{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**

In 2003 some 72% of Americans fully supported the Abandoning of the Missions and those Sent to Accomplish so extremely Quickly after 9/11!!
At least some 95%, if not more as less then 1% serve them, not only still support the, just below, total lack of Sacrifice, they ran from any and all Accountability and left everything still on the table to be continually used if the political/military want was still in play in future executive/legislative wants!!
DeJa-Vu: “With no shared sacrifices being asked of civilians after Sept. 11", Decades and War From, All Over Again!!
Especially for the Corporate and Wealthy Community, investors in Defense Industries, and for these, Afghanistan and Iraq, came Two Huge Tax Cuts, with more sweetheart deals to same from states and the fed!!

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."

"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


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

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The VA: Greed and Corruption In Government Agencies

The 'real scandals' of the Veterans Administration and the other Government agencies, created by the Peoples Representatives actions or non actions and more often with the Private Sector Government Contractors involvement. Along with those created because the 99%plus served either ignore or just plain deny, this Executive administrations cabinet and the VA under Gen Shinseki had finally started to address even with obstructed budgets and little Congressional help, the issues, especially from our wars, so they have no need to demand they should sacrifice, Poser Patriots!

IG: VA official gamed system to benefit FedBid

Another Government Employee, but actually working for a Private Government contractor, and this within the VA agency. Where greed, corruption and especially politics, should never cross over the thresholds of any of the facilities and Government contractors should not grossly profit from! Especially in times where the extremely few are serving the greater society in conflict and occupation war theaters, wars that still aren't paid for and VA, grossly under funded, budgets are still obstructed, DeJa-Vu all over again for decades and Wars from!!

You can bet the Veterans Administration isn't the only agency with the long embedded corruption going on, seen it before and often rises in concert with these private sector contractors. Could there also be politics involved, possibility exists especially when the Peoples Representatives are looking for 'scandals' for their many hearings to attack agency personal and not themselves for not doing the jobs they are charged with, instead of working with Government agencies to maintain proper performance that saves the tax payers money and not costing much more then budgets to fix problems that are found long after the fact and often repeated when Congress does little to nothing.

Sep. 29, 2014 - A senior Veterans Health Administration procurement official pressured employees and gamed the acquisition process to award reverse-auction company FedBid a contract, according to an inspector general’s report.

Susan Taylor, deputy chief procurement officer at the VHA at the Veterans Affairs Department, pressured contracting staff through repeated emails and requests in 2010 to accelerate the process and to pick FedBid for the contract, according to the IG report released Sept. 26.

The VA was working on its own internal reverse auction process at the same time, and Taylor wanted to award a contract to FedBid before that system was finished, the IG wrote. She also repeatedly sent FedBid internal and inside information about the process and internal review of the FedBid contract.

Jan Frye, the deputy assistant secretary of the Office of Acquisition and Logistics a the VA, heard complaints from VA employees about the whole process and decided to issue a moratorium on the use of FedBid in 2012, according to the report. read more>>>

Congressional hearings aren't supposed to be trials, unless called so and subpena's and other law enforcement court procedures are called for in advance. With proof of the possible corruption or criminal acts had taken place!

The blame is shared by the agency and the representatives of the people Not doing their jobs!!

Hearings are supposed to be looking at where Congress, and the people they represent, didn't carry out their responsibilities which leads to problems that end up not being isolated but ripple out causing even more problems. All are extremely expensive to fix instead of filling the needs before and maintaining to greatly minimize any foreseen possible problem!! And the same keep happening over and over after congressional reps ask 'how can they help and what do the agency need', in the friendly for a moment opening statements, from the people they work for so government, the people are the government, can run as smoothly as possible with any rising problem caught early and thus less costs for the American people!!

The Veterans Administration Inspector General Report - Report No. 13-03065-304
Snippet from 81pg. PDF: September 26, 2014 - We also found that Ms. Taylor, Mr. William E. Dobrzykowski, former Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC), and FedBid executives together, to financially benefit FedBid, willfully and improperly acted to thwart Mr. Jan Frye, Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS), Office of Acquisition and Logistics (OAL), in his oversight duties associated with VA’s procurement operations. After Mr. Frye received complaints from VA suppliers concerning a requirement to use FedBid and that VHA contracting officials were allowing FedBid to perform inherently Government functions by abdicating their responsibilities to FedBid, he instituted a moratorium on using FedBid to fully assess VA’s use of reverse auctions and determine whether it complied with existing VA policy and whether it interfered with already established VA supply chains. Ms. Taylor, Mr.Dobrzykowski, and FedBid executives took significant measures to disrupt and deprive VA’s right to transact official business honestly and impartially, free from improper and undue influence. In their own words, their intent was to “storm the castle,” use a “heavy-handed-puncher,” to “rally the troops up on the Hill,” have “enough top cover to overwhelm,” to “unleash the hounds,” to “assassinate [Mr. Frye’s] character and discredit him,” and to keep “close hold” nonpublic information Ms. Taylor provided FedBid executives, as well as repeatedly and falsely tell VA leadership that there was “no cost to VA for its use of FedBid,” all for the “indomitable world of FedBid.”


Personnel records reflected that Ms. Taylor began her Federal career in 1985, holding appointments to various contracting positions at the Departments of Transportation (DOT), Defense (DOD), Agriculture (USDA), and Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). In February 2007, she received a Senior Level (SL) appointment as PBGC’s Director of Procurement, and on July 4, 2010, she received an SES appointment to her current VHA position. As the Deputy Chief Procurement Officer, Ms. Taylor was responsible for the operational execution, oversight, compliance, direction and support of all acquisition organizations within VHA, consisting of more than 2,400 employees. The Associate DAS for Procurement Policy, Systems, and Oversight, Office of Acquisition and Logistics (OAL), told us that Ms. Taylor never held a warrant while employed at VA. Although her position does not require her to hold a warrant, she has a Federal Acquisition Certification-Contracting (FAC-C) Level III certification.


Mr. Dobrzykowski’s resume reflected that he held various Federal appointments from 1970 until his retirement in 2002, including the Federal Power Commission (predecessor to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission), Securities and Exchange Commission, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and HUD. FedBid records reflected that in early 2012, Mr. Dobrzykowski sought employment at FedBid and that Mr. Glenn Richardson, former President of FedBid, considered hiring him as a “strategic advisor.” However, USITC records reflected that he instead accepted the CFO position at USITC as a re­employed Federal annuitant on February 24, 2012, with his employment beginning on March 19, 2012. As CFO, he had oversight of USITC’s contracting activity, and after he began working at USITC, he suggested that they use reverse auctions. On May 16, 2012, USITC signed a contract with FedBid for reverse auction services.

In their own words, their intent was to “storm the castle,” use a “heavy-handed-puncher,” to “rally the troops up on the Hill,”
"rally the troops on the Hill"? Who would these 'troops up on the Hill' be, friendly to their private corp wants Congressional reps or perhaps the staffs of? Those on both Congressional Veterans Affairs Committee's especially in the leadership positions? The so called political think tanks to help spin the sales rhetoric needed for the political wealth grifting?

You can download the report here

Listen to Jason Miller's interview on the Federal Drive: VA IG unwinds tale of procurement fraud, abuse involving senior agency officials, FedBid

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

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