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Hagel: VA backlog, ‘we missed it’ (Blames Bush, defends Shinseki)
CNN's Political Ticker ^ | May 11, 2014 | Jonathan Helman

Posted on 05/11/2014 6:19:49 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel gave his support to embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki on Sunday as he has come under scrutiny over allegations of deadly delays in health care treatment for veterans.

While Hagel said accountability was paramount, the potential for a backlog treating returning veterans should have been seen.

“I don’t think it just started with General Shinseki’s term at the VA, this is something that should have been looked at years and years ago, so yes, we missed it,” Hagel said on ABC “This Week.”

Shinseki will testify next Thursday before the Senate Committee on Veteran’s Affairs.

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates also said Sunday more needs to be done immediately to make sure veterans are getting the help they need.

“We can't wait for a congressional investigation and findings and so on. This needs immediate action,” said Gates on CBS “Face the Nation.” “And I'm hopeful that Secretary Shinseki will take that action. And then, as I said, hold people accountable.”(continued)

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: bush; hagel; obama; shinseki
"Hold people accountable" in the Obama administration. He could make a fortune doing stand-up comedy.
1 posted on 05/11/2014 6:19:49 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The VA does not care about Veterans. Their job is to placate the veterans and minimize costs.


2 posted on 05/11/2014 6:26:21 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Much of the disability backlog is because O’Bummer changed the requirements that a soldier no longer needed to be in a combat zone to experience PTSD. So many of the sexual harassment claims became PTSD claims flooding the system.


3 posted on 05/11/2014 6:34:34 PM PDT by tired&retired
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To: driftdiver

“The VA does not care about Veterans. Their job is to placate the veterans and minimize costs.”

My wife is an MD, and has worked for the VA for over twenty years. The medical staff really cares about the vets. But the working conditions are such that MD’s are leaving at a higher rate than ever and many years of pay freezes are making it difficult to get new Dr’s to join. Bottom line, they are way under staffed.


4 posted on 05/11/2014 6:38:00 PM PDT by tired&retired
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To: tired&retired

Hence my comment the VA doesn’t care. Individuals within the system do care but they cannot change the system.

I’m a service disabled Vet.


5 posted on 05/11/2014 6:39:22 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Hagel is so predictable...aligning himself with a guy who voted PRESENT 162 times....

I waiting for China to invade Taiwan any day! They are so afraid of us...


6 posted on 05/11/2014 6:48:24 PM PDT by philly-d-kidder (AB-Sheen"The truth is the truth if nobody believes it,a lie is still a lie, everybody believes it")
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To: driftdiver
You are correct about the people at the head of the bureaucracy. While there are many dedicated caregivers in the VA who do want to provide good service, for the careerists at the higher levels it's all department climbing all the time. They may as well be in the Department of Agriculture for all they care about veteran healthcare. That includes hospital directors on up the chain to Shitsecki and Hagel too.
7 posted on 05/11/2014 6:49:18 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: driftdiver

“The VA does not care about Veterans. Their job is to placate the veterans and minimize costs.”

Where do you think FUBO got Obamacare from? The RATs only care about themselves. If a bunch of vets have to die to “help” them make their “numbers,” TS. Medicare, Medicaid, Obamacare, allee sammee!


8 posted on 05/11/2014 6:55:22 PM PDT by vette6387
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’d like to know if Hagel was one of Obama’s butt buddies in the Senate. There’s quite a bit wrong with him, including his desire to have transgenders in the military. Would not be surprised for him to come out of the closet in an autobiography after he leaves DoD.


9 posted on 05/11/2014 6:56:52 PM PDT by peyton randolph (Show me the man and I will find the crime. - Lavrenti Beria)
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To: tired&retired; 2ndDivisionVet
Much of the disability backlog is because O’Bummer changed the requirements that a soldier no longer needed to be in a combat zone to experience PTSD. So many of the sexual harassment claims became PTSD claims flooding the system.

This sounds like more of the Cloward-Piven ANARCHY.

10 posted on 05/11/2014 6:57:18 PM PDT by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your teaching is my delight.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If in fact this practice does date back years, they didn’t “miss” it; they intentionally ignored it.


11 posted on 05/11/2014 6:57:46 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
If "General" Shinseki had any leadership skills,
he would have been on a plane to Phoenix the next day.

12 posted on 05/11/2014 7:03:09 PM PDT by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your teaching is my delight.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

But of course...everything is W.’s fault. That has been clear from day one


13 posted on 05/11/2014 7:05:50 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I can see why they “missed it” with all the worrying going on down at the Pentagon with the “openly gay” homosexuals and “transgenders” and all. That stuff is much more titillating than a bunch of wounded warriors.


14 posted on 05/11/2014 7:08:10 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Obama's smidgens are coming home to roost.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Dude. This administration took over five years ago.
15 posted on 05/11/2014 7:15:29 PM PDT by RichInOC (Palin 2016: The Perfect Storm.)
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To: All

FIVE YEARS THREE MONTHS TWENTY-ONE DAYS!

All he can say is it is George Bush’s fault. His answer is doubly damning, first he is still blaming Bush first, and second, after five plus years he still doesn’t know that anything is wrong. Please, tell me he has only been sec-def for a year. If all the assets of every poster here were used to buy hagel some clues he would still be a dumb bast@rd.


16 posted on 05/11/2014 7:15:50 PM PDT by Holdem Or Foldem (Life isn't fair, so wear a cup.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; blueyon; KitJ; T Minus Four; xzins; CMS; The Sailor; ab01; txradioguy; ...

Active Duty/Retiree ping.


17 posted on 05/11/2014 7:19:26 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Resist in place.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Administration of liars, islamists, hangers-on...and communists too stupid to see that they’d lose their heads under sharia.


18 posted on 05/11/2014 7:30:59 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

homosexualists too.


19 posted on 05/11/2014 7:32:25 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Six years into Obama’s wonderful, precedent- setting Transform Amerika administration and they’re still trying to blame Bush ?????!!!!!!!?????? This is ridiculous. They’re scapegoating the man like they do the Jews. It’s incredibly unfair to him. And it distorts our public discourse terribly in this country. Bush may not have walked on water all the time, but someone really needs to tell the Obama people to knock off always trying to crucify him for things that have been Obama’s responsibility for five or six years already.


20 posted on 05/11/2014 7:35:15 PM PDT by faithhopecharity ((Brilliant, Profound Tag Line Goes Here, just as soon as I can think of one..))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Funny that, in Canada’s socialized Health Care, they create wait lists by limiting access to tests and specialists. People die on wait lists.

Bend over, here comes 0bama care


21 posted on 05/11/2014 7:54:18 PM PDT by Steven Tyler
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

That’s right, it’s Bush’s fault; as usual.


22 posted on 05/11/2014 7:58:26 PM PDT by Wuli
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To: Wuli
That’s right, it’s Bush’s fault; as usual.


23 posted on 05/11/2014 8:35:16 PM PDT by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: driftdiver
Maybe the VA administrators and and their bosses don't care about Vets; but I can tell you from personal experience that the Doctors, Nurses and Technicians cared about us a whole lot, at least in the 80s.
After being soaked for about a 100K in medical bills from supposedly the 2 best neurologists in the state of California and almost being killed by them, my wife finally kicked me in the ass and made me check into the Vets Hospital at Wadsworth.
All I can say is I got the best, most competent treatment in the world there. My Neurosurgeon even called in a consultant from West Germany, the only neurosurgeon in the world who had ever done the procedure that I required to live.
They had to remove a tumor from the 3rd ventricle of my brain. It required that they peel off my scalp and face, cut a 3.5” x 4” opening in my skull, separate the two hemispheres of my brain just to get at the tumor, remove the tumor then put every thing back together. The plate in my head gives me headaches if I don't wear a hat when I am out in the sun on a hot day (finally losing my hair on top) and I set off airport metal detectors. You would get a real laugh out of the TSA idiots when they run the wand around my head, same at the courthouse. The administrators at the VA may be a bunch of asshats, but the medical staff are the greatest.
Every day I thank GOD for Dr. Gadda (yes, that was his name), for the entire medical staff, the Nursing staff and all the rest of the techs and support staff for my life.
24 posted on 05/11/2014 10:28:18 PM PDT by 5th MEB (Progressives in the open; --- FIRE FOR EFFECT!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

6 + years and still this magic negro and his minions aren’t responsible for ANYTHING?
Quota boy is worthless.


25 posted on 05/12/2014 3:21:51 AM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) obammy lied and lied and lied)
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To: UriÂ’el-2012

A CEO is private industry would do exactly that.
Fly down there and clean house !


26 posted on 05/12/2014 5:17:51 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Rip it out by the roots.)
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