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The VA Fiasco
The Covington News ^ | May 24, 2014 | Pete Mecca, Vietnam veteran, columnist and freelance writer

Posted on 05/25/2014 7:21:19 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Fiasco correctly describes the unmitigated disgraceful conduct of the Veterans Administration unfolding before our very eyes on national television. Criminal neglect, criminal incompetence, criminal rationale and criminal bureaucrats dressed in business suits collected unearned bonuses after directly, or at best indirectly, causing the deaths of our sick and ailing veterans.

Forget politics.

There is no “spin” on this story; this is not “old news”; this is not ‘a conspiracy’ by Republicans or Independents or the Tea Party or willful neglect by the Democratic Party. This is, very frankly, just another union-protected government bureaucracy that’s totally out of control, self-serving, unafraid of repercussions, and can dodge responsibilities by calling in a union representative or just pretending such an abominable scandal doesn’t exist.

Veterans certainly deserve and have earned better conduct from the officials at the VA and our Federal Government. “Mad as hell” doesn’t hack it; to claim a VA executive was fired one week before his planned retirement is another asinine assertion bordering on the mentality of The Three Stooges (my sincere apologies to Moe, Larry and Curly). The almost immediate refusal by the U.S. Attorney General to conduct an investigation by the Attorney General is beyond contempt. The glaring difference between bureaucrats honorably discharged from the military versus representatives having never served in the military boils down to one word: Integrity.

Our country, yours and mine, has become a cesspool of irresponsibility and lies. Blame President Obama, blame the VA; hell, blame Sarah Palin because it just doesn’t matter anymore. We are still a country of gifted, honest, hard-working citizens, and in the end our country, our future and our children’s future will be up to us.

God grant that someday we all find the common sense to get the bums out of Washington D.C. and replace them — both parties — with patriots instead of politicians. Trained in leadership and discipline, veterans running for public office would be a great place to start. Albeit, permit me to stop ranting and offer solutions.

Letting veterans die — let me repeat that — letting veterans die for lack of care is a national emergency. Treat the situation as such. Bypass the unions and call in military doctors, nurses and administrators who can get the job done because that’s what they do and they do it well, and they do it without hefty bonuses. Outsource (remember that word?) the backlog of paperwork to dependable and ‘proper’ results-oriented companies. Cull the deadwood at the VA and provide our veterans the care as promised.

The old way is an antiquated way. The catchphrase ‘Thinking outside the box’, in this case, means ‘thinking outside of Washington, D.C.’ In time of war, as with the Gulf War, surgeons and doctors are called to duty. How many veterans must die before private hospitals, doctors, specialists, nurses and technicians graciously volunteer or ‘graciously be required’ to see, diagnosis, and if necessary, treat a few veterans a week to lighten the VA backlog?

Nothing is an emergency for most people until it affects them. Folks, my dad served in WWII. He was proud of his service and I was proud of my dad. Had he died due to criminal neglect and double-bookkeeping at the VA, well, perhaps it’s best not to cross that bridge for now. My injured brothers from Vietnam came home to VA hospitals ill-equipped to handle the volume of wounded. Roofs leaked; unsanitary conditions were the norm. In time things improved, but time is a killer just as the practice of double-bookkeeping and broken promises extinguishes the lives of our veterans today.

The Grim Reaper pounces on neglect. Why were bureaucrats at the VA allowed to become his best keeper?

TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: obama; unions; veterans; veteransaffairs
1 posted on 05/25/2014 7:21:19 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What does anybody expect from a government bureaucracy? I will no take the leftist/socialists line that if we only have the right people in charge it can fly.

2 posted on 05/25/2014 7:25:39 PM PDT by all the best (sat`~!)
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3 posted on 05/25/2014 7:29:47 PM PDT by TexasGator
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The Grim Reaper pounces on neglect.

THIS says it all.

The buck stops with Obama. If things need fixin', he should be the one to start it with his speechifyin' -- which he does SO well. (sarcasm)

4 posted on 05/25/2014 7:44:23 PM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The VA has cut back on doctors drastically. They used to have 3 teams of doctors and now they have one with one doctor. They are doing phone consults with a nurse now and there is almost nobody waiting to see the doctor anymore. As for all the so called Vets from the Iraq and Afgan wars they keep talking about I don't see them at the VA. Almost all of the Vets I see are Nam, Korea and a few WWII vets but very few under 50. I go to the VA 1-2 times per month so I see the changes and it's going down fast.

For any special problems they have contract Doctors come in 1-2 times per month and they are 8-12 months backed up.

5 posted on 05/25/2014 8:42:40 PM PDT by america-rules
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To: all the best

We need a fix to the situation, loping heads and pointing fingers are not going to fix the problem. The media and the politicians will get their mileage, and then it will fade away and slip below the waves.

As much as I doubt it, perhaps someone (100 Senators + 435 Representative + 1 President) will step forward and champion a real solution, but sadly I doubt it.....

Where’s Senator Patty Murray?

The only thing dumber then the elected people in Olympia and Washington DC are the people who keep electing the same idiots into the new Government Aristocracy that we keep perpetuating.

The problems with VA health care has a very quick remedy; require that our elected representatives (Congressmen, Senator, their families, and staffs) be required to only use the nearest VA Hospital for all their health care needs...and there are no head of the line privileges.
As we watch the number of our elected representatives who actually served in the military (or some other public service) decline each year, this increasing majority have no idea what was involved or the sacrifices our service required.

Sad, but we keep electing them....over and over...perhaps that should change also.

6 posted on 05/25/2014 8:43:05 PM PDT by remur389 (Before you vote....think)
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I agree 100 percent!

FYI Murray was in front of the VA with the press rolling rattling for change when Bush was President!

7 posted on 05/25/2014 8:45:38 PM PDT by america-rules
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To: america-rules

Yep, I’m 54 and usually seem to be the youngest guy in the room. When I started as a Job Service vet rep (career counselor) at 28 I was by far the youngest guy in the whole state (they’re usually retired military in a second career) and when I left at around 40 y.o. I was STILL probably the youngest!

8 posted on 05/25/2014 8:54:40 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2Million USD for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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Nothing going to happen. Politicians and pundits will rant and bang their chests, articles will be written, speeches made, but in the end, nothing is going to change.

9 posted on 05/26/2014 5:06:08 AM PDT by ops33 (Senior Master Sergeant, USAF (Retired))
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10 posted on 05/26/2014 5:09:43 AM PDT by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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I read that 80% of VA employees were union members. This makes the VA one of the most heavily unionized outfits in America. Right “up there” with the USPS and IRS!

11 posted on 05/26/2014 6:19:40 AM PDT by donozark (The voices inside my head may not be real, but they have some good ideas!)
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