I am uncertain when it began. Nonetheless, I know that for me, the ache I feel has been with me for what feels as an eternity. I could tell you the twinge was first experienced a moment ago, as I listened to another of President Elect Obama press conferences. Indeed, a wave of woe that passed through me as I heard the newly selected Commander-In-Chief announce his appointment for Secretary of Veterans Affairs, General Eric Shinseki. The soon-to-be inaugurated Chief Executive stated, "He [Shinseki] has agreed that he is willing to be part of this administration because both he and I share a reverence for those who serve." A mutual admiration, while wondrous, as stated seems incomplete, and perhaps omits the American construct, "all men are created equal."
As I let the words of our next Administrator wash over me, I thought of those who do not wear a uniform; the individuals and families who endure more war than a military man or woman might. Thoughts of innocents who cannot take leave, that is unless corporeally they pass, advance my sorrow. I feel for all veterans. My concern encompasses the affairs of every being embroiled in war. I wish to venerate those who enter the fray willingly, and those who fight, only to sustain their own life.
Throughout my life, the musical "My Fair Lady" resonated within me. As I reflect upon our soldiers, and the oft-heard phrase, "Support Our Troops," I am again reminded of this theatrical production. Eliza Doolittle sang a song, "Show Me." She emphatically stated, "Make me no undying vow. Show me now! Sing me no song! Read me no rhyme! Don't waste my time, Show me!"
This initial report was released on May 22. The robbery occurred on May 3, 2006. A Veterans Affairs employee’s home was burglarized. Among the items taken was a computer disk. Supposedly, pertinent and personal records of millions of military veterans were imprinted on the compact disk. Now we know that was not true, there was more.
Much of what was revealed in May was inaccurate. Information was withheld and incomplete. No reason was given for the delay in reporting. Apparently, officials were hoping for a speedy recovery; however, that did not happen.