{This blog is not affiliated with the VA. Though a Veteran, four yrs. all shore in Navy last year In-Country Vietnam, I don't work for the VA}
**USN All Shore '67-'71 GMG3 Vietnam In Country '70-'71 - Independent**

The Countries Responsibility is to Fully Fund the Agency Charged With Fulfilling the Obligations Promised to Those That Served Said Country! But those served, some veterans as well, find it easier to follow the started attacks, conservative ideology, on the agencies dedicated personal, while ignoring the many costly issues especially from our wars! Gen Shinseki had finally started addressing those issues and building the agency the Country promised but ignores and uses as a political pawn, Poser Patriotism, while addressing the Veterans issues of the present and two more long wars! Political ideologies and personal greed should never cross the doorways of Veterans Facilities nor Veterans Issues!!

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President Obama 26 August 2014

Fact: "This is not just a job of government. It’s not just a job of the veterans’ organizations. Every American needs to join us in taking care of those who've taken care of us. Because only 1 percent of Americans may be fighting our wars, but 100 percent of Americans benefit from that 1 percent. A hundred percent need to be supporting our troops. A hundred percent need to be supporting our veterans. A hundred percent need to be supporting our military families."

Fact:
"We’ve been able to accomplish historic increases to veterans funding. We’ve protected veterans health care from Washington politics with advanced appropriations. We’ve been able to make VA benefits available to more than 2 million veterans who didn't have them before, including more Vietnam vets who were exposed to Agent Orange. We’ve dedicated major new resources for mental health care. We’ve helped more than 1 million veterans and their families pursue their education under the Post-9/11 GI Bill."

August 26, 2014 - Secretary Robert A. McDonald's Remarks for the American Legion's 96th Annual Convention, Charlotte, NC
Fact: "Unlike, P&G, VA may not be concerned about quarterly profit and loss statements or shareholder value, but it does have a bottom line—Veterans. "
{which is why No Government agency should be turned into a private corporate entity feeding for profit off the Countries duty and responsibility, especially the VA}
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Fact: TX-19 Congressional Candidate Neal Marchbanks - Veteran: 28 March 2014 - "Congress controls the budget for the VA and it is the fault of Congress that the VA does not have enough employees and that the facilities are too small."

Fact: Sixth District Congressional candidate Seth Moulton: "Congress has made 'travesty' of veterans care" 05/14/2014

Fact: “We are dealing with veterans, not procedures—with their problems, not ours.” —General Omar Bradley, First Administrator of the Veterans Administration

Fact: "If military action is worth our troops’ blood, it should be worth our treasure, too — not just in the abstract, but in the form of a specific ante by every American." -Andrew Rosenthal 10 Feb. 2013

Fact: "12 years also is a long time. We now have a lifetime responsibility to a generation of service members, veterans and their families." Dr. Jonathan Woodson 11 Sep. 2013: With 9/11 Came Lifetime Responsibility
{two tax cuts, especially for the wealthy, came with these two recent unpaid for wars, nor the results of, DeJa-Vu all over again from the previous decades and wars from! Ignore the many issues, by those served, no need to fund!}

Fact: Sen. Bernie Sanders told Republicans: “If you can’t afford to take care of your veterans, than don’t go war. These people are bearing the brunt of what war is about, We have a moral obligation to support them.” February, 26th, 2014

Fact: 25 June 2014 U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller: Veterans' Affairs issue an 'all too similar' scene

Fact: How We Could Do More For Our Vets: "We need to go into debt to pay our debt to U.S. veterans to make sure they get the care and services we owe them."

Fact: “Why in 2009 were we still using paper?” VA Assistant Secretary Tommy Sowers “When we came in, there was no plan to change that; we’ve been operating on a six month wait for over a decade.” 27 March 2013

WHY? GOOD QUESTION THOSE SERVED SHOULD ANSWER!

Presidential Proclamation -- Veterans Day, 2013: "As we pay tribute to our veterans, we are mindful that no ceremony or parade can fully repay that debt." read more>>>


Under two previous Executive administrations and wars from, father and son. With son and conservative congresses leading the extremely quick abandoning of the missions and those sent to accomplish after 9/11:

ProPublica and The Seattle Times Nov. 9, 2012 - Lost to History: Missing War Records Complicate Benefit Claims by Iraq, Afghanistan Veterans
"DeLara's case is part of a much larger problem that has plagued the U.S. military since the 1990 Gulf War: a failure to create and maintain the types of field records that have documented American conflicts since the Revolutionary War."

Army Says War Records Gap Is Real, Launches Recovery Effort

Add in the issues of finally recognizing in War Theater and more Veterans, by the Shinseki Veterans Administration and the Executive Administrations Cabinet, what the Country choose to ignore from our previous decades and wars of: The devastating effects on Test Vets and from PTS, Agent Orange, Homelessness, more recent the Desert Storm troops Gulf War Illnesses, Gulf War Exposures with the very recent affects from In-Theater Burn Pits and oh so so much more! Tens of Thousands of Veterans' that have been long ignored and maligned by previous VA's and the whole Country and through their representatives!

How does a Country HONOR It's Fallen, by Their Own 'Sacrifice' in Taking Care of the Brothers and Sisters They Served With!!


"You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today." - Abraham Lincoln

"To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow and his orphan" - President Lincoln



Homeless Veterans/Stand Downs

Are You Concerned About a Veteran? The Veterans Crisis Line Can Help>>>

For our sisters: National Women Veterans Hotline, call 1-855-VA-WOMEN1-855-VA-WOMEN (1-855-829-66361-855-829-6636) New Hotline now up and running

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

National Recruitment Effort of Medical Professionals to VA

Secretary McDonald Announces the Start of a National Recruitment Effort to Bring Needed Medical Professionals to VA

This is what Congress is charged to do, from both the Senate and House Veterans Affairs Committee's, as to the needs of the peoples responsibility, in this case, the Veterans Administration and the effects of the flag waving, Poser Patriotic, wars especially. Decades and wars from of not, as issues are ignored or blatantly denied they even exist to bolster the long conservative excuses for not fully funding. As they seek to privatize for corporate profit and thus build bigger budgets to increase that profit, bringing the private sector problems into all area's of the VA charges for us Veterans!

Congress should also, as the people's representative's, be helping the specialized higher education, industry now, facilities in whatever needs to recruit the high school grads into the fields of health care as shown by the dangerous low levels and problems from when a few years back the VA started recruiting trained mental health professionals and found the huge shortage of in the private sector to recruit from. And that's been seen also in other area's of the society and the many dangerous problems caused by that shortage of trained experienced health professional especially in mental health needs.

Recruitment of Additional Medical Providers Will Increase Access to Care

WASHINGTON – August 29, 2014 - Speaking to a crowd of medical students, residents and faculty at Duke University’s School of Medicine, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald today launched a recruiting initiative aimed at bringing the best and brightest health professionals to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) which will ultimately expand access to care for Veterans.

“At VA, we have the most inspiring mission and the greatest clients of any healthcare system in the world. That’s exactly the message I’m going to share as I speak with health care professionals and students about the value of serving at VA,” said Secretary McDonald. “We have taken action to get Veterans off of wait lists and into clinics in the short-term, but in the long-term, in order to provide timely access to care, we need to build capacity by hiring more clinicians. We need the best doctors and nurses serving Veterans, and that is why I will be out recruiting, leveraging the existing relationships and affiliations VA has with many academic institutions, and talking directly to medical professionals about joining us to fulfill our exceptional mission of caring for those who ‘shall have borne the battle.’”

VA is taking multiple steps to expand capacity at our facilities, to provide Veterans the timely care they have earned and deserve. In addition to Secretary McDonald’s direct messages to clinicians and clinicians-in-training, these steps include: read more>>>

In these present times, the past decade plus, two more wars and long occupations, after abandoning so quickly the missions and those sent to accomplish after 9/11, came with two tax cuts, huge for the wealthy. Neither of these wars have yet to be paid for. The monies requested, then obstructed by congressional conservatives, DeJa-Vu over and over again, for the Veterans Administration, continue to be mostly borrowed and if ever paid done so by future generations. The VA thus is still grossly under funded especially when related to wars aftermath for the coming decades after.

Fact: TX-19 Congressional Candidate Neal Marchbanks - Veteran: 28 March 2014 - "Congress controls the budget for the VA and it is the fault of Congress that the VA does not have enough employees and that the facilities are too small."

Fact: Sixth District Congressional candidate Seth Moulton: "Congress has made 'travesty' of veterans care" 05/14/2014

Read 'Congress' as the 99%plus People Served!!!

Fact: “We are dealing with veterans, not procedures—with their problems, not ours.” —General Omar Bradley, First Administrator of the Veterans Administration

Fact: "If military action is worth our troops’ blood, it should be worth our treasure, too — not just in the abstract, but in the form of a specific ante by every American." -Andrew Rosenthal 10 Feb. 2013

Fact: “Why in 2009 were we still using paper?” VA Assistant Secretary Tommy Sowers “When we came in, there was no plan to change that; we’ve been operating on a six month wait for over a decade.” 27 March 2013

Much of what comes from Research and Development, and first hand initial filling any needs, treatments, equipment and improvements on etc., and often with collaborations with Universities and Colleges, with no royalties shared as the private sector uses for profit, in the DoD and VA, not only in health care, is then used to improve the private sector in the similar area's, like health and care, so it's never monies wasted, it's investments into an improved society and world!


Friday, August 29, 2014

Veterans' PSA: The Power of 1

08/28/2014 - One small act can make a big difference in the life of a Veteran or Service member in crisis. “The Power of 1,” a public service announcement from the Veterans Crisis Line, shows how taking the time to reach out can be the first step to getting those who served the support they need. A single action — one call, one chat, one text, one conversation — can have a significant impact. The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans or Service members in crisis, as well as their families and friends, with qualified, caring U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential, toll-free hotline, online chat, and text-messaging service. Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online at VeteransCrisisLine.net/Chat, or text to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Reach out. One call can open the door to support.


25th Anniversary of the National Center for PTSD

August 29 marks the 25th anniversary celebration of the National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

As up to these two present wars, abandoning the missions and those sent to accomplish so quickly after 9/11 to invade and occupy Iraq after the growing louder beats of the wars drum, PTS was ignored along with so many other issues from our wars by those served, the poser patriots, and as to PTS, and others, completely denied they even exist so no need to Sacrifice to pay for the expensive treatments and care for the Veterans' of!! Which also damaged the care needs of the civilian populations and those in that suffered from the trauma's inflicted causing misdiagnoses and treatments to help them!!

25th Anniversary of the National Center for PTSD
Since its founding in 1989, the mission of the VA's National Center for PTSD has been "to advance the clinical care and social welfare of America's Veterans and others who have experienced trauma, or who suffer from PTSD, through research, education, and training in the science, diagnosis, and treatment of PTSD and stress-related disorders."

Dr. Matthew Friedman, the Center's Executive Director from 1989 through 2013, reflects: "The Center's research and educational initiatives helped establish the scientific basis for PTSD, and disseminated that information globally."

Dr. Paula Schnurr, Acting Executive Director, looks forward: "We have come a long way in the past 25 years, but there remains much more to be done."

The National Center for PTSD


Commitment to Blind Veterans

Post WWII commitment to blind Veterans
August 29, 2014 - The year was 1947 – Jackie Robinson joined the Brooklyn Dodgers, the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered at Qumran, a Hollywood “blacklist” was developed by the House Un-American Activities Committee, Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier piloting a rocket-powered Bell X-1 plane, the Marshall Plan was proposed to help European nations recover from World War II, and Anne Frank’s diary was published.

Harry Truman signed a presidential order in 1947 turning the military’s blind rehabilitation training of Servicemembers over to the VA, as a part of preparing the nation for post-war adjustment. Previously, in 1944, President Roosevelt had made an extraordinary commitment to blinded Servicemembers with an order declaring “no blinded servicemen from WWII would be returned to their homes without adequate training to meet the problems of necessity imposed upon them by their blindness.” read more>>>


Deaths of Chicano Soldiers in Vietnam

Just another reminder to the teabag, white supremacy, republican (R) conservatism, of those who actually serve and served you in the free wars, especially the long term ignored or denied results from you don't feel the need to pay for, for that poser patriot flag waving freedom!!

Not just the Chicano or Hispanic but the African Americans, the Native Americans, the not yet, or newly sworn in, immigrant soldiers and sailors!!

August 29, 1970

Between 15 and 30 thousand predominantly Chicanos (Americans of Mexican descent) gathered in East LA's Laguna Park as the culmination of the Chicano National Moratorium. It was organized by Rosalio Munoz and others to protest the disproportionate number of deaths of Chicano soldiers in Vietnam (more than double their numbers in the population). There had been more than 20 other such demonstrations in Latino communities across the southwest in recent months.

The Vietnam War and it's Detrimental Effects on Chicano's

Vietnam Veteranos: Chicanos Recall the War


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Why Veterans' Administration Claims Exploded

President Obama 26 August 2014
Fact: "This is not just a job of government. It’s not just a job of the veterans’ organizations. Every American needs to join us in taking care of those who've taken care of us. Because only 1 percent of Americans may be fighting our wars, but 100 percent of Americans benefit from that 1 percent. A hundred percent need to be supporting our troops. A hundred percent need to be supporting our veterans. A hundred percent need to be supporting our military families."

Fact: "We’ve been able to accomplish historic increases to veterans funding. We’ve protected veterans health care from Washington politics with advanced appropriations. We’ve been able to make VA benefits available to more than 2 million veterans who didn't have them before, including more Vietnam vets who were exposed to Agent Orange. We’ve dedicated major new resources for mental health care. We’ve helped more than 1 million veterans and their families pursue their education under the Post-9/11 GI Bill."

August 26, 2014 - Secretary Robert A. McDonald's Remarks for the American Legion's 96th Annual Convention, Charlotte, NC

CBO: Why VA claims exploded and ways to slow the trend
August 28, 2014 - America’s population of living veterans fell by almost five million, or 17 percent, from 2000 to 2013. So why did the number of veterans drawing disability compensation climb by 55 percent over that period? And why has yearly VA disability payments tripled since 2000 to reach $60 billion in 2014?

The Congressional Budget Office explains why in a new report, and the primary reason is not found among veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. That source of claims is significant but not yet near its peak.

A greater factor has been liberalized laws and policies on “service connected” ailments, particularly decisions to compensate Vietnam War veterans for common medical conditions of aging and lifestyle because of an “association” with possible exposure to herbicides used in that war.

For example, in 2000 only 38,000 veterans from all war eras were receiving disability compensation for diabetes. By last year, 320,000 veterans from the Vietnam War alone drew diabetes-related compensation.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) expanded its list of diseases presumed caused by Agent Orange to ischemic heart disease, Parkinson’s disease and certain types of leukemia in 2010. By June of last year, that decision had led to VA processing 280,000 claims for the newly presumptive ailments and to making $4.5 billion in retroactive disability payments. read more>>>

Fact: “Why in 2009 were we still using paper?” VA Assistant Secretary Tommy Sowers “When we came in, there was no plan to change that; we’ve been operating on a six month wait for over a decade.” 27 March 2013

Add in the issues of finally recognizing in War Theater and more Veterans, by the Shinseki Veterans Administration and the Executive Administrations Cabinet, what the Country choose to ignore from our previous decades and wars of: The devastating effects on Test Vets and from PTS, Agent Orange, Homelessness, more recent the Desert Storm troops Gulf War Illnesses, Gulf War Exposures with the very recent affects from In-Theater Burn Pits and oh so so much more! Tens of Thousands of Veterans' that have been long ignored and maligned by previous VA's and the whole Country and through their representatives!

Fact: TX-19 Congressional Candidate Neal Marchbanks - Veteran: 28 March 2014 - "Congress controls the budget for the VA and it is the fault of Congress that the VA does not have enough employees and that the facilities are too small."

Fact: Sixth District Congressional candidate Seth Moulton: "Congress has made 'travesty' of veterans care" 05/14/2014
Fact: “We are dealing with veterans, not procedures—with their problems, not ours.” —General Omar Bradley, First Administrator of the Veterans Administration

Fact: "If military action is worth our troops’ blood, it should be worth our treasure, too — not just in the abstract, but in the form of a specific ante by every American." -Andrew Rosenthal 10 Feb. 2013

Fact: Sen. Bernie Sanders told Conservatives: “If you can’t afford to take care of your veterans, than don’t go war. These people are bearing the brunt of what war is about, We have a moral obligation to support them.” February, 26th, 2014

* * Iraq: 10 Years After, 19 March 2013 - Costs of War * *


VA Releases New Version of the GI Bill® Comparison Tool

Online Resource Provides Student Veterans with Key Education and Benefits Information
WASHINGTON, D.C. – August 28, 2014 - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today launched an improved version of the GI Bill® Comparison Tool, which was first launched in February 2014. The GI Bill Comparison Tool is designed to make it easier for Veterans, Servicemembers, and dependents to estimate their GI Bill education benefits and learn more about VA’s approved college, university, and other education and training programs across the country. It also provides key information about college affordability and value so beneficiaries can choose the best education program to meet their needs.

In the past 6 months, nearly 350,000 people have accessed the tool on VA’s GI Bill website. The top schools searched by users include: American Public University, Harvard, University of Texas at Austin, Arizona State University, and University of Washington.

“We are excited to see how Veterans respond to the wealth of information now available on the updated GI Bill Comparison Tool” said Under Secretary for Benefits Allison A. Hickey. “We’re grateful for the chance to work with our partners at the departments of Defense and Education (ED) to ensure beneficiaries are informed education consumers.” read more>>>


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Continuing Fulfilling The Promises to Service Members, Veterans, and Their Families

As those 'promises and responsibilities' continued to be ignored or denied by those 99%plus served, Poser Patriotism, especially in the previous executive administration, through their elected representatives. And especially on the conservative side of political game playing, seeking to privatize government for corporate profit, decades, especially the past decade plus and two more wars, and wars from. By just ignoring many costly issues or just denying many issues even exist, so no need to sacrifice themselves and pay for. As the Brothers and Sisters were made homeless, ended up in prisons, died from, by their own hands or the added and compounded complications from, as Veteran tried helping Veteran with help from the few actual dedicated groups with successful programs and the many always volunteers helping the Veterans administration's mostly dedicated, not political nor greedy, work force.

President Obama 26 August 2014
Fact: "This is not just a job of government. It’s not just a job of the veterans’ organizations. Every American needs to join us in taking care of those who've taken care of us. Because only 1 percent of Americans may be fighting our wars, but 100 percent of Americans benefit from that 1 percent. A hundred percent need to be supporting our troops. A hundred percent need to be supporting our veterans. A hundred percent need to be supporting our military families."

FACT SHEET: President Obama Announces New Executive Actions to Fulfill our Promises to Service Members, Veterans, and Their Families
August 26, 2014 - Today, President Obama will address the American Legion’s 96th convention and outline the five priorities the Administration is focused on to ensure we are fulfilling our promises to service members, veterans and their families: delivering the quality health care veterans have been promised; ensuring all veterans have every opportunity to pursue the American Dream; providing the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) with the resources our veterans deserve; protecting the dignity and rights of all veterans; and eliminating the decades-old disability claims backlog.

The President will announce 19 new executive actions to serve the military community, including new efforts to strengthen service members’ access to mental health care. The President will also highlight efforts to improve the transition between DoD and VA care for those leaving military service, and improve economic opportunity for our military families with new private-sector commitments that will make it easier to obtain mortgage interest rate reductions and reduced monthly payments – helping more of our troops save money through lower monthly payments. The President will also announce that the Administration is continuing to make significant progress toward reducing the number of veterans who suffer from homelessness. Over the past four years a third of homeless veterans, nearly 25,000, have moved off the streets, out of shelters and into housing. The President will also renew his call for community action -- asking every American to do their part to support our service members, Veterans, and their families.

All of these announcements, including the new executive actions and progress being made on existing efforts, reflect the commitment of the President and his administration to expanding opportunity for those who sacrifice so much to serve our country:our service members, veterans and their families. read more>>>

President Obama 26 August 2014
Fact: "We’ve been able to accomplish historic increases to veterans funding. We’ve protected veterans health care from Washington politics with advanced appropriations. We’ve been able to make VA benefits available to more than 2 million veterans who didn't have them before, including more Vietnam vets who were exposed to Agent Orange. We’ve dedicated major new resources for mental health care. We’ve helped more than 1 million veterans and their families pursue their education under the Post-9/11 GI Bill."

More Military Families Are Relying On Food Banks And Pantries

Hunger in America

Fact: “Why in 2009 were we still using paper?” VA Assistant Secretary Tommy Sowers “When we came in, there was no plan to change that; we’ve been operating on a six month wait for over a decade.” 27 March 2013

August 26, 2014 Secretary Robert A. McDonald's Remarks for the American Legion's 96th Annual Convention, Charlotte, NC


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

No Proof Veterans Died Because of Delays

Review of Alleged Patient Deaths, Patient Wait Times, and Scheduling Practices at the Phoenix VA Health Care System
Aug 26, 2014 - Unrestricted

Summary: This is the final report addressing allegations of gross mismanagement of VA resources, criminal misconduct by senior leadership, systemic patient safety issues, and possible wrongful deaths at the Phoenix VA Health Care System. The OIG found patients at the Phoenix VA Health Care System experienced access barriers that adversely affected the quality of primary and specialty care provided for them. Patients frequently encountered obstacles when patients or their providers attempted to establish care, when they needed outpatient appointments after hospitalizations or emergency department visits, and when seeking care while traveling or temporarily living in Phoenix. In February 2014, a whistleblower alleged that 40 veterans died waiting for an appointment but the whistleblower did not provide us with a list of 40 patient names. However, we conducted a broader review of 3,409 veteran patients identified from multiple sources, including the electronic wait list, various paper wait lists, the OIG Hotline, the U.S. House Veterans Affairs Committee and other congressional sources, and media reports. We were unable to assert that the absence of timely quality care caused the deaths of these veterans. This report includes case reviews of 45 patients who experienced unacceptable and troubling lapses in follow-up, coordination, quality, and continuity of care. read more>>>

Questions and Answers on the OIG’s Final Report, VHA - Review of Alleged Patient Deaths, Patient Wait Times, and Scheduling Practices at the Phoenix VA Health Care System
Three page pdf

Review of Alleged Patient Deaths, Patient Wait Times, and Scheduling Practices at the Phoenix VA Health Care System
One Hundred Forty Three page pdf report

Tens of Thousands of Veterans have died over these decades of, by those 99% served, Poser Patriots, ignoring and denying the many issues from Test Vets to PTS to Agent Orange to Gulf War Syndrome to recent Burn Pit Contamination's and that's an extremely short list, and now those served are recognizing deaths in these recent 'scandal?' times. Which were finally being addressed by the Shinseki Veterans Administration and with help from this entire Executive Administrations Cabinet when then can under their charges, certainly Not By The Peoples Reps In Congress or State Legislatures, obstructing in the budgets needed!!

Congress and those served they represent, especially the House, continues doing nothing, including blocking anything the Executive branch tries!!


HUD, VA, AND USICH - 33% DROP IN VETERAN HOMELESSNESS

Congress, especially the House, continues doing nothing, including blocking anything the Executive branch tries!! Budget still mostly borrowed as the 99%plus served refuse, DeJa-Vu, to Sacrifice as to their Responsibilities while blaming the VA personal!!

HUD, VA, AND USICH ANNOUNCE 33% DROP IN VETERAN HOMELESSNESS SINCE 2010
WASHINGTON – 26 August 2014 - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) today released a new national estimate of veteran homelessness in the United States. Data collected during the annual Point-in-Time Count conducted in January 2014 shows there were 49,933 homeless veterans in America, a decline of 33 percent (or 24,837 people) since 2010. This includes a nearly 40 percent drop in the number of veterans sleeping on the street.

HUD, VA, USICH, and local partners have used evidenced-based practices like Housing First and federal resources like HUD-VASH (the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing voucher program) to get veterans off the street and into stable housing as quickly as possible. Since 2008, the HUD-VASH program has served a total of 74,019 veterans.

“We have an obligation to ensure that every veteran has a place to call home,” said U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro. “In just a few years, we have made incredible progress reducing homelessness among veterans, but we have more work to do. HUD will continue collaborating with our federal and local partners to ensure that all of the men and women who have served our country have a stable home and an opportunity to succeed.”

“The Department of Veterans Affairs and our federal and local partners should be proud of the gains made reducing Veterans’ homelessness,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald, “but so long as there remains a Veteran living on our streets, we have more work to do.” read ore>>>

Fact: “Why in 2009 were we still using paper?” VA Assistant Secretary Tommy Sowers “When we came in, there was no plan to change that; we’ve been operating on a six month wait for over a decade.” 27 March 2013

Fact: Two tax cuts, especially for the wealthy! Growth in corporate subsidies as their profits soared, think cheney/secret meetings/energy corporations!

Fact: "If military action is worth our troops’ blood, it should be worth our treasure, too" "not just in the abstract, but in the form of a specific ante by every American." -Andrew Rosenthal 10 Feb. 2013

Fact: To Those 99% Served, 'Build the Veterans Administration Promised!!'

Fact: Sen. Bernie Sanders told Conservatives: “If you can’t afford to take care of your veterans, than don’t go war. These people are bearing the brunt of what war is about, We have a moral obligation to support them.” February, 26th, 2014
Fact: Neither of these recent wars have yet been paid for, let alone the results from!!


Monday, August 25, 2014

VA Takes Next Step to Modernize Scheduling System

“Why in 2009 were we still using paper?” VA Assistant Secretary Tommy Sowers “When we came in, there was no plan to change that; we’ve been operating on a six month wait for over a decade.” 27 March 2013

Announces Request for Proposal for New Scheduling System
August 25, 2014 - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced plans to issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) for a new Medical Appointment Scheduling System; the next step in a series of actions VA has taken to replace its antiquated legacy scheduling system. The new system will improve access to care for Veterans by providing medical schedulers with cutting-edge, management-based scheduling software. The RFP will be made public by the end of September 2014; eligible vendors will have 30 days to respond from the day of issuance.

“We want this process to be open to all eligible vendors to make sure the Nation’s Veterans have the full benefits the innovative marketplace has to offer,” said VA Secretary Robert McDonald. “When we can put a solid scheduling system in place, this will free up more human resources to focus on direct Veterans’ care. As VA recommits to its mission of caring for Veterans and evaluating our actions through the lens of what serves them best, we know a better scheduling system is necessary to provide them the timely, quality health care that they have earned and deserve.” read more>>>

Sen. Bernie Sanders told Conservatives: “If you can’t afford to take care of your veterans, than don’t go war. These people are bearing the brunt of what war is about, We have a moral obligation to support them.” February, 26th, 2014


Sunday, August 24, 2014

Exploring a Female Veteran’s Struggles

Novel “Be Safe I Love You” explores a female veteran’s struggle with PTSD upon return to Watertown
AUGUST 24, 2014 - Cara Hoffman set her acclaimed new novel in Watertown mainly for the area’s fighting spirit in face of economic adversity.

“I thought it was a perfect setting for the book metaphorically and in reality,” she said.

The book’s main character joins the Army to help her economically distressed family, but comes out of the service with an emotional deficit fueled by post-traumatic stress disorder.

The Clay family in “Be Safe I Love You” is the new American working poor, she said — educated people who must live very frugally.

“The family is the kind of family where it’s paycheck to paycheck, and if one little thing goes wrong, then everything goes wrong,” Ms. Hoffman said in a phone interview from her home in New York City.

Ms. Hoffman said there are many such families, a view reflected last week in a survey released by a Bankrate Inc. It said twice as many Americans are less comfortable with their savings compared to a year ago as those that are more comfortable. The survey also said that 36 percent of Americans have not saved any money for retirement.

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“I feel that people don’t quite understand what the experience is for women veterans,” Ms. Hoffman said. “People assume that women who serve in the military aren’t seeing combat or aren’t doing the same kind of job as men. I wanted to show that they are and also that they have different experiences when they come home.”

“Be Safe I Love You” has received glowing reviews. London’s Sunday Telegraph named it one of the five best books in modern war fiction. A reviewer for the New York Times, Alissa J. Rubin, said the story is “written with such detail it’s hard to believe the main character is an invention.” read more>>>