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  • VA In Midst of ‘Leadership Crisis’

    11/30/2015 10:45:16 AM PST · by huldah1776 · 14 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | September 18, 2015 | Morgan Chalfant
    The Department of Veterans Affairs network of health systems faces "crises in leadership and culture" in addition to other systematic problems, according to an independent assessment released Friday. The flaws rampant in VA hospitals demand a "system-wide reworking" of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). The independent review was mandated by the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act signed into law by President Obama in 2014 following revelations about secret waitlists at VA hospitals that led to dozens of veteran deaths. The report sheds light on the "systemic, critical problems" currently facing the VA's integrated health care system. "The assessments...provided evidence...
  • VA doesn't have 'legal authority' to require executives to return $400K they [scammed]

    11/25/2015 6:51:37 AM PST · by pabianice · 36 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 11/24/15 | Cahn
    WASHINGTON -- The Department of Veterans Affairs will not try to recoup more than $400,000 from two senior VA executives who manipulated the hiring system to get their jobs of choice and received hundreds of thousands in extra money to relocate. The agency has remained silent on questions about its decision to demote and transfer but not fire executives Diana Rubens and Kimberly Graves, and whether it would collect repayment of those relocation benefits. The original statement from the VA announcing the decision said the women had the right to appeal their reassignments. But Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., who chairs...
  • MatthewDrakeStory

    11/21/2015 6:50:41 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 1 replies
    YouTube ^ | Aug 27, 2012 | Lisa Schuster
    Matthew was wounded during a suicide car bombing in Iraq, near the Syrian border, on Oct. 15, 2004. He was the sole survivor of the attack. Two members of his Army Psychological Operations team, a U.S. Marine accompanying them, and an Iraqi translator were killed. He suffered massive injuries, including a depressed skull fracture, several strokes and brain trauma from the explosion and impacts. He also had a fractured vertebrae in his neck, his jaw was broken in two places with severe tissue damage to the right side of his face, a fractured sternum, clavicles, and right arm, inhalation damage...
  • Obama’s VA Facility Bans ‘Merry Christmas’

    11/20/2015 8:58:07 PM PST · by markomalley · 34 replies
    Big Government ^ | 11/20/15 | Ken Klutowski
    President Barack Obama’s Department of Veterans Affairs has banned employees at its facility in Salem, Virginia, from saying “Merry Christmas” to veterans.It started as a broader ban that included Christmas trees. Federal law recognizes Christmas as an official federal holiday (5 U.S.C. § 6103) and provides federal employees with a paid day off to celebrate the Christian belief in the virgin birth of Jesus Christ.Every year, a White House Christmas Tree and a Capitol Christmas Tree grace those two respective buildings in Washington D.C., and a National Christmas Tree is also officially lighted outdoors for the public to enjoy during that time...
  • Video: VA officials punished in 2014 for systemic fraud by … getting $142 million in bonuses

    11/12/2015 5:43:43 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/12/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    Remember when then-VA Secretary Eric Shinseki announced in May 2014 that bonuses would be canceled in light of the systemic fraud involving wait lists at numerous VA facilities? What Shinseki failed to mention was that the cancellation only impacted a small number of VA officials. USA Today reports that the Veterans Administration paid out more than $142 million in bonuses for 2014, despite the fact that veterans are waiting longer than ever for care: The Department of Veterans Affairs doled out more than $142 million in bonuses to executives and employees for performance in 2014 even as scandals over...
  • Hillary denies anything wrong at the VA,blasts GOP plan for VA & then offers exactly the same thing

    11/12/2015 4:51:56 PM PST · by Starman417 · 10 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 11-12-15 | DrJohn
    Appearing on Fox's Special Report, Julie Pace opined that Hillary Clinton's poo pooing of the problems at the VA will haunt her through the 2016 election: "The Hillary Clinton comment, sometimes when you do this job you hear a candidate say something and you just know that that is something that is going to trail her through Election Day next year if she is the eventual Democratic nominee." https://youtu.be/7ULpWZBUhzoI think she's right and that this is a powerful issue. Clinton committed a huge gaffe and it opened a door into the real Hillary Clinton. Last month Clinton haughtily dismissed the...
  • VA gave 156,000 employees $142 million in bonuses in 2014

    11/11/2015 3:54:35 PM PST · by huldah1776 · 27 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | November 11, 2015 | Anna Giaritelli
    The Department of Veterans Affairs VA shelled out more than $142 million in performance bonuses in 2014, the same year that the VA's healthcare scandal exploded and revealed the VA was systematically denying veterans access to health care. The average individual payout was over $900 for the thousands of employees. A total of 156,000 VA workers qualified for bonuses as a result of being rated them "fully successful" or higher at carrying out their responsibilities last year, including officials at delay-prone hospitals. But those ratings were later found to be inflated, as the vast majority of workers were getting rated...
  • When lawmakers failed Wisconsin’s veterans

    11/11/2015 6:50:49 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 2 replies
    Wisconsin Watchdog ^ | 11-11-15 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wisconsin — As the nation celebrates its veterans and pays tribute to their sacrifices, it’s important to remember the promise made to America’s protectors has too often been broken. The headlines over the past few years in particular have screamed of neglect, ill-treatment and other abuses of too many veterans. That broken faith was no more apparent than in Wisconsin, at the Tomah Veterans Affairs Medical Center. While federal lawmakers have conducted a series of investigations into widespread over-prescription of opiates that led to the death of a 35-year-old Marine veteran at the facility and have pledged changes to...
  • Trump shows real policy chops with great fix for ailing VA

    11/04/2015 3:12:05 PM PST · by Amntn · 28 replies
    NY Post ^ | 11/3/15 | Betsy McCaughey
    A whopping 20 percent of Republican primary voters are military veterans. No wonder GOP presidential candidates are making the scandal-plagued Veterans Affairs Department a campaign issue. And the man frequently tagged as lacking substance - Donald Trump - just came out with the best reform plan so far. Under Trump's plan, vets of all ages who are eligible for VA care could get treated at any civilian doctor's office or hospital that takes Medicare. No bureaucratic hoops, pre-approvals or wait lists....Competitors criticize Trump for not estimating the cost. But the facts suggest his plan will be low-cost, because nearly half...
  • Bloomberg Lost Big in Virginia Elections

    11/04/2015 9:34:58 AM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 4 November, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Michael Bloomberg lost a lot of money in the two Virginia elections in 2015 last night. Bloomberg's surrogate disarmist organization spent about 2.2 million dollars trying to buy a Virginia state Senate seat, and a Virginia House of Delegates seat.Bloomberg reportedly spent $2.2 million in the two elections. He spent $700,000 in the Senate race. From townhall.com: A day earlier, Everytown said it would spend $700,000 on ads for Democrat Dan Gecker, who is battling Republican Glen Sturtevant to represent part of Richmond and the surrounding suburbs in the Senate. That seat is being vacated by retiring Sen. John...
  • NRA Victorious Over Outsider Anti-Gun Influence in Virginia Elections

    11/04/2015 7:48:38 AM PST · by rktman · 26 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 11/4/2015 | Katie Pavlich
    The National Rifle Association was victorious in Virginia last night after billionaire Michael Bloomberg and other outside gun control advocates attempted to influence local Senate elections. As Matt has already noted, this means long time Clinton ally and Democrat Governor Terry McAuliffe will be forced to work with a Republican majority until the end of his term. Last month, McAuliffe issued a series of gun control executive orders after failing to get legislation passed by Republicans.
  • Two Senior VA Officials Plead The Fifth Amendment At Hearing

    11/03/2015 12:05:57 PM PST · by PROCON · 21 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | Nov. 2, 2015 | Jonah Bennett
    Two senior officials from the Department of Veterans Affairs have pleaded the Fifth Amendment in front of a House Veterans’ Affairs Committee hearing on relocation bonus corruption. Philadelphia and Wilmington VA regional offices director Diana Rubens and St. Paul VA regional office director Kimberly Graves pleaded the Fifth and refused to answer any of the numerous questions put forward by HVAC chairman GOP Rep. Jeff Miller. “Sir, I’ve been advised by counsel not to answer that question to protect my rights under the Fifth Amendment of the Constitution,” Rubens repeated multiple times. The five employees from the VA involved in...
  • Massive Donald Trump Rally in Norfolk Virginia - (video) Veterans Health Reform Plans Announced...

    10/31/2015 6:15:44 PM PDT · by Amntn · 67 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | 10/31/15 | Sundance
    Video of speech at site.

    10/31/2015 11:48:22 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 193 replies
    Trump Campaign Website ^ | October 31, 2016 | Domald J. Trump
    October 31, 2015Veterans Administration Reforms That Will Make America Great Again The Goals Of Donald J. Trump's Veterans Plan The current state of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is absolutely unacceptable. Over 300,000 veterans died waiting for care. Corruption and incompetence were excused. Politicians in Washington have done too little too slowly to fix it. This situation can never happen again, and when Donald J. Trump is president, it will be fixed – fast. The guiding principle of the Trump plan is ensuring veterans have convenient access to the best quality care. To further this principle, the Trump plan...
  • LIVE Stream Donald Trump Rally USS Wisconsin in Norfolk, VA - Oct 31, 2015

    10/31/2015 8:57:28 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 125 replies
    Donald Trump 2016 ^ | 10-31-2015 | Donald Trump 2016
    Saturday, October 31, 2015 LIVE Stream Donald Trump Rally USS Wisconsin in Norfolk, VA - Oct 31, 2015
  • VIDEO: This Vet Just Asked Trump 1 Question That Makes Him Instantly Walk Off the Stage

    10/28/2015 10:28:04 AM PDT · by conservativejoy · 81 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | 10/28/2015 | Jack Davis
    "Is the VA not doing the job?" For 21 years, a wounded veteran who served with the 101st Airborne fought for his nation. On Tuesday, in an emotionally charged face-to-face meeting, Donald Trump promised to take this veterans side in the ex-soldiers current battlefield: the Department of Veterans Affairs. Trump was answering questions at a Sioux City, Iowa, campaign stop when a wounded veteran named Todd was given the opportunity to speak. These are our greatest people. The wounded warriors. These are the greatest. The best, Trump said before leaving his podium to greet the man and his family. With...

    10/26/2015 3:10:33 PM PDT · by seekthetruth · 22 replies
    Eventbrite ^ | October | SeekTheTruth
    Donald Trump will be having a rally in Norfolk, VA on Saturday October 31st aboard the USS Wisconsin at 12 noon Eastern time. Doors open at 10AM Eastern Must register for free tickets here: http://eventbrite.com/e/donald-j-trump-virginia-rally-tickets-19210998614
  • Oh LookIts Mike Bloomberg Pouring Pro-Gun Control Cash Into Virginias Elections

    10/24/2015 7:28:06 AM PDT · by rktman · 9 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 10/24/2015 | Matt Vespa
    In 2013, Michael Bloombergs pro-gun control PAC injected $1.1 million into the Virginia gubernatorial race to help out Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe. It succeeded. McAuliffe won, and now Bloomberg is trying to make sure the state legislatures composition is slightly more favorable for the next session by dumping another $1.5 million in the Old Dominions respective state senate races (via WaPo): Former New York City mayor Michael Bloombergs gun-control group will bankroll a $1.5 million advertising campaign for a Northern Virginia state Senate candidate, in its second big ad buy in the commonwealth in as many days. Less than two...
  • Gabby Giffords $600,000 To Buy Virginia Election for Anti Gun Democrats

    10/13/2015 10:18:07 AM PDT · by rktman · 5 replies
    ammoland.com ^ | 10/12/2015 | unknown
    As a gun owners, you absolutely MUST vote this November 4th 2105. If the State Senate, which is hanging by a thread, goes back into the control of the gun-hating Senate Democrat leadership, it is not going to be good for us. Anti-gun Gabby Giffords is about to spend $600,000 to turn the Virginia Senate over to the Democrats.
  • How the Bern Burned the Vets

    10/12/2015 1:15:47 PM PDT · by detective · 5 replies
    AIM ^ | October 12, 2015 | Cliff Kincade
    Will CNN use Tuesdays Democratic Party presidential debate to challenge Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on his atrocious handling of the Veterans Affairs (VA) scandal? Hillary Clinton has big problems that include blood on her hands over Benghazi, a Russia reset that has resulted in Russian aggression in Europe and the Middle East, and the mishandling of national security information through a private server.
  • Dueling Petitions to Support, Close Gun Shop

    10/04/2015 10:20:55 AM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 1 October, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    In Virginia, one of the Bloomberg disarmist groups is attempting to shut down one of the few gun shops near the nations capitol. One of the more destructive and sadly, successful, disarmist memes has been the alienation of the gun culture from education and the schools. In my recollection, it started with the destruction of rifle, shotgun, and pistol teams in the Universities, with many ranges being closed and never reopened as ROTC was chased off of Campus during the Vietnam war and after. It spread to high schools and grammar schools, and reached a legislative high with the Federal...
  • Its Time to Get Rid of the VA

    09/25/2015 3:12:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The National Review ^ | September 25, 2015 | Jonah Goldberg, Senior editor
    There is only one guaranteed way to get fired from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Falsifying records wont do it. Prescribing obsolete drugs wont do it. Cutting all manner of corners on health and safety is, at worst, going to get you a reprimand. No, the only sure-fire way to get canned at the VA is to report any of these matters to authorities who might do something about it. That, at least, is what the U.S. Office of Special Counsel recently reported to the president of the United States. The Special Counsels office is the agency to which government...
  • VA GOP Stmt on Dem. Gary McCollum No Longer Being Employed By Cox

    09/25/2015 12:58:46 PM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 6 replies
    VA GOP Statement on Gary McCollum No Longer Being Employed By Cox -- Despite #StolenValor and Cox situation, Dems still think McCollum is a 'Top 3' candidate and they continue to hide his State applications -- September 25, 2015 - Richmond, VA - Last night, Cox Communications released a statement to The Virginia Pilot announcing that Gary McCollum is no longer employed by Cox Communications. Below is RPV's statement on the matter: "I want to thank Cox Communications for making the right decision by severing ties with a man who has practiced stolen valor for the past fourteen years," said...
  • ISIS releases Kill List of US cities

    09/20/2015 7:17:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 173 replies
    News Near You ^ | September 20, 2015
    The Pentagon has responded to a globally-released Kill List, asking law enforcement to give extra protection for military personnel whose personal information was released,News Channel 10 reports. CBS News national security correspondent David Martin reports the Pentagon spent the weekend notifying the soldiers who appeared on the list, and urged city police departments and military police to increase patrol in the neighborhoods where the targeted live. The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) published the list days ago, a report that contained names, photos, and home addresses of U.S. Armed Forces personnel, causing alarm in cities potentially at high-risk....
  • VA: Legislator Pushes for Infringement he can Pass, Unrelated to Crime he Uses

    09/09/2015 7:06:20 AM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 6 September, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Virginia Democrat Patrick A. Hope boasts that he is using the Virgina incident to push for universal background checks (UBC), a precursor to gun registration, not because it would have prevented the crime, but because it is the gun control he can pass. Patrick Hope is a Virginia Democrat Assembly member. From usatoday.com: "I chose background checks, not because it would have prevented (the Virginia shooting) but because this would be easiest to pass,'' Hope said. "We will not be able to prevent every single incident. We need to do something.'' The irrationality of the position was...
  • Marine Vet Pays for Billboards Saying VA Is Lying

    09/08/2015 3:38:04 PM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    Big Government ^ | 9/8/15 | William Bigelow
    Two huge billboards in Central Florida paid for by a Marine veteran are advertising the message that the Veterans Affairs Administration is lying about their improved service for veterans.Roger Gagnon, of Orange City, paid $775 for an Orlando billboard and $1,400 for another near Daytona Beach to send his message for one month. The billboard, boasting a bright yellow background, read, VA is lying, veterans are dying.Gagnon asserted, Its not about me, Im all set. This is about the people who are in the service and the ones who are fixing to go in the service. He said of the...
  • IG report: 300,000 vets died while waiting for health care at VA

    09/03/2015 10:35:09 AM PDT · by ThomasMore · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | 09/03/2015 | Fox News
    WASHINGTON More than 300,000 American military veterans likely died while waiting for health care -- and nearly twice as many are still waiting -- according to a new Department of Veterans Affairs inspector general report. The IG report says serious problems with enrollment data are making it impossible to determine exactly how many veterans are actively seeking health care from the VA, and how many were. For example, data limitations prevent investigators from determining how many now-deceased veterans applied for health care benefits or when.
  • 307,000 veterans died awaiting Veterans Affairs health care, report says

    09/03/2015 6:06:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    CNN ^ | 09/03/2015 | By Curt Devine
    Hundreds of thousands of veterans listed in the Department of Veterans Affairs enrollment system died before their applications for care were processed, according to a report issued Wednesday. The VA's inspector general found that out of about 800,000 records stalled in the agency's system for managing health care enrollment, there were more than 307,000 records that belonged to veterans who had died months or years in the past. In a response to the House Committee on Veterans Affairs' request to investigate a whistleblower's allegations of mismanagement at the VA's Health Eligibility Center, the inspector general also found VA staffers incorrectly...
  • Ben Carson: We Dont Need a Department of Veterans Affairs

    08/31/2015 8:25:07 AM PDT · by xzins · 180 replies
    CNS ^ | August 28, 2015 | Melanie Hunter
    Retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson told the Dave Ramsey show on Wednesday that the Department of Veterans Affairs should be folded into the Department of Defense and VA facilities should only be used for specialized care like traumatic brain injuries and limb replacement procedures. The size of government has to be reduced significantly. Theres a lot of stuff that were doing that doesnt make any sense. We have a Department of Veterans Affairs. We dont need a Department of Veterans Affairs. Veterans Affairs should be in under the Department of Defense, and it should be smooth transition, said Carson. The...
  • What More Evidence Does the President Need that the VA Must Be Reformed?

    08/30/2015 9:34:46 AM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies
    National Review ^ | August 2, 2015 | David French
    In the battle between bureaucrats and veterans, the Obama administration stands with the bureaucrats. Last week the White House threatened to veto the VA Accountability Act, a bill that would moderately streamline the process for firing incompetent Department of Veterans Affairs employees. Under the terms of the act, the VA secretary cant place employees on paid administrative leave for more than 14 days per year, employees initial-hire probationary period is extended to 18 months, and terminated employees have seven days to file an appeal to the Merit Systems Protection Board. But these streamlined termination provisions which still provide far...
  • Active shooter reportedly attacks TV crew in Virginia

    08/26/2015 6:07:14 AM PDT · by ThomasMore · 102 replies
    Fox News ^ | 08/26/2015 | Fox News
    DEVELOPING: An active shooter has been reported at Bridgewater Plaza in Moneta, Virginia, according to multiple local media outlets. Video from the scene appeared to show a WDBJ media crew being attacked in the midst of a live report. The station confirmed the shooting involved one of its crews. Police are reporting there are three victims, according to WSLS. The shooting occurred at 6:45 a.m., according to Franklin County Sheriff Department spokesperson Phillip Young. WSLS said police are still looking for the shooter and hope to have a description out to the public shortly.
  • Ed Gillespie campaign manager to work for Scott Walker

    08/25/2015 10:32:06 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies
    Pilot Online ^ | August 25, 2015 | -Patrick Wilson
    Chris Leavitt, who ran a campaign for Republican Ed Gillespie last year that nearly upset incumbent U.S. Sen. Mark Warner, will be a consultant to Scott Walker's presidential campaign, according to a press release Tuesday. Walker's staff already announced that state Sen. Mark Obenshain would be Virginia campaign chair for the Wisconsin governor. Leavitt also managed Obenshain's campaign for attorney general in 2013, in which Obenshain lost to Democrat Mark Herring in a close race. In a statement, Leavitt said: "It is a privilege to join Gov. Scott Walker's campaign for president. I believe Gov. Walker is the leader our...
  • Small Town Resists Federal Gun Control, Shows the Path Forward for Liberty

    08/19/2015 2:22:09 PM PDT · by all the best · 12 replies
    Tenth Amendment Center ^ | August 19, 2015 | Shane Trejo
    Everyday Americans, state lawmakers and local officials recently came together to protect a veteran threatened with having his guns confiscated by the feds. The peaceful demonstration shows exactly what happens when people stand up against the federal government it backs down. Although the federal government likes to gives off the impression that its authority is supreme, all it takes is a small group of folks saying no to them to show thats not the case. A Breitbart report elaborates on how resistance effectively worked in Idaho: On August 6, residents and Bonner County Sheriff Daryl Wheeler lined up outside...
  • VA caught sending veterans' mail to the shredder

    08/19/2015 5:39:45 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 7 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | August 18, 2015 | PETE KASPEROWICZ
    The government watchdog for the Department of Veterans Affairs reported Monday that it was able to substantiate claims that the VA's Los Angeles office was sending mail from veterans to the shredder. The VA's Office of Inspector General said it launched an "unannounced inspection" of the Los Angeles office after hearing allegations that the VA staff there was shredding mail related to veterans' disability compensation claims. Though the OIG said it can't measure how often this might have happened, it did say it found some examples of mail lined up for the shredder that instead should have been opened and...
  • VA under fire for tossing claims in trash

    08/18/2015 6:45:42 PM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies
    WND ^ | 8-18-5015 | Cheryl Chumley
    The Office of Inspector General for Veterans Affairs just found staffers with the Los Angeles VA Regional Office improperly shredded numerous disability claims, tossing them in the trash rather than giving them proper review. ... The IG report also stated: The shredding of these documents would have prevented the documents from becoming part of the veterans permanent record and potentially affect veterans benefits. Examples of the documents that were shredded included disability-compensation claims submitted by two homeless veterans, and a letter from a medical provider confirming a veteran was unemployable due to service-connected post-traumatic stress disorder,
  • Woman permit holder in VA in Jail for 9 months without bond, found not guilty

    08/17/2015 6:24:06 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 13 August, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    On October 18th, 2014, a Concealed Handgun Permit holder, Victoria Lynn Jenkins, 52, defended herself from attack by a woman with multiple assault convictions. Her attacker had been convicted of assault in 1989, 1990, 1995, 1999, and had an assault and battery conviction in 2001. Jenkins' only criminal history was a trespassing charge in 1994. She had a license to carry her pistol. The defense attorney argued for bail. From daileyprogress.com: Defense attorney David Deal argued that Jenkins was a lifelong resident of Madison and Culpeper, with property and business interests in the latter and was not a...
  • Will Making It Easier to Fire Feds Go Viral?

    08/16/2015 3:20:17 AM PDT · by Stand Watch Listen · 44 replies
    Government Executive ^ | August 14, 2015 | Kellie Lunney
    The head of the Merit Systems Protection Board on Thursday warned federal employees that legislative efforts making it easier to fire workers at the Veterans Affairs Department soon could expand to include other agencies. Today, its the VA. Tomorrow, it could be your agency, said MSPB Chairman Susan Tsui Grundmann in a speech at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commissions EXCEL conference in Washington. Grundmann was referring to a 2014 law that allows the VA secretary to fire any Senior Executive Service employee immediately, and a bill passed by the House in July that would make it easier to fire all...
  • These Female Veterans Are Dressed Like Pin Up Girls for An Incredibly Moving Reason

    08/14/2015 6:49:44 PM PDT · by null and void · 60 replies
    IJR ^ | 8/14/15 | Justen Charters
    Within the veteran community, there are over 1.8 million women. Some of those women are part of a pro-military organization called Pin Ups For Vets: Veterans Pin Ups For Vets is a non-profit that produces WWII-style pinup calendars every year. Proceeds from the calendar help to support our hospitalized veterans and deployed troops. The women who are part of Pin Ups For Vets even go to the VA hospitals to hand deliver them. Image Credit: Pin Ups For Vets This year, their calendar features 12 female veterans. Pin Up For Vets founder Gina Elise shared some of the images...
  • Idaho Incident Raises Concerns over Government Gun Confiscation

    08/13/2015 4:49:10 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 10 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/13/15 | Jerry A. Kane
    Navy Veteran John Arnold of Priest River, Idaho, received a letter from the VA informing him that he is no longer allowed to purchase or own guns, When the Department of Veterans Affairs determines a veteran unable to take care of his financial affairs, it reports the assessment to the FBIs National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). Once NICS gets the report, it labels the veteran incapacitated, which means that he along with his family members who live in the same household are barred by law from buying or owning firearms. On July 30, 2015, Navy Veteran John Arnold...
  • Tammy Baldwin silent on her failures as she blasts Tomah VA medical center

    08/12/2015 10:02:30 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 5 replies
    Wisconsin Watchdog ^ | 8-11-15 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wis. Something was missing in U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwins statement last week criticizing staff at the Tomah Veterans Affairs Medical Center. The Department Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General Office released a report finding psychiatrists at the facility failed to discuss the health hazards of synthetic opiates they prescribed to Marine Corps veteran Jason Simcakoski. The 35-year-old Simcakoski died in August 2014 after he was prescribed a fatal mixture of opiates and Valium, although the report did leave open the possibility Simcakoski could have taken additional doses. This report confirms that the Tomah VA physicians entrusted with Jasons...
  • Idaho veteran says VA plans to seize his guns in error

    08/08/2015 2:06:20 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 18 replies
    krem.com ^ | august 7, 2015 | lindsay nadrich
    Veteran John Arnold said he received a letter on July 30 telling him Veterans Affairs representatives were planning to come pick up his guns. Dozens gathered in front of Arnold's home Thursday to support his right to keep those gun. "Acouple days ago it was going to be me sitting here with john and today it's quite a few folks that so it's veterans veterans taking care of veterans," said Arnold's friend Ranger Rick. Arnold had a stroke one year ago. In January, paperwork filed with the VA stated that Arnold was financially incompetent and could not handle his own...
  • Facebook Comment Aimed at Gun Owner Could Land VA Psychiatrist in Big Trouble

    07/30/2015 4:07:07 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 42 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | july 29, 2015 | jon street
    A Veterans Affairs psychiatrist walked back a comment he made on Facebook Tuesday in which he told a gun rights supporter to off yourself. Gregg Gortons Facebook page says he is both a professor of psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania and a staff psychiatrist at the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center, where he has worked for 11 years,WCAU-TV reported. Gorton was responding to another online user who posted a comment in favor of more people owning guns. The original Facebook status was also posted by an apparent gun rights supporter,the Military Times reported. This is why I always carry...
  • Donald Trump Surges To Commanding Lead In Post-McCain Backlash Poll

    07/24/2015 1:20:45 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 105 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 24, 2015 | John Nolte
    While his favorability rating took a hit, a new poll shows that Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trumps comments about Senator Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)s war record are not the silver bullet many in the GOP and media hoped. A YouGov poll taken after Trumps ill-considered remarks show his support among Republican voters has surged by double digits and well-ahead of Scott Walker and Jeb Bush, his two closest competitors. During the week of July 4-6, Trump was in first place, with 15% choosing the billionaire businessman over the rest of the field. Bush sat at 11%, which tied with Kentucky...
  • Another VA Scandal: GI Bill Funnels Taxpayer Money To Masturbation Classes, "Hate Churches" & More

    07/24/2015 4:25:09 PM PDT · by Nachum · 23 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 7/24/15 | tyler durden
    Iraq War veteran David Rodriguez steps into a softly lit classroom at the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality in San Francisco, crosses his legs and sits on a pillow in front of an altar decorated with a rope, a model of a penis and a statue of a Hindu god. Rodriguez, a retired Navy lieutenant commander who led an engineering battalion that dismantled roadside bombs, is here for a class on sexual bodywork. When instruction begins, he will join his classmates in practicing different forms of masturbation. They do vulva massage and penis massage and anal massage, said...
  • Coach is Right, Friday Short Stories: Iranian hostages; IRS innocent; Gun Store bans Muslims

    07/24/2015 11:09:14 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 1 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 7/24/15 | John C. Velisek USN (Ret.)
    1) Kerry: Were Hopeful Our Citizens in Iran Will be Freed By Daniel Doherty Commentary by John Velisek USN (Ret), staff writer Thats a politicians answer. Secretary of State John Kerry cannot guarantee that the three Americans that we know about languishing in Irans prison system will be released and returned safely to their families. He can only say that hes hopeful Iran will, in a gesture of good faith, set them free. There was not a meeting that took place not one meeting that took place, believe me thats not an exaggeration where we did not raise...
  • Denver VA limits surgeries due to sterilization issue

    07/21/2015 2:01:46 PM PDT · by george76 · 1 replies
    7NEWS ^ | July 21, 2015 | Jaclyn Allen
    There are more problems in the operating room at the Denver VA Hospital. 7NEWS has learned that the hospital is quietly limiting certain surgeries because of problems with sterilization. ... the VA determined there were "quality control issues" in the sterilization of the reusable medical equipment -- devices such as forceps and retractors. So, they started shipping those devices to the VA in Cheyenne for sterilization, until they can resolve the issue. The problem is that they don't have enough back up equipment now to perform certain procedures.
  • Trump Defies Critics: Don't Lecture Me, I Support Veterans

    07/19/2015 7:55:55 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 34 replies
    NewsMax ^ | July 19 2015 | Greg Richter
    In a bylined article for USA Today, Donald Trump on Sunday said he doesn't need lectures from the other GOP presidential candidates, and has a proven record of his support for veterans. Trump has been under fire from the large GOP field with the notable exception of Ted Cruz after saying on Saturday that Arizona Sen. John McCain is "not a war hero" and a "loser." McCain was a prisoner of war in North Vietnam for more than five years. Trump's criticism was sparked by McCain's criticism of people who support Trump's position against illegal immigration "crazies." The...
  • Fact Check: The Washington Post on Donald Trump and John McCain

    07/19/2015 4:20:46 AM PDT · by Amntn · 37 replies
    Sharyl Attkisson ^ | 7/18/15 | SHARYL ATTKISSON
    Donald Trump appears to have gotten under the skin of not only Democrats, but also fellow Republicans and the news media. Has that subjected Trump, a Republican presidential candidate, to unfair and/or inaccurate reporting? An article in the Washington Post today is headlined, Trump slams McCain for being captured in Vietnam. The articles lead sentence states, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump slammed Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), a decorated Vietnam War veteran, on Saturday by saying McCain was not a war hero because he was captured by the North Vietnamese [emphasis added]. Is this report accurate? In fact, Trumps actual quote...
  • Trump: Statement on John McCain

    07/18/2015 12:23:11 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 126 replies
    Facebook page for Donald J. Trump ^ | July 18, 2015 | Donald Trump
    I am not a fan of John McCain because he has done so little for our Veterans and he should know better than anybody what the Veterans need, especially in regards to the VA. He is yet another all talk, no action politician who spends too much time on television and not enough time doing his job and helping the Vets. He is also allowing our military to decrease substantially in size and strength, something which should never be allowed to happen. Furthermore, he was extremely disrespectful to the thousands upon thousands of people, many of whom happen to be...
  • VA: One of those "Shot Someone they Knew" Shootings

    07/18/2015 4:44:13 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 15 July, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Gaberail Wright is a former Marine. He is 21 years old. He was shot yesterday by someone that he knew. Someone that he is accused of stealing from. Someone who kicked him out of their home after he lived there for two months, fresh out of the Marines. The article does not say whether he had an honorable discharge or not. The homeowner says that they kicked him out because he was stealing money from them by forging stolen checks. At 3:00 a.m. on July 13th, Benjamin and Sharon Ethier were alerted by their dog. They found Wright, with...