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Drew Sheneman

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  1. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    Well we needed to fudge the records so the top executive would get his bonus.

  2. churchillwasright

    churchillwasright said, about 1 year ago

    ^ Proof that even a broken clock is right twice a day.

  3. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    It was the ARMY that purged my medical records (like thousands of other guys’ as well) of all evidence of treatment for potentially disabling conditions, before they were sent to St. Louis. BTW, not one single Viet Nam era veteran’s record was destroyed in the “fire” as claimed. It was all an effort, like GHW Bush and “W” did to keep VA from getting folks into the system. Heaven forbid the cost of all those disabled fall on the Pentagon and chickenhawk war-makers and profiteers. It is now the Navy screwing over my son, by stating his injuries that occurred, IN IRAQ as a direct result of enemy actions, were not “combat related”!


    Record distortion goes back a long way. That there ARE some incompetent policies and people in VA, might also call for seeing who WROTE those policies, and who hired those people, many of whom are now retired after doing their damage!

  4. churchillwasright

    churchillwasright said, about 1 year ago

    ^ Loved your partisan rant, but I seem to recall there was a fella named Bill something or other, who had a D after his name, that was in control for 8 years between GHW and W. As far as your son goes, his Commander in Chief the past 5 years has been Obama.

    (Why hasn’t the reply button worked the past 2 days?)

  5. cjr53

    cjr53 said, about 1 year ago

    @churchillwasright

    “(Why hasn’t the reply button worked the past 2 days?)”
    .
    Seems to be working for me.

  6. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    Churchie: from a VA guy in Portland on your little issue: GHW Bush ordered VA to turn down every vet applying three times, and force them to go to the Court of Appeals. Clinton came in and his first order to VA was to check folks, if their claim was obviously false, reject them, if they had ANY legitimate claim, get them processed in 90 days or less, and they did. “W” came in, and it went back to “daddy’s” system.


    Which; my total medical file had been reduced by the Army to less than a full page, despite many treatments, and some surgeries, that were “scrubbed and sanitized” out of my files. My son was able to keep copies of all his medical treatment, and it runs several hundred (like 700) pages. Part of the problem IS converting all these files to digital records to improve the system. As the MILITARY also has depended on paper records, it isn’t just the VA. Maybe a couple billion less spent on tanks the Army doesn’t WANT, or an aircraft carrier the Navy admirals DON’T WANT, they could spend a couple of those bucks on a better system??

  7. churchillwasright

    churchillwasright said, about 1 year ago

    @dtroutma

    Complain to LBJ.

    BTW,

    The House Appropriations Committee passed a bill Wednesday [4/9] that would fund the Veterans Affairs Department at $64.7 billion and includes new funding to reduce the VA disability claims backlog.

    “The bill takes several steps to reduce the disgraceful veterans claims backlog,” Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) said. “We expect to end the backlog by 2015.”

    It also includes an additional $20 million that would go to digital scanning of health and benefits files as well as staff overtime for claims processors.


    Darn that do-nothing House.

  8. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    A note of clarity?:


    When it comes to health care from VA, there are 8 (eight) PRIORITY GROUPS, under which veterans MAY qualify for VA health care. NOT EVERY VET QUALIFIES!


    From Group one; veterans with 50% or higher service connected disabilities, all care is free, and they have PRIORITY FOR TREATMENT, as in appointments, level of care, etc.


    Down in Group Eight, there are economic requirements, as in several other groups, that allow those who can’t get or afford other coverage or care through “the outside world of medicine”.


    The wonder years of the Reagan through “W” administrations, with a pause actually under Clinton, have seen continual increases in needs of COMBAT CASUALTIES, as well as the influx of older vets who now look to the agency, as they can’t afford the geriatric (among others) care they need in old age, and don’t have the incomes to match. Even Social Security and Medicaid have passed these folks off to the VA.


    I totally support, obviously as a permanently and totally disabled veteran myself, providing care for ALL VETERANS who need help. But an offshoot it seem of the “me generations” is that an awful lot of those stressing the system, and trying to con their way in, are those citing the positive aspects of “Reaganomics”, while calling for the “government” to support them. For example, folks trying to get diagnosed with PTSD so they can get the money, not treatment, even though they never left the states of Qatar or other non-contact locations, or MOS.


    On our local news, I did see a guy, retired law enforcement with PTSD from service, who pointed out he wants psychiatric therapy, NOT JUST DRUGS OR MONEy, and he’s had trouble with VA. I’m sympathetic to him, because just as I found in over 30 years of “private practice” medicine, I was also just given more drugs, rather than other therapies. VA did provide me with outpatient (fee basis) visits to a psychologist on contract, and in my time with her, I went from 50-80 “flashbacks” a WEEK, to one or two a month. BIG improvement over drugs because she was good and knew PTSD well! Other practitioners may indeed NOT have the experience or skill to accurately treat PTSD, and it does often require some searching for the right practitioner.


    The points being of course, the situation is a LOT more complex than people, or ’toonists, realize!

  9. churchillwasright

    churchillwasright said, about 1 year ago

    @dtroutma

    I see you’ve spammed this all over the place, but it has nothing to do with VA administrators creating phony waiting lists so their numbers look good and they get bonuses.

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