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  • IG report: 300,000 vets died while waiting for health care at VA

    09/03/2015 10:35:09 AM PDT · by ThomasMore · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | 09/03/2015 | Fox News
    WASHINGTON – More than 300,000 American military veterans likely died while waiting for health care -- and nearly twice as many are still waiting -- according to a new Department of Veterans Affairs inspector general report. The IG report says “serious” problems with enrollment data are making it impossible to determine exactly how many veterans are actively seeking health care from the VA, and how many were. For example, “data limitations” prevent investigators from determining how many now-deceased veterans applied for health care benefits or when.
  • 307,000 veterans died awaiting Veterans Affairs health care, report says

    09/03/2015 6:06:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    CNN ^ | 09/03/2015 | By Curt Devine
    Hundreds of thousands of veterans listed in the Department of Veterans Affairs enrollment system died before their applications for care were processed, according to a report issued Wednesday. The VA's inspector general found that out of about 800,000 records stalled in the agency's system for managing health care enrollment, there were more than 307,000 records that belonged to veterans who had died months or years in the past. In a response to the House Committee on Veterans Affairs' request to investigate a whistleblower's allegations of mismanagement at the VA's Health Eligibility Center, the inspector general also found VA staffers incorrectly...
  • Ben Carson: ‘We Don’t Need a Department of Veterans Affairs’

    08/31/2015 8:25:07 AM PDT · by xzins · 180 replies
    CNS ^ | August 28, 2015 | Melanie Hunter
    Retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson told the Dave Ramsey show on Wednesday that the Department of Veterans Affairs should be folded into the Department of Defense and VA facilities should only be used for specialized care like traumatic brain injuries and limb replacement procedures. “The size of government has to be reduced significantly. There’s a lot of stuff that we’re doing that doesn’t make any sense. We have a Department of Veterans Affairs. We don’t need a Department of Veterans Affairs. Veterans Affairs should be in under the Department of Defense, and it should be smooth transition,” said Carson. The...
  • What More Evidence Does the President Need that the VA Must Be Reformed?

    08/30/2015 9:34:46 AM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies
    National Review ^ | August 2, 2015 | David French
    In the battle between bureaucrats and veterans, the Obama administration stands with the bureaucrats. Last week the White House threatened to veto the VA Accountability Act, a bill that would moderately streamline the process for firing incompetent Department of Veterans Affairs employees. Under the terms of the act, the VA secretary can’t place employees on paid administrative leave for more than 14 days per year, employees’ initial-hire probationary period is extended to 18 months, and terminated employees have seven days to file an appeal to the Merit Systems Protection Board. But these streamlined termination provisions — which still provide far...
  • Active shooter reportedly attacks TV crew in Virginia

    08/26/2015 6:07:14 AM PDT · by ThomasMore · 102 replies
    Fox News ^ | 08/26/2015 | Fox News
    DEVELOPING: An active shooter has been reported at Bridgewater Plaza in Moneta, Virginia, according to multiple local media outlets. Video from the scene appeared to show a WDBJ media crew being attacked in the midst of a live report. The station confirmed the shooting involved one of its crews. Police are reporting there are three victims, according to WSLS. The shooting occurred at 6:45 a.m., according to Franklin County Sheriff Department spokesperson Phillip Young. WSLS said police are still looking for the shooter and hope to have a description out to the public shortly.
  • Ed Gillespie campaign manager to work for Scott Walker

    08/25/2015 10:32:06 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies
    Pilot Online ^ | August 25, 2015 | -Patrick Wilson
    Chris Leavitt, who ran a campaign for Republican Ed Gillespie last year that nearly upset incumbent U.S. Sen. Mark Warner, will be a consultant to Scott Walker's presidential campaign, according to a press release Tuesday. Walker's staff already announced that state Sen. Mark Obenshain would be Virginia campaign chair for the Wisconsin governor. Leavitt also managed Obenshain's campaign for attorney general in 2013, in which Obenshain lost to Democrat Mark Herring in a close race. In a statement, Leavitt said: "It is a privilege to join Gov. Scott Walker's campaign for president. I believe Gov. Walker is the leader our...
  • Small Town Resists Federal Gun Control, Shows the Path Forward for Liberty

    08/19/2015 2:22:09 PM PDT · by all the best · 12 replies
    Tenth Amendment Center ^ | August 19, 2015 | Shane Trejo
    Everyday Americans, state lawmakers and local officials recently came together to protect a veteran threatened with having his guns confiscated by the feds. The peaceful demonstration shows exactly what happens when people stand up against the federal government – it backs down. Although the federal government likes to gives off the impression that its authority is supreme, all it takes is a small group of folks saying no to them to show that’s not the case. A Breitbart report elaborates on how resistance effectively worked in Idaho: On August 6, residents and Bonner County Sheriff Daryl Wheeler lined up outside...
  • VA caught sending veterans' mail to the shredder

    08/19/2015 5:39:45 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 7 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | August 18, 2015 | PETE KASPEROWICZ
    The government watchdog for the Department of Veterans Affairs reported Monday that it was able to substantiate claims that the VA's Los Angeles office was sending mail from veterans to the shredder. The VA's Office of Inspector General said it launched an "unannounced inspection" of the Los Angeles office after hearing allegations that the VA staff there was shredding mail related to veterans' disability compensation claims. Though the OIG said it can't measure how often this might have happened, it did say it found some examples of mail lined up for the shredder that instead should have been opened and...
  • VA under fire for tossing claims in trash

    08/18/2015 6:45:42 PM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies
    WND ^ | 8-18-5015 | Cheryl Chumley
    The Office of Inspector General for Veterans Affairs just found staffers with the Los Angeles VA Regional Office improperly shredded numerous disability claims, tossing them in the trash rather than giving them proper review. ... The IG report also stated: “The shredding of these documents would have prevented the documents from becoming part of the veterans’ permanent record and potentially affect veterans’ benefits.” Examples of the documents that were shredded included disability-compensation claims submitted by two homeless veterans, and a letter from a medical provider confirming a veteran was unemployable due to “service-connected post-traumatic stress disorder,”
  • Woman permit holder in VA in Jail for 9 months without bond, found not guilty

    08/17/2015 6:24:06 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 13 August, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    On October 18th, 2014,  a Concealed Handgun Permit holder, Victoria Lynn Jenkins, 52, defended herself from attack by a woman with multiple assault convictions.  Her attacker had been convicted of assault in 1989, 1990, 1995, 1999, and had an assault and battery conviction in 2001.   Jenkins' only  criminal history was a trespassing charge in 1994.  She had a license to carry her pistol.  The defense attorney argued for bail.  From daileyprogress.com: Defense attorney David Deal argued that Jenkins was a lifelong resident of Madison and Culpeper, with property and business interests in the latter and was not a...
  • Will Making It Easier to Fire Feds Go Viral?

    08/16/2015 3:20:17 AM PDT · by Stand Watch Listen · 44 replies
    Government Executive ^ | August 14, 2015 | Kellie Lunney
    The head of the Merit Systems Protection Board on Thursday warned federal employees that legislative efforts making it easier to fire workers at the Veterans Affairs Department soon could expand to include other agencies. “Today, it’s the VA. Tomorrow, it could be your agency,” said MSPB Chairman Susan Tsui Grundmann in a speech at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s EXCEL conference in Washington. Grundmann was referring to a 2014 law that allows the VA secretary to fire any Senior Executive Service employee immediately, and a bill passed by the House in July that would make it easier to fire all...
  • These Female Veterans Are Dressed Like ‘Pin Up Girls’ for An Incredibly Moving Reason

    08/14/2015 6:49:44 PM PDT · by null and void · 60 replies
    IJR ^ | 8/14/15 | Justen Charters
    Within the veteran community, there are over 1.8 million women. Some of those women are part of a pro-military organization called Pin Ups For Vets: Veterans Pin Ups For Vets is a non-profit that produces WWII-style pinup calendars every year. Proceeds from the calendar help to support our hospitalized veterans and deployed troops. The women who are part of Pin Ups For Vets even go to the VA hospitals to hand deliver them. Image Credit: Pin Ups For Vets This year, their calendar features 12 female veterans. Pin Up For Vets founder Gina Elise shared some of the images...
  • Idaho Incident Raises Concerns over Government Gun Confiscation

    08/13/2015 4:49:10 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 10 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/13/15 | Jerry A. Kane
    Navy Veteran John Arnold of Priest River, Idaho, received a letter from the VA informing him that he is no longer allowed to purchase or own guns, When the Department of Veterans Affairs determines a veteran unable to take care of his financial affairs, it reports the assessment to the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). Once NICS gets the report, it labels the veteran “incapacitated,” which means that he along with his family members who live in the same household are barred by law from buying or owning firearms. On July 30, 2015, Navy Veteran John Arnold...
  • Tammy Baldwin silent on her failures as she blasts Tomah VA medical center

    08/12/2015 10:02:30 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 5 replies
    Wisconsin Watchdog ^ | 8-11-15 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wis. — Something was missing in U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin’s statement last week criticizing staff at the Tomah Veterans Affairs Medical Center. The Department Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General Office released a report finding psychiatrists at the facility failed to discuss the health hazards of synthetic opiates they prescribed to Marine Corps veteran Jason Simcakoski. The 35-year-old Simcakoski died in August 2014 after he was prescribed a fatal mixture of opiates and Valium, although the report did leave open the possibility Simcakoski could have taken additional doses. “This report confirms that the Tomah VA physicians entrusted with Jason’s...
  • Idaho veteran says VA plans to seize his guns in error

    08/08/2015 2:06:20 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 18 replies
    krem.com ^ | august 7, 2015 | lindsay nadrich
    Veteran John Arnold said he received a letter on July 30 telling him Veterans Affairs representatives were planning to come pick up his guns. Dozens gathered in front of Arnold's home Thursday to support his right to keep those gun. "A couple days ago it was going to be me sitting here with john and today it's quite a few folks that so it's veterans veterans taking care of veterans," said Arnold's friend Ranger Rick. Arnold had a stroke one year ago. In January, paperwork filed with the VA stated that Arnold was financially incompetent and could not handle his own...
  • Facebook Comment Aimed at Gun Owner Could Land VA Psychiatrist in Big Trouble

    07/30/2015 4:07:07 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 42 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | july 29, 2015 | jon street
    A Veterans Affairs psychiatrist walked back a comment he made on Facebook Tuesday in which he told a gun rights supporter to “off yourself.” Gregg Gorton’s Facebook page says he is both a professor of psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania and a staff psychiatrist at the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center, where he has worked for 11 years, WCAU-TV reported. Gorton was responding to another online user who posted a comment in favor of more people owning guns. The original Facebook status was also posted by an apparent gun rights supporter, the Military Times reported. “This is why I always carry...
  • Donald Trump Surges To Commanding Lead In Post-McCain Backlash Poll

    07/24/2015 1:20:45 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 105 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 24, 2015 | John Nolte
    While his favorability rating took a hit, a new poll shows that Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump’s comments about Senator Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)’s war record are not the silver bullet many in the GOP and media hoped. A YouGov poll taken after Trump’s ill-considered remarks show his support among Republican voters has surged by double digits and well-ahead of Scott Walker and Jeb Bush, his two closest competitors. During the week of July 4-6, Trump was in first place, with 15% choosing the billionaire businessman over the rest of the field. Bush sat at 11%, which tied with Kentucky...
  • Another VA Scandal: GI Bill Funnels Taxpayer Money To Masturbation Classes, "Hate Churches" & More

    07/24/2015 4:25:09 PM PDT · by Nachum · 23 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 7/24/15 | tyler durden
    Iraq War veteran David Rodriguez steps into a softly lit classroom at the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality in San Francisco, crosses his legs and sits on a pillow in front of an altar decorated with a rope, a model of a penis and a statue of a Hindu god. Rodriguez, a retired Navy lieutenant commander who led an engineering battalion that dismantled roadside bombs, is here for a class on “sexual bodywork.” When instruction begins, he will join his classmates in practicing different forms of masturbation. “They do vulva massage and penis massage and anal massage,” said...
  • Coach is Right, Friday Short Stories: Iranian hostages; IRS innocent; Gun Store bans Muslims

    07/24/2015 11:09:14 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 1 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 7/24/15 | John C. Velisek USN (Ret.)
    1) Kerry: We’re “Hopeful” Our Citizens in Iran Will be Freed By Daniel Doherty Commentary by John Velisek USN (Ret), staff writer “That’s a politician’s answer. Secretary of State John Kerry cannot guarantee that the three Americans that we know about languishing in Iran’s prison system will be released and returned safely to their families. He can only say that he’s “hopeful” Iran will, in a gesture of good faith, set them free. ‘There was not a meeting that took place – not one meeting that took place, believe me that’s not an exaggeration – where we did not raise...
  • Denver VA limits surgeries due to sterilization issue

    07/21/2015 2:01:46 PM PDT · by george76 · 1 replies
    7NEWS ^ | July 21, 2015 | Jaclyn Allen
    There are more problems in the operating room at the Denver VA Hospital. 7NEWS has learned that the hospital is quietly limiting certain surgeries because of problems with sterilization. ... the VA determined there were "quality control issues" in the sterilization of the reusable medical equipment -- devices such as forceps and retractors. So, they started shipping those devices to the VA in Cheyenne for sterilization, until they can resolve the issue. The problem is that they don't have enough back up equipment now to perform certain procedures.
  • Trump Defies Critics: Don't Lecture Me, I Support Veterans

    07/19/2015 7:55:55 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 34 replies
    NewsMax ^ | July 19 2015 | Greg Richter
    In a bylined article for USA Today, Donald Trump on Sunday said he doesn't need lectures from the other GOP presidential candidates, and has a proven record of his support for veterans. Trump has been under fire from the large GOP field – with the notable exception of Ted Cruz – after saying on Saturday that Arizona Sen. John McCain is "not a war hero" and a "loser." McCain was a prisoner of war in North Vietnam for more than five years. Trump's criticism was sparked by McCain's criticism of people who support Trump's position against illegal immigration "crazies." The...
  • Fact Check: The Washington Post on Donald Trump and John McCain

    07/19/2015 4:20:46 AM PDT · by Amntn · 37 replies
    Sharyl Attkisson ^ | 7/18/15 | SHARYL ATTKISSON
    Donald Trump appears to have gotten under the skin of not only Democrats, but also fellow Republicans and the news media. Has that subjected Trump, a Republican presidential candidate, to unfair and/or inaccurate reporting? An article in the Washington Post today is headlined, “Trump slams McCain for being ‘captured’ in Vietnam.” The article’s lead sentence states, “Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump slammed Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), a decorated Vietnam War veteran, on Saturday by saying McCain was not a war hero because he was captured by the North Vietnamese [emphasis added].” Is this report accurate? In fact, Trump’s actual quote...
  • Trump: Statement on John McCain

    07/18/2015 12:23:11 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 126 replies
    Facebook page for Donald J. Trump ^ | July 18, 2015 | Donald Trump
    I am not a fan of John McCain because he has done so little for our Veterans and he should know better than anybody what the Veterans need, especially in regards to the VA. He is yet another all talk, no action politician who spends too much time on television and not enough time doing his job and helping the Vets. He is also allowing our military to decrease substantially in size and strength, something which should never be allowed to happen. Furthermore, he was extremely disrespectful to the thousands upon thousands of people, many of whom happen to be...
  • VA: One of those "Shot Someone they Knew" Shootings

    07/18/2015 4:44:13 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 15 July, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Gaberail Wright is a former Marine.  He is 21 years old.  He was shot yesterday by someone that he knew.  Someone that he is accused of stealing from.  Someone who kicked him out of their home after he lived there for two months, fresh out of the Marines.   The article does not say whether he had an honorable discharge or not. The homeowner says that they kicked him out because he was stealing money from them by forging stolen checks. At 3:00 a.m. on July 13th, Benjamin and Sharon Ethier were alerted by their dog.  They found Wright, with...
  • Report: Vets' disability claims ended up in shred bins

    07/16/2015 6:23:42 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 13 replies
    www.militarytimes.com | 7:05 p.m. EDT July 15, 2015 | By Leo Shane III, Staff write
    Link Only..................... http://www.militarytimes.com/story/veterans/2015/07/15/ig-report-la-shred-bins-disability-claims-va-veterans-affairs-los-angeles/30197103/
  • VA Threatens To Shut Down Hospitals As Vets Die Waiting For Benefits

    07/15/2015 4:45:04 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 8 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 07/14/2015 | Staff
    Waste: The VA says it will shut down some hospitals if it doesn't get more money this year. Meanwhile, almost a third of those trying to enroll died before getting a decision. What do these things have in common?
  • One-Third of Veterans Awaiting VA Healthcare Already Dead, Report Says

    07/14/2015 4:23:04 PM PDT · by Nachum · 31 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 7/14/15 | Morgan Chalfant
    According to a leaked internal document from the Department of Veterans Affairs, nearly one-third of veterans awaiting healthcare coverage at the VA have already died. The April 2015 report, leaked to the Huffington Post by VA whistleblower Scott Davis, indicates that 238,657 of the 847,882 veterans waiting to be enrolled in VA healthcare are already dead, suggesting that over 28 percent of veterans applying for health coverage perished while waiting for it. VA spokeswoman Walinda West played down the number, insisting that some of those listed as having “pending” status may well have not completed their applications for healthcare coverage...
  • Report: One-third of vets on pending medical care list already dead

    07/14/2015 6:02:05 AM PDT · by george76 · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/13/15 | Martin Matishak
    An internal Veterans Affairs Department report states that about one-third of the veterans waiting to receive medical care from the agency have already died. ... as of April, 847,822 veterans were awaiting healthcare and that of those, 238,647 were already deceased. The report was handed over by Scott Davis, a program specialist at the VA's Health Eligibility Center in Atlanta He also sent copies to the House and Senate VA panels and to the White House. ... VA wants you to believe, by virtue of people being able to get health care elsewhere, it's not a big deal. But VA...
  • VA Denies Iraq War Vet Medical Care Because They "Aren't Taking New Patients"

    07/02/2015 3:45:44 PM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    Townhall ^ | Jul 01, 2015 | Katie Pavlich
    The Department of Veteran's Affairs apparently doesn't have time for the nation's veterans and recently turned at least one young man away after he sought treatment for PTSD. The excuse? The VA just isn't "taking new patients right now." ... Iraq war veteran Chris Dorsey figured that no one would believe he had been turned away from a U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs clinic when he sought an appointment for post-traumatic stress disorder. So when he went on Tuesday to another facility, the VA Oakwood, Georgia, Community Based Outpatient Clinic, he flipped on his smartphone camera. ... Unforunately, Dorsey's case...
  • New Undercover Footage Shows VA Officials Admitting Of ‘Unaccountability At Every Level’ [VIDEO]

    07/01/2015 11:15:22 AM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | July 1, 2015 | Jonah Bennett
    In a new James O’Keefe video doctors, staffers, and a top official are captured on hidden camera speaking about the problems that continue to plague the Department of Veterans Affairs. VA doctor tells undercover Project Veritas journalist: “We’re way below water in terms of the ability to supply, to meet the requests that’s demanded.” According to VA Undersecretary/ Brigadier General: “Once you’ve entered the appeals process all bets are off, the only solution to that is changing the law or more people.”
  • 'Cash Strapped' VA Forgot It Had $43.1 Million Stashed Away

    06/30/2015 2:51:46 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 5 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 06/29/2015 | John Merline
    When not pleading poverty, the Department of Veterans Affairs can be awfully careless with its money.
  • 'Cash strapped' VA forgot it had $43.1 Million stashed away

    06/29/2015 8:47:50 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 22 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 06/29/2015 | John Merline
    When not pleading poverty, the Department of Veterans Affairs can be awfully careless with its money.The latest example: In 2011, the VA set $43.1 million aside to produce brochures informing veterans about their benefits, then forgot about it. The money went unspent for three years and now might be lost for good.
  • Gross: Vermin Found Inside Florida VA Hospital Kitchen

    06/27/2015 8:15:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 27, 2015 | Daniel Doherty
    This story broke some time ago, but it’s nevertheless worth flagging. Unconscionably, vermin — and pests — reportedly invaded the kitchen of a Florida Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital. The Tampa Bay Times reports: Workers at the James A. Haley VA Medical Center reported "3 large dead rats that fell through the kitchen ceiling" at the hospital during renovation work Wednesday night, according to emails obtained by the Tampa Bay Times. They then sent color photos of the rats to the facility's infection prevention coordinator, Miriam Ruisz, and also told her about a cockroach infestation, emails show. I almost gagged reading...
  • What VA scandal? Wait times for veteran's medical care still soaring

    06/22/2015 7:03:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 06/22/2015 | Rick Moran
    No one at the VA has gotten the ax for falsifying records that showed veterans waiting months for medical care. And no one will probably be fired for continued incompetence at the VA. Washington Times: The number of veterans seeking health  care but ending up on waiting lists of one month or more is 50 percent higher now than it was a year ago when scandal over false records and long wait times wracked the Department of Veterans Affairs, The New York Times reported. The VA also faces a budget  shortfall of nearly $3 billion, the Times reported in a story posted...
  • Report: Wait Lists for Veterans Even Longer Today than Last Year

    06/22/2015 5:07:55 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 12 replies
    AP, via Military Times ^ | June 22, 2015 | AP
    The number of veterans seeking health care but ending up on waiting lists of one month or more is 50 percent higher now than it was a year ago when a scandal over false records and long wait times wracked the Department of Veterans Affairs, The New York Times reported. The VA also faces a budget shortfall of nearly $3 billion, the Times reported in a story posted online ahead of its Sunday editions. The agency is considering furloughs, hiring freezes and other significant moves to reduce the gap, the newspaper reported. (snip) The Times also reported intense internal debate...
  • This Is Paul Krugman's Idea of Good Health Care Reform

    06/10/2015 7:29:48 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 2 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 06/10/2015 | John Merline
    A few years ago New York Times columnist Paul Krugman was frequently heralding the Veterans Health Administration as a model of medical improvement in America. It is, he wrote, "a huge policy success story," that has "achieved a remarkable combination of rising quality and successful cost control." One wonders if Krugman is aware of this story.
  • In effort to fix woes in VA care, (Rep.) Moulton (D-MA) taps own experience

    06/07/2015 1:31:16 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 12 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | June 5, 2015 | Jessica Meyers
    Seth Moulton had earned two medals in Iraq for his valor. He’d witnessed brutal combat in four tours with the Marines. But none of that mattered when he showed up at the Veterans Health Administration hospital in Washington, D.C., where staff could not find records. “We’ll consider taking you as a humanitarian case,” a hospital staffer told Moulton, unaware that the would-be hernia patient was also a newly elected Massachusetts congressman. Thus began Moulton’s frustrating experience with the Veterans Affairs health system, a personal sampling of a chronically troubled medical bureaucracy that has drawn complaints from veterans, demands for improvements...
  • 22 Veterans A Day Are Killing Themselves

    06/04/2015 3:27:37 PM PDT · by blueunicorn6 · 97 replies
    Personal | 4 June 2015 | blueunicorn6
    22 Veterans kill themselves every day. Why? I've seen this figure in print several times. These are people who were tough enough and strong enough and brave enough and dedicated enough and smart enough to make it through Basic Training, Specialty Skills Training (AIT) and the rigors of military duty. Yet, they are killing themselves when they get back to the United States. Why? The claim is that something horrible happened to them in combat. They have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. OK. Let's for arguments sake accept that every Veteran that commits suicide was involved in one or several horrible...
  • Why Are Graveyards of American Soldiers

    06/04/2015 10:22:45 AM PDT · by 11th Commandment · 8 replies
    lint Eastwood’s hit movie American Sniper has brought home to Americans the trauma that many veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars bring back with them. An astonishing 22 veterans commit suicide every day, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. A disturbing and growing number are younger vets, many haunted by their experiences and poorly reintegrated into civilian life. In a 2014 survey of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, half said they knew another veteran who had attempted suicide. Investigator James O’Keefe, whose previous undercover videos have exposed scandals involving ACORN, PBS, and voter fraud, has interviewed people who raise...
  • WWII Veteran Denied Move from Minnesota to California

    06/03/2015 8:28:38 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 20 replies
    kstp ^ | 6-3-15 | kstp
    A 99-year-old World War II veteran who wants to move from a Minnesota veterans' home to one in California is frustrated by a state law that requires six months of residency first. George Vandersluis grew up in Minneapolis and eventually settled in Fresno, California, where he raised his sons after the war. He returned to Minnesota after suffering a heart attack eight years ago to live in a Veterans Affairs facility in Hastings. KSTP first introduced you to Vandersluis, who is one of the last Pearl Harbor survivors, on Memorial Day.
  • Army combat veteran's call for help lands him in jail

    05/31/2015 8:24:52 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 28 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | May 31, 2015 | Mandy Locke
    <p>For years, Ryan Broderick has been trapped inside his mind, watching a constant reel of explosions that rocked the Army vehicles he had scrubbed of blood during three combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.</p> <p>Since January, Broderick has been stuck inside a real jail, fortified by cinder blocks, surrounded by barbed wire. The government that Broderick upended his life to serve locked him up in Edgecombe County, about 75 miles east of Raleigh.</p>
  • VA Expands Choice Program Eligibility, Effective Immediately

    05/15/2015 7:57:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    In order to expand eligibility for the Veterans Choice Program, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced that it will determine eligibility for the Veterans Choice Program based on the distance between a Veteran’s place of residence and the nearest VA medical facility using driving distance rather than straight-line distance. This change has been published in the Federal Register and is effective immediately. “VA is pleased to announce the distance calculation change from straight-line to driving distance for the Veterans Choice Program,” said Secretary Robert McDonald. “This update to the program will allow more Veterans to access care when...
  • VA tells vet to call 911 to get from parking lot to ER

    05/15/2015 1:25:11 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 26 replies
    king5.com ^ | may 13, 2015 | Michael Konopasek
    The Seattle Veterans Affairs hospital is apologizing for leaving an Army veteran stranded outside its emergency room with a broken foot. Donald Siefken, 64, told The Seattle Times that hospital staff refused to help him move 10 feet through the emergency room doors. Siefken was told to call 911 for help instead. Siefken told the Times he fell while getting ready to drive his wife to Sea-Tac Airport in February. He said his foot started to swell and hurt during the drive. After dropping off his wife, Siefken drove to the VA hospital in Seattle. He said he was in too...
  • Vermont law officer charged in road-rage incident in Maine

    04/23/2015 8:10:57 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 42 replies
    The Portland Press Herald ^ | April 22, 2015 | Craig Crosby (Kennebec Journal)
    AUGUSTA — A federal law enforcement officer from Vermont was arrested in West Gardiner on Wednesday after allegedly aiming a loaded handgun at another vehicle on Interstate 95. Maine State Police officers arrested Demitria Buhalis, 41, of Brownsville, Vermont, and charged her with aggravated criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, a Class C felony, said Lt. Aaron Hayden. Buhalis is a police officer at the White River Junction VA Medical Center in Vermont, Hayden said. Hayden said a man driving south on I-95 in Sidney called police just before noon to report that a woman who drove past him in...
  • Palm to the head: VA manager forced underlings to pay his wife $30 for fortune telling

    04/23/2015 5:04:42 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 20 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 4-23-15 | David Boyer
    In a voice choked with emotion, Rustyann Brown told lawmakers Wednesday how the Department of Veterans Affairs routinely turned its back on veterans and their families, even in death. Mrs. Brown, a former employee in the VA’s Oakland office, was assigned one day in 2012 to a special team given the job of reviewing more than 13,000 veterans’ claims dating back to the mid-1990s that had never been addressed. As they sorted through the mounds of papers, she said, they often discovered that the veterans had long since died without receiving the requested benefits. In those cases, Mrs. Brown testified,...
  • West Virginia VA Hospital Switched Antipsychotic Meds with Older Drugs to Cut Costs

    04/22/2015 3:44:26 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 11 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 04/22/2015 | CJ Ciaramella
    A Veterans Affairs hospital in West Virginia switched out patients’ prescribed medications with older drugs to cut costs, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) announced in a letter to Congress and the White House Wednesday. . . . The investigation also found that hospital’s pharmacy and therapeutics committee was chaired by a non-physician, another departure from VA policy.
  • VA memo ordered false health care claims to cover up backlog

    04/15/2015 10:29:44 PM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 4/15/15 | Dave Boyer
    Another veterans scandal hit the Obama administration Wednesday with the emergence of an internal Veterans Affairs memo that allowed bureaucrats to cook their books and assert they were answering diligently President Obama’s call to reduce the backlog of veterans’ benefits claims. The memo was known inside the VA as “Fast Letter 13-10,” and a government watchdog said Wednesday this “flawed” guidance from VA headquarters in Washington deliberately resulted in making the agency appear it was delivering services and benefits to veterans faster than it really was. The VA inspector general examined the impact of the memo, issued in May 2013,
  • Veteran Put on Hold by VA Suicide Hotline

    04/14/2015 5:30:10 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 4/14/15 | Washington Free Beacon Staff
    A Florida veteran says he was repeatedly put on hold for up to ten minutes at a time when trying to call the Department of Veterans Affairs suicide hotline. U.S. Air Force veteran Ted Koran told ABC Action News in Tampa Bay that he was experiencing suicidal thoughts following the death of his wife six months ago and tried to reach out to the VA hotline. ABC Action News reports: The U.S. Air Force veteran first called the James Haley VA Center in Tampa, where a recording gave him the 800 number to the hotline.
  • Obama Fails Vets: VA Wait Lists As Bad As Ever

    04/13/2015 5:46:54 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 12 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 03/10/2015 | Staff
    Accountability: A year ago, the VA scandal involving extreme wait times and cover-ups broke. President Obama pledged urgent reforms, and Congress gave him billions to fund them. But so far, nothing's changed.
  • Police: Remains Identified as Missing Virginia Teen Anjelica 'AJ' Hadsell

    04/10/2015 5:33:59 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 19 replies
    ABCNews ^ | April 10, 2015 | EMILY SHAPIRO
    Police: Remains Identified as Missing Virginia Teen Anjelica 'AJ' Hadsell Apr 10, 2015 By EMILY SHAPIRO [Pic in URL] Remains recovered by police in Virginia have been positively identified as missing college student Anjelica "AJ" Hadsell, Norfolk Police said today, as the investigation into her death continues. The remains were found in Southampton County, Virginia, on Thursday, police said, and were sent to the Chief Medical Examiner's Office to be identified and to determine the cause of death. Police said they have not made any arrests and the cause of death has not been determined. Norfolk police told ABC News...