Wednesday, December 24, 2008

VA Holiday

...Or 'How the VA got a new boss and the truth came out.' While not A Dr. Phil fan, he did a show that was worth watching. According to the VA Watchdog website, Rep. Bob Filner (D-CA), Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, say that the VA lies to Congress. Col. David Hunt, Fox News analyst, talks of "criminal" activity and says someone should be doing a "perp walk." Tammy Duckworth, head of the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs, tells of her terrible experiences with the VA. and veterans tell heart-wrenching stories of trying to get the care they need and have earned.Also... you'll want to hear Dr. Phil explain why the VA canceled their appearance on the show.


Parts two through six can be viewed here at VA Watchdog's website. Hopefully the present of presence will come to the VA in the New Year.

14 comments:

Pat Smith said...

I love the name of your blog, could you PLEASE take a second and follow my three little comments below, and tell me if I confuse you?


http://www.jacksonville.com/interact/blog/2008-12-23/the_dept_of_veterans_affairs_needs_some_bailout_money_now_mr_vice_president#comment-5393


To see my understanding just read my 3 little brief comments starting in the great article above:


1. Great observations I love to listen too others who also knows what is going on. For a long month now high paid CEOs like many of our politicians main gripe over money was that they actually had to turn down the temperature in their hot tubs to that very low temperature of 85°. While it is obviously known Veterans Affairs requires a few billion - not as a bailout/handout or an entitlement, but because veterans earned the right to live in society as more than a research lab rat. – The VA can not be in the proper position to adequately use these billions to their full potential. - until we see a few veterans who have just completed college, and no matter their field of study, have that one course in (PR) Public Relations. Until 2012 when the DVA can be (almost) adequately prepared. . . Presently the DVA is prepared to account for the spending of the needed one-time extra funding of seventeen 17 billion dollars. What I must stress is that no veteran can get that “quality education” IF the VA has him or her overmedicated. – Which puts too many veterans in that catch-22 position, and is why this needed $17 million will be used to benefit the futures of those who have borne the battle.


2. Hello you misunderstood me on one very important point here: The VA does not (often enough) stop a veteran from using educational benefits because the veteran is over medicated. Sometimes college is just looked at as something the over-medicated veteran can spend their time doing, too often, just to get that veteran “out of their hair”. This should be called just what it is: more wasteful governmental spending. Only here it is not just the tax payer’s money that is being wasted, it is that over-medicated veterans LIFE which is being wasted. It is virtually impossible to receive a "quality education" when the veteran in college is over-medicated. It’s not just the newly disabled that are over medicated either; I've used the VA Hospital since 1979. I walked around asking why there were so many spaced-out medicated veterans while I became one myself. It's not just the sedatives used, it’s the combination of a few psych medications (some have sedative properties alone), muscle relaxes, various pain medications and the list of combinations goes on and on. . .There is a solution though, when you get a chance please read my brief comment in this small article below;


http://www.clinicaltrialstoday.com/2008/12/aahrpp-accredit.html



3. While it is nice to see the VA accredited for the research done safely (?), on veterans for so many decades. Isn't it time for the medical community to give back to veterans some of the modern medical advances made possible from the research already done on veterans? The APA is right on track with programs such as www.giveanhour.org . While I cried watching I also was very impressed to see the known celebrity Dr. Phil focus on the plight of so many veterans, without exploiting them for his own personal gain or ratings. This is so contradictory to many of our politicians who exploit veteran issues for their own political gain. The results of all the research and studies done involving veterans since the Civil War can be found in all the advancements of medical science which benefit society as a whole worldwide. Those who profited and grew the most from research on veterans, but who seem to give nothing back in return to veterans is the drug manufacturing industry. Because of the cost VA pharmacies carry older more dangerous… and the least effective of medications, medications which even my German shepherds veterinarian no longer uses. I hope to very soon see some of the much due credit from the medical community as a whole given back to our veterans in the form of much needed - only temporality needed (not for decades) mental and medical HELP.






Merry Christmas, and here’s for a New Year that finds us all more respectful, but at ease with less political correctness.




Pattipace7@yahoo.com

HopeSpringsATurtle said...

Pat...gonna check out the linky if I can, trouble is Blogger tends to cut-off long URL's and I may not be able to find the link, but I will give it the good old college try.

For future reference, HTML code writing is useful to embed links within the word or phrase you want to link to, e.g. : Linky

Cujo359 said...

I wrote an article about Patty Murray's efforts to get accurate information out of the VA. She was trying to get accurate information about veterans' suicide rate, and was handed obvious tripe for quite some time.

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