Bold Blend looks at why America’s veterans are being left behind.
From Iraq War veteran Rob Smith on Bold Blend: “America’s veterans are not getting the care and support they deserve. Some veterans live hours away from the nearest clinics and are met with long wait times and substandard treatment. At least 40 veterans died waiting for care at on VA Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona. That scandal was infuriating, congressional action was taken to provide better care for veterans.
Veteran Barry Copes complained that his VA doctor has known about his pain for a year before he was given a colonoscopy. By the time the doctors found his baseball-size tumor, he was already at stage 4 cancer. He died recently at 46.
Sometimes it seems like our presidential candidates are not too concerned about our vets and it’s battling both sides of the aisle. Hillary Clinton says that the scandals of the VA are not a widespread problem. Family members who have died waiting for service may tell her that’s not quite true. Donald Trump says that when soldiers serving oversees hitting IED, they go for a little ride upward and they come down. Soldiers who have lost limbs and lives from hitting IED would tell him that’s not true.
How do we get beyond bombast, rhetoric, and empty promises to fight for those who have fought for our country?”
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Adam Johnson founded Insight & Action Advisors to help senior executives connect with investors and customers through video and live events. Previously, Mr. Johnson anchored several business programs at Bloomberg Television, interviewing CEOs, heads of state, Nobel laureates, asset mangers and policy experts. Mr. Johnson began his career on Wall Street, co-founding a private investment partnership and trading securities globally for ING, Furman Selz, Louis Dreyfus, Merrill Lynch. He earned his bachelors degree in economics at Princeton.
Carrie Sheffield is the founder of Bold. She is passionate about storytelling to empower and connect others. A founding POLITICO reporter, Carrie contributed on political economy at Forbes and wrote editorials for The Washington Times. After earning a master’s in public policy from Harvard University, she managed credit risk at Goldman Sachs and researched for Edward Conard, Bain Capital founding partner and American Enterprise Institute scholar. She earned a B.A. in communications at Brigham Young University and completed a Fulbright fellowship in Berlin.
Singer Clay Aiken has sold six million albums and sold-out 11 nationwide concert tours. Beyond his musical career, Clay is a former congressional candidate who started a charitable foundation, National Inclusion Project, which is now recognized nationwide as the leading voice in the social inclusion of children with disabilities. He served for nine years as UNICEF Ambassador for education and child protection, traveling the world to educate Americans on the plight of children in Indonesia, Uganda, Afghanistan, and Somalia.
Rob Smith is an openly gay Iraq war veteran, journalist, and author of the #1 bestseller Closets, Combat and Coming Out: Coming Of Age As A Gay Man In The "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Army, which is the recipient of the 2015 National Indie Excellence Book Award for LGBT Nonfiction and a nominee for the 2015 Lambda Literary Award for Memoir.
He is a contributing writer for Queerty.com, a video journalist for Zazoom Media Group, and co-anchors Bold Blend with Bold founder Carrie Sheffield and former Bloomberg TV anchor Adam Johnson. He holds a M.S. in journalism from Columbia University.