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  • Officials: Army hospital chief relieved of command

    05/28/2014 8:34:13 AM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    FOX ^ | AP
    The chief of an Army medical center has been relieved of his command because of problems with patient care, and the Pentagon has ordered a review of its health care system, defense officials said. The commander was replaced Tuesday at Womack Army Medical Center at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and three deputies were suspended, the Army said in a statement. The shake-up comes after two deaths this month of patients in their 20s and problems with infection control at the facility that were pointed out in March by a hospital accreditation group, according to two defense officials. They spoke on...
  • Following Obama’s policies, Four Star Fake Eric Shinseki has killed our veterans

    05/28/2014 9:17:47 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 6 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 5/28/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Barack Obama is on record as being “furious” over the needless deaths in Veteran’s Administration hospitals. He’s not “furious” because he loves veterans, to the contrary, Barack Obama is “furious” at being been caught in yet another lie. By his own admission Obama knew there were problems in the VA in 2007. In 2008 even before he first took office, Obama was made aware of the problems in the VA hospital system. His response was to appoint Eric Shinseki whose only qualification was that he is “America’s first Asian American four star general,” as the new head of the Veteran’s...

    05/26/2014 11:49:39 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 11 replies ^ | May 26, 2014 | Breitbart News
    The American Legion says the VA scandal has left a “black eye” for veterans this Memorial Day.
  • Awful. Dozens of Veterans’ Bodies Never Buried – Discovered at Morgue

    05/25/2014 8:01:43 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 51 replies ^ | May 25, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    The bodies of at least 28 veterans were found this past week at the LA CoronerÂ’s office. The bodies had never been buried. CBS Local reported: The bodies of 28 veterans at the L.A. County Morgue were finally moved Friday for burial to the Riverside National Cemetery. CBS2/KCAL9 pressed the L.A. County CoronerÂ’s Office Thursday to find out why the bodies had not yet received a proper burial after a source indicated there may have been as many as 60 veterans at the morgue for the past year and a half. The morgue says the bodies were unclaimed and they...
  • In a Month, TV News Gives Less Airtime to VA Scandal Than Christie Controversy Received in Four Days

    05/22/2014 9:03:25 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 9 replies
    In nearly four and a half weeks, the ABC, CBS and NBC morning and evening news shows have offered 110 minutes to an evolving Obama administration scandal involving secret lists designed to keep veterans from receiving proper medical treatment. Back in January, it took those same network shows just four and a half days to churn that much coverage for Chris Christie's Bridgegate.
  • Obama: 'I Know People Are Angry'

    05/21/2014 2:03:02 PM PDT · by Nachum · 55 replies
    cns news ^ | 5/20/14 | Susan Jones
    ( - Amid increasing pressure from both Democrats and Republicans for President Obama to say something about the unfolding scandal at the Department of Veterans Affairs, the president finally did so on Wednesday. "I know that people are angry and want swift reckoning. I sympathize with that," Obama said. "But we have to let the investigators do their jobs and get to the bottom of what happened. Our veterans deserve to know the facts; their families deserve to know the facts. Once we know the facts, I assure you, if there is misconduct it will be punished."
  • Obama: Any misconduct at VA will be punished

    05/21/2014 8:49:36 AM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 61 replies
    Yahoo News/AP ^ | 5/20/14 | Matthew Daly & Julie Pace
    "I will not stand for it — not as commander in chief but also not as an American," Obama said following an Oval Office meeting with embattled VA Secretary Eric Shinseki.
  • Obama is ‘Madder than Hell’ about VA Scandal

    05/18/2014 2:45:50 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 68 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 5-18-2014 | Rick Moran
    May 18, 2014 Obama is ‘Madder than Hell’ about VA Scandal by Rick Moran Of all the self-serving tripe…Guess what. The president of the United States is “madder than hell” about the Veterans Administration scandal. That’s the word from White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough. Funny…VA Secretary Eric Shineski said almost the exact same thing last week when testifying before Congress when he said, “Any allegation, any adverse incident like this makes me mad as hell.”I suppose they could have channeled Howard Beale completely and added, “And I’m not going to take it anymore.”Perfect — the administration taking its...
  • Lessons of the VA Scandal: Wait-listed till you die is what you expect from gov't-run health care

    05/19/2014 8:26:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | 05/19/2014 | John Fund
    If our government has any obligation to fulfill its many promises on health care, it should be first and foremost to the men and women who served in our armed forces. But the scandal over hidden waiting lists at a growing number of veterans’ hospitals (seven so far) — wherein dozens of veterans died while waiting months for vital treatment, and the VA covered up the lengthy wait times — should make everyone wonder whether we can place our trust in a government-managed health-care system. The Dayton Daily News reported on Sunday that its investigation of a database of...
  • Mother: My son died waiting for care from Phoenix VA

    04/28/2014 11:36:47 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 14 replies
    KTAR ^ | April 28, 2014 | By Sandra Haros
    PHOENIX -- A grieving Maricopa, Ariz. mother claimed her son was one of 40 veterans who died while waiting for medical services from the Phoenix Veterans Association. Carl Mclaughlin, 38, hung himself from a four-post canopy bed in his father's bedroom in December. "Everyday I think, 'How did this happen? How am I supposed to go on without him,'" said Terry Mclaughlin, Carl's mother. She said her son served the country proudly and for eight years as an Army scout and left the military life several years ago. She believes her son suffered from PTSD and other mental illnesses, but...
  • A Fatal Wait: Veterans Languish and Die on a VA Hospital's Secret List

    04/23/2014 6:21:05 PM PDT · by kristinn · 22 replies
    CNN AC360 ^ | Wednesday, April 23, 2014 | Scott Bronstein and Drew Griffin
    At least 40 U.S. veterans died waiting for appointments at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care system, many of whom were placed on a secret waiting list. The secret list was part of an elaborate scheme designed by Veterans Affairs managers in Phoenix who were trying to hide that 1,400 to 1,600 sick veterans were forced to wait months to see a doctor, according to a recently retired top VA doctor and several high-level sources. For six months, CNN has been reporting on extended delays in health care appointments suffered by veterans across the country and who died while waiting...
  • The examples pile up: Barack Obama treats veterans like dirt

    06/05/2013 8:37:59 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 7 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 6/5/13 | Derrick Hollenbeck
    Recently, although he failed to return a Marine guard’s salute, Barack Obama later approached the Marine and “shook hands” with him had a brief conversation with him. The follow up “handshake” part of the story was not reported and many on the Right mistakenly howled at the “insult.” This brief and otherwise meaningless “gotcha” moment allowed a half-witted liberal blogger named Charles Johnson to gloat and laugh at conservatives who had jumped on the story. Score one for the Left. Nevertheless, the genuine insults Obama heaps on veterans each day far out-number this small minded “victory” in the Left’s war...
  • VA disability backlog doubles under Obama

    11/13/2012 9:20:06 AM PST · by chessplayer · 8 replies
    You won’t be surprised to learn this is a violation of a promise: It was one of the simplest, most poignant promises Barack Obama made in 2008 in his first campaign for the White House: He would fulfill “a sacred trust with our veterans” by significantly reducing the government’s lengthy backlog of pending claims for disability coverage. The goal: All veterans could get a decision on disability claims within 125 days. The results: Records obtained by the Washington Guardian show that as of Nov. 5, the day before Mr. Obama won re-election, 558,230 of the 820,106 veterans seeking disability coverage...
  • Hidden toll of US wars: 18 veterans commit suicide daily

    04/28/2010 4:05:35 AM PDT · by ResistorSister · 50 replies · 972+ views
    World Socialist Web Site ^ | April 28, 2010 | Bill Van Auken
    An average of 18 US military veterans are taking their lives every day as the Obama administration and the Pentagon grow increasingly defensive about the epidemic of suicides driven by Washington’s wars of aggression. The stunning figure was reported last week by the Army Times, citing officials in the US Veterans Affairs Department. The department estimates that there are 950 suicide attempts every month by veterans who are receiving treatment from the department. Of these, 7 percent succeed in taking their own lives, while 11 percent try to kill themselves again within nine months. The greatest growth in suicides has...
  • VA tells Senate it's working to fix glitches in new GI bill

    04/21/2010 10:19:16 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 2 replies · 240+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | April 21, 2010 | Natalie Bailey
    WASHINGTON — Veterans trying to get an education under the new GI bill face delayed checks, erroneous payments and uncertainty about what their actual benefits are, officials told a congressional committee Wednesday. Testifying before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, Department of Veterans Affairs officials acknowledged problems that have characterized the initial eight months of the overhaul of the original Montgomery GI Bill. Glitches were expected in the beginning, but they need to be fixed, officials said. "A fellow veteran ate canned beans and sardines three meals a day for an entire semester trying to scrape up gas money for his...
  • Why Veterans Affairs benefits are not socialist

    04/01/2010 9:23:21 PM PDT · by Keith Brown · 62 replies · 1,030+ views
    040110 | Keith Brown
    There is a number of leftys who continue to make the comment that VA care and benefits are socialist. Since I have worked at the cursed VA, I sent this letter to my local paper(in their format), who refuses to print it. I hope someone can find info they can use here.
  • VA nightmare a harbinger of what we can expect under Obamacare

    03/17/2010 9:03:48 AM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies · 644+ views
    american thinker ^ | 3/17/10 | Susan Stanton
    Paralleling Obamacare with existing government programs should stand as a bellwether for those who favor this bloated plot to undermine our basic freedoms. The Veteran's Administration (VA) provides a glaring early warning of our future, if Obamacare replaces our health care infrastructure. Personal experience tells a disturbing story. Before my father graduated from high school, he joined the U.S. Air Force for two stints of service beginning in 1944. In October of 2008, we began treading water with the VA, filing for his military pension. In seventeen months, we have provided over one hundred pages of old military documents, along...
  • Reid Asks VA Secretary Shinseki to Ensure Nevada Veterans Receive the Benefits They Have Earned

    01/27/2010 3:36:56 PM PST · by mdittmar · 6 replies · 215+ views
    U.S. Seanate Majority Leader Harry Reid ^ | 1/27/10 | U.S. Seanate Majority Leader Harry Reid
    Some Nevada veterans might not know about benefits they deserveWashington, D.C. — Nevada Senator Harry Reid today wrote a letter to Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki, encouraging the VA to do a better job of reaching out to veterans in Nevada to ensure they are aware of and are taking full advantage of the benefits they earned for themselves and their families. Nevada is home to a large population of veterans and Reid has worked tirelessly throughout his career to ensure they have access to guaranteed benefits including health services, disability pay and education assistance. A...
  • Military Update: Law expands veterans’ benefits

    01/02/2010 6:25:40 AM PST · by SandRat · 7 replies · 947+ views
    The cost of war — on veterans’ health and taxpayer wallets — will loom a little larger in the new year. The Department of Veterans Affairs will issue a final rule to claim adjudicators to presume three more diseases of Vietnam veterans, including heart disease, were caused by exposure to Agent Orange. The rule, expected to be published soon, will make almost any veteran who set foot in Vietnam, and is diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, B cell leukemia or ischemic heart disease (known also as coronary artery disease) eligible for disability compensation and VA medical care. The exception would be...
  • No pay raise for military retirees

    12/04/2009 1:34:56 PM PST · by Roklok · 27 replies · 1,412+ views
    Well folks, I just checked my military retiree pay statement, and there will be no raise this coming year. This is the first time in 25 years that military retirees have received no increase in their retiree pay. Somehow I knew that this would happen with Obama in the white house.
  • Barack Obama Pledges 'Sacred Trust' with Veterans

    10/17/2009 7:40:41 PM PDT · by combat_boots · 38 replies · 2,215+ views
    All American Patriots ^ | March 3, 2008 | Unknown
    February 29, 2008 -- Austin, TX - U.S. Senator Barack Obama was joined by Congressman Chet Edwards (TX-17) in Houston this morning for a town hall meeting with area veterans. Obama discussed his track record of fighting for veterans in the U.S. Senate and pledged that, as President, he will ensure that veterans are treated with the dignity and respect they have earned. "America enters into a sacred trust with every single person who puts on the uniform," Obama said. "That trust is simple: America will be there for you, just as you have been there for America. Keeping that...
  • Steve Buyer VA Watchdog

    10/13/2009 7:20:53 AM PDT · by brde · 8 replies · 515+ views
    BUYER TIED TO FOUNDATION WITH BIG MONEY IN, NO MONEY OUT Ranking Member on the House Vets' Committee doesn't comment on foundation that shares his offices and was headed by his daughter. Rep. Steve Buyer (R-IN), Ranking Member on the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, finds himself in the middle of an interesting controversy. But, he has had a colorful history during his stay in Congress ... most notably for ousting Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) from the House Vets' Committee Chair in 2005. A nonprofit foundation associated with Rep. Steve Buyer, R-Monticello, has been quietly collecting hundreds of thousands of...
  • White House: No pensions for World War II vets

    10/03/2009 9:09:25 AM PDT · by blueyon · 89 replies · 3,336+ views
    WND ^ | 10/01/09 | Chelsea Schilling
    The Obama administration has advised Congress to cut off pensions for 26 elderly members of the World War II-era Alaska Territorial Guard who served the nation without pay during the Japanese attack. According to McClatchy Newspapers, the administration sent a "strongly worded" message to Congress concerning its priorities for a military spending bill, and the service members didn't make the cut.
  • VA to cut emergency checks for GI Bill recipients

    09/26/2009 8:09:20 AM PDT · by fire4effect · 10 replies · 1,072+ views
    WASHINGTON – Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki announced the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has authorized checks for up to $3,000 to be given to students who have applied for educational benefits and who have not yet received their government payment. The checks will be distributed to eligible students at VA regional benefits offices across the country starting Oct. 2, 2009. “Students should be focusing on their studies, not worrying about financial difficulties,” Secretary Shinseki said. “Education creates life-expanding opportunities for our Veterans.” Starting Friday, Oct. 2, 2009, students can go to one of VA’s 57 regional benefit...
  • Veterans' promised tuition checks AWOL

    09/25/2009 12:49:12 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies · 531+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | September 25, 2009 | Audrey Hudson
    The U.S. government failed to send promised college tuition checks to tens of thousands of veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars before they returned to school this fall, even after being warned that it was inadequately staffed for the job. The Veterans Affairs Department blamed a backlog of claims filed for GI Bill education benefits that has left veterans who counted on the money for tuition and books scrambling to make ends meet. Veterans like American University student John Kamin, who received a letter Wednesday from the Army. He was hoping it contained news that his overdue GI Bill...
  • A Veterans' Letter In Support Of Government Health Care

    08/11/2009 6:38:02 PM PDT · by Scotsman · 20 replies · 1,082+ views
    Vanity | August 11, 2009 | Scotsman
    Dear Senators and Congressmen, Today I am sending you this letter in support of government run, single payer universal health care. I have been enjoying the template for the new government plan for a little over forty (40) years now. Let me explain myself a little here. I was injured while on active duty in the US Army in 1966. I sustained damage to my right knee and was operated on by Army doctors at a stateside medical facility. At the time and by the doctor that did the operation, I was told that I would need another operation because...
  • GOP calls VA pamphlet a 'death book.' Experts say it isn't

    09/02/2009 6:51:34 PM PDT · by Dubya · 24 replies · 2,837+ views
    WASHINGTON — While Republicans are calling a Department of Veterans Affairs health planning booklet a "death book" that encourages veterans to kill themselves or forgo care, ethicists and legal and medical experts say it's a reasonable attempt to help America's veterans plan for the end of their lives. Jim Towey, the former director of President George W. Bush's White House office of faith-based initiatives, wrote in The Wall Street Journal last month that the VA's "Your Life, Your Choices" booklet encourages veterans to "hurry up and die." Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele added in a television interview that the...
  • The government 'Death Book': Bureaucrats investigate what life is 'not worth living'

    08/26/2009 3:03:45 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 2 replies · 610+ views
    THE WASHINGTON TIMES ^ | Wednesday, August 26, 2009 | House editorial
    The Obama administration claims that a health care takeover by government won't restrict access to care. Everybody will get more care for less money, the president has said. Of course, something has to give. One likely target for rationing will be care in the later stages of life. Bureaucratic disregard for the value of all life is insinuated in a government manual known as "the Death Book." The Death Book is a nickname given to an advice manual published by the Department of Veterans Affairs that instructs veterans "how to prepare a personalized living will." Officially titled, "Your Life, Your...
  • UPDATED2: No, Obama's VA did NOT pull so-called 'Death Book' from website

    08/25/2009 12:45:38 PM PDT · by 444Flyer · 58 replies · 2,193+ views ^ | 08/24/09 | David Freddoso
    UPDATE: Earlier today, I noted that the "Your Life, Your Choices" booklet had apparently been removed from the VA site. The Department of Veterans' Affairs was kind enough to get back to me several hours after I called, in order to clarify what happened today on their website. Spokeswoman Katie Roberts informs me that although the "Your Life, Your Choices" booklet was removed this morning from the URL I had linked to, there has been no policy change by VA. The document removed this morning had simply been hosted in the wrong place all along, on a regional part of...
  • Veterans Wrongly Told They Have Fatal Disease

    08/25/2009 8:49:15 AM PDT · by edpc · 12 replies · 1,002+ views
    AP via Fox News ^ | 25 Aug 2009 | AP
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Former Air Force reservist Gale Reid received a letter from the Veterans Affairs Department that told her she had Lou Gehrig's disease, and she immediately put herself through a battery of painful, expensive tests. Five days later, the VA said its "diagnosis" was a mistake.
  • VA Death Book author connected to Soros

    08/25/2009 4:18:19 AM PDT · by UncleVanya · 26 replies · 1,997+ views
    Dr. Robert A. PEARLMAN wrote the book. He works for the VA and is well known as a supporter of Physician Assisted Suicide. Pearlman's book for the VA specifically refers Veterans to an organization fronting for the HEMLOCK SOCIETY, which promotes suicide. Pearlman's writing is cited in the literature prominently along with another supporter of Physician Assisted Suicide: Ezekial Emmanuel, brother of Obama's chief of staff RAHM EMMANUEL. Pearlman also touts his role as a "Faculty Scholar" in the "Project on Death in America." This project is funded by GEORGE SOROS. Yes, THAT George Soros. And yes, the real...
  • WSJ: Obama and Shinseki now pressuring Veterans toward Euthanasia

    08/24/2009 10:57:19 AM PDT · by nmh · 56 replies · 2,806+ views
    HUman Events e-mail ^ | 8/24/09 | Connie Hair
    The Wall Street Journal just published a shocking editorial written by a respected University President, confirming the Obama Administration is now using VA hospitals to order doctors to pressure all military veterans to sign "pull the plug" do-not-resuscitate orders, hastening their premature deaths through mandatory "end of life" counseling. President Jim Towey of Saint Vincent's College, founder of the non-profit "Aging With Dignity" and former White House Director of faith based initiatives, wrote a blistering expose entitled "The Death Book For Veterans," revealing President Obama's new Veterans Administration (VA) directive, presumably signed by VA Secretary, General (ret.) Eric Shinseki, which...
  • RUSH: Obama Revives VA DEATH BOOK

    08/24/2009 8:20:06 AM PDT · by Yosemitest · 23 replies · 1,126+ views ^ | August 21, 2009 | Rush Limbaugh
    Obama Revives VA Death Book August 21, 2009 BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Now, folks, Obama says there aren't death panels. He pooh-poohs the notion that there aren't death panels here. The Wall Street Journal has an interesting report. "If President Obama wants to better understand why America's discomfort with end-of-life discussions threatens to derail his health-care reform, he might begin with his own Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). He will quickly discover how government bureaucrats are greasing the slippery slope that can start with cost containment but quickly become a systematic denial of care. Last year, bureaucrats at the VA's...
  • Fox's Chris Wallace Challenges Veteran's Admin. to Remove "Death Booklet" from VA Website - Video

    08/23/2009 6:52:33 PM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 11 replies · 1,044+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | August 23, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is video of Assistant Sec. of Veteran's Affairs Tammy Duckworth on Fox News Sunday being challenged by Chris Wallace about the booklet used by the Veteran's Administration to do "end of life counseling" with elderly or ill veterans about whether their "life is worth living." Critics have referred to it as a "Death Book for Veterans." Duckworth is a veteran herself, and a hero, but she was totally wrong in this segment about whether this booklet is being used with veterans. She claimed it is not being used, but Wallace demonstrated that it is being used. She claims it...
  • Man Says VA Should Not Use Booklet with Veterans Written by Proponent of Assisted Suicide - Video

    08/23/2009 2:46:15 PM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 4 replies · 467+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | August 23, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is video of Jim Towey on Fox News Sunday discussing a document being used by the Veteran's Administration (called by some a "Death Book") since July by new directive that he says essentially encourages Veterans who are badly ill to "hurry up and die." The document is now being used at "end of life" counseling and was written by Dr. Robert Perlman, a man whom Towey says advocated "assisted suicide" before the Supreme Court. Of particular concern is a worksheet on page 12 that leads patients to consider "is my life worth living?" It asks the patient questions like,...
  • "The Death Book"?

    08/23/2009 12:15:08 PM PDT · by FocusNexus · 65 replies · 3,805+ views
    FoxNews ^ | Aug. 23, 2009 | Chris Wallace
    <p>We did something different on Fox News Sunday today. Instead of discussing the week's news--we brought something up that I suspect most people have never heard about.</p> <p>It is a 51-page end-of-life counseling book the Department of Veterans Affairs is now using--called "Your Life, Your Choices." I learned about it on Wednesday--in an article in the Wall Street Journal--under the title "Death Book for Veterans."</p>
  • Sen. Specter Calling for Hearings into End of Life Guide for Vets

    08/23/2009 9:44:49 AM PDT · by jessduntno · 35 replies · 1,165+ views
    digitaljournal ^ | 5 mins ago | McMahon
    Sen. Specter Calling for Hearings into End of Life Guide for Vets The Department of Veterans Affairs is under increasing scrutiny this week after it was revealed a controversial end of life counseling pamphlet may be revived and distributed to veterans. The guide called "Your Life, Your Choices," was originally suspended under the Bush Administration, but it is apparently being brought back by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Jim Towey, a former Bush Administration official, brought the revival to national prominence this week with an article in the Wall Street Journal, which outlined his criticisms of the booklet. When asked...
  • Sen. Specter Calls for Hearings on End-of-Life Care Guide for Veterans

    08/23/2009 7:07:04 AM PDT · by maggief · 63 replies · 1,772+ views
    FOX News ^ | August 23, 2009
    A prominent senator on the Veterans' Affairs Committee on Sunday called for hearings to scrutinize and consider suspending a guide for veterans' end-of-life care which one former Bush official says sends a "hurry-up-and-die" message to troops. The guide, called "Your Life, Your Choices," was suspended under the Bush administration but has been revived under the current Department of Veterans Affairs. Jim Towey, former director of the White House Office of Faith-Based Initiatives, told "FOX News Sunday" that the pamphlet makes injured veterans feel like a burden, encourages the severely injured to die and should be tossed out. Asked about the...
  • Wallace Unplugged: End-of-Life Counseling (for Veterans?)

    08/22/2009 6:56:03 PM PDT · by Sun · 42 replies · 1,933+ views
    Fox New Sunday ^ | August 21, 2009 | Staff
    August 21, 2009 01:10 PM EDT Wallace Unplugged: End-of-Life Counseling "Wallace Unplugged" on the real story behind Veterans' health care and end-of-life counseling. ... This Week on Fox News Sunday: (8/23/09) Amid charges of "Death Panels", Chris Wallace uncovers explosive new information about a "death book", already being used by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, that encourages the nations' veterans to pull the plug. This Sunday we’ll take a look at how this controversial book steers users towards a predetermined outcome from the man who took down the program during the Bush Administration. Plus, we'll bring you a reaction from...
  • Veterans Admin. Bureaucrats Get Millions In Improper Bonuses As Disabled Vets Wait For Checks

    08/22/2009 9:15:38 AM PDT · by MindBender26 · 10 replies · 1,343+ views
    CNN ^ | Lauri Uri
    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- While hundreds of thousands of disability claims lay backlogged at the Department of Veterans Affairs, thousands of technology employees at the department received $24 million in bonuses, a new report says. A report issued by the VA's Office of Inspector General said the department issued millions of dollars in awards over a two-year period in 2007 and 2008. "The frequent and large dollar amount awards given to employees were unusual and often absurd," the report stated. The reports also called the payments "not fiscally responsible." Four high-level employees received about $60,000, $73,000, $58,000, and $59,000, respectively, according...
  • Our Veterans deserve better than Obama's VA 'Death Book' directive.

    08/21/2009 8:13:37 PM PDT · by Doogle · 3 replies · 557+ views
    Boston Conservative Independent Examiner ^ | 08/21/09 | Kimberly Morin
    Last year, bureaucrats at the VA's National Center for Ethics in Health Care advocated a 52-page end-of-life planning document, "Your Life, Your Choices." It was first published in 1997 and later promoted as the VA's preferred living will throughout its vast network of hospitals and nursing homes. After the Bush White House took a look at how this document was treating complex health and moral issues, the VA suspended its use. Unfortunately, under President Obama, the VA has now resuscitated "Your Life, Your Choices."
  • VA's Denial-of-Care-Oriented Booklet Quashed Under Bush, Revived Under Obama

    08/21/2009 12:49:09 PM PDT · by Fithal the Wise · 13 replies · 896+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | August 20, 2009 | Tom Blumer
    VA's Denial-of-Care-Oriented 'Your Life, Your Choices,' Quashed Under Bush, Revived Under Obama The Death Book for Veterans Your Life, Your Choices Booklet (see for example page 21)
  • Obama Administration: Depressed and Disabled Veterans Should Consider Foregoing Medical Care

    08/19/2009 2:52:03 PM PDT · by Winged Hussar · 347 replies · 14,071+ views
    IsraPundit ^ | 8/19/09 | Bill Levinson
    Depression, disability, and "being a financial burden" could constitute "Lebensunwerte Leben" (Life Unworthy of Life) in U.S. Government end of life planning document "The Death Book for Veterans: Ex-soldiers don't need to be told they're a burden to society" by Jim Towey in today's (August 18) Wall Street Journal says, Last year, bureaucrats at the VA's National Center for Ethics in Health Care advocated a 52-page end-of-life planning document, "Your Life, Your Choices." It was first published in 1997 and later promoted as the VA's preferred living will throughout its vast network of hospitals and nursing homes. After the Bush...
  • Text of President Obama's address to VFW convention in Phoenix

    08/17/2009 2:49:04 PM PDT · by PhxRising · 17 replies · 956+ views
    KTAR ^ | 8/17/2009
    Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, I am honored and humbled to stand before you as Commander-in-Chief of the finest military the world has ever known. And we're joined by some of those who make it the finest force in world-from Luke Air Force Base, members of the 56th Fighter Wing. Whether you wear the uniform today, or wore it decades ago, you remind us of a fundamental truth. It's not the powerful weapons that make our military the strongest in the world. It's not the sophisticated systems that make us the most advanced. No, the true strength of...
  • LIVE: Obama speaks before silent VFW audience

    08/17/2009 10:16:00 AM PDT · by pabianice · 334 replies · 19,329+ views
    Fox News Channel | 8/17/09
    Obama is speaking before the VFW now. Except for a dozen people or so, they are sitting on their hands. Vets know who the real Obama is. Occasional applause for apple pie statements. For the most part, silence.
  • Obama to speak at VFW convention in Phoenix (today, Aug 17)

    08/17/2009 5:22:52 AM PDT · by markomalley · 41 replies · 2,169+ views
    KSWT ^ | 8/17/2009
    President Barack Obama plans to speak at the annual VFW convention in Phoenix on Monday. A speech before the nation's largest organization of combat veterans is a summertime tradition for presidents. Obama spoke to the group last year as a presidential candidate. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs has said that Obama will discuss the United States' responsibilities to maintain the world's finest military. Gibbs also says Obama will speak about the nation's responsibility to the men and women of the armed services when they return home from combat. The president has been in Arizona since Saturday evening on the final...
  • Veterans groups have ‘grave concerns’ on health bill (Tell Pelosi will oppose bill if not modified)

    07/31/2009 9:06:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies · 1,897+ views
    The Hill ^ | July 31, 2009 | Roxana Tiron
    Six high-profile veterans groups are raising objections to the House healthcare reform bill, warning House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) that it could jeopardize the care of millions of veterans. Citing “grave concerns,” the groups are urging Pelosi to modify the House bill. If changes are not made, the veterans groups say they will actively oppose the measure. In a letter to Pelosi that was obtained by The Hill, the groups state “the legislation could limit the health care choices for veterans, increase the cost of health care for veterans, deny coverage to dependent family members of veterans, and threaten the...
  • Wounded Warrior David Borden Jr. Meets His Weak &amp; Uncaring Commander In Chief

    07/02/2009 10:38:08 AM PDT · by Bulldawg Fan · 9 replies · 1,667+ views ^ | 6/30/2009 | unknown
    get many of these emails from readers and friends, and got this one below from my Floridian father Ray Jr, (I'm a third). He's a former Notre Dame Grad, Fortune 500 executive who's now a semi retired, Bonita Springs scratch golfing pro, selling real estate on the side down in Florida who's now taking an unwanted break from the field thanks to Obama's economy..
  • Disabled Veterans to Receive $250 Stimulus Checks

    07/02/2009 3:14:52 AM PDT · by Yosemitest · 32 replies · 1,866+ views
    - Military Finance Network - - Disabled Veterans to Receive $250 Stimulus ChecksPosted By Patrick On June 17, 2009 @ 9:58 am In VA | 66 Comments UPDATE: The first stimulus payments were sent Monday, June 22. All payments will be distributed by June 30.Disabled military veterans currently receiving VA Disability Benefits are eligible to receive a one-time $250 Economic-Recovery Check [1] from the US government. This is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act [2] that President Obama signed into law this past February.Who is eligible for the $250 Stimulus Payment? The $250 government stimulus check...
  • Veterans Call for Flags to Fly Upside Down (July 4th)

    07/01/2009 7:18:50 PM PDT · by Sammy67 · 56 replies · 2,000+ views
    RNews ^ | 7/1/09 | Mike Hedeen
    War veterans are asking Americans across the country to fly their flags upside down this Fourth of July weekend. They say it’s a sign of distress and a protest against the Veterans Administration. A small group of veterans picketed outside the Canandaigua VA Hospital Wednesday afternoon. They were protesting the closing of VA hospitals across the country. They say those that aren't closing are being sold off or leased to outside interests, depriving veterans the treatment they have earned. Displaying the American flag upside down, however, is considered by some to be disrespectful. “We're not disgracing the flag but telling...