Hi everyone. I just was on air, live with Susan Knowles and her show Stand For Truth, discussing the current state of Veterans Affairs.

The conversation was a good one discussing problems within both Veterans Health Administration and Veterans Benefits Administration. Knowles asked me about how Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin, MD, is doing during his first few months in offices.

Knowles asked me about how Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin, MD, is doing during his first few months in offices.

She also asked about Hines VA Hospital, my current LensCrafts investigation into whether VA will truly stop providing optometry care, and how some high-level VA executives may be engaged in political pay for play with government contractors and political parties.

Here are some topics we discuss that I have already written about. I talk about the progress of my investigation on the topics since publication:

Take some time to watch the video and let me know if you have any feedback. This is our first go using the software BeLive.tv, so there may be some glitches. Try not to get too hung up on all that.

Follow this link to watch on Facebook, too:  https://www.facebook.com/VeteransVoiceofAmerica/

NiteWish

I don’t have a Facebook acct, would not let me in to listen. sad.

ANutterVet

Even though they don’t have a brain, the normal topical bacteria on the skin of my scrotum cares more about me than the VA does. Fuck you VA. – – – Nutter

Disgruntled Veteran

Following comments. I have recently deleted my Facebook account. Will check for the video later through other sources. Give them hell, Ben!

namnibor
Thanks Benjamin, for embedding that video here for those of us that never liked idea of facebook and likes…and great video interview/talk. I think we Veterans should intercept the next big VSO Piggy Event by being the food catering company for keeping the piggy’s troughs filled and replace the food, namely chicken, with relatively fowl uncooked chicken and go all Erin Brockovich on them like she did with the PG&G Chromium-tainted water in that boardroom and corporate suits. These problems… Read more »
cj

Do many more of these interviews,Ben.
So many issues, so little time.

Jo3n

Well done Ben, one more voice, one more ear. You could have mentioned the good things that the VA is doing. Me neither, can’t think of one. I’m learning it’s a slow process. You seem to have picked up a little bit of speed. Perhaps our guardian Angels are awakening.

CorpsmanUp!
It is interesting that the VA is trying to outsource Audiology and Optometry, because many patients need ENT services and Opthalmology services that go hand and hand with the two services. Medical clearance is needed in many audiology patients through Ent and Diabetic retinal services and glaucoma services are a nexus to the testing Optometry does, i.e GDX, FDT and visual field testing. It sounds like a bunch of contractors are salivating to have it outsourced. My main concern is… Read more »
Rick b
Yes and another problem with this is contractors will end up with our personal information, and we still won’t actually get the audio and optometry care we need. I was unfortunate enough to have to under go an eye exam from a contractor 3 years ago ( VA damaged my eyes during cataract surgery) and this contractor was literally working out of his trunk, using he most antiquated equipment I had ever seen. When I finally was able to get… Read more »
Crazy elf

Very well said, Ben!
It’s about time for that “Time Bomb” to explode, don’tcha think!

“Military.com/Daily News” reported last Friday 12 May. There are at least three VSO’s, VFW, DAV. and the American Legion siding with Secretary of VA or Congress over the “Bill” – which will allow “Shithead Shulkin” to fire bad employees!
Why they’re doing this is anyone’s guess!

91Veteran
Crazy Elf, if the VSO’s are on the side of legislation allowing Shulkin to fire bad employees, it is for one of two reasons: 1. They know the legislation is worthless, but looks good to vets demanding action. 2. They see what way the winds are blowing and want to be on the right side after ignoring veterans for so many years. Ben, very good interview. Thanks for keeping the heat on. Off topic, but something I was wondering. Memorial… Read more »
Rick b

I don’t use twitter, and I don’t do Facebook or any social media stuff,. I don’t even have a cell phone…. so count me out…

OLDMARINE

good interview.. BEN

Dennis

I only got about 38 minutes of it. It looked like FB shut it off.

91Veteran

Not sure if this will post, but if you have the video embedded on your server Ben, your server is likely getting hammered. I cannot even load the page from another device.

91Veteran

Ben, it’s not your server so don’t waste time looking for a problem. The problem was on my end.

CorpsmanUp!
I like the idea about funding our own cause. Idea funding would be to get a live “on air ” veteran reporter that goes around to the problematic VA facilities and report “live” across the street of course. This will get VA’s attention of course, including VA employees who will be nosy enough to snoop about whats going on. The funny part would be that it would be a fake reporter, a fake crowd and real laugh at the VA’s… Read more »
Jo3n
I’m not feeling much hope. I think, seeing Ben, and hearing Ben, I feel mixed. The things Ben mentioned that the VA is doing, breaks all kinds of laws on every level. I guess you had to tone it down; it sounded like it’s ok, we’re Veterans. I understand the interview, a good thing. I just didn’t pick up the anger. The anger I feel is directly related to the VA, and it’s life long attack on me. Lie after… Read more »
Ex va

Thank you Benjamin Krause for tracking these issues down and discussing them in media. Your work puts these criminal issues on record. Thank you for all your hard work.

namnibor

Okay Benjamin, I HAVE to ask: Are you selling hats of the likes you are wearing in this video? If so, please let us know how to acquire one…for fundraising purposes, of course!? (I’m serious…no VSO hat has lured me in in the past but your hat is one I will always support)

ANutterVet

@Ben, @Namnibor – – – I’ll take the one with back pockets? – – – Nutter.

JOHN COKOS
A ticking time bomb: it’s almost a mild observation of the problem. If you deal with the VA you should be considered violating the Trading With The Enemy Act. Ben, I can save you six months of holding your breath for a positive outcome. Trump is a sociopath, he has never demonstrated any concern for Veterans well being. He will appoint ONLY those tow the Trump line and will not tolerate any deviation from that. He has has the classic… Read more »
Seymore Klearly
Hey Crokos, Did you get the news! “Bangladesh PM: Clinton ‘Personally Pressured’ Her to Aid Foundation Donor Despite Ethics Laws” by Katherine Rodriguez11 May 2017 “A foreign government has revealed another one of the Clinton Foundation’s pay-to-play schemes. Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said that Hillary Clinton “personally pressured” her to help a Clinton Foundation donor during Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state in 2011, despite it being against ethics laws, Circa reported. Hasina’s press secretary told Circa that Clinton… Read more »
JOHN COKOS
Seymore: You sound like you might be a JD Salinger character. Who gives a shit about Hillary Clinton ? Nothing in my post has any mention of her. On of the prime reasons that some veterans are clueless about what is going on around them is all the time they spend parroting Republican Talk Radio show talking points. Your response was childless to say he least, but I’m not surprised. You are one of the Seldom Right, but Never Doubtful.
Seymore Klearly
So “not Sorry” Crokos, Didn’t mean to ruffle your feathers so bad you broke your spell checker. But before I let you crawl back into the folds of the MSM that source your News let me just share a few Articles from the radio you despise. Now I know it may be hard for you to follow with your immature personality disorder but please try. Before you drift back into the Clinton News Network (CNN) on cable. ***************************** From 95.9… Read more »
Dennis
@John Cokos, “Trump is a sociopath, he has never demonstrated any concern for Veterans well being.” Technically you have used the wrong word here John. “Sociopath” means dysfunctional in society at large, while you apply it to only a single population in your post. The word sociopath is a two part word, more or less from old latin. What you mean to say is that Trump is a Veteranmilitumpath. It is also made up of latin and I just invented… Read more »
ANutterVet
@Dennis – – – Check your inbox dude. We all got together and sent ya a quarter ounce of sweet hybrid indica/sativa sinsemilla [Word Press spell checker plug-in no work on this word] Hawaiian big sticky nuggets from my cousins indoor closed closet, where there is CO2 pumped in, and the air is automatically scrubbed to remove stunting vaporous compounds. They’re fruit and sour taste, and really loud so vapor em outside ok? Let us know how ya like em.… Read more »
ANutterVet
@John Crokos, @Dennis, @Seymore of Life Klearly – – – Hey John, your handle name would make a good label for hybrid cannabis; Crokos Kush, Killer Crokos, Blueberry Crokos, Croks Killer Nuggets, Crokners Crush, Croker Sour Kush, etc. Hey, just razzin everyone. I’ve got to some how relieve the fucking stress due to dealing with the incompetent so called Medical Professionals at the VA. The last straw [actually 3] occurred today. There is no more room for negotiating. VA is… Read more »
Dennis
@ANutterVet, Sweet sticky buds? Yum! I love good smoke, good times, and enjouing the same Sun above Earth that every other human enjoys. I have to be careful though with that Sativa hybrid….the last time I got into some really good Sativa shatter I later spent hours pondering if gravity exists where it does because of the planets and stars, or if the planets and stars exist where they do because of gravity. … at least I think it took… Read more »
Raventaz

Ben,
My husband, a Vietnam veteran has had his claim for benefits denied by the Waco department. Our VSO sent our claim up to the Federal courts. Should we have made an appeal instead?

Dennis
Ben, In kindergarten I peed on the recess monitor. A harbinger of things to come….. I took the unusual step today of sharing this blog on my facebook page. This is part of the butterfly effect. I guess you could say I engaged in high tech cyber partisianship today! You have a knack for interviews and it serves America well. I did notice that you failed to mention my name as a major source of positive change at VA? It… Read more »
Seymore Klearly

Excellent job Ben!

One thing I did notice was at times the shadow from your hats visor on your face made it almost look like you were wearing a Banditos mask. Some thing a simple change in lighting could correct.

Speaking of hats, I want one and a tee shirt to go with it. How much??

Dennis
@SK I rarely find issue with your insights, but i regards to the lighting and bandito mask… I think Ben should actually wear a bandito mask but with better lighting to accentuate it! A Guns and Roses hat might be a good choice too (music always soothes a crowd, right?). Plus I personally would vote for a heavily waxed mustache twisted upwards at the ends. The fuzzy bear face hair style is too warm and cozy. I think too that… Read more »
namnibor
@Dennis To add to the bandito mask and G&R’s hat, may I also suggest Benjamin wielding the whip of Zorro? (It looks almost as fabulous as Wonder Woman’s Golden Lasso of Truth). It provides same results: Black or Golden whip. Benjamin’s choice. I also want to suggest Wonder Woman’s invisible plane for Benjamin to arrive at locations without notice. Every USAF Veteran wanted one at one time. Lastly, Benjamin deserves a ‘cape of integrity’ befitting of a super hero. Benjamin’s… Read more »
Dennis

Plus a whopping huge dip in his front lower lip of three day old Coppenhagen, with tiny dark drool drips in the corner of his mouth. Just keep a spit cup near.

Seymore Klearly

Seriously all joking aside. Great job Ben and I really like the hat. If you sold them I would definitely buy several.

AVeteran2017

We also need to get rid of the VSOs and the union! Both are as dirty as the VA hand that feeds them! VSO’s having Atlanta VA cover up their wrongdoings “https://youtu.be/K2eXVA2b6so”

Seymore Klearly
AVeteran2017, Here is a link to court papers filed by the Attorney General for Ohio that describes the money laundering operation AMVETs used in a sham Educational Career Centers to lauder money. It shows just how corrupt the VSOs are. They are nothing but organized crime making money off of using Veterans. I hope everyone reads this 42 page document. It really show just how corrupt these organizations are. All the while they are fighting against Veterans being able to… Read more »
fred

Why all this mis information get a life. The link you mention is no good ???

Seymore Klearly

Wrong fred the link is just fine. Just copied and pasted it then remove the quotes the link is good. Just tested it.

How long have you been with Amvets?

You must be one of their career criminals.

Seymore Klearly
Freddy, Here is another link you can try. Which brings ups a good question maybe you might be able to answer for us all here. “http://www.opensecrets.org/lobby/clientsum.php?id=D000047130&year=2014” With the Billons’ of dollars Amvets spends on lobbying Democrats and the additional donations of Hundreds of thousands of dollars donated to politicians, such as Hillary Clinton, how much does Amvets actually spend on helping Veterans? Is it 7 or 8% of the money they collect under the guise of helping Veterans. Or is… Read more »
JOHN COKOS
Well, somethings worth commenting on. AMVETS was formed by Jewish WW11 war vets who couldn’t join the major vets group at the time. They are less a National Veterans group working on vets issues and more of a Cottage Industry set up to float just the sort of scams in your post. I’ve had some some contact with them New Jersey and they are a shady bunch when it comes to finance, as they get funding from Jewish groups in… Read more »
JOHN COKOS

PS: AMVETS was the only only recognizable “veterans organization” to receive $75,000 from the Trump $6 Million shakedown scam that Trump ran during the Election. The rest of the loot went to Trump/Republican connected groups…..

WTF Over
Accurate interview, although some comments funny fighting amongst each other on political partisan frigen politics is useless in reform. I read story that involved podesta and I needed to hear that as I now read all this investigative reports on VA. Now I know I was pissing in the wind so to speak standing for just common decency from VA, it doesn’t exist even if employees want it to. Until they get on same page and expose the trash that… Read more »
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