With the President soon to leave the White House, it seems prudent to ask whether veterans benefited under the Obama Administration.

If “yes”, how much? If “not”, why not?

Four years ago, at the Democratic Platform Committee, I delivered the above address.

I really wanted to help veterans and hoped President Obama and the White House were listening. My message was to push more grassroots level activism with local emphasis.

At the time, I believed President Obama would resolve the disability backlog, fix deficiencies in suicide policies and PTSD treatments, all while preventing employee accountability scandals like the wait time fraud that started at Phoenix VA.

A Little Backstory

While in law school, I worked with Veterans For Common Sense. The nonprofit’s focus was to improve VA processing of health care and benefits adjudications for veterans suffering from PTSD leading to suicide.

We stumped on Capitol Hill, and thanks to my bud Patrick Bellon, I had a chance to address Obama’s DNC about how to help veterans.

Since that time, I developed the most popular veteran-centric reform focused news source online. I also exposed the biggest disability compensation scandal (TBI scandal) this century.

Now, after four years since my DNC presentation, and before Trump takes office, it seemed prudent to take come time to reflect on what happened and to see how things worked out.

Obama Administration On Veterans

Did veterans see an increase or decrease in help from VA during the course of President Obama’s presidency? Did he follow through with his promises to help us?

In case you are wondering, here are the particulars about my presentation about veterans to the DNC. Do you think Obama or DNC was listening?

My DNC Platform Committee Presentation

DNC PLATFORM DRAFTING COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN AND MEMBERS

 

CHAIRMAN

Former Governor Ted Strickland, Ohio

COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Fmr. U.S. Rep. Tony Coelho, Washington, DC

Tino Cuellar, California

U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, Massachusetts

DNC Secretary Alice Germond, West Virginia, Ex-Officio, Non-Voting Member

Donna Harris-Aikens, Virginia, NEA Policy Advisor

Colin Kahl, Washington, DC, Policy Advisor

Nancy Keenan, Virginia, President, NARAL

Heather Kendall Miller, Alaska

Thea Lee, Washington, DC, AFL-CIO Policy Director

U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee, California

Susan Ness, Maryland

Mayor Michael Nutter, Pennsylvania, City of Philadelphia

Carlos Odic, Florida, Youth Representative

Governor Deval Patrick, Massachusetts, 2008 Platform Committee Chair, Ex-Officio, Non-Voting Member

Fmr. U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler, Florida

Tom Wheeler, Washington, DC, Ex-Officio, Non-Voting Member

Christen Young, Illinois, Policy Advisor

________

TESTIMONY TO DNC PLATFORM DRAFTING COMMITTEE

July 28, 2012
DNC VETERAN STATEMENT
Veterans For Common Sense
by Benjamin Krause
www.disabledveterans.org

Thank you for inviting Veterans For Common Sense to speak about veterans and the veteran vote.

Veterans win when politicians understand the promise of a square deal has become a mere premise of one. What used to work doesn’t anymore, and soldiers are getting ambushed after discharge by a VA benefits system posing as allies.

It is as if we are asking, “Will you pretend with us that we will keep our promise to you?”

President Obama and Secretary Shinseki have begun the essential work of rebooting the VA system. Veterans are grateful for it and have asked me to ask you to continue the effort and to develop new thinking to solve the persistent problems of:

  1. Veteran suicide
  2. Veteran unemployment and homelessness
  3. Veteran college dropout rates
  4. Poor and demoralizing delivery of veteran benefits
  5. Under-utilization of veteran training and expertise in the American workplace

Every unemployed, homeless, or underserved veteran is a lost opportunity and a lost investment for this country.

American taxpayers have invested hundreds of thousands of dollars per veteran to train them in the most advanced technologies the world has ever seen, yet we relinquish that investment by letting them join the ranks of the jobless, the homeless, and the underserved.

By failing to solve these five lingering problems, it is as if we are asking, “May we use you, then drop you?”

It does not make economic sense. It does not make moral sense. It does not make future sense. It is a societal sin.

Americans admire their veterans. They greet uniformed soldiers in public places and thank them for their service. They put videos of their homecomings on YouTube and the national news. They want to believe veterans will receive what they need to live a bright after-service life. They are shocked, and feel helpless, when they find out the truth.

Every day, in VA offices around the country, veterans are denied benefits due them. Their disability claims get buried for years in the backlog of 900,000 claims. Veterans commit suicide while waiting for VA healthcare. Stigmas from the Vietnam era still keep new vets from jobs.

President Obama and Secretary Shinseki are among the political leaders who are out to change what’s true for veterans today. They have invested billions in upgrades to technology and policies. Still, recent choices are being made about sequestration that will threaten the progress that has been made.

This situation is complex, and fresh thinking is needed. New solutions about the Department of Veteran Affairs will be required to win the veteran’s vote in the upcoming election. Veterans and their families make up more than 25% of total voters. They will not tolerate further failure to deliver on the promise to fix the VA system.

Veterans want:

  1. New solutions that fit today’s realities.
  2. New leaders within the bureaucracy of the VA who will implement the existing and future policy changes.
  3. Improvements in how they receive and complete their educations. 88% of veterans drop out of college after the first year. Only 3% graduate.
  4. A grassroots voice in fixing the VA.
  5. Opportunities for veteran-owned businesses to compete for VA contracts. Veterans want you to know that nearly 10% of businesses are owned by veterans, generate over $1 trillion, and employ almost 6 million Americans.

We have an army of veteran-owned businesses ready to fix the VA and create jobs for vets. But, nearly 2/3 of the recent 7,200 veteran- owned businesses applying are being denied Veteran Owned Business status with the VA. This was caused by attempted fixes President Obama implemented in 2010.

Veterans win when politicians understand the real needs of all veterans, both those needing help and those delivering it as leaders of society.

One Minnesota veteran spent four years working on multi-million dollar avionics systems. After service, he had a decision to make: go to work or go to school. He chose school. This choice launched him into a draining battle for benefits. While the VA tried to stop him, he worked hard in college, received an Economics degree from Northwestern University, and will soon receive a law degree from the University of Minnesota. After ten years and an advanced legal education, this veteran finally won his disability benefits. I am that Minnesota Veteran.

  • How many veterans never have that chance?
  • How many veterans die before they get their benefits?
  • How many veterans simply give up?

I can tell you how many because I talk to thousands of them regularly on my blogs, vet guides, and presentations.

We, at Veterans For Common Sense, devote ourselves to helping other veterans secure their benefits and rights.

The struggle is real, the repair is colossal, and the solutions are possible. Every day I receive emails from veterans who have been denied benefits and were able to use my experience, and the experiences of others, to battle their way to what is theirs. A grass roots solution is the only way to fix the VA.

Veterans For Common Sense will not give up the fight until every veteran receives their square deal, that is, the care and opportunities they were promised.

Our nation, and our veterans, will thrive when we:

  1. Leverage the skills veterans have learned in the military to help solve what ails all Americans: a withering economy, chronic drug problems, urban blight, and social ills.
  2. Welcome veterans into our businesses, schools and organizations as the highly trained leaders they are.
  3. Train colleges and universities to acquire and retain veterans as students.
  4. Shift our country’s view of veterans to that of a resource rather than a problem.
  5. Create a VA that stops the blocks and walks the talk.

Veterans win when politicians understand it is time to make the premise the promise once again — when we ask the question, “May we help you?” and mean it.

We, at Veterans For Common Sense, are ready to be a part of the new solutions.

Thank you.

T
T
Great presentation Ben. Seems the majority there didn’t have the moral capacity, concern, or life experience to say much in return. Did they? Yet a group of us were told at the Indianapolis VA New Chronic Pain Clinic to vote Democrat if we wanted better care? When both party sides especially Democrats are the ones doing all of the propaganda media news and censoring of us on a local and national level, on social sites? All Obummer did was not… Read more »
Ex va
Ex va
I voted “no” and hate to be pessimistic, that is how i truly feel. I feel majority of Veterans are not receiving good treatment at many levels within the veteran affairs system. From compensation and pension exams to primary clinics, mental health clinics, emergency room visits, to just answering the damn telephone. Veterans are mistreated, abused, neglected, lied to, denied access to health care and their rights to benefits repeatedly. How many are really served in the system? I know… Read more »
T
T
See the news this morning about why consumers aren’t getting good health care or are mis-diagnosed? “America News This Morning.” Channel 8 WAWV here. The report said it was because doctors “dealing with rudeness from patients.” Now it goes from excuses of burn out to the pity parties for wealthy doctors getting their professional God-like egos bruised? I guess we are supposed to be happy slaves after waiting up to or more than six damn hours in a doctors office… Read more »
Lem
Lem

The failure of taking accurate histories of the condition is the primary reason for misdiagnosis. In 35 years of VA medial visits there are only two accurate histories in my record, both written by the same physician. A third is more recent and close but not close enough to get it right. Close enough to start the right treatment on new objective tests provided by advancement in medical tests.

91Veteran
91Veteran
What does it say to that veteran needing prosthetics but can’t get them? It says VA leadership priorities are completely screwed up and have forgotten what their primary mission is when a million dollar rock for art is a higher priority than a veteran getting a prosthetic leg. It says they are absolutely uncaring about whether that veteran has a prosthetic hand or arm when they choose to hire 127 interior designers instead. It tells those veterans who can’t find… Read more »
Ex va
Ex va

Truthfully stated.

james gallegos
Do any of you think now that the Holman RULE has been implemented to take action against employees that for what ever reason will be used to fire those employees. “New VA Secretary” Do you think that our Senators or Congress will use this new Rule to assist Veterans in getting the VA to fire employee’s that have harmed veterans. What option do we have if they don’t ! If we have one of the two in our district that… Read more »
Lem
Lem
I suspect it will be used for GS positions. I don’t think it applies to appointed positions such as the Secretary. The President is the only one who can ask for a resignation as the appointed positions serve at the pleasure of the President. I’m hopeful it will allow members of congress to get rid of directors or send them back to positions they had handled in the past for failing institutions. Up to the Director to ask for action… Read more »
James Gallegos

So will the VA Secretary have the authority to fire his staff on down.

Lem
Lem

The way I read the authority to fire rests with the congressman for his district. Of course the VA Secretary could ask the congressman to use his tool in cases where the union wins and shouldn’t. Like the rehiring of the Phoenix Director.

James Gallegos
Doug lamborn our congressman just posted on his site. That he is prepared to use the holman rule to go after bad employees. I will be sending him all the information I have gathered for the last 10 year’s and it’s proves everything I have been saying about how a VA employee falsely accused me of disruptive behavior. How the VA lied to Bennett’s office at least twice and how the VA disruptive committee punished me without any evidence and… Read more »
Lem
Lem
Maybe a rule that a veteran could pick up a body cam as he comes in the door from security and wear it on for the full visit. Then get a copy of its recording on his own thumb drive as he drops the thumb drive back off for another veteran’s use. We need something to correct the lies and miss recordings of history to verify a pre-conclusion of the care giver all the way from the intake clerk to… Read more »
james gallegos
I forgot Doug Lamborn will only listen to veterans in his area. So if we have a congressman or senator who likes the VA and thinks their doing a bang up job. Veterans will still not get resolution to their problems. I though this was the United States and not the Dived States. Where are elected officials were to help all American’s not just a few. What can we do if we write to a senator or congressman in our… Read more »
Ex va
Ex va

@Ben and others, thank you for fighting for Veterans rights.

namnibor
namnibor
I voted ‘No’ because Obama and his DOJ refused to prosecute VA fraudsters caught red-handed in the cookie jar. NOT that “Change I can believe in”. I voted for Obama the *first time* and I did not vote at all for first time the second time around because I couldn’t stand anyone running and after Obama got into office first time one of the very first things he did was send troops into Afghanistan, something he said he would NOT… Read more »
Ex va
Ex va

AGREED!!!

91Veteran
91Veteran

I chose no, and for the same reason.

No accountability. At any level of that sewer called the VA.

Lem
Lem
I voted yes with a lot of reservations. It has gotten significantly better for me because of the TBI change. Benjamin, if you wrote the article that finally brought attention in 2008 (Bush Administration) on TBIs my sincere thanks. I spent a lot of time in DC and was placated with a meeting in the Central Office with a Dr. Lehmann. The result was a study of cerebral malaria that ended up being a sales pitch for Tegretol — no… Read more »
namnibor
namnibor
@Lem- I hope you realize the *only reason* the TBI issue was addressed in last year or so is *only* because the VA got caught *red-handed* using UNQUALIFIED M.D.’s, and often not even an M.D. at all. Obama had *nothing at ALL* to be thanked for in this. Had it not been caught be Benjamin and Veterans, Obama and McDonald would have carried-on stupidly as if all is continually getting better at the VA, as they still believe this false… Read more »
Lem
Lem
During the Obama Administration, I received an additional 40% compensation bringing me from 50% to 70% and 100% UE pending before the BVA. I received the correct treatment for temporal lobe seizures by a Neurologist after having been seen only by a Nurse Practitioner during the Bush Administration, misdiagnosed “sharp wave” with a previous “spiking wave” during the Reagan, Bush, and Clinton Administrations. A noticeable improvement in the Cheyenne VA that I use and admission to the Choice program. So… Read more »
Lem
Lem
And I believe the Benjamin Krause TBI effort was started in 2007-8 during the Bush administration. I worked on the same thing without Ben’s resources from 1995 to 2001 when the Bush Administration forced me out of DC. Thanks Benjamin, for finally getting TBIs on the front burner. But it had to be continued from the Bush Administration to what it is now in the Obama Administration. And that is not to say it is complete. Much still needs to… Read more »
namnibor
namnibor
@Lem- #1- I never have liked nor drank anything carbonated, not even beer. #2- Has absolutely nothing in my case to do with CO2. My particular complex health issues and the complex, very expensive three drug cocktails I need to take daily to remain on planet earth, are causing such side-effects and disease itself is one of the many varied symptoms patients such as I experience. #3- Had I continued to utilize the VA I would in-fact have been dead… Read more »
Lem
Lem
And your drug cocktails that keep you alive damage your liver and cause the interference with the pulmonary system in eliminating CO2. Anyway it is a choice of length of life or leg cramps. Look up your meds side effects. And I’m not talking about “02” levels but CO2 levels. Your finger test is showing the proper galvanic skin response. I get it. And your doctors know better than I. they see all of your lab studies and do the… Read more »
cj
cj
I am one of those. Private sector doctors that are qualified, and liscenced to diagnose and treat TBI’s, diagnosed me with the same, the V.A.’s own TBI examiner agreed. Then I get a call for a C+P exam for depression related to my service connected TBI, from a shrink. Next thing I get a letter service connection for TBI denied. Reason for denial: Personality disorder, drug and alcohol abuse, and no proof of LOC? I was flown to the hospital… Read more »
james gallegos
You are going to need scat scans, MRI’s, with and with out contrast. You need to keep a log of how many head aces your having each week month. Any symptoms need to be reported to you care giver. Ask to be seen by a Neurologist. Yes, the VA is still at it. I was shot in the head and even after their own doctor confirmed this, they refuse to change their records showing I was shot, Military records prove… Read more »
cj
cj

Sorry for the way that looks………..I didn’t mean to say I was a qualified doctor. I meant I was one of those denied a service connedted TBI, by V.A doctors that are unqualified to make such a decision.

james gallegos
My TBI was denied and the VA did not look at my VA medical records, if they would have they would have found what I found. VA Neurologist’s, reviewed my MRI’S, CAT Scans and stated in the records, the Tests show and old TBI. Veteran was shot in the head, VARO BVA ! Yet they denied it ! That to me is Failure to assist. it’s been 45 years and the VA is still not treating me or will not… Read more »
Lem
Lem
When did you first apply? Did you use a VSO as an agent? Were you offered an appeal and did you appeal? There are time elements as in SOL (“shit out of luck” or statue of limitations) There are circumstances you can reopen a claim such as 38 CFR 3.105 or 3.154 that do not have an SOL. Sounds like you might have a 3.105 Claim under 4.42 because of the incompleteness of your first VA examination. An open issue… Read more »
James Gallegos
No vso. I had an attorney and found out after he won my case for ptsd You that I had a TBI. So I’m not after money ? I’m a100 now. But that’s besides the point. If I have a Traumatic brain injury But. It should read as service connected and the VA offer what ever treatment they can. Do u think this would change things with that lawyer. I am wanting to hire someone to file a Clear and… Read more »
Lem
Lem
I don’t know, James. My attorney tells me CUE is very difficult. There is also an avenue of “a still active claim that is still open”. Lots of problems that have been instigated by adjudicators and VA claims intake personnel that say “you have to file a new claim”. And my question is about “how can a damaged brain be held to the account of normal follow through especially with misleading statements from VA personnel?” Send me your email address… Read more »
cj
cj
Same here 40+ years, I do indeed have the MRI’s and Ct, both showing TBI. You think they care? No, Military records spotted with headaches, and ringing in the ears. Explosion was documented. They claim the ringing in the ears, and headaches were most likely due to ear infections, althogh no medical report ever showing ear infections ever exsited. Then they state no proof of LOC? That is not a requirementy of TBI. Then they stated drug and alcohol abuse.… Read more »
cj
cj

GRRRRRRRRRR !!!! Not yesterday, Friday, I received the letter……………….

Lem
Lem
I’m not a qualified doctor. I was a hospital corpsman for 13 years and spent approximately 3 years studying at the NIH Library in DC trying to understand my own TBI. Why I was in denial of deficiencies others claimed I had? Accidentally I picked up a May 1995 Discover Magazine in a dentists office in 1996. It has an article on Anosognosia – the extreme delusions. Mine are as if imbibing on a few drinks as in buzzed driving… Read more »
Lem
Lem
Let me also say, about my qualifications, that I entered the Navy on a nuclear power program enlistment with a 98 AFQT, a 63 GCT and 67 ARI. I was tested as having a 146 IQ in the 9th grade which is consistent with the above. Following the 9th grade testing I was kicked in the head by a horse and was unconscious for 4 hours in a delayed unconsciousness prior to entering the service. In 1969, while in the… Read more »
namnibor
namnibor

@Lem– Here, it took only a few seconds performing a search on this blog to show whom you have to be thankful for the TBI scandal:

Dated March 4, 2016: VA Ignored ‘Important’ TBI Exam Policy
“http://www.disabledveterans.org/2016/03/04/va-ignored-important-tbi-exam-policy/”

Dated August 19, 2016: Veteran Sues VA Over Faulty TBI Disability Diagnosis

“http://www.disabledveterans.org/2016/08/19/veteran-sues-va-faulty-tbi-disability-diagnosis/”

That should be enough breadcrumbs to lead you to whom you should be truly thankful for…

Lem
Lem
And I also have a pending tort suit about TBI temporal lobe seizures not being diagnosed and treated and compensated between 1974 and 2015. What does that have to do with anything other than showing the suit would not be possible if it weren’t for a correct diagnosis in 2015 during the Obama Administration. As I said that doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot to do at the VA. Just some progress has been made in the last couple of… Read more »
91Veteran
91Veteran
Nam, Lem just cannot see that perhaps those thousands of veterans given TBI exams by unqualified hacks might not have happened so far into OBAMAS SECOND TERM, if Obama actually demanded accountability from the VA much earlier…like maybe in his FIRST TERM. Instead, he chose to ignore the VA. I firmly believe Obama believed we veterans deserved to live with whatever medical fate we suffered simply because we served in the evil military. That was shown by his proposal early… Read more »
Lem
Lem
You can blame me for that. It was a recommendation in the Accountable Care Organization presented to David Cutler, Obama’s original point man on Universal Health Care. We were all ready short of physicians without adding to the demand. I recommended first seeing military style. See the doc first and let him take care of what he can before you see the Doctor. That isn’t what happened. Instead your right to see a Doctor on demand was taken away. PAs… Read more »
91Veteran
91Veteran

Obama care was never intended to work. It was designed to fail so Single Payer could be forced in.

They just didn’t plan on Obama care collapsing so fast.

Spending hundreds of millions on a non working web site will do that.

Lem
Lem

91, I agree the ACA was designed to fail. But it was a cooperative effort. The insurance companies and the single payer point system fanatics both want it to fail. And who doesn’t blame the Insurance companies for blocking single payer because it cuts them out.

An ACO system can be designed that doesn’t cut the Insurance Companies out. All that is needed is to make them compete more broadly.

91Veteran
91Veteran
Not banging on you Lem, but seeing improvement for you personally while great, did not help the many thousands of veterans suffering from TBI getting examinations from unqualified hacks…also uncovered by Ben. Think back to what made your meeting at VACO possible. Now think how lucky those thousands of other TBI vets would have been if they had gotten a meeting as well. I am happy you are seeing improvement, but keep in mind those thousands of others who were… Read more »
Lem
Lem
The meeting was worthless. It took another 13 years and another writing a News article to get anything done. It was a fake meeting to get me out of town. I didn’t leave until they forced me out. That point out how intractable the VA Central Office is. And I believe it is military industrial complex company lobbyists protecting their share of the budget and promulgating the reduction of entitlements (greater skimming by the 1% off labor) since President Johnson… Read more »
Crazy elf
Crazy elf
Great video Ben. Thank You for standing up for us. Since this was done before Democrats, I noticed only one had a question for you. That, in itself, is very telling. They don’t want to discuss the details, problems or misuse of taxpayers monies. All they care about is, in my opinion, how they will get their hands on more taxpayers $$$$$$$$!!! They, mostly Democrats, only care about their “legacy”! As is seen, most recently, by Obama’s actions in front… Read more »
Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly
While Obama was in office I have seen some of the greatest positive changes at the VA. But and that is a big But, the positive changes were all a result of sunlight being shined on the problems at the VA. Not due to any of Obama’s policy changes, that have increased the level of corruption and reduced accountability at all levels of the VA to practically nothing. Personally I credit some very Great and Honorable Men for the historic… Read more »
Crazy elf
Crazy elf
Thanks Seymore, I’ll try to keep finding as many articles as I can. The more people are informed, the better our fight will continue……. ________________________ Hey, have you seen these new articles out today? 1) From; “The Horn News” Titled: “Hillary MELTDOWN Spins Out-of-Control” 17 Jan. 2017 It’s about the Global Initiative of the Foundation. Seems like she’s going to be laying off more people before the 15th. Plus, the Foundation isn’t receiving hardly any monies. Sure sounds like they’re… Read more »
Crazy elf
Crazy elf

P.S.
I received this from:
“MLordandGod” about ten minutes ago.
Titled:
“RED ALERT: “Strange Weapons Caches” found in D.C. Days Before Inauguration”
Posted on Jan. 16, 2017
(4:28 minutes long)
It could be from the Armory theft a few months ago. Not that much info coming out. I guess *they* don’t want to frighten the citizens who are there and not protesting President Elect Trump and Vice-President Elect Pence!

Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly
Great articles Elf, I am hearing that the Clintons are in for some real life drama very quickly. Sleg Hammer Down Time!! Also Elf Here is a link to the Project Veritas release. They have only released part one so far. “Part I: Undercover investigation exposes groups plotting criminal activity at Trump inauguration” “https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHZSfhd1X_8” Also several Vids from Project VERITAS’s hidden camera undercover investigation at the VA. Vid #1 “Hidden Camera: VA Director says VA Turning Veterans into Drug Addicts”… Read more »
Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly
Elf, More on the Guns found January 4th. “Gun found in violin case near Canal Road in Northwest Washington” “https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/gun-found-in-violin-case-near-canal-road-in-northwest-washington/2017/01/04/45ea4f04-d2a8-11e6-945a-76f69a399dd5_story.html” Also as the Main stream media continues with their fake news about the protests remember it is fake news. While there will be small gatherings of snowflakes here and there. It will only turn out like one of Hillary’s appearances where they have to use all kinds of tricks to try and make it look like people even showed up.… Read more »
Ex va
Ex va
I agree i know Veterans whose status improved with finally receiving their earned benefits during the time frame of Obama’s administration. I have also know Veterans hurt during this administration. I just did not see corruption addressed by prosecuting authorities when i contacted officials, they did little to nothing. A Veteran writes complaints, letters, phone calls, e-mails to these people in positions of authority, you get nothing. They go hide in holes and wait till it blows over. How can… Read more »
james gallegos

Lets see if anyone will use the Holman RULE or blow it off. Can we hold our elected officials accountable if the evidence proves wrongdoing and they do nothing about it. I have been told by a senators office, that they can not do anything to VA employees or make the VA to change anything.

Lem
Lem

by campaigning and voting.

Lem
Lem
Yes, Seymore, for most the big “but” outweighs the positive by a large amount. And yes, nothing was done from the Revolutionary War to 2008 on subtle residuals of TBI. And I’m assuming Benjamin at least had something to do with shining the light on the problem. My 6 years of failure in DC weigh heavily on me. It means a lot of veterans lost hope and committed suicide between 1988 writing letters to the Central Office when I started… Read more »
91Veteran
91Veteran
I’ve seen the changes as well. I’ve commented about providers listed at VA hospital web sites, and it’s all changed now. If you go to a VA web site now and look under their list of providers, they have similar information now, but the VA steers you towards some docinfo dot org site that looks like some 12 year old blogger put together. The VA listing for many has not been updated since 2014 according to screenshots I took back… Read more »
james gallegos
I voted NO, because nothing was done to help veterans. Gave VA employees the right to punish veterans at will, continue to deny claims. Hide records Ect. Let VA employees to blow off the VA committee and not answer or plead the 5th. I wrote Obama about the illegal Disruptive committee and received a letter thanking me for my service and then asked for donation ! I use that letter to clean my medicine, each time I do I think… Read more »
FLB
FLB
Hey Jim G. I was once in a military vehicle accident. I was taken to a civilian ER, and transported by ambulance to a US Army hospital. I was treated by a doctor telling me that the loss of feeling in my legs would return when the swelling in my spine went down. No X-rays were taken during the initial days in the hospital. It was determined that i would need an undetermined amount of time to recover. I was… Read more »
james gallegos
Many of us are in the same boat and documented that many Soldiers that were exposed to a blast or any head trauma, were sent right back to work. In my case I did not remember being taken to any treatment center. Took me 40 years to find out that I had a TBI and that I was taken to a German hospital and then to a Military hospital. Right after being shot the Army transferred me to Munich and… Read more »
ANutterVet
ANutterVet
@Namnibor – I read your post from late last night. For your inflammation the compound found in pineapple is called papain. Papain is in the meat tenderizer called Accent. This enzyme can be expensive to purchase, so try Googling this phrase, “bulk powdered papain small batches or small minimum order.” I did directed research on this compound when obtaining my biology degree. During my research, I actually cultivated daughter cells from a piece of papaya [mother cells] in a petri… Read more »
ANutterVet
ANutterVet

@Benjamin Krause, JD – I watched your testimony. Thank you for all that you do for Veterans. I noticed that there weren’t a lot of people sitting behind you when you gave the presentation. Living body count should have been higher. Goes to show you how the Veteran issue is not a top priority with the American public. So much for us putting our lives on the line for their dam freedom.

Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly

ANutterVet,

At the time he was speaking at a meeting of the DNC platform committee which was not open to the public.

It was great to see that he was given a chance to speak before the committee and he did do an excellent job.

ANutterVet
ANutterVet
@Seymore Klearly – Per your statement, “It was great to see that he was given a chance to speak before the committee and he did do an excellent job.” I’m very thankful as well, and I know that Ben is hyper-committed and does a hell of a job. My issue is that the meeting was not open to the public. Therefore, a tactic of suppressing the VA’s problems. Typical political mumbo jumbo. These people are cunning and slick. I trust… Read more »
Sandy
Sandy
Thank you, Ben, for continuing the VCS legacy of bringing VA accountability. Missing the energy of Gordon Paul Erspamer, whose father died of VA radiation and succumbed himself to brain cancer in 2014, we all must keep up our efforts: great, as yours are, and small – like remembering Gordy. Keep educating all of us! For example, it was not the Obama administration that brought suicide prevention to the fore – it was the VCS arguments made by our esteemed… Read more »
nathaniel
nathaniel

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Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly

nathaniel or do you prefer Snowflake?

Hillary lost and there is nothing you can do about it.

The Forth Reich isn’t going to happen period.

ANutterVet
ANutterVet
@Nathaniel – You ignoramus! Go to grammar school. Your so intelligent you can’t find the cap key on your dam keyboard. Write your posts in lower case. I could only imagine what your social media posts look like. You most likely work for the VA or someone who is dearly close to you. Get your head out of your ass, before you met a Veteran who will shove it even further. Watch your step, you never know who you’re talking… Read more »
Ex va
Ex va

@Nathaneil, your two options, you listed three. Need to get that degree dude.

ANutterVet
ANutterVet

@Nathaniel – You stated in your post, “VETERANS ARE SUPPOSE TO BE TREATED LIKE SHIT . . .”

You little fucker. Unless you change you dam sticking thinking, you better hope you don’t cross my path. Your labeled as a threat to Veterans lives. This gives Veterans with PTSD a high priority right to protect themselves from you, even before you act. I recently purchased this, go ahead check it out snowflake.

“Say hello to my little friend,” “http://www.isciencetimes.com/articles/5786/20130802/largest-caliber-rifle-ssk-950-jdj-rounds.htm”

ANutterVet
ANutterVet

@Nathaniel – I forgot to mention that my posts are for entertainment purposes only. Even though, it’s best not to don’t knock on my door. And, this is not a threat, it’s a Code Zebra warning.

Dennis
Dennis
I can see it now when Trump gets sworn in that nothing is going to get changed at the VA. Trump has been waffling on every one of his campaign promises including the promises he’s made to us veterans. Nobody wanted the damn VA Sec. job except Shulkin, a non veteran. What does that tell us?! It says we’re going to have to put up with the same old crap and a person sitting up at the top who could… Read more »
Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly

You look like you are melting around the edges.

Hillary lost snowflake

I am truly looking forward to seeing her arrested.

Ex va
Ex va

@Nathaniel, what is your problem? You only have two options in life? You sure limit yourself. You are such a walking contradiction, you do not sound creditable. You lack education and sophistication. You need to finish eighth grade, go back to school and maybe some kind of charm school too. Attacking someone who knows what they are talking about does not make you knowledgeable.

Cctammy
Cctammy
Despite all the promises Trump made during his campaign, I think he doesn’t want to use political capital to secure the funding and resources needed to improve the VA, as evidenced by his pick for the VA Sec which will be status quo. I voted yes because under the Obama administration there were dramatic improvements to women’s care, both in terms of treatment and a dedicated women’s facility. Everyone keeps slamming the Obama administration, but at least the DNC listened… Read more »
Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly

Hi Snowflake,

Hillary lost Ha Ha.

Oh and the sled Hammer is about to come down. Truly going to enjoy watching.

91Veteran
91Veteran

I don’t like Trumps selection for SecVA either since he was present in an upper management position during several scandals under Obama’s term. My only option now is to hold Trump to his promises at reforming the VA.

As for female veterans, it stands to reason it improved regardless of whether Obama cared or not, simply because there are so many more female veterans now.

The VA could not continue ignoring you as they had.

Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly

I love watching snowflakes melt.

It reminds me of springtime when every thing is all fresh and new.

91Veteran
91Veteran
Ben, on your initial question of whether veterans benefited under Obama’s policies, I can only say yes, if those veterans were funeral directors. I’m curious what VA those 24% who said yes go to, what they go there for, and for how long they have been going. On your 5 problems that are listed, can you Ben honestly say that any of those problems were fixed? Became less of a problem under Obama? Or were given anything other than lip… Read more »
Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly

Pretty sure that most of the 24 votes came from the snowflake, or snowflakes that just started hitting the comment section. Likely it was just one using different names.

Shortly before about 3:10 there were only 4 yes votes then the snowflake storm and now it is reading the 24 votes that is like 20 yes votes in 20 minutes.

Lem
Lem

Do you have to demean your fellow veterans by calling them “snowflakes”. How about you call us bleeding heart liberals and we call you greedy conservatives? Can we ratchet it up a bit more for the sake of disunity and then we can certainly play into the hands of the 1% for a little longer. Continued division helps us get nowhere for veterans.

Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly

Lem

When some one comes to troll just because their candidate lost an election.

Not to add to a conversation but just to insult and troll. I think snowflake is a nice name rather than some others I can think of.

Given it appears that none of them are actually Veterans.

Lem
Lem
My candidate won! And I see a lot more promise than I saw in the Clinton years for veterans. And veterans are my sole call to arms. I don’t like the divisive way you are posting. “Snowflakes”, funny to whom? And your now posted remark assuming I am not an independent who voted for Trump. You are too quick to judge. Get the name calling out of it and let us unify veterans for veteran causes. To hell with the… Read more »
Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly
Lem, I am not going to change for you. When 3 post from a troll, or trolls, appear out of no where to talk trash the president elect. With multiple similarities in their posts. Not talking about what benefits came under Obama. Only how bad Trump is. With one small exception on the statement on women. It is clear it is one person trolling using multiple names or several trolling together. I personally take it as an insult that they… Read more »
Lem
Lem
Save your powder. Don’t go off on everyone to pick a fight. Trump doesn’t have everything right and neither did Obama. The ACA was a sell out to the Insurance companies. The sooner we get the money changers out of the mix the better. And I see the signal in Shukin’s nomination that we may go in that direction. But HMO style of “socialized medicine” or the VA’s care under some directors isn’t the answer either. That doesn’t means something… Read more »
ANutterVet
ANutterVet

The majority has spoken [you liberals don’t get this confused with the past Presidential Election, the poll is not based on the Electoral College], Obama’s policies did not make Veterans to be better off. 8 out of 10 Veterans say so according to the poll. The last I heard, 80% is greater portion than 20%.

Jo3n
Jo3n
@Nathaniel, I truly am sorry that you have become so angry, and apparently limited with what to do with your life. @Ben, what you have done with your life is remarkable. @Dennis, hearing you giving up on Trump, I’m hoping is a bit premature. I said I’m hoping. Been going back in history lately. Can’t seem to find a good time for Veterans. Sure, a parade here and there, but, never has there been a Ben K. Advocate for Veterans.… Read more »
Ex va
Ex va

Well stated.

namnibor
namnibor
Troll Traps! Get your troll traps here: Simple instructions for trapping a troll in its tracks is acquiring a few bear traps and then take any USA paper currency and rub the bills onto the shiny metal surface, being sure to cover all with the sweet smell of USA $$$. Set and forget. Sham Wow Troll Traps! If you call now to finally resolve that pesky troll problem, yes that’s right, we will send you a second Troll Trap, just… Read more »
ANutterVet
ANutterVet

@Namnibor , @Seymore Klearly , @Crazy elf – You folks crack me up. A little humor is better than VA meds.

ANutterVet
ANutterVet

Oh my, I don’t want to start a tiff. @91Veteran and @Ex va your appreciated as well. Just razzing you. I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings because they will turn me into the Democratic Discriminating and Disruptive Behavioral Police.

91Veteran
91Veteran

ANutterVet, I don’t get excited if I am left off.
You all would have to put up with me anyway.

🙂

namnibor
namnibor

To add some extra *punch* to your Troll Trap, simply place a Hillary image, any image of her in the very center of the Troll Trap or even a discarded Hillary email, and it’s like catnip to a buttburt snowflake. 🙂

Ex va
Ex va

@namnibor, i need to buy! Buy! Buy!! Need the troll trap. You could be talking to one and you may not even know it! You know something isn’t quite right and then bam! Some trolls are obvious, others are just confusing! It makes me think its a kid sometimes, other times they act like a va employee wanting to continue to try to abuse a Veteran during work hours. Some are just laughable, but can be a little irritating.

Lem
Lem

You are a lot of help towards gaining a united front on getting the VA reformed with posts like this one namnibor.

namnibor
namnibor

@Lem- You know, it’s good to just *lighten-up* from time to time. Humor adds a bit to camaraderie when so many of us are shy of being burnt-out from false hopes…so Lem, try to laugh at yourself, at life…those endorphins do wonders and are just as powerful as a Xanax Blow Dart at times.

Try it…just lighten-up a bit.

Lem
Lem

Calling others names is not laughable to the recipient. Only for the laugher who is trying to demean someone. Good, show some humor, but not schoolyard bully humor.

How did you like my humor? we instead call each other by our mean divisive tags as in extreme right for extreme left and vise versa? If we are going to be divisive then let us ratchet it up. Snowflake? Is it really funny? to who?

namnibor
namnibor

Lem, be careful now, you may find yourself caught in a troll trap. I’m smelling cabbage from your drive melt-off from your snowflake. Lighten-up and get over your self-righteousness, it’s becoming nauseating.

Lem
Lem

Yes, naminbor I am nauseated by the divisiveness of some of the posts. Politicizing the cause of veterans. Bullying some veterans off the board. You’ll never see the change you want divided so let us get it together and quit nauseating the board with divisive comments.

ANutterVet
ANutterVet

And, for an extra fee you can purchase the Troll Plus XL-950. I posted a link for your review: “http://www.isciencetimes.com/articles/5786/20130802/largest-caliber-rifle-ssk-950-jdj-rounds.htm”

Ex va
Ex va

@ANutterVet, good one! ROFL!

Crazy elf
Crazy elf

Hey, Seymore,
Is there any way you can get this to Ben?
I received it from;
“MLordandGod.com” about an hour ago.
Titled:
“Huge: Trump To Include Bloggers & Alt Media in Press Briefs – Moves Press Room Out of WH”

Posted 17 Jan 2017. (5:37 minutes long)

If he can’t make it, maybe he can send someone. Would be interesting if someone could ask Trump questions about the VA, then report on it back to Ben.
What do you think?

Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly

Hey Elf,

I am sure that if you post it here, like you have that Ben sees it Elf.

Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly
Also Elf, You asked “What do you think?” Personally I feel that for far to long these supposed reporters that are stationed at the White House have been nothing more than a propaganda arm of the Government. With their daily press briefings and all of them only reporting what is sanctioned by the White House. All the news agencies reporting the same exact thing like it has been written by the Government. There is no actual reporting going on. When… Read more »
namnibor
namnibor

I think this is great. REAL reporting from the frontlines of USA and straight from Veterans, NOT just the VA’s Public Affairs and Rosemary Williams and Snowflake friends.
Excellent timing with Benjamin working on his podcast and such and feeling like we are causing some momentum in awareness of how dire things are at the VA.

Those in the WH Press Room looked like children that just had their lollypops yanked out of their hands from the evil dentist. LOL!

ANutterVet
ANutterVet
@Seymore Klearly – The left downplays RT as a legitimate news source because they are afraid of the amount of Americans watching their programming. And, the left has less influence on controlling the news content on RT. Remember when Obama stated at a news conference to encourage Americans not watch RT? News flash; there are many Americans that watch RT. Why? ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, and others have loss credibility and accountability [there’s that word accountability again; connected to… Read more »
91Veteran
91Veteran
That’s exactly why the media are steaming mad about any changes to the WH press briefing. Its not so much control over what gets reported, but control over how something might be reported, if at all. Expanding how many appear in the briefing room threatens their power, and makes it much harder for them to spin what might be said. The press is all for freedom of the press when certain people are only reporting certain things. Trump calling out… Read more »
ANutterVet
ANutterVet
@Crazy elf – I’m sure that the Federal Government Agencies are completely aware of Ben. Not only because he testified especially for the DNC, but these people scour the online news media resources to hunt down those who don’t agree with their modalities pertaining to Veteran healthcare and other issues that makes them look bad. As far as I’m concerned, Bed should get an official request from PE Trump. I do believe that Ben is probably the leading Veteran Advocate,… Read more »
Ex va
Ex va
Well, if we go to D.C. Or Florida, we will need t-shirts made up, baseball caps and banners. Get out old uniform jackets wash and press. I am really hoping for the bloggers to get access to the new PE. That would be great. So sick of the fakers, i would like to see real changes. I hope to be able to send my documentation of the workings inside of va outpatient specialized clinics into hands that would be willing… Read more »
ANutterVet
ANutterVet
@Ex va – I hear ya Brother. Talking about the bullshit hoops that the VA puts Veterans through, it’s hard enough that a Veteran deals with debilitating pain, family members are under pressure because they want their love ones to get better, but the VA wants to add to the Veterans stress which has been scientifically proven to increase or attenuate pain. Wow, such compassion. Oh, excuse me I’m sorry for using my brain to that produces thoughts against the… Read more »
Ex va
Ex va
@ANutterVet, i believe they want Veterans to be discouraged seeking treatment. They cause undue stress. I have seen it too many times. The anxiety and stress, moving the clinics all over because the conversion of special funded monies into the same dysfunctional system. A new PTSD clinic remodeled, less than a year moved to a different location off station. The suicide prevention team is a failure. You cannot treat Veterans in crisis on an outpatient basis. If they attempted suicide,… Read more »
J.Klapper
J.Klapper
Obama bashing is fun. I get it. HOWEVER, when you made that presentation we did not know that one of the political parties was preparing to cross the line to TREASON, and that their obstructionism of EVERYTHING that the LAWFULLY ELECTED PRESIDENT did wasn’t merely overt racism, but that their leadership was prepared to DESTROY America if they themselves could not be the overlords of their serfs. 17 of our Intelligence agencies along with that President brought the Russian infiltration… Read more »
namnibor
namnibor

Snowflakes having a meltdown…it would almost be sad if it were not so fun to watch their snow globes burst.

Gurgle? (wasn’t “Klapper” the name of guy who invented the toilet or was it Crapper?) 🙂

Ex va
Ex va

Thomas Crapper, (Wikipedia) invented the toilet. Your good namnibor. LOL!!!!!

Ex va
Ex va
@J.Klapper, the question was “Were Veterans better off under the Obama administration”. It had nothing to do with bashing anyone…Executive branch is one third of power of our government. There is a lot of blame to go around such as Congress and the Judicial Branch that failed when in a class action lawsuit they said they lacked jurisdiction to tell another agency what to do. They reformed I.R.S. and other agencies when they were getting out of control abusing people.… Read more »
Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly
J. Snowflake Klapper, Are you talking about the same Obama that has been quietly help build up the Forth Reich over in Europe with American tax dollars? The same Obama that had 17 political appointees from intelligence agency sign on to that BS about Russian hacking so no one would look at the crimes that have been committed by Hillary & Bill? ~~~~~~~——-~~~~~~~~~~~~ “E.U. Plans Big Increase in Military Spending”, By James Kanter Nov. 30, 2016 “https://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/30/world/europe/eu-plans-big-increase-in-military-spending.html?_r=0” BRUSSELS — European… Read more »
Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly

I guess Klapper is disappointed that Hillary wasn’t able to sign control of our country over to the Fourth Reich of Germany.

Although between golf games Obama certainly was trying.

Lem
Lem

Can’t resist demeaning others can you Seymore. It is in your DNA. You want a fight I’ll give to you over demeaning any veteran. They did just as much as you did or probably more.

91Veteran
91Veteran
Really? Check out the news. Obama just wrote another check using the taxpayers checkbook giving another $500 million to some unaccountable Green Climate fund for climate adaptation for developing countries…whatever happy horseshit that is. I’m sure lots of leftist agitators will line up to get their hands on that…which is the second $500M he’s taken and pissed away on that fund. He could have done something to help vets but chose not to. Rather than come on here smearing everyone… Read more »
Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly

No doubt going strait to a bank account in Saipan. Where former Secretary of Veterans Affairs General Eric Shinseki is a member of the board. Also lets not forget that loophole where not only is money laundering still legal in Saipan but also slavery is still legal. And the money will still be on American Soil.

Lem
Lem

Never been to Saipan have you Seymore. Spent my honeymoon there and made several trips during my 10 years on Guam. Why lie about stuff like this?

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