Whistleblower Asks Trump To Fix VA Healthcare Backlog Purge Of 500,000 Claims

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Healthcare Backlog Purge

VA whistleblower Scott Davis has asked President Donald Trump to address the improperly processed healthcare backlog purge of over 500,000 claims.

Last year, Scott Davis blew the whistle on a VA plan to purge its backlog of healthcare claims for over 500,000 veterans. The agency subsequently proceeded to purge the backlog and not surprisingly mismanaged the process.

SUBJECT: Whistleblower Disclosure to President Trump – VA Purging 500,000+ Pending Veteran Health Care Applications From Backlog

Hello Mr. President:

I am sending your office a follow up disclosure regarding the 840,000 Veterans in the pending backlog for VA healthcare benefits (660,000 currently pending and 180,000 pending applications  purged, because they were confirmed deceased, but were never reviewed for enrollment eligibility or equitable relief as required by law. ) 540,000 living Veterans in the Pending Backlog were supposed to receive notification letters.  However this process was grossly mismanaged.

Please consider the following according to the attached VA internal document:

Of the 494,428 Veterans requiring written notification, 229,366 (46%) letters were identified as not successfully mailed for the following reasons:

1. 77,145 Veteran addresses were identified by the Bad Address Indicator (BAI) in the Enrollment System (ES), resulting in the ES not generating a record to send to the print vendor for processing/mailing a letter. 

2. 53,919 Veteran addresses were not accepted by the print vendor’s address validation software, resulting in these letters not being sent.

3. 98,302 addresses were recognized by the US Postal Service as undeliverable after letters were mailed by the print vendor; an exception file of the records was sent to the print vendor to identify affected Veterans.

VA officials mixed up the notification letters as admitted in the 12/28/2016 email to Dr. Shulkin below, which states “However, 440,410  of those 545,000 letters instructed Veterans that we needed means test information when they really needed to provide military information and vice versa.”  The VA’s own documents confirm that nearly half of the Veterans who were supposed to receive notification letters didn’t receive them.  Based on this information it would be unconscionable for the administration to allow VA to go forward with their plans of purging these applications.

Why does this matter?

Mr. President, every year 1 out of every 5 Veterans applying for VA healthcare benefits will end up in the Pending Backlog.  In FY 2016 nearly 600,000 Veterans sought VA healthcare benefits. 120,000 of these Veterans had their application for healthcare placed in the Pending Backlog.

I would encourage you to read the following article: VA leaders botched plan to fix backlog for health benefits   http://www.myajc.com/news/national/leaders-botched-plan-fix-backlog-for-health-benefits/rSBs1lLvmano7mVjukeEdL/ .

The articles provides audio recordings of meetings with VA officials responsible for fixing the Pending Backlog admitting that they were told not to give instructions to VA hospital enrollment staff on how to process pending records.

Mr. President, I urge you to intervene in this matter by instructing VA to halt any plans to declare these applications abandoned and/ or incomplete. 

Thank you for your time and consideration with this matter.  I can be reached at 678-516-9890 or [email protected] , if your staff have any questions about the Pending Backlog.

Respectfully:

Scott Davis

VA Whistleblower

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Warhorse
Warhorse

VSO’s you suck, AFGE you suck as well. Fuck off VA. Would be interesting to have statistic of how many Vets have passed on while waiting for their claim to be resolved.

Bruce M.
Bruce M.

AGREE with ALL!
I reply with: “Delay, Deny and Hope that I Die!”
My claim is almost 15 yrs old.

Kris Berry
Kris Berry

You can add my brother to the list as of yesterday. 3 yrs of paperwork, miss diagnosis due to run around, 3-4 months between each appointment and appointments changing to eye exams? Then have to reschedule? Finally sent to see a surgeon to take out his gall bladder(after diagnosing appendix, ulcers, stomach flue, intestine blockage, pancreas) that surgeon notice something else and sent him back to VA- diagnosed with lymph node cancer this past December and died yesterday. Disgraceful for any medical institute let alone one for veterans. Any other business with this many issues would have been shut down already. To anyone who can make get me in the position I am offering my personal experience and will bring a crew of people who know how to run a business to LEAN out the VA, streamline patient care, remove the bureaucracy and run it like a hospital should be run, with patients in mind.

Warhorse
Warhorse

My thoughts are with you Kris and your family. VA needs to be taken down hard.

cj
cj

@Kris Berry: Kris, I am also very sorry for your loss. Criminal to the core is what the VA is.

91Veteran
91Veteran

I am sorry for your loss. What happened is such an incredible disgrace, and shows just how many incompetent people work at the VA that could not properly diagnose him.

I hope you consider pursuing this and filing complaints against the licenses of those who missed a diagnosis all those times.

If VA leadership refuses to act, you might as well act for them.

namnibor
namnibor

@Kris- Prayers.

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Walter Jasniewski
Walter Jasniewski

“It’s easier not to go to the VA and not get help than to go to the VA and not get help”

I was medically retired (TDRL) out of the Army in 1994 for TBI, I spent 6 months in hospitals with the last 4 at Walter Reed.
When I got out of the Army I went to the VA on and off for problems, but it didn’t take long to figure out that it was pointless. Within the first 10 minutes I usually got the impression that the provider I was trying to get help from was less than interested that I was in front of them.
I moved to Tampa in 2009 and got into the Tampa VA’s TBI program. I spent 8 months in the program going 3 to 4 days a week for most of the day for rehab related appointments. The TBI doctors stated that I had a very severe TBI. I was given a 40% rating for TBI, on top of my 30% for Post Traumatic Encephalopathy (Brain Damage).
I put in for an increase for TBI a couple years later. I was working at the VA as a Laborer, many people I met at the VA told me I should be rated a lot higher. I saw a General Medicine PA for my Comp & Pen and he stated that he wasn’t sure I had a TBI, but if I did, it must have been a very minimal one. The VA dropped my TBI rating from 40% to 0%. My doctors from the TBI program could not believe what was written by the General Medicine PA.
I contested it, the turned me down. I thought I was appealing to the Board of Veteran’s Appeals, but I was told that my claim is dead. 6 years down the drain.

I am now rated:
50% for Major Depression
10% for Thyroid problems
0% for TBI

Lem
Lem

Something new. My links that I didn’t put in quotes posted without being held up.

I’m 70% combined. I also have records with diminishing remarks such as “not sure he has seizures” in spite of EEG records and a 1990 diagnosis of “altered state of consciousness” during a hospitalization.

james gallegos
james gallegos

Ben wrote an article about how the VA was using unqualified persons to complete TBI examinations thousands and you should reapply. Get all your records military and VA, the VA seems not to look for themselves and evidence is not looked at.

I also applied and denied and I obtained all my records from the VA, Cat scans, MRI’s and Neurologists reports confirming the TBI. I am sending this to the Secretaries office to see if they will help. I am 100% for PTSD and I have been told by a VA employee, why do you want the TBI as service connected you are already 100%.

Why because I have one and if something should happen to me and it was related to the Brain, the VA can deny any claim from my wife. Plus I can obtain treatment for it, since its been over 40 years without treatment its permeant, damage done from lack of treatment.

Lem
Lem

As expected

namnibor
namnibor

RAT BASTARDS! Sounds as if the VA was all set for “SHREDGATE 2017”. VA and VSO Piggies, bite me!

Dennis
Dennis

The letter needs no refinement, but I am wondering about the word “veteran”. Somewhere along the line that word has become watered down to the point of being meaningless to most folks. I do not mean that hearts and goodwill in America look at veterans as meaningless persons, but perhaps they have become accustomed to an easy label? At some point eveh the label gets shortened, and reduced from what it was to just the word “vet”. At that point we apply the word “backlog” to describe a human being in need of help, but not just one human being. Backlog means “more than we can count” when used this way. Vet backlog is something that doesnt sound so aweful really – just a meaningless number too big to know for sure… and America buys it.

Mr. President, might I suggest that in every place in the letter that the word “veteran” is used, that you insert instead the words; “worthy human being whose lives matter and have proven themselves worthy to our country., and in the place of “backlog” the phrase “and we let them down.” This suggestion is only for clarity sake.

The phrases are a bit longer than the single words, but when I do this to the letter it takes on new meaning. It seems more important somehow and it is my opinion that a President do something important when sitting in the Big Chair.

Jackie Snyder
Jackie Snyder

I absolutely agree with you. Very eloquently written I might add.

91Veteran
91Veteran

I suspect there are plenty of internal VA memos discussing this where they inserted the word, stakeholder in place of vet or veteran.

Makes them feel better when it’s more sanitary.

namnibor
namnibor

We Veterans would love to insert a few stakes in choice places. That would make us violently happy stakeholders simply trying to kill the big scary AFGE Union Vampire and last I knew from folklore, stakes still do the trick and when in a pinch, am pretty sure a rake would work, making we Veterans ‘rakeholders’, which sounds much better to my brain. 🙂

Windguy
Windguy

Stakeholder is Washington buzz-speak for including the money changers. Always, always follow the money.

Jackie Snyder
Jackie Snyder

Now it makes sense the Va told the mail they sent was undeliverable! Fucktards!

Susan
Susan

Beware Scott Davis you’re a marked man. The VA despises whistleblowers and they will make your life miserable.

james gallegos
james gallegos

are you one of them going to make his life miserable. you sound like a va employee. sounds like you are making a real threat.

Susan
Susan

No I’m an ex VA employee and a whistleblower. I’ve experienced retaliation from VA management and I know firsthand what they’re capable of ….

james gallegos
james gallegos

its good you cleared that up. Its good to state it as such so we don’t get the wrong impression. Please share your story of what happened and who was involved. I too am a former VA worker who had management falsely accuse me and the VA punished me as a veteran, not a VA employee.

I am a veteran first and management did not like me, because I read and read and knew the regulations or knew where to find the information I needed.

Retaliation, is rampart and the cause of the failure of the VA.

Who wants to work in a place where you have to worry all the time about someone falsely reporting you or you go to them with a complaint and they use it against you.

Pass the new law or shut the VA down. National security risk.

91Veteran
91Veteran

I just cannot understand how VA employees would react if their paychecks were processed, not processed, assigned to a backlog or purged simply because VA finance lost track of the employee in the same grab-ass manner as they process claims by veterans.

Or how fast and how far Isakson would fly off his Stairmaster after reading a letter from some crony contractor who didn’t get paid.

I have visions of old Johnny Isakson flying across the room like he was launched from a catapult.

Why is it these other things can be processed so fast and so accurately, yet the claims process or just simple enrollment is such an ongoing disaster?

This cannot be anything other than intentional with political support from people who would scream bloody murder if their paycheck was a day late or a dollar short.

james gallegos
james gallegos

your right. I am sure they have safety measurer’s in place to make sure that would never happen or maybe three employee’s assigned to double and triple check.

It a whole different ball game, when it effects VA employee’s. The VA is for Employee’s, not veterans, were are a non factor. If the VA makes a mistake concerning veterans, they figure it’s just one veteran and move on. They don’t seem to know that one veterans after another ad’s up into the thousands.

Mess with their checks and bonus’s our senators and congressman would be raising hell. When veterans need assistance they hide. no where to be seen.

but your right.

Jo3n
Jo3n

@Ben, The article is something that needs to be dealt with now. This describes just how, one way, administration in the VA system are harming Veterans in so many ways. This jerk who appears to be in charge, Eitutus, has his head up his ass. In the article, it says, VA officials, (no names), told staff to be creative in disposing of back log. Sounds like a back door way of telling our finest, just get rid of it anyway they could. This is a Root problem with a snow ball going downhill effect. Being that the truth of the matter within the VA is cunning and illusive, I am not sure we are hearing the whole story. Wonder if Veterans will ever get a straight answer to any of VA execs. Shulkin’s known about this for years. Funny, he never mentioned it. I have no clue as to what transparency means to this administration. God Bless the Veterans. Why do they always report, VA execs, but no names? Leaves me with a good story, without a name. Transparency? Just more cover-ups.

91Veteran
91Veteran

Oh, but the article says Isakson has asked Shulkin to fix the enrollment problems so veterans don’t suffer from the agency’s mistakes.

Gee, Isakson mustered up a lot of concern to make that statement.

On something reported on and happening right in his own backyard.

Since Davis has been blowing the whistle on this since 2014, what would take Isakson to finally wake the hell up and do something more than just meekly ask the Secretary pretty please?

So the VA has been known for years to deny a first time claim knowing a huge percentage of vets, veterans will just go away and never bother those poor, overworked hacks again.

Anyone else get the sense this is a variation of that? Try enroll, never hear back and the vet goes away or dies?

Imagine the money wasted on sending a letter to 44,0410 veterans with wrong information because some VA hack was too stupid or lazy to double check the letter before it was sent.

The linked article says a VA spokeshack said the letters sent were “reasonable and appropriate”, but they contained the wrong fucking request for information, so 440,410 were just screwed because they likely would have provided what the VA asked for.

If Isakson was concerned in the slightest over this, he would be demanding to know who in upper VA management ordered other VA management not to answer questions about how to enroll veterans.

I can’t see Isakson working up much effort over this. Pathetic rat bastard.

Lem
Lem

Costly to many. Obama Care required veterans to use the VA. You have to deny being a veteran to sign up for assisted premium payments. And if you didn’t get signed up you didn’t get a VA verification to submit for your taxes this year meaning a penalty for not having health care insurance.

Suggest Ben do a class action to recover the premiums and penalties for those 500,000 veterans.

Crazy elf
Crazy elf

Here’s my take on this “letter to POTUS!”

It doesn’t matter what the “contents” of a letter to POTUS contains. Whether it’s to have him – “investigate wrongdoings in VA”, “Asking/BEGGING for help with anything” or whatever else is on our minds. Here’s my opinion!

For example; POTUS just signed into law, by executive order, a new mandate allowing better healthcare through the Choice Program! He even stated, on video; “Veterans can use the doctor of their choice!” (paraphrasing)!

To this I say – “It’s all BULLSHIT!”
POTUS can sign all the executive orders he wants into law! The problem is – The fuckin’ VA refuses to follow any laws!

Until VA employees, from “Fucktard Shulkin” on down, the AFGE and VSO’s are held accountable and responsible, (sent to prison), for their actions against veterans. Nothing will change!

RANT OVER FOR NOW!
“FUCK THE VA, AFGE AND VSO’s!”

Bill
Bill

They Shred claims and supporting documents so they can get they Bonuses. I think it’s about time that we can Sue them on a Personal Level for such actions. That would stop them dead in their tracks.

Lem
Lem

Not necessary to sue on a person to person level. And person to person is much more difficult to prove “who did it.” But not so difficult to prove it was done or that your claim was ignored. And the affect will be the same. The person circular filing will be found out and fired which is where you want to go. Plus you get your claim processed at the same time.

Have a similar problem since 1991. Now in reconsideration at the VA General Counsel’s Office and expect a settlement soon because it is so obvious.

Just received some forms. Because of the delay my last employer has been dead for almost 20 years. Office closed.

91Veteran
91Veteran

Good to see you here Crazy Elf.

Crazy elf
Crazy elf

Thanks brother.
Wasn’t doing to good this past week. Having bad bouts with the “peripheral neuropathy” in legs, feet and arms. Can’t seem to walk correctly. My speech is even getting slurred.
Can’t stand up for more than a few minutes at a time! Weakness and lots of Fuckin’ pain!
Used to be able to control it with my mind. Not so much any more!
VA, PCP, says there’s nothing they can do!

91Veteran
91Veteran

Pathetic how quickly they give up without trying anything to help.

namnibor
namnibor

@Crazy elf- I take Lyrica, 300mg a day, the max dose for my peripheral neuropathy and I bought a knockoff brand memory foam bed, which made a world of difference and even memory foam insoles for shoes. It helps as much as the Lyrica. I try not to take any pain med pills these days, so it’s doing things in the periphery to make your surroundings more accommodating or forgiving to neuropathy. Not much else they can do.
In last year and half I dieted for my health and lost 50 LBs and quit smoking cigs 3 years ago, but have to say since I lost that weight, the skin is more concentrated with peripheral neuropathy needles and pins….not fun.

David Leo Rice
David Leo Rice

I wonder if that is part of the plan. Nothing to do with letters, rather the application (eBenefits,works in progress) that I had worked on for 10 months. It is gone and not one of the 11 people I talked to could explain or help. I doubt I will be able to gather the needed evidence in the less than two months prior to my FDC expiring. Not that I have much paperwork to go through, 7 milk cartons of records, a lot of it doctor’s notes which are not legible and the fact that the only pages missing are the are the less than a dozen or so to prove some of my claims. In 46 years nothing has really changed that much.

Donald Avant
Donald Avant

Yet another example of VA ineptitude…They can’t do anything right…and this is a HUUUGEEE example…Time to flush the VA down the toilet and turn all claims and payments over to SS and turn medical care over to Champus…

namnibor
namnibor

@Donald Avant- Interestingly, I have yet-to-date ever to hear anyone that utilizes Champa to have any problems getting the healthcare they require, medications, and they can indeed go to any Dr. that accepts Medicare and Champa.
I have a neighbor that’s a widowed dependent and I cannot talk reason with her about the plight of Veterans against the VA….because she assumes it’s SURELY as SMOOTH SAILING and BETTER at the VA…and she always ends that sentence with, “The VA only wants the VERY BEST for our Veterans…”

There lies the rub. MOST USA Citizens think this as well but it could not be further from the truth. If the VA ran even 50% as smooth as Champa does, we would not have the problems we have been living with for decades+.

The VA Pubic Affairs (spelling for emphasis) keeps spending million$ on spinning that lie to the American Public…while the VA plays Pubic Affairs. Yep, I am insinuating the VA are a bunch of dickheads.

Why is it smooth sailing for dependents and survivors? My guess is that population is more or less too integrated within the civilian community and VA Pubic Affairs fears the cat might get out of the bag…there, I even mentioned pussy….cats. 🙂 VA Pubic Affairs at work, hardly.

Crazy elf
Crazy elf

Hey, namnibor. You do realize, once a vampire has been “staked”, the “head must be cut off as well!”

I’m up for a little nightly “coffin hunting”! Killing the “undead” can’t be classified as murder! Or should we wait until the “break of day”?

namnibor
namnibor

The light of the moon works for this bearwolf.

LP
LP

Champa is crap here in central TX.
Almost No one will accept it Even though they accept medicare AND the Champa folks tell us repeatedly that Everyone accepts it…it’s a fucking farse. Shit show. Lie. Just as maddening as the VA

cj
cj

Nothing is going to change, unless we pick up arms and make it change, untill then, nobody gives a shit about any damn veteran.

See, you should have joined the liberal controlled, higher education system. Instead you dumbasses, just had to go fight your lil war, and profiteering the industrial war machine. Forcing thousands of lil liberal to get jobs at the VA, although they absolutely HATE, anything to do with you baby killing, momma killing, daddy killing soldiers.

How dare you expect them to do their jobs? isn’t the fact you made them join the AFGE/SES bad enough? Those poor lil union workers are worked to the damn bone, for YOU,……..You coldhearted, inconsiderate, assholes, why don’t you all go jump off a cliff? Quit your whinning already, and man/woman up.

Now, for those that don’t know me, I am indeed being sarcastic. All except the very first sentence, that is serious as a rattler snake in your birthday cake.
Crazy elf is right, they need to be in jail.

namnibor
namnibor

Did someone say there was cake?

James Gallegos
James Gallegos

Be careful what you say. You see it in the news made threats about using arms.

First amendment rights are for the few, you are a veteran and it seems this right does not include veterans.

They can twist your words to fit them.

Our only hope is the VA committee on veterans affairs to pass the Holman Rule into law.

It seems the VA has placed a member into the committee to sabatoge the outcome.

Use the phone, e-mail and letters as our weapons. But action is needed by everyone not just veterans.

How about going to Washington. I know I’m beating a dead horse. About someone standing up and being the lead.

cj
cj

To be clear, since I see some are cautious about my statement in the first paragraph above. True as it may be what I said, it was not a call to arms. It was a statement that nothing will change untill. Simply put another way………………………..NOTHING IS EVER GOING TO CHANGE…………..PERIOD. There is too much money at stake, and the union thugs use threats against politicians, and they get away with it over and over again. We are not going to win out over any unions. Our politicians are spineless, traitorous. jellyfish, who are incapable of doing what’s right, instead of what keeps them in power. No disrespect was intended against the jellyfish population, I know you lil critters have much more honor than any politician.

Peace out. I don’t wish to comment any further on any subject. I will still read the blog each day, and follow any links you guys leave. I am just tired of saying the same shit over and over.

james gallegos
james gallegos

Information Only. The reason I commented on the subject is that the VA has a Bad habit of twisting words veterans say. Even though its just a simple statement they will and do report veterans to their disruptive committee, for simple statements.

Example: I was speaking with a fellow patient and during that conversation the patient asked why are you in the hospital. I proceeded to advise him that I had been waiting 40 years to be treated, that the VA had denied my disability claim over and over.

That I had to hire an attorney and won my case, that the VA had stated that my official military records were destroyed in the saint louis fire in 1973, which was not the case. I stated I am rated at 30% and I believe that I should be rated at 100%.

Telling him in a normal conversation, You know I wish the rater who did my claim back in 1973 would have been shot in the head like I was and then they would know what I had to go through for the last 40 years without treatment ! Example statement: If they would have walked a mile in my shoes they would think different.

Now that statement was overheard and reported to a nurse, that I said I wanted to shoot the rater who did my claim. I had and have no clue who did my rating or where. The nurse reported it to the VA that I wanted to shoot the rater.

So the VA issued a duty to report a threat and they punished me for the statement. It did not end there A former coworker was informed about it at my local clinic and she hated me and took the opportunity to advise the disruptive committee, that I would come into my local clinic at least twice a month and become disruptive. She did not state how many months that this occurred, what dates, times, who was present and witnessed the disruptive behavior.

In fact the employee did not have to furnish any written evidence of any disruptive behavior as required by VA regulations. They then changed the story from he wanted to shoot the rater, to he wanted to shoot staff at the Denver VA and later changed again to he wanted to shoot certain employee’s at his local CBOC.

So, I am trying to help veterans understand that even when they say something innocent the VA will twist their words to make it sound like the veteran wanted to do harm. They do not need evidence all they need is for someone to lie and then punish you.

All I am saying is the VA does not care if your statement was not a threat they make it a threat.

The VA can not be trusted period. So my fellow veterans just be aware that you have no freedom of speech ! They will and do twist your words. Get a copy of your records and read what they put into your official records. They put their own words, not yours as fact. Big Problem.

cj
cj

@james gallegos: James, no need to expain 🙂 I was just heeding your warning. Not so much about the VA, but your rite, never know who may read “AFGE” and use it as an excuse, to cry wolf.

James, also, I am sorry for what the damn VA has put you and your son through, you know how I feel about the VA, CRIMINAL to it’s core.
I am glad you found a way to keep your son safe. God Bless you and your family.

I mean it this time……….no more comments.

James Gallegos
James Gallegos

One last one. Thanks

Disgruntled Veteran
Disgruntled Veteran

@cj – – – I for one, will miss reading what you have to say. When I read your first comment on this blog post – – – I knew it WAS NOT a call to arms. Most Veterans I personally know served honorably, and many got quite fucked up in many of our numerous wars.

As their reward for stepping forward when so many of their fellow citizens were far too cowardly to do so – – – they are now spit and shit upon by their government.

While I personally would choose not to actively participate in an armed overthrow of our government – – – I do see it coming. If historical memory serves, there was a time when some folk in this country suffered greatly under a system of sustained governmental injustice.

Those good folk responded to those injustices by organizing, then authoring a document containing these words:

“That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government.”

Less than a year later, an armed takeover was attempted because of the words contained in that document.

We are really close historically to that point again . . .

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@Distruntled Veteran: Agree, and great reading DV. I will still read all comments posted, and articles, and links everyone leaves. Just kinda tired of rehashing the same issues day to day. I have to post something in order to follow all the comments. Instead of cj I will leave: -.-. .—
Instead of a comment I will leave: ..-. ..- -.-. -.- / – …. . / …- .-
Don’t spit your coffee out on that one lol.

Ex va
Ex va

i will miss cj’ s colorful word art. I think everyone knows cj’ s personality and he is sincere and would be a good man to have your six. He is frustrated and angry and tired of this va ??!!!! I will miss his active comments and his attitude which i consider it excellent in statue considering what he has had to endure thru the va himself.

I hope he doesn’t stay away too long. He is a good man to talk to. I love this blog and the commenters, it is different than other blogs. It is honest and truthful and based on facts.

I don’t mind when people rant or say how upset or angry they are about the va because it is sincere feelings and i appreciate that truth. I wish everyone the best with their dealings with the va and they deserve so much better than what they receive from the va.

Some Veterans are fighting for their very lives and lost their lives on va treatment and benefits. Benefits that they are damn well entitled to because they had EARNED AND PROMISED those benefits. All i can say, as many have said, “God Bless the Veterans”, and i will keep saying those prayers.

Disgruntled Veteran
Disgruntled Veteran

@Ex va – – – I will miss CJ as well. Of course, he did say he would continue to read Big Ben’s Blog. So it is not like he is going away entirely. I was waiting for CJ to get his number to me, or maybe to e-mail me. But I guess not now.

Had two items of importance that I wanted to run by him. Already discussed one with ANutterVet by e-mail. And e-mailed Big Ben. Thought CJ might provide some valuable insight. Good thing my (206) friend had sharp eyes and contacted me last week. Was a good day for a couple veterans on this blog.

What to do? What to do? Major decision on how I continue to post on Ben’s Blog coming up. But on the fence about it. Been on the fence about very few things in life since my military service. But this one is an Ass-Kicker of a decision. Damn . . .

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@Disgruntled Veteran,@Ex va: DV, You can get my info from ANutterVet, I thought he already gave it to you.
Ex va, Sent you an Email. Will talk soon. I like the new look of morse code, instead of alphabet handles. Always a kid inside lol.

Disgruntled Veteran
Disgruntled Veteran

@Ex va – – – Correction. (260) friend vice (206). Fingers not working correcktly tonite.

?ex va
?ex va

@Disgruntled Veteran, glad to hear some good news for a couple of Veterans on this blog. Major decision, damn i hate those too.

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@Ex va: I don’t even like lieutenant decisions, major ones must really suck. Of course general ones are easy, who’d a thunk?

?ex va
?ex va

@Disgruntled Veteran, is this blog being reviewed or surveillance?

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@Ex va: I wouldn’t doubt it, I think everything is run through the NSA, computers look for key words, etc.
How are you doing tonight?

Ex va
Ex va

@-.-.—-, i forgot they use to run all communications thru computers!!! Dang blast it!!! ROFL!!! I am so screwed now!!! Where’s my paintball gun at when i really need it!!! Doing ok except my back….. outside it was beautiful.

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@Ex va: Yes today was a very nice day, good breeze not to hot, not to cold, just perfect. Temps are going to be all over the place this week, not good for your back. I have a paintball gun around here somewhere.

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Ex va
Ex va

-.-..—-, that paintball gun looks real. Lol!!! The temps just aggravate the inflammation and it is all over the place. Push thru it. Stable weather soon. As long as we don’t have any tornadoes i will be happy this year. Last year end of august had one start to form over the barn. It landed on the next road over. It was a trip. I hate those things.

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@Ex va: I hear you. I was working in Kansas City MO. putting the concession stands in the “at the time” new minor league baseball park, across the street fromt the nascar track. An f5 started at the race way, bounced over the the ball park and through all the construction trailers around like dice, then bounced up again, landed further down the street. You could see from the damage, how it started only about 5ft wide and then turned quikly into a 1/4 mile wide path. Never saw so much devastation happen so fast. On the radio they said there was a damn horse in a tree, still alive, and they used a crane to get it down. Said there were school papers being found all the way in NJ…. scary stuff, when your in the way of one.

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Threw the construction trailers……….not through…………I do have a TBI, I am allowed to make stupid mistakes.

Ex va
Ex va

-.-..—-, that must have been scary, Kansas City, mo has some bad storms. That is crazy 5 ft. Wide to 1/4 mile wide path. In the fields you can see the swirls left on the ground. They are so noisy from a distance they do sound like a train. Wind noise is so loud. Those construction trailers are big. When i lived in this house before where i live now i had a small one go thru my back yard made the whole yard turn white. Pretty scary. No warning till after it went thru.

Jo3n
Jo3n

Y’all, this is depressing. It’s like we lost the war. I don’t like the word shouldn’t, but, I for one, honestly shouldn’t have had to live the life I lived. It shouldn’t have taken me twenty years after Vietnam to be welcomed home. IF, the American Government and our people who didn’t go to war, recognized our plight fifty years ago, it could be better. But, some how, veterans have less rights than the average American citizen. Sometimes, I feel like I’m whining. I think it’s because I don’t think anyone is interested or listening. This blog, not the others I’ve experienced, has screwed up my thoughts. I have found many answers to hard questions. This blog has heart. This treatment of Veterans, must end on our watch. You smart ones out there, come up with something. It’s insane to Do nothing.

cj
cj

@Jo3n: Honestly Jo3n, I never look at a single veteran, telling his story as “whinning” You are right, it is so wrong that veterans have less rights then the civilian poopulation, even the illegal poopulation, has more than veterans do. I posted a video several times for all to watch, I understand it is a long video, but it shows how they systematicly commited economical genocide, on the entire Nam era veteran. Marked them so they could never succede, stole from them what was rightfully theirs. Not a single person responsibe has, nor ever will, pay for what they did. And the beat goes on.

Here is the link once more. Really alll should watch it till the end, it isn’t what you think when it first gets under way. “https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6OAzGMV_wQ&t=1206s”

james gallegos
james gallegos

everyone and their uncle are or have marched to their plight. Now scientist are planning a rally. I just don’t get it why veterans have not. We were the Brave and Proud, what happened are we mice now and want other to stand up for us.

All that has to happen is Ben get with Susan Knowles and VA is Lying and other and make a date of the Rally and invite everyone to attend.

I am sure many of us are willing to help.

Disgruntled Veteran
Disgruntled Veteran

@Jo3n – – – I agree with your post. Remember this though. Our feelings can often lie to us. Please think about that when you “feel you are just whining”. I do not see a whiner. I see a patriot who stepped forward, gave what they had to give – – – then was shit upon for having the moral courage to do what their fellow citizens did NOT have the courage to do.

The nation that “Thanks us for our service” is the party that let us down. Not the other way around. Remember that.

And if you still consider your posts as whining, remember that you have EARNED YOUR RIGHT to do so in the most “real way” possible. THAT is something DAMN FEW of this nations citizens can honestly say. Keep your chin up, shoulders squared, chest out. Take a full 40 inch step. March on.

YOU are a valuable member of this community.

Disgruntled Veteran
1973-1976 USMC
1978-1993 USN
Wounded Warrior

Bill
Bill

I just found out my cousin Dick Woodman 8 year USMC vet with 2 tours in nam wounded once Agent Orange poisened PTSD passed from this earth to the gates of heaven.

Stand Down Marine we have the watch now.

You will be missed Richard SEMPER FI..

cj
cj

@Bill: Bill, sorry for your loss.

Warren J Zettel 5868
Warren J Zettel 5868

VA is a administrative nightmare. VA employees accept error and inefficiency as the way of VA.
Payments are misapplied, and the VA hospitals cannot (or will not), provide data on where and when payments were applied. They are very quick however, to go thru the “Cross Service Billing” to garnish Social Security retirement payments. Although several documents are submitted to VA directly, they claim to have no record of documents that affect your priority group rating, and level of support for medical services.
All the VA regions have their own computer systems (very expensive and elaborate), and have capability to operate under one set of rules and procedures, they cannot view others data and
cannot accurately apply payments.
There is tremendous disparity for the level of services, (Veteran’s Choice Program, Travel reimbursement, etc.), between regions and to individual Veterans. ie.- Veterans with the same Means Testing are treated differently as it applies to reimbursement and co-pays.
Copays are simple, why complicate them? Also, determine if you have a Veterans Choice program and if so, then run it!
I have received very good medical services from VA, amidst horribly mismanaged administrative systems I have been garnished thousands of dollars inappropriately.
Any other Veterans have issues , or this just me?
Trump needs to establish groups of Vets to attack this serious problem. (Like the Apprentice program). Start with procedures and establish ranks to attack these problems.

cj
cj

@Warren J Zettle 5868: Same here, when first starting off on SSDI, it was a billing nightmare. I would get a bill, go pay the bill, only to find out they witheld the same from my SSDI. Took about 6 months and a threat of legal action for it to stop. That was followed up by 2 years of denial of healthcare from the VA. After do nothing senators and congrssmen failed miserably go uphold the LAW. I engaged in my own battle and beat their asses back to the stoneage. Now fighting a denied claim, will win that as well. It is all BS. and intentional. They know exactly what they are doing, and hope you die quickly. It is just like anything else the government starts, SS, VA, Obamacare, none of it was acually expected to get used. You were supose to die before you were able to recieve SS. You were supose to give up trying to get VA healthcare, You were never supose to be able to afford Obamacare……and the beat goes on.

ANutterVet
ANutterVet

VA’s top priority is to protect our lives. Besides Veterans waiting for claims to be properly processed [in which can cause severe stress], Veterans are committing suicide at a rate between 20 – 22 per day [2001 to 2014 Veteran suicide rate increased about 32%]. Different suicide figures have been published, although one Veteran death is too many.

This doesn’t account for the deaths of Veterans that occur in hospitals by some sort of malpractice due to medical errors or mistakes. And, most death certificates in the private sector don’t have a checkbox for “medical error” as a cause or contributing factor in a patient’s death. This most likely applies to the VA as well. This is something to think about.

*Veterans lives matter too.

*Veterans are more than just soldiers.

*Veterans aren’t looking for a handout.

*Veterans are waiting for their Government to properly help them.

OLDMARINE
OLDMARINE

How much modern biology is a fraud? The revolutionary work of Harold Hillman MB, BSc, MRCS, PhD. and others.

OLDMARINE
OLDMARINE

An education obtained with money…, is worse than no education at all
Socrates

The only true wisdom is knowing that you know nothing

Socrates

I can not teach anybody anything…, I can only make them think

Socrates

Disgruntled Veteran
Disgruntled Veteran

Following.

Jo3n
Jo3n

@ANutterVet, @Seymour, God knows how much energy y’all put into the many pieces Ben exposes, and I have no clue as to how much you do for the rest of humanity. I am humbled. @Bill, prayers be with you.

Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly

This Fridays document dump from the White House contains the Sec of Vet Affairs David Shulkin’s 2017 Personal Finances File and his Ethics Agreement. They truly are must reads for anyone interested in conflicts of interest at the VA. Especially concerning the Veterans Choice Program. Considering Shulkin was a member of the Board at United Healthcare Group and a large shareholder of UHG stock. UHG had purchased a large portion of Health Net in 2009 for $450 Million. On the day Shulkin started as Under Secretary for Health, US Department of Veteran Affairs Health Net was sold for more than $8 Billion plus 30% of stock from the company who bought Health Net.

With the Positions he was holding on the boards at 32 different companies and investment firms. The 10 Bank accounts where he had more than $10 million cash laying around. His investment portfolio with 187 other investments and assets income. Some directly connected to the VA.

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2017 Personal Finances File For: Shulkin, David J

at: “http://pfds.opensecrets.org.s3.amazonaws.com/N99999872_2016_Nom.pdf”

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January 27, 2017 Ethics Agreement File For Shulkin, David J

at: “http://pfds.opensecrets.org.s3.amazonaws.com/N99999872_2016_Nom_A.pdf”

Crazy elf
Crazy elf

Hey, Seymore,
Maybe it’s time for “Old Sparky” to come out of retirement!
For those of you who are unaware, “Old Sparky” is the electric chair down here in Florida!

Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly

I think the feds were still using the Gas Chamber and Firing Squads during there last executions. Personally I would rather see him stoned by Veterans who have suffered the most from this garbage.

Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly

Anyone waiting for the VA to be reformed or for Veterans Choice to start working for Veterans. Don’t hold your breath because it is not going to happen while Shulkin is in Charge.

Also Thank You to the great folks at Open Secrets dot Org.

“http://www.opensecrets.org/”

Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly

Also anyone who is still receiving VA Health Care. Break out the lotion, grab your ankles and assume the position. Big Pharma has big plans for your backside and Shulkin has big plans to increase his wealth.

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“PhRMA shows biggest spike in lobbying spending in first quarter of President Trump”, by Ashley Balcerzak on April 21, 2017

“https://www.opensecrets.org/news/2017/04/phrma-shows-biggest-spike-in-lobbying-spending-in-first-quarter-of-president-trump/”

91Veteran
91Veteran

Why am I not surprised.

FFS is there anyone in DC with any ethics anymore?

I’m curious how many more bought stock in any company connected to or bought out by HealthNet.

I had never heard of them before the Choice program. The whole company seems designed around making money off of appearing to administer government health programs.

I suspect there are more political turds with holdings in this company than you can find at the local sewage treatment plant.

It would also explain why they were pushing so hard to extend Choice. That billion in unspent dollars was too much to ignore.

namnibor
namnibor

@91Veteran- “[I suspect there are more political turds with holdings in this company than you can find at the local sewage treatment plant.

It would also explain why they were pushing so hard to extend Choice.]”

They were simply pushing a very long turd out called choice. One of those that somehow manage to be squeezed-out in one unbroken curved around the bowl, huge turd. Everyone but Veterans are benefiting from this turd, but aint it a really nice award winning turd? 🙂

Yeah, I am not right. 🙂

Ex va
Ex va

@Seymore Klearly, you do great work!!!

Ex va
Ex va

I hate the friday dumping of the va shit. It makes me sick and disgusted. I know there are at least 20 other employees, who knew that this was going on and i could bet, probably for years and said nothing. The Veterans jump thru these unrealistic hoops they have to just to be able to submit a claim and the va does everything they can to destroy it. Create a backlog and deny claims any excuse will do. Here is an employee following laws and identifying the errors and laws broken. Does anyone in authority do anything with this information to correct the problem? NO!!!!

These va upper and middle level managers need to go that are responsible.
Where is use of POTUS favorite words “your fired”???

namnibor
namnibor

Meatgrinder Friday Dumps (MFD’s) often try to be silent but deadly but thanks to likes of Seymore Klearly, Ben, and all readers/Veterans that have taken the correct pill, can see how just like in the movie ‘The Matrix’, we Veterans are the human batteries for their momentum of cash flow and the waste product comes out that meatgrinder’s ass with so much velocity, the VA is really missing an opportunity to generate electricity from it’s ass flow. MFD’s have nasty side-effects, including death, ask your Dr. before consuming to see if it is healthy for you to consume the VA poo.

🙂

In a moooooooood. Moo? MOO!

I was raised on a farm and will tell you cows are one of the most dumb animals but they LOVE to projectile shit on parked trucks, tools, anywhere. The VA’s Meatgrinder Friday Dumps are like those cows. MOO!

🙂

Ex va
Ex va

@namnibor, ROFL!!!! ???????? ?

cj
cj

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cj
cj

@namnibor:
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Ex va
Ex va

@cj, ROFL!!!! Va cash cow

Ex va
Ex va

@cj, ????

Lily
Lily

If they fix the backlog doesn’t that give the VA the green light to focus on reducing ratings since va employees will have more time on their hands?

namnibor
namnibor

Nah, they have minecraft and porn to play with on their work computers that always keeps their hands busy.

Ex va
Ex va

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Jo3n
Jo3n

HealthNet is a swamp in itself; President Trump, drain this swamp. The HealthNet involvement with other funds being shuffled around has come up before. Is anything veterans do helping? I feel we, as Veterans, are on the brink of a breakthrough, or a broken heart. Great reporting. Maybe, an online newspaper with ads sponsored by honest Veteran owned business or practice. Make it interesting. We know some great reporters.

Jo3n
Jo3n

The Administrator over Birmingham VA is Thomas C.Smith III, and ass. Director is Mary Mitchell. Her, I believe that name was in an article here, but too far back in my head. I only posted this to learn more before I approach either one. Thanks

cj
cj

The only thing that is going to fix this country, is the second ammendment. That includes fixing the VA, nothing else will ever change the status quo, NOTHING!!!! Not Trump, and certainly not your coward senators, and blowhard congressmen. WTF, is Shill-kin still doing in charge of anything?

Fuck em all. It’s time. I left a link to a video, that describes in great detail, how veterans have been getting screwed, ever since the Vietnam era. It has been proven in court, courts have issued orders, the lower courts turn a blind eye, and the VA does not abide by the courts ruling, and the courts wash their hands of it all.

Currently, all the information, and evidence is in the hands of no other than, Senator “little” Dick Durban IL.
He has had ample time to take action, and hasn’t. Trump, has had ample time to take action and hasn’t. Your senators have had ample time, and so has your congressmen. You tell me what’s left to do? How many more veterans need to die? What’s it going to take?

I don’t particularly give a shit if I live or die. I do however, care about my veteran brothers and sisters. I am ready to roll, as are many veterans I have talked to. POTUS, has had plenty of time. It would seem, he is just another fucking liar. The very worse kind there is, he lied directly to veterans, who were counting on him. He lied to get their votes, and then failed terribly, to fullfill those promises he made. Veterans are still dying at an alarming rate, veterans are still killing themselves, and nobody, and I mean NOBODY!!!, is held ACCOUNTABLE. It is time we render a vote, on our own accountablility act.!!!

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