Benjamin KrauseThe TBI exam policy investigation into wrongdoing at VA facilities nationwide is expanding as the public learns more about how VA ignored “important” rules.

Last year, KARE 11 News, an NBC affiliate, started an investigation into data from my law firm (Krause Law, PLLC) indicating VA was ignoring policies marked “IMPORTANT!” One important policy mandated the use of highly specialized doctors when conducting an initial traumatic brain injury examination, otherwise known as TBI exams. The specialists mandated are neurologist, neurosurgeon, psychiatrist, and physiatrist.

IMPORTANT TBI EXAM POLICY INVESTIGATION

AJ Lagoe of KARE 11 News has been driving that investigation in the press and recently confirmed a nationwide audit of TBI exams conducted by unqualified clinicians outside Minneapolis. His most recent investigation confirmed that unqualified clinicians at Amarillo, Texas examined at least 70 veterans seeking benefits for TBI.

The head of Compensation & Pension at the Amarillo VA, Dr. Roy Marokus, came forward with more information including insider emails of an internal audit VA had conducted.

Those emails showed just how confused VA was about their own policy and how to correct the malfeasance.

AMARILLO VA WHISTLEBLOWER

According to KARE 11:

“Think about what they have to deal with if they’re misdiagnosed,” Marokus said. “They’re out in never-never land.  It’s a crime.”

Internal VA emails obtained by TEGNA Media reveal that on December 17, 2015, the VA Regional 17 Headquarters (“VISN 17”) in Arlington, Texas instructed Amarillo officials to review TBI exams which had not been done by the required specialists.

“Unqualified, uncertified TBI – traumatic brain injury – exams that were done by people who weren’t supposed to do it,” Dr. Marokus said during a recent interview.

Dr. Marokus said he received copies of the emails even though the exams at issue were done before he arrived in Amarillo in May, 2015.  Because of patient privacy rules, Marokus did not reveal the names of individual veterans or the details of their cases.

WHISTLEBLOWER DEMOTED

Dr. Marokus shared a kinship with veterans as a two-tour Army veteran and wanted VA to stop the bureaucratic game-playing and do the right thing. Days after Dr. Marokus came forward, he was demoted and now works in the VA library until he retires.

Source: http://www.kare11.com/news/investigations/kare-11-investigates-va-expands-investigation-of-unqualified-doctors/65062741

47 COMMENTS

  1. I want to say thank you to Ben for running this Blog and his work for us Veterans. Also thank both Ben and AJ Lagoe for their excellent and continuing work for Veterans on the TBI scandal. The work you have done is truly amazing.

    Also I want to point out to all Veterans who are posting comments here the importance of not using your real name. Federal and State Agencies are retailing against posters here. That is based on personal experience since January of this year.

    Since they want to play games I am going to step it up a notch.

    If you have served in any of the middle east conflicts you need to copy and paste this number “AAA 54-390-01376-98” ,with the quotes included into a Google search.
    This is a backdoor to a decision on the Dstar Civil service system for the State of
    Michigan.

    If you are using IE you can click on File and print preview to restore
    readability.

    1) Note the date the grievances were filed September 17th, 1998. Which is three
    years to the day before the famous letters were mailed in a now famous mailbox.

    2) Note the dates two of the grievants were forced to retire. Friday April 18, 1997
    and Saturday April 19, 1997. On the following Thursday April 24, 1997 the very
    first Athr—Threat letter arrived at B’nai B’rith building in Washington, D.C..

    3) If you then take the Third grievant’s name and search Pub Med you will find that
    she was completing her Post Doc right across the street from that now famous
    mailbox in Princeton at the time of the first threat letter.

    There is plenty more but I am sure you all get the picture.

    • Sorry reposting to make readable

      I want to say thank you to Ben for running this Blog and his work for us Veterans. Also thank both Ben and AJ Lagoe for their excellent and continuing work for Veterans on the TBI scandal. The work you have done is truly amazing.

      Also I want to point out to all Veterans who are posting comments here the importance of not using your real name. Federal and State Agencies are retailing against posters here. That is based on personal experience since January of this year.

      Since they want to play games I am going to step it up a notch.

      If you have served in any of the middle east conflicts you need to copy and paste this number “AAA 54-390-01376-98” ,with the quotes included into a Google search. This is a backdoor to a decision on the Dstar Civil service system for the State of Michigan.

      If you are using IE you can click on File and print preview to restore readability.

      1) Note the date the grievances were filed September 17th, 1998. Which is three years to the day before the famous letters were mailed in a now famous mailbox.

      2) Note the dates two of the grievants were forced to retire. Friday April 18, 1997 and Saturday April 19, 1997. On the following Thursday April 24, 1997 the very first Athr—Threat letter arrived at B’nai B’rith building in Washington, D.C..

      3) If you then take the Third grievant’s name and search Pub Med you will find that she was completing her Post Doc right across the street from that now famous mailbox in Princeton at the time of the first threat letter.

      There is plenty more but I am sure you all get the picture.

      • Hey Elf,

        Nice covering Rep. Corrine Brown.

        Also I would like to point out that in fact the document I point out in my post is not a news article but a legal document stored in a Gov Database. Again any who has served in any of the Middle East Conflicts should read. Simply search Google for

        “AAA 54-390-01376-98”

        Then follow the steps I listed above in my posts above Crazy Elf.

        Oh and Elf I am definitely being investigated got a letter from my bank today in the mail stating that information on my bank account was requested and released on the 1st of this month.

        While I will have to wait to find out why I am being investigated and having what little finical support I have being taken away. I can only guess it has to do with my postings on here under a different name. I am not into anything illegal and my only other involvement in anything is being a member of the CAMBRIDGE WORKING GROUP.

        Also if any Veteran who does read the document and would like to know more about retrieving more documentation on the subject from other Gov databases. Please just post that you would like to know more.

        Some Examples of Additional Documentation From Gov Databases:

        1.) Given it is common knowledge and that it was well publicized that the original investigator announced his pending retirement at that the end of Oct. 2001. He then was hired as a second Vice President of Security for BMS at the end of Dec. 2001. That was after he oversaw the destruction of the Ames library of the material used in the letters and the implantation of the Patriot Act which made it mandatory for all Labs to destroy any and all Anthr– they were not authorized to have for ongoing research. Also he oversaw the destruction of the Anthr– found at the University at Storr CT.

        Documents from several Gov Databases show that Both the Grievant in the Arbitration Decision, who had completed her post doc at Princeton, and the co-owner of her residence in Morrisville PA. Both had worked for BMS the same company the original investigator was hired by. Both had worked for BMS across the street from the mailbox where the letters where mailed from and the co-owner of the home was employed there at the time of the mailings and still is today.

        Coincidence or was it Conflict of interest when he was overseeing the destruction of the evidence involved and then accepting a very high paying job at BMS?
        Proven by another Gov Database.

        2.) The Person, who was the co-owner of the resident in Morrisville, was arrested near the home of the last known victim, Ottilie Lundgren, for refusing to provide a drivers license. Proven by another Gov Database.

        3.) Both the Grievant in the Arbitration Decision and the co-owner of the home in Morrisville also owned a home near St. Petersburg FL where an additional set of threat letters were mailed from with threating messages but reported to be non-hazardous. Proven by another Gov Database.

        4.) The co-owner of the home in Morrisville also had a business relationship with the wife of the first Victim in Boca Raton. Proven by another Gov Database.

        There is a lot more that is proven by documents on Gov Databases that connect both the Grievant in the Arbitration Decision and the co-owner of the home in Morrisville to the crime but due to my disability caused by the care I received at a VAMC I am unable to write an more at this time.

        If you are a Veteran and have read the arbitration decision and would like to know how to access the documents and more about the creator of the JAB just post I would like to know more.

      • Melvin, yes you will be harassed for using your own name but if we do not they win. I have pictures of the VA CID and Homeland Insecurity agents that Indy VBA Director Stephens sent to my home in southern Indiana up at FB page Desk Commandos of the VA.

        I had them up before they ever left the driveway..that’s why they are sideways. I have made many copies on multiple media. I got a phone call from a number that did not show up telling me I couldn’t put field agents pictures on the net. I said something not too polite and hung up.
        Unless the powers that be want a certain complete, not redacted 2-1 and some politically inconvenient pictures and other things to show up in public places and reporters hands they will pretty much leave us alone. Certainly not think of suicide and better pray neither of us dies suddenly and the other wonders why.
        You do not train someone to be out on their own in very foreign and dangerous places and then expect them to not use it for self preservation. That said, we will never use three names ( a Bill Holter quote to assassins, all seem to have three names), break society norms of law, etc. We just hate corruption.

        If you broke a troop you take care of them as a vet. Any and all you broke.

      • Who were these people and why did they go to your house. Did they threaten you with something.
        Did you get their names and who sent them.

        This is way out of line.please keep us informed.you should write your congressman.

        Veterans committee and the news.

        Enough is enough. Ben what can veterans do when this happens !

      • Nicely said Robin, but when you have been through what I have been through and you know what they are capable of it is a different story.

        I stand by my warning to anyone posting on here not to use their real name.

    • @Melvin
      I also have been “kickin it up a notch” also!
      I want to insure vets and taxpayers are well aware of the corruption which permeates our “alleged fearless leaders”, from potus on down to dog catcher, in Washington D.C. and across this nation!

      It seems to me, and others on here and other social medias, corruption is the norm. Everyday news stories are being brought out by reputable journalists concerning the massive corruption! I believe they want to show the American People the truth!
      The have the “need”, if you will, to inform! Maybe, they realize our country is doomed to repeat how England treated the colonies prior to our “Civil War” with her! They want to be that “4th State” Cromwell spoke of! For without those willing to “speak out”, all will be lost!

      • Well than. maybe it is genetic. I am a direct descendant of the Cromwell’s though not all were genetically related to each other. One was the adopted child servant of the family. Richard and Oliver were the two I am from. Add in Capt John Underhill’s and some Iroquois Nation genes and you get one tenacious bitch.

        It was a sad day when I found out John Kerry is a distant relative but so is Johnny Depp so all is not lost.

    • P.S.
      Melvin,
      I’ve really only (slightly) posted a few articles. There has been quite a bunch more. Only, my “comment” would be quite long if I did!

      Every chance I get, there will be more and more articles I will be posting! Whether it has to do with the “subject at hand” or not!

  2. Pretty sure most of us on here and abroad rightly suspected that misdiagnosed TBI at the VA is a Systemic Problem of the VA simply not following their OWN FREAKING RULES.
    Placing this M.D. in the “Library” is such a wasted resource of an Army M.D. that clearly cares about what the VA is doing and not doing to and for Veterans.

    Meanwhile, had he been a VA M.D. that killed a Vet through prescribing wrong meds or was running a VA Pill Mill, he would still have his original job at the Amarillo, TX, VAMC.
    But, because he is now a full VA Whistleblower, the VA wastes a valuable resource by placing him in a library, away from Veteran Patient Care. These crooks and cookers of books need to all be led rank and file to their individual cells at Leavenworth, KS, Federal/Military Prison….and place them ALL on toilet cleaning duties and make them use only Q-Tips or their tongues…the only freedom of choice they are allowed.
    Done.

    • Better yet, only give them 4 Q-Tips at the start of each day at Leavenworth Prison and when those 4 Q-Tips are no longer useable, THEN they must use their tongues to clean toilets the rest of their work day. Make sure it’s a Wing in which has a heavy concentration of prisoners with gastrointestinal ailments such as IBS, et al, just to keep things interesting on an hourly basis.

  3. OK, VA in Amarillo, Texas screwed vets out of compensations by NOT using qualified personnel.
    So, WHEN these vets are rescheduled for a new exam, will the “board” grant them the “comp and pen” backdating to when they first applied? Or, will there be more “hanky panky” by VA?
    I have a feeling the vets will lose! I just can’t see the VA doing right by the veterans!

    @namnibor,
    I believe the should spend their days at Gitmo, not Leavenworth! Bread and water twice a day! “Lock down” 23 hours a day!

    • Yeah, but if they were at Leavenworth and required to wear shirts that have printed message on front and back of, “I screwed-over Veterans at the VA”, then their “stay” will even be more problematic amongst rough, ex-military, and from what I understand, EVERYDAY is BASIC TRAINING MIND GAMES at Leavenworth.
      I think GITMO would be too much like a vacation to a tropical paradise island, like most upper VA Management are SO accustomed to, with their high rolling lifestyles and incomes…I would only agree with GITMO if a daily lottery were conducted of VA Employees and the “winner” gets thrown into the ocean as a sacrifice to the sharks and to be sure, attach a 3 LB pc of raw bloody meat around the neck of each daily lottery “winner”….because the sharks may not want to mess with “tainted meat of a VA employee”, so the steak around the neck would suffice to at least be humane to the sharks. 🙂

  4. Check out the compensation tabled for Special Monthly Compensation at the VA’s wesbsite. Most do not list SMC T. It is paid at the r2 rate but for service connected TBI patients that need and attendance.

    The VA is not approving them except under force or luck. Congressmen (multiples) cannot find how much the VA is getting in the budget for SMC T or how much they are actually spending on the TBI SC vets.

    I am betting this is the next bad VA story if the reporters I have talked to are really looking into it.

    Ben, check your email.

    • Robin, is this “allotment” only for those with “TBI’s”? Or can it be used by veterans for, ex; those dying of cancer VA never diagnosed correctly? Or say, veterans who are “losing the use of their extremities” due to the debilitating effects of A/O? Or other chemicals used by the Military which had been banned by the government?

      • SMC T is for SC vets with TBI but it is for pre 9/11 vets too but often the VA tells you it is only for post 9/11 vets.

        I believe r1 or r2 may apply though. r2 is the higher aid needing medical attendance.

        PurpleHeart (dot) org has a great PDF that goes through the SMC’s. I have found very, very few VSO’s that understand them and most admit it like it is rocket science.

        SMCT is fairly new. It was passed in 2010 and took effect in Oct 2011. Some SMC amount charts list it next to R2 as R2/T but too many still just ignore it like it doesn’t exist.

        In 2009 iirc the VBA was supposed to offer to upgrade outdated diagnoses like my husband’s that said residuals of head injury to TBI but as they told his case worker “he fell through the cracks”. Alternatively in the hearings DRO Katrina Bone declared she would make the determination to “well, you are already SC for TBI because they are the same thing”.

        Indianapolis VBA in the IG reports REGULARLY failed on SMC T. Katrina Bone said she was Indy’s SMC T specialist but I have a notepad of things she did wrong under law, regulation or court case.

        I took the VA’s course for TBI which the case worker said ALL her hospital fellow employees remotely dealing with TBI took. It goes through the basics of symptoms, causes, VA terminology, etc DRO Bone said she never took it and didn’t have to. Yet, she could not open Training Letter 09-01 and find TBI symptoms.

        TL 09-01 is still the operating SOP according to Allison Hickey right before she bailed when G-D changed his mind and told her to resign. They are trying to put it in the CFR like the blindness parameters. Unfortunately the blindness parameters they are trying to codify also contradict TBI related blindness and severe low vision where it may not be the eye itself but the connection to the brain. In my husband’s case it is the cerebellum.

        You fall 1250 feet with a partial chute opening, get into major accident in a military truck, teach hand to gland at RIP, and get beaten on a bad op and see the aftereffects.

        The other major problem is the VA refuses to take SOCOM’s letter under Fast Letter 09-52 . They want records or testimony that is still CLASSIFED under the 75 year rule. We could go Hillary and just right out one killer of a statement.

        SMC’s are SUPPOSED to be proactive meaning you shouldn’t have to apply for them but yeah it’s the VA. For aid and attendance you will need form 21-2680 filled out by your doctor. Multiples of it may be better and from highly regard specialist the VA can’t refute with people like the pill mill in Terre Haute they sent my husband to under VES. George Turek…Ted Cruz’s buddy. Beto O’Roukes buddy. Who is trying to limit appeals? Beto

  5. Just disgraceful! I applaud you Ben and AJ for digging so much to expose this.
    So once again the VA moves with inhuman speed to punish a whistle blower, yet will screw up the most blatant case of fraud and theft by their fellow managers.

    How many veterans denied benefits could submit complaints to state regulatory boards against unqualified hacks conducting exams? Why not have a clerk do exams if qualifications don’t matter?
    How many unqualified providers would dare perform ANY exam if they knew a complaint might mean they lose their license to work in their field?

    • I had a diagnosis of TBI entered into my record by a social worker. LCSW was diagnosing this and entered it into my record. I am 100% sc and did indeed get rewarded for the PTSD at 100%, but no doctor since that was entered by a LCSW into my record can explain to me why this was entered as a diagnosis by a LCSW. My last doc said, “I honestly have no idea why she did that” But irregardless, I now have it! no effing way.

      So I have proof entered into my record that Roseburg VHA was entering at least my diagnosis by a LCSW, and not the one whom was passing out drugs either. TBI is handed out apparently by some like candy and denied by others without reason. Justice is dead.

      • Given the problems you have had there, I would be worried they gave you the TBI diagnosis hoping you would try obtain some other benefit or treatment for TBI, then claim you were doing so based on fraud.

  6. Breaking News

    WFTV Channel 9 News Orlando Florida @ 4 & 5 pm today. 3/4/2016

    Rep. Corrine Brown may be implicated in a “fraud investigation” of a “Non-profit” Educational group!
    This group’s lead people “…are accused of moving monies from the (“Non-profits”) bank account over to the leader’s private bank account!”

    This is still an “…ongoing investigation…” which broke today.
    Remember, Rep. Brown sits on the “Veterans Congressional Committee!” She also, in my opinion, has always tried to “protect VA instead of veterans!”

    If I’m incorrect on this issue. Let me know!

    • BREAKING NEWS on Channel 9 News, WFTV , Orlando, Florida. @ 6:00 pm

      “Congresswoman Brown tied to One Door!”

      It is a Non-profit involved in a “federal fraud case!”
      It also concerns hundreds of thousands of dollars.
      The “Head” of “One Door” is testifying and has made a “…plea deal!”

      This story is still “breaking” and will continue for some time!

      • Corrine Brown was served a subpoenae this past monday, Feb. 29.
        According to a google search of “One Door”, it is NOT a nonprofit! The IRS has no record of it being issued that “status”!

        Google;
        “Congresswoman Brown tied to One Door”

        There’s a lot more to this story coming out.

        On a side note Congresswoman Brown claims the GOP is after her. Because of her wanting her voting district to be left alone or some such B/S!
        Plus, according to the state rules, Brown is mandated to tell the Florida Legislature she is under subpoenae! Which she has still failed to do!

  7. Hello to all you Pi$$ed Off Vets
    I posted a comment about a week ago, and I made the mistake of entering my entire Name.
    That being said, I am from Amarillo as I stated in my first blog.
    As I said before in Amarillo, TX I have had to deal with being given 3, Yes 3 C&P Exams by N.P.’s in Amarillo starting in 2011. Initially denied Disability Benefits by Director John S. Limpose in Waco, TX.
    This TBI Issue that you have just exposed in Amarillo, TX does not surprise me, as I am from Amarillo, TX and this is just another of the Disability Claims and Benefits that the AMARILLO VAMC and its past Director Andrew Welch is responsible for and in the end gets rewarded for by being promoted to Albuquerque, NM.
    I said before he does nothing for the VETS and neither do his superiors’.
    US Senators and US Representatives are aware of what goes on in Amarillo, TX and its VAMC.
    You can ask them, and I bet they will deny any knowledge.
    Be aware that I have proof that they know about the Amarillo, TX VAMC as I have notified them in the past few years.
    Mr. Ben Krause if you need proof I’m sure that I can find the email I sent!
    He initially denied my Disability Claim stating that I had exceeded my time limit on my NOD.
    I proved to: “Director John S. Limpose” that it was done timely. Director John S. Limpose then denied me stating that I was not diagnosed for my Disability. He thinks he has a BRASS Set!
    I proved him wrong again, then he admitted I was diagnosed, but he still denied me.
    Do not want to go through the entire explanation again. I will se if I can find it and repost.
    My point is: Here in Amarillo, TX I, and I am sure most Vets have to go to HELL and Back any time we want to apply for benefits.
    I was treated by three different Doctors here in Amarillo and Guess what? All three are no longer here.
    Two of the three diagnosed me with Sleep Apnea and now there is no way to contact none of the three to try and get a NEXUS that states that “My Sleep Apnea is more Likely than Not due to my service in Vietnam.
    I know I do not have a chance in H$LL in ever having it approved as Service Connected.
    Heck after this Post I can almost “GUARANTEE” that VA and VAMC in Amarillo and Waco will push with all their haste to try and take away whatever Disability Benefits I have already been AWARDED.
    A few years back I sent out a mass email to all Senators, US Representatives, and to President Barack Obama about my plight. I got two or three responses and I was told as if it was a form letter: That they cannot get involved because I am not their Constituent.
    When I and all you VETS fought in Vietnam and all other Conflicts, did we ask to only be Shot, Wounded, and or Killed for our own Politicians that represent our individual states? H$LL No!!!
    Many Gave their ALL!
    But now when we ask for help, the Politicians refuse to help as a whole. Instead they Wipe their Hands Clean and Pass the Buck.
    Too bad that all those in CONGRESS and The Commander In Chief Barack Obama won’t ever see this!
    I even went to a BVA in Waco, TX back in November 2015. Later I was contacted that they could rule on what I had Appealed but I would not be entitled to a Transcript Copy of my BVA Hearing because their recording device did not record the BVA Hearing. Imagine that!
    Now I have been told that I can have another BVA Hearing, but I will have to again pay all my own expenses again.
    Again, the VA screws up. The VA’s fix is to Screw the VET and not take responsibility for their ERRORS.
    You and I know that the VA will now be GUNNING for Joe Joe.
    I was going to apply for TBI but being from Amarillo, TX everyone knows how that will turn out.
    From another “Sprayed and Betrayed Agent Orange Vietnam Veteran”
    USMC Golf 2/1 “Joe Joe Guns NAM 69-70
    March 04, 2016

    • Hey BEN, this guy Andrew Welch who was promoted from Amarillo to Albuquerque – he’s the guy in the ABQ TV news coverage of our billboard down there, the guy sweating like a pig and wringing his hands in front of the camera… maybe he deserves a special little amount of investigatory attention…

  8. This doctor should be the director and the people who put him in the library should be sent to jail.

    What he said about never. Never land is almost right. Its very hard for veterans that have a TBI and the VA refuses to treat them.

    It took me fourty year’s of being confussed as to why. I was having so many different feelings. I knew something was wrong !

    But I had to live and so I worked and stayed to myself. The VA kept lieing to me and kept refusing treatment for ptsd. I was lost !

    I still get confused some times and need to slow down my thoughts.so they don’t ? away from me.

    One person on here stated if a veteran tells the VA.they were shot in the head while on active duty !

    The VA should treat that veteran right there and then. Not tell them well you have to be service connected before we can see you !

    And they should.I won’t tell everything.I been through. As I’m not proud of somethings I did. And at the same time I feel if they would have heard me and treated me this would not weight so heavy on me.

    You think of so many things.mainly Why are they treating me as if I’m a lier. They still refuse to acknowledge that I was shot in the head and still deny me service connected for the TBI.

    They lied about my records being destroyed in the st Louis ?. They had the records all along and as a result I had to suffer everyday with ptsd.the tbi.

    They would still be lieing to me if I had not found a lawyer to take my case.

    I almost took my life And thought about it often and drank to forget and self medicating. To the point I was told I was dying.

    Had a doctor during my alcohol and drug treatment.place into my medical records ! Mr James shouldn’t be punished for his wilful drinking as he was self medicating To treat his ptsd !

    After fourty year’s and after hiring an attorney and them treating me. I have been sober for 10 year’s !

    • yep same story,,,, MY grandfather being a succesfull farmer and Mother Dad,,, have given me all of my finace for were I am today,,,,, and just a few days ago they have helped me to pay off all debts except the house they also helped me accuire,,, that I pay payments per month on,,,, or I would be dead,,, did 3 Attempted Suicide,,, and was brought back to life on One Non Attempted Suicide,,,, which happened while I sat and last remember watching TV,,, That all I remember,,,,,

      • I’m glad were still here ! They just don’t understand what their doing to veterans or should I say they just don’t care !

        If I would have succeed. I would have missed out raising my children and now enjoying my grandchildren !

        They are the reason.I will speak out against the VA. I know some of them are going to join the military. I think it built in and if I. We can do something. Anything to ensure they don’t pay the price.as many have as of today. !

        The VA should be closed ! To many employees have destroyed many veterans and their families and just don’t give a shit.who they hurt.

        IF they are watching this site and would ever come to my home. I will file charges and would make them look like fool’s and as trump says. They will pay !

        If a judge would look at the injustice they have committed against me. I believe he would order all involved arrested. !

        Hiding records. Denying my disability. Falsely accusing me of disruptive behavior and they not having to provide proof of the disruptive behavior. Because there way none. 0 . zilch. !

        So bring it on. They have forgotten about all the evidence. I have obtained in the last 10 years of fighting their illegal acts.

        So from me to other veterans. Whom think it better to kill themselves.

        Just remember VA employees would care less and just laugh at you and pocket your ? !

        Don’t let them have the last laugh !

        Lets piss them off and fight back. Someone someday will wise up and make those employees pay. With their freedom !

  9. Veterans like myself how long do you think Congress to wake up and increase our benefits especially when VETERANS that get Compensation don’t Congress know Veterans is our Backbone of the United States.

    • as others my story would be a three book story,,,, My wife and I have kept track since the year 2,000 to 2,015 on there so called inflation figuring,,,, Our income of 100% disability is 30% short of what all disabled Vets should be getting today,,,, There really isn’t any more slicing,,,,as I told My wife we will be getting a check but will have to collect food stamps,, heating assistant,,,rent assistant,,, and any other assistant to stay off the streets,,, in the next 15 years,,, of course maybe I won’t now who I am by then anyhow ,,,,, Thanks America,,,

  10. Veterans to bad we didn’t lived in Arizona we will be all chip in to advertise in the our belief how to improve Veterans Benefits and why we can’t get paid better than our Sports players get.

  11. I received this by email this morning (6 Mar. 2016)! It’s from;
    “The Common Sense Show” by Dave Hodges.
    In one of the comments, there was a link to MANY scathing news articles coming as I type this!
    There’s too many articles to copy and paste. Therefore, y’all need to google the following site. Then scroll down to;
    “U.S. Intel Breaking News”

    The website is;

    http://www.stewwebb dot com

    The title of the article, and subsequent “Breaking News”, is from “Stew Webb Federal Whistleblower -Activist 31 Years”

    I really want y’all to see what’s going on in Washington D.C., and the corruption which WILL come in the following months or possibly weeks!
    There is so much animosity between the many law enforcement agencies (FBI, DHS, etc) vs. the DOJ it’s going to get very interesting!

    Have fun reading the articles and viewing the videos!

  12. Here’s an interesting article from the “Common Sense Show” by Dave Hodges. Titled;
    “Millions of Americans Can Be Awakened to the Tyranny and Depopulation That Lies Ahead”

    This isn’t great news for America. It also isn’t what I want y’all to read!
    Once you’ve googled the above article. Scroll down to the comments section. Continue until you’ve found the comment written by “Pat” on Mar 5, 2016 at 1:44 pm.
    Then click onto the “stewwebb” site.
    Then, once on it, scroll down to;
    “US Breaking News”
    There’s too many articles to copy and paste.
    There’s definitely something happening in Washington.

    Have fun reading!

    • Hey Elf,

      Nice post, got into it immediately and am defiantly going back for more. I really like the articles titled “Hillary Clinton Lesbian Lover Huma Abedin Indicted” and “Justice Department Grants Immunity to Hillary Clinton Staffer”.

      Given my background, which includes training and work experience as a technical support engineer, the immunity grant one really catches my eye because I know that Hillary’s engineer had to have the proper user name and password to setup a secure channel.

      Also just have to point out that not only did she share her username and password with others she also shared it with her Husband Bill. That is while he was making deals like the one mentioned in New York Times Article “Cash Flowed to Clinton Foundation Amid Russian Uranium Deal” published By JO BECKER and MIKE McINTIREAPRIL 23, 2015.

      It is amazing that all everything being published on the subject has Hillary at the head of the Pyramid.

      Oh and Elf I hope that you might take a minute and watch a short video from the whistleblower who wasn’t allowed to follow the information I included in and earlier post. “http://video.foxnews.com/v/4184909385001/former-agent-claims-fbi-concealing-evidence-in-anthrax-case/?#sp=show-clips”

      • Also Elf did you get a chance Google “AAA 54-390-01376-98” and read it?

        It is a must read for anyone who has served in any of the middle east conflicts.

      • Hey, Melvin,
        Those articles really are going to send shock waves around the world! Did you see the reason behind the “Clinton Foundation” being investigated? The corruption by her, Bill and their “off springs” knows no bounds!

        Sorry, didn’t get a chance to read the “AAA” site yet. I will though.

        Also, the “Uranium Deal” brokered by Hillary, through her “Foundation” while she was Secretary of State, is the “WHY” behind all the “BLM’s”, (Bureau of Land Management’s), taking over all the ranches west of the Mississippi. The Hammonds, the Bundy’s, the Arizona Native Americans, northern Texas, Oklahoma and a whole bunch more. Are slowly but surely losing their lands for all the “Natural Resources!” That’s why their fighting the corruption!

        We’re going to hear a bunch more before this is all over!

  13. RIGHT ON VETERANS THAT IS ON HERE SHOULD USED THEIR OWN NAME SO WE PLUS ME KNOW I KNOW THAT I SUGGEST BETTER STATEMENTS TO CONGRESS HOW TO IMPROVE VETERANS HEALTHCARE BENEFITS NO WORRIES I WON’T USED YOUR NAMES….REMEMBER MY NAME IS ARNOLD CABRAL FROM PRESCOTT VALLEY, ARIZONA.

  14. About the Amarillo VAMC March 06, 2016.
    From: Joe Joe “Guns NAM 69-70”

    As I promised in my earlier comments on March 04, 2016:
    Mr. Ben Krause and to all the VETS:
    Here is the Email I was referring to from my last post.
    Notice the Email went to: “House Veterans Affairs Committee Members” and I got nothing as far as help.
    So you see all yours and my U.S. Representatives do not have any Guts to stand up to and represent all the Vets that ask for help.
    They are all in Bed with the VA in my opinion ask they just want to get their money and then a Pension for life.
    We have ourselves to blame as we put all those JACKASSES in that position.
    All those clowns do is give Veterans a blanket statement of: “Foxtrot Yankee”.
    I as an individual wish they would have the GUTS to: Meet me Face to Face here or in Washington and tell me I’m wrong, I know they won’t do it as they do not know what it is to fight for our rights. Yet we fought for theirs!
    I would hate to have to depend on any of those listed to have my BACK during defense of my Beloved USA.

    May 29, 2014
    This letter is written to all House Veterans Affairs Committee Members listed below.
    Republicans: Representative Jeff Miller; R. Florida and Chairman of House Veterans Affairs Committee and all Members: Gus M. Bilirakis; R-TN, Doug Lamborn; R-CO, David P. Roe; R-TN, Bill Flores; R-TX, Jeff Denham; R-CA, Jon Runyan; R-NJ, Dan Benishek; R-MI, Tim Huelskamp; R-KS, Mike Coffman; R-CO, Brad Wenstrup; R-OH, Paul Cook; R-CA, Jackie Walorski; R-IN, and David Jolly; R-FL.
    Democrats: Michael H. Michavd; D-ME Democratic Ranking Member, Corrine Brown; D-FL, Mark Takano; D-CA, Julia Brownley; D-CA, Diana Titus; D-NV, Ann Kirkpatrick; D-AZ, Raul Ruiz: D-CA, Gloria Negrete McLeod; D-CA, Ann McLane Kuster; D-NH, Beto O’Rourke; D-TX, and Tim Walz; D-MN.
    On the brink of the VA Scandal I, Joe Xxxxxx Xx. Marine Corp Vietnam Veteran feel the responsibility to let you all know what I have been faced with since January 05, 2011. I first applied for Benefits with the VA back on October 29, 1970.
    To me nothing has changed, I was denied benefits when initially discharged and now 44 years later nothing changes.
    As a Vietnam Veteran here’s another instance of a Veterans’ abuse at the hands of the VA. I have been in the process of obtaining VA Benefits since 2011.
    Original VA Benefits Claim filed 01-05-2011. VA Benefits claim Included 12 different issues that are/were Service Connected. See next paragraph for list of claims filed.
    TVC Rep. Larry XXXXX filed an appeal to VA on 02/14/2012. It reads: “I am filing a Notice of Disagreement with the VA decision dated January 6, 2012 Concerning denial of: 1. Chronic Rash, 2. Thyroid Problems, 3. Jungle Rot, 4. Bilateral Hearing Loss, 5. Tinnitus, 6. Chronic Fungus, 7. Prostate Problems, 8. Kidney Problems, 9. Erectile Dysfunction, 10 Residuals, Shoulders, Neck, and Head and, 11. Back Problems. Chronic Rash, Thyroid Problems, Jungle Rot, Chronic Fungus and Kidney Problems, I contend are related to exposure to Agent Orange and other toxins in Vietnam. Most of these issues were decided in conflict of 38 CFR §3.102 (Reasonable Doubt) and 38 CFR §4.3 (Reasonable Doubt).”
    I contend that my Bilateral Hearing Loss, Tinnitus, and Back Problems were caused by the acoustic trauma of combat actions including the explosion that took the life of my A-gunner, L/CPL Xxxxxx Xxxxxxx Xxxxxx.
    My first/initial C&P (Compensation and Pension) Appointment was not scheduled until April 6, 2011 at 7:30 AM. This appointment was for my Claim of Bilateral Hearing Loss.
    My second C&P Appointment to address the rest of my Benefit Claims was not scheduled until October 19, 2011, a total of nine (9) months and 14 days from initially filing VA Benefit Claims, until I was seen to be examined for the remaining 11 Disability Claims.
    The delay from my initial filing to my second C&P Appointment of over nine months falls way outside the six month or 180 day parameters that President Obama made during his campaign promises. President Obama’s promise clearly was not kept.
    Below is excerpt from letter I sent President Obama on 2-25-2012 about my appointment on Oct. 19, 2011
    President Barack Obama, I find myself asking for “HELP” in dealing with the Veterans Administration concerning denials to my Disability Claims Submissions for Service Connected Disability from exposure to Agent Orange and other toxins and its debilitating effects, except for Diabetes Mellitus (Type 2).
    President Obama, I believe you wrote an Executive Order that stated Veteran’s Disability Claims were to be settled within 180 days from initial filing. Well in my case my Claims have been ongoing for over Three Years with no end in sight yet. My initial Claim was filed on 01/05/2011 and we are now in Feb. 2014. (We are now on May 29, 2014.)
    President Obama, I believe that VA appears to be more in the business of running Veterans thru like cattle and then denying their claims. There’s no way thorough and complete exams could have been conducted within an hour. The C&P Exam covered eleven other exams besides my hearing, all done in less than an hour. Also these EXAMS were conducted by a Registered Nurse and not a Certified Doctor!
    Now I will address and list Abuses my wife and I have faced at the VAMC in Amarillo, TX while in the process of keeping my C&P Appointments.
    First Instance below in Italics:
    During my C&P Appointment on October 19, 2011 we were humiliated and yelled at by C&P Registered Nurse Jamie Xxxxxxx. I then tried to report her to her Chief Jesse Xxxxxxx MD. I was told by Dr. Xxxxxxxx that there was no way Nurse Xxxxxxx did what I reported. He stated that she might have been having a “BAD DAY”. He insinuated that I must be mistaken about Nurse Xxxxxxx, in a subtle way accused me of lying to which I took an offense.
    Second Instance below was during my next C&P Exam on August 26, 2013.
    Xxxxxxx has issues, she’s seen me before. She was very demanding, arrogant, pushy, and rude. She got upset when I wasn’t able to give exact dates when she asked: When High Blood Pressure began? When I had Echocardiogram by my Cardiologist? And when last Stress Test was done? I had wife call from outside exam room and got the date of the Stress Test. Xxxxxxx said needed records from my Cardiologist Dr. Xxxxxxxxxxx today. I offered to sign Release of Information to obtain records; Xxxxxxx said it will take days to get records. We left the VA after my next appointment to get records as she wanted them today.
    Before we left, I wanted to show her a list of problems I had related to my claim, she did not want to see or keep the list for my records. We returned after 1 PM with records she demanded.
    I called the VA operator and asked to be connected to VA Director Andrew Welch’s office. When phone was answered by a lady named Carolyn, I asked if I could talk to or get the Email address to Director Welch she said no. Carolyn wouldn’t allow me to contact Director Welch. I have to tell her what it’s about. Informed her it’s a personnel issue in the C&P Clinic. Carolyn said I have to say who it is. I refused; also refused to say who I was. I wanted to address my complaint first hand.
    On her continual refusal, I informed her I was going to contact you President Obama, at the White House. Carolyn said, go ahead contact him. Once complaint is sent down the line, Dir. Welch will never see it. Stated Dir. Welch won’t get involved in personnel issues. If complaint has merit, it will be addressed.
    I was scheduled for my second C&P Exam on August 26, 2013 to again be examined for my remaining 11 Disability Claims. A total of one (1) year, ten (10) months, and seven (7) days elapsed without my claims being considered.
    I was also denied my benefits by the Waco, TX VA Director John S. Limpose in a letter he sent me dated April 01, 2014. He denied Benefits for Sleep Apnea stating that VA has never diagnosed me with this condition. Quoting Director John S. Limposes letter, “We denied service connection for Sleep Apnea because the evidence did not show this condition has been clinically diagnosed.” I have official VA documents that show I was/have been diagnosed by VA for Sleep Apnea on October 03, 2013.
    This shows that Waco, TX VA Director John S. Limpose believes he has the power to deny a Veteran his/her benefits at will with the Veteran having no recourse in the matter.
    I have this letter and will gladly share it with anyone that cares to see it so no one thinks I am making any of this up.
    As of now this shows how powerful any VA Director can be in deciding who if any Veteran can have Disability Benefits denied just because they are VA Director’s. I doubt if anything gets done on my benefits for years to come, that in itself contradicts President Obamas’ promise that cases would be settled in 180 days! 180 Days from when?
    I feel it is my right and obligation to inform you all since no one seems to care when I have brought up these issues in the past. I hope someone takes an interest to check and follow up on what I have shared with you all.
    I have sent various Emails to President Obama, faxes to US Senator John Cornyn and US Senator Ted Cruz. Note Ted Cruz never even bothered to reply or show any concern for a Veterans’ treatment or plight. The other two Politicians just provide lip service possibly hoping I will give up. I am here to tell anyone that cares to listen; I will not give up the fight.
    Thank you for taking time to hear me out. I’m sure this goes on constantly within the VA System and no one is held accountable.
    From a Veteran “In Harm’s Way” in the USA.

    Xxx Xxxxxx Xx
    Vietnam Veteran
    USMC 1968 to 1970
    XXXX X Xxxxxx
    Amarillo, TX 79103
    1-806-XXX-XXXX
    Email: [email protected]

  15. Arnold,

    Here is a suggestion you can suggest to congress to improve VA Health Care.

    Suggest they stop allowing Veterans to be used as training dummies and stop using Veterans in Human Subject Research until they allow Veterans and their families real legal standings to go after someone when the Veteran is harmed or killed by the research or medical mistakes.

    Until then no VA Heath Care is safe for Veterans including Choice since the VA controls the Medical records in the Choice program and you still have the same lack of legal recourse when you are harmed.

    As for posting comments under a persons real name, I guess when you only throw softballs it doesn’t matter. Especially when you are calling for Veterans to use the VA Health Care System.

    Oh and say Hi to Albert for me!!!

  16. From Joe Joe (Joe Cortez Jr.)
    I believe that for some reason I am being “CENSORED” by some unknown party with this Website.
    Reason is I have tried since March 04, 2016 to add to the Email I sent to all those in “House Veterans Affairs Committee Members”.
    When I attempt to “Post Comment” it is displayed with the message ” Your Message is being moderated. And then it disappears.
    I check back and my Post does not come up.
    What Gives?
    Notice I am not afraid to give my name.
    Joe Cortez Jr.
    Joe Joe “Guns Nam 69-70”
    USMC 2/1

    • Joe it may be because you have listed a link in your post. What is being done by posters is put a quote symbol in the front and a quote symbol at the end of your links then post the comment.

      • Melvin, it wouldn’t let me answer you under the use your own name post.

        Don’t underestimate what someone else has been through. Being married to an off the books type of guy is never dull. Somewhere out there is an agent (we know afterwards his name) that is alive today because when my husband found him coming up the stairs at 3AM his Beretta jammed and he ran.

        James, Indy VBA director Michael Stephens sent them to our house as intimidation. A staff of a member of congress supposedly got a threat from us. We have a statement from that exact individual that no threat was ever issued and it was a very diplomatic meeting with the congressman himself. They later lied to another congressman’s office and said they weren’t making a decision on my husband’s case because I was under investigation by the the Capital Police. Then they decided against him the next day…a Saturday. Capital Police have no idea what they were talking about.

        The VA is about as dirty at the Indy VBA as you can get.

  17. About the Amarillo VAMC March 06, 2016.
    From: Joe Joe Guns NAM 69-70

    As I promised in my earlier comments on March 04, 2016:
    Mr. Ben Krause and to all the VETS:
    Here is the Email I was referring to from my last post.
    Notice the Email went to: [House Veterans Affairs Committee Members] and I got nothing as far as help.
    So you see all yours and my U.S. Representatives do not have any Guts to stand up to and represent all the Vets that ask for help.
    They are all in Bed with the VA in my opinion. They just want to get their money and then a Pension for life.
    We have ourselves to blame as we put all those JACKASSES in that position.
    All those clowns do is give Veterans a blanket statement of: Foxtrot Yankee.
    I as an individual wish they would have the GUTS to: Meet me Face to Face here or in Washington and tell me I’m wrong, I know they won’t do it as they do not know what it is to fight for our rights. Yet we fought for theirs!
    I would hate to have to depend on any of those listed to have my BACK during defense of my Beloved USA.

    May 29, 2014
    This letter is written to all House Veterans Affairs Committee Members listed below.
    Republicans: Representative Jeff Miller; R. Florida and Chairman of House Veterans Affairs Committee and all Members: Gus M. Bilirakis; R-TN, Doug Lamborn; R-CO, David P. Roe; R-TN, Bill Flores; R-TX, Jeff Denham; R-CA, Jon Runyan; R-NJ, Dan Benishek; R-MI, Tim Huelskamp; R-KS, Mike Coffman; R-CO, Brad Wenstrup; R-OH, Paul Cook; R-CA, Jackie Walorski; R-IN, and David Jolly; R-FL.
    Democrats: Michael H. Michavd; D-ME Democratic Ranking Member, Corrine Brown; D-FL, Mark Takano; D-CA, Julia Brownley; D-CA, Diana Titus; D-NV, Ann Kirkpatrick; D-AZ, Raul Ruiz: D-CA, Gloria Negrete McLeod; D-CA, Ann McLane Kuster; D-NH, Beto O’Rourke; D-TX, and Tim Walz; D-MN.
    On the brink of the VA Scandal I, Joe Xxxxxx Xx. Marine Corp Vietnam Veteran feel the responsibility to let you all know what I have been faced with since January 05, 2011. I first applied for Benefits with the VA back on October 29, 1970.
    To me nothing has changed, I was denied benefits when initially discharged and now 44 years later nothing changes.
    As a Vietnam Veteran here’s another instance of a Veterans’ abuse at the hands of the VA. I have been in the process of obtaining VA Benefits since 2011.
    Original VA Benefits Claim filed 01-05-2011. VA Benefits claim Included 12 different issues that are/were Service Connected. See next paragraph for list of claims filed.
    TVC Rep. Larry XXXXX filed an appeal to VA on 02/14/2012. It reads: “I am filing a Notice of Disagreement with the VA decision dated January 6, 2012 Concerning denial of: 1. Chronic Rash, 2. Thyroid Problems, 3. Jungle Rot, 4. Bilateral Hearing Loss, 5. Tinnitus, 6. Chronic Fungus, 7. Prostate Problems, 8. Kidney Problems, 9. Erectile Dysfunction, 10 Residuals, Shoulders, Neck, and Head and, 11. Back Problems. Chronic Rash, Thyroid Problems, Jungle Rot, Chronic Fungus and Kidney Problems, I contend are related to exposure to Agent Orange and other toxins in Vietnam. Most of these issues were decided in conflict of 38 CFR §3.102 (Reasonable Doubt) and 38 CFR §4.3 (Reasonable Doubt).”
    I contend that my Bilateral Hearing Loss, Tinnitus, and Back Problems were caused by the acoustic trauma of combat actions including the explosion that took the life of my A-gunner, L/CPL Xxxxxx Xxxxxxx Xxxxxx.
    My first/initial C&P (Compensation and Pension) Appointment was not scheduled until April 6, 2011 at 7:30 AM. This appointment was for my Claim of Bilateral Hearing Loss.
    My second C&P Appointment to address the rest of my Benefit Claims was not scheduled until October 19, 2011, a total of nine (9) months and 14 days from initially filing VA Benefit Claims, until I was seen to be examined for the remaining 11 Disability Claims.
    The delay from my initial filing to my second C&P Appointment of over nine months falls way outside the six month or 180 day parameters that President Obama made during his campaign promises. President Obama’s promise clearly was not kept.
    Below is excerpt from letter I sent President Obama on 2-25-2012 about my appointment on Oct. 19, 2011
    President Barack Obama, I find myself asking for “HELP” in dealing with the Veterans Administration concerning denials to my Disability Claims Submissions for Service Connected Disability from exposure to Agent Orange and other toxins and its debilitating effects, except for Diabetes Mellitus (Type 2).
    President Obama, I believe you wrote an Executive Order that stated Veteran’s Disability Claims were to be settled within 180 days from initial filing. Well in my case my Claims have been ongoing for over Three Years with no end in sight yet. My initial Claim was filed on 01/05/2011 and we are now in Feb. 2014. (We are now on May 29, 2014.)
    President Obama, I believe that VA appears to be more in the business of running Veterans thru like cattle and then denying their claims. There’s no way thorough and complete exams could have been conducted within an hour. The C&P Exam covered eleven other exams besides my hearing, all done in less than an hour. Also these EXAMS were conducted by a Registered Nurse and not a Certified Doctor!
    Now I will address and list Abuses my wife and I have faced at the VAMC in Amarillo, TX while in the process of keeping my C&P Appointments.
    First Instance below in Italics:
    During my C&P Appointment on October 19, 2011 we were humiliated and yelled at by C&P Registered Nurse Jamie Xxxxxxx. I then tried to report her to her Chief Jesse Xxxxxxx MD. I was told by Dr. Xxxxxxxx that there was no way Nurse Xxxxxxx did what I reported. He stated that she might have been having a “BAD DAY”. He insinuated that I must be mistaken about Nurse Xxxxxxx, in a subtle way accused me of lying to which I took an offense.
    Second Instance below was during my next C&P Exam on August 26, 2013.
    Xxxxxxx has issues, she’s seen me before. She was very demanding, arrogant, pushy, and rude. She got upset when I wasn’t able to give exact dates when she asked: When High Blood Pressure began? When I had Echocardiogram by my Cardiologist? And when last Stress Test was done? I had wife call from outside exam room and got the date of the Stress Test. Xxxxxxx said needed records from my Cardiologist Dr. Xxxxxxxxxxx today. I offered to sign Release of Information to obtain records; Xxxxxxx said it will take days to get records. We left the VA after my next appointment to get records as she wanted them today.
    Before we left, I wanted to show her a list of problems I had related to my claim, she did not want to see or keep the list for my records. We returned after 1 PM with records she demanded.
    I called the VA operator and asked to be connected to VA Director Andrew Welch’s office. When phone was answered by a lady named Carolyn, I asked if I could talk to or get the Email address to Director Welch she said no. Carolyn wouldn’t allow me to contact Director Welch. I have to tell her what it’s about. Informed her it’s a personnel issue in the C&P Clinic. Carolyn said I have to say who it is. I refused; also refused to say who I was. I wanted to address my complaint first hand.
    On her continual refusal, I informed her I was going to contact you President Obama, at the White House. Carolyn said, go ahead contact him. Once complaint is sent down the line, Dir. Welch will never see it. Stated Dir. Welch won’t get involved in personnel issues. If complaint has merit, it will be addressed.
    I was scheduled for my second C&P Exam on August 26, 2013 to again be examined for my remaining 11 Disability Claims. A total of one (1) year, ten (10) months, and seven (7) days elapsed without my claims being considered.
    I was also denied my benefits by the Waco, TX VA Director John S. Limpose in a letter he sent me dated April 01, 2014. He denied Benefits for Sleep Apnea stating that VA has never diagnosed me with this condition. Quoting Director John S. Limposes letter, “We denied service connection for Sleep Apnea because the evidence did not show this condition has been clinically diagnosed.” I have official VA documents that show I was/have been diagnosed by VA for Sleep Apnea on October 03, 2013.
    This shows that Waco, TX VA Director John S. Limpose believes he has the power to deny a Veteran his/her benefits at will with the Veteran having no recourse in the matter.
    I have this letter and will gladly share it with anyone that cares to see it so no one thinks I am making any of this up.
    As of now this shows how powerful any VA Director can be in deciding who if any Veteran can have Disability Benefits denied just because they are VA Director’s. I doubt if anything gets done on my benefits for years to come, that in itself contradicts President Obamas’ promise that cases would be settled in 180 days! 180 Days from when?
    I feel it is my right and obligation to inform you all since no one seems to care when I have brought up these issues in the past. I hope someone takes an interest to check and follow up on what I have shared with you all.
    I have sent various Emails to President Obama, faxes to US Senator John Cornyn and US Senator Ted Cruz. Note Ted Cruz never even bothered to reply or show any concern for a Veterans’ treatment or plight. The other two Politicians just provide lip service possibly hoping I will give up. I am here to tell anyone that cares to listen; I will not give up the fight.
    Thank you for taking time to hear me out. I’m sure this goes on constantly within the VA System and no one is held accountable.
    From a Veteran “In Harm’s Way” in the USA.
    Vietnam Veteran USMC 1968 to 1970 Amarillo, TX 79103

    • Send it to the:
      Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations (O&I)
      Welcome to the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, which has oversight and investigative jurisdiction over veterans’ matters generally and such other matters as may be referred to the Subcommittee by the Chairman of the full Committee. The Subcommittee provides oversight on programs and operations of the Department of Veterans Affairs, as well as those of other federal agencies that pertain to veterans. In carrying out its responsibilities, the Subcommittee conducts hearings, site visits, and investigations nationwide. The Subcommittee’s legislative jurisdiction is over such bills or resolutions as may be referred to it by the Chairman of the full Committee.

      Mike Coffman (CO) is the Chair. He is a combat vet himself, Army and Marines. If any body in the House is investigating Amarillo his committee should know about it. If your claim fits in with any investigation is the best way to get their attention and listen to you. The other is to go to D.C. and walk the halls. Most people are not that involved in either politics or the VA and this is an election year.

  18. I could have told people the V/A was not doing things the way they should when it comes to TBI situations. I was injured in an explosion at a top secret facility. I was team leader of a tactical security team charged with securing the site, building etc. It was not located in a war zone however.

    Yet all these years, and while very well documented, even to this day they have never labeled or hinted at using the term of a traumatic brain injury even though with all my other injuries, two of the main injuries I am service connected for are neck… and major debilitating headaches where I actually lose eyesight when they are so bad I cannot move. Nope, they list my condition as that but not as TBI which I have never understood.

    I have to wonder how much of that plays into the fact that my situation did not occur in a an actual combat fight in terms of how they ‘label’ things.

    • Have you filled out Fast Letter 09-52? My husband is in the same situation, as he was Special Ops for 21 years.
      Hopefully, a solution is being worked on right to the top of the VA as in today. Letting the VBA ignore the law of SOCOM just responding with is/was Special Operations is seriously jeopardizing the national security. In my husband’s case the DRO asked questions he later found out are still highly CLASSIFIED. And, she had a redacted 2-1 in front of her. His complete one is not releasable. That clearly listed Rangers, Q Course, Jungle Warfare, AWADS, ROK Ranger School, etc. Both Indy VBA Director and the DRO said they couldn’t read a 2-1! Even if this happened before SOCOM was stood up your records if military and CLASSIFIED under a MOS or unit or action now under SOCOM should have been transferred to them. I know all the records from the JFK center were supposed to be sent there.
      Most Americans don’t realize the extent of training, the location of training the Special Ops community gets and that the Cold War was anything but Cold. I know one ex SOF vet that still bears the scars of a gun and knife fight with Russians in Alaska. And, not my husband. Technically not Green Berets and Spetznatz (sp) because by treaty we could not have either in the area. So, we called them DRCS.
      Once you get that SOCOM letter they are supposed to take your word for the injury. Then getting a diagnosis of TBI in theory would be easier.

  19. The specialist listed allowed is only partially correct…when it comes to the Physiatrist they are only Ph.D. level (8yrs).Not to diminish that amount of Education…I wouldn’t do it! The Physiatrist still needs additional years of training (min 6-7 Max) to be board certified PMRBIM(Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Brain Injury Medicine) BIM is the Sub-specialty. That is a grand total of 14-15 yrs in school…NOT a 2wk class put on by the VA!!! Do you want your Veterinarian doing your quadruple bypass? I think not

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