Daniel Cooper knows how to properly evaluate what’s important. He’s George W. Bush’s undersecretary for benefits at the Department of Veterans Affairs. We’re in the middle of a bloody, wasteful war, and we’ve got lots of veterans who deserve support and, you know, benefits, so I think Mr Cooper’s job is fairly important.
What does Mr Cooper think is important? He’s made a video for Campus Crusade for Christ in which he plainly spells out where his priorities lie.
In the video, Cooper says of his Bible study, “it’s not really about carving out time, it really is a matter of saying what is important. And since that’s more important than doing the job — the job’s going to be there, whether I’m there or not.”
If you’re a veteran, and you’re not getting the benefits you deserve, shhhh … Daniel Cooper is studying his bible. But perhaps benefits are flowing freely from the Department of Veteran Affairs while Mr Cooper diligently studies bible verses?
Since Cooper was appointed the head of the Veterans Benefits Administration, the number of veterans waiting on their disability claims has increased dramatically, from 325,000 in 2002 to 600,000 today.
On average, a U.S. war veteran must wait six months for an answer to their application. If a vet decides to appeal a denial, the process often drags on as long as three years.
In addition, Veterans Administration hospitals, clinics and counseling centres report that more than 52,000 Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans were diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). But under Cooper’s leadership, only 19,000 of those veterans were approved for service-connected disability compensation for PTSD, a significant discrepancy.
This all seems to be part and parcel of the evangelical invasion of the military. The new requirement for piety seems to compromise the competence of our armed forces…which honestly doesn’t seem like a particularly good idea right now.
May I suggest that the government give Daniel Cooper more time to study the bible and, since he’s so inessential to his job, let him go? Maybe the job should go to an atheist, who won’t have such otherworldly distractions keeping him away from the work of delivering benefits to veterans.