Day Off – Presenting On Burn Pits Today

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Day Off

I’m not able to write much today since I am presenting on the topic of Gulf War Illness and burn pits during an annual CVSO training here in Minnesota.

The research I pulled in over the past week was rather convincing of two things. First, veterans will never get a fair shake after being polluted by the negligent act of generals or government contractors. Second, we really need to rethink the Feres Doctrine to attach liability to the DOD to protect servicemembers exposed to things like burn pits.

Anyway, that is my brief 1 and 2 for today. Given the hurricane and everything else in the world going on, I figured I’d take the time to get ready for the presentation.

But… rest assured I will be back tomorrow.

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cj
cj

Enjoy the day Ben.

Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly

“veterans will never get a fair shake after being polluted by the negligent act of generals or government contractors. Second, we really need to rethink the Feres Doctrine to attach liability to the DOD to protect servicemembers exposed to things like burn pits.”

I definitely agree!

Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly

“Federal Manager’s Daily Report”

Record-keeping on Telework at VA Faulted

Published: September 11, 2017
More in: Federal Manager’s Daily Report

“The Veterans Benefits Administration “does not yet have key controls in place to ensure that employees’ telework hours are recorded accurately in the time and attendance system,” GAO has reported, saying that VBA data “were unreliable, incomplete, and therefore, insufficient for us to determine the extent to which employees telework across VBA.””

“http://www.fedweek.com/federal-managers-daily-report/record-keeping-telework-va-faulted/”

Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly

Federal New Radio, By Eric White
“https://federalnewsradio.com/federal-newscast/2017/09/former-commerce-manager-gets-4-years-in-jail-for-taking-bribes/”

• “There’s no clear sense of how many employees with the Veterans Affairs Department are teleworking. The Government Accountability Office said much of the data in VA’s time and attendance system on telework is unreliable. VA now requires all employees to record their telework hours for each pay period. But it’s not ensuring employees record them properly. Some officials in the Veterans Benefits Administration said they didn’t know about the policy. (Government Accountability Office)”

Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly

US GAO Report on Federal Telework:

Improved Guidance and Communication on Recording Telework Hours Needed at Veterans Benefits Administration

GAO-17-621R: Published: Aug 7, 2017. Publicly Released: Sep 6, 2017

“http://www.gao.gov/assets/690/686423.pdf”

windguy
windguy
I spent over dozen years working from home before I hung out my own shingle. The systemic corporate suspicion that I was whackin the mole in my pjs all day was brutal, and ultimately cost me. In reality, due to the time zone differences within the company(s), I was in earlier and stayed later than anyone else in management. I never had water cooler distractions and long lunch meetings. That said, I didn’t have a government dick job either. I have no doubt there are some serious slackers. But I can also see some people being far more productive than… Read more »
Crazy elf
Crazy elf

VA employees are now recording their work hours? WTF Over!
Damn, How many here see MASSIVE fraud, waste and abuse getting ready to occur?!
(This last sentence is more of a statement than a question!)

Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly

“VA denies Army veteran local heart transplant as he fights for his life”
KENS 5 San Antonio TX

“SEGUIN – A veteran is fighting for his life after being told by the VA that he can’t get a heart transplant locally. Doctors say he’s living on borrowed time.

Veterans Affairs has a policy that states that transplant services must take place at a VA approved transplant program. There is a handful across the country, but there are no heart transplant locations in Texas.”

“http://www.kens5.com/news/local/va-denies-seguin-army-veteran-local-heart-transplant-as-he-fights-for-his-life/472179572”

Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly

“VA Official Accused Of Taking Bribes In Exchange For Contract Information”
By Stan Bush CBS News 4 Denver, September 7, 2017

“DENVER (CBS4)– Newly released court documents have revealed an elaborate scheme with a Veterans Affairs insider, who was accepting bribes for lucrative government contracts.

According to court filings, in the summer of 2015 the FBI staged an undercover operation to catch Dwane Nevins, director of the Rocky Mountain VA’s Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization.”

“http://denver.cbslocal.com/2017/09/07/veterans-affairs-bribes-va-contract/”

Crazy elf
Crazy elf

Seymore,
You know damn well Nevins ain’t the only VA asswipe committing this kind of fraud!

Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly

What is also interesting about this case is that they first started investigating it back in 2015. That is while he was working with some of the Black Hole in Aurora CO contracts.

Remember how the department of justice gave everyone connected to that a free pass.

Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly

GAO: Veterans Affairs Insurance Enrollment Standards Lacking

The Department of Veterans Affairs failed to meet insurance enrollment standards including timeliness and outreach tasks.

Excerpt from article:

“Specifically we found that for 22 (71 percent) of the 31 unresolved applications there was no evidence that VAMC enrollment staff had attempted to contact the veterans to obtain missing military service or financial information, and that 18 of these 22 applications had been in a pending status for 3 months or longer at the time of our review,” GAO said.”

“https://healthpayerintelligence.com/news/gao-veterans-affairs-insurance-enrollment-standards-lacking”

Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly

Research Says VA Hospital Is Obstructing Research into Marijuana’s Effects on PTSD

By Joseph Misulonas |

“A major study about marijuana’s effects on treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) began last February, but so far it’s been difficult to make any conclusions. And the reason is obstruction from Veterans Affairs’ hospitals.”

“https://www.civilized.life/articles/veterans-affairs-obstructing-ptsd-marijuana-research/”

JAMES ALLEN SMITH

I AM SCARED to say anything on this page because they’ll take what help I’M getting away if they read my post !!!! I would love to share some experiences. I trust the va to fuck me every time they get a chance, so for a change I’m gona keep my mouth /fingers shut. weed does wonders

Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly

Whistleblower: Mismanagement Continues at Manchester VA

By Peter Biello

“http://nhpr.org/post/whistleblower-mismanagement-continues-manchester-va#stream/0”

Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly

VA Terminates Another Whistle-Blower
Michael Volpe

“The Department of Veterans Affairs has terminated another whistle-blower.

The John J. Pershing VA Medical Center in Poplar Bluff, Missouri (PBVAMC) sent a termination notice to Dr. Dale Klein on last Tuesday.”

“http://dailycaller.com/2017/08/29/va-terminates-another-whistle-blower/”

namnibor
namnibor

Rat Bastards!

Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly
Although they will still fire Whistle Blowers they will not fire thieves connected to the AFGE. •In Texas, Clementine T. Ray, former President of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 2109, was sentenced to three years of probation and was ordered to pay $4,067 in restitution. On May 31, 2017, Ray pled guilty to false writings. “http://laborpains.org/2017/08/04/labor-racket-weekly-cooked-books-and-union-crooks/” Clementine T. Ray, former president of the AFGE chapter at the Temple Veteran’s Administration hospital, was indicted on Feb.14 for executing “a scheme to defraud (AFGE) Local 2109 and to obtain money and property … by means of false or fraudulent pretenses,… Read more »
Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly

Again AFGE thief promoted out to head a contracting department at the Veterans Administration.

Currently Stephanie Hicks
Contracting Officer of Major Programs (Activations) at Dept. of Veterans Affairs, San Francisco Bay AreaGovernment Administration

Prior former union president at the Birmingham, Ala., Veterans Affairs hospital Indicted and convicted for bank fraud, forgery and aggravated identity theft charges, for a total of 19 counts. Hicks, who served as AFGE Local 2207 president from 2007 to 2013, used her position to embezzle money from the union’s bank accounts for her personal benefit
“http://www.govexec.com/management/2015/03/former-va-union-president-arrested-alleged-embezzlement/107739/”

Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly

The former president of an employees union at Birmingham’s Veterans Affairs Hospital has been sentenced to six months in prison, plus six months home detention, for embezzling more than $92,000 from the local union chapter, federal authorities announced.

“http://www.al.com/news/birmingham/index.ssf/2015/11/former_birmingham_va_hospital.html”

So after prison rehired by the VA to a leadership position in what is no doubt a very lucrative position for her and her skill set working in a Major Veterans Administrations Contracting Department.

Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly

A couple of current Veterans Administration AFGE leaders that are currently going to court.

“Two Wilkes-Barre AFGE union officers charged with stealing $50K
Local, News”

By Joe Dolinsky – timesleader.com

“According to court papers, Evans served as vice president of the union and Uggiano was treasurer. The pair allegedly withdrew the funds from the union’s account at Vantage Trust First Credit Union in Wilkes-Barre.”

“http://timesleader.com/news/669932/two-wilkes-barre-afge-union-officers-charged-with-stealing-50k”

Warhorse
Warhorse

Go figure, nothing in our local tv news about Wilkes-Barre VA. Got a theory here, remember in the recent past, Ben did a piece about a Wilkes-Barre VA, drunken operating room nurse who was at a casino, that was called into work for an emergency procedure and got caught? My theory is the 3 fucktards were all at the casino which is a stones throw from the VA hospital playing the slots with the stolen funds.
FUCK VA, FUCK AFGE.

Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly

Department of Justice – U.S. Attorney’s Office – Middle District of Pennsylvania

“Two Wilkes-Barre Men Charged With Stealing Union Funds”

“https://www.justice.gov/usao-mdpa/pr/two-wilkes-barre-men-charged-stealing-union-funds”

Notice how they try to hide their involvement with the VA Hospital that was paying their salaries the whole time they were stealing the Union Dues.

Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly

No doubt they, at most, will get a six month sentence and have to file for paid administrative leave at the VA while they do their prison sentences before returning to the VA with a promotion.

91Veteran
91Veteran

You know Seymore, after posting all these articles about union thugs stealing from their own unions, I can’t help but wonder how much they also stole from veterans or the VA.

Was the VA just too lazy or incompetent to investigate and prosecute? Or did they screw up the cases like they have done with so many?

Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly

I know what you mean 91Veteran.

Most if not all of them hold jobs at the VA in the Contracting Departments of the VAMCs they are connected to. Certainly says a lot about the overall corruption in those departments.

Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly

Another Union Crook still working at the VA.

“Former president of local union faces criminal charges after money goes missing”

“The former president of a local union is facing a federal charge after money came up missing.

It’s part of an investigation into the union at the Saginaw Veterans Administration Medical Center.”

“http://www.abc12.com/news/headlines/Former-president-of-local-union-faces-criminal-charges-after-money-goes-missing–305894791.html”

Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly

More from the article on Saginaw VAMC

“Police say the money was missing from the American Federation of Government Employees Local Union 2274 at the Aleda Lutz Veterans Administration Medical Center in Saginaw.

Pritchard says at first, three union leaders were accused of mishandling money.

“When the Department of Labor started investigating, it seemed like a significant amount of money,” Pritchard said.

The Department of Labor investigation resulted in only one person being criminally charged.”

namnibor
namnibor

@Seymore Klearly – Holy crap! It’s as if the VA corruption gestated into a full litter of thieving sewer rats and they are all trying to escape UNDER THE COVER of…hurricanes and disaster. Another pattern….never allow a good catastrophe or two ever go to waste when it can be utilized as an excellent smokescreen…and a VERY easy time for pallets of $$$$ to go **POOF* missing. Wait for it…

Crazy elf
Crazy elf

Seymore,
What can one expect from AFGE union bosses. Especially after the top asswipe, “Little Cox” uses union monies for his own personal use; ie: Vacations to the Virgin Islands and who knows what else!
Cox is nothing but a scammer and blood sucker! One day he’ll be standing in front of St.Peter. Then he’ll be given a direct one-way ticket to hell!

Crazy elf
Crazy elf

Seymore,
I believe the VA is in the process of firing lots of whistleblowers!
That new law was/is a fucking joke! Every whistleblower better go ahead and contact as many attorneys as possible!!!!!

Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly

Your right Elf,

Everyone who went to the press has been fired. The new office of whistleblower protection only works if the information is not leaked to the press.

ANutterVet
ANutterVet
The VA has only half behavioral expressions compared to Judge “Scary Mary.” You may not like your first impression of this Magistrate. But when you first appear in front of Judge Scary Mary because “you caught a charge,” she most likely will handle your with rehabilitative care. Judge Scary Mary should give you pause to think, well what does the name Scary mean? Well, after SM thoroughly reviews your case, her main objective is to perform the law, and to get the lawbreaker and perpetrator back into society, if possible. After evaluating your rap sheet, Judge SM is going to… Read more »
namnibor
namnibor

Don’t forget to allow for a “Judge Scary Larry” as well as your “Scary Mary”. Both also look an awful lot like ‘Large Marge’ trucker from hell in Pee Wee Herman’s ‘Adventure’.
“Scary Mary and Scary Larry” may also be married scarries. 🙂

ANutterVet
ANutterVet

Sorry Sirs (addressing all of the personalities, local, those in the grandstands, characters who’re always hesitant to pay, and the ranting moody ones) – – – Results came verifying that our family members on me Pop’s side are negative, but me mums side inconclusive. We’ll keep you updated. – – – Nutter still moody (form of puppy, baby, monkey)

91Veteran
91Veteran
I can’t believe Congress will ever revisit the Feres Doctrine and do what is right by veterans. To do so would cut into whatever stock profits or bribes they collect after sending us to war. If you honestly looked at environmental exposures, you would see the lunacy of that doctrine. If you are a civilian and the military has a burn pit on a US Army base and that civilian were exposed to toxins from the pit, the civilian could sue. If you lived with that civilian but wore a uniform during that exposure, the soldier could not sue. If… Read more »
Crazy elf
Crazy elf

To ALL,
HELP!
Yesterday, something strange occurred in my checking account.
It was a “ACH withdrawal of $20” for “VADIP”!
I just got off with my bank. They explained it was “a withdrawal” for “dependent dental”!

There was some discussion on here about VA and dental. Yet, no real explanation of it.
Can anyone explain what this is all about!? Is this a “monthly expenditure”? What is it for?

Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly

Elf here is a summation of the current Federal Register listing for the program. Note that it is administered by a contractor in your area. If you did not sign up for it you need to start screaming very loudly.

“https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/04/04/2017-06579/va-dental-insurance-program”

Crazy elf
Crazy elf

Seymore,
Not only did I NOT sign up for it, I didn’t even know the VA was going to take monies from my account! Nor, did I know about this “alleged VA dentistry program!”

A very deceptive practice to steal my fuckin money! I wonder how many other veterans were scammed out of their monies?

Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly

What surprises me is that the bank let them take the money without first getting authorization from You! That has to be illegal.

91Veteran
91Veteran

Crazy Elf, it would be interesting to hear how long they have been taking money from you.

This bullshit reminds me of the old long distance telephone slamming scam.

Crazy elf
Crazy elf

Seymore,
Wanted to let you know, we have Delta Dental already for my wife. It comes out every month for her!
Is this some kind of special program designed for dependants or me?
I’ve contacted Rep. DeSantis’ office asking WHY VA would take monies from my account. When we already have dental insurance through Humana AND Delta Dental!
His office is supposed to get back in touch with me!!!!!

91Veteran
91Veteran

Crazy Elf, if you search on VADIP and go to the VA web site describing it, you can find that Delta and MetLife are the two insurance companies involved in that program.

I see no reason why you would have to have 2 insurance plans for dental…both Humana and Delta.

I also see no reason why they would just now be taking money from you for a voluntary pilot program that ended 8 months ago unless you volunteered to continue it.
91V

namnibor
namnibor

Conversely, an about to end pilot program, and *what if* some wise-ass thought nobody would notice when each and every Veteran with a dependent enrolled in CHAMPVA is dinged with a $20. ACH withdrawal. Multiply that by 100’s, you have a nice nonperformance bonus scammed *almost* under the radar…until Crazy elf saves the day and whistleblows their asses.
Again, what if? This is the VA.

namnibor
namnibor

Multiplied by 1000’s, what was I thinking?

91Veteran
91Veteran
Crazy Elf, I would contact your VA, or go in so you don’t get passed around like a hot potato and crawl up someone’s ass over that bill. If you search on VADIP, you can find the VA web site describing it. It’s described as a pilot program where veterans or those enrolled in CHAMPVA can purchase dental at reduced cost. That pilot program ended last January, but if you enrolled, you had the option of continuing coverage for another 12 months. I have no idea why they would be taking it now if you had not been covered before.… Read more »
Crazy elf
Crazy elf

Here’s a new article out from;
“Military.com/Daily News”
Dated: 13 Sept 2017
Titled;

“Lawmakers: “Unreliable” VA Mail Data a Symtom Of Larger Issues”

Stars and Stripes | by Nikki Wentling

Seems like VA doesn’t want to give the American People the true amount of taxpayers monies they spend on mail each year!
Good article!

Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly
I note the article is based on bogus info supplied by the VA. To quote the article: “Part of the problem was caused a few years ago when the VA began mailing prescriptions to veterans, leading to a surge in the amount of mail going out, Oswalt said.” Now I have not used VA health Care since August of 2000. Back then I was receiving my prescriptions via mail. In 1999 I was also receiving my prescriptions Via Mail. So they are totally deceptive when they claim that only with in the last few years they started mailing prescriptions. If… Read more »
91Veteran
91Veteran

Agreed. Hell I was getting prescriptions mailed in the 90s. If they are blaming increased mailing on prescriptions, then maybe they should look at why their pharmacies are so fucked up they can’t get vets prescriptions ready in a timely manner while waiting.

Crazy elf
Crazy elf
To Seymore and 91Veteran, Thanks for your help. I finally broke through and found out what happened! This month Delta Dental changed the way they withdraw monies from those who are enrolled. It used to be “DDIP” (acronym for Delta Dental Program) to what it is now “VADIP”! The phone number, for Delta Dental, has also changed. Since the withdrawal was taken out under my wife’s name. She called and straightened out everything! The cost went up also. From about $18/month to $20/month. This is another reason why I was confused. What pissed me and my wife off was –… Read more »
namnibor
namnibor

It’s a good thing to be keeping an eye out for any unauthorized charges and such anyway, but especially in-light of the massive Experian/Equifax data breach…50% of all Americans are affected and can only imagine the VA adding an extra twist to this when the dust settles, someway, somehow…

ANutterVet
ANutterVet

No Audit + No Accountability + Big Bonuses + Self Regulating = Poor Services + Loss of Veterans Lives + Financial Disaster + Loss Monies + Immoral and Corrupt Management on Many Levels (sick) – – – Nutter

James Clement
James Clement
(OFF-TOPIC) – – – Our military may NOT be able to provide for adequate homeland defense, if required. This SITREP e-mail pretty accurately describes the current state of our naval forces. Over stated, but I agree with the message. The Navy (military as a whole) has been cut to the point of ineffectiveness. Add social engineering to the equation and we have a total disaster!! Get it together navy and return to tried and true methods!! Become a fighting force, not a social experiment!! From: USNA-AT-LARGE-owner @ yahoo groups dot com To: USNA-AT-LARGE @ yahoo groups dot com Sent: 9/8/2017… Read more »
namnibor
namnibor

I dare say the recent repeated “accidents” by our Navy may have been from idiots texting or social media or playing video games on navigation screens…only my hypothesis…but we indeed have a candy-assed mix of crybabies and entitlement social screwheads of engineering adding an even more dastardly dose of chaos.
Now, get off my lawn! 🙂

Leatherneck
Leatherneck

Does anyone who reads this call your Representative and your Senators tell them how to improve Veterans Health Care no excuses like they don’t care.

Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly

Youngstown, Ohio, VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic Employee Pleads Guilty to Intent to Engage in Illicit Sexual Conduct with a Minor

A Youngstown, OH, VA Community Based Out patient Clinic employee pled guilty to transportation of minors, travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct. An OIG, Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, and Homeland Security Investigations investigation revealed that the defendant used electronic devices with internet connectivity, including his VA-issued computer, to entice an underage female to engage in sexual activity, and then traveled interstate to engage in illicit sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl.

Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly

Seattle, Washington, VAMC Employee Sentenced for Weapon Possession A Seattle, WA, VAMC employee was sentenced to 42 months’ incarceration after pleading guilty to weapon possession charges.

An OIG, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and VA Police Service investigation revealed that the defendant, a previously convicted felon, threatened VA coworkers, possessed methamphetamine and a loaded firearm on VA premises, and possessed a sawed-off shotgun and controlled substances at his residence. Evidence in the case was developed during an undercover operation and from the execution of search warrants conducted of the defendant’s vehicle and residence.

Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly

Fresno, California, VAMC Nurse Arrested for Drug Diversion

An OIG investigation resulted in charges that allege that a VAMC nurse diverted Fentanyl from a veteran in hospice care.

Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly

Sunrise, Florida, VA Community Outpatient Clinic Nurse Arrested for Drug Diversion

A Sunrise, FL, VA community outpatient clinic nurse was indicted and arrested for obtaining possession of a controlled substance by misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, deception, or subterfuge. An OIG investigation resulted in charges after the defendant tested positive for drugs, recorded inaccurate patient vital signs, generated fictitious patients, and diverted Fentanyl during gastrointestinal procedures. The defendant admitted to the drug diversion.

Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly
VFW Post commander busted as a fake Vietnam veteran, arrested for fraud By Michele Katz “http://popularmilitary.com/vfw-post-commander-busted-fake-vietnam-veteran-arrested-fraud/” “A man from Holley, NY – who’s been passing himself off as a Vietnam veteran- has been charged with scheme to defraud and grand larceny. Officials with the Orleans County Sheriffs Dept. say 69-year-old Earl Skellen used his position of power, as commander of VFW Post 202, to receive discounted rates on expensive items. According to 13wham, Skellen was able to purchase a John Deere lawn mower for $500, when the product sold for more than $2,000. After someone at the VFW post expressed… Read more »
Leatherneck
Leatherneck
Rise and Shine Veterans call your Senators and Representative try to convince the Senators and Representative contact the Veteran Affairs Committee in Washington, DC passed a New Veteran Disabled Benefit Law which is if a Disabled Veterans collecting 100 percent service connected definitely need to get G4 implants from a Cosmetic Dentistry Dentist because isn’t absolutely not one works at a Veteran Medical Center plus they haven’t even one has a contract with Veteran Affairs Admistation but their is Private Clinics knows how to put in G4 implants but unfortunate they want all the money up front my firm belief… Read more »
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