Drew Sheneman by Drew Sheneman

Drew Sheneman

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  1. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years 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!

  2. cjr53

    cjr53 said, over 2 years ago

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

  3. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years 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??

  4. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years 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!

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