VA Healthcare Not a peep from President
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LIbEralS

Minneapolis, MN

#46 Jul 7, 2014
VA rejects link between Gulf War service and cancers:

STILL finding ways to NOT treat our Veterans...

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/201...

Since: Sep 11

Rogers, MN

#47 Jul 7, 2014
LIbEralS wrote:
VA rejects link between Gulf War service and cancers:
STILL finding ways to NOT treat our Veterans...
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/201...
They seem to be much more skilled at that than actually treating them.
LIbEralS

Saint Paul, MN

#48 Jul 8, 2014
WASHINGTON — A federal investigative agency is examining 67 claims of retaliation by supervisors at the Department of Veterans Affairs against employees who filed whistleblower complaints — including 25 complaints filed since June 1, after a growing health care scandal involving long patient waits and falsified records at VA hospitals and clinics became public.

The independent Office of Special Counsel said 30 of the complaints about retaliation have passed the initial review stage and were being further investigated for corrective action and possible discipline against VA supervisors and other executives. The complaints were filed in 28 states at 45 separate facilities, Special Counsel Carolyn Lerner said.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/health...
LIbEralS

Minneapolis, MN

#49 Jul 9, 2014
Vet Claims VA Doctors Left Medical Devices In His Shoulder Following Surgery:

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.(CBS Las Vegas)— A Marine Corps veteran who served in Iraq claims VA doctors left medical devices in his body following surgery.

Sean Hudson tells KRQE-TV that doctors at Albuquerque VA Hospital left a small silicon disc and a screw floating in his shoulder.

“It’s basically ruined my life,” Hudson told KRQE.
http://lasvegas.cbslocal.com/2014/07/07/vet-c...
LIbEralS

Saint Paul, MN

#50 Jul 16, 2014
Veterans waiting longer for cancer care

In 2011, Bilimoria and his colleagues published the results from their study on wait times for eight common cancers at Veterans Administration medical centers.

The researchers found that waits from cancer diagnosis to surgery were longer at VA centers for all cancer types when compared with waits for the same cancers at community hospitals. For liver and colon cancers specifically, the VA surgery wait times were more than twice as long.

In a statement, the VA told CNN, "No Veteran should ever have to wait to receive the care they have earned through their service and sacrifice. We must work together to fix the unacceptable, systemic problems in accessing VA healthcare."

http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/16/health/va-veter...
LIbEralS

Minneapolis, MN

#51 Oct 21, 2014
The VA is at it again - Threatened Retaliation Against a Whistleblower :

The Department of Veterans Affairs last month tried to force one of its employees to sign a non-disclosure agreement and threatened disciplinary action, after the employee appeared on television to criticize the VA for failing in its mission to deliver health care to veterans.

After appearing on Fox News on September 2, Davis was emailed just minutes later by William Lamm, who asked Davis to appear at an Administrative Investigation Board meeting scheduled for September 4. Lamm said Davis would be asked to sign a copy of a “notice” at that meeting.

Davis replied in an email on September 3 that the White House Office of Special Counsel is already investigating his whistleblower case, and said the VA has already determined that the OSC investigation must be concluded before the VA itself takes any action against Davis.

“Therefore, I will have to decline your invitation to meet tomorrow,” Davis wrote.“Mr. Lamm, I respectfully ask that you please stop contacting me about this matter.”

Later that day, Lamm wrote back that Davis had no choice but to attend the meeting, and reminded him that the notice Davis was required to sign says refusing to testify on disciplinary matters “may be ground for disciplinary action.”

“Mr. Davis, with all due respect, the notification that was sent to you and to your representative to appear before the Administrative Investigation Board was not an invitation to which you can decline,” Lamm wrote.

Nice system we have...
LIbEralS

Minneapolis, MN

#52 Mar 30, 2015
New examples of the scum floating to the top at the VA:
“The OIG is reviewing the documentation regarding the propriety of expenses associated with Ms. Rubens’ move from the VA Central Office to the Philadelphia VARO,” Deputy Inspector General Richard Griffin wrote.“When that review is complete, we will provide you the results.”

The excess payment far exceeds what’s normally given out to officials who relocate. From 2009 to 2011, for example, the average relocation payments ranged from about $12,000 to $13,000. The alleged payment made to Rubens is more than 20 times that normal amount.

The VA is defending the payout so far, and justified it as a necessary payment to keep a highly qualified employee.

House Veterans Affairs Committee Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) demanded, and finally got, an investigation into the payment of $288,000 in relocation expenses for a senior VA official.
Slew pupil

Surprise, AZ

#53 Mar 30, 2015
LIbEralS wrote:
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He did finally speak on the issue. He had no idea that there was such a problem until he read about it in the newspaper. And he is real mad. Heads will roll - after there has been an investigation... WHERE have we heard this before?
And, he belives that this problem has been around for a long time - Bush's fault.
Why would Hussien care about veterans? After all , they were killing his people.
FOVR

Minneapolis, MN

#54 Mar 30, 2015
LIbEralS wrote:
New examples of the scum floating to the top at the VA:
“The OIG is reviewing the documentation regarding the propriety of expenses associated with Ms. Rubens’ move from the VA Central Office to the Philadelphia VARO,” Deputy Inspector General Richard Griffin wrote.“When that review is complete, we will provide you the results.”
The excess payment far exceeds what’s normally given out to officials who relocate. From 2009 to 2011, for example, the average relocation payments ranged from about $12,000 to $13,000. The alleged payment made to Rubens is more than 20 times that normal amount.
The VA is defending the payout so far, and justified it as a necessary payment to keep a highly qualified employee.
House Veterans Affairs Committee Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) demanded, and finally got, an investigation into the payment of $288,000 in relocation expenses for a senior VA official.
What a damn joke. Ridiculous.
LIbEralS

Minneapolis, MN

#55 Apr 7, 2015
ANOTHER FLUSH of our money:

As the Obama administration continues to push the installation of solar panels on government buildings, one case in Arkansas shows that paying millions of dollars for these upgrades doesn’t always mean solar power is being generated.

The Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas, is reportedly taking down solar panels that still don’t work roughly two years after they were first installed in 2013.

http://www.katv.com/story/28734120/section-of...
LIbEralS

Minneapolis, MN

#56 Apr 14, 2015
CALL the VA hotline and get put on hold.

22 veterans commit suicide every day...

Veterans describe runaround when calling VA's national crisis hotline:

He is a veteran. He was thinking about committing suicide. But when he called the suicide hotline for veterans, he says he wasn’t helped — he was repeatedly put on hold.
http://www.abcactionnews.com/news/local-news/...

Sitting on the floor of her suburban Chicago living room, Hughes attempted to slash her wrist but didn’t draw blood, and says she passed out from anxiety. Her 12-year-old discovered her there on the floor with the knife beside her.

Hughes decided that night to turn to the national Veterans Crisis Line, a 24-hour, seven-day-a week service that promises an immediate, open line to professional help. But when Hughes phoned, she said, her call went straight to hold. After several minutes, she became frustrated and hung up.

http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/veterans...
Not so

Minneapolis, MN

#57 Apr 14, 2015
IMHO, Veterans should be able to go to a health care provider of their choice. Charges for their care at a non-VA medical clinic/hospital should be payed by the VA.

That will never happen because the VA would go bankrupt with everyone going elsewhere for medical care. Of course the VA says Veterans have special medical needs that a non-VA provider doesn't know how to treat.

You know only the VA hospitals know how to put Vets on waiting lists for care until they DIE!!!

Some special treatment.

Government agencies can only function if they have a monopoly and so the story goes.

Bend over Vets, if you are a hard working VET who has earned a decent living don't bother to visit a VA clinic because you are too wealthy to get any of their special care that Vets need.
FOVR

Hastings, MN

#58 Apr 14, 2015
Check out that article, better yet the comments.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-30386...
Not so

Minneapolis, MN

#59 Apr 14, 2015
Anyone needing immediate assistance should dial 911 and most Dispatch centers have suicide helplines. In fact most 911 call takers are versed in how to deal with those in need of mental help.

Also most public servants, them in blue, are helpful in mental stress situations.
Not so

Minneapolis, MN

#60 Apr 14, 2015
Law Enforcement professionals have a saying: "Suicide is a long term solution for a short term problem".

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