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  1. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, 2 days ago

    My initial claim was partially settled in just at a year, back in ‘95. Now, as then, folks need to look at the PENTAGON, not just VA, as that’s where a lot of the holdups (in more ways than one) occur.

  2. vfwiffo

    vfwiffo said, 2 days ago

    This one hits me very close to home, since I am a software developer who for last 3 years have been working on VA systems that deal with claim processing.

    My take: situation is not as bad as cartoon, but it is not good. There is a lot of red tape. I have nothing bad to say about co-workers – most of them are competent people that do as good a job as they can

    But the processes are broken. There is too much emphasis on procedural compliance, and as a result, nothing moves. Tasks that should be done in hours take weeks, and ones that should take days take months. Decisions that are made at higher level are very often poor, and once they are decided, you can’t really deviate from them.

    Things at VA are not nearly as bad as healthcare.gov fiasco, but its the nature of government projects never to be good.

    On the plus side, waste is not nearly as bad as it was during ARRA funding. The things that got funded back then were complete and utter useless bull… stuff.

  3. crabbyrino

    crabbyrino GoComics PRO Member said, 1 day ago

    Veterans deserve the best. With that said, many veterans are of the TEA PARTY ilk. They WANT guvment out of their lives except for their VA, their social security, their Medicare.
    You can’t have it both ways, people.

  4. sw10mm

    sw10mm said, 1 day ago

    @crabbyrino

    That’s some serious mental gymnastics. Don’t throw your back out congratulating and backhanding someone at the same time.

  5. Ted Lind

    Ted Lind GoComics PRO Member said, 1 day ago

    What we really need to do is figure out how to run government and corporations effectively. They both have the same problems but the results tend to affect them differently. As organizations have grown very large we have not really developed the social technology to effectively manage them. We all look for silver bullets in the form of Presidents, super CEOs and star baseball players. Clearly we need a better system to get effective management.

  6. Paul Read

    Paul Read said, 1 day ago

    @Ted Lind

    Well said.

  7. furnituremaker

    furnituremaker said, 1 day ago

    speaking as a Vietnam vet (three tours), I have a really difficult time trusting the government…They did things over there that were WAY beyond ethical, even for a war, then lied about it repeatedly..so what’s new?

  8. hippogriff

    hippogriff said, 1 day ago

    Give disabled veterans the help they need and stop disabling more.

  9. Jungfrau

    Jungfrau said, 1 day ago

    Being a Vet myself, gotta wonder if crabbyrino is/was a Vet? If so, how long have you had to wait to get what you so richly deserve at whatever VA location?
    Two of my best friends survived ‘Nam and are now being consumed by “agent orange” a little at a time. They’ve just about given up hope in that it takes so much of their time and frustrations waiting on what they call “un-caring” individuals at a good deal of those VA locations.

  10. Michael Wme

    Michael Wme said, 1 day ago

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  11. braindead08

    braindead08 GoComics PRO Member said, 1 day ago

    @vfwiffo

    Good post vfwillo. Actual information is always helpful.
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    One of the things that ought to be done and is directly within Congress’ jurisdiction, is that VA should be part of the military budget.
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    Veterans’ issues are absolutely a cost of war, that Republicans love, and not some kind of entitlement, that Republicans hate.

  12. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, 1 day ago

    BTW: The Army “purged” my files back in 68, so my total medical file was reduced to two pagraphs, and all potential “disabling” medical problems were erased. Couldn’t make copies easily back then.


    My son’s medical file runs over 700 pages, that VA has to digitize, and this applies to thousands of veterans. That does, as vfwiffo points out in a way, how complex the problem they now face has become.

  13. braindead08

    braindead08 GoComics PRO Member said, 1 day ago

    @dtroutma

    Wasn’t there a fire at an Army installation in St Louis back then that destroyed a ton of Army records?


    Or am I just imagining that?

  14. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, about 23 hours ago

    ^The claim was that the fire at St. Louis destroyed ‘Nam records, but the fact is that not a single Viet Nam record was either lost, or even dmaged. There was a fire, and they did lose some records, older ones, but it was mostly smoke and water damage even for those, more than fire. Keep forgetting whether it was Devens or Belfour where the orderly room records were kept, those proved a lot of guys’ claims, including mine, even though the medical records “disappeared”.

  15. 38lowell

    38lowell said, about 22 hours ago

    They lost mine.
    But, Agent Orange killed my buddy, who was a father with kids.
    Imagine the rest!!

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