Congress: The VA can't keep up! It's a scandal!
In ‘95 it was taking most people four years to get registered, complete C & P exams and get disability. Things have been a mess for a long time, and what’s overlooked by many is not just the role of Congress, but the role of the MILITARY and PENTAGON in screwing the troops.
I’ve seen good and bad in especially the “psych” side of vA, some shrinks are great, others suck, and “group” therapy is mandated more by budget, than effectiveness.. MANY PTSD people are NOT suited to group, and need individual attention, but the staff (qualified) isn’t there. It’s very difficult for VA to recruit and retain folks, it really isn’t ALL about the money.. It has to do with where the need is, many “professionals” don’t want to locate (geographic areas).
While some of the stories out there today are indeed disturbing, the political attacks, especially by worthless (expletive deleted) persons like Issa, and most of the Republicans, is totally disgusting to we veterans who HAVE seen better, especially as Clinton made serious efforts for improvements, then came “W” destroying everything, and now Obama trying to make up from the Executive branch side, for the disasters the Legislative branch joined with Bush to create.
Forcing Eric Shinsheki to resign was counter-productive. He actually knew what he was doing, and was making progress despite the cuts in funding coming from the Republicans. But they could never forgive him for being right about Iraq.
Geometry would indicate a limit on how much hate and ignorance can be stored in a cube, but I guess it depends on the size of the crop.
Like I have said, give disabled vets all the help they need – and stop disabling more..Joadtom: Then why are states which have practically outlawed unions, like Arizona, Michigan, and Texas, just as scandal-ridden?
Dunno about the VA where you leave, Joad, but the one in La Jolla (and it’s a big hospital) is plenty busy – always. I have friends (retired veterans) who volunteer their time, and most (if not all) of the staff are government workers, on a strict schedule.
TripleAxel: OK, but I get griped at when I use Latin-based English like “de facto”. Anyone can free-load on union work and get the benefits without cost. Any company can refuse to bargain in good faith but strikes (the usual counter) are outlawed in many fields. Police can break up a picket line with impunity. Picketers must stay far enough apart that any one of them can be beaten into the hospital by company goons before assistance can reach them without remedy. And the list goes on. However, corporate bribes are an accepted way of life. Businessman political machines rule at all levels from municipal to federal, with secret decisions made without public input.