I Care VA Whistleblowers

New VA ‘I Care’ signs mandating VA employees not share negative information about workplace problems is discouraging to VA whistleblowers and veterans.

One of our field operatives (a veteran with a smart phone), took this photo of an inappropriately worded morale poster at a VA facility in South Dakota.

Isn’t this an unusual time to live, while we use devices that track our every move to document the possibly unlawful policies of federal agencies charged with caring for us?

@VetAffairs - Please thank McDonald for screwing whistleblowers again. He should clear out his office. Click to Tweet

Anti-VA Whistleblowers Posters

Signs recently posted at Black Hills Health Care System mandate to VA employees, “I will talk positively about my workplace to others.” To casual passersby, these posters resemble the commonplace moral booster posters in corporate America.

But VA is not corporate American, and not so subtle hostility against whistleblowers has curbed honest discourse about VA criminality. Posters like this one are believed to further such hostility.

Regardless of the not so subtle propaganda technique, removing negative speech does not make a VA workplace a positive place to work.

It’s time VA hit the problem areas on the nose. Maybe the new VA Secretary, whoever that is, will take action where McDonald lacked.

Toby Cosgrove, MD, CEO Of Cleveland Clinic Back In Running For VA Secretary

As an aside, Toby Cosgrove just met with President-elect Trump to discuss VA issues. Some of you may recall that Cosgrove is a physician and the CEO of Cleveland Clinic.

He was the first choice to succeed Secretary Shinseki in 2014. However, Cosgrove dropped out of the running after it surfaced he opposed the now defunct Affordable Care Act.

64 COMMENTS

  1. Veterans in every city should place an ad in their local paper in the public notice section ” VA IS LYING” If that paper refuses to publish it, a campaign should be started to list these news outlets, because we know the VA paid them to silence the truth. I will be publishing the two lackey Delaware Senators names when it comes close to election time.

    • I tell you what with all that is going on in the VA and if the VA is not reformed, there will be nobody signing on the dotted line to serve in the miltary for our country. One of Trump’s policies is to rebuild the military. If the VA is not reformed, this will not happen. A draft would have to be initiated to build the military back. American citizens deserve better than this. REFORM the VA.

      • Hello all, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone on this blog. I hope everyone is showered with many new blessings in the upcoming new year. Good-Bye everyone.

      • They way things are, all Voluntary Military 1% of the population, will not be loud enough for anyone to hear. In order to be heard, the Draft needs to be done and every eligible Man and Woman be drafted into active duty, Then everyone would be involved with their love ones placed in Danger and maybe sent off to war.

        Then the public will have a stake and that’s were we will get them involved, Out of site out of mind. That includes everyone, presidents kids on down. Some people have to be effected in order to get involved.

        When the Draft has been used, the people pay attention, when its their love one, being asked to fight and then hurt and the VA refusing care, then 10’s of thousands of Americans would wake up and demand change.

        We as a nation should share the responsibility of defending this country and STOP sending our kids into war over and over, 6 months off and back they go !

        The VA has to be changed now, even with all the talk about how bad they are doing things, The employees are not listening and management is not telling them to change, so they are not changing and will and are continueing to do Business as usual.

        The Draft is needed and needed NOW, more lives have to be at stake, before the people will wake up once they see their kids coming home in a body bag or limbs missing. 1% is not enough and we are being ignored.

      • Angela,

        You are mighty right! Especially when guys like me tell the truth to the younger folks that ask “Uncle, you were in the military a really long time. How did they treat you?”

      • @Angela- I always discourage those that ask me for my opinion about signing on the dotted line. Now I refer them directly to this blog, and tell them to read the posts.

    • @CorpsmanUp!- Do you reside in the State of Delaware? In recent history, the previous Senators of this state have been from the D party. You can add your own acronym to what D stands for.

      • Yea! D as in Dweebs, Dickheads, and Dorks. All in 3 -D and Hd. At one point it was 3 Cs as Coons, Carper and Carney. The three Stooges who want to make Delaware a Santuary for refugees. As I know for sure, this current administration has not been enforcing the Selective Service law for all males, 18-25 ,alien and non resident to sign up.
        The first thing Carper blurts out is about his 23 year naval service , all awhile sucking his tongue, slurping and stuttering during many hearings he has appeared in. You got a crisis going on at the VA regarding wait times, legionella being found there and all you get is a State representative doing the mannequinn challenge aka not doing shit! What a phuckboy on so many levels!

  2. This is nothing short of everything George Orwell was trying to warn us about in his novel, ‘1984’. Will the VA take it to the next level and forbid “Thought Crimes” as well?
    This appears to be a VA PsyOps propaganda directed at Whistleblowers to prevent the VA from having McDonald’s “undesired outcomes”, which translates to that thing called accountability.
    So will now the VA employees just have a new improved crocodile smile while they place negative notes in Veterans medical files and report us to the Disruptive Behavior Committee if we dare ask them for credentials or a second opinion other than a Haitian Witch Dr. or ask for a copy of visit’s notes?

    • I’m picturing a bunch of teeth gritting smile Nurse Ratcheds running around.
      Dressed in some old, Soviet era nurses uniform ratting out employees and staff alike.

      The obvious question to that poster is, what’s the follow up?

      Telling the investigators the place would be so full of sunshine if they just had extra clerks smiling so dead vets don’t go bad in the shower?

      Pointing out how green the lawn now looks after that vet fertilized it by burning himself to death?

      What happens if an employee points out something negative? Who defines negative?

      I
      Cannot
      Attack
      Ratty
      Employees

  3. A Positive attitude is maybe 1/10 or .10 of what it takes to implement a Quality health care system for Veterans. There are 9/10 or .90 left to be dealt with to get to the GOLD which represents a total quality health care environment for Veterans as well as employees. I am on my phone now and will get on my computer later to dive into this new piece of news, the other 9/10 to achieve total quality health care, and my suggestion for new the VA secretary. I hope Benjamin that you and rest will listen. If you forward to Trump administration,I hope my suggestions will be considered.

    • I will add to my reply now then add later on my computer. The forefront positive concept is just what it is a “front”. With not speaking about poor workplace situational problems, this is even more of a way for Secretary McDonald to further his control of Veterans. This approach silences the VA employees to where veterans cannot determine what is going on with them and about them in regards to their health care. This is similar to the concept of Dumbing Down of America” which has been initiated by Obama and Clinton. This approach is hiding and even covering up more. This way the veterans are dumbed down and with no recourse for advocacy against wrong doings and negligence. Silence involves not being in the know and taking control by the silencer.
      This is a slap in the face to yes, whistle blowers. TRUMP – Take control! Fire McDonald! He is a lost cause.

  4. OK, “Stifling Free Speech!”

    I do believe this is what the “Alt-Left” is all about. Y’all know who they are. They’re the “Free Speech Hall Monitors”! The “Crybabies” who won’t allow “First Amendment Rights”!
    This could also be “Censorship” right out of the “Communist Party Propaganda Play Book”, as namnibor points out.
    Don’t allow anyone to speak the truth!
    Are we living in (pre WWII) Germany, China, Saudi Arabia or any country which disallows free speech? I don’t think so!
    Anyone who pays attention to this sign, needs to be FIRED!

    • Alt-Left, Alt-Right: meaningless terms that no one has yet to define. Don’t waste your time on vague symbolism. The Socratic Method is far more beneficial and scientific in determining the reality of all t his.
      The Left, Right paradigm and all those pointless labels just obscure the reality of what we are dealing with.
      The Vampire Squid that is the VA will just suck you up move on the the next meal, YOU..

  5. And, by the way, there were TWO, (2), Russian Ambassadors MURDERED yesterday. One in Turkey, the other in his own bedroom at home.
    Here’s couple of videos from Utube.
    1)
    “NBC: Obama Told Putin Election Hacking Could Result in ‘Armed Conflict'”
    by: Jason Delaney
    Tuesday 20 Dec. 2016
    (105 comments)

    2)
    From: “TCR: Talk Radio Breaking News”
    “Rudy Giuliani makes the case for protecting the homeland Dec. 21, 2016
    (7:38 minutes long)

  6. Frigging communism! Free speech is one of the most powerful rights that we as Americans have to influence and make necessary changes. With the VA’s propaganda, they want to keep things quiet in order to stop any positive changes. Therefore, targeting Whistle Blowers that reveal the problems in the VA.

    I thought that when there are problems is to fix them. With the VA, they think they’re a well greased health care system. As an Investigative Research Biologist, this far from the truth. Therefore, there is NO TRUE QUALITY CONTROL [QC] in the VA system for better deliverance of health care services to Veterans. Instead of QC, with the VA its QaC. Quack, Quack, Quack, . . . .

  7. So now a federal agency is requiring people to express thoughts that they do not share with the federal government, and the federal government is paying people to tell others what precisely they “will” express to others.

    First Amendment – Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petitition the Government for a redress of grievances.

    Tenth Ammendment – The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

    The VA has granted itself the power (#10), to abridge the freedom of speech (#1). In one sentence the VA openly pisses on the Bill of Rights. If you give any known VA manager enough time (usually one work shift or so) they always seem to piss on the rights of others…OOPS! I just violated the poster’s message…I hope they don’t flag as Disruptive and Violent for expressing an opinion…

    Wondering now….how about a poster that says, “I will heal veterans with my every word.” No? Ok, I forgot; the union has rules like this too.

    • “Wondering now….how about a poster that says, “I will heal veterans with my every word.” No? Ok, I forgot; the union has rules like this too.”

      The union would allow the word ‘heel’ instead of ‘heal’. ‘Word’ redefined as blunt objects. Little Cox approves.

      • They should send Cox to room 101 for the re-education process for this despotic Orwellian nightmare he is putting Veterans through. His Re-education would include the correct use of a heel and hungry Lab rats.

    • I wonder if that dental assistant in Tomah decided not to say anything about her boss using dirty equipment because it might be taken negatively by him.
      How many others in the VA work for some arrogant quack who won’t speak up because the quack will make their lives difficult?

      • I hope I’ve struck a nerve in someone enough to see how stupid this is.

        If you look at it, the VA has not had a long history of whistle blowers, or people just standing up for themselves.

        It wasn’t until Phoenix where more and more started coming forward, and instead of the VA recognizing they have a huge problem with their managers ignoring federal law, they double down on being thugs.

    • In the “Administrative Universe” this would be SOP. It’s only “Policy” and only has force internally until challenged….

  8. What utter BS. Posters like that are going to have the opposite effect and really demonize VA employees for working there. The Morons at the VA responsible for these posters have no understanding of Organizational Behavior and how it effects employees.

    To the employees, it is like telling them all that they are working in the deadliest Health Care system in America and to keep their mouths shut about it.

    What a totally dysfunctional Bureaucracy. It is like telling all VA employees that they are less then human for working at the VA and not to talk about it. They want them to hold it all in and let their feeling build up until they go postal on their own co-workers.

    What fricken Propaganda.

    I see also yesterday; USA News reporter Donovan Slack came out with another propaganda piece for the VA. It is total bunk. Her new piece concerns the VA finally releasing the information to the Medicare hospital compare website to make it public.

    If you go to the Medicare hospital compare website, you will not be able to compare the VA facilities to any civilian hospital. They only released the VA’s new star system ratings by the VA in a separate database. They don’t want to let the public know just how bad VA health care is when it is compared to a real hospital.

    While you can compare hospitals in the civilian sector against one another to see who is providing the best level of care. To view the information on VA hospital ratings you have to go to another page and you cannot compare any VA facility with a civilian hospital. That is because they use the VA’s five star rating system instead of the system to rate Civilian health cares systems.

    Klearly they are afraid to allow anyone to see the comparison.

    To compare civilian heath care systems, you can go to: “https://www.medicare.gov/hospitalcompare/search.html”

    To view the VA rating Data determined by the VA you have to go to: “https://www.medicare.gov/hospitalcompare/VAData/main.html”

    To View that hack writer’s propaganda article:

    “VA reverses course, releases health care quality data”, Donovan Slack , USA TODAY, December 20, 2016 “http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2016/12/20/va-reverses-course-releases-healthcare-quality-data/95655510/”

    Donovan Slack you are truly a traitor to veterans and a low life piece of human waste.

    • Donovan Slack, reporter, USA Today, your article published December 20th, 2016 titled: “VA reverses course, releases health care quality data”, is completely published as the ultimate in FAKE news and is written by you to hide the truth about what veterans are being faced with.

      Even though you know the truth that the VA is lying and Veterans are dying because of it you slap us all in the face with this article to hide the truth.

      The same Veterans who have served our county with a since of duty and honor. The same Veterans who have risked life and limb to put God and country before their own personal safety. Your actions to assist the VA in distorting the truth about their bogus rating system show both you and USA Today are putting paycheck and profit over the serious harm you are doing to Veterans.

      As a result of your article not only will Veterans continue to be harmed, suffer and die at the hands of the Veterans Administration, but the true facts will be further hidden from the public with your assistance and blessings.

      May God have mercy on your soul.

      • I sent documents directly to her. Never responded to them. Mark Flatten exposed the IG in a series titled Bad things happen when watchdogs attack.
        This shows you that the VA has been paying off the media.

  9. Hey Elf,

    Russia has just frozen all communication channels with the U.S. and right now Trump is meeting with 10 of the top leaders of the U.S. Military.

    Obama is likely golfing.

    “Erdogan: ‘No Doubt’ Russian Envoy’s Killer Linked to Gulen”, Voice of America, December 21, 2016 1:25

    “http://www.voanews.com/a/erdogan-says-no-doubt-russian-ambassadors-killer-linked-gulen/3645340.html”

    “John Kerry Denies U.S. Linked to Killing of Russian Ambassador to Turkey”

    “http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/john-kerry-denies-link-between-ambassador-s-killing-u-s-n698716”

    “Ludicrous claim’: US denies involvement in assassination of Russian envoy to Turkey”

    “https://www.rt.com/news/371097-us-reject-claims-russian-ambassador/”

    I hope you bought fuel for that generator.

    • Seymore,
      If what happens, (under Obama’s threat against Russia with that “Armed Conflict” statement, or the recent developments over those two Russians being assassinated), happens. We won’t need no fucking generator. We won’t need anything except to stay alive!

      Obama’s administration has been trying its best to start shit with Russia for some time now.
      All those damn “liberal pansy crybaby punk-assed Democrats” are bound and determined to get America into another world war conflict. Only this time. Everybody’s fucked!
      *IF* Putin could just hold off a little longer, maybe everything will turn out for the best.
      Of course, how many times will it take for someone being insulted and attacked before they fight back?!
      Remember when we were in “grade school”, and the bully keeps attacking the little kid. Eventually, something’s going to give!
      Too bad all these “crybaby liberal Democrat asswipes” can’t see the trees for the forest on what’s happening!!!!!
      And Obama’s administration is the biggest bully on this planet!

      Sorry about the “DOOM AND GLOOM” brothers and sisters. Just ain’t in no mood for the “CHILDISH PUNK-ASSED ANTICS” of Obama, Clintons, Kerry or anyone else up in Washington DC nowadays!

    • Government collective bargaining means The People do not have the final say on public policy. Instead their elected representatives must negotiate spending and policy decisions with unions.

      Unions outside the public sector negotiate for what they perceive to be a fair a percentage of the profits of the company that they work for. AFGE employees negotiate only for more money and has zero basis attached to actual performance for the “company” so they negotiate what good and bad performance is!

      There is no AFGE employee in existance that ever did anything generate that money. There are however substantial numbers of AFGE employees generating through their conduct mountains of Civil Rights cases, Supreme Court Cases, Malpractice cases, Malfeasance, Misconduct, embezzlement, fraud, and narcotics trafficking cases.

      This has all been negotiated for by AFGE, the best paid and protected union in America that never ever had a single member earn a single penny for the company and has bled the company of assets like a stuck pig, and who keeps chanting “more, more, more” and all along they have kept getting it while America bleeds.

      It’s a good gig if you can get the work.

      • Dennis,

        Yes Sir. I suppose being young patriots is what led us to the Marine Corps. Had we wanted to “serve” ourselves, rather than country – – – we should have “enlisted” in the AFGE.

        As you said, good gig – – – just NOT my kind of folks.

        Happy Holiday, Devil Dog!

  10. I CARE.

    Coming from McDuck, it simply means he cares if you don’t follow the party line. It’s Big Brother spewing fear – period.

    • Yeah, if McDoosh actually cared, he would not have hid the hospital rating data, would not have used veterans for his bullshit excuse, and would have announced months ago his plan to raise those failing hospitals up a few stars.

  11. The Chief of Staff at the Black Hills Health Care System (BHHCS) is VERY TOXIC to fellow “VA Employees” and to veterans!
    The CoS BHHCS by training PM&R/DO SUXS! Interferes with many veterans proper medical care here.
    I do know many VA Employees here do not like her and do everything to “steer wide berth around here” so as not to have to talk with or to her for ANYTHING including when a veteran needs medical care help!

    • Merry Christmas, We know that Management retaliates against employees and we have also stated Two wrongs don’t make a right ! We seen the poster where it implies, Snitches get stiches !

      Well if VA employees see wrong doings and do nothing about it is just as guilty as the employee doing the wrong thing.

      You my friend can help veterans more that you know, We veterans put our lives on the line for VA employees to have a job and many have made the VA their VA and that thinking has to stop !

      We as veterans depend on Employees to be our Hero’s and stop Bad Management and any employee, who think its ok to hurt veterans. Its not to hard to watch and gather Memos and other information Management is spewing to its employees.

      Gather the information and send it to Trump, Go to the top, they say Shit rolls down hill. Hopefully that shit will be wiped away and flushed down the JOHN where it belongs.

      Good employees should feel safe and want to come to work, knowing they wont be pressured by management to fudge or right out lie to people. I am sorry you folks have one of those managers that think they are God like.

      We can use all employees help to fix this mess !

  12. @CorpsmanUp!
    The Black Hills HCS here has the media be it print or visual news outlets SCARED 🙁
    They will not write even when presented with true facts on ANY VETERAN who is needing medical care, benefits or other.

    As one of the “largest employers” in the area 1 Ellsworth AFB, the various colleges South Dakota state University, Black Hills State University and School of Mines & Technology here the VA would rank next for Rapid City, SD area.
    @Ben I have been trying as have other provider on my behalf due to the sad lack of proper medical care, what I was getting from the VA paid for outside care ( be it VA Fee Base or then VA Choice Program paying.) This VA only wants me to move, (they actually had someone put in a physical change of address to the South to Texas!!!!) so they do not have to treat me, or I kill myself or another person say in an auto wreck or any other means so long as I am out of their hair. I even had 670% of all my radiology exams literally “DELETED” could not be found even by the most Senior Radiology Tech that knows the computer System files etc!! Surprisingly, even they commented, The Sr Radiology Tech and other radiology techs where shocked when I went ot my US Senator on this after 2-months? that another 3-months they showed back up?? Mystery Glad I already had a copy of all them before this!!

    I am still in shock that the BHHCS got a 5-star rating!!! This place does not have any real specialist!! Most cannot get insurance out in town is why they “play Dr” at this VA! 🙁 The only thing “GOOD” is the inpatient treatment care for PTSD/TBI and the Drug and alcohol program here in a very rural setting.

    • Thinking the ratings don’t reflect care of patients but rather facilities to throw money at. For instance, if the rating is a 3, they could qualify for a few mil if the justification was good enough. Your rating of 5 makes complete sense. It says your facility is good to go and little additional facility, personnel, or program money is required.

      This rating scale is similar to military C war readiness ratings with the 5 being operating with all personnel and equipment needed.

  13. sorry…should read as…” I even had 70% of all my radiology exams literally “DELETED” could not be found…”
    hit the enter key to fast 🙂

    • That is part of that VA pay the media off scheme. The best sources are Judicial Watch and FACT Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust. They like to expose the truth, especially when you have a Senator or Congressman that has been misleading the public by false narratives and sticking up for the executive branch. The legislative branch is exclusively separate and this is the gray area these Representives face when they meddle on that fine line.

  14. Seymore,
    Check out this video from,
    “The Alex Jones Channel”, dated Dec. 21, 2016! About 10 minutes long.
    You won’t believe your eyes. There’s enough evidence to prove everything they say.
    titled:
    “Moderate Rebels Prepare Small Daughters For Suicide”

    Remember Vietnam, brothers and sisters? It DID happen there. It could happen —-????????

    • Like it or not, burning the flag comes under just that coverage. What is so sacred about the symbolism of the flag. A piece of cloth made in China ?
      It means everything to everybody. consequently it means nothing in the real world.

  15. Hey, y’all,
    Do y’all get the TV station; “DECADES”?
    If you do, at 6 pm (est), “Rowan and Martin’s, Laugh In” is on.
    Great ‘skits’ and constant laughs. Plus, it’s starting to get real anti-Vietnam now.
    And Goldie Hawn hasn’t had her “boob job” yet!

  16. @Disgruntled Veteran- Off topic question, . . . What is the price for prime ahi going for per/lb.? This time of year is usually expensive due to demand. It’s hard to find fresh here. Lucky you, bruddah.

  17. VA BHHCS is bad about PCP’s. In just the last 1 year and less then 6 months my husband has been thru 11 PCP’s. 3 of them just in the last 3 months. I am getting really frustrated by this. Changing of PCP’s isn’t help this case any. Every time there is a NEW PCP they have to ask 20 some on question to figure out what has been going on. Cause some of these new PCP don’t take the time to read medical files.

    • Yes, Jane, I hear you and you are correct. I had 6 PCP in one year. They were just traveling passing through providers. You are right, the continuity of care is very limited when one has many primary care doctors. Tests that get ordered are not followed up on
      and progress notes are not sequential because the interruption of care prevents this. Too many hands involved lead to all the more reasons things become chaotic and disorganized. I got through it though. I now have a designated primary care doctor. Thank God.

  18. @ Benjamin Krause: you said, “… it surfaced he opposed the now defunct Affordable Care Act.”

    As far as I know, the ACA is NOT defunct. It is still up and running. You might want to edit your article to correct that statement.

  19. happy holidays, as a resident of HVH in Pennsylvania for almost 14 years, i have witnessed a major decline in the conditions of living here. the home was easily one of the top facilities in the state. with major reductions in employees, it resulted or lead to less services and quality of services. when a resident called to complain, our nurses and other employees, who are doing their best with what they have, go thru thorough inspections and get reprimanded for any violations found. yet the administrators have been bypassed and continue to boast the home is more than the shadow of it’s former glory.
    i also am disappointed with the focus of tobacco use, granted, changes that started to discourage our younger generation was an excellent move, i did not start until i was in the army. i am not blaming the service and am currently quitting (again). how can we feel appreciated for volunteering to protect the ideals of freedom if we cannot choose how we live? our home is converting to smokefree except for the residents that have been here for a length of time, yet employees must leave the property to smoke. now, it is as though veterans are being disrespected if these privileges or ‘fringes’ are being controlled, America is/was land of the free, and just because we are informed it is for our own good it is still an avenue that opens actions targeting any and everything someone decides should be abolished. truth be told, veterans affected from chemicals developed by our own nation do not get the attention they deserve compared to the uproar over tobacco use.
    apologies for the length of my note, but we do not have a psychiatrist to release the stress of my rubberband anymore. may your and your loved ones have safe and happy holidays…oh, what the heck, happy holidays to your not-so-loved ones too.

  20. Mike May, I really wanted to respond to your message. You are right. If one does not have a choice of where one lives, ideals of freedom are not protected. Your message is really touching for me. It is very painful for ones life to be dictated. I hate how our government has chosen to look after people who are not even citizens of this country and let our own citizens live in substandard homes with limited resources or no resources. You are also right about our country using chemicals galore and not placing the same unhealthy value as tobacco use. The tobacco use is nowhere as devastating as some of these damn chemicals that are used on veterans. Although, limiting the chemicals or minimal chemicals is what is most healthy for the human body. 14 years is a long time to live in a home particularly if treatment and conditions are poor. It breaks my heart for me to read your message. I wished I could be in a position to assist and to guide others on how to experience more meaningful lives with the enjoyments of more opportunities of freedom choices. And too, I wished I could be in a position to improve the living conditions in the homes where individuals need assistance. I really and truly understand where you, Mike, are coming from. I feel for you with not having a psychiatrist. Good psychiatrists are very instrumental in ones’ recovery. I pray that your home will receive a new psychiatrist. God bless you, Mike.

    • thank you for your thoughtful reply, you are one of the main reasons, we veterans, have donned the service uniforms for our country. i initially became a resident to calm my mother and sister’s worries about my whereabouts. i have/had suicidal ideas and as you probably could see, i am uncomfortable with the conditions of dealing with society any further. as i stated before, the home was entirely different the year i arrived. residents, housekeeping, nurses and social staff interacted as a community, happily co-existing day-to-day and concerned for the others welfare. the home provided a great atmosphere and access to services that were very convenient to disabled veterans. there were two(2) semi-retired doctors that took the time to deal with our needs, an on-site psychiatrist, transportation to appointments within the altoona area and if needed to pittsburgh. but when the home commander retired, a new administration reformatted the structure of the home, eliminating most services and job positions to fit their concerns of what the home should be. now we have a temporary doctor that visits to re-evaluate our medications and refer us to other care if needed. their idea of mental health is non-existent and interactions between residents is frowned upon, creating a stress filled and unhealthy atmosphere. my needs are small, since my parents and sister have passed away, i still talk with my brother and keep up with relatives on facebook. i am mainly concerned with how our vets will be taken care of in the future. of course i still care for the conditions of America too.

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