Conn. Vet Leading Legal Effort for Ga...

Conn. Vet Leading Legal Effort for Gay Benefits

There are 5 comments on the EDGE story from Aug 16, 2013, titled Conn. Vet Leading Legal Effort for Gay Benefits. In it, EDGE reports that:

A Norwich woman is joining forces with Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal to persuade the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to extend benefits to the same-sex spouses of veterans.

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“Headed toward the cliff”

Since: Nov 07

Tawas City, Michigan

#1 Aug 16, 2013
Why is the VA dragging their heals? Time for a call to the VA Secretary from the President or AG perhaps?

“ reality, what a concept”

Since: Nov 07

this one

#2 Aug 16, 2013
The VA is one of a few agencies that can be counted on to do everything by the book, even when the book is stupid.
The Mad Man

Riverside, CA

#3 Aug 17, 2013
Rick in Kansas wrote:
The VA is one of a few agencies that can be counted on to do everything by the book, even when the book is stupid.
If you ever read a govt manual, you would understand.
I had months of training and reading manuals about the way things are 'supposed' to be done and they do not reflect the reality of today's issues. A lot of 'issues' are interpretive and you are told by your supervisors to 'use common sense' but none of the supervisors I knew had any 'common sense'.
I had one issue where a transgender person came in for treatment and we had to go through management for approval and they seriously did not know what to do. As it turned out this person had an operation and had legally changed his sex and name but the record was hidden and treatment was delayed because of this. Eventually this person got treatment but management could not justify the delay in treatment.(There was no manual on this that management could find).
True fact!

“Headed toward the cliff”

Since: Nov 07

Tawas City, Michigan

#4 Aug 17, 2013
Rick in Kansas wrote:
The VA is one of a few agencies that can be counted on to do everything by the book, even when the book is stupid.
As a veteran I can attest to that.

The irony being my local catholic hospital treats my husband as such even though Michigan bans marriage between same-sex couples.

“ reality, what a concept”

Since: Nov 07

this one

#5 Aug 17, 2013
The Mad Man wrote:
If you ever read a govt manual, you would understand.
I had months of training and reading manuals about the way things are 'supposed' to be done and they do not reflect the reality of today's issues. A lot of 'issues' are interpretive and you are told by your supervisors to 'use common sense' but none of the supervisors I knew had any 'common sense'.
I had one issue where a transgender person came in for treatment and we had to go through management for approval and they seriously did not know what to do. As it turned out this person had an operation and had legally changed his sex and name but the record was hidden and treatment was delayed because of this. Eventually this person got treatment but management could not justify the delay in treatment.(There was no manual on this that management could find).
True fact!
WeTheSheeple wrote:
As a veteran I can attest to that.
The irony being my local catholic hospital treats my husband as such even though Michigan bans marriage between same-sex couples.
Never served myself, but was born and raised an Army brat. My Dad put in 30 years and worked on Veteran's issues after that. Everything by the book even if the book f*cks everything up has always been the military mindset.

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