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Sharon Helman- The latest VA Criminal suported by Obama June 2, 2016

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SharonHelmanUntil today likely few knew the name Sharon Helman.  Let me provide some background.  Ms. Helman was the director of the Department of Veterans Affairs in Phoenix.  This is the same hospital in which 40 (FORTY) Veterans died waiting for services.  As a reminder the Phoenix VA was caught manufacturing lists to show reduced wait times so that administrators would get their bonuses.  Ms. Helmen is even more deplorable.  She was FIRED when it was discovered she was taking “gifts” from vendors and lobbyists.  On May 16th, 2016 a judge sentenced Ms. Helman to probation for refusing to report gifts from vendors..these gifts totaled thousands of dollars and included a car. Keep in mind that 40 vets died under her watch while she was lining her pockets.  In the wake of this scandal Congress passed the Veterans Choice and Accountability Act of 2014. Part of the Act enables the government to fire people like Ms. Helman who act egregiously.  During her hearing Ms. Helman provided the following statement:

“Serving veterans was truly my life’s passion, and I am proud of my work. I should have disclosed the gifts I received from a personal friend, but I did not. That was a betrayal. …”

No doubt that 40 vets who died appreciate her commitment and “life’s passion”.  The fact she is “proud of her work” is horrifying.  I am reminded of another quote by a person who worked in medicine: “The more we do to you, the less you seem to believe we are doing it.”– Joseph Mengele

Today it was announced that President Obama’s latest Attorney General, Loretta Lynch is refusing to uphold a clause in the act that would allow the firing of people like Ms. Helman. Now Ms. Helman is suing to get her JOB BACK.  That is right…this person who allowed 40 veterans to die while lining her pockets with tens of thousands of dollars may now be reinstated to her position as director of the Phoenix VA.  A convicted criminal who allowed veterans to die.  While I would expect most people with a sense of decency would simply fade away, someone who is indifferent to the deaths of 40 Vets clearly has no decency.  I am reminded of another VA representative, Robin Paul, who mocked Veteran suicides.

This is simply the latest slap in the face to vets by the Obama administration.  National Security Advisor Susan Rice claimed that turncoat Bowe Bergdahl had served with “Honor and Distinction” and President Obama welcomed his parents to the Whitehouse. At the same time a Special Forces Soldier who defended a boy against rape is being forced out of the US Army!   Let us not forget the current Secretary of Veterans Affairs who not only lied about his own military service and mocked a member of Congress who is also a veteran but then had the audacity to compare waits at the VA to “lines at Disneyland”.

Veterans do not ask for much but they deserve much more than is being provided by this administration.  General George Washington said: “A Nation is judged by how it treats its veteran.”- This administration treats veterans with contempt.

Director of VA Robert McDonald Compares Lines at VA to Disneyland & Lies about His Military Service May 31, 2016

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McDonaldUPDATED POST- Last week VA Director Robert McDonald compared the lines at the VA to lines at Disneyland.  While most people were generally appalled by this ignorant and insensitive comment, Robert McDonald refuses to apologize.  Keep in mind this is the same idiot that has lied about his own military service and falsely claimed to be a Green Beret.  In addition to being an insensitive, ignorant buffoon he is also a liar who claims military honors to which he is not entitled.  The fact that President Obama still supports  this clown in his role as Director of the VA simply further demonstrates the current administration’s disdain for those who actually serve with honor.  Here is Obama’s National Security Advisor Susan Rice’s comments on traitor Bowe Bergdahl in 2014: “He served with honor and distinction.”  Those who betray their own country and their brothers and sisters in arms are treated with greater respect by this administration than those who actually serve honorably.

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Adding to my latest post about Sniper Posers…we have a new addition to the Stolen Valor club.  New Veterans Affairs Secretary (and former Proctor & Gamble CEO) Robert McDonald today admitted to lying about being a Special Forces Soldier (Green Beret).  This is the same person who confronted Iraq War Veteran  (both Iraq wars) and Republican Congressman Mike Coffman (R. Colorado) and pointedly asked “What have you done?”  McDonald then talked about how he had “…run a major company..”

It is bad enough when a civilian who has never served lies about their service.  It is more egregious when a military member who served honorably lies about their service. It is absolutely not acceptable when the Secretary of the VA lies about his service.  Let’s be clear, the VA is one of the most incompetent, corrupt organizations in the entire US Government.  Shame on him!  He belongs on the Stolen Valor Wall of Shame!

An Open Letter to Sarah Palin January 21, 2016

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Dear Mrs. Palin,

I am a former US Marine and US Navy Officer with a Combat Action Ribbon as well as service connected disabilities. I am also a Republican.  I have also served with, and am friends with, dozens of combat veterans who suffer daily from various injuries and wounds to include PTSD.  I recently read your comments related to PTSD in which you attempted to excuse your son’s arrest on domestic abuse charges and firearm charges by referencing his supposed PTSD.   Based upon your previous comments I am not surprised that you would choose to use this very serious condition as a political football and, once again, attempt to divert blame from your own family’s abhorrent, violent behavior.

In 2014 your entire family was involved in a late night ‘drunken brawl’ at a party in which Track Palin (the accused domestic abuser) was involved in a bloody fight.  While you publicly stated how proud you were at your children’s violent actions, maybe this should have been a sign that Track has a problem.  It is certainly curious that you did not feel the need to reference his supposed PTSD in this situation and instead stated: “…my kids’ defense of family makes my heart soar!”  Maybe, instead of encouraging Track’s violence, you should have taken the opportunity to get him help.  Maybe, instead of being the result of PTSD, your son was simply trying to uphold the stated Palin family values and “…make your heart soar” by abusing a woman.

PTSD is stigmatized in the media and not well understood by the general public.  An estimated 22 veterans commit suicide every day in the United States.  This is nearly 8,000 veterans who take their lives every year.  Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) stated: “Every day in the United States, 22 veterans succumb to suicide — losing their personal battle to invisible wounds of war.”   Veterans who have willingly given so much in service to their country should not have to bear the burden of being further stigmatized by your ignorant and foolish statements.

While I do not propose to speak for all veterans, I am clearly not alone in my views regarding your unfortunate statements.  They were unfortunate for the many veterans who face further disdain and discrimination based upon your inaccurate and ignorant portrayal of those who suffer with PTSD as well as the causes of the condition.

While I would personally prefer that you simply avoid public life and simply fade away,  if you insist on trying to use your “celebrity status” for a cause, please educate yourself on the facts of PTSD and try to help veterans by using your significant influence in a more productive, and less political manner.  There are a number of veteran’s organizations to which you can donate time, money and energy to make a difference. Two organizations you may want to consider is the Marine Reconnaissance Foundation and the Recon & Sniper Foundation.


Chris Mark


“SDVOSB” – Mark Consulting Group Registers as Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Busines August 3, 2012

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I have finally completed the Department of Veterans Affairs and the SAM (formerly CCR etc.) registration process to have Mark Consulting Group certified as a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB).  Hopefully, the VA will complete verification within a few days.  If you are in need of information services please consider The Mark Consulting Group.

According to the United States Code of Federal Regulations, a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) is formally defined thus:“A service-disabled veteran-owned small business concern is a business not less than 51 percent of which is owned by one or more service-disabled veterans, or in the case of any publicly owned business, not less than 51 percent of the stock of which is owned by one or more service-disabled veterans; the management and daily business operations of which are controlled by one or more service-disabled veterans, or in the case of a veteran with a permanent and severe disability, a spouse or permanent caregiver of such veteran. In addition, some businesses may be owned and operated by an eligible surviving spouse. Reservists or members of the National Guard disabled from a disease or injury incurred or aggravated in line of duty or while in training status also qualify.”

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