Veterans Affairs Deputy Secretary

Yesterday, President Donald Trump selected the assistant secretary at the Department of Veterans Affairs to support Secretary David Shulkin, MD.

According to the Washington Examiner, John Ullyot was selected to work in some kind of leadership capacity within VA. Early reports erroneously asserted Ullyot would replace Scott Blackburn, who presently functions as deputy secretary under David Shulkin, MD. Those reports were erroneous.

Instead, it would appear Ullyot will take over some other part of VA, most likely its public affairs division.

It will be curious to see how this plays out.

[UPDATE: 3/31/17 – Originally, it was reported that Ullyot would take over Scott Blackburn’s position. This is not accurate, and the story is updated to reflect this.]

John Ullyot Previous Employers

Ullyot previously worked at Brighton Strategy Group, as deputy communications director for the Trump campaign, and also as communications head for the Senate Veterans’ Affairs and Senate Armed Services Committees.

RELATED: See John Ullyot On LinkedIn

The selected assistant secretary served in the Marines for four years as an intelligence officer following graduation from Harvard. Curiously, before Harvard, Ullyot studied at the Pushkin State Russian Language Institute.

Here is a full list of his employers via LinkedIn (every position is related to public relations):

  • Trump Campaign
  • Brighton Strategy Group
  • High Lantern Group
  • Hill+Knowlton Strategies
  • US Senate Veterans Affairs Committee
  • AOL
  • Intel
  • Marine Corps

Here is his education via LinkedIn

  • Harvard University
  • Pushkin State Russian Language Institute
  • Deerfield Academy

One thing is for sure, Ullyot has worked in public relations and messaging for many, many years, and is well connected in DC. My guess is you can count on messaging from the agency being tightened up. Having a spinster serve under Shulkin may be a sign that Trump intends to redirect messaging in some way.

Think it will be a series of announcements like George W Bush’s now infamous “mission accomplished” announcement of the Iraq war over a decade ago?

Let’s hope not.

Previous Deputy Secretary Under McDonald

We were initially given the impression Ullyot was to take over Blackburn’s position, which was previously held by Sloan Gibson.

Sloan Gibson, the former deputy secretary under Bob McDonald, was a senior corporate executive. We saw Gibson fly all over the US to investigate and clean up messes for the administration through strategic messaging.

Ullyot is substantially younger than Gibson and does not appear to have the same experience managing large organizations. This was an early indication and reports from the Washington Examiner and others about Ullyot taking over Blackburn’s position was inaccurate.

Now, we are not totally sure what Ullyot will be doing, but it seems likely he will take over public affairs or work in communications in some capacity.

Source: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/trump-names-border-security-chief-and-veterans-affairs-assistant-secretary/article/2618962

179 COMMENTS

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  1. I’ll just keep my ears eyes tuned to that channel.
    Off the cuff judgment : dude’s a tool bag that will be used to further deepen the shit hole.

  2. I like to see a Veteran in some of these positions, i am hesitant to think that he will be part of a new era towards excellent va healthcare. All the public relations positions he worked in makes me worry that he will be part of damage control for the va than be a part of involving real changes for the good of Veterans in this corrupt va system. The va lately has been trying to improve their public image with all the bogus commercials telling the public how great va medical care is for the Veterans. This guy probably will be an extension of that false public relations propaganda.

    Where is the promise of better care and Veterans choosing their own doctors and providers for their care? I haven’t seen any moves towards improvements in that area.

    • “[One thing is for sure, Ullyot has worked in public relations and messaging for many, many years, and is well connected in DC. My guess is you can count on messaging from the agency being tightened up. Having a spinster serve under Shulkin may be a sign that Trump intends to redirect messaging in some way.]”

      Hope to be wrong, but seems he’s a damage control meat grinder sphincter spinster and again, I truly hope to be wrong but I have to also ask myself and anyone reading, where was his zeal to help clean-up the VA when the 2014 Phoenix VAMC Waitlist Scandal broke-out, or fellow Vets, maybe even Marines, that out in California the DoD wanted the reenlistment bonuses back?
      I ask because I do not recall his rather unique last name as a go-getter while all this time being oh so well-connected in D.C…..am I being nitpick petty here?
      As always give the man and Veteran a chance…but Lucy keeps yanking that football out from under me every time, but she claims it’s her “5 Cents Psychiatry” she’s practicing on me, teaching me the definition of insanity…it’s GETTING OLD, and so am I.

      Also, funny, how when on ‘CBS This Morning’ today when Toby Cosgrove was on, and throughout entire program unless I missed it, I never heard ONE PEEP about this new VA Deputy Under Sec….???

      • The article says:

        “Trump added John Ullyot as assistant secretary for public and intergovernmental affairs at the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.”

        This is not the DepSec.

      • Ben I have a question about the New Law to fire bad federal employee’s ? How is it going to work, how are these employee’s going to be identified. By just their boss or just another VA employee and if a veteran is harmed who do they go to, too file a legal complaint.

        What I have read is that or sounds like VA employee’s whom are reported will have the secretary look at their case and if a felony occurred or a felony effected their performance the secretary can fire out right and no judge can over turn it.

        Other’s that are reported can be reassigned or demoted and those can go through different channels and all referrals must go in front of congress members stating what their position is, where they worked and why they were not fired.

        I have not read who can report a federal employee. Are veterans going to be able to make a case or our we once again left out in the cold. After all we Veterans are as part of the VA, as are VA employee’s and when we say anything about the VA, the VA labels us as being Disruptive.

        The Patient Reps, are no help and only serve the director to try and shut the veterans up and try and talk the veteran out of filing a formal complaint.

        The VA has the disruptive committee to punish veterans. Veterans have no say so or any where to make a formal complaint. Do we write directly to the Secretaries office ?

        I have done this with McDonald and had a staff Member by the name of Stephanie call me and e-mail me and each time she said that the employee no longer worked for the VA and when I told her that she had been lied too about the employee not working for the VA or she was lying to me.

        After that Stephanie cut off correspondence and someone deleted the E-mails. So I know of at least one person working in the secretaries office, that will lie to veterans, to hinder an investigation.

        In the past the Secretaries office when they received a complaint, they send it back to the main facility to the director or chief of staff and some times they answer or they send the complaint right back to the employee making the allegation’s to answer themselves.

        If this is going to continue and management keeps covering up for bad employee’s or let the employee’s answer themselves with out an outside investigation, nothing will change.

        The VA and congress speak about veterans only as patients and not victims of employee abuse. Is there anyway to find out the procedure veterans can take to report employee’s outside of the VA higher Management. (Director, Chief of staff), when they become part of the problem (Cover UP).

  3. OK, I am a Marine and I went to public schools.

    On the face of it this pick seems tailor made for the VA! Ben lists his job duties in the Marine Corps as an “intelligence officer”… Who knew we even had those officers in the Marine Corps! Not a whole lot of that to order around or lead now is there?

    Yep. Business as usual. An officer to lead the intelligent who was selected of all places from The United States Marine Corps – perfect (at least he is a virgin in the matter).

  4. can you ask your friend, John Ullyot.
    whay i have waited since 2008 for my hearing and why for years i have to pay for service connected treatment.
    thank you
    wayne harper

  5. What do I think? It doesn’t bode well for veterans that use the VA to have another Harvard educated, former Senate VA committee spokeshack in such a position.

    Does this guy have any overseas deployments? Any combat zone duty?

    I get the impression there is a lot of politics as usual in DC, and this is an example of that. A former spokeshack for the Senate VA committee being put in place at the VA to keep an eye on things for them.

    Slick PR may cover up some issues, but it won’t cover up everything.

    I still give Trump 6 months. That is July 20th. If nothing changes by then, and things are not looking good, the VA will never be changed and his campaign using veterans was a fraud.

    I see this as little more than Isakson shoring up his Stairmaster.

  6. “[Ullyot previously worked at Brighton Strategy Group, as deputy communications director for the Trump campaign, and also as communications head for the Senate Veterans’ Affairs and Senate Armed Services Committees]”

    Again, where was his zeal to clean-up corruption at the VA and help fellow Vets while he served as the HEAD of Communications for Senate Veteran’s Affairs and Senate Armed Services Committee”?
    He HAD to have seen all the “chatter” about Vets being harmed, killed, rampant corruption, fraud and abuse while as of ALL things…a communications chief…I thought they listened to things but maybe I have that confused with the VA’s redefinition to manipulate then disseminate?

    I’m just saying, how do you just right away trust someone that’s been earlobe deep in the shit but cannot smell nor see it past the cookie jar? Again, I truly hope to be wrong.

  7. ?Ullyot?
    Methinks we just got another “D(eep)C(luster fuck)Insider”! Which, in my opinion, will allow almost every veteran receive the same bullshit we’ve been dealing with for decades!
    Hope I’m wrong. But, don’t think so!

    On the other hand Brothers and Sisters. We just got a bone thrown at us yesterday. President Trump has signed legislation, into law, making 29 March “Vietnam Veterans Day!”
    How’s that for “recognition for services rendered in Vietnam!” in the most fucked-up war we SERVED in!

    Sorry about the rants this day. Just tired of getting screwed over by a government. Who’s supposed to be taking care of us!

  8. The REAL question on everyones mind is just what new acronym they will name the new program to create the new VA in which everyone is kind, warm ,and fuzzy (KWF). “Kind. Friendly. Caring.” (KFC) might be hyper simple for VA folks to remember but it would only encourage bariatric behavior.

    I originally thought that W.I.N. might be a good one to replace ICARE because “Warm Intelligent Nursing” sounds so much better than ICARE (rapists often tell their victims that they “care” for them), but history shows that WIN failed.

    Gerald Ford was a nice guy, and he did after all officially end the Vietnam Conflict in 1975, but inflation was rampant at the time. He wanted to fix it and employed the governments fetish for stupid acronyms. So he came up with the Ivy League idea of “Whip Inflation Now” (WIN) that funnelled millions into a PR effort to convince Americans to reduce consumption and spending…. sort of like asking the VA to be “nice”, right? It succeeded in equal measure to the American publics opinion about what Gerry could go do with his acronym after he loaded it into a suppository.

    So WIN is out. “Bend Over Here It Comes Again” (BOHICA) would be more apt but the military folks already use that for their respective services and it might confuse the intelligent officers who seek out ICARE at VA. How about “United League Of Sincere Employees” (ULOSE) which can direct AFGE members to be “kind”, or at least for AFGE folks to direct them to remove their own members from veteran rectums?

    I eagerly await the final decision of the Intelligent Officer at VA in regards to the new slogan! Until then, BOHICA my broters and sisters!

    • “Kind. Friendly. Caring.” (KFC) might be actually dangerous for Veterans because the term “extra crispy” comes to mind, and I am not speaking of those crows either.
      Additionally, “Finger Licking Good” could be concerning if you have labs that day.

      However, I DO see the connection because this new generation of KFC’s Colonel is a bit creepy, just like the VA.

  9. Just checking. Am I supposed to celebrate VA acquiring another high dollar PR person? That may solve some of VA’s image problems, and help sueeze more tax dollars out of Congress, but it escapes me how it might help veterans.

  10. In looking for the linked news article on this, I searched on Wasington Post instead of Washington Examiner, and came up with an article from March 26 about Trumps new WH Office of American Innovation lead by his son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

    In it, it describes what this new office will do, including reforming the VA, and “reimagining veterans affairs”.

    “https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-taps-kushner-to-lead-a-swat-team-to-fix-government-with-business-ideas/2017/03/26/9714a8b6-1254-11e7-ada0-1489b735b3a3_story.html?utm_term=.01aa4304dd99”

    It discusses this team and business leaders being brought in to discuss fixing several problems.

    But if re-imaging or reimagining as the story puts it just means a new PR image for the VA without any other concrete reforms, it will fail miserably.

    The VA doesn’t need a shiny new image. They need serious reform where veterans are provided needed health care and treated as humans and with respect…not as a human test subject and as a means to getting rich from Big Pharma.

    Wanna reach out and give him some PR to clean up?

    His Twitter handle is @DCJohnnyU.

    Who he follows on Twitter suggests he’s either a leftist, or follows certain media types as a part of his PR job.

    He’s a form staffer for RINO turned Democrat Arlen Specter.

    An article in The Hill from 2008 days he lead Marines through the French Foreign Legion jungle training in French Guyana, leaving the Marines in 1995.

    The same article said he worked for Senator Warner until Warner retired.

    A CNN politics article from June 2016 says he served as Trumps head of communications during his campaign.

  11. I believe it will business as usual. The DOD will continue to deny the use of Agent Orange, Blue, White and Silvex on Guam when in the same breath the VA has awarded compensation to a very small set of Guam Veterans. I am also a Agent Orange Veteran of Guam who was stationed down at Apra Harbor for two years of the USS Proteus AS-19 while I was in the Corps. I witnessed spraying going on as have hundred of veterans, their dependents and what is the worst part about it is that the Chamorro/Guamanian population has a cancer rate four times higher than the US national average. I also have become friends with several of the men who actually sprayed at Andersen AFB and Naval Base Guam. Dow Chemical and Monsanto have admitted to these herbicides being on Guam….Agent Orange doesn’t discriminate, the government does!

    • “business as usual” is exactly and precisely the function of an employee union once the union deals with the actual sufferage of any employee upon initial founding of the union. Ask yourself, if the employees are not suffering under unjustifiable employer terms offered by The United States government, then what exactly is the union for?

      The union of AFGE exists partly to steer the course for better pay and benefits which is human, but once achieved as it has been in ludicrous fashion, the ONLY function of a union affiliated with the AFL/CIO (as AFGE proudly asserts) is to keep things the way they are. “Business as usual” is the Holy Grail of union leadership guiding the gravy boat down the River Green, and they will seek it with a vengence. My proof? My proof is contained in the sum of the horror tales perpetrated against veterans in which not one breathing soul was held accountable; business as usual at VA.

      In a union shop the oft tried phrasology of “the customer is always right” has no basis in reality because the UNION is always right. “Quality First” has no place where every place and position owes allegience to the union, and not the cause; business as usual.

      I could say that I beleive a change of POTUS will change the business of VA as we know it, but since I am already rated at 100% service connection for mental illness it would simply add unneeded evidence in my case so I don’t need to go saying crazy stuff anymore. At least not on purpose; business as usual.

  12. No more wait and see, isn’t 45+ years, long enoug? Yes, we still have WWII veterans fighting for what is rightfully theirs. I wll say it again, it is time to take action. No more talking. Start planning and let’s roll.
    Nothing will ever change untill WE make it change. Dennis’s explanation of history on this, speaks volumes, and it also proves, there is no interest in DC to change a fucking thing. It’s all about the va cash cow, and the afge piggies, not for a single solitary veteran:
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    MOOOOO! MOOOOOO! Oink Oink!

  13. As usual, I make it a habit of reading the comments before I post my own comment relating to Ben’s weekday articles. And, from what I’ve read in the current comments, I don’t think I’ll have to post today. I’m going to go with the intuition from my fellow Veterans on this one; officially stamped, “BUSINESS AS USUAL IN DC.”

    From the headlines of Ben’s article, I almost started to get really excited. Due to the cash cow, the AGFE piglets, and the gravy train components, I’m becoming emotionless when it comes to the VA. Until I screwed over some more. How about you?

  14. While I would like to think that this is a good thing, I do not.

    He was a Jarhead spook who may possibly have been headed for the CIA/NSA, then got derailed (for whatever reason) along the way. I am afraid that he is just another politico.

    We live in the world’s third most populous nation. We comprise approximately 4.44% of the world’s population.

    According to the American Bar Association there are currently 1,116,967 lawyers practicing in the United States. That is approximately one for every 300 people, or approximately 0.36% of the total population. These statistics relate only to those currently practicing and maintaining their licenses. There are far more with inactive or retired status.

    I think the problems within our government should be self-evident.

  15. Damn,
    “DevilDoc2017” beat me to the punch!
    “Happy Friday 2017!”

    This is the “Friday DUMP” we were hoping not to receive!

    Ben, “IF” he’s really your “friend”, why not try to clue him in on all the things he should be doing to help veterans.

  16. The question REALLY is not about who they do put in charge at VA. The question really is what script will they be given to act from. Personally I hink there is ONLY one Hollywood script they need to be given, and that is from nearly any John Wayne movie.

    In my absolutely favorite John Wayne moment, a jack ass man had been confronted by John. John dealt with the prick in the usual the straight forward way that he had, and as John turned to leave said, “I’m not gonna hit you.”

    Then after he blinked a few times in thought John then exclaimed, “The Hell I’m not!” and laid the guy out on the ground with a John Wayne punch that rung his bell and enabled learning to take place. I don’t think that John really disliked the guy more than he disliked anyone else, but of ALL the things that John Wayne was about, not least among them was change. In this plot he realized that the definition of “learning” is when a change of behavior takes place. He decided that learning had not yet taken place and he corrected it.

    His legal defense? “The man had it coming.” I love John Wayne logic! If the script POTUS trains his intelligent officer to read from is a John Wayne script then I will know that POTUS has True Grit. If he hands out the scripts (as usual) for Doogie Houser, M.D. then I will know it is business as usual.

    • This particular “John” with the last name of ‘Ullyot” may also be an insider for the company that makes official Hungry, Hungry Hippos board game, thus, now a wholesaler to the VHA System.

      Why would I suggest that?

      It just struck me after I also struck my head under my bathroom sink earlier today that if you spell “John Ullyot” last name of Ullyot backwards, you get “Toyllu”, and in my still reverberating brain, it all now somehow makes sort of like sense. The name certainly sounds much better backwards. Again, to my present brain.
      “Toyllu” could also be mistaken by a Londoner as a “Toy Toilet”.

      Excuse my brain. Still ringing.

  17. Sadly, President Trump missed out on an opportunity to actually put in someone who would have actually made a difference for ALL Veterans………. Now, we wait to see what happens under Shulkin and this Jar-Head Spook! God help us all…………

  18. You stated Sloan Gibson flew all over the place to clean up messes. I suspect Sloan Gibson covered up more messes than he cleaned up!

  19. “….Ullyot was selected to work in some kind of leadership capacity within VA….” Great. Convince people how much better the VA is functioning now the this president is in charge. Nothing has to functionally change mind you – just the message.

  20. @Cj, great art. Whatever position Ullyot will be occupying, he’s just gonna be another one of them. His history, other than being a Marine, a good thing, the rest of him is NOT good for us. Personally, I am getting tired, confused, and a little weary of ALL these damn Russian ties. @Seymour Klearly, I can use a little more reassurance about all the Russian stuff. And, S.K., I still believe AG Sessions is going to hurt America big time. Enjoy the weekend, and God Bless the Veterans.

    • Jo3n, I doubt this will provide much assurance regarding the Russians, but it should certainly make you ask questions.
      Within this article is a link to an MSNBC video in which a former Obama Pentagon official is describing gathering intelligence on Trump long before the election, spreading it around to other Obama officials and Democrat politicians on the hill.

      The timing of this suggests Obama and his thugs were using our Intel agencies to spy on any possible political opponent since some of this occured before Trump was nominated.

      This Intel supposedly was gathered by our federal agencies in the course of their targeting foreign officials. None of that is illegal.
      What IS illegal and makes the US look like a banana republic is that any US citizens also recorded in these intercepts had their names unmasked and leaked publicly.

      The Obama administration started this crap months ago, with the NYTimes reporting on this some time ago.

      The left has been busy smearing Trump and any in his administration with this Intel claiming there was something nefarious with Trumps people. The problem with that is much of that communication was done as a normal part of their job, and the left has offered nothing of evidence of anything bad going on.

      On the other hand, the mountain of evidence that Obama, his administration, Democrat politicians and many in media happily conspired in sharing this illegally gathered and leaked Intel is growing daily.

      Read the article. Watch the video of a former Obama official readily admitting to committing illegal acts.

      Then ask yourself why this isn’t a thousand times worse than Watergate.

      “https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2017/03/28/oh-my-president-obamas-own-defense-deputy-admits-obama-white-house-spied-on-candidatepresident-elect-trump/”

    • I can provide assurance;

      Be assured that Russia has the best interest of Russia in mind and that if it EVER became obvious to them in their eyes that it was necessary to launch an all out nuclear strike at America that

      1) they would not hesitate longer than one heartbeat to do it and,
      2) they have full capability.

      History assures us that Russia is extraordinarily powerful because they have a tradition of being extraordinarily brutal to those they perceive as weaker than them. Rest assured that their own troops are also capable of world class death. History assures us that they have trained for generations to actively undermine the interests of our country and most every other country on Earth if the effort makes it worthwhile to them, and that generally they do not err on the side of caution in this regard.

      These things are assured. Not good. Not evil. Just the way it is.

      • “These things are assured. Not good. Not evil. Just the way it is.”

        M.A.D. = Mutually Assured Destruction, it’s a real DoD term. They LOVE it. They also really love their Doomsday Clock. They also really LOVE all those cool blinky colored buttons.
        “Do you want to play a game of thermonuclear war?” — ‘War Games’ movie.

      • @Dennis – – – Spoken like a REAL Marine Spook. Your “Assurance Assessment” Clear, Concise, Correct.

        @Nam – – – When the WOPR clock reaches zero – – – Whoppers (BK) and all other nutritional nuggets will cease to exist in the Western Hemisphere. Except for the cockroaches.

        How about a nice game of Chess? My name is Joshua . . .

  21. This kid is full of shit. His resume (on LinkedIn) lists job descriptions, but NO RESULTS – at all – for every stupid position (“issues Management”) he has ever been hired for by other Harvard leftists that hired him. He is a nobody – just the YES-MAN type Shulkin would insist on to “work” for him, while Shulkin is deciding what he wants to be – a doctor?, no, a president of a hospital in NJ?, no, an entrepreneur/inventor of some old fucking database of “doctor quality” which didn’t amount to shit?, no, how about a politician?, no, maybe, but guess he’ll do a day’s work now and then seeing clients at NYC Harborside VA hospital because he wants to remain a doctor still?, no, blah, blah, blah…All of them FULL OF SHIT with NO SKILLS and NO IDEA on how to handle the VA’s millions of problems. Let’s all fuck’in clap. Good Show. How about doing away with the VA entirely? “Not on my watch” says tough guy Shitkin.

  22. Key Issues Veterans Are Concerned About

    • When will the President fulfill his campaign promise, “WE WILL TAKE CARE OF OUR VETERANS!”?
    • The Last time the New White House Senior Advisor for Veterans Affairs has been heard from , was the day He accepted the position.
    • What has he been tasked to accomplish and how is he interfacing with the Secretary Veterans Administration?
    • Why has the President/WH not responded to all of the emails that have been submitted by Veterans via the new Veterans Hot Line.
    • On the White House Web Page, under the column, Issues, there is no mention of Helping The Veterans?
    • On the web page for the House Committee for Veterans Affairs under Latest News, there is no mention of any current activity by the Committee to address a myriad of problems that Veterans are having in dealing with the VA?
    • Why has the new Secretary Veterans Administration ignored emails to him from many Veterans?

    These are key issues for all of us Veterans and they are lying dormant with nothing being done. The burning question from all Veterans regarding the President fulfilling his Campaign Promises is, “WHEN? WHEN? WHEN”?

  23. @91Veteran, I thank you. Just a little though. I live in today. What I am reading everywhere, supports some of the story. I’m always in search of the truth. I have an open mind. I don’t know how to not speak up when I see things. When I began this site, I believed it was about Veterans and their plight through the VA. Then, the election. Now, if anyone speaks their mind, or how one feels about Donald Trump, the feedback is about Obama. Are you telling me, that there isn’t a lot of Russian influence in the Whitehouse? Sorry 91Veteran, look again, the influence is there. And screw Obama. I’m talking about Trump. Are we Veterans saying things are better? I’m not seeing it. Why aren’t we talking about how much taxpayers money goes to The Trump family for whatever? Or, are we turning a blind eye. I’m just not sold on the way things are going. I really would like to know what happened to Choice Card? MY heart goes out to every Veteran and their families. I’m just not feeling good about corporations running amuck and doing what they want. Rant over….

    • I don’t disagree with you Jo3n, but my point in posting that comment was that I think the constant barrage of anything happening in DC must be the result of Russian meddling is a distraction from getting things done.

      I believe if there were evidence of criminal activity with Russia by Trump or his people, it would have been leaked already.

      My other point in posting that was to show how far this country has fallen when a president of either party will use something as powerful as our Intel agencies to spy on political opposition, then break the law by leaking select information to smear people, without evidence of wrong doing.

      Perhaps veterans could be heard and the VA could be getting fixed if the media wasn’t entirely focused on this smear campaign.

      Imagine the difference in how the media would cover this if it were Bush using Intel agencies to smear Obama after he took office.

      • I also think like the VA, the Press have for the most part become petulant children and when Trump pushed them back early in the game, I truly believe this is both the Press and Status Quo using all these Russian Connections and such to obscure (smokescreen) the intended business of “draining the swamp”…and no Party is innocent here.
        McCain and Graham have done nothing but throw gasoline onto this plus sticking their turkey necks into foreign affairs…stirring that pot.

        My opinion is D.C. requires something very drastic and that’s a TOTAL FLUSH.

        Obama remaining in D.C. makes it very handy to toss even more gasoline as needed on things and drum-up his minions for fundraising purposes, no doubt, more concerned about his damn legacy.

        My head might explode if I hear the name of Congress Critter NUNES or Gen. Flynn names again……oh no, now I did it………………………~~*POP*~~

  24. I don’t feel like being fucked around with tonight. My mind is in a confused state. The action potentials are firing off at a fast kinetic pace, that is destabilizing the synaptic balance ratio between the axon’s and dentrite’s of the plaque built up neurons. These specialized bundled ganglia cells are spewing, swollen, weeping, drooling, dripping, excreting, dribbling, fast-flying, flaring, oozing, seeping, slobbering, salivating, swinging, swaying, oncoming, oscillating, self-propelling, wiggling, and writhing. In other words, I have one dam throbbing migraine. Just sayin.

    • @ANutterVet, sorry your feeling bad tonight. i am too. the screen is hurting eyes and i have a headache not a migraine. migraines are the worst. I think the temps dropping today is hurting me. It was warm yesterday 70s and today in 50s windy, raining and cold. Makes me ache all over too. Hope the weather is getting better where you live. The unstable weather patterns mess me up. I have the confusion i think pain contributes. Hope you feel better soon.

      @cj, you out there?

      • @Ex va, @Jo3n, @cj, @Namnibor – Marginal Cognitive Impairment [MCI] is a condition before someone is diagnosed with Dementia, a condition that is very debilitating to those effected and taxing on the individual’s caretakers. I watched a Medical Frontiers Documentary Program on Japan’s NHK media outlet. NHK is rated as one of the most informative stations available today. Check it out. And, then lets eat some fresh fish and shellfish sashimi. Umm, good grinds. Come on, what are you going to do if you can’t cook your protein sources?

        @Namnibor – Been thinking about you and your family. Stay strong and take those time outs and enjoy the things in life that helps to reduce stress.

      • @ANutterVet, @cj, we don’t get great fish choices in the Midwest for raw fish. Bass, bluegill and some catfish is good around here. All cooked. LOL! Glad you are feeling better ANutterVet. Warm nice day here.

  25. @NutterVet, I truly hope I am not aiding the headache. You are right. Our Country is divided, and things are real hard to get to what’s really real. You know that old saying, you can fool some of the people…. I am fooled a lot lately. Sorry I am so( don’t know what I am talking about), just confusing times. Y’all have a great weekend.

    • @Jo3n: Our country is indeed divided, but……..the majority of veterans are not. We are a unique set of individuals, us veterans are. We transcend almost all forms of utter bs. and stand side by side, all of us good brothers and sisters, and also the families of the same, are united for the most part. This does not include the rapist, the criminals, the liars, or those that bear false witness against another brother or sister. Chin up buddy, we are an extremely large group of individuals, who don’t like to be fucked with. Nor do we like it when one of our kind is fucked with either. Think of a James Cagney movie “You dirty rat, you fucked with my brother/sister, and now, I’m going to fuck with you”

    • In fairness as a Marine attached to MSG duty in Quantico Virginia I was under the operational control as a Marine of the Secret Service. A necessary evil owing to the fact that MSG Marines are tasked with safeguarding our embassies and consolutes in countries that do not think of us as “friend” which with the possible exception of New Zealand (who has NEVER failed to fight beside us as needed) is just about ALL of them.

      This of necessity required a number of things from me – not the least of which was an understanding that nearly everything that they either taught me or that I was exposed to remain classified until they say otherwise. The idea is that our enemies RARELY if ever score a major intelligence coup which exposes our weakness. Rather it is the little tiny bits of info pieced together as you might put a jigsaw puzzle together in which they score information that can visit exceptionally grave harm to us. Our oath of silence was extracted because we do not benefit by giving the world any more pieces to that puzzle than absolutely necessary.

      If this new VA intelligent officer did not seem shady or his past seem murky then it would just mean that he had foresaken his own oath of silence. The question is can he transition from a job where absolute silence is prized more than gold, and often within their scope of influence mean the difference between life and death into a job where absolute honesty and transparency can only save lives? This is my concern – we hired somebody that is ostensibly REALLY GOOD at keeping his mouth shut or obfuscating facts into an agency that is infected with precisely that very disease.

  26. **BREAKING NEWS**

    VA Secretary Shulkin contracted with Oregon Farmers to provide poop canons for each and every VHA location on Earth, including that fancy hotel the VA owns in Paris, and all poop canons were synchronized via GPS and the switch was flicked-on at midnight and low and behold, from outer space you could see packs of rats with poop hats running away.
    The unfortunate side effect has also left seen from outer space, the map of the USA looks like it has adolescent poop acne problem with all the poop canons still left on at this time because VA Sec. Shulkin forget to let the good Oregonian Farmers know they also needed to be able to turn them off. Once the swamp is drained the poop canons will no longer have poop to pump, problem solved, but the environmental mess has provided many shovel-ready jobs for the newly unemployed hacks.

    Happy April Fools Day Folks!

  27. Ullyot studied at the Pushkin State Russian Language Institute…..LEE Harvey Oswald was a CIA puppet and so is this guy……………. An article in The Hill from 2008 days he lead Marines through the French Foreign Legion jungle training in French Guyana, leaving the Marines in 1995. WOW another RAMBO just like JOHN MCCAIN. what great HERO’S they pick ….take away his compass and his map he would be doing something ……. same old shit different day

    • Woopidy doo! He went through some jungle training…that does not make this dude any type of leader. He More than likely had good NCOs navigate for him and he, like most officers, took the credit for the whole OP.

  28. Wouldnt getting rid of the top 10% of VA Staff make the VA a whole lot safer for Veterans to get care? Rather than the top getting rid of the bottom 10% that won’t conform to their rules of neglect, lies, and outright murder…here a link to what I’m writing about: “http://taskandpurpose.com/va-benefit-firing-bottom-10-underperforming-staff/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=tp-today&utm_content=image”

    Seems to me the opportunity for more horrific shit is just about to be opened.

    • I took a healthy dump this morning. The top ten percent looked like shit. So did the bottom ten percent. As a matter of fact the whole damn brick looked like shit.

      My solution was just to flush all of the shit and let the sewer deal with it.

      • Even a chocolate covered turd made with only the very best pure dark chocolate, is still a turd at the top 10% all the way through to that latter 10%…a chocolate covered turd all the way to the last bite.
        If there’s actual chocolate covered caramel mixed-in with the turds, well more than likely that essence of turd taste has transmuted to also the good pieces of chocolate…making entire batch turds by association as goes the VA.

      • @Namnibor – Wait a second here. Before I checked for additional posts today, I was searching online for dark chocolate. This is synergy at its finest. Now I gotta go and take a dump. Seriously, this is a true.

        @Dennis – Its a good thing that you’re not on pain meds. Otherwise, if you didn’t put on disposable gloves to grab, squish, and to break up those bricks of poo, then you’d be dealing with it instead of the sewer. Know what I mean? Just sayin, cause it has happened to me. LMAO Seriously, it is all true.

      • @ANutterVet — I think you may be going about the recipe entirely wrong on the dark chocolate covered turds. Just saying. 🙂

  29. @cj @Ex va – Ok Ben’s world, good night and God bless you, your family, and the 4-legged household members. I stay a little . . . well, buzzed a bit; Amaretto, Brandy, . . . . What do you expect to happen when you don’t get proper medical care? . . . you leave this place. Good night all.

  30. I think the VA really needs a military approach to their new recruits and their current staff. First of all, tossing a person into VA raw and fresh from the street is like tossing a young Marine recruit into the drivers seat of a tank on his first day without any real idea of just what kind of damage the tank is capable of or even the slightest idea of how to operate it. We show them the trigger without telling them how to aim the main gun and we bless them with the words nearly every Marine or boy who dreams of being a Marine longs to hear; “Fire at will.”

    I suggest we enforce a grounds up approach to training. All VA recuits will be assigned as their first dutyy to burying dead vets. If they fuck it up who cares? I don’t admin either – I mean ALL raw scrubs get their hands on the dead bodies to bury them. Those who demonstrate a knack to get vets into the ground before they liquify will be promoted upwards into the hospital janitorial staff.

    Those who demonstrate a knack for cleaning up vomit, blood, an every other disgusting thing that oozes out of a vet will promoted to food service. Those who show an ability to avoid poisoning vets will be promoted to eiher Patient Advocate or they can dispense drugs (not in the street) to vets.

    This is more or less how the military works, right? Shit rolls downhill in the military but it is posssible to work your way up out of cleaning urinals with a toothbrush once you show a talent for it. On the flip side, we can put people like Diane Rubins back down burying dead vets. This is simlar to how the military operates with non-criminal ongoing behavior that is unnacceptable – you get put onto the urinal cleaning with a toothbrush rapid response team for six months and to work out of it those urinals have to be more sanitary than the day they were made.

    Shulkin allows another 1000 beterans to be tagged by the DBC? Back down to liquified corpse detail, and write a godamn paper about that, Doctor! I think this approach coupled with a reinstatement of crucifixtions for anyone at VA harming a United States vet, and we might see REAL and tangible reaults. Just a thought….

    Let us put this intelligence officer first into burial detail and let him demonstrate his commitment and attention to detail BEFORE we toss him the keys to the tank. If he can manage to get vets into the ground 9 out of 10 times before they rot in a VA shower room, then up the ladder he goes!

    • This intelligence officer would probably dig the hole and bury the veteran at same task/time by strapping deceased vets around bunker-busting bombs….disrespectfully efficient, the only VA way.

    • The only request I have for your plan Dennis is that 1 slot be reserved for the director and 1 slot be rotated among the Chief of Staff, Chief of Nursing and a patient advocate.

      They would be mandated pallbearers for every vet dying at their hospital.

      That way they can see the final results of their staff fuckups.

      No bonus if they miss a single funeral. Half pay if they miss 2 and fired if they miss 3.

  31. To all.
    Sean Spicer made a great reply to a “Leftist Propaganda News Media Reporter” on Friday.

    “If President Trump put Russian Dressing” on his salad, That means he’s “…colluding with the Russians!”

    Spicer also said, “Selling condo’s to the Russians is a far cry from selling 20% of our uranium to Russian corporations!”

    That about sums it up on any “Collusion between President Trump and the Russians!”

  32. @Ex va, @ANutterVet, @Jo3n: Anyone around this here ghost town? I know people have actual lives, but come on, no post’s today? Yer all runnin shivers up me spine mate. Oh where, oh where have the people gone, oh where oh where can they beeeee. ʕ•̫͡•ʕ*̫͡*ʕ•͓͡•ʔ-̫͡-ʕ•̫͡•ʔ*̫͡*ʔ-̫͡-ʔ

      • @Ex va: You need to try and get more sleep than that. I slept most of the weekend. I tilled a side garden, and them my neighbors garden, and that tired me out for the rest of the day. Today I didn’t do much but not felling well. Hows you?

      • @cj, sounds like you did a lot this weekend. Good for you. Not doing well either. Feel a little wired because of the lack of sleep. Lol! I hope to get some sleep tonight. Not much chatter over the weekend on the blog. The weather is getting better people are doing things.

      • @Ex va: I see that, and am surprised by there being no chatter. Once you get some rest you wont be so wired. Being wired also makes you feel sick.

  33. Okay then, God Bless and:
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      • @cj, vet says both of the dogs are overweight. Lol! They are terrier mix. The one wants to stay in the house the other is an outside dog. Chases squirrels all day. It is a smooth coat fox terrier mix.

  34. @Ex va: I am still trying to figure out what is screwed up on my computer. I have tested this damn thing inside out. I run a stress test and it passes, then I wait for a crash, then stress test it right away and it shows a harware error. Reboot and all good. It is driving me up a wall.

    • @cj, do you know when it first started?? I thought it may have been this site. I think someone was trying to hack my computer. Changed some security measures. I haven’t had problems in weeks i switched linksystem so neighbors can’t get on internet and set up password security. I think it made a difference.

      • @Ex va: It started after a system upgrade. It happens with arch linux from time to time. They will eventually fix it, but I like to figure out before they do and fix it myself. It forces you to learn your system more. I won’t say it’s impossible to hack into my computer, but highly unlikely, I use every security setting, and software there is for a linux system.

      • @cj, i am not as tech as you are i am trying to learn. I had an old internet router. I bought a newer one because i think the neighbors were trying to use my internet. I try using a lot of security settings. I think if they want to they will try to hack.

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  36. @Ex va: If I could figure out how people put pictures next to their name, maybe I could insert the cupcake in the rain gif for an avatar.

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  38. @Ex va: I messed up. type forward slash, cap X, backslash, left parenth, apostrophe, dash, apostophe,right parenth, forward slash, cap X. backslash.

    • @Ex va: I can’t figure that one out. I think you do it throuh wordpress, I am not familiar with that. Would have to ask Dennis.

      • @cj, i need to call it a night.?my eyes are burning. God Bless you and yours. hope you feel better tomorrow. i hope to get some sleep.????

    • @Ex va: [email protected]

  39. God Bless and :
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  40. Very off topic: Raccoons.

    “A group of raccoons is called a gaze. Raccoons are sociable animals within the family group.”

    ^ I had to look this up because I awoke to the group chattering of what looked like a generation or two worth of raccoons this morning making a very effective assault on a large dumpster. It reminded me a bit of what happened after midnight feedings or getting a Gremlin wet in that infamous movie, ‘Gremlins’.

    As I was picking-up the ample trash around dumpster and realizing how utterly destructive the raccoons are, but deceptively cuddly and cute, perhaps setting several gazes of raccoons loose at all VHA’s will clean-out house without having to resort to those environmentally messy poop canons?

    There would be the end problem of getting the raccoons to leave. Maybe just let the raccoons have all the VHA structures to prevent the AFGE from coming back then give Medicaid/Medicare and 100% Choice for all Vets!

    The gaze of raccoons may work in draining D.C. Swamp as well. If it truly works, all the raccoons want in return is to solely operate America’s waste management services. No flag, no State, just all the refuge and be in raccoon heaven. Win/Win.
    (For additional small request of -1- raccoon image on USA flag, raccoons will eat all AFGE members) 🙂

    • Note: The term “Nursery” is used interchanged with “Gaze” when referring to a group of raccoons. I’m thinking both these terms will assist in raccoons taking-over and replacing AFGE filth.

      “Gaze upon our new nursery” could be written on large box containing raccoons delivered to each VHA like Trojan Horses…but Trojan Raccoons.

      Word of the day is…raccoon.

    • Nam, if you released say 3 raccoons, make sure you label them 1, 2 & 4.

      That would keep any bureaucrat busy for about a month.

      • LMAO! 🙂 I would go further with: 1a, 2b, & 4a. That would call into question possibly more than -1- missing raccoon. Possibly –5- missing raccoons. 🙂

      • Doing that might even get the VA researchers distracted from testing on veterans if they were looking for test subject 1a or 2b.

      • Flaw to my plan would be once the raccoons hit the VA pharmacy, we then would have crack head type raccoons looking for their next fix. Would not be pretty.

      • What’s black/brown and white with red stripes all over?

        A raccoon and a VA shrink fighting over a bottle of morphine.

      • Yeah, I’m thinking after the carnage clears, all those raccoons will likely be wearing VA shrink shrunken head hats as vengeance for all those Daniel Boone hats over the years.

  41. Correlations between Raccoons and the VA = They both will fight like hell when confronted. Shit. Getting tired of getting bit by this animal: VA.

  42. @namnibor: I have your raccoon afge flag. Not sure it will post. I couldn’t get it to post as a test on an earlier blog article. Maybe I posted too many and the spam filter is catching it.

  43. >> “…and also as communications head for the Senate Veterans’ Affairs and Senate Armed Services Committees.”

    any of you veterans ever contact this committee or the other one? did they in fact really help generally speaking? or was maybe just a few outliers helped and the majority of us other veterans weren’t helped at all except for the cute boilerplate letter we have received? another paid spokesperson…and who do you think mr educated will speak for…veterans and their decades of plights, or the VA/VBA/D.C. swampers?

    @Ben wrote: “Let’s hope not.”

    indeed, let us all hope not.

    While the build up in funds, tech, equip & training for our mil is becoming a reality, and sorely needed…as i’m very pro-mil, i would like to see President Trump and his admin REALLY put some fixes/accountability into VA/VBA. i don’t think President Trump is scared of AFGE at all and he surely hasn’t forgotten the LARGE block of veterans that voted for him this time around. so while he upgrades the finest mil & mil personnel in the world, for goodness sakes, don’t forget the screw job VA/VBA/AFGE has put on veterans and veteran families for decades.

    @namnibor:

    “…where was his zeal to help clean-up the VA when the 2014 Phoenix VAMC Waitlist Scandal broke-out, or fellow Vets, maybe even Marines, that out in California the DoD wanted the reenlistment bonuses back?”

    excellent point(s). and as many veterans keep posting, why in common-senses name does AZ ppl keep putting mccain in office…at least in the context that he has done zero real quantifiable fixing at AZ VA.

    • The chair of the Senate VA committee blocked me on Twitter. Does that count?

      I think every tweet I sent launched his ass into orbit off his Stairmaster.

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