A bill said to improve health care for veterans was signed into law today as part of the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act. Signed by Congressman Jerry McNerney (11th District), the legislation would help veterans who have suffered traumatic brain injuries.
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Posted by Dale R. Suiter, a resident of another community, on May 5, 2010 at 4:30 pm
Regarding Caregiver Legislation for wounded members of the military "McNerney's verterans bill becomes law" - wait for the language to become available. How complicated is the law? I have
severely wounded son and son-in-law. One is TBI. The other has major physical trauma. Without the help of a few very good people, they would be short changed by "the system". Will people reallly benefit from the new law? How many hoops will there be? We will see!
Posted by Chet, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on May 5, 2010 at 6:43 pm
Our fine Congressman Jerry McNerney comes through for us all again. His leadership and strong support for our veterans, soldiers and families has been fantastic. Keep up the good work and thank you Jerry McNerney!!! We should all work hard to be sure you keep working for us.
Posted by Ira Leitner, a resident of another community, on May 6, 2010 at 6:02 am
From someone who works for the US Army Research, Engineering, and Development Command,and worry's about his friends who leave for duties in Afghanistan and Iraq, I greatly applaud Congressman McNerney for getting this bill passed.
I first saw documentaries about TBI two years ago, and am thankful Congressman McNerney has done something very much needed for supporting our military and veterans. Thank you sir!
Posted by Steve, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on May 6, 2010 at 12:54 pm
This is the first time that I have seen mcnerney do anything that I could agree with. Our soldiers that have sacrificed so much need to be taken care of and as Americans we owe them that.
I would like to point out that the Congressman is once again trying to set himself up like a patriotic American that is doing what is in the best interest of all Americans. I would like share a few points.
1) He constantly sends out marketing material at taxpayer expense to show the great job he is doing. I recently received a very expensive and elaborate mailer that stated how much money he saved us by voting against a pay increase for all of congress (The increase would have been about $5000 each per year)
435 in the house + 100 senators
(Lets do the math 535 x $5000 = 2.68 million dollars)
Compare that to what spending he has supported
This elected official has supported and voted for:
TARP #1 The First Stimulus Package Cost of 789 Billion Dollars
This already has failed to stimulate anything.
Omnibus Bill Cost of 410 Billion Dollars (Mostly Pork barrel spending by big government Democrats and Republicans alike)
He also supports Cap and Trade which would be the single largest increase of taxes on the American people while eliminating American Jobs and harming our already fragile economy. Google Cap and Trade to educate yourself.
He also voted for the Health Care Package (I am very sure without reading it) even though the majority of his constituents were against that Package. The total cost of this package is not yet known but is almost 20% of the GNP.
Is this elected official serving the people or serving himself and his party. My experience with him is that he is an arrogant, pompous politician that does not have the best interest of Americans in mind at all. I like to call him an obamabot. Serving his master.
Remember vote all the bums out in November
(Republicans and Democrats alike)
PS. Remember a government that can provide everything you want can also take away everything you have.
Posted by Tony Geisler, a resident of the Diablo neighborhood, on May 7, 2010 at 8:26 am
This was a commendable act, but hardly enough to keep him in office. Have you noticed how bad the economic situation is here in California? The government spends money it doesn't have. California is another Greece in the making unless we change our ways. Congressman McNerney's position on Cap in Trade, TARP, Health Care Reform, etc are wrong. One-party control has led to a myriad of ills in the Greater Bay Area. In November thank him for the veterans and vote him out of Office.
Posted by Sal, a resident of the Diablo neighborhood, on May 7, 2010 at 8:33 am
I guess McNerney can never do enough for you Tea Party zealots. He is 10x better than whatever latino-hating, Republican bigot you try to put against him. Nice to see Danville is still the crazy right-wing bubble it has always been.
Posted by Louise, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on May 8, 2010 at 8:25 pm
You know, I'm certainly not a McNerney fan and I have been a long time republican, but I talked to the two women at Danville Farmer's Market today at the Republican Party stand and they were saying some things that were way off base. The health care issues are bad enough, but they were spewing some major untruths to someone who was a democrat. Later they yelled at someone else and said Obama was a son of a b...h and told the lady to leave. They don't represent me or the conservatives I know - I've got some class and they made the rest of us look bad.
I'm not too sure about Harmer either, but McNerney has botched his chances even with most democrats.
Posted by Billr, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on May 10, 2010 at 2:53 pm
I love how the left can slap labels on people that disagree with them. Just because hard working Americans in California are tired of one party representation. Keep on calling us names and you will wake up one day with a conservative government that holds you accountable for your liberal actions! The day is almost here. I can feel and see your fears! BOO!
Posted by jrm, a member of the Vista Grande Elementary School community, on May 10, 2010 at 3:41 pm
I also saw the 2 wingnuts at the Farmer's Market Saturday, and boy were they pumped up. It reminded me of Barry Goldwater's fatal remark..."Let me remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice"...these gals had very little of merit to offer and it made me wonder why the heck were they there anyway. Seems to me most local folks attending the market registered to vote a long time ago. I read the profiles of the Republican candidates in this morning's paper and frankly was not at all impressed by any of them. Predominantly an array of "one issue" candidates, excepting Harmer, who it seems just can't stop running for something, even if it means running for a congressional district in which he doesn't even reside.
Billr manifests the unfortunate side of the tea partier's intolerant rigidity. Active political discourse is what makes our country great and I support his right to spout off, but the venomous diatribe is not helping his nascent party's cause. Same for the ditto heads at the market. Soon, and VERY soon, the tea party will have to be specific with their plans for change and stop the mere hating and bashing with at times thinly veiled racial overtones. I don't think it is right to mock our President, I felt all the Bush bashing was wrong (the exagerrated face masks) and now we have the tea partiers with monkeys on thier shoulders carrying signs with Obama made up with face paint like the Joker from the Batman movie. I think it shows a lack of class and respect, just my opinion.
Posted by Tony Geisler, a resident of the Diablo neighborhood, on May 11, 2010 at 9:02 am
You make a great case for Republicans. So all Republicans are bigots? I'm glad you have a monopoly on compassion. What a nasty thing to say! Our son-in-law whom we love dearly is Hispanic. Keep up of those cheap nasty ad-hominems and we've got it made.
Posted by Louise, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on May 12, 2010 at 8:39 am
jrm: the farmer's market republican "wingnuts" (can't help it - love the term and it applies) were there to protest Obama's threat to our 1st amendment rights though couldn't articulate what that threat was to me ("he is hell bent on taking away ALL our rights!" was their mantra). When they said the country was safe under Bush I should have reminded them of the terrorist attack that was the most devastating on USA soil, but I was feeling tugged by my party. Now I'm a bit ashamed - again, their clear lack of understanding/intelligence doesn't represent me or my party.
I do think we can agree to disagree and your posts are consistently thought provoking.
Most people on both sides of the political spectrum have the best interest of our country in mind - at least I would like to think so.