Video: VA whistleblower claims supervisors forced her to keep secret wait listHot air ^ | on June 26, 2014 | Ed MorrisseyPosted on 6/26/2014, 10:47:20 AM by george76
More whistleblowers are coming forward from the VA, but this woman from North Carolina gives a special insight into the way that wait-list fraud propagated within the system.
Exposed: How the VA Red-Flags ‘Disruptive’ Vets
Townhall.com ^ | June 25, 2014 | Michelle MalkinPosted on 6/25/2014, 7:41:22 AM by Kaslin
Imagine how much better off America’s veterans would be if the federal government spent more time delivering actual care and less time compiling tyrannical lists. The death-inducing secret waiting lists for patients are just the tip of the iceberg.
Did you know, for example, that the VA keeps a database on “disgruntled” and “disruptive” vets that results in arbitrarily restricted care?Disabled Air Force veteran and veterans advocate/attorney Benjamin Krause has been raising questions about the system for months and warning his peers.
Under the VA policy on “patient record flags” PRFs, federal bureaucrats can classify vets as “threats” based on assessments of their “difficult,” “annoying” and “non-compliant” behavior.The VA manual says the flags “are used to alert Veterans Health Administration medical staff and employees of patients whose behavior and characteristics may pose a threat either to their safety, the safety of other patients, or compromise the delivery of quality health care.
A Fed-Up Veteran Blasts VA’s “Lie, Delay, Deny” AbyssTownhall.com ^ | June 18, 2014 | Michelle, MalkinPosted on 6/18/2014, 7:13:54 AM by Kaslin
Videomarinkapeschmann.com ^ | Marinka PeschmannPosted on 6/12/2014, 7:41:04 AM by OpinionatedtodayIn an interview last week with Michael Savage on The Savage Nation, Fox’s Judge Jeanine Pirro concluded that the nationwide Veterans Affairs VA scandals, constitute a RICO action.
Naturally, the Judge is correct. But there is an important distinction to RICO that was not articulated during that short, fast moving radio interview.
The blanket chant—“thank you for your service; thank you for fighting for our freedoms”—is the hallmark of a propagandized people in the grip of fanatical militarisms.
Praying To The Military Moloch
For the past few weeks, the country’s distinct national navel-gazing has shifted to the military.
It began with horror stories about the treatment of veterans at Veterans Affairs facilities across the country and has reached a crescendo in the curious case of Taliban hostage Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, exchanged for five fierce-looking Muhammadans from Afghanistan’s Jihad Central.As to the first: Backlogs, limited services, fewer service providers, substandard treatment, filthy facilities and the ensuing fatalities—these have been features of the VA system for a long time.
By Dr. Laurie RothJune 6, 2014NewsWithViews.comObama has a growing legacy that can be seen with every stroke of his ‘self proclaimed power pen.’ His declarations, regulations and manipulations run right past congress at warp speed. It is like watching a NASCAR race of evil with the Obama car crashing through cars in his way, breaking every rule while soaring to the finish line. Congress and the Senate talk politics, coffee and re election strategies while the nation and world look in horror at explosion after explosion on the US racetrack.
When you peak in Obama’s toy box of horrors you see all he has to play with in between golf games and races of evil. We see the NDAA Teddy Bear and a sea of UN Constitutional executive orders looking like Muslim army men with their bombs. He plays with his famous Obamacare computer game and his oil refinery and coal plants which burn with real looking fire.We have watched the betrayal, incompetence and lies regarding the Veterans Administration scandal. When the heat got a little too hot for Obama we saw him say his usual ‘pretend’ lines,
The VA Scandal is Just the Tip of the Military Abuse IcebergTownhall.com ^ | May 28, 2014 | Ron PaulPosted on 5/28/2014, 7:48:53 AM by Kaslinresident Obama held a press conference last week to express his outrage over reports that the Veterans Administration was routinely delaying treatment to veterans, with some veterans even dying while on alleged secret waiting lists.
The president said that, “if these allegations prove to be true, it is dishonorable, it is disgraceful, and I will not tolerate it, period.” He vowed that, together with Congress, he would “make sure we’re doing right by our veterans across the board.
“The president is right to be upset over the mistreatment of US military veterans, especially those who return home with so many physical and mental injuries. Veterans should not be abused when they seek the treatment promised them when they enlisted.
Bodies of 28 Veterans At LA County Morgue Will Finally Receive Proper Burial
KCBS/KCAL-TV ^ | 5/23/2014 | Staff
Posted on 5/25/2014, 11:55:33 AM by ExNewsExSpook
CBS2/KCAL9 pressed the L.A. County Coroner’s Office Thursday to find out why the bodies had not yet received a proper burial after a source indicated there may have been as many as 60 veterans at the morgue for the past year and a half.
Political Observers: VA Scandal Differs From Other Obama Debacles (Most people have a vet in family)
Political Observers: VA Scandal Differs From Other Obama Debacles (Most people have a vet in family)
NewsMax ^ | May 23, 2014 | Todd Beamon
Posted on 5/24/2014, 8:21:05 PM by 2ndDivisionVet
The spiraling scandal at the Department of Veterans Affairs over deadly treatment delays and falsified waiting lists is setting itself apart from the other controversies that have plagued the Obama administration, Republicans and political observers tell Newsmax.
The War on America’s Military Veterans, Waged with SWAT Teams, Surveillance and Neglect
The Rutheford Institute ^ | May 23, 2104 | John W. Whitehead
Posted on 5/24/2014, 9:54:13 AM by all the best
Just in time for Memorial Day, we’re once
again treated to a generous serving of praise and grandstanding by politicians and corporations eager to go on record as being supportive of our veterans. Patriotic platitudes aside, however, America has done a deplorable job of caring for her veterans.
By John W. Whitehead
The Rutherford Institute
May 24, 2014
Just in time for Memorial Day, we’re once again being treated to a generous serving of praise and grandstanding by politicians and corporations eager to go on record as being supportive of our veterans. Patriotic platitudes aside, however, America has done a deplorable job of caring for her veterans. We erect monuments for those who die while serving in the military, yet for those who return home, there’s little honor to be found.
Injured veterans program faces the ax
The Hill ^ | 05/22/14 | Alexander Bolton
Posted on 5/22/2014, 10:05:19 AM by Second Amendment First
Lawmakers are in an uproar over reports that dozens of veterans may have died because of obstacles to obtaining medical treatment at Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals, but Congress may contribute to the problem by failing to act on pending legislation.
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- GUNNY G: NOTHING BY ACCIDENT…
- GUNNY G: THE PEOPLE WHO CAST THE VOTES…
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By Judi McLeod Thursday, May 22, 2014
Does Obama, a lifetime legend in his own mind, really think that verbalizing his anger will make the Veterans Affairs scandal go away?
Following up his effusive “I’m mad” protestations, Obama vowed to “fix whatever is wrong” at the agency, while refusing to throw VA Secretary Eric Shinseki under his well populated
Veterans Administration Kills Softly While Other Agencies Arm To The Teeth
Townhall.com ^ | May 21, 2014 | Bob Barr
Posted on 5/21/2014, 8:52:51 AM by Kaslin
In 2009, Sarah Palin was the first to coin the phrase “death panel” in a Facebook post about the future of government-run healthcare. “Government health care will not reduce the cost; it will simply refuse to pay the cost,” Palin wrote. “And who will suffer the most when they ration care? The sick, the elderly, and the disabled, of course.”
Obama warned about VA wait-time problems during 2008 transition
Washington Times ^ | 5/18/14 | Jim McElhatton -
Posted on 5/19/2014, 1:00:55 AM by Nachum
The Obama administration received clear notice more than five years ago that VA medical facilities were reporting inaccurate waiting times and experiencing scheduling failures that threatened to deny veterans timely health care — problems that have turned into a growing scandal.
Attention Veterans: “We Want You On That Wall, We Need You On That Wall” | Dave Hodges – The Common Sense Show
Attention Veterans: “We Want You On That Wall, We Need You On That Wall”
February 21, 2014
The Common Sense Show
“You Want Me On That Wall. You Need Me On That Wall”.
“You Want Me On That Wall. You Need Me On That Wall”.
Bankers are dropping like flies. There is a power struggle and there is also the beginning of a war behind the scenes which has monumental implications. This is a re-enactment of the old Chicago gang-like style murders, but with far more serious implications.
Originally posted on Fellowship of the Minds:
Have you heard of Operation American Spring?
That’s the name of a planned march on Washington, D.C., on May 16.
Retired U.S. Army colonel Harry Riley is calling upon millions of patriots to march upon Washington D.C. to remove Pres. Obama, VP Biden, AG Eric Holder, Senators Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell, and Reps. John Boehner and Nancy Pelosi from office.
Riley calls it “OPERATION AMERICAN SPRING – Beginning Of Tyranny Housecleaning” and conceives of three main phases to the plan:
- Field as many as ten million unarmed patriots to peacefully assemble in Washington, D.C.
- At least one million of the assembled 10 million to stay in D.C. as long as it takes to see the removal from office of Obama, et al.
- Principled politicians like former Congressman Allen West and former Sen. Jim DeMint; Senators Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Rand Paul; Reps. Trey Gowdy and Pete Sessions; Gov…
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In the 1970′s, the civilized world criticized the Soviet Union for their designation of a new mental illness called “Political Schizophrenia”. Soviet style political schizophrenia was deemed to be inappropriate by ICD-9 because the Russians were labeling anyone who disagreed with the government as being mentally ill.
And in Mother Russia, if you were deemed to be mentally ill, you were subsequently “treated” in the Gulag.
Obama Employs Soviet Style Mental Health Gun Controls
Obamacare To Find ‘Mentally Disturbed’ Gun Owners – LewRockwell.com… “If you answered YES to any of those questions, and there is any federal nexus, then you might find yourself disarmed in the near future. The reason is that, since 2009, the federal health database – created by section 13001 of the stimulus bill and put in place by Obamacare – will allow the federal government to troll private health records for the purpose of stripping gun rights from persons with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), PTSD, and similar maladies.”
Just ask yourself:
* Was there a death in your family recently causing you to suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?
* Do you take anxiety medications?
* Did you ever say: I had thoughts of suicide when I was dealing with stress at home or work or after my recent breakup?
Veteran angered at government sends \’distress call\’ to communityNW Florida Daily News ^ | 10/10/2013 | WENDY VICTORAPosted on Saturday, October 12, 2013 7:43:36 AM by markomalley
“I had to do something,” said the Air Force veteran, who is upset about the government’s treatment of veterans.DeFUNIAK SPRINGS —A retired Air Force veteran who served in Vietnam sent a “distress call” to the community Thursday morning.Edward Armbruster had his son help him turn a large American flag upside down outside his business complex on U.S. Highway 90.
» WW2 Veterans Threatened With Arrest Over Memorial Visit Alex Jones’ Infowars: There’s a war on for your mind!
Chris DelcampWNWOOctober 2, 2013
Many elderly veterans, some in wheelchairs, broke through the barriers set up around the memorial, as police, park service employees, and tourists looked on.“The Germans and the Japanese couldn’t contain us.
They weren’t going to let barriers contain them today.
They wanted to see their memorial,” says Armstrong.
He says they are considering going ahead with the trip even if the government is still on shutdown, but when he called the parks service, he was told they would face arrest.Armstrong says, “I said, are you kidding me?
Posted on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 1:17:34 PM by Starman417
Barack Obama poses as a humanitarian… And invokes the legacy of a man who earned his Nobel Peace Prize. King would have called Obama and the jackals that surround him what they are…
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Executive Order — HIV Care Continuum Initiative
WHITEHOUSE.gov – Office of the Press Secretary ^ | July 15, 2013 | Executive Order signed by Barack Obama
Posted on Friday, July 19, 2013 2:13:49 AM by Cindy
NOTE The following text is a quote:
For Immediate Release July 15, 2013 Executive Order — HIV Care Continuum Initiative
Marine Veteran Al Dutton: Back To Court July 16th! ~ Kansas veteran faces trial in explosives case, judge sets hearing in evidence dispute… – Daily Journal
U.S. District Judge J. Thomas Marten on Tuesday set a hearing for July 16 in the case against Alfred Dutton. The Army and Marine veteran from Eureka faces trial later that day for unlawful possession of unregistered destructive devices.
His attorney is seeking to bar evidence about computer documents and photos of fireworks, chemicals and firearms……
Prosecutors claimed that Alfred Dutton, 67, of Eureka, added chemicals to gunpowder to increase the explosive power of grenades he was making. Dutton is a veteran of both the U.S. Army and U.S. Marines. His attorney said his client was working on …
Doomsday prepper found guilty of unlawful possession of explosive materials
A Greenwood County man who had previously pleaded guilty to explosives charges was found guilty by a federal jury on one count of unlawful possession of explosive materials on Thursday. Alfred C. Dutton, 67, of Eureka, Kan. faces up to 10 years in …
When America Went Crazy by Eric Peters
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America lost its mind 146 years ago and hasn’t been the same since. Or rather, it’s been a different country ever since.
A psychotic, self-referential, duplicitous country – largely ignorant of its own history and convinced of its messianic role in word affairs. A country not merely content to live – and let live. But one determined to to force others – everyone – to live its way.
At bayonet point, if need be,
It all goes back to the events of 1861-1865. The struggle for Southern independence, which the modern histories dishonestly – not merely mistakenly – call the “Civil War.”
Which it was not.
The examples pile up: Barack Obama treats veterans like dirt… “The Veterans Administration has dropped the words God and or Jesus from its funeral services for veterans. As many as 1/3 of returning veterans have been deemed mentally ill and this is being used as a pretext to take guns from veterans across the country……..” « Coach is Right
By Derrick Hollenbeck, staff writer
Recently, although he failed to return a Marine guard’s salute, Barack Obama later approached the Marine and “shook hands” with him had a brief conversation with him.
The follow up “handshake” part of the story was not reported and many on the Right mistakenly howled at the “insult.”This brief and otherwise meaningless “gotcha” moment allowed a half-witted liberal blogger named Charles Johnson to gloat and laugh at conservatives who had jumped on the story.
Score one for the Left. Nevertheless, the genuine insults Obama heaps on veterans each day far out-number this small minded “victory” in the Left’s war to smother the truth about how veterans are really treated by Obama. Under Obama, veterans’ claims take an average of more than six month to be processed.
Just since 2009 the number of veterans waiting for benefits has risen from 11,000 to 245,000. Some of those waiting in Comrade Obama’s cue have very serious injuries. Those waiting include 1,600 vets who have lost a limb; 156 who are blind; 177,000 with hearing loss and at least 200 who need FACE TRANSPLANTS.
Remember when under George Bush an unused wing of Walter Reed Hospital was pressed into service and its shortcomings many very serious were trumpeted by the media? The wing was closed and the problems were fixed. Conditions like that and worse are still in place but the media does nothing to trumpet this problem to protect Obama.
An ABC news inspection of Veterans Administration facilities found filthy bathrooms dirty linens; visible dried blood, patients forced to beg for food and water and some so sick from neglect they were suffering bed sores.In 2012 over 85,000 veterans were treated for sexual abuse suffered while in service. When the Washington Post pointed out these numbers the Pentagon pledged to fix the problem; but as most Obama pledges that too has gone unfulfilled.Obama charges many veterans the cost of shipping their medals to them.
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The Toronto Star ^ | 04/25/13 | Linda Barnard
Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 10:37:38 AM by mkleesma
I’ve been an enthusiastic student of 9/11 Truth for several years now. The evidence that no Boeing airliners crashed at any of the four sites is very compelling. One of the big questions that arises when you suggest this idea to someone is “What happened to the passengers?” The facts suggest that there were far fewer passengers than even the surprisingly short and unrealistic passenger manifests presented.
Flights are not usually carried out with such low load factors. Many of the names don’t seem to correspond to positively identifiable people. Additionally, at least seven of the alleged hijackers were seen alive after 9/11. Sadly, we may not ever know exactly who was on the planes.
Screwing the Troops
What Else is New?
April 4, 2013
For a country always at war, the United States is remarkably not interested in taking care of soldiers it has broken in its wars. Having bankrupted the country, Washington sinks every available penny into the two purposes of the military: funneling money into the arms industry, and fueling imperial ambitions, in large part of pasty fern-bar Napoleons at National Review and Commentary.
The Veterans Administration is way back in the chow line. It doesn’t work very well. As best I can tell, nobody cares.
It costs roughly a thousand dollars retail. For a blinded vet, most likely of slight education and no resources beyond his VA compensation, this is a lot of money.
New Rochelle [NY] War Veterans Protest City’s Order to Take Down Gadsden Flag
NBC News NY ^ | March 29, 2013 | Jonathan Vigliotti
Posted on Saturday, March 30, 2013 11:01:26 AM by Pharmboy
War veterans in New Rochelle are protesting the city’s order for the so-called Gadsden flag to be taken down from its post outside the armory.
A symbol of pride for the veterans, the flag features a rattlesnake and the words, “Don’t tread on me.”
“That flag is the first flag of the Continetal Navy,” said Peter Parente, president of the United Veterans Memorial. He helped hoist the flag up on March 21 during a ceremony to swap out the tattered American flag.
(Gunny G: ATTN VETS: What Do YOU Think?????) ~ McClellan: One last call to service – end military funeral honors : News
Who is eligible for military honors at a funeral? According to the program’s website, virtually all veterans who have received an honorable discharge are eligible. A veteran does not have to be buried at a national cemetery to receive military honors. The honors teams travel to private cemeteries.
Both the federal government and the state government are broke. So why are we providing military funeral honors for all veterans? It is a nice gesture we can’t afford.
Certainly, men and women killed in combat deserve full military honors. It’s a way for the country to say, “We honor the memory of those who died in our service.” These military honors — and the thought behind them — are intended to provide some solace for the families of the fallen.
I tell you that a whole new form of government is going to take over the country and I know I won’t live to see you another time.”–Jack Ruby Jack Ruby, the man who shot accused assassin of President John F. Kennedy Lee Harvey Oswald, said in his interview with the Warren Commission the investigative team appointed by the federal government to probe the Kennedy assassination on June 7th, 1964:
“Everything pertaining to what’s happening has never come to the surface. The world will never know the true facts of what occurred or my motives. The people that had so much to gain and had such an ulterior motive for putting me in the position I’m in will never let the true facts come above board to the world.
Gentlemen, I want to tell you the truth, but I cannot tell it here. If you want a fair shake out of me you have to take me to Washington. I tell you that a whole new form of government is going to take over the country and I know I won’t live to see you another time.”
Nearly half a century later, these words continue to haunt the United States and continue to raise questions. Were they simply the musings of a grief-stricken raving lunatic, or were they the words of a man ready to blow the whistle that was following orders and not there by happenstance?
QUESTION: Wat If … God Sent A Plague Of Flys And The United States Didn’t Notice
http://www.BibleStudyTools.com ^ | Feb 24, 2012 | Yosemitest
Posted on Sunday, February 24, 2013 7:18:02 PM by Yosemitest
Here in eastern central Mississippi, the common house fly is the talk of the community.
Fly paper is getting hard to buy, and plastic zip-lock bags full of water tacked to trees close to the doors of the houses, are seen everywhere.
Maybe it’s the wet season and the temperatures above freezing that have allowed the woods to bloom with house flies, because they’re everywhere.
A small group of veterans picketed outside the Canandaigua VA Hospital Wednesday afternoon. They were protesting the closing of VA hospitals across the country. They say those that aren’t closing are being sold off or leased to outside interests, depriving veterans the treatment they have earned.
Displaying the American flag upside down, however, is considered by some to be disrespectful.
“We’re not disgracing the flag but telling the public be on the alert,” said Gene Simes, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. “This is a distress call.”
By Gordon Duff and Press TV
The three minute video below will be shorter, by far, than the average commercial break. Rather than going out to get a beer, listen to the video, think about what is being said, perhaps look at how it has effected you and your family and decide to do something.
YouTube – Veterans Today -
If you can, and this is not a task for those who are not willing to put themselves at emotional and perhaps physical risk, please help.
Contact each of the governmental organizations tasked with veterans services in your area, the Department of Veterans Affairs and your local, be it city or county and certainly your state veterans service commissions.
It’s a disproven myth, but politicians, keen on dispelling opposition and maintaining militarism, continue to feed the fable.
BY David Sirota
As political memes go, this 30-year Vietnam storyline has been wildly successful, helping presidents silence opposition to the Iraq War, the continued Afghanistan occupation, our expanding drone wars, and, of course, our ever-increasing defense budgets.
Out of all the status-quo-sustaining fables we create out of military history, none are as enduring as Vietnam War myths. Desperate to cobble a pro-war cautionary tale out of a blood-soaked tragedy, we keep reimagining the loss in Southeast Asia not as a policy failure but as the product of an America that dishonored returning troops.
WASHINGTON – Within two weeks of being announced, a program to give skills training to some unemployed Veterans has garnered over 12,000 online applications, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs.
“VA is committed to supporting Veterans as they seek employment. This initiative will help provide education and training so that Veterans have an opportunity to find meaningful employment in a high-demand field,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. “We will continue to build on the success of our initial outreach efforts to Veterans.”
Called the Veteran Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP), the program allows qualifying Veterans between the ages of 35 and 60 to receive up to 12 months of education assistance. Maximum payments are equal to the full-time rate for the Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty, currently $1,473 monthly.
Under VRAP, Veterans apply on a first-come, first-served basis for programs that begin on or after July 1. VA began accepting applications on May 15. Forty-five thousand Veterans can participate during the current fiscal year, and up to 54,000 may participate during the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, 2012.
The goal of the program is to train 99,000 Veterans for high-demand jobs over the next two years.
To qualify Veterans must:
Be 35 to 60 years old, unemployed on the day of application, and have been issued discharges under conditions other than dishonorable;
Be enrolled in education or training after July 1, 2012, in a VA-approved program of education offered by a community college or technical school leading to an associate degree, non-college degree or a certificate for a high-demand occupation as defined by the Department of Labor;
Not be eligible for any other VA education benefit, such as the Post-9/11 GI Bill, the Montgomery GI Bill, or Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment;
(“Next time an imaginary bin Laden melts a million tons of steel with a few gallons of kerosene, ain’t none of us buying a word of it anymore”) Time to Ask Why | Veterans Today
Next time we are asked to head across the world to steal oil, sell drugs and murder children, we might just head the other direction. Think I am kidding? Ask around.
One of the magical ‘pretzel’ Twin Towers beams
Next time an imaginary bin Laden melts a million tons of steel with a few gallons of kerosene, ain’t none of us buying a word of it anymore. Next car bomb, suicide bomber, crashing plane, we know where to look and who to look for.
I passed 6 veterans yesterday while driving out for dinner, each with their version of “Will work for food” on a sign. It was a warm day, I recognize 82nd Airborne on a tattoo when I see one.
By Bob Hanafin, Staff Writer
A “Vietnam Era” Veteran is defined as any Veteran who served during the official time frame of the Vietnam War anywhere in the world as defined by Congress and the Department of Veterans Affairs.
I would assume that even National Guard members who have achieved official Veterans status as defined by the VA would be considered Vietnam Era Veterans.
I’m basically familiar with this, because most of the VA benefits I applied for and got when I served during the war were because I was a Vietnam Era Vet. However, I know that Congress passed a law in 1996 just after I retired from the Pentagon that changed the definition as it applied to those who served in-country Vietnam proper, and those Veterans who served elsewhere. The time frames are different.
We depend on them to protect our country, our lives, our freedom, our way of life. So why does our government continue to shortchange our veterans by chronically underfunding the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), especially at a time when our vets need the VA the most?
The wounds of Veterans, both physical and mental, are real and have widespread effects on Veterans and their families. I applaud the efforts of the Department of Veterans Affairs as well as private entities to help these men and women, and their families, on the long road to recovery. Not a day passes that I’m ungrateful for my health after four years in the Navy.
By: Grant Moon
The VA guaranteed home loan is a beneficial program guaranteed by the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to enable qualifying veterans to obtain a new mortgage or refinance an existing one. Whether it be the purchase of a house or refinance of an existing VA loan, the VA has helped thousands of veterans in fulfilling their housing dreams which otherwise may never have been possible.
Women are now the fastest growing cohort within the Veteran community. In 2011, about 1.8 million or 8 percent of the 22.2 million Veterans were women. The male Veteran population is projected to decrease from 20.2 million men in 2010 to 16.7 million by 2020. In contrast, the number of women Veterans will increase from 1.8 million in 2011 to 2 million in 2020, at which time women will make up 10.7 percent of the total Veteran population.
Is Federal Government Cheating Some Employees?
Is Federal Government Cheating Some Employees?:
The first law passed in 1995 after Republicans assumed control of the Congress was quite succinct: “Congress must abide by all the laws that they impose on the rest of America.” Ever since then, hundreds of stories have been written that describe how our Federal government reserves special treatment for itself. Some illustrate the benefits that elected officials award themselves, while others focus on special treatment for federal employees. While researching a new category of special treatment, we discovered much more than we bargained for.
A reader brought to our attention the plight of federal temporary workers. She had been employed, as a temporary worker, at both the US Postal Service and the USDA, and claimed that she received none of the benefits to which a permanent employee was entitled.
She was told “We hire temps so we don’t have to count them as regular government workers, so the government doesn’t look as big as it is.”………..
In the 60 years since he was wounded at war, Ruben Campos has lived a happy, healthy life in Tucson.
The Department of Veterans Affairs wants to know why.
The VA is taking a closer look at veterans like Campos, 81, after recent medical research showed a link between war wounds and increased longevity.
Aging veterans who, in their youths, earned Purple Hearts -awarded to troops wounded in action – substantially outlived their military peers who didn’t receive the medal, the study found.
At the end of the study period, “those with Purple Heart citations had half the mortality rate of those without,” said a recent news release from the VA. The results held true regardless of whether the veterans had post-traumatic stress disorder, it said.
If further research can figure out why, it could help later generations of war veterans, it added.
“War-wounded veterans who survive into later life – especially those who do not develop PTSD – may provide valuable clues as to the factors that lead to resilience to combat stress,” the VA said.
The Tucson area is home to hundreds of combat-wounded veterans.
About 200 of them, including Campos, belong to the local chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, where members range in age from their 20s to their 90s.
Campos, a former Army paratrooper wounded by mortar fire in Korea in 1951, is mystified by the VA findings.
“It seems odd,” he said, adding his own secrets to good living are pretty simple.
He and wife Rose have three kids and three grandchildren. He gets medical care from the VA in Tucson, goes to church and spends some of his time helping others, for example, by assisting with food deliveries to the needy.
The former maintenance worker with Tucson Unified School District said he’s been relatively healthy all his life.
David Alegria, who leads the local Purple Heart chapter, also was puzzled by the VA study.
He wonders if increased longevity might be due to wounded veterans’ paying closer attenti