VA and Military Fails: Prevention of Suicide
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Since: Dec 12
#1 Jan 22, 2013
As an 'in country' Vietnam vet all too familiar with the VA, as an extension of the military since both are funded by the same source and dominated by the very same politics, the issues are the nature and quality of the programs and personnel supposedly addressing our servicemen/women and veterans care.
Criminal and substandard comes to mind of my experience with the VA mental health programs and professionals. Once again, both bureaucracies serve their respective bureaucracies and political agendas; not the service men and women. This begins with the Secretary of the VA and down the ladder.
When I wrote Joining Forces, in the persons of First Lady M. Obama and Secretary Shinseki, asking both to look into the VA's denial of help regarding my "immediate risk for suicide and need for an immediate intervention" as recorded by an unlicensed VA psychologist in my VA medical records – neither Mrs. Obama or Secretary Shinseki, including their aides, had the courtesy to respond.
(Documentation available upon request)
#2 Jan 30, 2013
I have seen the VA go through a lot of changes but I wonder if it is all for the better??? I have SEEN a lot of flaws in the system that need attention but the VA seems to be more involved with politics than helping the veteran. They can send them off to fight a war, but they can't help the vet when they come home. All the vet is asking for is a place to belong and support to live in a 'normal' society today. After surviving what the vet has, how do you do that? Psychological counseling is not enough. Drugs are not need to keeps the vets mind doped up. Give the vet a reason to belong and make them feel a productive part of society.
Society has taught our vet to 'feel and react' and then they are shipped off to a war where blood and guts and fear is the norm. This was/is a different kind of war where the vet is taught one thing by society and then retrained to react another way under orders. Then the vet comes home to a troubled society and is told to 'fit in'.
I know when I returned from the military and could not relate to my friends what military life was like, I lost a lot of friends who did not care. How do you 'reprogram' a vet to 'adjust' to those circumstances and become a productive part of society?
Then it makes you wonder, WHY SHOULD WE?
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