Veterans Affairs

There has been an ongoing fight between the Veterans Administration and several veterans groups over land that was deeded to the government for the express purpose of giving veterans a place to recuperate and live in comfort during the healing process once they have returned from battle.

The government gave the The Veterans Administration responsibility over this land and oversee the construction of buildings to house the returning veterans.  Instead, the Veterans Administration has leased the land to several organizations that have nothing to do with veterans and have put walls up that do not allow veterans’ access.  The total amount of land deeded was originally over six hundred acres.  It now stands around three hundred acres.

A judge ordered each of nine leases on this deeded land as illegal and ordered the tenants to vacate the property.  The Veterans Administration lawyers immediately submitted an appeal to the judge’s order.  That is where it stands now.  The illegal tenants are still there and the veterans are still on the outside looking in.

Below is information you can access to bring yourself up to date with respect to this issue.  It is one of the greatest land fraud deals perpretrated against veterans by the government.  The very government that holds the, moral, ethical and legal responsibility for taking care of veterans and their needs.  This goes back to the same purpose for writing of my first book.  The indignity and suffrage to veterans caused by this government is unparalleled in the history of this country.

The Veterans Park Conservancy Deception

Sue Young’s Endless War on War-Injured Homeless Veterans

VPC Reparations Demand List –

For the elected officials in government to side against the veterans in this issue is testimony to the fact they care more for their donor base than the veterans they have been elected to represent.

Another issue has been the treatment of all veterans by the Veterans Administration.  It has been revealed that several hundred to over a thousand veterans have died while waiting for medical treatment at V.A. clinics and hospitals.  It is said that veterans, after asking for an appointment,  have had a waiting period of one and up to one and one half years before they could be seen by a V.A. doctor.

What is your opinion on these issues?  Where do you stand on the treatment given to the veterans by our government?  Is it important to you?  Do you think we make too much of this issue?  Have you been personally affected with this issue?  If you are not a veteran, do you have a family member who is a veteran?  Does that veteran need any assistance?  Leave a reply and your comments will be answered.

I have just written a letter to Secretary McDonald of the V.A.  I have expressed my thoughts as honestly as I know how.  I do not know how Secretary McDonald will take this or if he will read it, but I had to write it.  Here is a copy:

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs August 8, 2015
810 Vermont Ave NW
Washington, DC 20420

ATTN: Secretary Robert A. McDonald

I just returned from visiting several areas where homeless veterans stay in the Los Angeles area. Some are on the streets; some under a freeway and others at bus stops. It is extremely frustrating to me as I am a Vietnam veteran and can identify with those veterans living on the streets.

I wonder where America’s priorities lie when I see these human souls struggling to survive in such sub-human conditions. This is America, not some third world country. How can we let this happen? How did we get to this point? I see people walking over these people while going to a show or to shop or to a night club. These are people who have the means by which to live their lives with some level of comfort and appear to be blind to the squalor as they go by. They see the veterans on the street as a blight that needs to be attended to but not by them.

Are we that hardened that we do not see the need to assist those of us who have returned from combat with injuries, both physical and mental? Can we not see the wheelchairs, the track chairs, the crutches,prosthesis; the lack of physical cleanliness? How can one see these sub-human living conditions and not cause one to reach out.

I did not enter the American military and go to combat to return to an ungrateful people in an ungrateful nation. I did not risk my life on a daily basis for politicians to treat me and my fellow veterans with such disdain, disregard and disrespect. It is a sad commentary that we have to fight for our earned benefits and once we get them, keep them without the government taking them away or reducing them.

There is no excuse for allowing our veterans to survive on the streets when there is land that has been deeded for them to recover from the effects of combat. That land is being abused by the Veterans Administration in that they have leased the land to non-veteran entities. In 1888, 600 acres were deeded in the West Los Angeles area for the express purpose of establishing and permanently maintaining a national home for disabled and homeless veterans. Those leases were deemed unlawful and ordered to vacate the
premises. The Veterans Administration lawyers immediately submitted an appeal to the judge’s order.

You, Mr. Secretary, have been complicit with the Veterans Administration in the deception of that deeded land in that it is in within your authority, ability and fiduciary responsibility to see that land be used for the purpose for which it was deeded. To date, you have not. Why not? Is there a valid reason for not having done so? Do you have higher priorities? More important ones than homeless veterans in need of housing?

I would strongly recommend you take stock of your priorities and, if you cannot justify your lack of action to date, that you consider resigning and allow someone else to assist our nation’s patriots.

Respectfully submitted,

Carlos Zamorano, TSgt, USAF, Ret.




Congressional Medal Of Honor Society


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