
ours, we should have a health care system citizens. The problem I see with the proposed but I think it isn’t the most important issue.
that takes care of all our citizens. Other ‘less health plan is the convoluted bureaucracy in We need to prioritize what America’s num-
fortunate’ countries put us to shame with which the bill appears to be heading into. The ber one issue is, and that’s unemployment.
a system that won’t deny people a right to administration claims transparency, but the sign- Once the unemployment rate goes down,
quality health care.” ers don’t know exactly what is in the bill. I say if then we can start worrying about the is-
we want to reform, talk to all players: insurance, sues that are part of the health care reform.
providers and recipients. Right now it’s only bu- If more people were employed, then more
reaucrats and the 1,000 plus pages require a law would be insured.”
degree to decipher. Yes, let’s DO health care,
but involve all from the beginning and not just
politicians merely shoving something down to us
with an unimaginable price tag.”
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