8 Unknown Seaman from the USS Arizona who lost their lives on December 7, 1941, lay buried at Punchbowl in one grave

Posted on December 7, 2014

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the interment of 8 Unknown Seaman from the USS Arizona who lost their lives on December 7, 1941, buried at Punchbowl in one grave

The interment of 8 Unknown Seaman from the USS Arizona who lost their lives on December 7, 1941, buried at Punchbowl in one grave

As we reflect upon the our past, present and future of all Veterans and the events of December 7, 1941 with the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the loss of so many lives. 8 Unknown Seaman from the USS Arizona who lost their lives on December 7, 1941, lay buried unidentified at Punchbowl National Cemetery in one grave.   A reminder of how much more work needs to be done for Veterans.  A grave reflection that even today for many Veterans this is their final fate to be forgotten by the Veterans Affair Administration and our Government with whom our service members had swore their service to fight for the rights of freedom for everyone in America.

As a Nation and a Community may we all work together to put the Veteran first, not the leadership and employees of the VA and Non-Profits who receive large funding. And lets hold our Congress in Washington D.C., State Senate and Legislators accountable for the Money and funds distributed to all State, City and organizations that the money is not misappropriated and mis-managed but is used for the Veteran, the accountability and transparency is the only way to begin to change the current culture of corruption and denial of benefits and services to many Veterans. Here in Hawaii, Senator Brian Schatz, Mazie Hirano, and Tulsi Gabbard need to be accountable for the Money and funds distributed to our State, City and organizations.  Schatz, Gabbard, and Hirano need to hold accountable the receipt-ants of these funds and grants. As our Veterans population grows the abuse and misuse of services and fundings has to be stopped with real oversight, accountability, care and management.

With our Nation having more and more Veterans every year at the VA’s steps, Secretary Robert McDonald needs to ensure that the necessary funding and services cannot be mismanaged and the Veteran left being last and forgotten, and the VA’s culture of “not putting the Veteran first in every situation”, is not allowed. Many Veterans like myself who wrote to the VA Secretary and other veterans are still waiting for just a simple acknowledgement from Secretary Robert McDonald that he is taking action to address and correct the VA Scandal and the wrong doing to Veterans by the VA.  Let today and the lives of the many fallen Heroes be a reminder of the work that still needs to be done for our remaining living Veterans.

Article by Tina Quizon

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