BREAKING: Secretary Of Veterans Affairs May Close Over 1,100 VA Facilities

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VA Facility Closure

The Secretary of Veteran Affairs David Shulkin, MD, is seeking to close possibly more than 1,100 VA facilities nationwide in push to privatize VA medical care.

During a Congressional hearing today, Shulkin said he sought to close 430 vacant and 735 underutilized buildings to save the taxpayers $25 million per year. He told Congress VA may use the same process as the Pentagon for base closures, called Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC).

“Whether BRAC is a model that we should take a look, we’re beginning that discussion with members of Congress,” Shulkin told a House appropriations subcommittee. “We want to stop supporting our use of maintenance of buildings we don’t need, and we want to reinvest that in buildings we know have capital needs.”

The move comes on the heels of a recent announcement that President Donald Trump decided to dramatically reduce the fat from the federal government’s budget including removal of duplicative or useless service areas. While VA did receive a budget increase, the agency has decided to restrict hiring including not filling roughly 4,000 vacant positions.

While Congress welcomed the announcement, at least on Republican gave some advice to Shulkin about using the term BRAC to describe what VA is planning.

“Don’t ever use the term BRAC because it brings up a lot of bad memories,” Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb) cautioned. “You automatically set yourself up for a lot of controversy.”

Base reduction through the BRAC model received a lot of negative press over the years. Communities that had grown dependent on military spending in their area vis a vis operations on a military base and spending from local military members is a known local stimulus, and closure of a base sometimes resulted in shutting down of entire towns as a result.

Some readers may recall another recent announcement that Shulkin did not intend to privatize VA healthcare while out of the other side of his mouth announcing that he planned to stop the agency from providing eye and hearing care.

Last week, Shulkin allegedly told a room full of VA healthcare facility directors that he planned to stop providing optometry or audiology services since there is a “LensCrafters on every corner.”

The move is aimed at reducing expenditures at local facilities to then allow those same facilities to use the extra funds to fix problems at the same facility. I will write more of this behind the scenes discussion later.

Source: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/shulkin-says-hes-considering-closing-1100-veterans-affairs-facilities/

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Dennis
Dennis

The fired Shreveport VAMC director was making veteran patients go without enough bed sheets and lay on mattresses so old that you could feel the bed springs on your back. No soap and toiletries for patients. Not enough money left for those kinds of things. Instead, monies were used to construct elevated solar panels in the parking area that vets had to park their vehicles under. I was told that sometimes one of them catches on fire and the Fire Dept. has to be called to come put the fire out. The damn things were probably not constructed right. I could be just speculating about it but it may be that the building of those solar panels was to get in good graces with Obummer and DOE.

91Veteran
91Veteran

Dennis, you can find the contract documents for each of these solar projects. I found the contract documents for the VA hospital I go to.

This solar crap started some years ago when Oblahblah was giving billions to cronies for solar energy products. Oblahblah then mandated that many federal facilities install solar panels. Yeah he wanted it to look good for the tree hugging crowd, but in reality, he was trying to drum up business for his cronies to make it look like the federal money Oblahblah was shoveling at them was put to good use.

The contract for my VA was almost 7 million. Two or 3 new parking structures were built, with solar panels all over the roof, and charging stations at various points in the structures for charging electric cars. I have never seen one used.

Whenever I went up to the second floor for PT, I could see out the windows to the roof of the lower building…and every square inch was covered in solar panels…not just the parking structure.

So, while veterans were being wait listed all over the country, the VA, with Oblahblahs blessing was spending many millions on putting in solar panels.

ANutterVet
ANutterVet

Still following . . .

FedUp
FedUp

Just wondering were is all this extra electricity going? I bet the VA, still has an electric bill (probably not as high as mine).

FedUp
FedUp

Hope my meds kick in pretty soon, and all this will be a bad memory. But I have a feeling my country will hand me a stick to hold, but it will be the shitty end, as usual.

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Woooooosh!

ANutterVet
ANutterVet

. . . that dirty Toooooosh!

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@Ex va,@ANutterVet: Still awake?

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@ANutterVet: There you are…. Hows Trix?

Ex va
Ex va

@.-.-. .—, yes, how are doing? This weather is something we had like a total of 13 inches of rain in a couple of days. Some of the state roads closed. Evacuated some from homes.

ANutterVet
ANutterVet

er Treatz? Oh, no I’m out of dry cereal tonight. Eating oatmeal for roughage. Been kinda jam up in the alimentary passage ways. How you?

Ex va
Ex va

@ANutterVet, did you get rain?

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@Ex va,@ANutterVet: All good here, Good to see you back. Ex, most rivers are at or above flood stage throughout the state, much worse you way than up here. Hope you are far enough away from the river.

Ex va
Ex va

@-.-. .—, We have rend lake which is really over flowing, which goes to big little muddy river which goes to the Mississippi or Missouri River. They are all over banks over roads. Washed a railroad track out next town over. These places are not on flood plains so all this rain and water is unusual. That rain was like a deluge.

Ex va
Ex va

@ANutterVet, does tonic water help? How about that apple cider vinegar?

ANutterVet
ANutterVet

@Ex va – – – I seen the flooded roads, didn’t catch the state though. Did you have much flooding?

Ex va
Ex va

@ANutterVet, we had some streets and state highways flood out. They were handing out cleaning supplies from the Red Cross. They had to evacuate some from their homes in boats. The state highway was closed next to where i live. It is unusual all this water. Missouri got hit hard too.

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@ANutterVet,@Ex va: I wrote Shulkin a letter, I told him I live on the river, drop in any time.

namnibor
namnibor

That river is often unfortunately called ‘Denial’, when the VA is involved.

ANutterVet
ANutterVet

@Ex va – – – No rain here, only cooler temps, a little dampness. Been sore from PT. VA only prescribes antihistamines. No anti-depressants for me. Only need something for breakthrough pain. Used up all options with nutraceuticals. Checking out a new MD in town. Makes house calls for PTSD, treats with Medical Marijuana, only thing its cash in advance only, and costs $150 for first visit. $50 for follow-ups. I’m thinking about putting in a request to the VA, and see what they say. What do you think?

Ex va
Ex va

@-.-. .—, i would give shulkin specific route to take and don’t worry about getting swept away it is just a little deep. Lol!!! I haven’t seen this much water in some years.

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@Ex va, @ANuterVet: I know the mississippi floods bad about every 100 years, the last time was not that long ago……………boy time flies when your waiting on the VA.

Ex va
Ex va

@-.-. .—, they haven’t made that comparison yet i hope they don’t i know it hasn’t peaked yet. Yeah, the va can finish a claim every 100 years. Lol!

ANutterVet
ANutterVet

@Ex va – – – If the water was clear, it is a good time to spear fish since the fish are absent minded because they have no place to call home.

dash dot – – – Shulkin is on his way. He’s bringing Fish, Chips, and murky creek water for drink.

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@ANutterVet: That fucking cheapskate, I was sure an old buddy like Shulkin would bring some of that special swapwater, for such a special visit. I’m crushed!!!!

ANutterVet
ANutterVet

dash dot – – – RT has been showing documentary pertaining to Texas open carry gun laws.

Ex va
Ex va

@ANutterVet, if it would improve your quality of life, i say go for it. Some Veterans say it helps them. Anxiety and pain goes together. I know it will help sometimes with the anxiety and may get that pain level down for you. I am getting some of medicines increased hopefully help with the pain. You know more about the medications more than i do. I don’t understand why they have messed with your medications so much. I have had basically the same medications for years. Just up and down with dosages.

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@Ex va,@ANutterVet? It is good to up and lower the doses, so you don’t become immune to them. I ever tell you the story of the two VA directors that jumped off the Sears tower?

ANutterVet
ANutterVet

dash dot, @Ex va – – – I’ve been posting at the bottom of the page, not at the Reply Button after the comments. I’m doing this because email program is still to sticky. I don’t want to flood with responses to comments. Make sense?

Ex va
Ex va

@ANutterVet, yes, i will do that.

Ex va
Ex va

@-.-. .—, what happened when the two va directors jumped off the sears tower??

ANutterVet
ANutterVet

dash dot, @Ex va – – – Shulkin will stay away from areas with flooding. He’ll be shacked up in a nice Hotel in dry dock area.

Medical Marijuana – Cost is a factor though. I know that someday the VA and Feds are going to be challenged on how people are medically treated. Wife is all for it as long as it gives me relief. My mind is a ghost already, no worries there. LOL

@Ex va – – – If you’re getting med dosage increase, may want to think about routinely flushing liver, kidneys, and gallbladder. In a couple of weeks, this is what I’ll be doing. I take acetaminophen as well. Need to flush the residues out.

ANutterVet
ANutterVet

dash dot – – – what happened when they jumped?

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These two VA directors jumped off the Sears tower, everyone rushed to were they hit the ground. The cop asked, “does anyone know these people?”. Two guys step forward and say “No, but we know they had two assholes. The cop says, “You don’t know their names, but you know they had two assholes?” “Have you seen them before?” The two guys say “oh yes we worked with them for two years” The cop scratching his head says “Wait a minute, you worked with these guys for two years, you know they had two assholes, but you didn’t know their names?” Then how the hell do you know they had two assholes?” The two guys explained ” well every Friday night after we got paid, we would all go to the bar and drink. Every time we walked through the door, the bartender would say “here comes those two guys with the two assholes” “.

ANutterVet
ANutterVet

dash dot – – – The gun law documentary is on RT right now.

ANutterVet
ANutterVet

dash dot – – – Its too late now, but they should’ve told that bartender to call them something else. How rude. LMAO Funny you.

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@ANutterVet,@Ex va: It’s late, I sure messed up that joke, but for the sake of saving space it still kinda works.