Is Trump Intentionally Pissing On Veterans Or Getting Bad Advice?

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Bad Advice

Veterans supported Donald Trump by two-thirds on November 8, but his choices to lead Veterans Affairs out of its scandal-plagued ways are now being questioned.

Last week, many of the veterans who voted for Trump were disappointed when he replaced VA Secretary Robert McDonald with his #3 David Shulkin, MD.

His election campaign rhetoric against McDonald and his team was palatable, and it was incredibly shocking when he made the selection, which is basically like keeping McDonald’s policies in place while shifting the last names around.

RELATED: Vets Disappointed With Shulkin Selection

Now, Trump is possibly including VA hiring within his hiring freeze. There is only one problem. VA hospitals are grossly understaffed, and any delay may result in more veteran deaths.

Does Trump care? Why is he taking such a Machiavellian approach to VA reform?

The effect of his two unpopular decisions is making many faithful veterans question their majority support of the new president within one week of his rise to power.

The culmination of his present positions has made supporters wonder if Trump is intentionally throwing away their support for political favors or if he is getting bad advice from Republicans intent on undermining his presidency as quickly as possible.

Is he trying to make things difficult for veterans on purpose or is someone within his camp discounting the impact of the most outspoken and unified population in the country?

This is a question I hope he considers.

Why Are Veterans Pushed To Back Of Bus?

RELATED: Veterans Hope Trump Drains “The Swamp” At VA

I have three short sentences for whoever is directing President Trump’s most recent and seemingly tone-deaf decisions about veterans after swearing he would protect our rights and flush out criminality and fraud within the agency’s elite.

We are outspoken. We are pissed. And we know how to organize.

President Trump needs us and our support in the long run, or is he calculating that our longstanding disenfranchisement under President Obama is strong enough to create beneficial amnesia of him breaking his promises?

It would be great if Trump would more readily make decisions consistent with his election promises that included selecting former Congressman Jeff Miller to run the agency and draining its swamp.

RELATED: Veterans Prefer Jeff Miller By 84 Percent

After he went totally yellow-belly by selecting David Shulkin from McDonald’s team under President Obama, many of us are already contemplating tossing in the towel based on that singular, two-faced bait and switch.

I do not like getting misled after towing the party line. Maybe some of you do, but I do not.

Salt In My Wound

Now, to rub salt in the wound, President Trump has lumped in hiring of much-needed doctors and psychologists into the hiring freeze, while veteran suicide is still standing at 20 veterans per day and wait times are growing at numerous VA hospitals?

President Obama did little to nothing to correct that path of long wait times and veteran suicide. And President Trump is showing no immediate signs at resolving the suicide crisis either or wait time crisis, either.

Now, Trump is implementing a 90-day hiring freeze at VA. Why? This is an explanation veterans need in order to stay on the ride. Otherwise, we will jump ship and things will get very uncomfortable for a fair amount of billionaires.

Congress On Hiring Freeze

Both Veterans Affairs Congressional committees have rebuked the move asserting the failure to hire much-needed doctors is a “public safety” issue.

Despite this, Trump’s administration is showing no sign of backing off the plan to help fix VA health care by hiring more doctors. Perhaps they are putting ego ahead of veterans?

According to leaders of both Veterans Affairs committee leaders, “We must ensure that, while we work toward our mutual goal of VA healthcare reform, VA is not further hampered by an inability to recruit high-quality clinicians to meet the immediate health care needs of our veterans.”

Sen. Johnny Isakson, head of Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs, and Dr. Phil Roe, head of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, are united in the push for President Trump to clarify to what extent he intends to postpone the hiring of doctors to treat sick and dying veterans.

Is it a full 90-day thing or will he flex to help his largest voting bloc?

There is no question part of this problem falls on the Obama Administration in that he had eight years to properly staff VA hospitals and failed.

Sadly, Trump is more to blame for making a second blatant bad decision impeding on veterans’ health care without paying much attention to the same population that, more than any other, voted for Trump by a vast majority.

Personally, if I were Donald Trump, I would not piss on my most supportive population group that consists of a diverse cross-section of combat-trained taxpayers. It is the wrong group to piss off, President Trump.

Just sayin’.

Source: http://www.stripes.com/news/republicans-call-on-trump-to-clarify-va-hiring-freeze-1.451078

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J
J

Feeling stupid yet? Do you have any excuse for the bad advice you’ve given vets about Trump?

namnibor
namnibor

No! Also, Veterans do not require someone to tell us HOW to vote and Benjamin never once pushed or overtly promoted any one candidate. Veterans are much more educated and aware than you give us credit for. Is your snowflake melted yet?

Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly

Hey Namnibor,

Doesn’t it truly warms the heart knowing Ben’s articles are keeping Trolls like J up at night worrying?

Maybe J might find some relief if he sat in a corner and banged his head on a wall for an hour or two.

VAISLYING INC
VAISLYING INC

VETS JUST BEND OVER MORE BILLIONARE TRUMPER WANTS TO GIVE TO YO IN THE REAR VETS GIVE THE TRUMPER A COLGATE SMILE AS HE GIVES IT TI TO YO VETS HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA SUCKERS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

91Veteran
91Veteran

It’s been 7 days.

You feeling stupid over the VA being a disaster for the last 8 years?

1xgijane
1xgijane

I couldn’t have said it better.

Mk
Mk

Yea President TWEETS is one of the politically laziest bastards around he’s probably getn advise from his daughter he probably never even been to a Goddam VA hospital. So no surprise he’s leaving the same fuckn roosters and hens there. I’m sure he will give some confusing as fuck reason for his decision . And the brain dead vets will say u see he’s different cause he just says so smfh and u wonder why Americans get fucked by these sociapaths every 4 years…

namnibor
namnibor

“Brain-Dead Vets”?

Condescending Troll calling the kettle black?

ANutterVet
ANutterVet

@Namnibor – That’s it. I’m busting out the K9’s. Find ’em boy. Grab their nads, crunch down, and twist. Off that is. Leave ’em one now.

cj
cj

Me is that you? I thought I recognized the accent. I thought you had better things to do than sit at the fuckin computer. Did you step outside and get some air?

Ex va
Ex va

@ J, i do not even know if i should reply to the rude comment. Ben is an investigative reporter he doesn’t give advice, he asks questions…Are you questioning your self? is this directed inward?

CorpsmanUp!
CorpsmanUp!

Trump will do Trump. Veterans need to take care of themselves. Trump will never meet any military standard because he lacks disciple. A true commander in chief will brave the front line of battle. George Washington.
What needs to happen is that the qualifications for the oval office need to be revised to include that military requirement and you will not have to experience this level 3 fuckery that is going on. DOD medicine should be combined with VA to fulfill the medical needs during the freeze or even permanently. There are too many duplicate processes in government which is the true waste
Trump is fucking with the wrong type of taxpayer, whether he is getting bad advice or not, he is making himself an easy target.

From all the coverage I have seen his security team does not cover him well for reaction time.
He needs to go to the gym because his shit is unsat with a crunchberry beast like posture .
He has his hands full, I wish him well but he does need some meds from a medical standpoint of repeating himself over and over. (OCD)
He admits to being a germa-phob and a perfectionist which are classic symptoms.

Just remember as a veteran, stay healthy and on target because no one can take that away from you unless you let them.

John Cokos
John Cokos

Trump is a predictable sociopath….

namnibor
namnibor

And you are a sociopathic troll.

mk
mk

@Namnibor and others will find one reason or another to do their lil two step dancing to defend this Orange Cheeto in Charge, no matter what you say they got a little childish response or name calling from their walker. Wait until the Head Cheeto in Charge start cutting Socialist Security since hes got his SS Cutters in Place to be Nominated.
Paul Ryan has had this Bill to cut SS since 2012 and is chopping at the Bit to get the Ball Rolling and Head Cheeto in Charge will still find a confusing way to explain it or maybe no one will call him on his Hot Air Promises like a Politician he did on his Campaign. You dam right im going to be Critical of this Blowhard like we were on Obama that what happens when you the Head Sociopath in Charge…

Dennis
Dennis

respectfully disagree on your point that a Commander In Chief should brave the front lines. This is not his job. If an officer is caught mopping floors in the barracks because the men just cannot get it done, he will not command for another moment nor should he.

CorpsmanUp!
CorpsmanUp!

Yeah, that is a simple analogy. When I was a Corpsman, my platoon knew everything about stopping the bleeding, including cauterization with gunpowder and starting Ivs. My intent was to show that the C IC should be on the front line of enforcing strength and not getting second hand information. A person needs to experience the gore of a pink mist and the smell of serosanguinous blood to know the reality that those in the front line endure. The VA is a slow calculated death perpetrated by a deny delay tactic. I respect what you are saying though. Semper Fi and Nescit Cedere

Lem
Lem

Wasn’t a grunt corpsman. But was a corpsman close enough to the grunts to see some of their blood. Most difficult position I had was leading PO at Rough and Ready Island dispensary after returning from Danang and all but one of the other 7 corpsman were grunts dealing with the aftermath of their experience. And I had seen enough blood at the NavSupAct Hosp Danang. But it is not the same as putting a man on a Chopper and never finding out if he lived. If you had done enough? To ease the pain let me assure you, the ones that made it to the ER breathing went back to the states breathing by a very high percentage.

Don Karg
Don Karg

01/27/2017

Dear Benjamin Krause,

We have a new President, and it does take time to get use to the office.

There are people pulling on him in every direction to favor their “cause,” and to promote their self-worth.

Few have offered their wisdom and courage to go against Washington DC, the Central Bankers, and those who control most outcomes.

“Is Trump Intentionally Pissing On Veterans Or Getting Bad Advice?” you asked?

If he were “pissing” on the Veterans you would know it, right away marking his territory. Getting “Bad Advice” I highly doubt it—they are sitting on mountains of information that dive to the heart of the matter.

What is happening now is that the President is assessing the condition of the Organization/institution and its function, and capabilities to exist.

There will be a change, what kind of change, who really knows—-I bet Trump doesn’t even know today what the VA will look like in a year.

Those who have been following the VA Scandal, since the Scandal Broke in Phoenix, Arizona in Mid 2014, have noticed many changes have occurred in the last couple of weeks.

There has to be an Earthquake in the politics at the VA to Wake up the Nation from the Century of Apathy that has layered on top of this corrupted Organization since Wilson/Harding.

Remember in Phoenix, Arizona, the Carl Hayden VA is a ONE STAR hospital with no intention to change, after millions of dollars of taxpayers money was pumped into it.

The Corrective Actions will appear to be harsh and brutal—get used to it.

Be careful what you wish for, that is what they told Karlheinz Halter and I at Slidematic in Torrance, California, in 1989, as we began to looking into the missing/stolen CNC Machinery making F-16 Cavities for the Hughes Electronics/Microwave components and Allied Signal components, and Marvin Engineering [which moved it from Air Force to the DCIS, DCIS’s massive failure resulting in the 1998 Cox Report].

Like I have stated before— you will know right away if you are getting pissed on!

Sincerely,

Don Karg

T
T

I too, again, voted for the lesser of two evils not putting much hope in any of them. I am very accustomed to lip-service and stinking politics. Also all the lies and promises over the many years that lying corrupt politicians make never keeping, while not many sheep seem to care about or is flushed down the expected memory hole.

Trump said America 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. Okay, he did the trade crap stuff, the torture thing, illegals (?) pipeline (corporate whores) then the Mex border which should also include our northern borders. Then came the foreign junk and distractions, Russia, London, Israel, the stinking media clowns to the United Nations filth, etc. So he’s stepped backwards and side-ways in my thinking while we suffer and do without, some dying in horrible ways and without end of life meds to make their passing more comfortable (the VA and civilian methods). NO they have to wait up to days to get through the pain med red-tape and game playing. So I guess Trump, and of coarse Pence or Coats or Congress critters haven’t had to deal with lasting ill health issues, threatened, ruined, lied to, worse, and constant chronic pain issues. Is so he’d and the trash he picked from Indiana would have put us at the top of the priority list somewhere like he said in some of his pointing out of vets in his filled arena gatherings. While trashy Marxist pigs and the VA cheerleaders, media and other refuse to do anything for certain groups of vets here and around the nation. While other vets go totally un-affected for some lame reasons. Oh, they didn’t ask the right questions or may have complained and changed clinics…that evil stuff the VA and government hates. They demand sheep and silent test, and lab rats.

Pence, Coats, and others have allowed all others sorts here to piss in our Wheaties, allow for corruption and censoring or totally ignoring us to continue as usual. So by the day Trump pushes our issues aside to play other games he ignoring those who have suffered, suffering without medical care, meds, or trying to keep us safe from the corrupt and the many lefties and special interest groups out there. And I think we have all seen from the Women’s March what some, or myself, have dealt with in the VA system when trying to settle some issues with those type of mindsets and agendas which we are not part of, Just hated if we happen to bruise an ego or dare question one in their lofty positions of authority and power enough to ruin a persons life in many ways. Which so far the DC crowd is allowing. For damn sure the freaks in high offices in Indiana, local or state, sure don’t give a hoot. While each day more can happen, more lousy VA staff retires with their perks and pay, witnesses die off, become fearful, or we just give up since being totally ignored by all. Same damn game playing I have seen my entire life.

If I were POTUS the first thing I would have done is do a state by state trip while notifying every vet with issues to show up with their concerns and demand a total investigation of the issues and talk to people. Of course some of us would have to fight our way through the communist, trash, and Marxist to be heard. Then DC and Trump & company could be playing the game MDs are doing here with their 6 or more hours wait for a simple office visit that most seem to be fine with or able to do.

I also would have by-passed all the ‘glitz, glamor, balls, dinners, extravagance, dog and pony shows to appease Hollywood, MSM scum, and DC garbage. A waste of time and money. Is it more ‘let them eat cake’ and suffer while we dance, play, sing, booze-up, and put on a fancy show to follow the pathetic traditions of DC and our over-lords and masters.

There isn’t anything he can’t do on his airplane like sitting in the oval office. There are people dying and suffering out here while our so-called libtard communist global villages and Marxist college towns claim all is well, or Indiana is really #1 in the nation and all up-right and perfect Clintonian/Soetero villages. (!) Or is he too worried about exposing the likes of lying Pence, Coats, Indaina’s ways of dealing with us non-conformist or harmed, and the rest of the scum in offices in the Hoosier state and others?

Well this social critic is in no way an optimist.

namnibor
namnibor

Appropriate criticism in article as far as the pick for Shulkin for VA Sec., but as far as the hiring freeze potentially or actually affecting the VA…let’s give Pres. Trump a chance before pissing on our own cornflakes because I really feel Trump’s team may be readying for massive audits to see follow the $$$ and see where the ship is bleeding $$$ from…call it a RESET of sorts.
I am not happy with Shulkin pick by no means and that definitely tasted like piss in my cornflakes, but I am looking at it like this, you cannot throw money on a fire and expect it not to go up in flames without accountability and that’s exactly what’s been done with the VA for decades…time to try a different road traveled…give it time folks. Yes, we need to keep the pressure on but in same token, we need not come across polar opposite of the still butthurt snowflakes kind of way just yet at least…but keeping the pressure on and bright spotlight called truth and accountability.
President Trump also has this huge Obama Eight Year Mess to wade through, to include fact a great majority of those tanks and military equipment Obama sent in last days to Russian border arrived there with dead batteries and NO FUEL. LOL! Messed-up, and our USA is really messed-up, and almost every Federal Agency has been on carte blanche hungry hippos for eight years…so the swamp is plenty thick folks…then you have the VA and the Military Industrial Mess Machine with both having bleeding $$$$ from contractors gouging, VA employees with vested interest in these bleeding contracts…what I am trying to express is give Pres. Trump a wee bit more time, he’s already done a whirlwind of activity in first 7 days in Office…but he started this work before even getting in office on the business and trade end…now he has to wrangle the large swamp beasts….give it time my brothers and sisters…but not too much because the VA is definitely lying and Veterans are definitely dying.
Rant out. Give Pres. Trump a chance before getting panties in a bind. A hiring freeze could also be looked upon in a glass half full way in that’s less Federal Employee’s killing Vets or dishing out shitty care. Just saying.

OLDMARINE
OLDMARINE

I agree namnibor $$$ and see where the ship is bleeding $$$ I think if you went to the VA’S contracting office you will find the rat’s nest

CorpsmanUp!
CorpsmanUp!

That is a very good point of seeing where it is bleeding. I like the way Trump is bullying these agencies like the VA has bullied veterans for many years. He just has to follow through with his words and learn discipline. If he will listen to Mattis about the VA, he will get some insight because there is a direct nexus to VA and DOD on so many levels.

OLDMARINE
OLDMARINE

THERE IS NO HIRING BAN FOR THE VA JUST GO ON THEIR WEBSITE AND READ IT

John Cokos
John Cokos

Vox populi is a Latin phrase that literally means “voice of the people”.

Popular opinion (YOUR”S) IS ALMOST ALWAYS WRONG. Get over it blog posting vets, “You will get fooled again”.

Paragraphs are your friend. Drop the stream of conscience, run on posts.
You know who you are….

namnibor
namnibor

@John Cokos — Perhaps you should understand that some of us deal with physical and mental health issues that often limit or impair “proper grammar or paragraphs” and get the fuck over it….butthurt trollflake.

cj
cj

This sounds a little premature Ben. I mean, we should lift the hiring ban, to hire needed shrinks and doctors? Last I looked none of those shrinks or doctors have been doing us any favors. In fact, they have both been harming us. Is it not the shrinks that have been denying our service connected TBI, due to everything else under the sun? What about all those doctors? Wow what a great team of help we have there, right? Yes I think it is a little premature at this point. I have stated before………..I am all in to march on Washington in the largest march this country has ever seen. There is not a household in this country that either, doesn’t have a veteran as a family member, or a friend of a family that has a veteran in it, or knows someone who has lost a family member fighting for this country. Expediency rarely ever works out for the better, and usually gets criticized in hindsight, had they only taken the time to think this through, this would not have happened. It pains me dearly knowing at least 20 veterans a day are taking their own lives, and I would gladly give my own to save just one of them. I am not willing, however, to hire just to hire UNQUALIFIED QUACKS to push them over the edge. If I sound over the edge myself…..well I have a fantastic cocktail I take twice a day courtesy of the V.A. and a TBI that has so far, not been recognized by those very QUACKS your requesting more of to be hired…………..Yeah running off at the mouth is a byproduct of those two conditions I just mentioned. So I am entitled to my opinion. Hey doc, I have this terrible pain between my shoulder blades. Oh that’s an old broken rib. Next day almost lost my life again, major heart attack. Great work doc. No we don’t need more of those, we need less of those, and more of REAL, QUALIFIED, BOARD CERTIFIED doctors, and a way to prosecute them when they screw up. Just like the real doctors in private practice. I go to the Lovell Federal Healthcare Center, it is both DOD and V.A. and it has been a cluster fuck ever since the two have been combined. Mixing the two is a BAD idea. I know, I have years of experience with that combination. I also DO NOT CARE, what any Senator says, after all. they have had since day one to fix this mess, and haven’t. Don’t shift the blame off of the offenders/Senators/Congressmen, to anyone else. Sifting through this mess is going to take time………..period. This needs to be done right, not expediently. Drain the swamp, Never expect an emmediate resonse from me, I rarely have time to watch all that is going on.

NiteWish
NiteWish

Cj I get that pain too between the shoulder blades, thankx for the heads up on a pending heart attack. I showed the DR my hands at one appt, I have the beginning of Dupuytren’s Contracture =[If you can’t stretch your hands out flat it’s a condition that slowly causes fingers to bend into the palm. The condition occurs as a result of small lumps or nodules forming in the connective tissue in the palm. Over time, the nodules contract until it is difficult to extend the fingers. Untreated, these will become fixed in a permanently bent position]. Dr tells me oh that’s nothing, your just thin. Well my father was thin too & he had 3 fingers on both hands laying flat against the palm & unusable. Looked extraterrestrial being able to only use 2 fingers to do stuff but he said it was not painful. [RIP daddy].

cj
cj

@NiteWish: Please get that pain between your shoulders checked right away, with a Cardiologist, today, if possible. I am sorry to hear about your hands, and for the loss of your father. I hope that somewhere a doctor can help with that.

P.S. Some heart centers will see you right away, check what hospitals in your area are heart centers, call and most likely you can get evaluated today. Also, do not do anything strenuous, until you have been checked.

NiteWish
NiteWish

Thank you cj but no, I have a death ‘wish’ & housemates have strict instructions not to call any EMT, unless I’m already dead, if not – please finish the job. DNR do not resuscitate

cj
cj

@NiteWish: I am sorry to hear this. If you would like to talk in private, I will gladly give you my email. I hate to lose any family members, and veterans are all part of the same fucked up family, like it or not.

NiteWish
NiteWish

cj Theres nothing to talk about that I haven’t already examined & re-examined but thank you for your kindness. It means a lot to me. A few weeks ago we had 2 rolling earthquakes during the night, its my responsible to do the checks for damage. 2 days later I realize I missed checking the furnace room & sure enough the exhaust pipe had been moved completely off the vent, Lucky we rarely turn it on being in CA but I realized my wish to die in my sleep could affect another & it is not my intention to wish harm on any other human being or the pets with my personal wish. The old Cliché Be Careful what you wish for. I installed a carbon monoxide alarm for them.

cj
cj

@NiteWish: I won’t pry. I only asked as it seems we have the same wish. The day they saved my life? Is the day my life ended, they should have just let me go.

NiteWish
NiteWish

cj I watched the HBO documentary special Alive Day Memories: Home From Iraq & was dismayed the VA is promoting the celebrating of the worst day of a Vets life & then reminding them of it every year like a second birthday. Wouldn’t work for me. Those people need to read Johnny got his gun. Be well old friend.

cj
cj

@NiteWish: I just finished watching the same documentary, I can see both sides of that fucked up coin, and now have a better understanding of where your coming from.

Firstly, I would like to apologize for my ignorance of what you have been through, because of course, I do not know you. Second, you should know that people you never even met, have you in their prayers, even if each will never cross paths. People pray for our veterans each and every day, even if they don’t know them personally, because they have them in their thoughts.

We have just crossed paths, and I will tell you, I care a great deal about you. Our lives, and generations, are far apart, our experiences are not even in the same zip code. I can’t even imagine what you have gone through, yet your my brother none the less.

I have a tendency to ramble on and not make much sense, so I will stop now. I guess, I just wanted you to know, people do care.

NiteWish
NiteWish

cj Lets clear this up: I am not a combat vet, I am not male. I am a veteran sister with PTSD + chronic shoulder/arm/neck condition. 2 of my 3 sons are Iraq combat vets, the other did ‘secret’ things, I know little about. I mentioned the documentary due to your comment “ The day they saved my life”….. I feel weird now, think I’ll just go & be quite & smoke a doobie.

ANutterVet
ANutterVet

@NiteWish – Sister NiteWish,I did that for few decades after getting discharged, and didn’t even know why. Add on the 151 sweet dark rum and black Russians, and I was numb as could be. Jogging for 7-10 miles to make myself exhausted. When in the company of others, always carrying weapons on me in different locations for an easy grab to protect myself. Now speaking about that doobie

Don’t bogart that joint my friend, . . . Ahh, those days. Try not to be to hard on yourself. I believe I know how you feel when you add on the pain. Do you take any Schedule II medications for pain?

ANutterVet
ANutterVet

@NiteWish – I forgot to ask if you have muscle spasms and if you’re on a specific type of medication. With the epidemic in our country with pain meds, the DEA has tagged one muscle relaxer [Carisoprodol-Soma] for tight monitoring.

cj
cj

@NiteWish:See, we have more in common than you think. I am not a combat veteran either. There is no reason to feel weird, we are and always will be family. Yes, they saved my life, after that heart attack I told you about. What they didn’t do, is finish the job, because the V.A. got in the way. I am 100% disabled, from service connected injuries during peace time. You can be blown up in your barracks by the stupidity of other people. Veterans get messed up all the time durring peace time while minding their own business. It happens. Your even more apart of this veteran family than I am, you being the mother of veterans, is no easy task either. Nothing but respect for you, and everything I said before stays the same. It makes no difference to me if your male or female, combat or non combat. We are all part of the same f…up family. And should watch our for each other, and give help when asked. OK….I’m done running off at the mouth.

91Veteran
91Veteran

Good post cj.

Interesting on how all these politicians suddenly become experts after sitting by for years and watching a disaster unfold.

I too hate the idea of another veteran dying, but I would rather time be spent at trying to permanently fix a problem so that number drops as close to zero as possible.

Throwing a bandaid at the situation for the sake of speed as has been done for years won’t fix it.

namnibor
namnibor

Another thought: By announcing this federal hiring freeze, it brings to the surface of the swamp the outspoken swamp beasts wanting to protect the status quo by their outcry, such as the VSO’s suddenly appearing as if they grew a conscience and NOW say it’s a “public safety issue for Vets”, but only when the cookie jar lid was super glued shut….Pres. Trump may be calling a huge bluff in order for the swamp beasts to show themselves…remember, he’s in the business of games of chance and casinos…strategy. I am trying to view all that’s taking place as Pres. Trump announcing hiring freeze *may* be akin to the Pied Piper calling the rats to show themselves and be led to their doom. Critical Thinking 101: Look all around, inside, and under the box, not just in the box.
It’s snowing here…lovely peaceful snow.

Crazy elf
Crazy elf

namnibor,
Your “box metaphor” is dead on.
Have we, veterans all, become so intangled within/inside our “boxes”, that we can’t see outside of it!?
New ways of thinking is what will allow us to move forward!

Larry Todd
Larry Todd

I don’t think Trump is intentionally kicking us vets under the bus.It’s just that he never really gives serious thought to what he is saying and is aways having to have his surrogates walk it back. I fear his his ability to to put his mouth in gear before his brain is going to get us into so deep s**t in the future. JMO

Crazy elf
Crazy elf

I too was NOT happy to see “Ferret Faced” Shulkin being considered as Sec-VA.
That said, what do y’all expect in just seven days? What ‘miracles’ did you expect? Did y’all expect hundreds, if not a few thousand, to be fired? Did y’all expect some kind of “saviour” to “deliver us from evil” IMMEDIATELY after Jan. 20, 2017?
It doesn’t work that way!
It takes time to assess the situation on the best course of attack!!!! Already we’ve seen improvement. Some have retired, which they should have been fired. Some HAVE BEEN FIRED!
A few days ago, many had praised President Trump. Today, many are scorning him.
Some say “military experience should be a prerequisite for the job as President & Sec-VA!” Well, look how that’s worked for us in the past! Most have been a Gen. Custer FUBAR! Remember what happened to him? Or how about Gen. Grant, later President Grant. His administration was filled to capacity with corruption.

This crap, known as the VA, has had 100 years to become the third most corrupt agency. Only two others are more corrupt, the DOD & AFGE (respectfully)!
Damn folks, give the man a chance!
It’s called “Hurry up and wait!” Remember those words?!

ANutterVet
ANutterVet

@Crazy elf, @Seymore Klearly, @Namnibor – I agree that we need to give POTUS more time. The only thing that concerns me, is what time frame would be considered to be reasonable. Just like opinions, the acceptable length of time can be spread all over the place. A reasonable amount of an acceptable time frame [goal] must be set. If not, we as Veterans will be at the mercy of the same ole, same ole. And quite frankly, I’ve had enough, and I believe that you feel the same way as well.

JMO from a Veteran who is really tired of the unnecessary pain and suffering, my life being flipped up side down for years, the lack of empathy and medical probing from VA care providers, the Main Stream Media [MSM] uncaring attitude via less coverage about the VA’s problems, and my heart being ripped into after reading about the horror stories posted by my Brothers and Sisters on Ben’s blog.

91Veteran
91Veteran

A reasonable amount of time? That depends. Trump has moved faster than I expected on some things, so the speed of things changing in the VA may be faster than I expected.

I truly believe one change made already is the speed at which corrupt managers are fired as we saw with Hamlin.

How fast for other things?

1 month to see other changes. 3 months to see things meaningful. 6 months to see a significant turnaround.

This is all predicated on keeping the worthless VSOs and congress critters out of the way.

I still believe in the idea that when a man gives his word, he’s going to keep it. I suspect Trump has the same expectation for as long as he’s been in business.

I also expect he won’t be surprised at how pissed off veterans will be if he doesn’t keep his word.

During his inaugural speech, he ripped politicians in DC that say one thing and do another.

He will be held to the same standard.

Dennis
Dennis

I was a flight instructor at our local airport as a much younger man. I taught flight in sailplanes, airplanes and I towed banners over the Ducks football games. I flew for momey because I loved flight and the only way to afford it was to get paid while doing it. I hate to brag, but I made nearly $15 per hour (read from the engine time meter)!

One common feature to any flight school is that the clients are generally wealthy. Poor kids just cannot pay the rental fees. So I got doctors, lawyers, and other similarly well paid professionals who became my students.

A flight Instructor alone in an aircraft with a student exists substantially to sace the aircraft and crew from the student. You just cannot get away without letting the damn students take control and it is a simultaneous excersize in sheer terror and forgiving patience. A bond is formed.

This article reminded me of a glider student that I had. A doctor. At the time HMOs were just taking flight and they too were lauded as the doom of us all. My student Tony worked at the local hospital until the HMO bought the company. Incredibly it became his job to fire all employees that did not fit the HMO biz model. He talked often about it. He himself was responsible for identifying his own position for discharge and he was.

Here is what he told me; A traditional healthcare organization (prior to HMOs, like VA) has three standing armies. One of the armies is currently working in the hospital. The second army employed is there to relieve the first one at given and set intervals. The third standing army exists full time in case any one individual in the first two does not show up to work.

The HMO biz model that we all now see in America has one standing army. My student was tasked with reducing he workforce to a single standing army and more an half of the folks employed full time were let go. America predicted gloom, but fast forward now 20+ years and I do not see people laying dead in the streets from it.

What is my point? My point is this; our new POTUS also knows about the HMO biz model. He also knows about the traditional VA model. I hear constantly about VA shortfalls in staff, yet I see staff that is disinterested, lazy, overweight, condescending, and generally worthless as care providers. This happened in general medicine too until HMOs came along.

So I take a pass on todays article because I do not believe that VA is understaffed. VA is undermanaged. If my student years ago was right, then VA has three standing armies of care providers. America only needs one. Furthermore, the corruption that immunity from law has brought reaches down to the lowest level. This blog has an endless supply of true stories that sicken the mind. I cannot see a good reason to keep feeding that nightmare more bodies.

A hiring freeze is step one to disarming the union. This was done by my student when the HMO took over. Step two I am betting is now underway. Step two as told by my student is to simply tell the other two standing armies the two words my doc student was tasked with telling over half of his own colleagues; “You’re fired.”

Before I duck the flying cabbages let me ask you to do something; Google the following phrase, “sex offenders who work at veterans affairs”. Before you throw that tomato at me just read up on some of the “new hires” at VA.

cj
cj

@Dennis: I won’t be throwing and cabbage or tomatoes at you. I think you and most who have posted are correct.

Crazy elf
Crazy elf

Dennis,
I just googled “Sex Offenders Who Work At Veterans Affairs”!
And there are articles after articles concerning this issue. Who is hiring these criminals? What right does VA have putting convicted criminals in charge of anything?

This is another reason President Trump needs to close down VHA’s nationwide and start over by hiring only the best and brightest healthcare providers! From the best Medical Universities in the United States of America! Not from Third World Countries. Hell, we don’t even know if half of the healthcare providers at VHA’s are even qualified to play doctor or nurse!!!!!!!!

Until then, let us use outside healthcare!
One of the articles claim VA is only staffed with about 13% veterans. That’s not enough.

Dennis
Dennis

Makes me sick to my stomache that America is employing the filthiest of criminals – child sex offenders! One of these guys even had his sex registry photo taken with his VA id badge on! The fucker was going to work helping our nations heros right after sentencing!

I am on the complete opposite end of the dismay over a hiring freeze. My position is to fire every last one of the cermin, fire up the bulldozers, and fire just a single warning shot to those inside the goddamn buildings before those bulldozers make a level playground out of every last VA facility.

I say we give them a full ten seconds to safely evacuate.

Dennis
Dennis

“vermin” not “cermin”

91Veteran
91Veteran

I highly doubt any private sector medical provider would hire a sex offender given they would be liable for putting someone like that in a position of trust.

I’m curious what the law is regarding a criminal in a position of trust in the private sector.

When there are no consequences for breaching trust, you end up with sex offenders working at the VA.

I cannot fathom how any criminal hired to work at the VA can pass a background check. Either the VA is not doing them, or you have others that are untrustworthy in a position of trust deciding that criminal won’t be a problem when hired.

91Veteran
91Veteran

You know Dennis, what you say is borne out in news articles over the past couple years reporting the case load of a VA provider compared to those in the private sector.

I suspect how many patients a VA doctor sees per day/week/month is easily measured.

I also suspect once those in charge see numbers showing a VA doctor might be only seeing 3 patients per week, some changes will be made.

I don’t want to see assembly line care where I might see a doctor for 5 minutes, but I also don’t see veterans waiting a month to see a doctor because that doctor seeing more than 3 vets per week is too much work.

namnibor
namnibor

Recently, a neighbor that was moving out living across from me that happens to work in a highly specialized cancer treatment hospital told me that they just lost a fellow excellent M.D. to go work at the VA and the odd thing about it he left while knowing Veterans sent through the VA Choice Program to their clinic because the nearer VA Clinics did not HAVE such advanced cancer treatment, had their Choice **denied** because the VA failed to act *timely* and even fail to *pay the bill/authorization*…yet, this Highly Specialized Cancer Treatment M.D. *left* for the VA, working *at* a VAMC that *has no* specialized cancer treatment…WHY?…his reason was simple: “I will only see MAX of 3 patients a day and no worry of liability”…THAT is HOW the VA is “attracting” help at the VA…I personally rather wait for new hires be actual Dr.’s working as hard or harder than private sector.
Rant Out.

Lem
Lem

I suspect the hiring freeze is part of the same effort that created the Phoenix and Cheyenne VA crises. Make enough veterans dissatisfied, as many are on this thread all ready, that the VA can be privatized and instead of directors receiving hundreds of thousands in compensation the tax payers will be ponying up tens of millions to compensate the big medical corporations.

It is the same corruption that made the ACA such a bad bill.

Lem
Lem

Look at the Choice contractors as an example. Look up their executive compensation.

Crazy elf
Crazy elf

Lem,
You bring up a great point.
I believe taxpayers have an undisputed right to know where all their money is going!
That ACA was a rip off of the taxpayers from the beginning. Even the MIT idiot who drafted it, and was called on the carpet by Congress (there’s a video of him sucking tits over his lies), admitted he lied to Americans.

Crazy elf
Crazy elf

Lem,
I don’t believe it was a “hiring freeze” in Phoenix and Cheyenne which caused the crisis. I believe it was the corrupt administration at both VA agencies.
They were more interested in receiving taxpayers monies for themselves than helping veterans.

Lem
Lem

No, it wasn’t a hiring freeze. But it was an engineered crisis. Why weren’t the Directors able to keep staff? Were they deliberately abusive? The new Director in Cheyenne is able to keep staff. Is there some additional incentives at his disposal?

And it wasn’t just happening in Phoenix and Cheyenne. How do you think we have gotten so many dissatisfied veterans with the VA since the beginning of the effort to privatize government services? Someone just mentioned privatizing the Post Office on my facebook.

Issuance of immigration visas has been taken out of the Embassies and given to a private company which makes you obtain documents at a fee from other privatized government services. It is about the 1% getting their hands, in the words of the killers of Malcom X, in pockets of others.

Crazy elf
Crazy elf

My wife read this article, and was dismayed at all the Anti-Trump rhetoric.
She said, “It took GOD six days to create the world!” Are y’all expecting President Trump to be like GOD?
(How long was a “day” then? No one knows!)
Now we must put our trust, and yes faith, in him to get the job done. We also must be willing to help.
He has a website to reach out to him.
Use it. We have sent him articles concerning this, and other, issues about VA.
Have you?
The more he knows, the more he can do to get the job done. Send him your concerns. Send him your stories.
________________________

91Veteran,
Here’s something you might be interested in.
From:
“girlsjustwannahaveguns.com”
posted on 26 Jan. 2017
titled:

“Eat Dust Barry: Obama’s Social Security Gun Grab REVERSED by Congress”

Social Security was first, then the VA was next on the chopping block. The next time we go to VHA, we’re going to see *IF* VA asks about weapons.
I’ve already stated it wasn’t any of their business on this issue.
_____________________

Also, from “military.com/daily news”
posted: today Jan. 27, 2017 are two articles of concern.
1)
“Trial for PTSD Treatment with Ecstasy Ingredient to Open Soon”

2)
“Help for Caretakers: Understanding PTSD in Veterans”

By Amy Bushatz (w/videos)
_________________

My wife saw on our local news, WRDQ – channel 27, concerning how the VA is now “claiming” – “Agent Orange was NEVER sprayed in Guam!”
They interviewed a veteran who says that’s not true. He knows it’s “fake/false/lies information” because he sprayed the “chemical compound” around the base.

Lem
Lem

And farmers didn’t use it on corn fields.

Yes, Agent Orange was used on all bases including those in the U S to sterilized ground around fences. But it wasn’t sprayed on people the way it was in Vietnam. Men weren’t “poisoned” by it on Guam unless they were careless in handling it. But they were poisoned by it in the field in Vietnam.

If you are claiming “poisoning” anywhere but Vietnam Jungles in the Prairie Operations then recognize the exposure was to all Americans who ate corn or corn fed animals for example. Many used it to kill weeds and grass in pavement cracks.

Agent Orange: AKA 2-4-D. As marked on the barrels the LARCs I was on hauling it up the Cua Viet River to Dong Ha after being transferred from the NavSupAct Hospital to the Admiral’s Staff.

That was also the marking on the barrel used as a broad leaf weed killer in the corn field in Missouri by my cousin when I was 12 and he was 13 on his uncle’s farm. And when his uncle told us not to spray with a following wind, use the protective clothing and gloves because it was the most poisonous substance known to man in 1953. Applied in double strength to the broad leaf weed killer it kills all plants and if strong enough sterilizes the soil.

Crazy elf
Crazy elf

Lem,
It was also sprayed along rail road tracks, with heavy foliage, in the U.S.
I wonder how many citizens are aware of this. How many lived close to the rail road?

91Veteran
91Veteran

That’s good news crazy elf. That kind of unconstituional crap and invasion of privacy should have never happened.

It just goes to show how thoroughly lawless Obama was in ignoring any requirement for a court to declare one incompetent before restricting rights.

Just Another Veteran
Just Another Veteran

Discount me from the category of combat trained crazy veterans who know how to use firepower. That kind of statement has law enforcement assuming all veterans are gun toting crazy war vets ready to snap any minute if they don’t get their way.

ANutterVet
ANutterVet

@Just Another Veteran – Is this only a statement that you’re making? Or, are you commenting to a post? If you’re commenting, please place your response under the post by clicking this faded out Reply button.

I do agree that the type of comment will keep law enforcement on edge. Thanks.

Crazy elf
Crazy elf

Just Another Veteran,
Who on here is advocating violent behavior? Which comment are you referring to?

Lem
Lem

A death wish is violent behavior. Just turned inward instead of outward. And that is better. It keeps me from turning it outward.

Dennis just posted an example.

My aunt did it her way. Stoic, without access to a gun or other finale exit means, she refused food and treatment. My sister refused treatment for pneumonia. There are means for anyone so disposed.

cj
cj

@ANutterVet @Crazy elf: If I am not mistaken, he is refering to Ben’s article

“We are outspoken. We are pissed. And we know how to work all the guns.” and “Personally, if I were Donald Trump, I would not piss on my most supportive population group that consists of a diverse cross-section of combat-trained taxpayers. It is the wrong group to piss off, President Trump.”

ANutterVet
ANutterVet

@cj – I said the same thing to my wife pertaining to how the VA treats many Veterans.

cj
cj

@ANutterVet: LOL nooooooo, I was trying to answer Crazy Elf.

“Just Another Veteran,
Who on here is advocating violent behavior? Which comment are you referring to?”

Only I haven’t quite figured out yet how to make my comment post where I want it to post. I hit reply under the post, and it ends up in another place. Making me look like I am talking out of my ass…..and to be honest……somethimes I am, because somedays shit for brains is all I have.

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ANutterVet
ANutterVet

@cj -You stated, “Making me look like I am talking out of my ass…..and to be honest……somethimes I am, because somedays shit for brains is all I have.”

And I say, I know, I read some of your posts. Joking. LMAO. Don’t want to be mistaken for the enemy. Large artillery has more power than a dam pissed off coming at you K9.

cj
cj

@ANutterVet : Oh crap…you did read them didn’t you? hahahaha
I don’t know…..those K9’s can turn quicker than any Howitzer

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cj
cj

Oops, I sure screwed that pooch.

Crazy elf
Crazy elf

@Just Another Vet,
I do believe Ben was speaking “rhetorically”!

namnibor
namnibor

Does Violently Happy count? 🙂

Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly

President Donald Trump has now been in office just 6 full days. During that 6 days, we have seen a growing number of high level officials fired and retiring across the VA System. No doubt there is going to be an even greater purge of VA Officials including a large number of hiring officials known as Chief of Staff.

The Chief of Staff at each VA medical facility is responsible for hiring Medical and Psychology staff such as Doctors, nurses and Psychiatrist. Even with additional money from Congress the current hiring system at the VA has not been providing the needed staffing.

The current hiring system at the VA is definitely not working. In fact, with the current system of hiring at the VA which has chief of staffs who are also employed by the partnering universities. Provides a real conflict of interest that is costing the VA $100s of millions each year.

A close look at the Cincinnati VAMC show that the conflict of interest there not only prevented Veterans from receiving proper and timely care. It was a vehicle for the University of Cincinnati to steal over $100 million per year from the VA.

Anyone who doubt it should read former VAMC Chief of Staff Dr. Barbara Temeck whistleblowers report and statement.

91Veteran
91Veteran

You have to wonder if the VA has 41000-45000 job openings, why they only have 2000 openings advertised as the linked article in Ben’s post states.

Dennis
Dennis

We transition from a man that was the darling of the world. The whole world and much of America just loved this darling of a man. He had charisma and played hoops for Gods sake! Who can hate a man that shoots hoops and gets a Nobel Prize just for breathing inside the oval office? Obama used his authority with the practiced precision that only the Chicago politico moguls can train into a man. Obama got his way just because he was Obama and nothing more was needed for him.

We transition to a man that the world abhores. At least half of America didn’t want the jack ass and his own party actively undermined his presidential bid. I honestly never did like the guy much. He has the wealth of all the ancient Kings combined, and he uses his authority like a blunt club. Those who do befriend and work with him often find themselves out of a job on a moments notice. I am 52, and I have witnessed many presidents get elected now. I have never seen so much fear expressed over a new president in my time. Trump gets his way because he bulls through the bullshit and cuts to the chase within moments. He discards liabilities quickly and covets assets greatly. He has or wants no poitical finesse.

This is the history of two men so far as seen by me except for one thing – Obama has been president for eight years and his beloved nation still sees 20+ vets per day end their own trail for lack of hope that life holds anything more of value to them. Pain, Shame, Guilt, Remorse, and Regret are the realities for these heros and that is the way of war. Enter the VA.

Add VA to the list above and you will have written the psychological profile leading up to nearly all of those 20+. I have sat for months in rooms with my brothers and sisters who feel all of these things like intractable pain. Several chose to end the pain. One hardened combat Marine seargent a few decades younger than me said once in once a week Thursday group, “I come down here for hours most days (to the plaza where the clinic is). I wait for this group because I don’t know where else to go. I don’t know what to do.” He said it with a far away look in his eyes. He turned to me real slow and asked, “Where do you go?”

He asked it like I was somebody else. I had absolutely no answer for him. Six months in group asking this kind of thing and talking about practicing his trigger pull with the gun to his head. Then he wasn’t here anymore.

The hope in my heart is that America will hate Trump. I want VA to hate Trump. I want Trump to be so hated that instead of a Nobel Peace Prize that the World promises to destroy America. I WANT the godamn counsellor in that fucking meeting to tell the NEXT seargent, “You can come here. The doors are open 24 hours a day and YOU are the reason. We are here to help you through this EVERY SINGLE DAY.” Under Obama he just waited outside in all weather for months for the one hour per week that he could talk to people that did not divert their gaze.

It is time for a President that I really hate, that you really hate, and that the world really hates. Perhaps we will find a place for our vets to wait out of the weather if we aren’t all so enthralled with all the love flowing out of the septic lines coming from Washington D.C.

Crazy elf
Crazy elf

Well said, Dennis!

ANutterVet
ANutterVet

@Dennis – I must admit most of your posts are a proactive challenge to comprehend [meant in a positive way]. And, if the reader doesn’t catch your point the first time they read it, and if they are interested in understanding, they will need to go back and reread your post again. A very good way to strategically weed out those who truly don’t take the time to understand where you coming from, and the point in which you’re trying to get across. In short terms, a very thought provocative post. Thank you.

Your post about where you lived next to your family’s tavern was intriguingly funny.

NiteWish
NiteWish

He must be the only man with a Kill List to earn the Peace Prize for “extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples” & then to donate some of the 1.4mil to the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund & then there is Demarlon Thomas, of Saginaw, Michigan pardoned by Obama this past Nov, living at a halfway house is assassinate by his former gang members the other day – all caught on video. In my opinion both international & domestic peoples are not uniting.

91Veteran
91Veteran

Pretty simple request, isn’t it Dennis.

Just Another Veteran
Just Another Veteran

Surprisingly, the world elite 1 percent do not back or like Trump. They are for globalization which can be construed as Socialism. This is where Trump wants the business owners to excel and people to work for good wages. The World’s elite don’t want to share profits and want the companies to go to countries who pay low wages.

I for one am against Socialism. Just the other day I watched a video of a staunch Obama supporter who was complaining they were afraid of losing benefits they’ve enjoyed the 8 years Obama was president.

While people who went to work every day for the last 8 years saw their wages locked and veterans saw laughable insulting yearly disability COLA and other increases, welfare recipients enjoyed increased benefits which were good enough to not have to bother looking for a job.

In my State of Wisconsin, Governor Walker already put action into play requiring welfare recipients to work 80 hours a month if they had children ages 6 to 18. Likewise, I’m expecting Trump to do the same as he’s already helping to build a bigger workforce. This goes against what the Socialists on the top and bottom ends do not want. Trumps plan will let us see increases due more workers paying in and less welfare recipients collecting.

I wouldn’t be too quick to say Trump is in with all the elites. He’s more of a low end Billionaire as ludicrous as it sounds and he’s for middle America. He isn’t going to paint himself into a corner with the VA either. There were some AFGE employee firings in Puerto Rico since he got into office. Just give him a chance.

Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly

A new vaccination coming for all of us guinea pigs. Roll up your sleeves and bend over. Here it comes sideways with big pharma in total charge, so there will be no lube. Did everybody remember to get your flu shots?

“Zika vaccine could be delayed, unaffordable after US Army grants exclusive rights to pharma company”
By Sophie Edwards 27 January 2017

“https://www.devex.com/news/zika-vaccine-could-be-delayed-unaffordable-after-us-army-grants-exclusive-rights-to-pharma-company-89519”

Crazy elf
Crazy elf

I believe I’ve mentioned before my wife is on Twitter. She “Tweets” not only to President Trump, she adds it to “Eric Trump” and his “team”!
Now, she’s going to ‘tweet’ the following. She’s going to ask President Trump *IF* it would be possible, to sign a law, to “video and/or voice record any and all VA appointments”.
This way, there will no longer be a “he said, she said” situation.
Can y’all imagine the facial expressions of all those reprobates. Especially when they see vets video taping their every lazy move. Standing around not doing anything.

Or, how about healthcare providers not answering questions. Or helping veterans with their many illnesses. Or, trying to push meds not approved for consumption by humans.

Or, schedulers not performing their duties, by “zeroing out” appointments.

Or, employees being caught playing video games during work hours.

I could go on and on over the many, many egregious acts performed by those asswipes.
Wouldn’t that be a great day!?

ANutterVet
ANutterVet

@Crazy elf – Got my recording equipment ready to go.

LittleSandyRiver
LittleSandyRiver

@Crazy elf:
You are very lucky to have your wife siding with you. I will tape some phone calls without letting people know I’m doing it. One can’t go two steps these days without committing some infraction or breaking a law. A country who constantly and continually keeps its citizens in a state of fear accuses these same citizens of being ‘paranoid’ and in need of government intervention to save these citizens from themselves.
Why would a government that is supposedly ‘by the people, for the people’ want their citizens in a constant state of prostration and bowing to government? It is never too late to learn that though we may have evolved from apes (which I doubt) we can still learn how to stand upright and be strong for our children, ourselves and posterity.
Thank you for these news stories and blog– one cannot know who is being reached and needing to know other good people are still battling also, but there is hope.
Ephesians 6: 10-20

cj
cj

@LittleSandyRiver: How are you doing with your quitting smoking? I am pulling for you, I know you can do it. No stinking little damn pack of smokes can rule over you, YOUR the BOSS, kick butts, and take names later. Look in the mirror, and look and that smoke…..now who’s the boss? Yeah, that’s right……..You are.

LittleSandyRiver
LittleSandyRiver

@cj I have been quit now for a few months, thanks for reminder! When the urge to smoke overtakes me, I just find something quick to do and realize that the moment will pass. And of course the urge comes at the times I least expect.
It is almost difficult to keep up with all the comments, but enjoy reading articles and replies.

NiteWish
NiteWish

Really good free book on the internet to help you quit & stay quit: Never Take Another Puff By Joel Spitzer

cj
cj

@LittleSandyRiver: That is fantastik news. The urges will get better, but never be gone completely. It’s been about 5 years now, and once in a while out of nowhere I will reach for a smoke, insane. I am so glad your doing so well. Keep up the great work. NiteWish is right about that book.

91Veteran
91Veteran

She needs to include Trumps new VA advisor in her tweets.

And add a simple request. No longer should the VA be exempt from federal and state laws.

J
J

This website clearly leans Republican pushing right-wing extremism. You gleefully posted articles announcing veterans overwhelming support of Trump. Snowflake was an expression Nazi guards used to refer to the falling ash of burning Jews.

namnibor
namnibor

@J — Please just get a life, your trolling embarrassing yourself. Lunch time at the VA or your moma’s basement?

Ex va
Ex va

@J —[email protected]@k at the term snowflake generation or generation snowflake on Wikipedia, it describes you. Young adults that cannot handle a view different than their own and who become extremely offended.

Lem
Lem

It also easily applies to those who call others names including “snowflake”.

namnibor
namnibor

@EX va — Then the Wikipedia definition at the bottom should have a link to an image of a cupcake that’s been left out in the rain. Could take it further and add music to it and have that classic Donna Summer song and video of “Macarthur Park” and lyrics to same to support image of melting dessert fluff:

“Spring was never waiting for us dear
It ran one step ahead
As we followed in the dance

MacArthur’s Park is melting in the dark
All the sweet, green icing flowing down
Someone left the cake out in the rain
I don’t think that I can take it
’cause it took so long to bake it
And I’ll never have that recipe again, oh, no

I recall the yellow cotton dress
Foaming like a wave
On the ground beneath your knees
The birds like tender babies in your hands
And the old men playing Chinese checkers by the trees

MacArthur’s Park is melting in the dark
All the sweet green icing flowing down
Someone left the cake out in the rain
I don’t think that I can take it
‘Cause it took so long to bake it
And I’ll never have that recipe again, oh, no

MacArthur’s Park is melting in the dark
All the sweet green icing flowing down
Someone left my cake out in the rain
I don’t think that I can take it
‘Cause it took so long to make it
And I’ll never have that recipe again, oh, no”

ANutterVet
ANutterVet

@Namnibor, @Ex va – I ate those dam cupcakes before and the recipe was never standardized. First one gave me poo, then the second, I couldn’t poo. Whats up wit dat?

Ex va
Ex va

@ANutterVet and @namnibor, you guys got me laughing. LMAO!!!!!

ANutterVet
ANutterVet

@Ex va – Now you watch your pain level from all that laughing.

cj
cj

@namnibor: Ask and you shall receive. Click the link under broader usage: “https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Generation_Snowflake”

namnibor
namnibor

@ANutterVet — All recipes at the VA meat grinder are formulated to specifically fly out of the southern exit fluently but always with the chance of chunks in the forecast around Fridays.
(I bet it’s part time Veteran employees that have to hose that southern exit off daily)

namnibor
namnibor

@CJ — Thanks! The cupcake in the downpour rain is perfect. 🙂

Ex va
Ex va

@ ANutterVet, you are correct laughter does help a lot with the pain relief. I appreciate it!

Ex va
Ex va

@cj, you posted in Wikipedia that is great. ROFL!!! The cupcake in the rain video!!! That was great!!! Perfect!!!

ANutterVet
ANutterVet

@cj , @Ex va, @Namnibor – Dang nam it cj, watch your blow back. This is the third time I had to wipe of my keyboard. You Shitter. I mean, shootz you shit.

I’m on a mission here. I gotta keep my Brother @Ex va laughing.

91Veteran
91Veteran

ANutterVet, it’s all shits and giggles until someone giggles and shits.

ANutterVet
ANutterVet

@91Veteran – That’s a good one. Better copyright that.

Dennis
Dennis

Snowflake is also an expression that small children use to describe falling white stuff that comes out of clouds. Children tend to gleefully express left-wing extremism if taken in a political light, if it involves cookies or pancakes. I once married a German national. She taught me enough German to get by very nicely in Europe.

I never once recall the Germans using the word “snowflake” in speech. “Snow” is proniunced loosely as “shnay” although I have no clue what the right spelling is nor what the additional letters are for spelling is for flake? Is it “J”?

namnibor
namnibor

🙂 “shnay j” 🙂 The alliteration is killing me!!

91Veteran
91Veteran

From the top. Is it a poor decision by Trump to keep Shulkin? Or is he getting bad advice from insiders like Priebus?

Given his comments during the campaign, after the election and since the inauguration, I cannot believe what has happened at VA is anything other than getting bad advice on Shulkin, and government moving slow on the hiring freeze.

On the bad advice, are their insiders giving that bad advice to protect the gravy train? Bad advice from politically connected contractors, VSOs and unions?

Whatever it is, Trump needs to get a handle on it or it seriously will turn into a major media embarrassment for him.

I discount every singly one of those Democrats who signed the letter about any hiring freeze. If they gave a damn, they would have spoken up long before the election, and certainly before the number of job openings got to 40000+.

Their bullshit concern now is a disgrace to every veteran who committed suicide because they had no hope.

Struggling to fill openings? Gee, with leadership like the VA had, I wonder why. Many private medical providers might have ethics and concern for their patients rather than just avoiding malpractice suits.

I also discount anything Isakson says. His history shows he has zero concern for veterans. What is unfortunate for veterans and Trump is that improvement will have to go through him. Isakson wants to act like this didn’t happen on his watch by now making demands. He needs to act like a chairman rather than a chair warmer.

I also believe that there will be an exemption for medical providers, which might leave out others at the VA such as administrators.

I seriously find it disgusting and a blatant lie that all of these politicians now whining about this freeze.

These are the same bastards that sat by while many veterans are committing suicide, many veterans were waiting and dying, and while the Choice program has been shown to be a disaster for veterans in not only waiting, but not paying the bill of veterans manage to get the appointment.

It is THOSE politicians who should be explaining why they haven’t acted since at least 2014, not some guy who’s only been in office 7 days.

A question for those who only want to protect the VA gravy train. Once Trump figures out what is going on, what will you do if he decides every vet should be seen in the community by whoever they want? What if he decides veterans can’t wait to hire thousands of dues paying union members?

What will you say since you are now on record showing your concern for veterans getting care in a timely manner?

cj
cj

Agreed.

Sandy Hale, Christian
Sandy Hale, Christian

I DON’T KNOW WHAT ANYBODY REALLY EXPECTED. A POLITICAN NOT LYING? AND, I’M SANTA CLAUS. WE DIDN’T HAVE A CHOICE PEOPLE. LET’S SEE… DO I WANT A DEVIL WORSHIPPING, CHILD MOLESTING, HUMAN SACRIFICING, LESBIAN OR A GREEDY BILLIONAIRE WITH REALLY BAD HAIR? ….. THAT WAS A HARD CHOICE BUT I WENT WITH TRUMP. SO SPANK ME ALREADY.

ANutterVet
ANutterVet

@Sandy Hale, Christian – Ok Sandy, bend over, I’m going to spank you with my left hand. Ready, wack, wack, wack. Now, go to your room, put your earphones on, and you’re going to listen to friends on the Right Wing programs. Sandy, the only reason I gave you an e-spanking, is because next election, it hopefully will not be a hard choice. Joking. No pun intended, I understand. Your not the only one who felt this way.

Dan Martinez
Dan Martinez

Dan Martinez LOL!
I endorse Dr. David Shulkin. Guys keep on writing ALL talk and no action. What a waste…

ANutterVet
ANutterVet

@Dan Martinez – Dan, after you came on Ben’s blog, you mentioned and marketed yourself wanting to be the next Secretary of the VA. Although you didn’t present yourself in a clear and concise professional manner for throwing your name in the ring for such a critical position of the VA;

[1.] You didn’t build or present an up-to-date official website.
[2.] No clear cut plan was clearly spelled out for all to read and to evaluate.
[3.] No endorsements by any leaders known for being on the cutting edge of dealing with Veterans issues, medical care practices, or list a combination of strategies to show others how to possibly solve the problems that are presently occurring in the VA’s system.
[4.] Search engine results only led to a website that had nothing to do with Veterans, healthcare, corruption, time theft [an issue hardly anyone talks about], the bully and or mobbing of dedicated VA employees, or the management thereof.
[5.] You posted comments on Ben’s blog, which is accepted, but when challenged you gave no logical rebuttals.
[6.] By the tone of your post, you probably won’t be a good manager [may be a dictating supervisor], for the position of Secretary of the VA.

Help me out here, . . . “what is a waste?”

Ex va
Ex va

@ ANutterVet, perfectly stated!

namnibor
namnibor

@Dan Martinez — Still a hemorrhoid. Should have that looked into, you’re leaving a trail like a snail. 🙂

ANutterVet
ANutterVet

@Dan Martinez, @Ex va, @Namnibor – Now Ben, since Namnibor diagnosed you with mucosal phlegm like material excreting from your anal roids, and being that this can cause someone to slip and fall, please, immediately go to the closest VA’s ER.

While your there, tell them that you wanted to be the next Secretary of the VA, and what you really planned on doing to make things better, then post how you were treated. Keep us informed and updated.

namnibor
namnibor

@ANutterVet — Priceless! 🙂

Ex va
Ex va

@ ANutterVet, my eyes are watering from laughing!!!!!!!

91Veteran
91Veteran

I dunno Danny boy, but it seems to me Ben’s “talking” got plenty of action.

He wrote about a corrupt director and now he is fired.

He wrote about a shady deal with veterans data, and a massive contract was rescinded on the day he wrote about.

He wrote about veterans with TBI getting examinations by unqualified hacks causing the VA to contact 24000 vets for new exams.

That’s just a quick 3 I can think of.

Seems like Ben’s “talking” is resulting in action.

How about your talking? How’s that workin out for ya?

Dennis
Dennis

I personally went to Circuit Court and talked about VA. The judge talked. The Judge issued some talk written down on paper called a Restraining Order and served it on VA. VA responded with talk and banned me from care.

I issued more talk in the form of appeals. VA simply ignord the appealls as if they were never sent. So I went to the press who talked with me and I talked with them.

23 interviews of talk later and the press issued even more talk in the form of two consequtive Sunday editions, Section F, that talked about the deceit and treachery within VA. Even my Congressman talked with VA – 7 times. VA finally talked to my Congressman and said they would not talk to him anymore about it. I issued more “Free Speech” (talk) in the form of even more Privacy Act requests. The VA now refuses to talk to me about my privacy Act and FOIA requests. So at least the VA is not all talk. In fact, except for false criminal allegations they are on board with you and do not want to talk at all about it now…

Since the day the newspaper talked about VA publicly last year my mental health services have been terminated and I am banned from talking anymore to a VA shrink. No flag though this time. I guess all the talk in the paper about their misconduct made them talk among themselves? At any rate they talked about it and now figure that I no longer qualify to talk to a shrink since I talked to the press.

So I do see your point and this is all just a lot of talk. It is a funny thing though isn’t it that of all the things to put at the very beginning of the ten items assembled (after a lot of talk) into one document and now called The Bill Of Rights, was the right to freely assemble and talk? Those Bill Of Rights guys were just full of talk too.

Heck, in my own family instead of saying, “I have to take a piss” we instead just say, “I have to go talk to a man about a horse.” (I’m not sure this one is covered by the First Ammendment though)

nick Savage
nick Savage

I am sort of with Ben on this. I also had two sorry choices to make.

1. If I go with Trump – I truly didn’t want to because I knew he would only see dollar signs, I think we know that with the 15 percent tax he wants to push for the corporations. Who do you think will pick up the other 20 percent. In fact this makes it where the rich will not pay any taxes for certain and will probably get refunds.

2. Clinton – She lost my vote long before she was a known criminal but she really fell off my boat when she deleted the emails (covering up a crime by committing another). Then no justice came out of it.

Do we really think Trump will do anything about Clinton, I seriously doubt it, and I wouldn’t doubt that he has already had both over to the White House to drink on our dollars.

We are screwed now. I knew we would be when I voted for him and he won but what other choice did I or anyone else have.