Eighty percent of veterans surveyed about whether we are better off because of President Obama’s policies responded “no”.

With the inauguration and recent shake-up at the Department of Veterans Affairs, it seemed like good timing to post the responses to the survey we ran here two days ago.

Many of the veterans on both sides provided thoughtful responses worth highlighting here. Rather than edit out what individuals wrote, I decided to provide the raw answers for both sides unedited.

These are posted first with those who believe they are better off followed by those who believe veterans are not better off.

Personally, there is no question veterans were benefited in some ways. More veterans get benefits for Agent Orange from the Vietnam War 40 years ago. Veterans dying from Camp Lejeune toxic exposure will finally get compensation as last Friday after waiting 30-60 years.

Nice, those veterans still alive will get some benefits and recognition for their plight due to military failures to protect troops from toxic exposures. Gulf War veterans are still fighting for greater recognition of toxic exposures from 25 years ago.

However, despite some improvements, Obama maintained the status quo without addressing, head on, the wait time scandal that killed many veterans due to fraud. Secretary Robert McDonald told Congress he fired thousands of employees while the real number was 4. The union was never reformed. The backlog still exists for disability claims.

Despite the positive momentum on some issues, Obama’s legacy as it relates to veterans should be tarnished for not addressing ongoing fraud and related criminality that killed and continues to harm veterans nationwide.

Veterans Who Believe Obama Made Them Better Off

In my area (Birmingham, AL) the VA seems to be doing a better job of reducing the number of homeless vets. Also, I personally believe that the VA hospital here is doing a great job. Thanks
Many of my claims were granted, also received a great deal of assistance from vocational rehabilitation.
I believe that the last eight years the Obama administration tried to correct problems that have been identified in the VA were Republicans in congress are always trying to eliminate essential veteran’s benefits.
Appointed Shinseki as Sec. of VA. who then expanded AO presumptives.
increased speed of benefit processing for one, quite a feat given the VA – sadly bias and inconsistent standards still exists.
Developed the choice program
better options
I hate to put yes of all the bureaucracy still in existence. I have an appeal in that is over 4 years old now. Even though I am not happy and bitter about many things, the President has made some really good improvements!
Collectively and personally outcomes from the VBA although flawed are marginally improved, outcomes from the VHA are being subjected to intensive scrutiny and marginally improved too.
His leadership and compassion
He brought soldiers home
The fixes put in place are superficial, at best.     I speak only for the VBA (not VHA).   VBMS has been in place now for more than four years. With nearly everything that we do, there is more administrative burden and time-consuming tasks and a lot of duplicate work.
Scaling back of wars started under Bush regime.
He finally appointed a director who wasn’t a political hack.
Well it didn’t make things any worse nd you have only two options available. We will see with the Don.
Reduced the claims backlogs.
Sec. McDonald was a good pick and he’s worked on the transformation of VA and helping it move into this century.
Initial claims reduced dramatically and cleared
Started reforming the good old boy network and began getting the needed manpower and funding to handle the Republican wars
Women’s health care has dramatically improved for me both in terms of care and dedicated women’s facilities.
As a former worker within the VA beauracracy, I can unequivocally state that PBO’s policy changes led to a reduction in the Vietnam veterans backlog in claims.
The automation improvements have made direct contacts with staff less neccessary.
As a veteran I saw my medical care in the San Juan VA MC, PR be a top notch care in every aspect and with the new civilian care program. Overall awesome!
Because I am a veteran and I was successfully “awarded” a PTSD disability rating.
The automation improvements have made direct contacts with staff less neccessary.
Personal experiences with VA from 1995-present: Quicker response & more personal., but staff retention for long-term care remains a problem in some places.
The wait time for appointments are less.
The increase was lacking
Yes – almost no. I’m relatively new to the VA Healthcare system. However, I discern an attempt of improvement.   It’s big-ass boat, and it turns very slowly. However well Veterans Choice was intended, it still failed due to implementation by the same Beltway-Centric system.
Camp LeJeune water contamination benefits (some of them) were finally approved ; on his way out of office. Other than that, I would have answered NO. It only took the VA 28 years to finally do something for us Marines. How many more former service members will die before they take care of us?
It took me 40 years to get the ball rolling with the VA, especially, since I had put in a claim in 1975, after my attempted murder on me in 1974.

I received my PTSD in 2010, what a shame.   Remember, back then in the 70’s, they cared even less for veterans, many were just thrown in the streets, SAD!

The wait time for my “Service Connected” hearing aides dropped from 24 months to six. I spent more than $7.000 for hearing aids from 1968 when I was awarded a 10% disability. At that time I was told I was only entitled to1 pair in my lifetime and should wait for my hearing to worsen.
TBI reevaluations
Post 9/11 GI Bill 2.0 helped me go to Law School, and VocRehab helped me finish Law School. We are better off, but things could have been better on the whole.
He reopened the VA to all Veterans and that resulted in me and the Veterans I now assist with initiating claims in navigating both the VHA and BVA.
Increased funding
I have no problem with the VA. And to straighten out so large an organization will take a long time.
HE attempted to put an end to the endless combat in Afghanistan and Iraq and therefore created less veterans with problems that the VA will ignore
I was Null. Democrats fighting a union…tough situation. GET A NEW UNION.
I can see it by the lower back log percent
While I said yes (for me), the items are minimal often unbalanced negatively–shortened the adjudication line but increased denials and suicides–Choice but enriched a couple fee based insurance companies and their executives, etc. (better for vets but worse for taxpayers).
Obama inherited the problems at the VA and did the best he could to fix them during his time in the White House.


Veterans Who Believe Obama Did Not Make Them Better Off

It still takes 90 to see my provider.
Your kidding me,what did he do for us other than the choice card program. Which has backwards policies. Eventually you get to a Dr. Non VA. Let’s fix what we got first.
We are not
Corruption has become endemic with the Obama administration and the veterans suffered
Managers and unions took over the Department and the veteran out the door!
Absolutely nothing has changed, the fed unions run everything.
He ignored requests to help veterans obtain their basic benefits.
Fire the upper management team and bring back Allison Hickey
Public scrutiny forced some minor change.
I’m an African American who voted for Obama for both terms, however, unless the VA treats our veterans with dignity and better medical care by draining the swamps at the VA, our American society is doomed!
Still manipulating records

Still cant get appointments under 30 day. Been trying since August 2016 to get outside doctor for my feet and prosthetic.

He hired the wrong director
The va system was broken when he started, and the va system is broken when he ended.
He is a muslim.
Veterans continue to wait months for medical treatment and years for disability compensation.
In the last two years, I have seen positive changes at the VA. It is the result of all the negative stories that have come out in the press against them. It had NOTHING to do with any policies that the Obama administration had in place at the time.
It is still as difficult to get into and through the system.
I continue to see corruption and delays that demonstrates that what the President said was for show and was not willing to apply the change needed.
I have been on appeals for 12 years and am one of the 24,000 caught up in the TBI scandal and am 90% disabled.
Overall, the answer is no. Money was allocated to HUD/VASH, hiring more mental health workers, and claims were digitally fast-tracked. More money does not fix the problem(s).
Since 2014, WLA VA, California I’ve watched the personnel in Claims and Pension change-out. (Shifting the shit) Long Beach, CA VA, C&P denied my CO & VA Phychiatric claim of PTSD. Fucking Joke! Car Salesman!
The Va is for the VA only, The Veterans don’t matter
The suicide rate of veterans did not decrease nor did homelessness under his presidency. The Dept. of Veterans Affairs should have fired all senior management and non-performing staff and eliminate all union members.
I can’t explain why in one sentence or even a paragraph.
Lack of transparency in dealing with unlawful/ethical employee treatment of veterans as well as unresponsive leadership
The status quo of poor, overpriced service was allowed to continue; poor leadership had time to shift around and find protection for their jobs and salaries. There were many failures, the scandals uncovered can stand alone as testimony that Obama is a loser who cared about Vets for press clippings
Mr. Obama can only do so much. Congress holds the purse strings and they are not invested in funding or helping vets.
The was no legitimate push from the Administration to resolve anything – just words. The only real push seemed to come from Congress in getting the Veterans Choice Program started. Unfortunately, the resources weren’t there to match
Our vets are not being cared for and should get priority treatment….Including being able to seek medical care(physical, emotional and psychological) anywhere and have the govt pay for it.   They have earned it more than anyone else has in this country!
he loves the hell out of muslim terrorists and snowflakes, and hates veterans.
communists dont like veterans!
since when did politations care about veterans?
he allows quack Drs like linda borgtuno and ricardo pena to still work there and lets be honest,the politations want us dead so they dont have to spend money on us,but theyll throw money at people that have never done anything for this country!
15 years in the system; Agent Orange Prostate Cancer, VA has fought me every step of the way, no improvement in last 8 years.
Either Obama has done no good to the system or I see this due to the fact that I keep having more things happen mostly all related to my Vietnam service & heavy Agent Orange exposure while i was a “Ground Pounder” with the 82nd Airborne.
Military retired and especially those disabled are no better off now than before.
Obama stole money earmarked for veterans’ care and used it to take care of “Syrian refugees” that are un-vetted, impossible to vet, and almost universally subscribe to a political ideology that demands non-moslems convert, be enslaved or killed.
Because both my husband and myself have been proposed to lose some of our previous SC and we have both been waiting more than a year. My husbands physical for a heart condition was done by a   psychiatrist
Because both my husband and myself have been proposed to lose some of our previous SC and we have both been waiting more than a year. My husbands physical for a heart condition was done by a psychiatrist
I went to college on for two years, then I got a new vocational rehab counselor she disqualified me from Voc rehab and told me if I didn’t get a re-evaluation by a va doctor I couldn’t continue to pursuit my education.
Gaps in accountability, inconsistency and/or outright ignorance in adjudicating compensation claims, a growing backlog despite significantly more staffing, longer waiting times from claim to adjudication, and an increasing gap in veterans benefits being administered to veterans.
He continued to allow the corrupt activities especially among directorship of the VA’s and many of these Criminal   directors have gone unpunished such as Sharon Helman is not tried to clean up the VA he’s just made ingenuous lip service
no accountability of leaders in va or firing any leaders in va for doing wrong actions or not changing va.   entrenchments of bigness
Choice is a joke but worse, because of paperwork, my doctors are limited to 10 min appointments.
Nothing changed for the good at our VA.
Created division among veterans pre-911/post-911 in regards to caregiver program and 3 years after removed post-911 Ill veterans after caregiver program implemented.
No noticeable change in policies. Veterans may get their first mental health appointments sooner but thereafter it could take 6-7 weeks for follow up appointments. In the civilian community one can make an appointment in two weeks with a psychiatrist.
The system is still broke! The VA still has employees that work with a broken system on a daily basis that are to afraid to say anything out of fear that they will not be a protected whistle blower. The rural veteran is still being ignored with no fix even in sight. The choice system is broken…
It’s a great question and straight to the point.
The VA became remarkably worse under his administration.
I am worst off know then when I first went to the VA in 1978.
Poor quality C&P exams and poor quality diagnostics are caused by medical professionals that cannot do the job right because they have too many people that they must deal with, and I am a victim of that failure.
There are no change and Obama never held the top management to do things right. They even stop the va from enforcing the demand that Obama put into effect. Till the VA cleans house. I know my case the va never wanted my rate to get raised but the applet court got involved and them it jumped 40% to70
aiding illegal aliens, terrorist, transgender   was his concerns .
The core problem of the VA has always been accountability. And this is not as much of a VA problem as it is an Administration problem. Leadership starts at the top and no one has held the VA accountable for the crimes, yes crimes , they have committed.
Much worse bureaucratic hurdles, more corruption, and…….
The House Veterans Affairs Committee is in possession of emails that prove VA Dep Sec Sloan Gibson, the VA OIG (now retired), and White House Deputy Chief of Staff Nabor colluded to cover up the VAMC Phoenix waitlist scandal and the deaths of 293 veterans there.
Obama loathes the military and is only concerned with his legacy and Marxist agenda.
The VA employees lots of HACK doctors, also, it is there way or the highway cause there are never wrong(and thats a lie) also claims are denied at the drop of a hat. Dayton, ohio VA clinic is getting away with so much.
Decisions on pending cases take forever (mine 5 yrs) and the online web site (EBenefits) is worthless for finding up to date information concerning your submitted case i.e. whats happening!
I can’t get any help in medicine after 45 years any more of today do to his adding more problems of getting quality medicine instead of generic and lower cost medicine
Claims processing time has not decreased and there has been no improvement in health care.
vets station in Thailand are not getting the right help on their cancer claims from agent orange.
I am a victim
I’m still suffering from prostate cancer treatment SIDE EFFECTS associated with Hormonal Therapy/ZOLADEX, because it’s too easy for the VA to hide the harm done to veterans by their DRUGS & TREATMENT!!!
We did not know 8 years ago that the reason the REDpublicans were obstructing every possible improvement to any thing that Obama could make was nothing short of their desire for power had reached the point of willingness to destroy America to get it.   Now we know…
Lot of corruption and/or neglect in the higher levels of the VA Administration. The VA Medical Foster Care Homes providers are NOT given VA Veterans to fill their homes with 3 veterans in each home. This needs to be mandated from top down.

A Whistle Blower

Whistle Blower Protection Act.

Still the same problems in Benefits and Health side.
More veterans died under obama than in any other administration.
far too many claims are denied, the appeal process backlog is simply ridiculously long & the process can take up to 5 years or more. The VA clinics & Hospitals in my area have improved but still need a lot of work. The wait times are 40+ days, the knowledge of some of our VA clinc Doctors are substa
He has no respect for military.
Failure to prosecute administrators engaged in malfeasance. Problems with wait times swept under the carpet.
Fuck him
VA has gotten worse top tier admin needs to go
lim a veteran
Tricare went up, and deductibles, prescription deductibles and no cola pay raises 4 times and lame pay raises the other years. The above went up more then what the entire cola raises added together under Obama where.
Replace the VHA with Medicare-type insurance, real insurance…..
There is no consequence for VA employees or leadership when they fail in their mission, it’s not about serving vets but is instead about administrators keeping their jobs.
Absolutely nothing has changed in the base levels of care since 1993.
The disingenuous influence of non-Veteran, non-profit and for-profit special interests throughout the entire system, facilitated by the senior level DVA bureaucracy (the NAC funding trough being one example) under the guise of “public-private partnerships”.
He didnt fix wait times or the private practice.
Wounded warriors and soldiers are just props for him.
No accountability, PR spin on every issues instead of recognizing the problems and take action. He was a follower never showed any true leadership skills or ability.
It will take more than one administration to fix what has been for a long time.
Not much has changed.
Because the VA Administration continued to ‘REWARD’ themselves and did little to speed up services, correct past/present mistakes in VA Cases and pushed services to the outside medical world to look good but the delays still existed!
I believe that it was the scandals and whistle-blowers that forced the Govt. to make a few meaningful changes.
When it came to veterans he was all talk no action.
Employees of VA allowed to promote racial and partisan behavior as culture turned towards entitlements of the select, and punishment for the many. Lost too many friends during the last 8 years to drugs, alcohol, and suicides. All preventable with real sustainable treatments if not shamed for at VA.
Times are as bad as ever, it took from April 2016, to November 2016, to see my primary care Doc for the first time after moving here to Jacksonville, Florida!
He lacked the knowledge and leadership to help veterans the VA is as bad as it was 8 years ago
I’m still waiting 30 days just to see a regular doctor because Veterans Choice is actually a longer wait then that.
Has anything changed?
He ain’t done shit, Ben!!! U know it & I know it, so does the rest of the Veteran Community!!!
He did not care about veterans. Ben your blogs have done more than Obama.
He had a policy of not holding any VA employee accountable.
One thing is, the VSO’S have turned to supporting themselves and the Veterans and their families are more alone in this fight than I can remember.
Veteran care by employees at a record low at VA hospitals. I know I was a patient at Dallas CLC from 11/18/16 thru 1/09/17 and experienced the lack of respect for veterans medical needs!!!
Still have backlog
my husband has been part of the VA health care system since 2007. started out very bad then, not much better now in 2017.
The VA still does what it wants and ignores directives.
Refusal to pay ER bills putting vets in debt and allowing the VA to cripple me via ongoing poisoning.
O’Bama just hasn’t been forceful in holding the VA to accountability.
because none of the delay issues have been fixed nor is any noticeable progress/improvements been made. Veteran job programs are a joke with no real opportunity or assistance through existing programs.
The VA is in shambles and there is no fix in site, the Dem’s seem to not care at all about Veterans or active duty, continuously diminishing benefits and forgoing any financial support increases to alleviate the strain on military families both active and veteran.
No improvement in quality of medical services or in the quality of VA doctors and staff.
Scandals developed that were not resolved, and his attempts to fix problems often made them worse.
Because he knew veterans would not support him and only did things for groups that would support his agenda and vote for him and his cronies
The alternative, “Veterans Choice Program” is too complicated and “EXTREMELY” slow to get outside medical treatment approval…. “Veterans Suicide Rates” are not acceptable…..”Bad Actors” (employees) in the VA System are not being punished for misdeeds……Veteran Homelessness is just shameful..
They did not fix the Primary issue with the VA; a inept and criminal Administration and the Union.
Misguided priorities.
not really a term to think about , any American should use common sense and determine through Obama’s presidential actions, scandals and lies that he left veterans well beings to the personnel that enslave a system of false promises.
Finally McDonald helped Camp Lejeune victims
The current establishment, showed outwardly on camera to be concerned, but the reality, we got shoved in the corner and forgotten. Lets hope Trump has the entestinal fortitude to actually change the VA.
The current establishment, showed outwardly on camera to be concerned, but the reality, we got shoved in the corner and forgotten.
Obama ignored problems at va and the crimes at va continued to get worse.
Just for the simple fact that my brother’s medical care under the VA is nothing more than ongoing medical malpractice and just getting worse since he came back from Viet Nam.
The quality of care under Obama was much much worse then bush. I have been treated in multiple va facilities across the state of CA. Bakersfield is the only one I would give a sat rating to. They have very few specialists and most appointments are in LA or LB over 100 mile drive and pts are treated
Absolutely not! He had blinders on and denied that there were ongoing issues that were never addressed!
Besides the “Race division” he caused, he did the bare minimum in everything he did.
Just review the drafting committe you listed below!
Cause none of the many health issue’s that I’d suffer from still hasn’t been address for over forty five years or more now and my teeth are rotting in my mouth as I type….
For instance, if you write www.whitehouse.gov for VA help. They send it to the VA and they ignore it. No one follows up with you.
He’s A Muslim Here To “DESTROY” America !!!!
The list of press seeking DVA FOIA disclosure at the House VA Committee keeps getting longer; no access to VA info means no accountability at the grassroots level.
No interest in veterans with cursory attention after the Phoenix massacre.
The choice program is a joke
Barry’s mindset is pro Marxist-Muslim. Accordingly his priorities are not veteran oriented but attempt to implement future change toward his leftist agendas.
After 40 years of using the VA, I can tell you for certain, every aspect of my care has gone down in quality, cost’s have gone up substatially, and claims are denied by unqualified examiners.
We were seen but not took care of
I have been fighting with the va for benefit since 2014 and because of it there have been times that I have went days not being able to eat I can’t even afford my own place
Policies were more for Illegals than Americans!!!
Quality of care is still not good. Not enough well trained doctors.

I applied for additional disability and they lost my info. Can’t get anyone to respond to my claim.

Lots of talk and bluster. No real changes seen. I’m a service connected diabeti(x13 years) no glucose monitor or insulin pump.
PRES. Obama does not have good judgment (discernment) concerning veterans no insight.
I am 62 r old veteran with a 4 yr ptsd claim
The problem is still ongoing.
He did not provide treatments for brain-injured veterans — real healing of the underlying wound to the brain.
Policies are great but if there is little action to enforce them, they are not worth the paper they were written on.
Still in a mess, I was married over 8 months ago still no word on my wife’s (dependent) compensation…
Just in the area of economic opportunity alone, the Obama administration has repeatedly lied regarding employment numbers and “official” job growth – there are nearly 95 million Americans without work, and veterans have been hit by this bus extremely hard.
Still failed to change concurrent receipt laws for vets medically retired with less than 20 years of service.
My 30 year claim before the Court still pending, my 9 year old claim before the Board still pending!
no changes long waits
Just speaking for myself I was poison from a medication the VA put me on. They claim no responsibility. Only medication I took for an extended.period of time in my entire life. Destroyed kidney function down to 50% function on each side. Disputing things at this time
Benign neglectl
I have been fighting with the va for benefit since 2014 and because of it there have been times that I have went days not being able to eat I can’t even afford my own place
It’s hard to get proper medical care from the Marion va system. The doctors are aloud to treat veterans harshly.nothing is being done about it this has been going on for years and will not stop unless the system is redone
From my experience, here in Southern California, unemployment and homelessness of veterans have increased, while mentsl health of veterans were not taken seriously.
There is still no accountability to VA workers poor performance!
Made worst no increased and some disable veterans are not entittle to get mortgage loan unless perfect credit. Befits denied or holding some veterans for re-evaluation even though already declare disable100%.
The Obama Administration ignored and hunted whistleblowers throughout the country who reported wrong doing, this is not a funding issue as much as it is a bad management issue throught the VA! Bye Felicia!
Veterans are not fully aware of their benefit for which they qualify
There was no fundamental change at the VA; only updates around the margins. Same issues, different year.
This really got of hand,,
promise, promise, deny, deny and forget !
Appointments are still hard to get and some types of special treatments are still almost impossible to get.
still waiting from 2009 for disability approval?
still waiting from 2009 for disability approval?
because obomber works for the invaders of America who want to eliminate as many true americans as possible, therefore he has no incentive to improve vets care; indeed, he is just a puppet, dancing as his israeli masters say to dance.
All combat era veteran’s should be treated the same benefits.

Not specialized on one era only. Discriminating the older vets in services

My NOD has been sitting there for 6 months.
I have had nothing but problems trying to get care for both my service-connected and non-service connected medical conditions.
There is still a shortage of access to VA benefits and the wait time it takes to get said benefits, and to get seen by medical VA clinics.
The AfGE Union is still allowed to fester their anti-veteran care in the VA.
they made it very difficult to receive chronic pain medication inclusive of medical marijuana
When there is a mismatch between one’s words and deeds, you have extinguished any chance for accountability.
He failed to establish a strong legal policy of accountability at all levels…………
NOBAMA A     PUUSY   PUNK TO     THE AFGE UNION     @   FAT   PIG       DAVID   COX !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Obama, like his predecessor and successor, has to deal with an entrenched bureaucracy that exhibits more interest in the power structure of the department rather then the focus of the mission: take care of veterans who fought the country’s fights.
Nothing but lip service
VA suffers from a Bloated headquarters bureaucracy; non-veterans leading VA hospitals; no accountability when a veteran is mistreated; and hatred of whistleblowers by VA managers at all levels except at the very front lines (such as the squad leaders and the platoon leader in an infantry context).
Veterans Suicide is still abhorrent.
Corruption still runs rampant!
The lack of transparency,accountability, and a genuine true concern for veterans in all past wars and conflicts. Professional procrastination..Currently the V.A. uses a system of “Death” in stalling veterans claims. This is “”MALUM IN SE”. New “laws”for those that violate the public trust of veteran
The lack of transparency,accountability, and a genuine true concern for veterans in all past wars and conflicts. Professional procrastination..Currently the V.A. uses a system of “Death” in stalling veterans claims. This is “”MALUM IN SE”.
I don’t think I can put that much rage in one sentence.
Nothing was done on the frontline.
Obama’s “Change you can believe in”, became the reality sham of a “legacy” it is when Obama and his DOJ *refused* to prosecute VA fraudsters caught red-handed in the cookie jar.
Obama’s “Change you can believe in”, became the reality sham of a “legacy” it is when Obama and his DOJ *refused* to prosecute VA fraudsters caught red-handed in the cookie jar.
Appeals r 2/2 years out and waiting.
Pres. Obama sent the DOJ after a known thug was killed to try and make it just; however, he decided veterans mistreatment and deaths caused by the VA did not warrant or justify any action.
He was hands off in his approach, so that the blame could be shifted to his cabinet members. Look how he ignored Brandon Coleman publicly when he tried to ask him a question. Parading injured veterans around in his speeches another bs dog and pony show. Saluting with a cup of latte in your hand.
no change
The Executive Branch of Government is out of touch of Veteran’s needs.
Obama’s VA policies have seriously raised the level of corruption at the Veterans Administration while substantially lowering all levels of accountability.
Any policy or new program initiated by Washington became so twisted and corrupted by the medical centers administrators that there was little left of those good intentions that went into the medical care for the majority of Veterans, the va system is too corrupted and will remain so.
He is just another part of the problem we have in America today, politics, corruption, divisions, hate, greed, Feudalism, Hate for White people, Draconian laws and regulations, racial instigation, useless bureaucracy, malevolent activism, total dis-concern, golf, and much
nothing changed but got worst and many dead vets more money for doing nothing and we still have no one to take to jail for killing the vets
He lied


The numbers and Veteran comments say it all and would say a solid 80% Veteran Dissatisfaction/Disapproval Rate is right-on target. However, Obama does not have the audacity to accept that he failed at *anything* and that’s why Obama is sticking around D.C. to defend his so-called “legacy”…the swamp is more full of swamp beast snowflakes than ever before…drain that swamp! **WARNING** The snowflake melt-down and resulting melt-off on this inauguration day may induce floods of snowflake tears, so watch your… Read more »

President Obama = The Audacity of NOPE.

Crazy elf

It looks like the VA is not getting any better.
Hope we see real changes in the coming months.
Less than 6 hours until a new POTUS & VPOTUS are installed.

What’s interesting with just the poll taken here amongst Veterans is it’s actually polar opposite in percentages as what VA Sec. McDonald and Pres. Obama reported to public at his one and only Veteran/Military Town Hall a few months ago. I distinctly remember Obama saying that over 80% Veterans LOVE the VA….the numbers out in the wild polar opposite. Spin? Kind of like McDonald’s claim of firing over a 1000 employees when it was actually -4-? See the pattern?

I agree. Obama and McDonald both touted that BS, which meant the VA in general spouted the same nonsense, and the VSOs used the same number to defend them.


Also opposites of what IAVA and WWP want us to believe

From the top of the “Yes” comments. The homeless improvement was started by Bush Administration. I was taken off the street and put in an affordable apartment (ability to pay) in December of 2001. Hearing improvement: Not really. In 1987 it took me three years to get a hearing done in 1990 and 3 months to get a decision after that. Now I got a hearing in 3 years and it will take 3 more years to get a decision… Read more »

Wrong. You are on duty 24/7.


Read 38 CFR chapter 4. You can download it. And I was denied DAV assistance with my current appeal because my injuries weren’t combat related. 2012. So there are changes, I just don’t know how far they go compared to Vietnam Era when the DAV represented me. And how much it is just related to the ne DAV CEO’s huge increase in compensation for DAV duties.

Ben, With all due respect these numbers are skewed horribly. You only tabulated answers for the minority of those who have sought care at VA. This minority I speak of are vets that still live despite VA care. Don’t liquifying corpses in the morgue deserve some say in this matter? How about the endless rows of white headstones lined up precisely and neatly in pretty park settings across America? You left them out too. Do these numbers reflect the opinion… Read more »

Crow + Oak = Croak 🙂 (Dennis, hope you have the poop cannons manned)

Lisa a

My husband did not take the survey because he died waiting on treatment.


@Lisa a: Lisa, my God, that is just horrible. I am soo sorry for your loss. I am at a total loss of words. My heart goes out to you and your family. This should never have been allowed to happen.

@Lisa a – cj posted a comment to let us know about the unjustified loss of your husband. I’m so, so sorry for the passing of your dear husband. I will admit, because of your loss, I’m upset at the VA, and I just don’t have all of the soothing words to really express how I feel. Like cj said, this should have never happened. Every time I read stories of how Veterans have been treated in an unrighteous manner,… Read more »
Ex va
@ Lisa, so sorry to hear of your loss. I will be praying for you and your family. If you can share or need something please ask. There are many caring Veterans here and they would be honored to help in anyway they can. I can not express adequately how this lack of treatment should not be happening in this country to our beloved Veterans, such as your dear husband. Please correspond if you can, if not now, please do… Read more »

Dear Lisa a, accept my deepest condolences. Our prayers, thoughts, blessings and well wishes go out to you and the family in this most difficult of times.

cj co/ Jane White
Jane White January 31, 2017 at 4:49 pm Lisa, please contact me when you can! I truly care. My husband is still alive but, do not know how much longer. The misdiagnosed him, treated him with a bunch of drugs he did not need, for years.They watch him deteriorate and did nothing, not one test! Finally, he begged fro a MRI, this was granted! It revealed he needed brain and spinal cord surgery. The VA refused, even though he is… Read more »
Sorry for your loss. Sounds so meaningless, Jane. Like the empty, “Thank you for your service” mouthed by VA employees that should have done what is right. I tried, living homeless in DC, to speak out from May of 1995 until late 2001 when I finally re-joined m Japan to highlight the downturn at the VA after the introduction of “entitlement curtailment,” in the 1980s. I began my effort in 1988 with a letter writing campaign. It wasn’t until a… Read more »
JAMES ALLEN SMITH January 31, 2017 at 2:38 am LISA : My condolences & best wishes to you and all other dependents/ loved ones, friends, and others!MY ACTUAL BEST WISHES ARE ALL I KNOW THAT I CAN DO. I KNOW EXACTLY WHAT YOU MEAN ABOUT WAIT TIME. {fact}THEY have hung me out to dry more than once. {another fact} IN 09/2009 the va. IT’S too long wa story for me and my three, yep count em 3 fingers to print… Read more »

My post above applies to you as well. I’m sorry I couldn’t move the ball more and faster.

fred locke
I’ll try and be respectful with these comments. I am 60-plus years old, I voted for President Obama twice. If the Constitution allowed it I would of voted for him a third time. Regarding this website, I recommend this site to fellow veterans because I think Mr. Krause is trying to help veterans like me and many of us caught up in the VA bureaucracy. I try not to get caught up in the racial mudslinging that goes on here,… Read more »

Great post, Fred.

Crazy elf
@Fred locke, Good comment. Straight to the point. I’ll explain why I did not, and would never have voted for Obama. It was never due to his ‘ethnicity’, it was due to his accomplices in crime. His “reputation” is as follows! 1) he was a disciple of Saul Alinski. Alinski was a communist sympathizer. Who wound up working for Frank Nitti of the Capone Crime Family. Fact! 2) he was a follower of a church in Chicago for 20+ years.… Read more »
Fred, you had an excellent post, with the exception of suggesting any comment against Obama must be racist. Perhaps I misunderstand what you are saying. Obama was not a savior. He was not infallible. He was and is not above criticism. To paint that as racist is a disservice to actual racism and makes the term meaningless. I too hoped he failed at what he intended to do, which he stated was to fundamentally transform the nation. What he succeeded… Read more »
Crazy elf

Today being “Inauguration Day”, and a Friday, I wonder what surprises the VA, or any government agency, has in store for us as a “weekend dump”!?
I’m also curious as to “WHAT” the “NEW POTUS” will say AFTER his “swearing in”!
Will he reiterate some of his ‘talking points’ he made while campaigning? Or, will he be polite, to such a degree, as to not be willing to “DRAIN the SWAMP” as promised?

The crowning of the new king historically is full of sweaty bodies under layers of clcothes meant to hide their wine filled bellies and faces set meant to hide their intense desire for the whole bullshit ordeal to be over. Speeches will be sung to praise the new King, and he wil asscend (not a typo) upon the masses and bestow devine words upon upon the unwashed and unholy. A shaft of light will break through the clouds an a… Read more »

The leaked subjects doesn’t include veterans. I hope it was an oversight because if he doesn’t mention veterans in his inauguration speech it means he was just leading us on for votes. I hope and believer that is not the case.


He will barf up many words lolz. Just put on your safety glasses because those chunks can put an eye out. I believe in a good barf to cleanse the GI tract. His puke is Presidential now and I will likely believe in it as much as I believed in the old barf.

Marines have a wise acronym in anticipation of an event like today; BOHICA.

Semper Fi

After all, the survey is complete, tallied, and both yay and nay remarks are listed for all to read, it is my hope that no more of my Brothers and Sisters will not have to endure any more uncompassionate, incompetent, and corrupted medical care, modalities, and practices by the VA Healthcare System. And, that my Brothers and Sisters who are waiting for their hearings, that the process will be expedited fairly and quickly as possible. And, that the VA will… Read more »
Great post, nutter. It doesn’t take a life scientist to know that a lost limb to a category III or IV inductee means a lot more of a handicap than to a category I. Lot of double amputees occupy $90,000 plus per year jobs in the Central Office that a category II in the same situation couldn’t hold and they draw 100% on top of it. That is not to say they don’t deserve all they can get, just to… Read more »

Need comparative studies on the various induction categories with the disability compared to the same scores without the disability over an employment lifetime. Adequate data to do such a research for modern times exists with Vietnam Vets. The first veterans when the loss of a few points of IQ from organic brain syndromes make such a difference in financial well being.


Just for the record, it was on this very website that I both called the POTUS elect the “…biggest jackass in the land…” the praised the choice as ideal for shaking up VA.

That pretty much co ers my credibility problems no matter how all this plays out, right?


“then praised”… (it is a great joint, amd it is not considered a typo if you’re high)



Ralph D Carmona Sr

Think I’ll join you Dennis, anything to keep my head out of the old Morphine bottle.


I was up to 180mg/day morphine and 40mg/day hydrocodone courtesy of a VA doctor I never met. I am free of both drugs completely. Dabbing or puffing marijuanna extract is a great replacement and at my house all clocks are set to 4:20pm…


President Trump just made a kick ass speech and he definitely put all wallowing in the D.C. Swamp on notice without mincing words. He also put the Country on notice.
Let’s give our new POTUS a fair chance. It’s our time, not the establishment any longer…let’s hope Pres. Trump has some great “helpers” for VA Sec. Shulkin, he’s going to need a lot of swamp wranglers.

Pre. Trump said, “The forgotten people will no longer be forgotten in this USA”. Now, he did not qualify that, kept it inclusive or open to interpretation, but I am remaining positive that “Veterans” are in that mix because he did talk about beefing-up and taking care of our Military…cannot remember last time I heard a POTUS speech I really enjoyed…wait, it was Pres. Bush 8 years or so ago, yep. 🙂 We now have to hold Pres. Trump’s feet… Read more »

Just don’t hold yr breath the same time smfh. For a failed business man many times he sure sounds alot like a politrician

If you were honest and objective in looking at these comments, the vast majority of problems comes down to one word: Accountability. There has been none thoughout Obama’s term. He has a good deal of responsibility for that lack of accountability, but congress also gets their share of blame for refusing to force accountability. You can blame congress for holding the purse strings which I think is a red herring, or you can blame Obama for not demanding reform. Both… Read more »

In government speak, accountability equals enforced regulations instead of wink and not regulations.

Crazy elf

Quote: “accountability equals enforced regulations…”, Which, by the way Lem, IS the POTUS’s primary job, according to the Constitution! Look it up!


After 34 years of unenforced regulations and selectively enforced regulations, especially regarding the VA, We are hoping a businessman as POTUS and one who understands accounting controls enough to have gotten where is will finally see to it that at least the VA regulations will be enforced as written. And Secretary Directives contrary to regulations and law will be overturned.


Welcome to the United States of amnesia; President Obama I’m did W’s horrible slashing of funds to where had a veteran not registered with he VA by 2000; they could only be seen first service connected disability…
Luckily I registered and 99


That makes it on the Clinton watch doesn’t it Jason? Of course it could have been redone before the ACA but wasn’t.

Remember, if it were not for us Veterans, the citizens of the United States and other countries, would not have any freedoms. Mr. President Donald John Trump, please don’t renege on your promise; swiftly reform the VA. No more physicians hiding under the Federal umbrella, uphold accountability, removing the greedy union, fair and honorable compensation for Veterans with claims, implementing advanced medical modalities, prescribe medications that actually give Veterans relief from their medical ailments, stop labeling Veterans as drug seekers… Read more »

Executive need to be signed first, then may be lunch. Go ahead, eat, and enjoy. I’ll catch up with you later after I give you the benefit of the doubt by reviewing your previous performance again.


Executive Order that is. Mind slippage. Changing of the guard got me all excited.

Ex va
Thanks Ben for the survey. I believe it to be true numbers and honest responses. I have believed that the majority of Veterans are not served by the va and continue to suffer at the va’s incompetence. My beliefs are based on what i saw and heard during my experiences with the va medical centers outpatient clinics. On this blog, Veterans repeat same horror stories and incompetence of their personal experience. How can that be from Veterans from different parts… Read more »

@Ex va – Amen, to your statement, and to others with level headedness. Statements from trollers are ignored.

Seymore Klearly

Hey Elf, Namnibor,

We now have a new President.

Now for the snowflake meltdown!

Truly looking forward to Hillary’s upcoming arrest!


Sorry, even in Virginia they can’t arrest her for failing to give her husband blow jobs. And congratulations on putting a draft dodging TRAITOR to this country in office! Putin THANKS YOU from the very bottom of his re-establishing the USSR dreaming HEART! Your grandchildren will be so proud to know just how long and hard you dreamed of having them, your very own flesh and blood, grow up to be SERFS

Seymore Klearly

So Klapper,

Did Hillary get a pardon?

I know WikiLeaks has been waiting before release all the dirt since they didn’t want it scrubbed away by the power of the pen.

Seymore Klearly
Also Elf, Did you hear what WikiLeaks did to help celebrate the new President being sworn in? “WikiLeaks has released information that shows Hillary Clinton campaign staffers bribing 6 Republicans to “destroy Trump”. In an email from John Podesta to Huma Abedin, the pair discuss diverting Clinton campaign funds to various Republicans who were secretly on the Clinton payroll. The email, sent in July of this year, describes how funds were being diverted from Clinton’s campaign to the Super PACS… Read more »
Seymore Klearly

Senators Lindsay Graham and Jon McCain were also on the Clinton payroll.

Seymore Klearly

I know if I was an Arizona resident I would be truly pissed given the election was rigged to put failing McCain back in office. Even the Democrat candidate there was in on the arrangement.

From this it would look like if all the Vet’s that both think and care that Obama is a Muslim (He happens not to be, AND MORE IMPORTANTLY SO WHAT if he was) or any of the other complete non-sense that the Right-wing NUTS have been slandering him with the last 8 years was taken out of the picture, he did a lot better than he did. If anything he was a pretty blaaa as far as Vet’s go. But… Read more »
@Klapper – You do got the Klap right? Speaking that thick dripple. Don’t forget to take your antibiotics, and put on your depends to catch the wet drips. You one speak ’em little broken English. A true example of the dumbing down of American poster boy. Did you find that Sanctuary City yet to be safe? We’ve been sold such asinine bullshit, and its enough already. With no disrespect to human life, I don’t want my grandchildren growing up think… Read more »
Ex va

@ANutterVet, ROFL!!!!! LMAO!!!!! I needed that laugh!!! Thank you!!!

@Ex va – Please be careful while rolling on the floor and laughing. I don’t want you to hurt yourself, then being sued for damages in a liberal jurisdiction. Same here; LMAO, ouch, bumped my head. Got to get those depends that have thicker padding. Do they take food stamps for these items? Statements are for entertainment purposes only. I realize that many Veterans and citizens need food stamps in order to survive. I’m not that fucking ignorant. Even though,… Read more »
Ex va

@ANutterVet, i am a fall risk anyway. It is better to fall laughing than other emotions. Good attorneys are pretty much non existent here in the corn fields. LOL! Wouldn’t sue you, you help me. Yes, for entertainment purposes only. I do take it too seriously sometimes. It helps sharing sometimes, like i said helps me feel not so crazy at times too.

Seymore Klearly

Melting Snowflake!! J. Klapper


@Seymore Klearly – Right on my Brother. With your experience, I believe many on this blog depend on your keen sense of smell to detect the inflow of that stanky swamp water that tries to seep into the fresh. Therefore, initiating contamination.


@Seymore Klearly – I meant to say, “to stop the initiation of contamination.”

Seymore Klearly


That contamination understood. The main thing we need to worry about is with all the melting snowflakes they have to go somewhere. Can the sewer systems handling all that inflow.

I know Obama may have helped out by emptying so many prison cells. I am sure there are a few reserved for some of the drainage.

“I know Obama may have helped out by emptying so many prison cells. I am sure there are a few reserved for some of the drainage.” In the grand schema of things, there really is no displacement poo savings (DPS), as those 1,700+ freed federal prisoners are going to still poo and more than likely in the Projects of the cities, which are Federally Funded, swamp water all the same. No Displacement Poo Savings (PDS) have been found by RAND,… Read more »
Seymore Klearly

Nmnibor, your right can you imagine if Hillary had won they all would have been given SES positions at the VA.


Cry all you want over that worthless POS being gone, but there are many Americans rejoicing today because they no longer fear that petulant child using the full force of government to target private citizens.

Robert Dean Rose Jr.
We the PEOPLE must unite. We the PEOPLE must overcome the tyrannical policies of a few to provide a better life for so many chronic pain sufferers. PLEASE take a moment to print my letter and mail it (or better yet, hand deliver it) to news outlets in your hometown. If but one or two television, radio or newspaper runs with the story, WE will get our message out to the nation. We the PEOPLE will make a DIFFERENCE!!! +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++… Read more »
Seymore Klearly

With Trump promoting giving Veterans a choice in their own Health care.

Just think about how well that would solve the problem with Pain meds.


@Seymore Klearly – Yes, we can get away from the quacks.

FYI- Out in the private medical sector, due to the epidemic of abusers of pain meds, the private sector has been also yanking people (responsibly, unlike the VA) off pain meds, pulling that “evidence based medicine” crap where they don’t actually address the drug-seeking patients nor the M.D.’s that RX them, instead, evidence based medicine says, Since patient A is likely to abuse this given RX then ALL patients are so we simply remove the medication without addressing the problem.… Read more »
@Namnibor – Dam, that’s what I’ve been trying to tell my VA PCP [actually an untrained Nurse Practitioner in the study of Pain Management]. Colleges of higher education are the worst for spreading non-absolutes, tolerance of any moral flawed character, and especially the dumbing down of America. Many of these Ivy League Universities have even dramatically swayed from the reason they were established. Go figure you fucking neurotic snowflakes. Your dam belief system(s) are a threat to our society. I… Read more »
Seymore Klearly

Hey Lem,

How am I doing today? Do I meet with your guidelines?

Fricken Snowflake!!!

Crazy elf

Hey, Seymore,
Guess I’m doing what’s required also.

Yep, the snowflakes are out in force in Washington DC. The wife said, at around 3 pm est, over 95 had been arrested.

Seymore Klearly


I haven’t read much on it yet but weren’t doing all kinds of property damage to vehicles of people who were there to support Trump?

You know all that chicken shit type of stuff.

Seymore Klearly

Hey elf,

Been looking for some video of the demonstrations to see what size of crowds they were. All I can find are several sets of groups of 100-150 reporters following small groups of between 15 to 20 protesters.

They must be spread out in small groups around the city.

Have you found any good Vid?


“The higher we soar the smaller we appear to those who cannot fly.” – Nietzsche

Hail hail the New World Order King-of-Bullshit Donald Tweet is in order I’m still wondering Legally is he legitimate since FBI and other agencies find/found hackin was involved. Why it seems like everytime a Rethuglican gets in the office there’s some kind of corruption of votes (ex. GW Bush) kinda goes the way of the VA huh? There was alot of traction we in my opinion got from President Obama from the VA, I work as a claims advocate and… Read more »

@mark- Fuck Off Troll. Hillary lost and President Donald J. Trump has trampled your snowflake. GET OVER IT AND USED TO IT…but still fuck off, troll.


Glad you made it through O K Mark. Sorry you don’t want to see 38 CFR enforced. Or is it you never served at all? Maybe complaining about the few thousands of a mil in extra taxes you pay to take care of veterans’ entitlements.

Ex va
@Mark, i use to know people like you. You would complain about a quadriplegic having too high of medical bills and being listed at 100% disability. A young man who barely survived his war injuries shouldn’t be entitled to expensive 24 hour care. I use to read that shit coming from analysts complaining of high expenses for home bound Veterans. You haven’t a clue of what self sacrifice is or volunteering to help your brother. You are an overpaid no… Read more »
Seymore Klearly

Melt Away snowflake.

Tis spring time in American politics.

Seymore Klearly

Person calling themselves mark. What happened to all the commas that you usually use?


@Seymore Klearly- Those comas must have melted away…

@Mark – You little fucking slushy shit of a brain. You drip so much out of your anal fissured ass that you don’t know what the fuck your talking about. We’d see how you would do with the union covering your ass, you fucking cunt. I completely despise your dam comments, and the way you label Veterans who put their real asses on the line for your freedom in which you more than likely take advantage of. Why do I… Read more »
@Mark – I’ve also been watching the news, especially the hacking issue. All the Government talked about was a confidence level that Putin knew about or we were led to believe that Putin might have ordered the hacking. Here’s the kicker, at no time were any specifics pertaining to revealing pertinent evidence that directly linked Putin or any other Russian citizen. They always say “Sources.” Many want to know what sources, and showing positive proof of such hacking. I love… Read more »
John Cokos
One point to ponder on the Trump?Putin hack. It’s standard SOP for Russian State Security to run Counter-intel ops on any hi-profile American, particularly a billionaire businessman. They gather background for future use as a negotiating point. There’s no evidence that anything was set in motion to compromise. Internet/CIA gossip. There’s also no technical way that I’m aware of to manipulate the voting process. It’s for the most part an off line, internally structure process. The fact that George Soros… Read more »
Seymore Klearly

Hey David

Crazy elf

If your “VA location” is ever found out.
There will be a “pink slip” on your desktop in short order!

Well, by now Dennis, armed with poop cannon, after a rather large bowl of fruit loops, is napping and believing Trump is just a bad dream. Wake up… The pain clinics that have opened up in the past two years is making some very rich. I will not go to a pain clinic. Here, most are sleazy and dirty. I’m basically stuck with VA. Anyone who thinks that the VA is getting better, consider yourself lucky and blessed. You are… Read more »
Crazy elf
Jo3n, Down here in Florida there’s a war going on to shut down all those types “Pain Clinics” you speak of. Most have even been found to NOT have legal physicians in charge of them. Meaning there being run to “scam taxpayers monies”! Since our Attorney General, Pam Bondi, took over dozens of these illegitimate clinics have been busted. That’s a great thing, in my opinion. On the other hand, there’s got to be a way to help people with… Read more »
@Crazy elf- There was a time a few years ago here in Ohio where several BUS LOADS of “pain patients” got caught on their return in Ohio going to those very Florida Pain Pill Mills…these were before your NEW AG in Florida, because here in Ohio they could not really do much because your former AG refused to address the problem. To be clear, the “bus loads” were not legitimate seniors nor Vets seeking cheaper or more available meds, no,… Read more »
Crazy elf

I hear ya. The “Former” attorney general, which continued under other governors, was under Jeb Bush.
If you remember, Jeb’s daughter was caught red handed with crack cocaine. Her arrest pictures were very telling.
Plus, nothing happened to her. She got to go to a “rehab center”!
No trial ever occurred against her.
I know this is factual, because I’ve lived through his STUPIDITY of a governorship!


@Mark, 1. You need to change your job. 2., who and what you are is how I see VSO’S. Are you on a side? Figure it out and go work for them.

Crazy elf

Hey Seymore,
Check out this video. It’s dated 22 Dec. 2016, (9:30 minutes long). Yet, it’s very relevant because PRESIDENT Trump signed the order today, making “Gen. (Mad Dog) Mattis” the “Sec. of Defense”!
The Truth About Gen Mad Dog Mattis”

“Former Marines” praise him. These men fought with him in the Middle East. Who better to know him, than those who fought with him.
He’s considered a great man!

John Cokos

The only way to judge if Trump is effective is a case by case basis. He has a lot to live up to.

Seymore Klearly

That is very true. First 100 days is going to show the direction of the VA.

Seymore Klearly
Watched the Vid Elf. It is a strong statement regarding his being chosen. With what is going on with Germany and France trying to start the European Army he sounds like the kind of person we need right now. Even though they are claiming the European Army is to protect against the Russians. The real purpose is to maintain control over the European Union States themselves. France and Germany have not been paying their share on the cost of NATO… Read more »
Seymore Klearly
It is also important to note that the European Military currently is the third in nuclear weapons. First is the United States, second is Russia and the third is the EU. “Six EU states host nuclear weapons: France and the United Kingdom each have their own nuclear programmes, while Belgium, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands host US nuclear weapons as part of NATO’s nuclear sharing policy. Combined, the EU possesses 525 warheads, and hosts between 90 and 130 US warheads.… Read more »
John Cokos

Ben: Might have rephrased the question to “did you loose any ground “.
Take what you can get from the VA and let it go at that…

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