Last week GWA gave the VA 10 business days to either pay its outstanding water bill or be cut off.
Guam – One Guam veteran is speaking out and taking an impassioned stand against what he is calling the mistreatment and neglect of the Guam veterans at the hand of GWA and Gov. Guam.
Tired of the lack of support for veterans, Chairman of the Guam Veterans Commission says, “It’s time that us veterans and our families stand up and protest the lack of support for our veterans here on Guam. I’m not talking about no license plate, I’m talking about the lack of support.”
According to Cundiff, the final straw was the GWA- VA cemetery issue. Last week GWA gave the VA 10 business days to either pay its outstanding water bill or be cut off.
“The water here has been leaking, and leaking and leaking and leaking forever. Wake up GOV Guam; fix this, fix it once and for all. I went into the computer this morning and downloaded GWA’s mission,” said Cundiff “How cost effective [has GWA] been for the last 15,16 years? You know these things have been leaking forever but you haven’t done crap about it.”
But the water issue is just a cog in the bigger wheel of issues. Cundiff says the support for veterans on Guam is so low he had to speak up.
Cundiff tells PNC that he’s tried to be diplomatic about this issue, but his pleas to Gov. Guam and GWA have fallen on deaf ears. For example, Cundiff says there is no budget for the VA to even deal with longstanding issues such as cracks in the crypts, old water lines and other fundamental maintenance issues.
“Recently Mr. Manglona spent, a lot of money, in fixing all the cracks with all of these crypts, there were a lot of cracks recently, that’s neglect. Those cracks have been going on for years,” said Cundliff.
Manglona resigned from his post at the VA in May because of health issues. Adelup opted not to reimburse Manglona for the money he paid out of pocket for repairs and unpaid employee salaries in part because the employees Manglona paid were not officially Gov. Guam employees.
But Cundiff says the about 22,000 veterans on Guam contribute about $100 million to the Guam economy, yet the budget for the VA office is only a fraction of what it should be.
“We veterans, and I hope your listening out there, all of you and your families, we need to gather and start taking stock in our issues here and fight this government to ensure that we get what we deserve. These folks died for us they died for us,“ said Cundliff. “They don’t even have money for training, they don’t have money for travel, we don’t even have a position to help our veterans transition for the work of the world out there, we have to beg for everything.”