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LOTS OF NEWS ABOUT VETS AND VA PROBLEMS

Here’s just a few examples:

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Vets are receiving letters demanding they repay thousands of dollars of over-payments caused by VA mistakes and ineptitude…HOW IS THIS IN ANY WAY FAIR?

  https://news.vice.com/story/va-veterans-overpayment

Every month since June 2009, Tad Steckler has received a disability benefits check from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Steckler retired from the Army at age 40 as a master sergeant with a Soldier’s Medal for heroism, and he’d built a new life on the foundation of his checks.

The money covered rent on a three-bedroom home in Nebraska that he shared with his wife and her two daughters and the lease on the family’s Nissan Leaf electric car. It was all part of the agreement he’d made with the government when he enlisted out of high school: In exchange for his service, he’d be taken care of.

Last June, Steckler’s wife, Robyn Loveland, opened what she thought was just another envelope from the VA. Except this one wasn’t a check — it was a bill for more than $10,000. A letter stated that Steckler had received thousands of dollars in disability compensation in error, and the VA was going to withhold future payment until the debt was paid.

A VICE News investigation has revealed that the VA sent nearly 187,000 of these overpayment notices last year. That represents just under 2 percent of those receiving benefits.

Other cases we’ve identified show overpayment claims similar in size to Steckler’s, with the potential to send veterans into crippling debt.

A former Army combat medic from Idaho who served two tours in Iraq was told he owed the VA $9,831.93.

A former Army sniper from Colorado who was shot in the head in the line of duty in Iraq got an overpayment notice for $11,119.41. These veterans were told their benefits would be withheld until they repaid the unexpected bills.

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Finally doing something about the massive appeals backlog…Now if they would stop the 80% rejection rate that gets Vets into the appeals process and adds massively to the backlog in the first place…Just saying…

https://www.blumenthal.senate.gov/newsroom/press/release/senators-introduce-legislation-to-overhaul-veterans-appeals-process

[WASHINGTON, DC] – Today, U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Jon Tester (D-MT), Angus King (I-ME), Tom Udall (D-NM), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Robert P. Casey, Jr. (D-PA), Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Patty Murray (D-WA) introduced legislation to reform the appeals process for veterans benefits. Because of redundancies and inefficiencies in the current process, most veterans wait years for a decision on their appeals.

The Department of Veterans Affairs Appeals Modernization Act of 2016 would replace the current appeals process – which today stands at over 450,000 appeals awaiting a decision – with one that is simple, fair, and transparent.

“The current appeals process for veterans benefits is a quagmire that no longer serves veterans and their families. Without reform, thousands of our nation’s veterans will continue to languish for years without receiving a fair and just consideration of their appeal, and denied access to the benefits they need and deserve,”

Blumenthal said. “Today, I am proud to introduce legislation that is the product of true collaboration between all stakeholders – with this kind of rare consensus, I am confident that we can send a clean appeals reform bill to the President’s desk this year.”

“Veterans are waiting in limbo too long for the benefits that they earned,” Tester said.  “This bipartisan bill was built through collaboration and gives veterans different options to best fit their needs.  I am confident this reform will streamline the disability appeals process, protect veterans due process, and save taxpayers money.”

“A disabled veteran deserves more than a place on a waiting list or getting caught up in a VA backlog. But, too often, Maine veterans are paying the price for bureaucratic failures,” King said. “Veterans deserve a full, fair, and timely review of their appeals and this legislation will help accomplish that.”

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Here’s a story about a news station intervening on behalf of an Army Vet… need to get more news media involved in out fight for deserved benefits…

Published:

Army vet granted V.A. benefits after Target 8 intervenes

BRANDON, Fla. (WFLA) – A Brandon Army veteran was denied V.A. benefits to which he was entitled.  He asked for help from Target 8 and the battle he waged for nearly a year ended within two days.

Carver Taitt joined the U.S. Army in 1978.

He was a paratrooper and worked in chemical warfare.

Disabilities that he developed in the Army ended his military career in 1990.  Following his retirement, he received a small V.A. disability check each month.

“I didn’t put that uniform on for any special credit.  I put it on because I believe,” said Taitt.

At the V.A. last April, an employee advised Taitt, that since he was married, he was entitled to spousal benefits.

“I says ‘well that’s the first I’ve heard of it,’” he explained.

Not long after applying, someone identifying himself as a supervisor from the V.A. regional office in St. Petersburg told Taitt there was no record that he was married.  Taitt explained he was married to his wife, Gemma, for more than 40 years.

“He says, ‘well I’m in charge and at this point, I make the decisions and I’m not going to give it to you,’” Taitt remembered.

The harsh treatment didn’t sit well.

“When someone tells me, in essence, that he doesn’t care about me as a soldier, it bothers me,” said Taitt.

V.A. paperwork from 2007 shows that not only was Taitt married, he also had a son.  So, he filed paperwork with the Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington, D.C. and waited.

Around Thanksgiving, Taitt watched a Target 8 report about another veteran, Keith Addis.  Addis had tried unsuccessfully for nine years to convince the V.A. that he had been married to his wife for more than 30 years.

Addis forwarded his paperwork to Target 8.  We forwarded it on to the V.A.  The next day, a letter was sent out, approving his spousal benefits.

“You helped immensely,” he said.

“They did the same thing to him, telling him ‘basically, your wife doesn’t exist,’” Taitt observed. “So, I said, ‘you know, let me call Mr. Andrews.’”

Taitt forwarded his documentation to Target 8.  We forwarded it to the V.A.

Two days later, the V.A. approved his spousal benefits.

“I said wow, this is really fast.  8 was On My Side.”

Not only that, the V.A. also provided dependent benefits for his son.  All the benefits are retroactive to 2002.

“This is what results is all about, and I feel that we need more people like you guys out there to make a difference,” said Taitt.

Bruce Clisby from the V.A. regional office told us that he couldn’t comment on the case, because of privacy issues, but the review and assistance came from the St. Petersburg office.

 

 

Vets News Headlines

NEWS HEADLINES PERTAINING TO VETS

Trump Weighs Letting Veterans Opt Out of V.A. Medical Care…

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — President-elect Donald J. Trump is considering a plan to allow military veterans to opt out of medical care at Veterans Affairs hospitals and instead see private doctors of their choosing, a senior transition official told reporters here on Wednesday.

See the article HERE

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VA Secretary Wants To End Major Rules In The Way Of Vets Getting Private Sector Care

VA Secretary David Shulkin outlined his aim Sunday to remove the 40-mile, 30-day rule for veterans accessing private sector care outside the VA system.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2017/02/26/va-secretary-wants-to-end-major-rules-in-the-way-of-vets-getting-private-sector-care/#ixzz4Ztm3TwnN

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VA chief of staff steps down…

By NIKKI WENTLING | STARS AND STRIPESPublished: February 24, 2017

WASHINGTON — Department of Veterans Affairs Chief of Staff Robert Snyder announced his retirement this week after just more than one year of overseeing day-to-day operations at the agency, the VA confirmed Friday.

Read more here:

http://www.stripes.com/news/va-chief-of-staff-steps-down-1.455726?utm_source=Stars+and+Stripes+Emails&utm_campaign=Daily+Headlines&utm_medium=email#.WLRBoPkrKM9

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Star Tribune – Obituary For Amie Muller, Burn Pit Victim

From:  Disabled Veteran’s Organization

Benjamin Krause, JD

February 24, 2017

For my readers familiar with the situation, the Star Tribune published the obituary for Amie Muller, beloved mother, wife and burn pit victim.

Amie passed away last Saturday, at 36 years old, after a devastating fight against pancreatic cancer likely linked to her tours in Iraq and burn pit exposure.

Read more HERE


IAVA Engaged In Fundraising Fraud, ‘Doctored’ Books, Say Former Employees…

Former employees of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) say the organization has engaged in fundraising fraud including doctoring the books.

Paul Reickhoff, IAVA CEO, is reportedly the “mastermind” behind the doctoring schemes.

Read more HERE

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Veterans Sound Off On VA Bonuses Paid Out Despite Backlog ‘Slip Up

From:  Disabled Veteran’s Organization

Benjamin Krause, JD

Many veterans sounded off yesterday over a leaked email from Diana Rubens to staff lauding her award of VA bonuses to employees despite a backlog “slip up.”

Prior to discussing last month’s disability backlog “slip up,” Rubens congratulated bonus recipients, “you should have seen that monetary thank you in last week’s check.” She promised to continue doling out bonuses throughout the year to recognize “contributions.”

Read more HERE


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A discussion on VA problems…

Following is a discussion I had in comments in The Military Times about this article:  http://www.militarytimes.com/articles/roe-va-budget-session-start?fb_comment_id=fbc_1020645278036523_1021687661265618_1021687661265618#f118f324070050c

Don Avant ·

At least partially true…If the VA didn’t waste billions on cost over-runs at Aurora, millions for media spin doctors, millions for solar panels over parking lots of all things, millions on “art” to decorate VA buildings and MORE millions on unjustified bonuses, the VA would have MORE than enough to fulfill it’s core function…PROVIDING CARE AND BENEFITS TO VETERANS. Anything that is not directly involved in that mission is wasted…

Janya Orfeyeva

Except a lot of the art is bought at low cost from amateur veteran artists. Solar panels lower electricity bills for the building and pat for themselves in a,few years. And Doctors and med staff make well below private sector. The salary studies are only done every 10 years. Cemetery Administration which is part of the VA, is,the leanest run of any federal agencies with hardly any overhead. So…. I think you’re looking in the wrong place. When I worked in PT at VA, I saw integrated care, caring staff and lots of no shows and last minute canceled appointments dur to older population whSee More
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Don Avant ·

Janya Orfeyeva:  While I partially agree with you, I disagree with several points…RE: “a lot of the art is bought at low cost from amateur veteran artists”

I’ll need to some reference for this…I’ve read several articles regarding the art purchased for the VA and none mentioned Veteran artists…

RE: “Solar panels lower electricity bills for the building and pat for themselves in a,few years.

Builidng solar panels and saving the environment is NOT the VA’s mission…These expenditures and efforts detract from the primary mission of caring for Vets and the projects almost never come in onSee More

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Janya Orfeyeva

Don Avant,

I can’t comment on Aurora as I have not done any real research. Each VA region and even facility is run a little differently so what you see at one, you may not see at another. I have seen nice newere facilities and ones definetly in need of updating in every way.

The art I’ve personally seen at DOD and VA buildings and when I worked with Wounded Warriors, we had art therapy as part of the recreational therapy programs, they were always submitting for contests, where if won art would be on display at VA or DOD. Purchasing is preferred from Vet owned business and over 25% of VA is staffed by veterans.

I’m in no way defending incompetance, however not all bonsuses are tied to performance metrics. Some are sign on, some are given for tenure, or other deparmental reasons. And every head should roll for those Jackasses that shredded patient lists.

However….Our building at WW was LEEDS platinum, (not a VA building but built by govt to new standards) saving lots of $ on operational costs for water an energy, both $$$ here in CA. So yes, it sucks when projects are not well managed as happens on occasion, it should not be the norm. Anything that saves on long term operations IS a worthwhile undertaking. That $ can ease tax payer burden and be used for other things like new equipment.

From what I see (and I’m married to a vet with combat disability), most of the frustration comes from very long waits for claims processing and wait times for some providers at some of the busier locations. Also the hiring process is insane, almost 6 months for physical therapy. If there is waste, it’s not likely in solar but beaurocracy. Why can a regular hospital hire me in a week? also VA is subject to tons more reporting and disclosure than private sector hospitals. And they are the largest medical system in the country by several million.
They also negotiate prescription prices which helps save $. Most med systems dont’t do that.

I did my clinical internship at the VA for physical therapy there and saw amazing things with amputees and other things that were very expensive but needed given the amount of amputees this war has generated. I hope the guys in that dept got their bonuses, they certainly earned them. One of the other things I know they have done recently is updated their medical records system and storage. And THAT is not cheap. But it was awesome because it allowed an integrated whole patient approach that allows the providers to communicate with each other easily (even some providers outside the VA), so psych, PT, primary, oncology could all talke to each other. It allows better care delivery, and that system is not avaialbe in every public sector (some still used paper records!). So in many ways the VA adopts things that then become standard practice for the rest of the field, such as advances in prosthetics. I’m sure there IS waste but I’m not sure its as much as people thik, it just sounds like a good sound bite for “cutting govt spending,” using a snap shot of one layer of a huge onion. Hacking and chopping just to get a better number by legislators who have never used the system, been a provider, or every managed a health care company is not necessarily going to help. This needs to be done carefully by managed care experts, vets and providers.

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Don Avant ·

Janya Orfeyeva
RE: “I did my clinical internship at the VA for physical therapy” Thank you, from a Nam Vet…
You seem to be the caring person
Vets need. Just curious, why did you leave (if you did)?

RE: “From what I see (and I’m married to a vet with combat disability), most of the frustration comes from very long waits for claims processing and wait times for some providers at some of the busier locations.”

VERY true…but from where I sit, that’s just the tip of the iceberg…The wait list scandals brought a previously unheard-of scrutiny to the VA and latter investigations revealed SOOOO much more. There seems to be a new scandal every month and even the old scandals are not addressed properly. Wait times at Phoenix are still almost as bad or even worse in some areas as when the scandal broke…

The causes are many: An overburdened system that’s not keeping up with increased demand. ( Gulf war that’s still going on and producing new casualties) A concerted push from The Right to keep costs down and continued resistence to increased funding. Millions spent on stuff that is not essential to the core mission (Caring for Vets) and a continued effort by both upper and middle VA mangement to hide the truth about how money is spent…I could go on but but I can feel my BP rising just thinking about it…

The VA motto is “To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan” (Abraham Lincoln)

POTUS, Congress and the VA needs to step up and fulfull this mission…Instead the VA has become a huge pile of money surrounded by everybody and his brother with their hand out…

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Lujan Grisham “gravely disappointed” by reports of delayed cancer test results

http://www.myajc.com/news/news/va-retaliated-against-atlanta-whistleblower-who-qu/nstgS/

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Democratic Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham said she is “gravely disappointed” after reading a federal investigation, completed last month by the Office of Inspector General.

http://www.koat.com/article/fallout-continues-over-albuquerque-va-hospital-lab-work-delays/6445333

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DENVER — A federal investigation is underway into allegations documents have been falsified regarding the wait times at Colorado Veterans Affairs hospitals.

Colorado VA hospitals under investigation for allegedly falsifying wait-time documents

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VA retaliated against Atlanta whistleblower who questioned spending

http://www.myajc.com/news/news/va-retaliated-against-atlanta-whistleblower-who-qu/nstgS/

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The VA has time and again demonstrated its’ ability to shrug off congressional attempts to control its’ bad behavior. The only way to correct bad behavior is SWIFT AND TERRIBLE RETRIBUTION, in a word, ACCOUNTABILITY…

And that’s not going to happen as long as the VA continues to shield clinicians and other employees from their mistakes with the ridiculous idea that a VA facility is a sovereign state within a state and state laws do not apply within its’ boundaries.

Drs and other care providers must meet the requirement for practice in the state they are practicing in…

They must have proper certification, not third world licenses from third world diploma mills. They must have sufficient training to work in the field they are attempting to practice in…AS DETERMINED BY THE STATE IN WHICH THEY PRACTICE IN…and not be allowed to render judgment in fields where they aren’t qualified. Those that harm Veterans in their care, as well as their superiors, must be made to pay severe penalties.

As in the world outside the VA bubble,  they must be held accountable (there’s that word again) for the harm they do. Either they or the VA must carry liability insurance. They must face strict peer reviews. If they commit harm either through incompetence or malice, the Veteran must be compensated for the harm done him or her and the provider must be severely punished. Fire them, prosecute them, make them repay the Veteran for the harm they’ve caused

THAT isn’t going happen as long as AFGE and civil service protections remain.   Simply put AFGE exists only to protect its’ members from accountability. It must be stripped of its’ power to shield members from the results of their incompetence. AND the VA must be stripped of its’ ability to shield itself and its’ employees from wrongdoing by whatever means.

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THERE ARE LAWS IN PLACE ALREADY  to prevent this type of behavior,  They’re just not being enforced…

We need to FORCE CONGRESS to lead the push to FORCE the VA to follow the law…not just in word, but in intent also.

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US report on Tucson VA wait times validates whistleblower’s claims.

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From a story by

Emily Bregel Arizona Daily Star
Read the entire story HERE
Excerpt:

After 17 years working as a registered nurse in the Tucson VA system, Diane Suter says she was taken aback when a manager first pressured her to falsely record patient wait times in 2014.

Suter, 62, had just started a new job scheduling patients at a Southern Arizona VA Health Care System primary care clinic on South Sixth Avenue. Wait times were often one to three months long, but revealing the true wait times in the computer system meant the doctor missed out on bonus pay, Suter’s nurse manager told her.

“She said, ‘Your appointments are over two weeks out and you’re costing your doctor money,’ ” Suter said. The manager showed her how to “zero out” wait times on their computerized scheduling system: Suter was told to input a patient’s desired appointment date as the same day as the scheduled appointment date, so it would appear there was no wait time, she said.

Suter complied after her manager strongly implied she’d be fired if she refused. But her dogged whistleblower complaints to VA regulators and legislators contributed to the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General’s decision to investigate the Tucson VA starting in April.

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Sound familiar? These things just keep popping up…

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Excerpt:

Tucson VA spokesman Luke Johnson said in an email the practices described in the report “are inappropriate and are not consistent with our … core values of integrity, commitment, advocacy, respect and excellence.”

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Does this also sound familiar?

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RE: “Doctors’ and nurses’ performance pay is no longer tied to wait times, Johnson said.”

I have no problem with performance pay being tied to wait times provided the wait times are HONESTLY REPORTED. By delinking performance times and performance pay you are actually removing any incentive DRs and Nurses have to work harder and reduce the wait times honestly…

RE: “Johnson encourages VA staff to speak up if unethical practices are still happening.”

I’ll believe that when I see elephants fly (outside of a Disney movie that is.). If you want to see how much the VA “encourages employees to come forward,” look at what happened to Suter. “After Suter objected to unethical scheduling practices, she suffered retaliation and a hostile work environment, leading her to leave the VA in August 2014 and seek treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder, she said.” ( quote from the story )

RE: “The nurse manager who compelled her to falsify wait times still works at the Tucson VA, Suter said.”

Well, that’s hitting the nail right on the head. The perfect explanation for why these problems keep
reoccurring at the VA..NO ACCOUNTABILITY… The best cure for bad behavior is STR ( Swift and Terrible Retribution ) The problem was investigated and substantiated by the OIG. What happened? The perpetrator still works for the VA and the whistleblower has been hounded out of a job.

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Defense secretary suspends money collection from National Guard soldiers ordered to repay bonuses

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FROM   THE WASHINGTON POST    10/28/2016The Washington Post

Pentagon halts effort to recover National Guard enlistment bonuses

Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter on Wednesday suspended a Pentagon order that California National Guardsmen repay thousands of dollars in enlistment bonuses and tuition assistance they had received by mistake. (Reuters)

BRUSSELS — Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter said Wednesday that he has ordered the Pentagon to suspend its efforts to collect payments from California Army National Guard soldiers who were told to return their enlistment bonuses.

Carter announced steps to resolve the cases of thousands of soldiers who collectively received millions of dollars in bonuses at the height of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but then were told years later that the money had to be repaid.

In a statement, Carter said he had ordered the Pentagon’s financial department to stop the payment collection until measures can be put in place to provide the affected service members with the support they need to appeal the process.

“There is no more important responsibility for the Department of Defense than keeping faith with our people. That means treating them fairly and equitably, honoring their service and sacrifice, and keeping our word,” Carter said in a statement. “Hundreds of affected Guard members in California have sought and been granted relief. But that process has simply moved too slowly and in some cases imposed unreasonable burdens on service members. That is unacceptable.”

While the Pentagon has said that up to 10,000 California National Guard soldiers may have been affected, dozens of other National Guard soldiers throughout the country received similar payments. The instances affecting the California National Guard were first reported by the Los Angeles Times on Saturday. Some of the cases have been subject to a criminal investigation that started when recruiters promised bonuses to soldiers, even though they were not authorized to do so.

Carter’s announcement comes after several days of members of Congress calling on him to act. On Monday, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform opened an investigation and requested all documents associated with the California cases. The panel also asked senior officers with the California Army National Guard and the National Guard Bureau to brief committee members by Nov. 17.

Carter has assigned Peter Levine, the top personnel official at the Pentagon, to assess the situation and to create a process that can resolve all of the payment cases by July 2017.

He added that he hadn’t ruled out that some of the service members might still have to repay their bonuses, saying that “under the law, we have to keep that option open.”

Levine, speaking to reporters at the Pentagon, said the Defense Department’s intent is to jump-start the review process to taking months, not years. The Pentagon will “surge” additional personnel to review cases, but doesn’t intend to change anything permanent in how it reviews collection cases.

“Once we’re doing working through this California block of cases, we will presumably revert to the existing processes,” Levine said.

Levine said that about 14,000 soldiers in California were initially cited as potentially receiving inappropriate payments. The Guard in California ultimately cleared about 4,000 of those cases, leaving about 10,000 more who could be affected. The Pentagon has been withholding payment from about 2,000 of those soldiers.

Affected service members can receive refunds, but the Defense Department does not have the ability to assist them with other effects that may have occurred, such as bankruptcy and credit loss. The Pentagon also is searching for how to reach Guard members who have left the force and have changed addresses, Levine said.

Maj. Gen. Matthew Beevers, the No. 2 officer in the California Army National Guard, said Monday that by law, the Guard does not have the ability to stop the collection effort and sought help from Congress two years ago to provide relief to affected soldiers. That effort stalled, in part because the Congressional Budget Office deemed it expensive, Beevers said.

But Capitol Hill officials have questioned how well the Guard communicated the problem. One House official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said that the problem was brought up in an email to congressional staff, but never was raised in person.

“If this was such an urgent matter they should have known more outreach was needed,” the official said.

Lawmakers were quick to address Carter’s remarks Wednesday. Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.) called Carter’s new measures “not good enough” and said there was “no middle ground” on the issue.

“The Pentagon needs to tell veterans it will permanently — not temporarily — end its obscene effort to collect enlistment bonuses from a decade ago,” he said.

Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.) said that Carter made the right call in suspending collection efforts, but that more needs to be done, beginning with the passage of legislation that waives the debts and provides financial relief to soldiers who have already repaid some or all of what the Pentagon said they owed.

“It should not fall on the shoulders of those who serve our country to pay for the mistakes of others that offered these incentives improperly or allowed the error to go undiscovered for so many years,” Schiff said. “I continue to work on drafting legislation that will accomplish these goals, and hope to introduce it in the coming weeks before Congress comes back into session.”

Rep. Duncan D. Hunter (R-Calif.) said that Carter’s decision was the “only action to take,” but questioned why it took so long.

“It shouldn’t be lost on anyone that the secretary is taking this action through existing authority and that same authority could have been exercised at any point since the size and scope of the situation was realized,” he said.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) is expected to host a bipartisan conference call with Deputy Defense Secretary Robert O. Work on Wednesday night to address long-term plans to fix the problem. Levine said that the Pentagon does not believe it needs legislation to address the issues.

This story was initially published at 10:16 a.m. and updated with reporting from the Pentagon.

Thomas Gibbons-Neff reported from Brussels. Lamothe reported from Washington.

According to Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter…
“There is no more important responsibility for the Department of Defense than keeping faith with our people. That means treating them fairly and equitably, honoring their service and sacrifice, and keeping our word,” “Hundreds of affected Guard members in California have sought and been granted relief. But that process has simply moved too slowly and in some cases imposed unreasonable burdens on service members. That is unacceptable.”
So…The CA National Guard,  Through its’ legal representatives,  IE recruiters,  DEFRAUDS Ten of thousands,  maybe hundreds of thousands of American Citizens who only wanted to serve and defend their country….And the Pentagon’s response is to blame and penalize the victims of the fraud?  I say if the Pentagon needs it’s money back it should recover it from the perpetrator of the fraud,  The state of California and the CA National Gaurd…The Guardsmen,  in good faith, signed a legally binding contract…and it’s up to the USA to live up to that contract…
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THINK VA PROBLEMS ARE GETTING BETTER?

THINK VA PROBLEMS   ARE GETTING BETTER?  READ THESE…

http://www.azfamily.com/story/32009975/hit-list-angers-va-whistleblower

http://www.azfamily.com/story/31359597/va-employee-letter-reveals-shocking-allegations?autostart=true

http://www.azfamily.com/story/31430601/widow-claims-va-failed-dying-husband?autostart=true

http://www.azfamily.com/story/31604011/dead-veterans-canceling-their-own-appointments?autostart=true

http://www.azfamily.com/story/31625034/veteran-waits-seven-years-for-surgery-at-phoenix-va?autostart=true

http://www.azfamily.com/story/31962758/two-new-whistleblowers-come-forward-at-phoenix-va-with-concerns?autostart=true

Truth be told, I could continue posting stories forever…The stories are coming out faster than I can write about them.  I concentrated on Phoenix because it was the start of the scandal.   It’s two years in now and nothing has changed, despite news articles, congressional hearings, even new laws passed in an effort to force the VA to change it’s  ways…The VA continues to obstruct and obfuscate, wiggling and struggling at every turn to maintain the status quo   and protect it’s hold on the huge pile of money  the VA controls…

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Here’s a few news articles I picked up today from the internet…

These are from The VVA Web Weekly April 30 issue:

Veterans Groups Sue VA for Withholding Information Demanded by Veterans Poisoned by Camp Lejeune’s Toxic Water…

https://vva.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/VVA-Press-Release-16-010.pdf

Isakson, Blumenthal Unveil Veterans First Act

http://www.veterans.senate.gov/newsroom/majority-news/isakson-blumenthal-unveil-groundbreaking-veterans-legislation-to-change-culture-at-va

Miller Statement on Senate Veterans Omnibus Legislation

On April 28, following reports of a deal in the Senate regarding an omnibus package of veterans’ legislation, Jeff Miller, chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, released the following statement: “News of this deal is a positive development. If what Sens. Isakson and Blumenthal are working on passes the Senate, I look forward to immediately engaging in conference committee negotiations in order to move a VA reform package to the president’s desk.”

States Helping Traumatized Vets

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/states-veterans-help_us_571e2b77e4b0d0042da9b4f9

Hormone Deficiency Common in Vets with Concussion

http://www.neurologyadvisor.com/traumatic-brain-injury/hypopituitarism-in-veterans-after-blast-concussion/article/492063/

Happy Veterans Day? 5 Times Republicans in Congress Screwed Veterans

 

 

 

 

Happy Veterans Day? 5 Times Republicans in Congress Screwed Veterans

41 Republican Senators Voted Against a Landmark Veterans Bill in February, Today They Blame the VA

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/h-a-goodman/republicans-va-funding_b_5395698.html

How $1.4 billion in budget cuts will impact Veterans

How $1.4 billion in budget cuts will impact Veterans

We need to have a National  Veteran’s Action Committee

National Veteran’s Action Committee

You can start a VAC in your state or county…Contact me here…

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I can show you how to start raising funds…

PATREON

It was first designed for artists, musicians and Youtubers.  Artists set up a page on the Patreon website, where patrons can pledge to donate a given amount of money to an artist every time they create a piece of art, optionally setting a monthly maximum. Alternatively a fixed monthly amount can be pledged. This is different from other crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter, where artists obtain a single sum after a successful campaign and typically have to start over for every new piece.[3] Similar to other platforms however, artists will often provide rewards for their patrons.[12][13] Patreon takes a 5%commission on pledges.[14]

Patreon is adaptable to fundraising also…It provides a stable ongoing cash flow and can eventually lead to a situation where no more fundraising activity is needed,  saving the fundraising time and expense…

Here’s my patreon page…You can support this website  by pledging $1, $5,  $10 or whatever you feel comfortable with…

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TWO YEARS LATER, WAIT TIME MANIPULATION CONTINUES

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Two years after the Wait List Scandal broke in Phoenix and after umpteem hearings and much media attention, the VA still doesn’t have it’s act together.

According to this article in USA Today, the GAO,  the VA’s own watchdog has found that “Ongoing scheduling problems continue to affect the reliability of wait-time data”

[An excerpt]

The GAO said the VA has taken a “piecemeal approach” to addressing the problems since the wait-time scandal broke in 2014 in Phoenix, where schedulers falsified wait times and at least 40 veterans died awaiting care. But the agency needs to take comprehensive action, the GAO concluded in its audit, which stretched from January 2015 through last month.

Auditors found schedulers at three of the six medical centers they reviewed had improperly changed dates so the VA system falsely showed shorter or zero wait times. In a review of scheduling records for 60 individual veterans at those three centers, they found improper scheduling in 15  — or 25% — of the appointments.

 

[Read the article here]http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2016/04/18/va-hasnt-fixed-wait-time-problems-gao-finds/83045046/   

So…two years later…it’s business as usual.  The VA continues to stonewall congress and Veterans with excuses and VA babeleese and still wiggles furiously to maintain the status quo…even stooping to  the most audacious tactic of all…using the wait list scandal to beg congress for more money…

The cure to the wait list problem is simple…

Fire em…

Fire any employee who is found to be manipulating wait lists in any way…

And…fire their boss….

Fire any supervisor who has allowed OR engaged in the manipulation…

Fire the supervisors bosses too…

Any Hospital Administrator at a hospital where wait list manipulating has happened is either incompetent or complicit…and should also lose their job…

I firmly believe the manipulation will CONTINUE until this action is taken and VA employees realize that if they fiddle with wait lists THEY WILL LOSE THEIR JOBS

If the VA can’t fire employees that are incompetent or won’t follow the clear direction from congress to do it right because of civil service protections or the union then…REMOVE THAT PROTECTION AND THE UNION because they don’t deserve the protection…With proper whistleblower protection the unions aren’t needed…

To replace them,  hire and train Veterans who need jobs, including Homeless Vets…who better to know how important it is for Vets to receive timely and correct appointments…

How much training does it take to sit at a computer,  answer a phone and enter an appointment in a computer… CORRECTLY?…What takes training time is to teach them how to manipulate the system…

Do you agree that the system needs to be changed?  Please comment below…

I think that the only the VA will change is to be forced…and the only people that can do that is the people that hole the purse strings…congress…

And the only thing congress cares about is

GETTING RE-ELECTED

 

It’s time for a

Nation Veterans Action Committee

 

And Here’s a page on my site that explains it:

http://donavantwebsites.com/veterans-political-action-committee/

And here’s where you can go to support the effort:

https://www.patreon.com/user?u=3038449&ty=h&alert=1

If you want to start you own Veteran’s Action Committee,  contact me HERE :

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So…Don’t just “like” or “share”  those get the word out but don’t actually accomplish anything…

Comment… support the effort by becoming a Patron..or start you own Veteran’s Action Committee

Are you happy with Vets dying every day?

THEN DO SOMETHING…Don’t just sit there.

ARE YOU MAD ENOUGH YET

VA WILL NOT CHANGE UNTIL FORCED

It’s becoming increasingly obvious that the VA WILL NOT CHANGE UNTIL IT IS FORCED TO DO SO..Take a look at these articles by Ben Krause of disabledveterans.org

http://www.disabledveterans.org/2016/02/09/va-choice-program-a-failed-joke-says-senator/

http://www.disabledveterans.org/2015/11/23/scheming-va-executives-demoted-not-fired/

http://www.disabledveterans.org/2015/09/16/vbms-backlog-fix-cost-taxpayers-over-1-billion/

http://www.disabledveterans.org/2015/08/06/va-caught-defrauding-300-veterans-with-brain-injuries/

http://www.disabledveterans.org/2015/07/17/va-fixes-disability-backlog-with-shredder/

http://www.disabledveterans.org/2015/06/12/gao-proves-va-blowing-of-veteran-suicide-protocol/

I’ve said time and time again that the only way to reform the VA is to get rid of civil service protections and fire the incompetent middle and upper managers…and anyone who has anything to do with shredding of documents or hidden wait lists. If those left can’t do the job then fire them too and train and hire unemployed Vets to replace them…

If congress doesn’t have the balls then we need to hire a new congress…

Time for a Veteran’s Political Action Committee….

If you’re fed up and actually want to do something go to this page…

http://donavantwebsites.com/veterans-political-action-committee/

Or…you could sit there and do nothing…and nothing will change…..

ARE YOU MAD ENOUGH YET

 

 

NEW DEVELOPEMENTS

 

 

 

 

 

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SEVERAL DEVELOPMENTS AFTER MY LATEST POST

VA OIG just revealed that it is referring two Senior Executive Service (SES) employees to the US Attorney from criminal investigation.

http://www.va.gov/oig/publications/report-summary.asp?id=3607

 

I think it’s about time that some of these people went to jail…WHAT DO YOU THINK?   ( comment below )

Veterans Affairs Bans iPhones For Veterans

In this article by Ban Strause of DISABLED VETERANS

https://www.disabledveterans.org/2015/09/28/veterans-affairs-bans-iphones-for-veterans/?inf_contact_key=a27e091b733d242733075b26fb765833dcba5ee213df2485e3a6efd2e94dd8bf

We see that the VA is banning Vets from bringing their personal iPhones to exams and meetings to record the same…Does this mean that the VA is being a little disingenuous when it says it’s being transparent and honest?   I think they’re just trying to stop Vets from gathering evidence of fraud and incompetance…

WHAT DO YOU THINK?   ( comment below )

 

Again from Ban’s blog on DISABLED VETERANS

https://www.disabledveterans.org/2015/09/24/the-real-reason-minneapolis-va-canceled-its-surgeries/?inf_contact_key=002d6ffec87a2ff5c75c38f0775fb3fe9c0b32a3a7f8943e6e218980e978e624

MINNEAPOLIS VA HOSPITAL CAN’T EVEN STERILIZE THEIR SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS CORRRECTLY

http://www.startribune.com/minneapolis-va-hospital-shuts-down-surgeries-after-a-substance-is-found-in-sterilization-equipment/328878601/

If a hospital can’t even correctly accomplish this important first step to a surgical procedure,  how can they expect to get the rest of it right?

WHAT DO YOU THINK?   ( comment below )

 

 

Congressional hearing on VA whistleblower retaliation

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Beginning at about 9;30 am,  9/22/2015,   The U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs began a hearing…

Improving VA Accountability: Examining First-Hand Accounts of Department of Veterans Affairs Whistleblowers

Sean Kirkpatrick,   Brandon Coleman, Ph.D. (c), LISAC,  Joseph Colon and  Shea Wilkes  testified…( Sean’s brother committed suicide after being fired in retaliation for raising concerns about over-medication at Tomah…Brandon,  Joseph and Shea spoke of their own experience after coming forward…)

Their testimony was powerful…Questions asked them by the committee were thoughtful and pertinent…The Committee members expressed concern and seemed to say that something would finally be done about the continuing illegal harassment and retaliation the is suffered by those who come forward to report VA wrongdoing…

Watch the hearing for yourself here

However,  The committee chairman,  Senator Ron Johnson,  made it clear that this was supposedly a first step in a long drawn out process, at least for him.  It certainly is not a first step for Vets and others who have been screaming for reforms for years.   The evidence is there…why isn’t it being used?

Senator Johnson did say that any person who felt uncomfortable going to their superiors or the VAOIG could go to a website set up by his office…

whistleblower@ronjohnson@senate.gov

to report problems…

So…Watch the hearing…see if you think something is finally being…Make a comment…I’d like to hear what you think…

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Agent Orange Extension Act of 2015

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Introduced in House (07/29/2015)

Agent Orange Extension Act of 2015

This bill extends for two years the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) presumption of service connection for diseases associated with exposure to certain herbicides, including Agent Orange, with respect to veterans who served in the Republic of Vietnam between January 9, 1962, and May 7, 1975.

The Agent Orange Act of 1991 is amended to extend for two years the authority of the VA to enter into an agreement with the National Academy of Sciences to evaluate the scientific evidence regarding associations between diseases and exposure to dioxin and other chemical compounds in herbicides, including the association between exposure to a herbicide used in U.S. and allied military operations in the Republic of Vietnam during the Vietnam era and each disease suspected to be associated with such exposure.

THIS EXTENSION OF THE BILL THAT OPENED THE DOOR FOR AGENT ORANGE COMPENSATION  IS UP FOR RENEWAL…

Contact your congressional reps. IMMEDIATELY  and let them know that …you vote…this is important to you…and that you are watching to see what action they will take…

Let them know that you feel that it is IMPERATIVE  the bill pass immediately and your next vote will depend on their action or inaction…

CALL TO ACTION

All that is necessary for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing…

CONTACT CONGRESS

 

http://www.contactingthecongress.org/

Click on your state…Find your Senators and Representatives…

Write them a letter…Give their office a call…Send them an e-mail…MAYBE ALL THREE

Watch to see what they do and follow up on your promise to vote accordingly…

 

THIS IS THE GUY THAT STARTED IT ALL…

Starting with today’s post, I’m going to go back and rehash some of the VA scandal story.  If you have questions or would like to find out about certain instances please comment…Also PLEASE LIKE AND FORWARD THIS POST  to all your friends that are Vets or have family members that are vets…

The story of Dr Sam Foote….

http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/arizona/investigations/2014/05/31/va-scandal-whistleblower-sam-foote/9830057/?from=global&sessionKey=&autologin=

 

As always…feel free to comment below…

 

Birmingham VA phone service…

Does this sound familiar?

I’ve made 5 calls to the Birmingham VA this morning and aside from operators, I haven’t spoken to a single human being…

Call 1…Operator transferred me to Cardiology …Rang for 4 full minutes and then line went dead…

Call 2…Operator transferred me to Cardiology …Rang for 2-3 minutes and then line went dead…

Call 3…asked for PA  she transferred me to PA line…left message…no return call

Call 3…Again transferred to PA …left message…no return call

Call 4…Asked for Directors office…Again transferred to PA…  left message…no return call

There are times at the Bham VA that you can’t even get to an operator (Monday, especially after  holiday. Friday, anytime they don’t want to answer the phone…)without a 10 -15 minute wait…

So…Here’s my question…How does the VA expect to be able to care for Vets…when they can’t  even answer the phone?

Or is this part of the VA’s cost cutting measures…JUST..DON’T… ANSWER… THE… PHONE…

I wonder if this is not a major contributor to the frustration that many Vets feel when dealing with the VA…I know that right now. I’m furious…and I haven’t even spoken to a nurse or doctor or clerk…

When I first started dealing with the VA in Tucson in 2010…I was a reasonable, calm person…It wasn’t too long before I became very frustrated…I finally got to the point that almost every contact ended in chosing between exploding with anger and frustration or disengaging…neither of which is very productive…

I eventually voluntarily went to the Psych unit and asking for help dealing with the situation…I’ve been under treatment by them ever since…

But the problem still remains…Every time I try to do the simplest things, like making an appointment, sometimes even getting a refill, or in this case even getting through to  a human being on the phone, The total incompetance of the VA gets in the way…

I have two calls in, one to each of my Representatives…I wonder if they will have an easier time getting through…I’ll let you know what happens..

Had similar problems with your VA?   Leave your story in comments below…

Update…Friday…

I was having trouble with swelling because of my heart and tried to get in touch Wed. with my cardiologist at the Bham VA…4 calls and I wasn’t able to talk to a human other than an operator…Finally got fed up and called Both Senators from AL offices…At 5:45 pm Wed. (most VA offices close at 4:00 pm) I got a call from a Nurse Practitioner saying she had a note to call me…Now since I hadn’t talked to anyone other than an operator at the VA…You know they had heard from one of the Senator’s office…Upshot is I had an appt with my doctor in Gunt. yesterday and have another next Thurs…Did labs and adjusted my both heart meds and diuretics…AND I now have the name and extention # for the nurse and she said call her directly any time I’m having problems getting through…Sad that it takes an act of congess to get something done at the VA…

Is the VA doing enough to help Vets with PTSD?

 

A Vet froze to death in Iowa after going to the VA for help…

Story highlights

  • Iraq War veteran Richard Miles sought help at VA hospital in Des Moines, Iowa
  • Miles went to hospital for help; doctor’s notes indicate Miles said he was not a danger to himself
  • Days after being sent home, Miles was found dead in the woods.      Read the entire story here…

http://www.cnn.com/2015/03/19/us/iowa-veteran-froze-to-death-ptsd-va/index.html

When you’re finished, come back here and leave a comment…

A VETERAN’S STORY EXPOSING CORRUPTION

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Came across this article and thought y’all might be interested…

This article reprinted with permission

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December 8, 2014  Oliver B. Mitchell III

As a result of Marine Veteran Mitchell’s complaint about radiology issues and the recent VA Scandal of 2014 we decided to look into the world of VA Radiology Clinics to see what we’d discover.  Our series begins with the Bay Pines VA Medical Center.

On March 24, 2009, Marine Veteran Oliver Mitchell filed a complaint with the VA OIG alleging the destruction of documents to include radiology backlogs that consisted of significant wait times, productivity issues, wait list and wait times for outpatient care and services.

During our cursory investigation we discovered that “fraud is rampant in VA Radiology clinics around the country.”

On June 12, 2006 the VA OIG issued a report titled “Healthcare Inspection; Follow up evaluation of clinical and administrative issues Bay Pines Healthcare System.”

The purpose of the inspection was to “assess the overall quality of care…”  Additionally, the OIG had received “new allegations of alleged mismanagement, alleged corruption and incompetence of Bay Pines management, and an alleged budget deficit.”  At the request of Senator Bill Nelson the OIG had conducted this investigation as a follow up inspection.

The OIG had visited the healthcare center 3 times during the month of March ’06.  They noted that “management had implemented corrective actions that fully resolved or had improved a majority of the deficiencies” from a prior OIG report from 2004.  The OIG continued saying “despite significant progress and achievements they found that actions taken in some areas were not completely effective in resolving the conditions or that further action was needed.”

In usual double talk, the OIG initially claimed “the facility had improved since 2004, but despite significant progress they found that further action was needed.”

Therefore, one must ask, did the Bay Pines facility improve or digress in their actions?

The OIG continued their report saying “we found no evidence of mismanagement resulting in inadequate patient care, nor did we identify any examples of mismanagement corruption or incompetence.”

Despite the fact that they noted:

  1. Mammograms were not interpreted in a timely manner.
  2. Immediate and urgent radiological examinations continue to be ordered inappropriately.
  3. Managers did not adequately monitor radiology productivity.

Again, the OIG uses double talk.  Their report highlights untimeliness and inappropriate ordering of exams, yet, there’s no impact towards patient care.

Earlier we noted that this report was a follow up inspection from a prior OIG report in 2004.  In both February and March of 2004 at the request of the Secretary and multiple members of Congress the OIG had visited Bay Pines to evaluate their effect on patient care.

Among other issues, their evaluation identified:

  1. The effectiveness of management and leadership.
  2. Radiology backlogs.
  3. Wait times and productivity.
  4. Waiting List.
  5. Wait times for outpatient care and services.

In that 2004 report the OIG had “confirmed many of the allegations and made recommendations.”

From the issues the OIG had found, the following deficiencies had existed:

  1. Inadequate management that resulted in a dysfunctional Clinical and Administrative operation.
  2. Medical Care in selected clinical services was not adequate.
  3. VA’s management did not protect the interests of the government.
  4. The medical facility wasn’t adequately prepared.
  5. Security weaknesses placed programs and data at risk.
  6. Senior leadership failed to respond.

Out of the 6 issues the OIG noted:

  1. Turnover in key leadership positions was excessive.
  2. A lack of trust in senior management led to low physician and employee morale.
  3. A culture of safety and accountability was not present.
  4. Out of fear of reprisals, patient safety was not discussed.
  5. Audiology appointments were manipulated by management to meet performance goals.
  6. Waiting lists were understated by more than 1,000 veterans.
  7. Service connected veterans were not receiving appointments within the 30  day requirement.
  8. Non-service connected veterans had their appointments cancelled with some waiting in excess of 800 days.
  9. The Radiology Service was not able to schedule or interpret x-ray images within acceptable time frames.
  10. On February 24, 2004, there were 1,099 unread x-rays, over 750 of which were Computerized Tomography scans and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) films.  The delays contributed to delays in diagnosing patients with lung cancer.
  11. The delay in a MRI interpretation and the diagnosis of a tumor, contributed to a veteran’s spinal cord injury.
  12. Pulmonary Service patients incurred unexplained appointment cancellations.
  13. Medicine Service did not have a peer review process to monitor patient care.

Despite the alarming and overwhelming issues identified, the OIG concluded its 2006 report saying “We found no evidence of mismanagement resulting in inadequate patient care, nor did we identify any examples of management corruption or incompetence.  Overall, it is our opinion that conditions have substantially improved at BPHCS since March 2004.”

The Radiology/ Imaging department consist of two divisions; Nuclear Medicine and Radiology. Imaging Service offers nuclear medicine, general x-rays, computerized tomography (CT) scanning, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ultrasonography, angiography, interventional radiological procedures, and screening mammography.

According to the report “Urgent requests require the examination and interpretation within 2 hours.  Routine requests require the examination within 30 days and image interpretation within 48 hours of exam completion.”

Mitchell says “he wasn’t surprised” to learn that the Bay Pines Radiology department “wasn’t scheduling exams or interpreting and verifying images in a timely manner.”

Mitchell continued saying “we had the same [exact] issues as Bay Pines.  After having read that report it brought back an eerie feeling.  It was like being back at work again.  I can’t believe that another Radiology clinic clear across the country faced the same operational challenges and employee morale issues as we did at the Los Angeles VA.”

The OIG report cited the Bay Pines Radiology clinic saying “Radiology has made substantial improvements in access and timeliness and has also improved capacity by adding new equipment and increasing operational hours and coverage.  However, we were told of some morale problems within the division, primarily related to salary and benefits.  We also noted that one of the radiologists has been functioning as the Acting Chief for more than 2 years because the facility has been unable to recruit a full time Chief of Radiology.”

Mitchell told us “had the OIG conducted a real and full investigation, instead of alerting Donna Beiter to his allegations; we possibly could have improved our services and care.  It’s absolutely mind boggling as to why they wouldn’t investigate, knowing there’s a pattern of misconduct within the radiology clinics across the country.”

Mitchell says he noticed one striking comment within the report.  The OIG had stated “Stability within Radiology is critical to efficient operations.”  Mitchell says “every provider will at some point order a test or exam from radiology.  These exams are used to detect a patient’s illness.  If radiology is behind the 8 ball, then healthcare in general will lag and the patient will suffer.”

This has been another post from “A Veteran Whistleblower: Exposing Corruption.”

Copyright. Oliver B. Mitchell III, 2014. All rights reserved. This article cannot be copied, re-posted, published or edited without the express permission of the author. You may link and/or embed a link to this article.

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THINK IT’S GETTING BETTER?

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Think it’s getting better? I dont…

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 July 10
Parents of military veterans who took their own lives after surviving combat told a congressional panel on Thursday how not to prevent suicide:
●Turn away a veteran of some 400 combat missions in Iraq because he’s no longer active in the National Guard.

●Then turn him away because he was previously in the Guard and refer him to a military facility where he’s promptly referred back to VA.

●Now tell him to wait for a postcard with his appointment time.

●Either don’t send that postcard, or send it to the wrong address.

●Refuse to refer him outside the Veterans Affairs health-care system.

●When he finally does get his first VA date with a psychiatrist, have that doctor inform him that he’s retiring and won’t be able to see him a second time. Emphasize that he will, however, be seen by another doctor — just as soon as one becomes available.

●Never get back in touch, and let him run up considerable debt getting what help he can in the private sector.

●And, finally, watch that veteran sprawled on the floor, crying in the corner of a VA hospital where he’s gone while having flashbacks and begging to be admitted. Refuse to see him again, but assure him he’s free to stick around until he feels well enough to drive himself home.

After all that, Daniel Somers committed suicide last summer, his parents tearfully testified before the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee on Thursday. Their son was 23.

Sitting close together, Harold and Jean Somers took turns reading their statement, peering through almost matching wire-rimmed glasses. A few times, he finished her sentence when she started to cry. Once, she did the same for him.

While they spoke, members of the committee could not have been more attentive. One said she had been close to tears herself; a couple told the grieving parents that their testimony had been hard to hear. Rep. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.), a doctor who served in Vietnam, called their words “heartwarming.’’ He must have meant heartbreaking, because there was nothing fuzzy about it.

In 2011, Daniel Somers wrote about the crushing guilt he felt over having been “called upon to employ deadly force on a regular basis — often in situations where noncombatants ended up in the crossfire. To this day, I am unable to provide even a rough approximation as to the number of civilian deaths in which I may be complicit.”

In his final months, Somers suffered from post-traumatic stress so severe he wore a towel around his head that he said helped keep out the voices, the light and the sound.

Clay Hunt, a Marine who fought in both Iraq and Afghanistan, took his own life in 2011. His parents, Richard and Susan Selke, added more to the “what not to do” list.

●Tell someone who has at last found an antidepressant that works well that he has to change drugs because there’s no generic version available.

●Once that hurdle is cleared, tell him the VA pharmacy doesn’t stock that drug, but it will be mailed to him in seven to 10 days. Ignore all medical advice against stopping anti-depressants cold.

●Now tell him the prescription can’t be refilled because it was written in Colorado rather than Houston, where he’s just moved — and thus he must start all over in the system, and wait to be reevaluated.

●Classify him as only entitled to 30 percent disability pay even though he is so compromised by the symptoms of his post-traumatic stress that he isn’t able to work.

●Lose his paperwork for 18 months, and then five weeks after his death, finally review his appeal and conclude that he should be on full disability. Notify his survivors of the good news.

Brian Portwine’s mom, Peggy, said he should have gotten an automatic mental health evaluation after a fellow soldier he’d just switched seats with in their Humvee in Iraq was blown to bits. That didn’t happen, though.

Back home, he had such poor short-term memory that he’d frequently ask his friends, “Where are we going again?” Yet despite suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression and a traumatic brain injury, he was deployed again and killed himself in May of 2011.

“I’m begging this committee” to do something, Portwine said, in keeping with what “I promised my son at his funeral.’’

She has kept that promise, as have all the parents and loved ones who’ve been turned into advocates by the rolling tragedy of the 22 veterans a day who committed suicide in 2010, up from 18 per day in 2007, according to the latest figures from VA.

The committe’s chairman, Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.), introduced a bill on Thursday called the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act, which would require the National Guard and VA to work together. Sen. John Walsh (D-Mont.), a retired Army colonel and Iraq veteran, has proposed similar legislation to financially reward psychiatrists who stay in the VA system. It’s unclear what VA could offer to doctors to stay on in a place that would leave a man who fought for us, and then couldn’t forgive himself, crying on the floor.

In this case, it’s obvious that Congress is willing to act, but how? Surely, more access to and information about private care is one answer. But on days like this one, spent watching the grief of those who survived soldiers we effectively left on the battlefield, VA itself seems beyond saving.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/18/homeless-vet-living-in-car_n_5508450.html?utm_hp_ref=veterans

http://cironline.org/reports/vas-opiate-overload-feeds-veterans-addictions-overdose-deaths-5261

The VA continues to punish those within it’s ranks who speak out…

http://www.c-span.org/video/?320316-4/hearing-whistleblowers-va

And the Audit? This is the VA’s responce…

https://www.change.org/p/the-department-of-veterans-affairs-overhaul-the-claims-processing-create-mandatory-claims-deadlines/u/53be97d184aec80783bdae4c

There are those who are trying to help…

http://wreg.com/2014/06/20/homeless-veterans-story-inspires-man-to-create-non-profit-for-vets-in-need/

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/federal-eye/wp/2014/07/10/house-va-chairman-to-introduce-bill-to-combat-veteran-suicides/

“What can I do?…I’m only one person?” Well there’s a lot you can do…

You can…Contact your congressmen and tell him you vote and you’re MAD AS HELL AND YOU’RE NOT GOING TO TAKE IT ANY MORE…This site will show you where…

http://www.contactingthecongress.org/

A call is more effective but a letter or E-mail will help too…You can let your elected officials know that this is very important to and that you are watching them to see what they do and YOUR VOTE IS DETERMINED BY THEIR ACTIONS…

You can….

Check out this organization, Concerned Veterans for America…

http://concernedveteransforamerica.org/

And here’s a petition to sign…

http://www.change.org/petitions/the-department-of-veterans-affairs-overhaul-the-claims-processing-create-mandatory-claims-deadlines

You can look around on facebook at the FB pages for Veteran’s organizations like:
Vietnam War Photography Share…VIET NAM VETS…Vietnam Reflections – Through Their Eyes…
United States Veterans Association…

Sent a request to join their group and express your thanks…

You can SHARE the address for this post… http://donavantwebsites.com/think-its-getting-better/ …and my site to all your FB friends and ask them to SHARE ALSO with all their FB friends so Vets will have a place to report their VA problems and get help…

You can BECOME INVOLVED…That’s the only way to get the word out…”THEY” are not going to do it for us so we have to do it for ourselves…

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CONGRESSIONAL REFORM

I’M REPOSTING THIS POST… I THINK IT’S IMPORTANT…

If you’re like me and you think that congress needs some SERIOUS changes, check this out:

Congressional Reform Act


1. TERM LIMITS
12 years only, one of the possible options below.
A. Two Six-year Senate terms
B. Six Two-year House terms
C. One Six-year Senate term and three Two-Year House terms.
2. NO TENURE/NO PENSION
A Congressman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they are out of office.
3. CONGRESS (past, present & future) PARTICIPATES in SOCIAL SECURITY
All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system and Congress participates with the American people.
4. CONGRESS CAN PURCHASE THEIR OWN RETIREMENT PLAN
Just like each and every other American.
5. CONGRESS WILL NO LONGER VOTE THEMSELVES A PAY RAISE

Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 2.5%.

6. CONGRESS LOSES THEIR CURRENT HEALTH CARE SYSTEM

Congress will participate in the same health care system as the American people.

7. CONGRESS MUST EQUALLY ABIDE by ALL LAWS

No special exemptions or treatment. This includes parking in the Washington D.C. district…

 8. ALL CONTRACTS WITH PAST AND PRESENT CONGRESSMEN ARE VOID

Effective immediatly…

9. CONGRESSMEN ARE REQUIRED UNDER THREAT OF CENSURE AND EXPULSION AND JAIL TERMS TO ABIDE BY LOBBYING REFORM ACT

10. CONGRESSMEN ARE PROHIBITED FROM VOTING ON ANY MATTER IF INTEREST TO ANYONE WHO HAS CONTRIBUTED MORE THAN $1000.00 TO THEIR CAMPAIGN

 

Think of the money this will save and the problems that it will much more quickly solve!  Health care, medicare, social security, IRA and pension plan reform and on and on.

 

The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen. Congressmen made all these contracts for themselves.

 

Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term(s), then go home and back to work.

 

 

LOBBYING REFORM ACT

Lobbying is to defined as: the act of attempting to influence decisions made by officials in the government, such as legislators or members of regulatory agencies or those who make purchasing
decisions.
The purpose of this act is to restrict lobbying to  providing  information only.
Anyone who engages in the act of lobbying in any form is to register as a lobbyist and abide by this act…
Lobbying activities shall be strictly confined to providing information.
1. Lobbyists are strictly forbidden to offer any congressman or any staff member or anyone involved in purchasing anything for any branch of the government or anyone connected to them any incentive  other than information, including but not limited to: campaign contributions, junkets, gifts of any kind, preferential treatment, promises of future employment, entertainment of any form, in short anything other than information.
2. A committee will be established,  made up of members representing   The White house (1),  both houses of Congress(1 each), purchasing authority for the military (1  for the military, and all other branches of government)and (20) members from the public at large.
 
3. Public members will be chosen from the american public at large.  The identities of public members will kept a strict secret.
 
4. This committee will be empowered to supervise all lobbying of all branches of government. Funding for housing, staff, office equipment and all other needs shall come equally from the White House, Congress and Purchasing authorities.
 
5.Lobbyists and members of  the White House, Congress and Purchasing authorities, other than those on the committee are prohibited from contacting committee members in any way, regarding any committee business or function unless requested, summoned or subpoened by the committee,
 
6. Lobbyists who violate this act will be subject to: barring from lobbying activities,  fines,  jail,  public flogging on the White House lawn  (OK I got a little carried away. It would be effective though). Punishments decided by the comittee.
 
6. Members of  the White House, Congress and Purchasing authorities who violate this act will be subject to:  Censure, being impeached,  fines, or  Jail,  such punishments to be decided by the committee.
 
AND PROBABLY MOST IMPORTANT…CAMPAIGN REFORM…
All campaign ads must be CLEARLY labeled with the name and organization placing the ad…
Any Media running such must be required to provide FREE OF CHARGE  an equal amount of space for an opposing view, such space to paid for by the person or organization placing the ad…(Actually I think this should apply to any and all ads)…
 

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CVA OPEN LETTER

Below is an e-mail from the CVA,,,

Dear Donald,

This morning, I sent a letter to the House and Senate VA Conference Committee. The letter strongly urges the committee to include four principles CVA believes must be protected in the VA reform legislation they are finalizing.

The letter is below for your reference and you can view it online here.

July 10, 2014

Dear Conference Committee Members,

As your committee meets to finalize VA reform language, CVA believes the final legislation must both aggressively address VA’s systemic problems and shield reforms from VA bureaucratic sabotage. CVA will be closely watching four key areas of concern during the coming reconciliation process. We strongly urge that any final bill closely adhere to the following provisions:

Establish clear, independent, and automatic wait time and geographic standards for seeking private care. The final conference bill must reflect clear standards-no more than 21 days or 60 or less miles-to define what constitutes excessive wait times, or excessive travel, for VA care. If wait time and/or geographic standards are not met, automatic triggers must be in place for the veteran to quickly seek private care. VA must not be permitted to set their own standard for “excessive” waits or travel, nor impose high-level approval to seek reimbursed private care.
Establish enforceable guarantees of timely reimbursement payments to private VA providers. It currently takes months, even years, for VA to reimburse private medical providers. By comparison, under Medicare or Tricare, the government pays within 30 days for most billing claims. In order to ensure private doctors accept VA patients, there must be rapid reimbursement-lest bureaucratic delays undermine choice provisions. Neither the House nor Senate bill is currently sufficient; the final bill must include enforceable guarantees of prompt and sufficient payment (at least Medicare rate) from the federal government.
Ensure additional VA spending is discretionary, limited, and paid-for. While solutions to VA’s culture problems are urgent, they should be addressed through real and systemic reforms-not emergency spending. Likewise, to ensure ongoing congressional oversight and VA accountability, any spending associated with this reform legislation should be discretionary and highly scrutinized. While the CBO score remains contested, any final bill should seek to limit spending and ensure spending offsets to prevent adding to the federal budget deficit.
Ensure real accountability is maintained. A core aspect of this reform is the ability for poor VA managers to be promptly removed for cause. Any effort to further dilute accountability measures must be resisted; and final language should hew closely to the House accountability language.
Our members remain committed to ensuring Congress delivers real reforms, not watered-down half measures. We will firmly hold this committee accountable to that clear standard.

Pete Hegseth
Chief Executive Officer
Concerned Veterans for America

I think that we all can support the CVA in it’s efforts.

Call your Two Senators (S.2013) and your Congressman (HR 4031) now and tell them to co-sponsor this bill.

Contact Your Senator
Contact Your Representative

Want to do even more to hold VA Accountable?

Join a CVA “Strike Team” and help put even more pressure on Congress to take action.

Join a Strike Team

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Sanders and McCain Introduce VA Reform Bill

Here’s an article published in the New York Times

Sens. Bernie Sanders and John McCain introduced a far-reaching Veterans Affairs reform bill Monday

Lawmakers are beating the drums of reform to the Veterans Affairs Department, on the heels of another scathing report released by the agency Monday.

The bipartisan bill crafted by Senators Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) would fund construction of 26 new medical facilities and set up ways to make it easier for veterans to seek private care if they do not live near a VA medical facility. The bill would also improve the access to health care for victims of military sexual assault. Democratic Senate leadership said they would like to vote on the legislation this week, an aide tells TIME.

The House Republican leadership has pushed for its own legislation, which passed on a large bipartisan vote last month. That bill would give the VA secretary greater authority to fire or demote poor-performing senior officials.

The newly-introduced Senate bill comes hours after a third Veterans Affairs Department internal audit on Monday, which announced that more than 57,000 veterans have been waiting 90 days or more for their first medical appointments. This audit of the agency’s 731 medical centers found that 13% of schedulers were told by their superiors to doctor schedules to make wait times look shorter. The agency found its 14-day scheduling target unrealistic and will scrap it from employee performance contracts.

The VA wait list scandal led its Secretary, Eric Shinseki, to step down May 30.

Here’s a different take on it…

SANDERS/MCCAIN VA REFORM BILL A SHAM

Congress is rushing to pass a compromise drafted by Sens. John McCain, R-Arizona, and Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, which claims to rescue vets from deadly waitlists. House and Senate leaders are conferring on a final version, congratulating themselves for bipartisanship. But in truth, the bill won’t speed up health care for vets. The fine print sabotages vets wanting to go outside the Veterans Affairs system.

Last week, the VA’s internal investigation revealed that 57,436 newly enrolled veterans are facing wait times of at least 90 days for a first appointment, and 63,869 vets who signed up with the VA in the past decade never got an appointment. At least 23 vets died waiting. Worse, three-quarters of VA facilities manipulated waiting lists or kept dummy books.

The Sanders/McCain bill will let the waiting and corruption continue. Yes, the bill creates a “Choice Card” permitting veterans to access civilian care if they live 40 miles or more from a VA hospital or can’t get an appointment within the VA’s definition of an acceptable wait time. But the devil is in the fine print.

Sanders opposed the Choice Card until the final negotiations and inserted language in the bill that would make it almost impossible to use the card. That’s deliberate. Unions have fought every program to use civilian care. Nine of Sanders’ top 10 campaign donors are unions.

Even Republican lawmakers are rushing to pass this sham bill. On Thursday, the House Committee on Veterans Affairs held a hearing, but not much hearing occurred. The reception was hostile when I testified how the bill’s actual language protects union jobs, not sick vets.

Section 301 says vets seeking civilian care have to get a letter from the VA secretary confirming that a VA appointment isn’t available. Good luck getting that letter. Some vets have called and emailed their local VA for six months or more without getting any response.

Hurdle No. 2 comes at the non-VA doctor’s office. The Choice Card tells the doctor: “Please call the Department of Veterans Affairs phone number specified on this card to ensure that treatment has been authorized.” Good luck getting that call answered.

To top it off, the bill stipulates that the choice-card program will end in two years — probably only a few hours after the VA finally gets the hotline set up and issues the cards.

In another meaningless gesture, the bill also requires the VA to publish wait times on its website. That’s a white flag, not a reform. Brits and Canadians are used to seeing hospital wait times in the newspaper. But most Americans don’t have to cope with long waits, so why should our vets?

Nothing in the Sanders/McCain bill puts vets in the driver’s seat. They still can’t escape the VA without active help from VA bureaucrats.

Guilty bureaucrats. But the bill is toothless to discipline them: Section 408 says that any employee caught falsifying data about wait times or the quality of care vets get will be subject to “a penalty the secretary considers appropriate after notice and opportunity for a hearing.” No mandatory minimums.

Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Georgia, asked top VA deputy Robert Petzel (now resigned) whether someone caught lying about wait times should be fired. Petzel replied, “I don’t know whether that’s the appropriate level of punishment or not.”And what if the secretary does try to fire someone? Current civil-service protections make that nearly impossible. The bill claims to shorten the process, but has a loophole (Section 409) that would allow it to drag on indefinitely.

VA managers are circling the wagons. Federal Managers Association President Patricia Niehaus insists that “it is unacceptable for anyone in Congress to call for a streamlining of firing high-level, or any level of federal employee, based simply on appearances or uninvestigated accusations.” Uninvestigated? There have been numerous investigations in the last decade.

Nevertheless, the McCain/Sanders bill calls for not one but two more commissions. More reports that will go unread. At Thursday’s hearing, it was obvious Veterans Affairs Committee members had not even read the bill they are hurrying to pass. But that’s what Congress does. It holds hearings. It doesn’t solve problems.

McCaughey’s June 12 testimony is available on YouTube. Betsy McCaughey has a Ph.D. in American history and has taught at Vassar and Columbia University. She is a former lieutenant governor of New York and the author of “Beating Obamacare.”

So that’s SOME of the coverage lately…What’s your opinion?

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Freedom of Religion and the ACLU

The other day wandering around Facebook I came across this…

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It purports to be a picture of a formation of Marines praying and goes on to explain…Well,  I’ll let the piece speak for itself…

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ACLU vs. US Marines 

THIS NEEDS TO GO AROUND THE USA MANY TIMES SO KEEP IT GOING!
If you look closely at the picture, you will note that all the Marines pictured are bowing their heads. That’s because they’re praying. This incident took place at a recent ceremony honoring the birthday of the corps, and it has the ACLU up in arms. “These are federal employees,” says Lucius Traveler, a spokesman for the ACLU, “on federal property and on federal time.. For them to pray is clearly an establishment of religion, and we must nip this in the bud immediately.”

When asked about the ACLU’s charges, Colonel Jack Fessender, speaking for the Commandant of the Corps said SCREW the ACLU.” GOD Bless Our Warriors. Send the ACLU to Afghanistan!

Please send this to people you know so everyone will know how stupid the ACLU is getting in trying to remove GOD from everything and every place in America May God Bless America, One Nation Under GOD!

What’s wrong with the picture? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! GOD BLESS YOU FOR PASSING IT ON! I am sorry but I am not breaking this one….Let us pray!
Prayer chain for our Military…please don’t break it
THIS NEEDS TO GO AROUND THE USA MANY TIMES SO KEEP IT GOING
Lets put the ALCU in combat for a few weeks and then see what their beliefs would be.

Remember their tremendous sacrifice!!!

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Now..I have often come across loads of obvious  horse manure on FB that people are trying to pass off and others are accepting as Gods’ own truth…If it was against to law to LIE     99% of people who work in the advertising would be in jail and probably about half the people who post on FB too…This , however, went so far awry from what I know of the ACLU from the past, I had to check it out…I sent this to the ACLU:

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Don Avant <avantdonald@gmail.com>

Jun 24 (3 days ago)

Reply
to info

This is going around on facebook…I thought I would like to have a response from ACLU before I take any action, such as forwarding or not forwarding, commenting or not, etc…

I find it hard to believe that an organization that is dedicated to freedom would take an action that would result in the curtailment of freedom of religion of anyone, especially the freedom of religion of service members who have fought and died for that very same freedom…
I am sure that I do not have to remind you that our country is founded on FREEDOM OF RELIGION, not Freedom FROM religion…
Please Note…I plan to publish a blog on my website…http://donavantwebsites.com/ this this e-mail
about this as well as your response…
Breathlessly awaiting your response,
Thanks…
DWA
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And this is the response I got…
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ACLU Alabama

Jun 25 (2 days ago)

Reply
to me
This (and others) is a fake. So much so that it has been debunked as an “Urban Legend” by Snopes.com. See http://www.snopes.com/politics/religion/marines.asp
 Your first instinct, questioning the veracity of this, was correct. Thank you for contacting the ACLU of Alabama.
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I  sometimes disagree with positions taken by the ACLU.  However, they are always steadfast in their support of PERSONAL FREEDOM, especially FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION…I therefore could not let this piece of horse pucky pass without adding my two cents to the discussion…
It seems that no-one named Lucius Traveler has ever worked at the ACLU, much less as a “spokesman”…AND, I would bet a dozen donuts from your favorite bakery that if you contacted to Commandant of the Marin Corps  there is no Colonel Jack Fessender acting as his spokesman…
To reach the Commandant of the Marine Corps contact:General James F. Amos

Commandant of the Marine Corps
Headquarters, US Marine Corps
3000 Marine Corps, Pentagon
Washington, DC 20350-3000

(703) 614-2500

In the last couple of weeks, I have had occasion to check out  FB stories that have turned out to be blatant lies.  One was about someone (?) trying to raise the drinking age to 25, just as an example…It seems that these things have a life of their own and keep going around no matter how many times they are debunked…It’s too easy to take a stock photo from anywhere, add whatever load of bull crap you want to it and post it to a bunch of people.  The bigger the load of bull crap, the more chance SOME people are going to forward it, especially if it forwards their agenda…Here’s a suggestion…Whenever you come across something that is a blatant as this in it’s horespuckyness check it out here:
It’s a site dedicated to debunking the many myths, legends and other examples of just plain horse manure that are circulating around FB…
So, Facebook friends, let this be a lesson…DON’T BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU READ ON FACEBOOK AS GOSPEL—TAKE IT WITH A GRAIN OF SALT AND A LOT OF SCEPTICISM …
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