Concerned Veterans for America say the fight for freedom continues

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Submitted: Sat, 07/12/2014 - 2:32am
Updated: Sun, 07/13/2014 - 1:22am

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)– Veterans say they fought for freedom during war, but now their fighting for that in their home country.

The group Concerned Veterans for America stopped in Wilmington Friday night. This is an organization that takes on big issues they say threaten American’s freedom. The big topic right now is Veteran’s Affairs. Kathleen Volandt says she never thought she’d come home from war and have trouble finding help.

“I always wanted to be in the service,” Volandt explained. “I had decided at 15 I wanted to be in. At 17 I enlisted before my senior year of high school.”

But she says she did not expect her time to be cut so short.

“Unfortunately in a field accident, a piece of equipment fell on top of me and crushed me to the bed of my truck,” Volandt said.

That’s when she says all of her problems began.

“The very first time the V-A gave me a surgical procedure, they didn’t give me enough anesthesia and they punctured my left lung,” Volandt described.

Just recently it took her 150 days to get an appointment with the VA.

“It’s disheartening, it’s disgraceful,” she said. “That’s not what I signed up for. I know so many people that said they never thought that they’d get out and not get help.”

The CEO of Concerned Veterans for America says help is what they are fighting to get.

“We are getting veterans fighting for the freedom here at home what they fought for while in uniform over seas,” Pete Hegseth said. “We all take an oath to defend the constitution. There is no reason why when you come home and take off that uniform that that service should stop.”

Hegseth says the CVA was a big part in exposing the VA scandal in Washington and they plan to makes things happen. Veterans like Volandt jumped on the opportunity.

“I just couldn’t pass it up to serve my country one more time.”

The CVA says they also tackle issues that any American can relate to like the national debt and unemployment.
They want to encourage anyone to get involved in defending freedom. Saturday their bus tour will continue in Fayettville.


  • 9743 says:

    The VA is slowly becoming an entitlement program. Some veterans, not all, are deserving, and others are just looking for a paycheck for the rest of their lives. Most people want to get government out of their lives but it seems like a lot of these people want government in their lives, it’s OK to have government in their lives but for others it’s called it an entitlement. I know I’ll get slammed for my comment but I did serve this country in Vietnam.

  • Guestman. says:

    It was not an insult. You can’t slam the ACA in one breath and then say health care is a basic right.
    There is nothing wrong with being a socialist like you. Just make sure you own up to it and not act like something you aren’t.

  • Erlkoenig says:

    It is absolutely a liberal problem. Libs and socialists believe in government and the Affordable Health care Act. So why is this model for it failing miserably? You didn’t answer the question. You dodged it and tacked on an insult in typical lib fashion.

  • Kris Bayer says:

    I am service connected but 0% with an honorable discharge , good conduct medal, but an re-4 code. So I had a couple incidents on my first cutter but I was young and didn’t know how the military operated. So now I have these issues, I had every medical record, and they ( rep4vets) we have something here and we need to get you paid. All we need is a letter from your current Doctor saying your issues stem from the military, which they did. I was getting in the military.

    as soon as the letter was mailed, I no sooner got a letter from rep4vets saying we have nothing here. So I am at a stand still and do not know what to do next cause I want to appeal this decision.

  • Erlkoenig says:

    Different group.

  • Erlkoenig says:

    I am thinking all the ueber smart liberal posters here can explain why this government agency fails so miserably at providing a basic human right.

  • Guestman. says:

    I don’t think it is a problem from the liberal side. It has been like this through many different administrations and you sound like a liberal with you thinking healthcare is a basic human right.
    All these posts you have made against the affordable care act and it turns out you are a closet socialist.

  • Grullet says:

    The above story about Kathleen is sad and far too common. The American attitude when it comes to corporations vs workers (corporate rights and profitability are more important than the people they lay off) is now a dynamic of epic proportions in the military. We overspend billions on a Defense budget that exists mostly as corporate welfare (c’mon – most of the budget goes to defense contractors and not actually our fighting men and women). The VA budget is COMPLETELY separate from that pool of money and we are not increasing it proportionally to the people we’ve actually put in harm’s way. How could we not see this coming when we fight two wars and our medical advances in the field mean that more soldiers survive their injuries?

    Veterans need to push for a law establishing their rights as combat soldiers and we the people need to support it. Keep pushing CVA and don’t stop even when the media spotlight is off!

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