So what the heck happened when VA Is Lying supporters had a conversation with VA Secretary Bob McDonald one month ago?
Some readers suggested we were required to sign an NDA. Others wondered if the conference even happened.
Yes, the conversation happened and no one signed an NDA. We made some headway and look forward to future discussions.
VA IS LYING CALL
Veterans and advocates on the call other than Bob and his staff were:
- Ron Nesler
- Emily Hayden
- Benjamin Krause
- Francis White
- Brian Lewis
- Roger Taylor
Brian Lewis was in DC doing advocacy work on the Hill and facilitated the call while there.
Ron Nesler talked about the need for an ombudsman system within various veterans circles and that different grass roots groups need representation at the table.
Emily Hayden talked about the spina bifida program and how VA still had some work to do to ensure the process was more straight forward.
I talked about how Vocational Rehabilitation counselors are abusing the feasibility determination process and next steps for VA on burn pits.
(NOTE: This article is about my first wife and mother of my only child – I am obviously invested in sorting this out)
Francis White talked about problems VA is facing with security related to veterans benefits processing systems.
Roger Taylor spoke about veterans getting caught up in clinical appeals when VA health care administrators harass veterans.
Brian Lewis discussed concerns about veteran survivors of military sexual trauma and VA’s repeated failure to adequately address assaults against males.
Overall, the discussion went well and there are next steps. For my own purposes, the more interesting part of the call focused on my questions about burn pits and VA’s next steps on working through the research.
That is about the nuts and bolts of the call. I will tune in with next steps and how that turns out.