A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from June 18, 2013
Veterans Abandoned (Department of Veterans Affairs or VA nickname)

The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is a government-run military veteran benefit system. The derogatory VA nickname of “Veterans Abandoned” has been used by those who believe that the department doesn’t do its job. “Veterans Abandoned” has been cited in print since at least January 1981 and March 2007.


Wikipedia: United States Department of Veterans Affairs
The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is a government-run military veteran benefit system with Cabinet-level status. It is the United States government’s second largest department, after the United States Department of Defense. With a total 2009 budget of about $87.6 billion, VA employs nearly 280,000 people at hundreds of Veterans Affairs medical facilities, clinics, and benefits offices and is responsible for administering programs of veterans’ benefits for veterans, their families, and survivors.

It is administered by the United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

WGBH (PBS television station, Boston, MA)
Vietnam:  A Television History
Original Production Stock Footage Database
Program_Number 113
Program_Name Legacies
Title VETERANS REACT TO HOSTAGE PARADE
Story_Number 1731
Material_Type Stock Footage
Personalities RON KOVIC, RON BITZER
Event_Date 01/30/1981
On the west coast, simultaneous with New York City ticker tape parade, Vietnam veterans react to hero’s welcome at Los Angeles’ Patriotic Hall. Included are Ron Kovic, Ron Bitzer (sp?) of the Center for Veteran’s Rights. Michael McCarthy, and another veteran (who may be theater director John de Fusco?). 1. Signs, “VA (Veterans Abandoned)”

Democratic Underground
RedG1
Wed Mar-14-07 05:33 PM
8. VA = Veterans Abandoned
how sad

North Georgia Trout Online Message Board
Redtop
02-17-10, 08:56 AM
(...)
“VA stands for Veterans Abandoned”!
David

Ramparts360
February 15, 2013
VA: Veterans Abandoned
by George Scaggs | Feb 13, 2013 | Facebook
My dear friend and neighbor, Steven Boyd.

Thinking about him today as he is hospitalized, his 102nd hospitilization over the last 10 years or so. This man served his nation proudly as an Army Ranger, sniper and JumpMaster.

Georgia Outdoor News Forum
Paymaster
04-12-2013, 10:13 AM
VA.... Veterans Abandoned

North Georgia Trout Online Message Board
Redtop
04-21-13, 07:01 AM
(...)
“VA stands for Veterans Abandoned”!
David

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityGovernment/Law/Politics/Military • Tuesday, June 18, 2013 • Permalink