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  • VA Fears Opening ‘Floodgates’ to Private Care

    07/21/2014 9:18:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Military.com ^ | July 17, 2014 | Tom Philpott
    MILITARY UPDATE: VA Asks Hill Not To Open ‘Floodgates’ to Private Care.The ambitious push by Congress and its veteran affairs committees to swiftly solve a health care wait-time crisis for tens of thousands of veterans by granting access to private sector care appears to have run hard aground. After four weeks, House-Senate conferees, working through their staffs to iron out differences in separate veteran health reform bills, need some major breakthroughs, according to lawmakers and staff. “I am very concerned that this conference committee will end up taking a step backward for veterans’ health care in this country,” said Sen....
  • Veterans show Obama how they turn their backs on him, as he has done to them

    07/20/2014 2:40:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | July 19, 2014 | Amanda Shea
    Angry veterans protested President Obama’s visit to Delaware to show their disdain for how the administration has treated them. The 25 protesters — led by Martin Nicholson, a veteran Marine – lined the street and turned their backs to the president’s passing motorcade. “We feel he’s turned his back on us veterans, so we’re going to turn our backs on him as he drives by on his motorcade to show our appreciation that he does not care about us veterans,” Nicholson told BuzzPo.com. Obama was in Delaware to discuss a recently damaged bridge, a topic the protesters call a waste...
  • Injured veterans program in danger

    07/20/2014 6:48:27 AM PDT · by Innovative · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 19, 2014 | Martin Matishak
    A program that allows veterans with traumatic brain injuries to receive treatment in assisted living facilities is in danger of closing down. With only two weeks to go before the August recess, Congress has yet to take action on legislation that would renew the pilot program before it expires on Sept. 30. Ralph Ibson, the national policy director for the Wounded Warrior Project, said it would be a “sad irony for Congress to fail to include in an access to care package, a critically needed access to care piece that will soon expire.” The VA started turning away applicants to...
  • Honoring Vietnam veterans: Help us put a face on sacrifice

    07/19/2014 6:06:10 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 22 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 14, 2014 | Mark Green
    Courtesy of the author The genius of Maya Lin’s design for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial -- “The Wall” -- is the visitor’s overwhelming sense of loss. The names of the dead, on 140 black granite panels, appear infinite in number. It has been 32 years since The Wall was dedicated. It has become a place of healing, where Americans could separate the sacrifice of the warriors from what had become America’s most unpopular war. Back then, a young veteran, Jan Scruggs, took $2,000 of his own money and began raising the $8.4 million in private contributions to build what...
  • Mrs. Obama's Operation VA Scandal Distraction

    07/18/2014 2:33:15 AM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    Townhall ^ | 7/18/2014 | Michelle Malkin
    Barack and Michelle Obama are quite the diversionary tag-team. He blames everyone else for his problems. She takes credit for progress on his behalf that he doesn't deserve and distracts public attention from his avalanche of failures with endless feel-good photo-ops. While the shirker in chief golfed and grubbed for money at closed-door celebrity fundraisers this week, his East Wing flak-catcher provided him cunning cover on the still-festering VA scandals. Mrs. Obama flew to Los Angeles to declare a war or something on veterans' homelessness. At a summit with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Wednesday, she said the neglect...
  • Veterans to Obama: You Turned Your Back on Us So We Will Turn Ours on You: Literally (VIDEO)

    07/18/2014 6:53:13 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 14 replies
    http://www.tpnn.com/ ^ | July 18, 2014 | Jennifer Burke
    President Obama’s visit to Delaware was not met with all cheers and admiration as his photo-op shots might suggest. BuzzPo reports that a group of 25 veterans decided to show Obama just what they think about his poor treatment of America’s veterans. Eric Reed, founder of Gun Rights Across America, spoke with the organizer of the back turning protest, Martin Nicholson. A veteran of the U.S. Marine Corp, Nicholson gives the command to around 25 veterans to turn their backs to Barack Obama’s passing motorcade at approximately the 35-second mark. (Watch Video Below) They remain with their backs turned until...
  • Young war veteran shot, killed by police

    07/17/2014 9:08:38 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 20 replies
    WMC Action News 5 ^ | July 16, 2014 | WMCActionNews5.com Staff
    GERMANTOWN, TN - (WMC) - A young war veteran was shot and killed by Germantown police officers Tuesday night just before 10 p.m. Justin Neil Davis' best friend, who asked to be called Val, told WMC Action News 5 that Davis went to Cameron Brown Park in Germantown off Farmington Boulevard, because it is where he had happy memories of his childhood. Davis was reportedly sitting in his car with a rifle and thoughts of suicide when Germantown police shot and killed him. Wednesday night, family and friends say they still have questions.
  • Acting head of VA says agency needs $17.6 billion to fix problems

    07/16/2014 8:20:36 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 07/16/2014 | REBECCA BRATEK
    The Department of Veterans Affairs needs $17.6 billion in additional funds over the next three years to meet patients’ needs and fix the troubled agency’s problems, its acting director said Wednesday. Testifying for the first time on Capitol Hill, interim VA Secretary Sloan Gibson told the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee that the money would help VA medical centers decrease appointment waiting times and hire more doctors. But the request divided lawmakers. Democrats, including Sen. Jon Tester of Montana, supported the appeal, while Republicans, including Sen. Mike Johanns of Nebraska, questioned whether VA care would improve if it received additional funding....
  • Horror! Dying NY Vets Denied Painkillers – Given Salt Water Instead

    07/16/2014 2:48:49 PM PDT · by blueyon · 54 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 7/16/14 | Jim Hoft
    Another day, another VA tragedy. An Albany nurse claims dying New York Veterans were denied painkillers. Instead they were given salt water mixtures. Valerie Riviello, a nurse at the Albany Stratton VA medical center, claims that fellow employees had reported to her that dying veterans were denied painkillers such as morphine to ease their pain. Instead, they were given salt water mixtures. Riviello told the Times Union: Among stories that nurse Valerie Riviello has heard from other employees at the Albany VA is one about dying patients who were supposed to receive morphine to alleviate pain, but instead got a...
  • Justice Dept finally finds ‘real’ scandal; looking at Obama outhouse parade float

    07/12/2014 5:35:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | July 12, 2014 | Michele Kirk
    The U.S. Department of Justice has finally found something to do. Since investigating multiple “fake” scandals like the White House Benghazi cover-up and IRS targeting of conservatives seem so petty, Holder’s crew have been itching for something worthy to investigate. A controversial float in the Norfolk Independence Day parade is just the ground-breaking case they were hoping for. “One of the floats included a zombie-like mannequin standing near an outhouse labeled ‘Obama Presidential Library,’” Omaha World-Herald reported. According to the World-Herald : "The department sent a member of its Community Relations Service team, which gets involved in discrimination disputes,...
  • Great news: VA overpaying misclassified workers by millions … and can’t fix it

    07/11/2014 7:33:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/11/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    The VA’s defenders insist that the wait-list scandal demonstrates a need for better funding, but how does the agency ensure that its current funding levels are used efficiently? After all, the VA has seen a 78% increase in funding over the last six budget cycles, and its budget has grown more on a percentage basis than any other Cabinet-level agency during that time. All of that cash got used properly and effectively, right?Wrong. Huffington Post’s David Wood does solid work in analyzing a recent audit of the VA, which found that as many as 13,000 employees have been misclassified...
  • Whistleblower alleges VA benefit application purge

    07/07/2014 4:55:54 PM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    ap ^ | June 29, 2014
    Federal investigators are probing a whistleblower's allegations that applications for veterans seeking health care benefits may have been improperly purged from the VA's Health Eligibility Center in suburban Atlanta. Eligibility Center program specialist Scott Davis .. that health benefit applications for more than 10,000 veterans may have been improperly purged from ... Davis said the VA placed him on paid administrative leave after he filed the complaints
  • Joe Geoghagan Is A 31 Year Old Veteran And He’s Begging The VA Not To Let Him Starve To Death

    07/04/2014 6:45:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    Right Wing News ^ | July 3, 2014 | John Hawkins
    Joe Geoghagan is a 31 year old veteran and he’s begging the VA not to let him starve to death. Let me repeat that. Joe Geoghagan is a 31 year old veteran and he’s BEGGING the VA not to let him starve to death. Joe first came to my attention because he wrote the Right Wing News Facebook page asking for help. Imagine that: a veteran who did three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan reduced to writing the owner of a Facebook page because he doesn’t know where else to turn to get basic medical attention. After doing some basic...
  • California citizen militia units joining forces with Texas units to defend the border

    07/04/2014 3:25:57 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 320 replies
    July 4, 2014 | Jim Robinson
    Ok, this is just the germination of the plan. We have independent units from the Bolinas Border Patrol and the Central Valley Citizens militia joining forces with independent citizens militia units of Texas to defend our southern border in Texas, to protest Obama's lawless open borders policies and to rally support for Governor Perry to officially call out Guard units and Texas militia units at his disposal to defend the border!! Lawsuits will not cut it. The invasion is happening now. Action must be taken NOW!! FReepers, Patriots, Militia members: Prepare to answer the call!!
  • Biz executives pay fines for Florida vet facing eviction over flower pot flag

    07/04/2014 4:09:34 PM PDT · by Innovative · 27 replies
    FoxNews ^ | July 4, 2014 | FoxNews
    In an act of patriotism this Fourth of July, a pair of business executives has paid the fines for a Florida veteran who faced foreclosure for displaying a small American flag in a flower pot on his front stoop. The two senior executives for Los Angeles-based Lear Capital had read the story of 73-year-old Larry Murphree, of Jacksonville, whose homeowners association at Tides Condominium at Sweetwater began hitting him with fines of $100 a day last year for violating his homeowners association’s flag display rules, and have offered to pay the bill which has climbed into the thousands. Along with...
  • VA Employees Switched from Processing VA Applications to Obamacare Applications

    07/03/2014 9:33:11 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 51 replies
    truthrevolt.org ^ | July 3 2014 | Jeff Dunetz
    "...we actually put incoming applications aside so we could focus on the ACA related applications that came in over last summer."
  • Tesla Motors on a mission to hire American veterans

    07/03/2014 4:29:54 PM PDT · by Reaganez · 11 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | July 3,2014 | Dana Hull
    FREMONT -- Tesla Motors, which is on a mission to bring electric cars to the masses, now has another goal -- to become a leading employer of America's military veterans. "We want to be known throughout the veteran community as a great place to work," Arnnon Geshuri, Tesla's vice president of human resources, said in an interview. "Veterans are a great source of talent for Tesla, and we're going after it." "Tesla has risen to the top" among companies known for creating veteran-friendly workplaces, said Ted Daywalt, president and CEO of VetJobs, the nation's leading military job board. "They have...
  • Vet dies in another VA facility, whose fault is it ?

    07/03/2014 12:08:55 PM PDT · by redcatcherb412 · 10 replies
    koat tv ^ | 07/02/2014 | vanity
    do not get sick at this hospital
  • Sources: Obama to nominate ex-P&G head to lead Veterans Affairs

    06/29/2014 1:47:13 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 39 replies
    FOXNEWS.com ^ | 6,29/14 | Chad Pergram/AP
    President Obama plans to nominate former Procter and Gamble executive Robert McDonald to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs, sources confirm to Fox News.
  • Obama: 'They're Phony Scandals'

    06/27/2014 2:56:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    CNS News ^ | June 27, 2014 | Susan Jones
    President Obama warned people in Minnesota Friday not to believe what they hear on television: "They're fabricated issues, they're phony scandals that are generated. It's all geared towards the next election or ginning up a base. It's not on the level," the president insisted. Here are his remarks in context: I don't -- I don't watch TV news generally, or cable shows, but I suspect if you're out here and going to work and picking up your kids and taking them to soccer or at night sitting there paying the bills, and you just turn on the TV, sometimes it...
  • VIDEO: Hotel Desk Clerk Refuses to Serve Veteran and Calls the Police, You Won’t Believe Why

    06/26/2014 9:01:26 AM PDT · by Marie · 88 replies
    TPN ^ | 6/26/2014 | Jennifer Burke
    It is a shameful act of discrimination for a business to turn away someone who returned home after being at war with battle scars that cannot be visibly seen. But, that’s precisely what happened to one veteran while vacationing in Florida. Not only is it an act of discrimination, but also what this hotel, and many others, did to this veteran is against the law. (Watch Video at the link) Former Army Sgt. Robert Price simply wanted to find a place to sleep while he was on vacation in Daytona Beach, FL. He was not alone. He had with him...
  • Exposed: How the VA Red-Flags ‘Disruptive’ Vets

    06/25/2014 5:17:15 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 43 replies
    creators.com ^ | June 24, 2014 | Michelle Malkin
    Imagine how much better off America’s veterans would be if the federal government spent more time delivering actual care and less time compiling tyrannical lists. The death-inducing secret waiting lists for patients are just the tip of the iceberg. Did you know, for example, that the VA keeps a database on “disgruntled” and “disruptive” vets that results in arbitrarily restricted care?
  • Poor care at VA hospitals cost 1,000 veterans their lives, report says

    06/24/2014 6:07:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 24, 2014 | Stephen Dinan
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) $1B in malpractice settlements as horror stories revealed.The problems at Veterans Affairs extend well beyond long wait lists, with a report Tuesday showing the department is plagued with poor care that has cost up to 1,000 veterans their lives and left taxpayers on the hook for nearly $1 billion in malpractice settlements since the beginning of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Some of the problems detailed in the report by Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma are downright ghoulish. They include the case of a former security chief at a New York Veterans Affairs medical center whom the FBI...
  • CNN: Whistleblower: VA Changed Records To Make Dead Patients Appear To Be Alive

    06/24/2014 5:49:09 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Youtube ^ | 6/24/14 | CNN
    CNN: Whistleblower: VA Changed Records To Make Dead Patients Appear To Be Alive (June 24, 2014)
  • CNN reporter: VA can’t be fixed without a total gutting

    06/23/2014 5:40:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Hot Air ^ | June 23, 2014 | Noah Rothman
    CNN reporter Drew Griffin has owned the revelations surrounding the Department of Veterans Affairs and their scandalous treatment of military veterans. After a year of investigation, he broke the story involving the creation of secret waiting lists at a Phoenix VA hospital where 40 vets died awaiting care. Griffin’s reporting led to the uncovering of several more secret waiting lists – a revelation that forced President Barack Obama to accept the resignation of his VA secretary, Gen. Eric Shinseki. On Monday, Griffin discussed a new report from an independent government oversight agency which found that VA has been ignoring whistleblowers...
  • Obama Seeks to Confiscate All Apache Helicopters from National Guard - Promises 10 to Egypt

    06/21/2014 6:28:29 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 43 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | April 23, 2014 | Tom Brown
    According to reports, the Army National Guard is pushing back against a plan to send every one of its 192 Apache attack helicopters to the active duty Army. Some may think this is no big deal. However, this is coming from an administration that loathes the military and wants to weaken America to the point that it cannot defend herself. The trade would replace the Guard's attack helicopters with 111 UH-60 Black Hawks, basically transport and utility helicopters. This trade comes amid claims that there are deep budget cuts, according to Obama's own sequestration. Make no mistake, this is an...
  • Veterans Angry After Danvers Swaps POW/MIA Flag For LGBT Flag At Town Hall (MA)

    06/20/2014 9:23:55 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 22 replies
    boston.cbslocal.com ^ | June 19, 2014 | Beth Germano
    DANVERS (CBS) – A compromise has been forged in Danvers where veterans are upset that a POW/MIA flag outside Town Hall was replaced with a gay pride flag for the month of June. The POW/MIA flag was taken down to mark Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transsexual Pride Month. “We just feel that spot to us is a sacred spot,” said World War II veteran Bruce Eaton, who believes the pride flag is more a political statement. “We think the public should be constantly reminded that these boys were the ones that preserved our right to hang banners and flags in...
  • EDITORIAL: Strange priorities at the VA - sick wait while solar panels and windmills move to the fro

    06/20/2014 6:13:57 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 14 replies
    Washington Times ^ | June 19, 2014 | Editorial
    ".........The green office isn’t merely a desk and telephone tucked away in the dark corner of a nondescript government building. It’s a substantial undertaking, with all the luxury, bells and whistles of a bureaucracy that means business. Eric K. Shinseki, who resigned as secretary in the wake of the VA scandal of the sin of omission, traveled the country to boast of the green initiative. In one instance, he traveled to Massachusetts to flick the switch at a half-million-dollar windmill project at the Massachusetts National Cemetery. “Nationally,” he said, “VA continues to expand its investment in renewable sources of energy...
  • D-day landing sites - then and now.

    06/18/2014 2:41:18 PM PDT · by Vanders9 · 9 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 05/28/2014 | David Sim
    As part of the D-Day commemoration, Reuters photographer Chris Helgren compiled archive pictures taken during the invasion and went back to the same places to photograph them as they appear today.
  • 6 Investigates Follow-up: Failed Housing Project Costs City Grant Money [Corpus Christi, Texas]

    06/18/2014 9:49:46 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 7 replies
    KRIS ^ | 6/17/14 | Andrew Ellison
    CORPUS CHRISTI - The city of Corpus Christi on Tuesday announced it can not come up with all of the money needed to repay the federal government for a failed, public housing project. The news comes on the heels of a KRIS-6 Investigation into the League of United Latin American Citizens - Apartment of the Village project, a low-income housing unit for disabled veterans. But the project derailed and the money, disappeared. After years of delay, the city sued the league to recover the $400,000 block grant which city leaders approved, in 2008. That is because the city, not L.U.L.A.C.,...
  • Lakeville (MN) Boy Scout scrubs gravestones for soldiers

    06/14/2014 7:29:27 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 14 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 6/14/14 | ERIN ADLER
    Garrett McKay dipped his brush in a bucket of water and began scrubbing the dirt from another bright white headstone, this one from a second lieutenant who served in World War I, dying in 1963. “I know in the winter the headstones do get very weathered,” he said, as the bristles removed grime caked into the engraved letters. “The ones under the trees are really pretty dirty.” Despite the Saturday morning drizzle, McKay and 20 friends and family members spent the morning at Fort Snelling National Cemetery cleaning the limestone graves of hundreds of soldiers, their wives and the occasional...
  • America's First Lady Disrespecting Our Veterans

    06/14/2014 1:36:06 PM PDT · by lbryce · 41 replies
    Google Plus ^ | June 14, 2014 | thewarrior0123
  • Obama jails American soldiers for killing the enemy and frees the enemy to kill more Americans.

    06/13/2014 5:35:03 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 5 replies
    NoiseyRoom.net ^ | June 8, 2014 | Nelson Abdullah
    It would be stupid to even think about asking the question: Whose side is Obama on? Anyone who doesn’t know by now must have just returned from a very long vacation. For the record, let the evidence stand to prove that Barack Hussein Obama is a Muslim and as a Muslim he must wage war against anyone who fights other Muslims. So how does the the so-called Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. military wage war against American soldiers who are fighting Muslims in Iraq and Afghanistan? By making it difficult for them to fight. For one thing, by changing the Rules...
  • Medical Advocate: Senate VA Bill Would 'Protect Union Jobs, Not Ailing Vets'

    06/13/2014 5:25:23 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 16 replies
    http://www.cnsnews.com/ ^ | June 12.2014 | Melanie Hunter
    The founder and chair of a group dedicated to reducing hospital infection deaths told the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Thursday that a bill backed by the Senate Wednesday to address the backlog of veterans awaiting medical care “is designed to protect union jobs, not ailing vets.” The bill drafted by Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, “will not save the lives of vets stuck on the wait list,” said Dr. Betsy McCaughey, chair of the Committee to Reduce Infection Deaths. “This bill as currently written is designed to protect union...
  • Report: VA Told Pittsburgh Hospital to Mislead Congress

    06/11/2014 1:25:04 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 6 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | June 11 2014 | Washington Free Beacon
    The Department of Veterans Affairs ordered a Pittsburgh VA hospital to block attempts by two congressmen to find out about hundreds of patients languishing on the hospital’s wait list, according to a CNN report. Congressional sources told CNN that Rep. Tim Murphy (R., Penn.) received a call from Pittsburgh VA director and CEO Terry Gerigk Wolf, who said that the hospital had passed an internal audit on patient wait times “with flying colors.” “It is my belief the purpose of the unannounced call was not to provide me the facts on patient wait times at the Pittsburgh VA, but was...
  • Attorney General Holder Hopes to Cut Sentences of up to 20,000 Prisoners Under New Rules

    06/11/2014 8:17:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The Atlanta Black Star ^ | June 10, 2014 | Nick Chiles
    In a proposal that could have a far-reaching impact on the Black community, Attorney General Eric Holder is urging the U.S. Sentencing Commission to cut the sentences of as many as 20,000 federal prisoners serving time for nonviolent drug offenses. It is Holder’s latest move to reform the sentencing guidelines that he has said disproportionately affect African-American males. The Justice Department appealed Tuesday to the U.S. Sentencing Commission to make some prisoners retroactively eligible for reduced sentences. The commission has already approved a measure to reduce drug sentences for future nonviolent offenders. This would apply to offenders already in federal...
  • Veterans Could Get $50 Billion a Year in New Health Care

    06/11/2014 5:34:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Roll Call ^ | June 11, 2014 | Niels Lesniewski
    As the Senate voted overwhelmingly to pass legislation designed to fix problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs, the amount of new spending in the measure began to clarify. And the price tag could be a gut-check when it comes to understanding what it really costs to fulfill sacred obligations to America’s veterans. The cost of the measure could be astronomical. That’s according to preliminary numbers circulated by the Congressional Budget Office Wednesday afternoon. The bill would give veterans new opportunities to seek care outside of the health care system provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs. CBO said in...
  • Huge backlog: 70 percent of VA facilities used alternative wait lists

    06/10/2014 8:00:39 AM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    Washington Times ^ | June 9, 2014 | Jacqueline Klimas
    Tens of thousands of veterans are stuck in backlogs awaiting care at VA facilities, the department said Monday in a report that confirms employees regularly cooked the books, often under pressure from supervisors, to try to hide long wait times. The audit found that 70 percent of Veterans Affairs facilities surveyed placed patients on alternate wait lists, meaning many of those veterans probably weren’t recorded in the official reports back to headquarters and were used to dole out bonuses to VA executives.
  • Review shows 100,000 veterans face long waits for healthcare

    06/10/2014 7:18:22 AM PDT · by GilGil · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | 6/09/14 | David Lawder and Emily Stephenson
    More than 100,000 veterans are experiencing waits of more than 90 days for appointments at medical centers run by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, according to an internal audit released by the troubled agency on Monday.
  • Get in line: 57,000 veterans waiting for initial appointments at the VA

    06/09/2014 2:42:25 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    AP Hotair ^ | 06/09/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    And they’ve been waiting a long time, too. The Associated Press reports on an internal audit from more than 700 VA facilities shows that 57,000 veterans have waited 90 or more days for their initial medical appointment, let alone for any advanced care that might be needed. Another 64,000 have been enrolled in the VA health-care system for more than ten years without ever getting to see a doctor: The Veterans Affairs Department says more than 57,000 patients are still waiting for initial medical appointments at VA hospitals and clinics 90 days or more after requesting them. An additional...
  • Poll: Veterans Overwhelmingly Oppose Obama's Bergdahl Swap

    06/09/2014 1:29:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    Breitbart's Big Peace ^ | June 9, 2014 | Charlie Spiering
    A new public opinion poll shows that veterans oppose Obama’s decision to trade five Guantanamo detainees for the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl by overwhelming numbers. According to the poll conducted by USA Today and Pew Research, 68 percent of veterans polled said that Obama made the wrong decision. Only 16 percent supported the decision. Forty-three percent of respondents said that Obama was wrong to make the deal, while 34 percent said that it was the right thing to do...
  • Audit: More than 57,000 await initial VA visits (64K more enrolled last 10 years NEVER saw doctor!)

    06/09/2014 12:00:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Yahoo! News / The Associated Press ^ | June 9, 2014 | Matthew Daly
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)More than 57,000 veterans have been waiting 90 days or more for medical appointments, the Veterans Affairs Department said in a wide-ranging audit released Monday. An additional 64,000 who enrolled for VA health care over the past decade have never been seen by a doctor, according to the audit. The audit is the first nationwide look at the VA network in the uproar that began with reports two months ago of patients dying while awaiting appointments and of cover-ups at the Phoenix VA center. Examining 731 VA hospitals and large outpatient clinics, the audit found long wait times across the...
  • I’m an Army veteran, and my benefits are too generous (You knew they'd get to this)

    06/08/2014 6:29:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | June 6, 2014 | Tom Slear
    Tom Slear, who retired from the Army as a lieutenant colonel in 2001, is a freelance writer in Annapolis. A few weeks ago, I mentioned to a receptionist in a physical therapist’s office that I was covered by Tricare, the military’s health-care program for service members, retirees and their families. (It has nothing to do with the troubled Veterans Affairs hospital system.) “Good deal,” I said. “You deserve it,” she responded. Really? If she only knew. Though I spent more than five years on active duty during the 1970s as an Army infantry officer and an additional 23 years in...
  • How Obama’s media strategy unraveled with recovered POW

    06/07/2014 10:22:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The New York Post ^ | June 7, 2014 | John Podhoretz
    What happens when the world’s greatest spin doctor commits malpractice — on himself? That is the question that now bedevils Barack Obama after what have been, without a doubt, the worst weeks of his presidency. From the Veterans Administration scandal to the jaw-dropping events surrounding the swap of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the man with the most remarkable intuitive grasp of how to preserve and enhance his own image the world has ever seen has now tarnished it almost beyond recognition. Who would have expected such a development? From the speech in 2004 that made him a rising star through the...
  • VA head says 18 veterans left off wait list have died (Phoenix, Arizona)

    06/06/2014 10:47:15 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    PHOENIX — In a new revelation in the growing Veterans Affairs’ scandal, the organization’s acting head says that an additional 18 veterans whose names were kept off an official electronic VA appointment list have died. Acting VA Secretary Sloan Gibson said he would ask the inspector general to see if there is any indication those deaths were related to long wait times. If so, they would reach out to those veterans’ families. “I will come personally and apologize to the survivors,” Gibson said Thursday....
  • Watch: Awesome Tribute by Airline Gate Agent for WWII Vets On Their Way to France for D-Day

    06/06/2014 7:38:04 AM PDT · by montag813 · 53 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 06-06-2014 | Jason DeWitt
    by Jason DeWitt | Top Right NewsA group of World War II veterans got a sweet surprise on Wednesday, when a gate agent at the Detroit airport serenaded them with a beautiful rendition of the national anthem over the loudspeaker.The moving moment came on Monday, when the agent at DTW, Anna Marie Barile, started to sing over the PA system for passengers waiting for Delta flight 98 from Detroit to Paris.There were 12 WWII veterans on this particular flight, which was headed to Omaha Beach to recognize the 70th anniversary of D-Day. When it was announced over the PA system...
  • Obamacare & the VA Hospital Scandal: An inconvenient truth

    06/05/2014 6:28:25 PM PDT · by DonMashak · 7 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | 5/22/2014 | Don Mashak
    This article discusses the VA Hospital Scandal relative to the passage of Obamacare aka ACA
  • Ex-V.A. official walks back suggestion that Bergdahl's unit may've been infested with 'psychopaths'

    06/05/2014 4:11:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | June 5, 2014 | T. Becket Adams
    A former Veterans Affairs official apologized Thursday for suggesting that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl may have left his post in Afghanistan five years ago because he was surrounded by “psychopaths.” “While I just wanted to make the point that the public should wait before passing judgment, I unfortunately used my own poor judgment in choosing inappropriate language that many view as disparaging to U.S. service members,” Brandon Friedman, who currently serves as a spokesman for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, told BuzzFeed. “That was certainly not my intent and I regret making the comments on my personal account...
  • Need KeyWord for Veteran Care (VetCare or VeteranCare)

    06/05/2014 9:50:19 AM PDT · by topher · 4 replies
    FreeRepublic Keywords | 5 June 2014 | Vanity
    It is my opinion that FreeRepublic needs to have a Hot Keyword to track our problem with Veteran Care. For example, for Gun Rights (etc.) there is the BangList. For pro-life issues, there is ProLife Other important keywords are FreeRepublic are: Aliens, FastAndFurious, Benghazi, HomosexualActivism, etc. The Obama Administration is trying to get the plight of our Veterans to the back pages with the Traitor Bergdahl release/exchange. We cannot let Obama off the hook -- For the sake of Our Veterans. One thing to do is to have one keyword to track the Veteran Care issue, and that way Freepers/Lurkers...
  • Fox News Poll: Voters think Gitmo prisoners receive better health care than vets

    06/05/2014 9:38:32 AM PDT · by topher · 9 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | June 5, 2014 | Dana Blanton
    More Americans than not think the U.S. government gives better health care to militants captured in the war on terrorism than to U.S. troops who may have fought them on the battlefield. A Fox News poll released Wednesday finds that by a 50-31 percent margin, voters think enemy combatants held at Guantanamo Bay get better health care than veterans. Nearly one in five is unsure (18 percent).