{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!!


Thousands of people across America don’t just talk about honoring Veterans; they walk the walk. Dedicated Volunteers Serve Veterans for Decades

On this Executive Administration, it's Cabinet and those directly around same, "Best - Ever": "We haven't had this kind of visibility from the White House—ever." Joyce Raezer National Military Family Association - Dec. 30, 2011, and plenty more of similar since Joyce, others, spoke and continues!

Ask yourself: If the Veterans Administration is so corrupt and mismanaged, as the conservative ideology, under which the seeds of are planted when they control, wants everyone to buy into as they obstruct the budgets and do extremely little after they charge same, then why does the Private sector, many problems within rarely heard about, adopt so many practices and advanced technologies developed within the VA, for free?! The VA, DoD, and in partnership with Universities and Colleges, not just Health Care are constantly in R&D and that developed that works is quickly moved into the private, for profit, sector, even as the VA is long under funded, decades, and especially during and after our wars that the few are sent into!

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

Facts: Matthew Hoh {former Marine and foreign service officer in Afghanistan}: "We spend a trillion dollars a year on national security in this country."
"And when you add up to the Department of Defense, Department of State, CIA, Veterans Affairs, interest on debt, the number that strikes me the most about how much we're committed financially to these wars and to our current policies is we have spent $250 billion already just on interest payments on the debt we've incurred for the Iraq and Afghan wars."
26 September 2014

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!


Bob Herbert Losing Our Way : "And then the staggering costs of these wars, which are borne by the taxpayers. I mean, one of the things that was insane was that, as we're at war in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Bush administration cut taxes. This has never been done in American history. The idea of cutting taxes while you're going to war is just crazy. I mean, it's madness." Bill 'Moyers and Company': Restoring an America That Has Lost its Way 10 Oct. 2014

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."

Part Two: A Son Lost in Iraq, but Where Is the Casualty Report?

Army Says War Records Gap Is Real, Launches Recovery Effort

3/27/15 - U.S. Nerve Gas Hit Our Own Troops in Iraq
"During and immediately after the first Gulf War, more than 200,000 of 700,000 U.S. troops sent to Iraq and Kuwait in January 1991 were exposed to nerve gas and other chemical agents. Though aware of this, the Department of Defense and CIA launched a campaign of lies and concocted a cover-up that continues today."
"When Brown and others tried to obtain their medical records to prove their illnesses were service-related, they learned that the records had disappeared."




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

She wrote that she's proud of her service but added this: "That doesn't change the fact that I contributed - however indirectly - to human beings vanishing from the earth in a moment of sheer agony."



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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Friday, May 22, 2015

Allowing Veterans Admin. Phys. To Recommend Medical Cannabis

Still not there, even for the civilian population and it's potential helpful uses of, same found in the veterans community, but the long road, of denial of the existence, PTS, and thus need of very useful treatments for, has gotten shorter, very slowly!!

Senate Appropriation Committee Votes To Lift Veterans Administration Gag Order On Medical Cannabis
May 21, 2015 - In a landslide vote, the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations voted to the add the Veterans Equal Access Amendment (VEAA) to the FY2016 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs (MilConVA) Appropriations bill, which sets the budget for the Veterans Administration (VA). The VEAA would end the current gag order preventing VA physicians from recommending or even discussing medical cannabis to veterans in states where medical cannabis programs exist. The bi-partisan amendment was introduced by Senators Steve Daines (R-MT) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and succeeded by a vote margin of 18-12.

“Today's victorious vote in the Senate Appropriations Committee is nothing short of historic for medical marijuana patients,” said Steph Sherer, executive director of Americans for Safe Access. “Although states have been implementing their own medical marijuana programs since 1996, the Senate has never officially weighed in on the subject. Now the Senate Appropriation Committee has done so by affirming that the gag order on V.A. physicians should be lifted. ”

An amendment containing similar provisions to today’s VEAA amendment received 210 votes in the House Representatives in April, failing by only 3 votes. read more>>>

Conservatives Continue Blocking Military Veterans' Access to Medical Marijuana

What we know about PTSD and Vietnam veterans today


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

'The old Green Beret stood as erect as age would allow.......'

Arlington ceremony honors Hmong for ‘secret war’ sacrifice
May 15, 2015 - The old Green Beret stood as erect as age would allow and remembered his lethal times in Laos.

Arrayed before 85-year-old John H. “Scotty” Crerar were Hmong veterans, come together from Fresno, Calif., Anchorage, Alaska, and Minneapolis, all the domestic places where a lost war had cast them. Crerar was their blood brother, one who helped train them and fought alongside them.

“We had good students,” Crerar said, “but the part that people forget is that the special forces were learning, too.”

A retired Army colonel with a storied career in special operations, Crerar joined other seasoned Army Special Forces veterans, young congressional staffers and colorfully bedecked Hmong men and women Friday morning in the shadow of an Atlas cedar tree. The Hmong mark May 14-15 as the time when, in 1975, North Vietnamese forces captured the key base used by the CIA and Hmong fighters. read more>>>

May 14, 2015 - Hmong Veterans Celebrate Appreciation Day at The Highground


Sunday, May 17, 2015

Nurses Skilled in Tending to the Health Needs of the Nation’s Veterans

University of Minnesota trains new nurses to tend to veterans
For the first time, the University of Minnesota School of Nursing is graduating a group of nurses skilled in tending to the health needs of the nation’s veterans.

May 17, 2015 - When newly minted nurse Samantha Woehrle sees a patient for something as simple as a headache, she’ll know to ask if the person sitting across from her has ever been in an explosion or exposed to Agent Orange.

It may not be the usual line of questioning in the waiting room. But it makes sense if the patient is a veteran.

For the first time, the University of Minnesota School of Nursing is graduating a group of nurses skilled in tending to the health needs of the nation’s veterans.

Woehrle and 19 other nurses who received their diplomas last week are specially trained to understand veterans’ complex medical demands, from post-traumatic stress disorder to conditions specific to the war being fought.

They are joining the workforce at a critical time for veterans and for the Department of Veterans Affairs, one the largest health care providers in the world. In the next five years, 40 percent of the VA health care workforce will become eligible for regular retirement, with 23 percent projected to actually retire. The average age of a VA nurse is 49. At the Minneapolis facility alone, a quarter of its 936 direct care nurses are currently eligible for some form of retirement. read more>>>


'Veterans of the Land', Nother Corporate american 'Poser' patriot

Central Coast company fraud against Veterans Administration
May 16, 2015 - A Santa Maria company paid a $1 million settlement and agreed to close down on May 11 after its owner was accused of falsely claiming the company was a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) in order to obtain landscaping and cemetery restoration contracts with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The contracts had been set aside for disabled veterans.

The $1 million payment represents virtually all of Veterans of the Land’s assets.

From 2008 to 2013, Veterans of the Land obtained contracts with the Veterans Administration under the SDVOSB program to provide landscaping and cemetery restoration services at various U.S. National Cemeteries, including Riverside National Cemetery. There are no allegation that the services provided by the company were improperly performed. read more>>>

What Veterans Get in Privatizing the Veterans Administration

Federal Investigations: Mil/Vets TRICARE - Private Sector Compounding Pharmacies & Doctors

And of course another, of the oh so many of the 98% served, private citizen, Poser, patriots!!! Love the free wars, wavin them flags and the other symbols and especially words of 'support' while not 'sharing in the sacrifice', during and long after, much easier to blame the VA personal with the conservative lead in doing and with the media hyped 'scandals' oft repeated from hearings prior with no actions taken, of the policies set forth, in their names, and ignoring or out right denying the issues of the few who serve them, during and long after they end!! If they can find a way of screwing a vet directly, for profit, or using veterans as corporate marketing tools, for bigger 'patriotic' profit, as well as political fodder, it's done, over and over!!

Man charged with stealing from veteran
May 16, 2015 - A 32-year-old Marshfield man authorities say took a veteran's money and firearm collection is facing felony charges in Wood County Circuit Court.

Robert T. King Jr. had received permission to take up to $400 from the bank account of an older man who was admitted to a Veterans Administration hospital, according to court records. The man later learned that King had presented the older man's bank with a letter stating King could take $2,500 from the older man's account.

The older man told authorities that he never had signed the letter and it must be a forgery. The veteran also learned King had gone online and transferred the older man's Veterans Administration benefits to a different bank. Authorities found $2,858.24 in benefits had gone into King's account, according to court records. read more>>>


Friday, May 15, 2015

'Spontaneous' Honor Guard Greets Vietnam MIA Soldier Return & His Family

Remains of Vietnam War veteran receive special salute
May 14, 2015 - After 47 years the remains of Master Sergeant James Holt came home from Vietnam this week -- met by his widow, Linda, his two daughters and other family members.

"I thank God Almighty he's finally home," said Linda.

There was a military honor guard, as you might expect, but no one expected a spontaneous honor guard of police officers.

"It was quite amazing," said Linda.

Thanks to cell phones and social media, everybody can now see those police officers lined up. They just happened to be at Washington's National Airport greeting family members of fallen police officers arriving for an annual dinner when they heard a fallen soldier was coming home. read more>>>


Thursday, May 14, 2015

100,000 Veterans Jobs Mission Far Exceeds Goal

These hires helped create further hires in the communities which created even further hires!!

100,000 Jobs Mission Hires Over 240,000 Veterans
May 14, 2015 - The 100,000 Jobs Mission announced today that its coalition of private companies has collectively hired 241,833 U.S. military Veterans through the first quarter of 2015, demonstrating that it is well on its way toward reaching its new goal of hiring 300,000.

Founded in 2011 by 11 companies, including JPMorgan Chase & Co., the coalition now stands at 196 member companies.

“This latest milestone reflects the growing number of private sector companies that place high value on the skills of our nation’s Veterans,” said Ross Brown, director of Military and Veterans Affairs for JPMorgan Chase. “More companies making a commitment to join the coalition reaffirms how important this Mission continues to be to employers.”

Collaboration Among Private Sector Companies read more>>>


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Stereotypes about #veterans make hiring process harder

Veterans Battle for Jobs on the Home Front
MAY 9, 2015 - Recently, in the midst of an effort to persuade store managers to hire veterans, I talked to a human resources executive at a major retail chain. She told me she wanted to do the right thing and hire veterans, but added that she was also concerned by reports that many had returned home with post-traumatic stress disorder and other problems. She worried that a veteran could possibly pose a threat to customers and other employees.

I mentioned that conversation when talking to hiring officials whose companies I serve as a consultant. None have said they would reject a veteran out of hand, but many acknowledge feeling hesitant when they see a résumé noting deployments to Afghanistan or Iraq.

One hiring manager said that because he had never been in the military, it would be difficult to ask veterans what they had experienced while serving. He added that “if something in their demeanor makes me uneasy, I politely end the interview.” read more>>>


Veterans and Hepatitis C Treatments

“I cannot think of another situation where the government-use provision [of the law that allows the VA to break the patents] should be applied,” Sanders wrote in a letter to Robert McDonald, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary. “Our nation’s veterans cannot, and should not, be denied treatment while drug companies rake in billions of dollars in profits.”

Sanders Asks VA to Break Patents on Gilead and AbbVie Hep C Drugs
May 12, 2015 - The ongoing debate over the cost of prescription drugs took another twist as U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT.) has asked the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to use emergency powers to break – or override – the patents on high-priced hepatitis C medicines sold by several drug makers, including Gilead Sciences

The new hepatitis C treatments cure more than 90% of those infected and, in the U.S., cost from $63,000 to $94,500, depending upon the drug and regimen, before any discounts. Gilead markets Sovaldi and Harvoni, while AbbVie ABBV sells Viekera Pak.

The prices have caused a firestorm as both public and private payers complain the treatments are straining their budgets. Sanders notes the VA stopped enrolling veterans who need treatment for hepatitis C due to budget constraints. The agency has already reallocated $400 million on hepatitis C drugs, but needs additional funding. 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

“With no shared sacrifices being asked of civilians after Sept. 11" Neither of these recent wars have yet been paid for, nor the continued blowback from the spread and growth from the policies implemented!
Neither the long term results from, including the long ignored or outright denied existence of, till this Administrations Cabinet and Gen Shinseki, only Government branch consistent for the past six years, Veterans issues from!
As well as under deficits most of the, grossly under funded for decades and the wars from now, VA budget is still borrowed, with interest, thus added problem creating costs, with representative who control the purse strings blaming the mostly dedicated VA personal within, that shouldn't exist!


Sunday, May 10, 2015

Mothers Day: Military Moms Honored

Michelle and Jill, Executive Branch Cabinet, continue the long advocacy of Military personal, and extended families of, fir Mothers Day!! As well as same for Veterans, present and past!! 'Happy Moms Day' to all Moms!!

White House Honors Military Moms at Mother's Day Tea
WASHINGTON, May 9, 2015 – "When your children leave, a part of your heart leaves," said Sherry Warner, a mother whose daughter and son-in-law are in the Army.

So it was particularly special, Warner said, for the White House to honor military mothers yesterday during a special Mother's Day tea hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden.

Warner was among 180 guests who attended the White House event, which featured musical guest Ben Folds and included military members from all service branches, military children, military spouses, Gold Star mothers, and caregivers of wounded warriors.

The tea was a wonderful way for the White House to show its deep appreciation for all that military moms do, Warner said.

It was particularly moving seeing a Gold Star mother, she said.

"You just start tearing up and you can't even imagine her pain,” Warner said. “It just gets to you."

A Family Affair read more>>>


Saturday, May 9, 2015

VA Nurse to Be Honored For Her Research on Treating TBI

International Nursing Hall of Fame Honors VA Nurse For Her Research on Treating TBI
In war-torn areas, close-range explosions from improvised explosive devices and other blasts can cause mild and severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) in our troops.

Determining best practices for treating the effects of TBI on the health of our Veterans has been an emphasis for Christine E. Kasper, Ph.D., R.N., senior research scientist at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

“Dealing with the significant effect of TBI for the civilian and military health care systems can be quite a challenge due to the overall complexity,” said Dr. Kasper.

Thanks in part to her TBI research Dr. Kasper is one of 19 researchers internationally being inducted into the Nursing Hall of Fame at the 26th International Nursing Research Congress in Puerto Rico on July 25, 2015.

“It’s an honor for VA to recognize Dr. Kasper for her research efforts. Her life-changing research results, her insight, expertise, and integrity have greatly impacted the profession and improved the lives of our veterans,” said Dr. Carolyn Clancy, Interim Under Secretary for Health. read more>>>

Honoring VA's Compassionate Professionals
May 7, 2015 - VA nurses are a dynamic, diverse group of honored, respected, and compassionate professionals.

Meet three of the hundreds of VA nurses who embody all those qualities … and more.

Melissa Gonzales Lloyd: “I am privileged to be a VA Nurse.”

At VA, excellence in nursing is valued as essential for quality health care for those who served America. Dr. Melissa Gonzales Lloyd represents that excellence.

Lloyd is the Associate Director for Patient Care Services and Nursing at VA Loma Linda Healthcare System. She served as a nurse in the U.S. Army Reserves for eight years. read more>>>

VA Research Commemorates 90 Years of Health Care Innovation Focused on Improving Veterans’ Lives
WASHINGTON – April 30, 2015 - The Department of Veterans Affairs will highlight 90 years of improving the lives of Veterans and other Americans through medical and prosthetics research when it celebrates National VA Research Week May 18–22, 2015, at host medical facilities across the United States and its territories.

“VA Research and Development plays a pivotal role in improving the health of Veterans,” said VA Secretary Robert A. McDonald. “In addition, the advances in health care developed by VA have benefited millions of other Americans and patients worldwide.”

As part of the nation’s largest integrated health care system, VA research has unique opportunities to address some of the most critical issues in health care today. During fiscal year 2015, nearly 3,400 VA researchers will work on more than 2,200 projects. In addition to VA funding, VA researchers compete for funding from the National Institutes of Health, nonprofit associations and private pharmaceutical and biotechnology firms.

VA medical centers across the nation will mark VA Research Week with special events such as tours of their research facilities, lectures, poster displays and luncheons to honor the Veterans who voluntarily participate in VA studies. read more>>>

And Thanks to the, mostly, Dedicated VA workers {no politics, no poser patriotism, no individual bluster}, All, and out of some 300mil plus citizens served, ignoring their duty to sacrifice, Thousands of people across America don’t just talk about honoring Veterans; they walk the walk. Dedicated Volunteers Serve Veterans for Decades, the not built as promised and grossly always under funded, causing costly media hyped, political points, 'scandals', VA agency, especially during the decades and wars from, actually operates much better then the, cash flush, private sector in all they are charged with in the agency, not just health care!!


Friday, May 8, 2015

Federal Investigations: Mil/Vets TRICARE - Private Sector Compounding Pharmacies & Doctors

An update, from CBS reports, on what I posted yesterday, What Veterans Get in Privatizing the Veterans Administration, as to Conservative 'privatization' of Military and Veterans Health Care!!

6 May 2015 report - {Poser Patriot} Deanna Dutting with her website 'Healing 4 Heroes': " "If you want to feel bad or do your own research, you can do just like the rest of us did, but we got over it real quick once we started making our money, you know what I mean?" said Dutting.

Feds open investigations into compounding pharmacies
May 7, 2015 - CBS News has learned there are multiple federal investigations underway into 90 compounding pharmacies and doctors for suspicious practices.

In a recent investigation related to compounding pharmacies, CBS News correspondent Jim Axelrod reported on Paul Borger, a doctor who runs a weight loss clinic in Davenport, Iowa.

Borger wrote a prescription for pain creams for Axelrod even though the two had never met or spoken. read more>>>

6 May 2015 report - Major General Richard Thomas, who oversees TRICARE: "There's no free lunch here," said Thomas. "These individuals, their patriotism is directly tied to their paycheck. They're not helping these soldiers."

"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

Chris Hayes : "If you can run a deficit to go to war, you can run a deficit to take care of the people who fought it" In response to Republican, long ago lost as the party of Lincoln and not just as to us Veterans, opposition to expanding Veterans' benefits on fiscal grounds

Neither of these recent wars have yet been paid for, so see present day tax payers, especially the wealthy, haven't paid yet for any of this corruption, nor the continued blowback from the spread and growth from the policies implemented!

Neither the long term results from, including the long ignored or outright denied existence of, till this Administrations Cabinet and Gen Shinseki, only Government branch consistent for the past six years, Veterans issues from!


Thursday, May 7, 2015

Military Exposures Info for Veterans Of

Since the Obama Executive Administration came in and bringing in Gen Shinseki as VA Secretary, with a target on him by conservatives after he spoke Military Truth to them and the Bush administration, the VA, with help where they can from the entire Cabinet, has been finally addressing the long ignored and out right denied, and that's just on PTS, issues by the Country served and through their Representatives! That continues under Secretary McDonald. Rep Miller and company thought they had a Corporate stooge that would do their bidding, blaming the VA personal for their's and the Countries creation and continuation of the media hyped 'scandals', hearings on previously with nothing done after, as Conservatives continue going after budget cuts to cause quicker Corporate privatization for corporate profits, and little regulations on, of the agency.

Publications & Reports on Military Exposures
VA has developed newsletters, reports, and other publications for Veterans, the public and health care providers on the following topics: visit for more>>>

Environmental Exposures Programs & Services brochure (447 KB, PDF)

Overview of programs and services available for Veterans who may have been exposed to certain environmental hazards during their military service, including Agent Orange, Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pits, Depleted Uranium, Gulf War, Ionizing Radiation, and Toxic Embedded Fragments. visit for more reports>>>