Is RimaAnn Nelson Unable To Hack It At Phoenix VA? A New Job Posting May Indicate ‘YES’

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RimaAnn Nelson

A former VA employee just sent me a job opening for director of the Phoenix VA Medical Center possibly meaning RimaAnn Nelson is set to leave after less than one year.

Last September, VA selected RimaAnn Neslon to lead the scandal-plagued Phoenix VA Medical Center after a short tenure by previous director, Deborah Amdur. Last August, former deputy director Sloan Gibson announced Amdur was forced to retire because management of Phoenix VA was so stressful, “The job has nearly killed her.” Amdur lasted about 9 months and likely had to pay back her moving incentive.

RELATED: Phoenix VA Director Suddenly Retires After Secret Recording, Cites Health

Now, after 8 months, Phoenix VA is already looking for a new director, at least according to the job listing. Based on the language in the job listing, it most certainly appears to show VA wants to fill the position presently held by Nelson.

What will it take at Phoenix VA to hold down a director for up to a year? So far, no one seems up to the task other than the disgraced former director, Sharon Helman.

VA Public Affairs (Central Office) did not respond with a comment before this went to press.

UPDATE: Phoenix VA Public Affairs just reached out to disavow the job opening stating the linked job opening is not correct and that RimaAnn Nelson is not leaving Phoenix VA.

Of course, this leaves me wondering why the incorrect job listing for director of Phoenix VA is online at all if Phoenix VA is not looking for a director. Seem strange?

RELATED: Helman Guilty Of Felony, Only Gets Probation

Phoenix VA Wait List Scandal

Since the wait list scandal broke in the press, in 2014, Phoenix VA has had numerous directors take over to fix the agency. Sloan Gibson repeatedly made press appearances reassuring the American public and veterans that Phoenix VA has improved.

In fact, when whistleblower reports surfaced last year that wait time problems were still putting veterans lives at risk, Sloan Gibson dismissed the reports and even proclaimed the facility as being safe for veterans.

Yet, the medical center is apparently unsafe for bureaucrats. Veterans are fine. But bureaucrats are getting chewed up and spit out?

The most recent directors, Amdur and Nelson, were previously linked to their own scandals, so it seems interesting VA would choose them to lead THE medical center that is the beacon of criminal conspiracies of all VA’s nationwide.

RELATED: RimaAnn Nelson Has Skeletons In Her Closet

To date, no one replacing Sharon Helman, the director in 2014, for longer than 10 months.

Nonetheless, this does not take away from the most recent job posting signaling Nelson’s time at the facility is coming to a close.

Director – Phoenix VA Job Listing

Here is the Phoenix VA job listing. Any takers?

SEE IT: https://phoenix-az.geebo.com/jobs-online/view/directory/62/listing/235/id/266754909-health-system-administrator-medical-/mobile/1/

The Phoenix VA Health Care System is a part of Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 18 which includes facilities in Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. It consists of a 166-acute care beds; 104 Long term care beds and 24 Substance Abuse Residential Treatment Program Beds.

The Medical Center located in the Phoenix metro area, now America’s 5th largest city, offers a diverse southwestern lifestyle.

The Health System serves Veterans residing in the Gila, Maricopa, LaPaz and Pinal counties with a total Veteran population of 315,000.

The Phoenix VA Health Care System includes Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) in Gilbert, Central Phoenix, Payson (contract), Show Low, Globe and Surprise, Arizona. It is a tertiary care facility, classified as a Clinical Referral Level 1 facility (VA complexity level rating of 1b).

The Phoenix VA Health Care System is a teaching hospital, providing a full range of patient care services, with state-of-the-art technology as well as education and research.

Comprehensive and specialized health care is provided through the entire spectrum of clinical specialties and state-of-the-art technologies-primary care, tertiary care, and long-term care in areas of medicine, surgery, psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology, oncology, entistry, geriatrics, and extended care.
The Medical Center Director is accountable for many functions including, but not limited to, developing and administering a balanced financial plan for a multi-million dollar budget with thousands of employees, performing analyses and evaluation of a wide range of clinical and administrative programs, providing strategic direction in alignment with VA’s strategic plan, identifying and meeting quality and performance objectives, ensuring quality through adherence to rigorous standards of a myriad of external accrediting bodies, promoting workplace improvements, developing and maintaining community partnerships, assuring equal employment opportunity and diversity, and planning for succession by developing subordinates.

The Director’s managerial duties and responsibilities involve final decisions which have a direct and substantial impact on the health care organization and programs.
The Director has full delegated line authority to accomplish all of the medical center’s missions-patient care, medical education, research, and DOD contingency support.

As a Director at a Complexity Level 1 facility, the incumbent is required to have extensive knowledge of clinical specialties, emerging health care issues and trends, operational and administrative systems, information technology, facilities and project management, in order to lead large, complex and diverse programs with a critical affiliate relationship with a large university medical school system as a key component.
The specialized clinical services at a Level 1 facility often involve unique requirements, necessitating greater administrative responsibility, reporting, and media/VSO/congressional scrutiny and oversight.

Comprehensive and specialized health care is provided through the entire spectrum of clinical specialties and state-of-the-art technologies-primary care, tertiary care, and long-term care in areas of medicine, surgery, psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology, oncology, dentistry, and geriatrics.

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Lem
Lem

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VAISLYING INC
VAISLYING INC

THHIS BIG FAT VA COW WAS WORTHLESS AT VA PHOENIX VA DEATHCARWE A TOTAL FEDERAL RICO CRIME RACKET THE VA IS THE TITANIC SHIP ITS GOIN DOWN ASAP !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Benedict
Benedict

Sweet Jesus I hope so. Totally diabolical. ?

Disgruntled Veteran
Disgruntled Veteran

Following.

ThisVet2017
ThisVet2017

If I’m correct, RimaAnn Nelson, is/was just another washed up VA swamp creature that was shuffled into that position – after leaving her previous position/workplace in a slimy slither of slime.

Hoping that they send her home and not shuffle her into another position (where she can continue spreading the plague); and, that they put a fresh person in there who is ready to do things differently.

Disgruntled Veteran
Disgruntled Veteran

@ThisVet2017 – – – You are correct with respect to Rima Ann Nelson. She was the director of the St. Louis, MO facility when they exposed approximately 1800 veterans to HIV and HEP C due to not performing correct sterilization procedures on equipment.

After being relieved of her command – – – she was PCS’d to the Manila Embassy VA Clinic, and given a pay raise for “stellar job performance”.

Now she has been “RIMAing” our brothers and sisters in Phoenix for the past year or so. McDonald’s or Burger King would have fired her FAT PIGGY ASS were she working something as complex as a drive-thru order window – – – and displayed her special brand of “stellar performance”.

But Hey! It is the VA . . .

cj
cj

Nice VA art, you have captured the essence of the VA! Do any of those piggies even speak English? Looks like Papa, Momma​, and grown up baby piggy, also looks like Helman on the right behind momma pig Nelson. Good riddance. I hope she gets run over by a bus full of veterans.

Rich B
Rich B

Do any of those piggies even speak English?

Exactly my first impression also….

namnibor
namnibor

“Squeal Like A Pig” is pretty much an universal language.

Disgruntled Veteran
Disgruntled Veteran

@CJ – – – Are those REAL doctors on either side of Honey Boo Boo?

Paul Coupaud
Paul Coupaud

Hi Mr. Krause, I’m not sure who you contacted at the VA that did not give you a comment, but as the public affairs officer at the Phoenix VA Health Care System, I know it was not my office. I wish you would’ve contacted us to verify the information as I could’ve saved you the probably significant amount of time you dedicated to creating this post. I’m not sure where job listing you linked to in your post originally came from, but it is not accurate. We are not recruiting for a medical center director and Ms. Nelson has no plans of leaving the Phoenix VA.

Although our VA sometimes posts job advertisements on non-government job listing sites, those external advertisements are only to help spread the word about a position we’re recruiting for, and those copies of the job posting will always link back to the official recruitment on the USAJobs.gov web site. Should you ever have any questions or need assistance in regard to the Phoenix VAHCS, please feel free to contact me.

Many thanks for the opportunity to clear up the confusion,
Paul Coupaud, USAF ret.

91Veteran
91Veteran

Paul, you say Rima has no plans to leave, but that does not clarify whether others have plans for her to leave.

I think many vets would help her pack.

Ex va
Ex va

@ Paul Coupaud, where does you loyalty lie on informing the media as a public affairs officer concerning corruption, fraud and abuse? Would you inform the media of negligence and wait times created by corrupted employees or would you not say anything? The public affairs officers have been known to not to give full disclosure on criminal activities at va medical centers across this nation. I am asking what does your morals tell you to do if you came across such information? Just asking….

james gallegos
james gallegos

I’ll answer for him. I Plead the 5th !

Dennis
Dennis

Paul,

Your VA is America’s biggest disgrace. Your VA is responsible for the untimely deaths and serious injury to Americas veterans. Your agency has destroyed the lives on good men and women. Your VA commits horrific acts of negligence, criminality, and malice towards veterans. Your VA pisses all over the American Constitution and the rights of veterans. Your VA has been called into the spotlight for lies, deceit, malfeasance, misconduct, malpractice, and misappropriation.

Thank you for your service.

James Gallegos
James Gallegos

The inmates and the union must be in charge.

They can not find a warden with the ability or back up from the Secretary.

President Trump signed the executive order to help in holding employees accountable.

What I read is the Secretary is still asking the Senate for more assistant in passing a law to help him hold government employees accountable.

I am confused, did the executive order give him that authority.?

Why is the union running the facilities.?

They are going to stop this and our elected officials must pass whatever is necessary to hold VA employees accountable.

That is the only way anything will change when you have a gang running the facility and you have no authority to decpline anyone, your hands are tied.

If the executive order does not give the Secretary or director’s the ability to hold VA employees accountable because the union is blocking all the corrective action.

Noting will ever be done, when this happens the inmates will drag down the facilities until we have no other choice other than close the doors.

I’m not even an employee anymore, yet an inmate conned upper management.

I maybe wrong about the union being the problem and they are all corrupt.

It like a parent trying to teach their kid’s right from wrong and try to discipline them and the kid tells them, go ahead and punish me. !

I will call the cop’s and tell them you hit me and they will arrest you. !
In other word’s the inmates gang up and threaten anyone that they will say what ever they have to to get their way.

These people have forgotten about the mission of caring for veteran’s and made the VA their own little play ground with pay and anyone that tries to fix it will be set in their place.

You don’t run this facility we do and if you don’t like it so what !

We have enough gang members in house we will report you or frame you. ! So shut up and maybe we will let you stay.

namnibor
namnibor

I think the VA did not want to be caught with another whack-a-mole departing director and as SOON as that VA Kryptonite called accountability shown it’s rays of truth upon the Phoenix VAMC, the VA quickly pipes-in…”That’s not really what we meant….we have now redefined job openings…”! WTF VA?!

RimaAnn Nelson is more than likely staying put and in-fact rarely moves because she is a weeble and “they wobble but they don’t fall down!” 🙂 She is the epitome of World Class Veteran Health Care.

“Weebles wobble but they….don’t fall down!”

Brian Moyer
Brian Moyer

Mr. Coupaud,
You do realize that the VA has a severe credibility problem with us veterans. I for one am a Agent Orange Veteran of Guam. I was on Guam for two years as a Sea Duty Marine on the USS Proteus AS-19. I was on Guam from February 1974- February 1976 while M/Sgt Leroy Foster sprayed Agent Orange, White, Blue and Silvex on Guam at multiple locations plus I witnessed spraying going on along the fence line at Apra Harbor, Guam. I was 20 feet away from spraying at one time while a working party from the ship was conducting spraying procedures. Leroy Foster testified at my hearing in St. Petersburg as did I under oath plus I presented to the hearing officer 3000 pages of documentation as to what was sprayed and or witnessed. The hearing officer told us right from the get go that Guam is not recognized as a Agent Orange contaminated site.

I then respectfully disagreed and presented ten different BVA citations that had been approved by VA for Agent Orange exposure on Guam. One of the veterans that was exposed is the former lead Adjudicator for the VA Buffalo, New York. Mr Coupaud can you explain to all of us Agent Orange Veterans of Guam how the aforementioned former VA employee is receiving 100% compensation for Agent Orange exposure on Guam and he never set foot in Vietnam? Is the individual that I am talking about a recipient of being part of the “good ol’ boy” network? Croynism? Corruption?

We also have managed to get legislation introduced in Congress HR 809 which is known as the Foster Act which was introduced by Rep. Dennis Ross of Florida. We also have a on going GAO investigation into the DOD’s constant denial into the use of Agent Orange on Guam even though Dow Chemical and Monsanto have admitted to its usage on Guam. Plus the US EPA, Guam EPA, ATSDR reports, US Superfund have verified the presence of dioxin levels at 19,000 ppm on Andersen AFB.

So Mr. Coupaud could you please forward this on to your superiors in DC and lets see what kind of fairy tales they come back with for our entertainment value if they respond at all. I am also inviting you to come over to our Facebook page which is called “Agent Orange Veterans of Guam” Thank you for your time sir.
Semper Fidelis,
Brian Moyer
Agent Orange Veteran of Guam

Paul Coupaud
Paul Coupaud

Hi Mr. Moyer – I do totally understand that. I’m a Veteran as well and have had my own share of challenges with the VA, both on the Health and Benefits administrations sides of the house. (Thankfully haven’t had need for the Cemetery administration folks yet [grin])

Can I explain the disconnect of why one Veteran gets benefits while a Veteran in a seemingly identical situation/condition does not? Unfortunately, no – I honestly don’t have the words and that’s unfortunately not the first time I’ve heard stories like that. I really wish I could, but as I alluded above, the VA has three different administrations — health, benefits and cemetery. I work on the health side, and the issue your describing is a benefits issue. I do really wish I know more or were at a level high enough to get insight into that for you. That said, I do know a couple people from the VA benefits regional office in Phoenix and will see if I can find the appropriate person/department to whom I can pass your information. I also know the Agent Orange registry contact at our hospital and will see if he can provide me some direction as well. And I’ll definitely check out your Facebook page – I look forward to learning more!

Thank you for your service, Marine — I appreciate you!
Best,
Paul

ANutterVet
ANutterVet

@Paul Coupard – – – Let me be nice, you’re a fucking trader.

Paul Coupaud
Paul Coupaud

Sorry you feel that way, ANutterVet — I didn’t take this job to stab my fellow Veterans in the back, I want to be here to make a difference if I can and help other Veterans.
Best,
Paul

ANutterVet
ANutterVet

@Paul Coupaud – – – Hey Paul, in the late 70’s I worked for one of the largest computer and electronic companies in the world. I accepted the position to do my best. And, if I came across something that ruffled a few feathers of my superiors because I pointed out things that needed to change in the work environment, so be it. Or to stick up for an employee that was flagged, bullied, and outcast by a few favorited employees that knew many in upper management, so be it. Or to stop a production line before someone got hurt, so be it. Or to speak out because a testing process in the field was inaccurate, so be it. Or to stick up for senior management’s new employee directives when most of my peers were against it, so be it. This it what I did; I spoke out for what was right.

Sir, let me calm down here, because like other Veterans who post on Ben’s blog, were tired of VA employees [Veteran or not], coming onto Ben’s blog and your input is to either back up the VA or to correct a reporting error, and this is fine.

But what ticks me the fuck off [because I don’t like facades], and other Veterans as well, is that you, Sir, like many other VA employees, will never recognize and agree with the corruption, mismanagement, favoritism, nepotism, and other disservices that affect/effect Veterans, in which you’re aware of, but you people never admit to anything.

You’re not fooling us. You’re only fooling yourself. Stand up Paul, and set a higher standard for the VA health care and benefits system. Does the word accountability mean anything? Yes, no, need more time to eloquently answer the question? I’ll be expecting your reply.

James Gallegos
James Gallegos

What is your position in the VA.?

ANutterVet
ANutterVet

@James Gallegos – – – Paul Coupaud is a Public Affairs Officer. – – – Nutter.

NiteWish
NiteWish

Damn nutter, I know your in pain & miserable but Paul reached out to Ben, maybe he’s the real deal & we could give him the benefit of doubt, then again it may be as you say. Who to trust? Trust no one.

Paul Coupaud
Paul Coupaud

Thanks NiteWish, I appreciate the benefit and will work to build and keep the trust. @ANutterVet, you might be surprised to learn that I do NOT deny those things happen in the VA. Heck, they also happen in the TSA, the IRS, Intel, WalMart, and every other company to some level or another. Yes, the VA absolutely has problems and we have to be accountable — not only because we are funded by taxpayer dollars — but even more importantly because we are responsible for taking care of the Veterans who served our country.

So yes, I do know of people who *I* think in the VA are corrupt, favor others, create hostile work environments, and couldn’t manage their way out of a maze even if the rats helped. Personally, I’m not in a position to make choices that affect those people. There ARE a lot of processes and red tape to get anything done. If I see an employee do something wrong, all I can do is report it. In most cases, I wouldn’t even get a follow-up with the results of my report due to privacy laws. Similarly, there are Veterans who I’ve seen (and experienced) who treat VA staff like crap. I’m not slamming on Veterans – far from it – I’m just saying regardless of a person’s Veteran status or place of employment, anyone has the potential to cause problems, hurt others, etc. We ALL have to be accountable — especially those of us who serve others.

I see the frustration from both sides every day. I’ve experienced it to a degree as well – nowhere from what it sounds like you’ve gone through. I’m not trying to put a polish on my answer or dodge your question, I’m just trying to add my perspective for your consideration. I don’t mean to look like I’m coming in and blindly defending the VA – that’d be pretty stupid and wouldn’t be honest to my own experiences. At the same time, my job is also to correct “the record” when I can. I honestly have no idea how that job listing appeared online — heck, it’s not even a requirement for our medical center director to be a physician, as that job posting infers from the title.

Finally, I’m not trying to sway your opinion about the VA, ANutterVet. I really wish you’d had better experiences in the past. I wish the VA was perfect. I wish no one suffered or died due to the VA or wherever else they received their healthcare. I wish I could change the past, but all I can do now is hope our country will find a way (be it through VA changes or Veterans Choice or something other way) to provide the best care for Veterans in a timely manner and in an environment that is respectful of the service we gave to our country.

Thanks for letting me give my two cents worth – nite!
Paul

Underwater basket weaver specialist
Underwater basket weaver specialist

Paul,
It takes some stones to post here defending the VA as an employee. I may get some grief for stating this but I applaud you for doing so. A significant # of followers and posters resent the VA for legitimate reasons and assume this site is monitored by VA officials. Your comment seems genuine and you don’t appear to me to be a troll. However, watch your 6 because retaliation is real in the VA regardless of your intent. Trust me I know all to well.

Paul Coupaud
Paul Coupaud

Thanks – I do appreciate the reminder. I’m really not trying to defend the VA, just trying to say that’s not what I see from my view here. Totally understand the legitimate reasons some Veterans have for the anger and hate they feel for VA. I’ve never stood in their boots and would never disrespect them to try to explain that kind of thing away. Again, thanks for the check 6.

namnibor
namnibor

But, if your view is one of up your own ass, then of course you are not going to see nor smell anything amiss in “your view”. Perspective is everything, so are blinders and selective hearing.

James Gallegos
James Gallegos

May I ask you, what have VA employees been told about the presidents executive order. !

On holding employees accountable. !

In you opinion is the union causing problems with stopping accountability.

Do you See clicks in the facility. ! Where employees will get together and lie to management.

Or is management lieing to the employees. !

Why is nothing changing.?

How bad is VA employee retaliation.?

OLDMARINE
OLDMARINE

Underwater basket weaver specialist I agree at least he didn’t shrivel up like a snowflake and had the balls to reply to others

Disgruntled Veteran
Disgruntled Veteran

@Paul Coupaud – – – I applaud your effort to reach out to veterans on this site. My own experience here in Honolulu pretty much mirrors with what your comment presented. The biggest single problem that I see is the lack of proper, accurate internal communication between the VHA and VBA.

The Spark Matsunaga facility has millions of dollars of computers – – – yet the VHA and VBA sides can not “talk” to each other in a timely manner even though they are located in the same building?

I have seen other veterans claims (as well as my own) held up for years because some knuckle-headed doctor did not fill out the admin form correctly. When the incorrect info went to the benefits counselor, it just got shitcanned because – – – the benefits counselor DID NOT HAVE the ability to just send the doctor a brief e-mail to say “WTF is this Horse Fuckery? Get the damn form filled out accurately. This vet has been waiting far too long”.

With the technology we have today – – – there is no earthly reason a veterans claim should ever take more than 90 days to resolve. The argument that the system is over-loaded just does not wash. Rather than buying 50 gallon drum-sized solar trash compactors at $30K or so a pop – – – perhaps that money would be better spent on IT User training for VHA personnel.

We have certainly seen enough money squandered on useless feel good amenities for the workers that do little, if anything for the veterans the VA is supposed to serve. It is HIGH TIME to:

FIX THE DAMN BROKEN VA:

1. Recognize the problems inherent in the VA are SYSTEM-WIDE, not jus limited to a few locations.

2. Fire all the Lazy No Good Workers. Fire EVERY single AFGE/SES Employee.

3. Sell off all the VA facilities. Alternatively, they may be converted into housing for homeless veterans.

4. Issue all veterans a card that allows them to choose their own doctors within their community that they can TRUST.

5. The United States Government will PAY those doctors promptly (Within 45 days) for the care they provide veterans.

6. Completely ELIMINATE the “Federal Protection” Umbrella for incompetent QUACKS that the VA sends to other states to practice other than their own. Gonna practice in Hawaii? You need to be LICENSED in Hawaii. Same applies to all other states.

Paul Coupaud
Paul Coupaud

DV — I *SO* totally get what you mean!! I just went through paying back a few thousand to VA because VA and DOD computer systems don’t talk to each other. I got divorced and removed my ex from DEERS. Silly me to think that government computers talk to each other. [shaking head] But no, only a couple years later do I find out that what computer system “knows” is only in that system. (But the IRS can take your refund if you’re not paying your student loan?! — (Not me, just had heard stories of it before.)) So it was a couple years down the road before I realized what was happening and then ended up in debt mgmt program to get it sorted. And yes, I’ve seen the same kind of thing you’ve described in VBA-VHA communication here. Heck, communication can be a challenge when a Veteran moves from one VHA facility to another.

Good list! (This is where I mention you have to work your congressional folks to change the rules we have to follow) Thanks!

namnibor
namnibor

Problem is the congress critters all have their balls in the vise of the VA’s AFGE…your Union is obstructing ANY real positive change. Can’t you, as a dues-paying AFGE VA employee speak-up…and as a Veteran? If you push the AFGE then the AFGE can continue pushing Isaacson up his stairmaster without interruption each morning without flying off.

Better analogy: look-up “LAMPREY”….that’s what the AFGE is to the VA, a parasite.

ANutterVet
ANutterVet

@Paul Coupaud – – – What about the ability and the freedom of not being retaliating against by your superiors, if you were to bring up the issues that need to be changed with the VA?

I was mentored and taught, that if an organization wanted to truly change, that the leadership would freely open their doors for suggestions that could [in the VA’s case], save lives, monies, or to stream line the process of claim filing.

What say you? Put your spin on it. Oh, and the number [4] reason for why I was suspicious of you Paul, is that one way or the other, VA employees will most likely always put the problem in the laps of Veterans for them to solve the issues at hand.

Paul, you know for a fact that this is a tiresome process, and most likely would not go to far in changing the VA. Get vetted by Ben.

Disgruntled Veteran
Disgruntled Veteran

@Paul Coupaud – – – I am glad that you get what I meant. My numbered items one through six will be an effective way to get it done. In fact, to make sure there can be no misunderstanding – – – I will reiterate them:

FIX THE DAMN BROKEN VA:

1. Recognize the problems inherent in the VA are SYSTEM-WIDE, not just limited to a few locations.

2. Fire all the Lazy No Good Workers. Fire EVERY single AFGE/SES Employee.

3. Sell off all the VA facilities. Alternatively, they may be converted into housing for homeless veterans.

4. Issue all veterans a card that allows them to choose their own doctors within their community that they can TRUST.

5. The United States Government will PAY those doctors promptly (Within 45 days) for the care they provide veterans.

6. ELIMINATE the “Federal Protection” Umbrella for incompetent QUACKS that the VA sends to other states to practice other than their own. Going to practice in Hawaii? You need to be LICENSED in Hawaii. Same applies to all other states.

THAT is quite probably the ONLY thing that will save our veterans with regards to Veterans Healthcare.

I did not research you prior to replying to your post. Too pressed for time. I did do a quicklook last night after I got back from my scheduled appointments. Seymore Klearly and others are right on the money as usual.

As a veteran on paper, you certainly are. As a veteran in moral principle – – – not even close.

A BIG Mahalo Nui Loa (Formal Hawaiian Thank You) to Seymore Klearly, ANutterVet, 91Veteran, Namnibor, and others who had the time yesterday that I did not. I have no mobile technology other than my old flip phone which only calls and texts SMS. If I am on a computer – – – I am at home or at the public library. I was amazed at what I found out about “our good friend” Paul last night. Nothing you guys did not uncover hours before due the timezone difference. But hey, that’s how the world turns.

Thank you for all your efforts.

cj
cj

Just an observation! I think what we are expecting from the VA, and our politicians is ludicrous, we veterans must be absolutely insane. Think about it, the above VA art drives the point home. We sign the dotted line to protect our country, and some even gave their lives. Those same politicians that would send us to our deaths​, defending this country, are the same politicians, that turned around and gave it away, as evidenced in the bad art. And we think these assholes will change it? Are you fucking insane? I think, we would be better off getting together, and having one hell of a party every year, and watching each other’s 6. At this party we could strategize and advocate for each other’s​ issues. Think how huge this party would grow, and how powerful of a group we would become after just a few years. So,….. Dennis and nutter, start rolling them joints. Even if we aren’t insane, we could sure act it. LET’S PARTYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ANutterVet
ANutterVet

@Paul Coupaud, @NiteWish, @Seymore Klearly, @Namnibor, @cj, @Ex va, @OLDMARINE, @Crazy elf, @Dennis, @Brian Moyer, @cj @Ex va, @Disgruntled Veteran, @91Veteran, @Lem, @James Gallegos, @Jo3n, @Bill, @Windguy, @Don Karg, @OLDMARINE, @Ron Nesler, @Gary, @Warhorse, @Dan F, @Fred Locke, @Rick B

Paul, I’m sorry for seeming to be harsh in my response to your posts. So for me to have no doubt that you want to make positive changes in the VA to protect Veterans, you have your work cut out for you. I don’t know how long that you’ve been monitoring, or to just stop by to read the posts on Ben’s blog, but as you may have noticed, we have many valid complaints against the VA.

So to make things easier for you, I cut and pasted a couple posts, to present a unfinished list of areas that the VA should have fixed long ago. And, let me remind you, every day between 20-22 Veterans commit suicide each and every day. That’s priority number one; to save lives.

Here are the posts [my fellow Veterans, please add to the list];

[1] are committing suicide at a reported rate of about 22 lives a day [personally, I think this is low], [2] Veteran’s claims are held up for double-digit years due to no streamlining during processing, [3] the granting of compensation and pension have been reneged, [4] unnecessary stress has been put on Veterans to repay monies that were previously granted to Veterans, [5] Veterans are shortchanged due to VA using Evidence/Experienced-Based Medicine (EBM) to diagnose and treat medical conditions, [6] VA Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, and Clinical Pharmacologists are prescribing Generic Medications that have less efficacy compared to Brand Name Medications (this frequently occurs, VA does nothing about it, I know because I informed my PCP and Pharmacy), [7] Veterans are given poor quality medical supplies (band aids slide on you skin, lidocaine patch falls off your back, containers break during shipment), [8] when VA does prescribe Vitamins, Minerals, or other Supplements, they are of low quality, and they’re inadequately assimilated in the body, [9] dangerous and deadly spoiled rotten bacteria infused VA cafeteria food products, . . .

and [10] – – -> If I missed some areas where the VA is lacking, please list them below, under my post. <- – –

I would like to keep a current running list of VA problems. – – – Nutter

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Ex va May 13, 2017 at 2:46 am

10). Wait list time scandal, fraud and negligence. 11). Negligence is covered up. 12). Over prescribing of medications. 13). Non-sterile equipment and bandages 14). CREDENTIALING AND PRIVELEDGING doctors/providers…… I know i am missing a lot of issues.

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James Gallegos May 13, 2017 at 3:00 pm

You missed no 15, they just don’t give a shit !
Whom they harm. Who’s going to believe a veteran anyway.

Paul, the areas listed above are only some of the issues that need attention. I don't know how long that you've been with the VA, but if you're in any position to make changes, you should already be aware of these points of interest. And if not, well, here we go again.

Thank you, good luck, and please list any clarifications. – – – Nutter, May 16, 2017 10:25pm [per my system]

Paul Coupaud
Paul Coupaud

Nutter — good list, comprehensive. I wish I were in a position to make those kind of changes, but I’m not. The only one I can personally address is #15 — yes, there are some people who are just collecting their check, but I also know many who do genuinely care and want to provide the best care possible. I’m not in any position to affect policy, employee performance (other than the few who work for me that I’m responsible to and for), medical purchasing, and so on. What I *can* do from my position is just try to help the Veterans I encounter on a daily basis. Whether they wander into my office, make a note on a comment card or through our website, or post to our Facebook page – I do try to own the issue and see it through as far as I possibly can. Some days it does feel like I’m one guy fighting a forest fire — not in the sense that I’m the only one, but just that it seems there are an overwhelming number of Veterans who need help. That said, I’m printing and saving your list – it’s a great reminder to me. Many thanks!
Paul

ANutterVet
ANutterVet

@Paul Poupaud – – – Thanks Paul. Please do these two things; send your contact information into Ben for vetting. Afterwards, change your handle so that no troll from the VA recognizes your name, therefore setting you up for retaliation. Since the VA retaliates against a well know practicing physician, they’ll retaliate against you. No offense. Thanks. – – – Nutter.

ANutterVet
ANutterVet

Sorry about that. I thought I told my finger to push the C key, but it landed on the P key. VA meds.

Ex va
Ex va

@Paul Poupaud, do you not meet with the front office weekly or daily as a public affairs officer? You do meet with the Director, Associate Director, Chief of Staff, and other Chiefs of service/care lines? You could pass the information on…

Ex va
Ex va

@Paul Coupaud, sorry i misspelled your name.

Paul Coupaud
Paul Coupaud

@Ex VA and @ANutterVet — thanks! I did send a note to Ben with my info for whatever process he needs.

Most of our day-to-day communication is email or phone as it’s usually more efficient, but I’ll definitely pass the information on — thanks!

And no worries on the name, it’s an easy one to mess up. 😉

91Veteran
91Veteran

Ben, I posted a comment suggesting you are being played, but I think it might be stuck in your spam filter. It contained some links such as to this LinkedIn site at: “https://www.linkedin.com/jobs/view/256754993” showing what results come up when searching on the job title used at the Geebo site. I thought I put the links in quotes, but I may have missed one.

Within that LinkedIn post is a Job Announcement number, VHA22-PN-16-1787190-PDS, which is for a VAMC Director position…at Phoenix, but the post shows the announcement closed in September 2016.

Anyway, if you can allow that comment, it contains other details on VA job postings…and none of them are posted at a free classified ad site like Geebo, which is a registered domain in McLean, VA.

I think you were fed bad information, or your source was fed bad information.

Would I be surprised the VA is hiring another director for that shithole? No. Not as long as they keep recycling other corrupt, incompetent hacks into that job.

namnibor
namnibor

Phoenix VAMC is just the location where the turds surface in the swamp water system, then rollover a few times then dive back down into the bowels of the VA meat grinder to surface where, no one knows. Much like the earth’s water conveyor system, the VA has an entire turd current network (TCN).

91Veteran
91Veteran

Interesting. Within that LinkedIn post is another vacancy number for SES if they don’t meet the education requirements. Searching on that vacancy number produces some interesting results.

For vets that have been screwed for years over VocRehab benefits, did you know the VA has their own Learning University? “https://www.valu.va.gov/slicksheet/view/62”

Or that they have a Corporate Employee Development Board where management flunkies can attend some prestigious schools to learn how to be a good little stooge? “https://www.valu.va.gov/SlickSheet/View/10”

I guess if your Voc Rehab is late, maybe the VA was too busy paying for their upper management getting training.

Another interesting link is to this Senior Executives Association page where many SES’s in VA were against moving the SES workforce from Title 5 to Title 38.

The article includes:

“Key findings include:

• 64% do not support the proposed move to Title 38 – where career executives would have few workplace protections, but an opportunity for an increase in salary

• Frustration with Congress, VA leadership, and fear of unfair media or Congressional scrutiny are among the top factors for an executive to consider leaving the federal workforce, as well as providing pause for talented candidates considering executive roles at the VA

• 97% of VA executives expressed some degree of concern about the ability of the agency to fill SES vacancies with highly qualified candidates

The report also offers several recommendations as alternatives the Title 38 proposal, such as the full utilization of Title 5 authorities to address compensation, performance, or misconduct. This would include the use of critical pay to better compensate qualified medical professionals.”

The page is at: “https://seniorexecs.org/21-news/press-releases/633-va-ses-weigh-in-on-va-proposal-pr”

Another interesting link is to the MSPB site at: “https://www.mspb.gov/vases/” showing various VA flunkies appealing their removal, including Helman, Rubens and Graves.

ANutterVet
ANutterVet

@91Veteran – – – I don’t believe that it is me, but it sure seems like VA employees have a hell of a lot more protection that backs them up compared to us, “sign on the line” boy’s have. After today’s incidents, I’ve lost any traces of trust the I have in the VA system. Shootz, the VA doesn’t even have an open door policy where employees can freely submit complaints where they know that the VA system needs to be changed. And if they do, their retaliated against for speaking up. That’s when I ask myself, “if an employee can’t freely speak out about things that are wrong, its all talk, all talk.” Just saying.

And, if most VA employees want the best for Veteran care, then our Elected Officials and those that are authorized to make changes in the VA, their phones and doors should be a welcome mat to hear from VA employees and others the areas of concern. NEXT.

ANutterVet
ANutterVet

Off Topic – – – Hillary Clinton has a new PAC, Onward-Together. The next Presidential Election is going to be something. The resistance of the left will not let up. Lock her up! Shootz, lock them all up! Open all Elected Officials books up to be inspected for accountability. They’re running now to get their second set of books.

91Veteran
91Veteran

AnutterVet, I believe this was the post by Ben I was talking about where she gave a disastrous PR response to Tucker Carlson.

“https://www.disabledveterans.org/2017/02/13/phoenix-va-rebukes-fox-news-tucker-carlson-story-kind/”

OLDMARINE
OLDMARINE

NUTTER Open all Elected Officials books up to be inspected for accountability….. I would suggest all the politicians disclose all there stock holdings and you will see why they vote for certain bills and not other ones its all about fatting the wallet

ANutterVet
ANutterVet

@91Veteran – Thanks for the reference pertaining to HRC.

@OLDMARINE – Yeah, disclose all stock, bonds, and other areas of investments. All hell will break out.

91Veteran
91Veteran

Anuttervet, you have to look no further than the DBC’s to realize veterans have nowhere near the rights VA employees have.

As for Coupaud, yes, he is a veteran, but Ben posted an article here on Phoenix recently which linked to another news article in which Coupaud was quoted…or misquoted if he wants to claim that.

From what I recall, the quote was misleading at best.

namnibor
namnibor

~~Gurgle?~~

ANutterVet
ANutterVet

@Namnibor – – – Wipe your chin. That garble came from the VA pharmacy. It will eat your skin. Federal DA Sessions is on the prowl.

Jo3n
Jo3n

Whatever the mistake in the post brought Paul out of the closet. I’d like to welcome you Paul. I hear another VA representative saying, ” I know, but “. Keep coming back… God Bless the Veterans and their families, and maybe a few……………. a couple….. employees.

Paul Coupaud
Paul Coupaud

Thanks Jo3n – I really appreciate it and will continue to visit and comment.

Jo3n
Jo3n

@Ben, about the art. No pictures hanging, and nametags looked phony at best. I’m really tired of the same old names. Hasn’t Shulkin been there long enough to expose these criminals? The secrets in the VA is cancerous. Their lies turn into our deaths. Their fraud turns into Veterans wait time scandals. What they won’t report turns into thousands of families suffering. Why is this acceptable? Our Country has fired Presidents, and these sick sons of bitches who are responsible for this mess are safe from responsibility, and get rewarded for making Veterans lives miserable. Have I mentioned we need Dr.’s? I also have heard there’s a cure for PTSD. It’s sad that disabled Veterans have to raise money for their own health and deal with all the unnecessary crap they put us through. Some day…. I wonder which upcoming and unnecessary death will be the one… how do the Paul’s in our world sleep.

cj
cj

@Ex va: Ex, how’s you?

Ex va
Ex va

@cj, doing better. How are you doing?

cj
cj

@Ex va: Doin okay, sore from preparing a new garden area on a local farm. It’s good to hear your doing better.

Ex va
Ex va

@cj, how is your health issues? i hope you are doing a little better. You got the land!!! Good for you! You have a huge harvest this year!

cj
cj

@Ex va: The problems I have been having, are due to nerve damage in my back. The great VA, has me trying to taper off the wrong med. Private doctor has me all squared away.

Ex va
Ex va

@cj, had a few ripe strawberries this week. Only a few were big. I thought with this rain they would be huge. I don’t know, maybe need fertilizer, i put some on over the winter. Sounds like you have been really busy. That is great.

cj
cj

@Ex va: Excellent you have strawberries already. I hope to have this new garden planted before the weekend is over. I need to make it look professional since they refuse to charge for the land. They know it’s to feed veterans. Our politicians don’t give a shit about veterans, but it’s clear the farmers in this country do.

Ex va
Ex va

@cj, glad your private doctor found that. The great va, another unsuccessful diagnosis/treatment. Glad it can be corrected. You are going to have your hands full with that extra land. Lol.

cj
cj

@Ex va: Your right, definitely going to keep busy growing stuff.

cj
cj

@Ex va: All the farmers I have ever met, love this country, and its veterans.
Unlike our politicians who only give a shit about themselves.

Ex va
Ex va

@cj, that is great that they know you are using it to help feed Veterans. God Bless you. You are reaching out to Veterans who you probably will never get to meet, but they will be so happy to get the fresh vegetables. So glad they are letting you use it for free. You will make it look great. I live around some good farmers and they would feed you for free if you asked. It is shameful that the people care and the government doesn’t care. I think these farmers should be subsidized and supported like other governments do for their farmers in bad years so they don’t lose their farms but they are not.

Ex va
Ex va

@cj, i hope you can get to the water for that new land. Hope it is not too hard for you to take care of those plants.

ANutterVet
ANutterVet

@cj – Glad to hear that you can now figure out a new treatment dosage, and finally get some relieve from that painful neuropathy. I don’t recall if you ever mentioned at any time of the VA trying to pump you up on Neurontin/Gabapentin. This is one of their go to meds. I know of some Vets that take upwards of 3.6 grams/day divided into 3 doses of 1.2 grams. I tried it once, didn’t work.

@Ex va – Sounds like your pain eased up. Don’t forget to fert those berries. The both of you should be having some nice weather. We hit 80 today [bout 37 miles South of Philly].

Ex va
Ex va

@ANutterVet, Good to hear from you. The weather is better. Glad you are getting some warm weather. I use the miracle grow, last year i used all the specialized strawberry fertilizer, probably need to get some more. That stuff is expensive. The leaves are huge this year, i hope the plants are not putting all the energy in the leaves.

cj
cj

@Ex va: They are on well water, and the plot they are letting me use, is within 200 ft of the spigot. Very lucky to have use of this. Very nice people.

Ex va
Ex va

@cj, sounds like you are all set up. Lol. Well water is good for the plants. Glad the people are nice.

cj
cj

@ANutterVet: Have been on Gabapentin before, has no effect on me.

cj
cj

Sorry for the delayed answers, still using a tablet. Will have my laptop up and running by the end of the week.

Ex va
Ex va

i think the internet is slow. Plus i am slow too. Lol. Mentally. Lol.

ANutterVet
ANutterVet

@cj – Same for me. It was taking those cheap generics yellow capsules with no relieve. And like you, VA will not prescribe the big C = Clonazepam. Better yet, Klonopin.

cj
cj

@ANutterVet, I am lucky, not having to depend on the VA, and have great private doctors. I wish all veterans had the same choices I have.