Veterans Affairs Awards $19 Million Contract To DSS For Mobile App

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VA Mobile App Scheduling

This week, VA announced it awarded a new vendor contract to create a faster mobile app to help veterans schedule medical appointments. The contract is worth $19 million.

Under the Faster Care for Veterans Act of 2016, the $19 million contract was awarded to Document Storage Systems, Inc (DSS). That law requires new access improvements not previously available through existing technologies.

Does anyone find it interesting it took Congress to create a law for VA to now implement yet another new appointment scheduling fix?

About The Agreement

The agreement is part of an 18-month trial run at three or more Veterans Integrated Service Networks (VISNs). The app will allow veterans to schedule and confirm health care appointments using a mobile device like a cell phone or tablet.

RELATED: Contractor DSS To Fix Non-VA Fee Basis Claims System For Free?

If it works, the app will help bypass the sometimes ridiculous phone wait times plaguing VA call centers for decades.

“The VA is making critical improvements to Veteran health care, and will always look to leverage innovative tools that will put more capabilities in the hands of Veterans,” said VA Secretary Dr. David J. Shulkin. “ Self-scheduling apps are widely used in the private sector and will help create a better experience for Veterans and their medical-care providers.”

VA does already have an app available at 99 sites, which also has many of the key capabilities required by the Act. That older app is called VA’s Mobile Veterans Appointment Request (VAR) app. VA will continue to develop that app to incorporate new capabilities.

VA Repeats Failure To Fix Scheduling

Of course, these new apps are the result of “VA’s scheduling system betrayal” of taxpayers and veterans leading up to the wait time scandal initially cited at Phoenix VA.

For years before, VA was toying with various options and spending hundreds of millions on solutions that did not protect veterans from criminal VA employees who rigged the system to show better performance data than really existed. Veterans died while waiting for care as a result of the scheme that went largely unpunished.

One commenter to an op-ed published in the IT publication MeriTalk said VA spent well over the $6 million budgeted for the VAR app that initially went into production in 2013, calling the entire project “putting lipstick on a pig” while doing nothing to improve veterans’ access to health care:

It is too bad that all of your facts are completely wrong. You apparently read a book from the 1980’s to write your slanted dissertation. The solution being implemented by VA is lipstick on a pig and does absolutely nothing to enhance a Veterans Access to Care. The same invisible appointment slots that exist in VistA today, are still going to be invisible with the new interfaces that are being deployed as part of VSE. Secondly, the Veteran Appointment Request mobile application is simply a way for Veterans to request an appointment. It is the same, protracted, waiting list that Veterans endure today. Epic’s Cadence Scheduling system leverages the extreme performance of the Cache database, one of the fastest DB’s in existence, and feature rich web and mobile user interfaces, along with business-rules driven appointment scheduling to fill every available appointment slot within the Medical Center or CBOC, and further enhances access to care by searching across facilities to provide appointments in locations across VA. Something that VSE/VAR & VistA cannot do today. At the end of the day, there is little efficiency and enhanced visibility in VA’s custom solution. I would also like to point out that VA has spent far in excess of $6M to build VSE/VAR to date, and the $152M to pilot Epic’s Cadence is an order of magnitude higher than the price proposed for the pilot.

Is The Fix In? Or Will DSS Fix The Problem?

All in, what do you think the odds are that DSS will be able to pull this one off where previous contractors were paid millions but failed?

Will veterans get something that works, or will we get stuck with little more than a blank screen like the iPhone in this article’s photo?

Source: https://www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=2906

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cj
cj

19 Million for a fucking app!!! For you gi Joe? No fucking claim, DENIED!!!!!!
NEXT!!!!!!

VAISLYING INC
VAISLYING INC

SAME SHIT DIFFERENT DAY VETS SCREWED AGIN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

figure8fan
figure8fan

My former PCP (before she was my former) wanted me to be seen by Ortho. VA Othro could not see me until mid-May. My PCP put me in for the choice program on March 15. The choice people stated it was for the right knee only. My former PCP put right knee only after we discussed that it should be both knees. I had told her my left knee was hurting more. I told them it was to be for both knees so they returned it to the VA. This was also the time that I received my “flag” in my records. My Former PCP changed the consult so it did not state either and/or both knees. I told the choice people again that it was wrong and they sent it back. The consult sat at the VA and no one would touch it. I got the “I’ll look into it” from the patient advocate (AKA VA advocate).
I talked to the Ortho place that I was going to go and they told me it had to specify exactly what was needed and what was to be looked at. I was finally told it was corrected and would be sent to the Choice program again. It never arrived and by then it had reached the 30 day limit of the choice program to make an appointment.
So now the VA told me they would put it into the non-VA fee services and I could still go to the outside Ortho “if I still wanted to”. I gave the VA a week to get the consult to the outside Ortho place but they still did not. I checked with the VA and was told that it was entered into the system and the outside Ortho place would eventually get it and the “Ortho place WILL call me”. I took this as they were telling me to stop calling them.
The consult finally got to the outside Ortho place and I now have an appointment for June 16. This is a month longer than if I had taken the VA Ortho appointment. Someone from the “program support” at the VA put in my records that “Patient was requesting for services that were not on the original consult”. This was on May 3. I did not request services that were not on the report, I wanted what was supposed to be on the consult (place blame on the patient).
I am sure all of this delay was due to the VA and my former PCP putting the flag in my records. The choice program was doing their part in trying to get me scheduled, it was the VA that was deliberately screwing this up.

James Gallegos
James Gallegos

Sabatoge veterans want choice, ok we will give you a choice on our terms.

Make errors on purpose to hinder your choice. The veterans try and try to notify them of the mistakes.

You have just been deemed disruptive. !

S person can only take so much until their tone of voice raises a notch and this is disruptive because you keep calling.

The VA hates veterans whom want a choice and are retaliating against the veterans..

Choice to them is the veterans not being happy with their current treatment or the way they are being treated.

So they do what they so best Retaliating.

They want you to get upset just for this reason. These people are dangerous and do not care whom they harm and will do so when ever they feel like it.
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How dare you question my work, you always want something. !

But it’s your job (oh really) you know what pesent veteran you just earned a disruptive flag and if we ever hear of you being disruptive again. !

You will have federal charges Arrested and banishment from all VA care. !

Don’t talk back. ! I said shut up are you so stupid you don’t know what shut up means.

Low life veterans, don’t you know we are God’s. Don’t think so, watch me make your life a living hell. !.

Old man sitting in the waiting room and the God looks at him and says what you want some too !

Old man, but I didn’t say anything. ! No but you might sometime in the future. Do you understand old man.

This disruptive committee is out of control and must be delt with.

I’m sorry they harmed you.

NiteWish
NiteWish

James Gallegos Yes Well spoken!

NiteWish
NiteWish

figure8fan, don’t be so quick to give the Choice Champion any good vibes until you’ve blue buttoned & read what they put in your file – they lie too. Sounds just like what they’ve done to me. This delay, delay & hope you go away has me wondering how many other VA’s other than Palo Alto are using ‘special’ needs high school kids to do work at the VA for them. Wait until they start billing you because VA don’t pay them Choice Providers.

figure8fan
figure8fan

NiteWish,
I was referring to the choice people I talked to on the phone. I asked them what the consult stated and they told me on the first consult “right knee” on the second “nothing is stated. Only that it is good for up to 20 visits. You may be right if the Choice Champion is in the VA. I have a very good feeling it was my PCP. I had just sent several things via secure messaging to prove some things. After that is when i got the flag in my records. I am sure she did nothing on this to punish me. The Patient advocate did nothing as well. I e-mailed my PCP and informed her that the consult stated right knee only and we had decided it was for both. The woman I talked to at the VA got mad when I suggested it was my PCP. She stated it could not have been my PCP’s fault. She was the one who put in my record that I was wanting something different in the consult.
I do know the Choice Program were the ones who messed up my last consult a couple of years ago. That took an extra couple of weeks before it was cleared up and I continued to get billed by the Hospital for a year later until the VA either paid or the hospital gave up.
f8f

James Gallegos
James Gallegos

Better think again, if it was not your pcp, then it was the person who got mad at you for saying what you said about your care giver.

This is just another example of the VA misusing the so called disruptive committee.

Its a catch all to teach veterans for speaking.

figure8fan
figure8fan

James,
It was my (former) PCP. The person I talked to that got mad was in May, The delay started shortly after March 15. My PCP at that time was not happy with me because I had caught her lying to me at out last appointment and I had sent her e-mails and proved her wrong. After that I asked her why the consult was not what we had discussed and if she would correct it so I could be seen. Her response was to help with the flag, get me a new provider, and to ban me from the Purple Team. She did nothing to address the consult problem. She knew if she sat on it, no one would know and I would be punished for what I did to her.
f8f

James Gallegos
James Gallegos

It does not matter who did this to you. The fact that they reported you is wrong.

DoD you deserve this flag.? If not don’t try and justify it for them. This illegal act will following you for ever.

You think it’s s one time and deal. ! Nope it opens the door for more abuse. Each time you say something someone can see the flag and you will forever be looked at as a threat or possible threat.

Again DoD you deserve the flag. The damage is done, if you ever have to go to court this is evidence someone cam use against you.

Let’s say God forbid you had to defend yourself and have charges placed upon you and since your s veteran and they get access to your record’s, they see the flag and that you were considered a disruptive person.

You could end up being found guilty because of your passed disruptive behavior.

This is nothing to take lightly. ! I will male a suggestion to all veterans that the VA has accused of disruptive behavior and they did not deserve it, should write the Secretary of veterans affairs.

Tell him their story how this happened and state they want it removed.

Remember if they want they can report you again and again until you are arrested have federal charges and banished from all VA care. !

Again how many veterans have killed themselves because the VA turned their back on them and instead of helping they made things worse.

I am one who will never stop trying to stop this illegal committee. This is not a game. !

And everyone should be out raged that the United State’s has an agency acussing it’s veterans of a crime and the VA is the accuser Judge jury and punisher.

This illegal committee is not part of our judiciary system and they are taking away all veterans civil Human And constitutional rights away.

Other countries did this but took them to the gas chamber’s. This country better be very afraid if other agencies start doing this without having to prove Anything.

I been fighting the VA over the disruptive committee for letting a former coworker accuse me of wanting to murder someone (staff member’s).

I take this very serious as the VA without providing or the employee using hearsay or right out lies, could cost me my freedom.

Since they have accused and punished me and it’s been written for all to see. The VA saying if the VA EVER HEARS that you again become disruptive !

You will have federal charges Arrested and banishment from all VA care !

How can anyone get away with falsely acussing someone of something and punish them without one shrewd of proof.

The accused tells them that they were falsely accused by a disgruntled VA employee whom you use to work with and the other employee only did the reporting as a retaliatory act to harm the former coworker.

This is dangerous to the veterans. ! Mentally and the acussing employee in their glory that they were able to punish the veteran and her supervisors letting her do it without having to provide Any proof.

I know these people know they did wrong, but instead of correcting it, they decided to cover it up, so they won’t look bad.

Any veteran who thinks this will not happen to them, better think again. All you have to do is meet an employee having a bad day and you were the last straw.

Click, yes a click of the mouse and you are guilty and will be punished. You can talk till your blue in the face, they don’t care.

This employee can not produce any evidence of anything, no times dates or who was there. She can’t even prove I was there in person, because I was not there.

figure8fan
figure8fan

James,
my posting is not about my flag, it is about the amount of time it has taken to get an appointment for care. I was explaining that the flag came at the same time. The flag was not a result of this action, they were happening at the same time. I am not justifying the flag as it was for what I had explained with the post. I had previously caught her in some lies during an appointment previous to the outside care thing happening. I am sorry if this came off as it was about the flag: it was not. It was the fact that my appointment with the VA was 60 days out and after the VA screwing me over, my appointment ended up being 90 days out. That is all I was trying to convey.
f8f

NiteWish
NiteWish

James G, That’s no different than the police officer who shoots & kills because they’re being trained IF you hesitate your dead. When it goes to review or court by pleading I was in fear of my life, its accepted as a valid defense probably masterminded by the Union(s)

Flotmorton P. Gildersleeve
Flotmorton P. Gildersleeve

James you are a good soldier but this veteran needs to push the envelope and sue this boob who put the red flag in and identify other veterans who have been similarly damaged. This Poop has been going on way too long and it is time for us to ruin the “professional reputation’, (as it is), of these boobs.
I set one ‘psychologist’ up and she swallowed the whole bait, but I didn’t have the heart to yank her credentials, but looking back I should have when she came to the defense of the corrupt boobecrat I got fired.

James Gallegos
James Gallegos

Yes indeed. ! No retirement, repay bonus money and at least 18 month’s with big bubba or ms bubba.

Look up criminal libel ! Class 6 felony. !

NiteWish
NiteWish

f8f I talked to them on the phone & took notes & PCP by email each blamed the other for the delay & each covered their ass in my record to make me look bad. Choice sets the appointments with the outside doctors, they lied to you. Being slightly paranoid I’d bet some secret mark was put in my file to delay the payments just to ‘get even’.

Choice is so well informed their provider website is still listing a Choice anesthesiology & pain management Provider that was arrested for fraud & other charges last month.

cj
cj

Can’t wait to hand out millions to make no fucking difference. For you giJoe? We make you wait your entire life!!!! Back in line for you!!!!!

cj
cj

AFGE/SES is really gonna love this new app. They are more unaccountable than ever…….. They can now claim the wait times, and delays are the apps fault!!!!

James Gallegos
James Gallegos

Maybe they are making veterans do their job’s for them or this is so you can make an appointment to see a clerk to make an appointment.

Since the veterans are now working for the VA are we going to get paid, is the union going to defend us.

I want a nice chair, desk an office with a view and phone and computer.

My son just told me at our local clinic they have a person sitting at the window and when he said be was there for an appointment, she told him to use the machine a foot away to check in.

Age DoD not want to take the time to check him in great way to treat s disabled veterans.

Clerks like this should not receive working for the VA. This clinic is in the country and when you go in if your lucky you may see one other veteran.

Getting paid to tell the veterans to use a machine. No need for a person at all !

Small town clinics should be closed and all those veterans be automatically put on choice.

President Trump since I’m saving this country millions do i qualify for part of the saving. Reward those who save money. !

Problem is what are you going to do with those employees. If it’s up to the union they will be sent to some other facility.

Problem those veterans will have to deal with them.

Something just don’t seem right. ! Something is up! Maybe this is the begaining of the end for the VA as we know it.

Or just a waste of money.?

cj
cj

@James Gallegos,Your right!! I forgot about those stupid kioks, I hate those damn things. And right again, they sit on their fat asses, and point to the kiosk. So……. what are they getting paid for again? Fuck!!!! I need to start a new business. We offer seats to veterans, on a bus to go on a field trip, to run over AFGE/SES workers. It will be a hit right behind hand grenade catch.

Later Gators.

Flotmorton P. Gildersleeve
Flotmorton P. Gildersleeve

choice is a second class medical care because they only pay medicare fees and not what most doctors charge, GET IT? you get to see doctors who need the medicare payments not doctors who are 5 star caregivers.
WAKE UP MY FELLOW WARRIORS, SECOND CLASS IS BEHIND WHAT THE ILLEGALS RECEIVE IN MEDICAL CARE

James Gallegos
James Gallegos

Is it any worse that our only choice ! I like my choice physician.

I feel at ease. ! That’s says a lot. !

Flotmorton P. Gildersleeve
Flotmorton P. Gildersleeve

The sooner they flush the toilet and get rid of the VA and put the money into reimbursement of REAL doctors’ fees for veterans care at private facilities and get rid of the corrupt unions the better.
Private attorneys can adjudicate compensation and pension awards without all of the billions of wasted money on the buildings and bureaucracy.

Disgruntled Veteran
Disgruntled Veteran

@Flotmorton P. Gildersleeve – – – I could NOT agree more. And Veterans will be allowed access to an attorney, nay – – – encouraged to get one IMMEDIATELY upon their registration with the VA.

James Gallegos
James Gallegos

Agree. Seems other’s would have figured thus out by now.

I been through a closure and I maybe wrong but I think you may have been ? !

Wait and see !

Timothy L Coffey
Timothy L Coffey

Should all be on Ebenfits website, not scattered. They also need to put an appeal site on Ebenfits, One stop shopping.

OLDMARINE
OLDMARINE

Timothy L Coffey AGREED ,,its about as stupid as owning several cars and you can only drive one at a time but they all need maintenance to function properly. just another place to waste our tax dollars … fuck the VA. and FUCK the worthless politicians. fucking greedy bastards when is enough . enough ….I’d like to stick my shotgun up there pedophile ass and pull the fucking trigger, then i wouldn’t mind going to hell….LOL at least they would beat me there

91Veteran
91Veteran

Seriously. How fucking hard would it be to create a mobile version of that, with secure email right to your PCP requesting the appointment?

This is nothing more than millions shoveled at a crony.

While a veteran gets a denial letter.

namnibor
namnibor

You can’t fix stupid. “Stupid is, what stupid may at the VA”. An App will just guarantee more future $$$ is thrown at it to keep it up to date, meanwhile, it will later to be found only for the VA employees to be benefiting from the App because they were all along Veteran Vicinity Tracking AVA employees could hit that big red button to activate and cause the Veteran in vicinity’s phone battery to explode and catch the Veteran on fire.
Okay, *maybe* a bit over the top, but I stand behind…”You can’t fix stupid”.

Flotmorton P. Gildersleeve
Flotmorton P. Gildersleeve

The VA is broken beyond repair and the boobecrats and the corrupt federal union officials do not want to let go of their siphon off of the federal budget and money which never, ever benefits the veterans.
The VA is a hoax and needs to be trashed and veterans need to be able to go to private doctors who are five star rated instead of the trash clinics that the “choice” boobeaucracy refers veterans to.
Are you crazy, veterans, the choice program only refers veterans to doctors who will accept just medicare payments, doctors who are not highly rated or just starting out.
The VA is a hoax and even the DAV, VFW, American Legion are cancerous pimples who ride on the furtherance of the veteran hoax.
The VA intentionally screws veterans in their efforts to secure compensation and pension benefits.
Are you ready, veterans to upset the tables in the corrupt VA, do not let these vultures feast another second on our flesh,
This is no exaggeration, tear down the VA allow us to get real medical care and let private lawyers administer the pension benefits program.
WHO IS THE CORRUPT IDIOT WHO DESIGNED THE “CHOICE” PROGRAM? CHOICE, MY ASS.

Joe
Joe

Has nothing to do with stupid…some politician or their friend is making this money…so some politicians voted for their contractor to make 19 million…the vets can starve for all they care beyond election day…they did the same with the choice program that 4 billion went to the contractors that were doing the evaluations for vet intake..they then just got it to do nothing much apparently….one was a boeing offshoot contractor…so vets still waiting…still getting some bad care and same bad doctors they get the illusion that somebody cares and politicians and their friends get the money…are you really surprised…follow this money too see who is a part of that contractor and who voted for this…then tell everyone you know about it….at least the really corrupt ones might get voted out…or better yet run for office yourselves!!!

namnibor
namnibor

Oh, there’s a good helping of stupid going on.

Lem
Lem

Lipstick on a pig? Yes, it is for sure pork.

Flotmorton P. Gildersleeve
Flotmorton P. Gildersleeve

Even a pig will treat you decently if you feed it enough garbage, the VA is broken, my fellow warriors, time to storm the Bastille,

Rich B
Rich B

What a waste of taxpayer money… and shit I don’t even use a cell phone..

Flotmorton P. Gildersleeve
Flotmorton P. Gildersleeve

They are thieves and incompetents they will kill you one way or another.
Can you imagine appointing someone with a “Doctor in Education” to be the head of the Psychologists and Psychiatrists in a VAMC,, Yep, Yep, they are that incompetent and evil. Cast not thy fate before fools.

James Gallegos
James Gallegos

There l lies s problem for a lot of veterans that unable to use or have a divice.

Land line only, his do they make an appointment. What are the telephone and schedulers going to be doing.

Less human contact, a little more obscure we become. Benefits whom. !

Veteran’s making their own appointments and they have a machine in the clinic’s where you can check in with you VA card.

This alone should eliminate all the staff in administration, don’t need any schedulers or check in clerks.

Just make an appointment, scan your card have a seat and wait for the provider. Don’t need any supervisors for those employees.

What are the current employees working now doing this going to do. Made manager’s !

Nexdeceptus
Nexdeceptus

I think your on to something there. I hate those things too. After you use it they just tell you to have a seat. I think the machine can tell you that. Now I tell them my card doesn’t work for some reason. Now they get pissed because they have to punch a few more buttons. I think the chimp unemployment rate is high.

Disgruntled Veteran
Disgruntled Veteran

Published a long comment that may have disappeared into the ether – – – not sure why. Will give a few hours, then publish again if I do not see it. Hands.

Flotmorton P. Gildersleeve
Flotmorton P. Gildersleeve

Hopefully some disgruntled mentally injured veteran still has his M-60 and quite a few belts of ammo left and will go to the top of this evil quagmire.

Disgruntled Veteran
Disgruntled Veteran

@Flotmorton P. Gildersleeve – – – I should be so lucky. BTW, I love your handle. Slight modification of the old Fibber McGee and Molly character. Awesome!

Flotmorton P. Gildersleeve
Flotmorton P. Gildersleeve

Tanks, “kid” I didn’t think anyone would remember the Great Gildersleeve, and his laugh…..
One of the many wholesome programs on the radio when I was just a ‘whippersnapper”

Disgruntled Veteran
Disgruntled Veteran

@Flotmorton P. Gildersleeve – – – Been a radio guy all my life! Listened to them, Built them, Had an Amateur Radio (HAM) Operators License in the late ’70’s, worked MARS both ashore and afloat. Still listen to Shortwave today when propagation allows .

Radio has been the one enjoyable constant in my life.

Disgruntled Veteran
Disgruntled Veteran

I see. Awaiting moderation. Whoops! Stuck an e-mail address in there. I have zero objection if that e-mail published. My life is an “open book”.

Disgruntled Veteran
Disgruntled Veteran

Well, I thought I did – – – now gone again.

Disgruntled Veteran
Disgruntled Veteran

Wow! I see it! Cool . . .

Dave F
Dave F

The longer they delay the inevitable, the longer veterans will die. Give them care cards to go to the doctor/hospital of their choice. Any other action is the planned genocide of Veterans!

ANutterVet
ANutterVet

Another form of VA Health Care Terrorism. Still the same anyway you cut it. Moink, moink, moink, . . . money machine. Where’s my MMJ. Shootz. – – – Nutter.

Disgruntled Veteran
Disgruntled Veteran

@ANutterVet – – – Love the term! But more accurately, it would be “VA Veteran Care Terrorism”. Because the VHA and VBA are supposed to work together to ensure the needs of America’s veterans are met.

Whoops! Did I say work together? From what I have observed, neither works at all. Never mind working together for the veteran . . .

VA Veteran Care Terrorism is precisely what it is.

A Hui Hou!

Crazy elf
Crazy elf

Looks like veterans and taxpayers get the “royal shaft” again!
So, what else is new!

Disgruntled Veteran
Disgruntled Veteran

Here is my earlier comment. I Have removed the e-mail address. Although, it does seem to me that doing so weakens the post considerably:

Good article, Ben.

Yes, it is “interesting” that Congress had to create another law in order for the VA to implement a scheduling fix. Since the VA seems quite disinterested in following existing law – – – we all know already how this one is going to play out.

““The VA is making critical improvements to Veteran health care, and will always look to leverage innovative tools that will put more capabilities in the hands of Veterans,” said VA Secretary Dr. David J. Shulkin. “ Self-scheduling apps are widely used in the private sector and will help create a better experience for Veterans and their medical-care providers.”

Uh -Huh. Going to pay for me to have a smartphone that I cannot currently afford, Mr. Secretary? You know, if I had the benefits this nation has promised – – – I would not have to ask that question. I will most probably be homeless again within thirty days, Mr. Secretary. I have a wife, and dogs. Honolulu VA has proved absolutely useless to me for more than twenty years with my military/VA situation. Please forgive me if I seem to have far bigger concerns than a smartphone app. You personally going to jump in and help? Send me an e-mail to (my e-mail address was here) – – – and I will lay quite the story (with supporting US Government documents) on you.

I can see only one way to ensure that America’s Veterans receive what they were promised.

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.

7. Any claim a veteran submits that requires more than 90 days to adjudicate, is automatically found to be in favor of the veteran.

POTUS Reagan broke up PATCO in the ’80’s. Time for POTUS Trump to do the same to the AFGE now.

NiteWish
NiteWish

Learned a new word today:
Profligate = recklessly extravagant or wasteful in the use of resources. ie. Dept of Veteran Affairs Appointment Request Mobile App, the same, protracted, waiting list that Veterans tolerate today. Profligate.

cj
cj

@NiteWish: I like that new word, it ..sings. I will use it all this next week, to burn it into memory. Your still on fire. 🙂

Jo3n
Jo3n

When I go to the VA, I look around, talk to a few. Most don’t have computers, and maybe 1 out of 7 have smart phones. I totally agree to follow this 19million. I’m guessing though, they aren’t targeting most Veterans. Only the Veterans on a blog. Them crooks are good. Who’s suggesting all this crap? I haven’t heard a thing that helps Veterans since……….? And the beat goes on…….

Angela
Angela

Yep, just wasting more taxpayer dollars and still no implementation of quality improvements to the actual healthcare with the diagnosing and the medical treating to enhance the recovery and to promote the healing to a more healthier life. More wasteful spending just like the Democrats with their constant investigations of false conspiracies. Wrong priorities exist with these so called leaders. Financial accountability, medical accountability, ethicallity, and humaneness should be the priorities. VA is not focused on the substance of why the VA exists. Substantive quality medical care to veterans.

Tommy Distefano
Tommy Distefano

It looks like everything will get better now that Big Daddy is in the White House. Nice that he is spending time with the Saudis and the Israelis. These are the two countries that have absolutely no interest at all on our survival as a nation. I know Ben is a big fan of draining the swamp and Big daddy, but it is time to admit that the cause is lost and the theories are not conspiracies. Everybody got cucked and now the swamp is infested with people who have the best interest of Israel and the rich in mind. I know it was a while since I wrote but I have had the pleasure of spending some quality time with NYC’s Boldest. That is over and I am victorious. Ben, the last entry you wrote regarding me you had stated that I was bitter. Bitter is someone who has the government drop 1/4 of a million dollar on their education only to have that person do a 180 and then make it a life mission to criticize and attack on the proverbial hand that fed you. There is no need for bitterness when you have accepted your situation. What you see as bitterness is actually awareness and eyes wide open. It’s cute to read what these professional veterans have to say all day, cute to see Ben pretends to be a lawyer fighting the good fight. You found your niche and you are going to ride bike until the wheels fall off. Meanwhile, real people with real problem are getting holocausted by all these wind talkers spending their days cucking instead of opening your eyes. Quit following that six point master plan and realize you’ve been had. Big daddy ain’t your savior and this is simply a forum that people complain about the government welfare they are receiving.

Ex va
Ex va

@tommy distefano, what crawled up your ass??? You came on this blog that is owned and operated by Benjamin Krause to insult him and the disabled veterans? You don’t understand that these benefits are earned because of an individual taking an oath to put their lives in service of the U.S.Government to defend their country and the constitution.

People like you don’t have a clue of service and self sacrifice to something bigger than themselves. Some Veterans get injured or exposed to something harmful in performing their service to their country. All you can do is be angry and obnoxious to others because of jealousy or amniosity about what someone else has achieved thru benefits earned. You will always be angry and jealous because their is something ugly in yourself you cannot come to terms with. I would suggest volunteering work and maybe you could feel better about yourself by doing something purposeful and meaningful for someone else.

ANutterVet
ANutterVet

@Tommy Distefano – – – Your a fucking nit wit, and don’t know shit at this particular time. Your mind is still wrapped up with the wieners of NYC’s Boldest. Such audacity to come on Ben’s blog (even though your welcome to do so whether you make sense or not), were all here to help you via counseling you, in order to help you (welfare)through your traumatic deep penetrating emotional experience that you went through. Keep posting, and after a bit, you’ll get over him. Thanks. – – – Nutter.

Flotmorton P. Gildersleeve
Flotmorton P. Gildersleeve

tommy did you have a brother, uncle or father who was killed at kesahn??

cj
cj

What’s the matter Tommy? Get locked up for being a good little snowflake? Whaa whaa whaa, criminal Hillary lost and her wittle Tommy snowflake is all butthurt.

cj
cj

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Disgruntled Veteran
Disgruntled Veteran

@Angela – – – It is NOT just the Democrats. Corruption, Stupidity, and indifference know no political nor social boundaries. Just like racism. You cannot be “only a little bit racist”. You are either racist, or you are not.

In the same vein – – – you can not be “only 25% corrupt”. You either are corrupt, or you are not.

I was raised (due to parents divorce) in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, multi-religion family. What that taught me was that we are more far alike than different. There are corrupt Democrats. There are corrupt Republicans. There are corrupt Civil Service workers who do not vote.

All of them need to be weeded out, and fired. Then prosecuted.

Until that happens, I do believe veterans should be given the benefit of the doubt when it comes to their claims submission. What kind of system is it, when a veteran with TBI/PTSD goes in to see a counselor to file a claim – – – and the veteran is expected to understand and file the claim themselves?

TBI = Traumatic Brain Injury. Does the VA not get what that means?

If a normal, healthy person working for the VA can be given the benefit of the doubt when it comes to getting fired when they screw up? Should not a TBI/PTSD Veteran be given the same leniency when they make a simple mistake on one of the thousands of forms they are required to fill out?

Good Grief! They have zero problem holding up a veterans claim for years, due to a simple typo. Rather than calling that veteran and saying “Hey, you made a mistake on block XX of the XXXX form you submitted last week. What is the correct information. Give that to me, and your claim is out of here today. Don’t want you to wait another year to get what was promised you”.

That would be professionalism. THAT is what nearly EVERYONE of the regulars here in Ben’s World has NEVER experienced with the VA and AFGE.

May be a while before I can type a response. Got to give my 62 year old hands a rest. Peripheral Neuropathy being troublesome today.

Good to see you in here again.

A Hui Hou!

Angela
Angela

@Disgruntled Veteran,
Not sure what you are trying to tell me. I agree with everything you have said. The point that I was getting to is the VA has not put 100% focus where it is supposed to lie. I speaking about accountable quality care
without medical errors and without causing the death of a veteran. My message was about accountability all the way from financial, Medical, etc. Competence. Yes, I do agree with you about a veteran should not be hung out to dry because of an error on a claim or whatever the case. Yes, many Veterans do need assistance in the whole VA process from claims to again whatever the case may be. Every person in this world is fallible. And you are right, when someone anywhere has overlooked a detail or details on paperwork or even online forms, the employee person who is supposed to be receiving the forms should take the time to contact the veterans to help clear up the errors to get the claims going to get the situation resolved to take care of the person. Yes, and too, if someone is racist, then, yes they are racist. What you are speaking of is either a black or white situation. Disgruntled Veteran, though, there are gray situations. It just depends on the topic or situation at hand.

James Gallegos
James Gallegos

Should ! Now many times has this word been used when speaking about the VA.

They should do s lot of things and they have that’s why we are here now.

You said should have, they will take this as you being disruptive. Your saying we made a mistake, were God’s and don’t make mistakes.

If we do make a mistake so what everyone makes a mistake. Only difference is it’s to much work to correct it.

NiteWish
NiteWish

VA do something extra, Not My Job. Last year I sent for my medical records –hard copy- to the wrong place, got a letter back saying “in attempting to comply w/your request we found that you have never been seen at this facility. You need to submit your request to Palo Alto.” Ok then, how about giving me the correct address in your letter thank you very much for nothing.

Flotmorton P. Gildersleeve
Flotmorton P. Gildersleeve

What you vets don’t understand is that the VA consciously plays dumb in order to frustrate you efforts to get care and compensation for service connected injuries/maladies.
I caught them at it , really and then the Director of the Regional Office spilled the beans and admitted to me that I was absolutely correct in my allegations.
I have had them tell me that I had no right to go into the Board of Veterans Affairs or the Court of Veterans Appeals, (after I explained the error of their ways they grudgingly let me in).
I have seen lies, incompetence, and even a bureaucrat who bragged that despite his causing two vets to die, he couldn’t be fired because of his connections. (He was fired after I went to the I.G., but it doesn’t happen often).
As I have said before, the VA is an incurable cancer and needs to be shut down and veterans receive care from the physician of their choice, not some “Choice” substandard caretaker who will take only the medicare
fee and is rated two stars.
Private attorneys can adjudicate the compensation claims.
Until that happens veterans need to be given the attorney of their choice at the beginning of the claim, not just when it reaches the Board of Veterans Appeals level, (this conflicts with every other type of law and with the constitution as no new facts can be inserted once the appeal starts at the Board of Appeals.)
Did you ever read a case before the Court of Veterans Appeals and see the list of Government attorneys
OPPOSING THE GRANTING OF BENEFITS?? A LIST OF HAAVARD LEGAL EXPERTS LOOKING EVERYWHERE FOR ANYTING UPON WHICH TO DENY YOUR CLAIM.
When your claim is denied ask for a hearing immediately on the record and have your friendly attorney represent you ON THE RECORD.
Did you ever see how much can be accomplished by a unit of persons trained as military persons.
Let’s get organized and co-ordinate, who sued ole Songbird McCain when he had those vets arrested after he refused to speak with them??? NOBODY.
How the hell can McCain get re-elected after screwing the vets?

NiteWish
NiteWish

Flotmorton P. Gildersleeve, oh we understand. That’s why we come here to vent & stay sane, to share good/bad, to encourage or run off the trolls. What ever is needed we attempt to provide.
The people I’ve heard are sleeping, misinformed, brainwashed, ignorant. Always have been. Perhaps with the internet the education can begin.

cj
cj

@Disgruntled Veteran, Exactly DV. I have only one request of you…..stop making sense.
LOL Just kidding.

ex va
ex va

I love the va bad art today. It pretty much sums up the article. ??!!!! Like someone said before it shows they took some action at the scheduling problem. It does not come close to solving the problem, but the va is good at wasting taxpayer monies on things that don’t work like the afge!!!! LOL!??????????……..???

Flotmorton P. Gildersleeve
Flotmorton P. Gildersleeve

There is nothing that can be REPAIRED in/at the VA.
The VA is so corrupt and full of incompetent bureaucrats and the esprit de corps is non existent.
The VA hires only foreign doctors because our own native doctors are so much in debt they cannot afford to work at the VA.
There is an attitude throughout the VA that veterans applying for benefits such as compensation should be defeated in their efforts to secure these benefits.
Executives who cause the death of veterans are never prosecuted.
The VA is a half ass race horse with three broken legs.
The Choice program only refers veterans to doctors who accept only medicare payments while most talented successful doctors expect additional payments.
The Choice program is administered by the same kind of bureaucracy which exists in the VA.
The VA cannot be fixed, it is so broken and should be abandoned in favor of individual medical care by individual private doctors who are five star rated.
This latest 19 Million dollar boondoggle contract is another turd in the wilted salad bowl, and we are commanded to “eat it”.
Certainly we should be able to look to veterans like Johnny Boy McCain, “Songbird” extraordinaire, but he is so busy playing in his sandbox throwing sand in the eyes of Donald Trump because our President called Johnny Boy out as he really is that he is not/never was a hero.
Can I ask how many veterans’ lives were saved at the corrupt, incompetent Phoenix VA hospital, by McCain’s intervention?
Can I ask how many corrupt Phoenix VA bureaucrats were fired and prosecuted via the intervention of Songbird McCain?
Many of you veterans have seen the incompetence and corruption up close, as I have, and the attempted strong arm tactics to silence the veterans’ cries of FOUL .
NINETEEN MILLION DOLLARS DOWN THE VA OUTHOUSE HOLE, GUYS AND GALS, FELLOW VETERANS.
Once I found an old black guy sitting in a wheelchair in the D.C. VA outpatient pharmacy waiting over six hours for his prescriptions. So I went up to the Director’s office and told them to IMMEDIATELY take care of this veteran, I was told “not to raise my voice” I said to the super executive, “Oh, Sir I haven’t raised my voice at all, but if you don’t take care of this veteran immediately you will hear the raised voice of a Marine Captain, whom you will not remove from this office via your phony “acting out” policy of removing veterans who just want you to do your job. And it goes on and on and on……………………

Disgruntled Veteran
Disgruntled Veteran

(Off Topic) @Ex va – – – I have recently began saving “Big Ben’s Bad VA Art” to my photo library. While Big Ben is one serious taskmaster when it comes to his investigations, and advocacy – – – I find his choices of artwork to be quite humorous. Worth some hard drive space.

Hope this finds you and all the other regulars well. Got a lot to do in a short time. Will see you folks sometime early next week.

Ex va
Ex va

@Disgruntled Veteran, i really like some of Ben’s bad va art too. Lol! I need to start saving it too. Helps me keep laughing. Hope you have a great weekend!! Take care and talk next week.

cj
cj

@Ex va, Ex, hows you?

Ex va
Ex va

@cj, you still on?

cj
cj

Okay folks, have a great weekend, God Bless you all.

Ex va
Ex va

@cj, sorry missed you. Have a great weekend Ben’s world. God bless you all!

Jo3n
Jo3n

This bill was supposed to be laid out to the public/congress, in mid February. Then, open bidding. Why are we getting blindsided? How many other bills are out there? How do I keep up with this SHIT?.?. It was written specifically for this reason. It’s a stupid bill.

91Veteran
91Veteran

$19 million for little more than a glorified email app.

$19 million that would not need to be spent if clinics would answer their fucking phones, and those AFGE thugs that only care about quality health care for veterans were not gaming the system.

$19 million that could go to hiring some of those 45,000 hacks the AFGE were whining about.

Little Cox should realize he’s getting peanuts while connected crony’s are making millions.

…and the veteran that this money is supposed to help is forgotten about…

ANutterVet
ANutterVet

Off Topic Weekend – – – [1] The VA System will not undergo any major changes that deals with reforming or re-organizing health care and/or claims filing processes. Making extreme changes in the VA system isn’t a priority to our Elected Officials, VSO’s, AFGE, or the American public.

[2] Due to the downright hate of President Trump, the united front of the Democrats along with some Republicans, and the Main Stream Media [MSM], they will continually keep the political pressure on POTUS until his election term(s) end, or if and when they succeed in removing the President from office.

[3] The Democratic Party members are doing their utmost to band together in order to win the Presidential Election next term. Hillary Rodham Clinton [HRC] has created a new Political Action Committee [PAC] called Onward Together, and its goal is to fundraise for such groups as Color of Change, dedicated to improving the lives of black Americans, and the Indivisible Project, whose stated mission is to “Resist Trump’s Agenda.” Onward Together plans to boost left wing and anti-Trump groups.

What do y’all think? Please list your comments. Have a great weekend. – – – Nutter.

Angela
Angela

Folks, I have heard alot about the mainstream media, Medicare, Democrats, AFGE etc. I want to comment on these topics. As for Medicare, they pay for what is medically necessary, not routine. However, though, if a medical doctor believes the procedure is medically necessary, the Medicare may still not pay with disagreeing with the medical doctor. In this case, the medical doctor has to write it off as their liability. This is what I have an issue with is the government does not need to be in healthcare period unless they are past medical providers who still have their license working in the government in the healthcare. Many decisions are being made by government officials even in Medicare who do not know really what they are doing from my perspective. Let me explain. A medical procedure can be both medically necessary and routine. For example, a condition has not been checked on in 5 years, well, too much time has elapsed which then makes it medically necessary but being that is not life threatening yet makes it be considered as routine. In the government, it is based on black and white, either yes or no. But in reality this is not the case. There is gray areas. The example I gave is part of this scenario. As for President Trump, yes, the Democrats want him gone. Though, folks, where is the crime? The Democrats have done 4 investigations and the 5th is in progress but to prove what? A crime has not been identified. Collusion, if there has been any, is not a crime. They have appointed a special prosecutor for what? A special counsel is to be used for criminal. So far there is no crime that President Trump has committed. This could backfire on the Democrats. Because with the decline in the country, most is due to Democrat policies under the Obama administration. Look at all the incidents that occurred in the Obama administration. Bengazhi, Fast and Furious, Lois Learner with the IRS with targeting conservatives, Hillary Clinton with her emails and server, Susan Rice with the exposing and spoken about as lying and refusing to testify, Ben Rhodes, the 20% of U.S. Uranium given to the Russians by Hillary Clinton, John Pedesta putting the stock of his Russian involvement in a Russian company under his daughter’s name, Seth Rich the young DNC employee who is believed to have been murdered and being spoken about as to have provided Wiki Leaks — Democrat party information during the election last July, the Iran deal by Obama and the list goes on. The Democrats have been desperate for a Special Counsel. What they really want is an Independent Counsel. The Independent Counsel statute expired many years ago. My question is Why didn’t the Democrats get a Special Counsel during the Obama administration? This should have happened then, not now. This actually from my take shows negligence and lack of accountability to the law by the Democrats. So who knows where this investigation might lead. Due to all the crap that has occurred during the Obama administration, this investigation may lead to the Democrats their further decline instead of the impeachment of President Trump or indictment of President Trump. Folks, Saudi Arabia rolled out the Platinum Carpet with a Royal Warm Welcome to President Trump and his staff. The Saudi King even shook the First Lady Melania’s hand and Ivanka’s hand. I am bringing this up because they are women and women are not really acknowledged in Saudi Arabia. And they usually have to wear the veils over their faces. So folks, I really do not agree with the software app for the scheduling of appointments. I honestly believe that the money could have been spent more wisely. Folks I could go on. I still need to comment on Benjamin’s previous article but will go back to that article to comment further on the AFGE and employment in the VA. Take care all.

ANutterVet
ANutterVet

@cj, @Angela – – – Are you saying the with Medicare that Medical Services don’t or shouldn’t be different because you live in another State. I don’t know, but I’d think that it is the same per each State, only difference would be the availability of certain Physicians per field of practice. Or the lacking of trusted physicians. We all are aware that just because a doctor has the parchment hanging on the wall for all to see, doesn’t mean that they are good at what they were trained in.

Even in Politics, look at Muffled Motor McCain; the hotshot Naval pilot that started the fire on USS Forrestal by showing off by getting her down on the flat top of this carrier. Don’t you wish that we had Daddies or Mommies that are or where people of influence and power?

I’d think that a major problem that many Veterans face, is that not only are Veterans expending a lot of time, energy, and trying to figure out how to get help or to solve their issues, that if the Gubmint would provide such services to help us figure out a healthy pathway of solving our issues, that we’d be in a better situation.

Do I say that it is the Gubmint’s responsibility to help me? Yes I do. Why? Well, the VA will not treat me properly for PTSD, and you know what that does to your body. Plus, being on powerful pain medications, and instead of supplying me with a know muscle relaxer [A Schedule 4 Controlled Substance- you know what it is, informing others], the VA would rather for me to take additional Oxycodone [A Schedule 2 Controlled Substance].

@cj, I know that I’m adding more issues on top of issues, but DV even supplied me with a list of Organizations and Non-Profits, but cash is tight, or they don’t offer services to help me.

If there was a service offered by the Gubmint, that proactively assists Veterans with their issues, problems, and circumstances to obtain better health or to relieve the fucking anxiety kicking in stress that extra-ordinary things that Veterans go through [especially if it is Service Connected], then that would be a big help for my wife, my life, my K9, and in keeping a stable household going.

Fuck, as you’re aware, the VA wouldn’t even back me up in helping to train my K9 PTSD-Alert Service Dog. VA did squat, only to cause fucking problems. I’m so fucking pissed off on how they’ve treated me after I’ve been upfront with them. Then after finding Ben’s blog and listening to others tell their horrifying stories, did I realize that the VA wasn’t just fucked up, . . . but they are dangerous to the lives of Veterans . . . therefore, I’ve come to the deduction that the VA has established a new topic;

VA Veteran Care Terrorism. Fucking Murderers! Moinks! And thieves! Plop in some fingering art work for me, will ya? Lay er down as a new post instead of under here, so that others can see how we give the VA nice welcoming hand gestures.

Oh, and @Angela, no offense, but sense it is hard for me to follow your posts without getting lost by one or two lines above where I’m reading, I can’t get a clear gist of the point that want you to make. That’s why I asked earlier to make paragraphs for a more flowing reading experience. Don’t worry, I’ve done this myself when I first posted. Someone had my best interests at heart, and shared the same thing to my as well. Mahalo Nui Loa. – – – Nutter.

Angela
Angela

OLD Marine and all, I wanted to comment further on all these topics. I disagree with you OldMarine about President Trump. Here is why. President Trump is not even receiving a taxpayer funded salary. He is non-stop working trying his best to renew this country to success and prosperity. He is really giving back to the people and the country. His agenda is being slowed down some due to the obstructive Democrats. Also, Liberal Republicans that want to stay on recess and do care to not work like President Trump. And yes, the Democrats want to implement Socialism 100% through out the country or Communism. Old Marine, I agree with you on the Communism. The Democrats are all about power, greed, and removing people’s rights. If Hillary Clinton had been elected, our country would be really on its way to the bottom. I do want to share with all and I know all of you are probably aware of all the Fake news propaganda with CNN, MSNBC, NBC, CBS, ABC, the Washington Post, the New York Times etc. The point that I am getting to here is even, when numbers are used by economists that determine factual exactness and documents truthful positive occuring growth or growth that has already occurred, the Leftists Media always reports it as negative propaganda. They always put a spin on the factual data with not reporting it or reporting it as false. Our country now has a 182 billion budget surplus. Has the leftists media reported on this? No. This slow but sure growth is due to Trump’s efforts. The GDP rate is predicted by the Federal Reserve Bank to reach 4% during this quarter. Of course though, this prediction was before this appointment of the Special Counsel. There is so much unrest in this country due to leftists fake news propaganda. The American people do not have all the facts. This is what is contributing to the protests and violence. Coordinated attack on President Trump by New York Times, Washington Post, and Wapo. Reports. It is all fake gossip to destroy the President. Actually, this is really a Communist leadership technique. To sabatoge. And Benjamin, you have even included this in some of your articles about the Communist sabatoge. The mainstream media / leftists media is fake garbage. I totally ignore mainstream media. It is lies. I do not care to even tune in because it is not factual news. As for Medicare paying for care, Medical procedures that are routine are not paid for. However, like I was discussing in my previous comment a medical procedure can be both medically necessary and routine if it has not been done in a certain time frame. The procedures that are done
to determine internally what is going on, the government will not even pay for. The doctor decides to do the procedure based on reported factual experiences. If the doctor does not do the procedure because the insurance does not pay, if there is an issue going on, it can’t be determined unless it is done. If there is a life threatening issue happening, it will be determined when the procedure is done. Then the status becomes double medically necessary. So the bottom line is government healthcare is not dependable, accountable, or flexible anywhere in or out of the VA. Though, Medicare with using private doctors is more accountable for the medical conditions themselves but not for financial accountability or dependability. For top of the line healthcare, one needs to be in employment with having the healthcare insurance as a benefit with their employment. Like I said when the government does not pay, the private sector physicians have to write it off as a liability. See how the government screws the private sector left and right. And the person in the government making the decision, may not even be qualified to make the decision but they do. The person overrides the medical doctor. SAD. This is why the government does not need to be in healthcare period. The government screws the patient and the private sector doctor even if it is medically necessary. See why we have such a mess in this country with healthcare. Private sector physicians have standards and are held accountable if they screw up. In the VA, there is no accountability period as of yet. We will see how this legislation is going for the Accountability Act in days to come. Folks, though, I have been denied Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation forever but they are wrong. I do not even want to deal with them. They promote sabatoge. The government is good at this. And too, always looks to step on. Though, folks, even, with what I have been through, I am headed back to the private sector workforce with the goal to get off this government healthcare. Taking the steps. I will see. Still going back to Benjamin’s previous article to comment on AFGE, Veterans preference, and VA employment. Everyone have a great evening and rest of the weekend.

OLDMARINE
OLDMARINE

think about this for a minute. the person or persons that know all the top secret projects going on and the final purpose of those projects what ever it may be . really runs this country not the president he’s on a need to know basis also ….and yes he works harder than OBUMMER….I am basically saying there is a shadow government running the show

cj
cj

@Angela, and others:

I have seen posted over and over again, how bad Medicare is. I can tell you first hand, I have Medicare, and a Medicare supplement. I assure you, I have some of the finest doctors available, Barr none. I don’t know where you, and others, are getting your information from, but your wrong in thinking Medicare is somehow sub standard. I pay a small deductable (160.00) each year, and all other charges are covered. You can look up the Sherman hospital healthcare system, and see, it is one of the top rated in the country. There is never a question of if a treatment was necessary,or routine. Medicare is better than any VA healthcare, or Obamacare​, or union provided Blue/Cross Blue Shield. I have had,and used, them all.

ANutterVet
ANutterVet

@Angela – – – You have a lot to say, and I’d like to read your posts with out missing my place when reading them. Can you please use paragraphs so that it breaks up your text so that we don’t get lost, and then try to find our place. Keep posting. Thanks. – – – Nutter.

NiteWish
NiteWish

It will be of interest to see what the Saudi Kings give as gifts to someones’ who already have everything. Even pets get gifts to place in the National Archives. Rolex’s for everyone & fine jewels for the women. “https://www.state.gov/s/cpr/c29447.htm”

James Gallegos
James Gallegos

No need for riches, just a few plagues saying how great he is. That’s all Donald wants, say thing’s nice about him that’s all.

Russia, knows this !

NiteWish
NiteWish

James Gallegos The giving of gifts is tradition. But where do they really go, what is the National Archives. I picture the scene from the Raiders of the Lost Ark movie at the end is a ware house full of crates full of treasure. The dragon’s hoard.

Flotmorton P. Gildersleeve
Flotmorton P. Gildersleeve

Democrats, be careful what you ask for, now Bob Mueller can go anywhere his investigation takes him, wherever the facts take him so Hillary and Podesta and company you are on the spit next to be placed over the
fire. What idiots the Dems are, do not they know? (Vengeance is mine saith the Lord!)
The Dems are digging their own grave just like the victims of the Mafia are forced to do.

OLDMARINE
OLDMARINE

The article below, plus other items I’ve found, alienate me against Trump, once and for all, he’s just another oligarch, battling it out other oligarchs to become king of the shit house known as the US government. He’s as much a member of the 1% as the Koch brothers. If he is impeached, it’s fine with me, because there will be no longer any confusion about what forces are really in charge, no one will delusively think anymore that Trumpism and populism are in the future with a neocon like Pence in the cat bird seat. Then supporters of Trumpism can rally and focus much better against the 1%. Trump is only for Trump, with all of his class biases and prejudices, and for pushing his family to rise from national capitalists to multinational capitalists, where the REAL money is!…… and again i voted for no one this time around…….”Donald Trump, Empire, and Globalization: A Reassessment”

Angela
Angela

@Old Marine, if President Trump gets removed, this country will crash or collapse. This is the Democrat agenda for this country to become a single party country. If we think we do not have rights now in the VA, just wait until the Democrats take over, this if Trump gets removed. If Democrats take over there will be no civil rights period unless the Democratic party redirects it’s governing path. The Democratic party is to far to the left. The jobs will reverse course to the foreign countries with the continuance of the outsourcing. The Americans will not even have a job to go to. This country will become even more dictated and Tryannical.
Capitalism is really the only solution for this country unless people want their civil rights removed. And, yes, Socialism does exactly this. Single payer healthcare 100% if Democrats are in power with rationed healthcare and death panels. Single payer is tremendously over the top expensive to cover everyone. As far as the Special Counsel being appointed, actually what is happening is all these government officials such as the Deputy attorney general appointed him to protect his own reputation. All these governmental officials have no loyalty to the country or the American people. All they care about is protecting themselves to line their pockets. I am mainly referring to Democrats and Liberal Republicans. And too, the fake left media.
@cj, hey, when I was speaking about Medicare, I was only sharing about my own experience. My comments pertain to me.
Addendum to my Capitalism comments.
Capitalism just affords the American citizens to be more able to live their lifes the way they choose. Freedoms and civil rights. More self-reliance & Independence.

James Gallegos
James Gallegos

Remember the Show Dallas, Well Trump is J.R. one big soap opera, better than a soap opera.

Want reality ? ! What ever happened to J.R.

OLDMARINE
OLDMARINE

Trump and His Cabinet Members Awkwardly Dancing with Swords in Saudi Arabia (New show this fall: Dancing with the Terrorists, Business Insider)

NiteWish
NiteWish

oldmarine Nice they arrived before Ramadan before all those rules kick in – like no dancing or music in public.

Flotmorton P. Gildersleeve
Flotmorton P. Gildersleeve

Hey ole Marine, a word from the skipper that I haven’t seen any Republican thugs beating up old people in Berkeley or Portland or Washington, D.C. Would you rather have someone in office who left four of our brothers in the Ben Ghazi desert to die needlessly?

OLDMARINE
OLDMARINE

I should have added these days democrats equal communism its as plain as day and night

Flotmorton P. Gildersleeve
Flotmorton P. Gildersleeve

Hey, compadre, as ole Marshall McCloud used to say: ‘There you go!”

OLDMARINE
OLDMARINE

thats why i voted for no one. yes trump is the lessor of two evils, but that is about it,and klillary should be in prison ….i’m just fed up with politicians they all suck

Flotmorton P. Gildersleeve
Flotmorton P. Gildersleeve

Hey Anutter Vet you are absolutely right; If they left FOUR OF OUR BROTHERS IN THE DESERT OF BEN GHAZI TO DIE WHILE THE SECRETARY OF STATE WAS GIGGLING WITH HER BASTARD DAUGHTER OVER THE PHONE AND OUR “PRESIDENT” WAS PLAYING GOLF AND NOT TAKING CALLS, DO YOU BELIEVE THAT THESE DEMS WILL TAKE UP THE CALL OF THE VETERANS?

Dennis
Dennis

Let me tell you first impressions of VA implementing an app to schedule appointments:

It is precisely the most unexpectedly right thing the VA can do, but NOT for the reasons ostensibly offered! Ben may delete any post of mine that applauds a VA program (believing of course I am an imposter) but my reasoning comes from personal experience.

At VA in VISN-20 I am permanently (and illegally) banned from receiving ANY psychiatric care from ANY VA doc or counsellor. This followed my whistleblowing in the press of their psychiatric unit that named names and got two full spreads coverage alongside of the story of a vet who suicided by cop after seeking help at SAME VA mental health clinic (An Oregon Nat. Guard Capt.) to no avail.

I can snivel or cheer that VA is no longer in the employ of folks twiddling around inside my skull nor ever will be, because in my own spiritual tradition I accept that this is the way it is.

HOWEVER…if there was app provided to all vets like me (120%+ SC disabled with 100% of it PTSD) to use, then management would have a tremendously difficult task trying otherwise implement the same illegal ban. The app would surely authenticate that a mental health prescriber had been assigned to a PTSD patient, right? I mean, they have all diagnosis contained alongside all other data in my record and the whole point of a medical record in database form is for things like this.

As a programmer your parameters are to authenticate the request. The set of authentication rules is already spelled out clearly in law, Title 82, so the programmer has nothing ambiguous to go by. It is clearly spelled out.

So if an authentication fails because no provider is assigned to the requesting patient, the program would either automatically make the assignment (independent of the notorious DBC), OR it would require a human override of some sort at a high level to clear the authentication error. This is standard programming practice and simply would not be excluded without the program hanging up horribly.

Here is why I like it: I do not see how a local pissed off VA could bypass this in a nationwide app without gaining the spotlight from higher up. Moreover, a vet taking his cell phone into his congressmans office, along with is VA award letter (to authenticate he is entitled) and demonstrating personally that he is locked out has FAR greater likelylihood of nipping that shit in the bud than just the words of a crazy vet, right? An iPhone screen is worth a thousand words if a congressman is looking at it…

In short (which my posts never are), the app would correctly place the tedious clerical jobs onto computers with the enormous benefit that the clerical beaurocracy that enables VA to engage in malfeasance is cut out of that part of the loop. No more could a wink, a nod, or a poke in the ribs, cause a providers name to somehow “drop” from a patients chart when a DBC member with a grudge is nearby the front desk clerk…with no replacement assigned. No more could the only answer in response to a request for psychiatric care at VISN-20 be, “Let me check with my supervisor, and I will get back to you.”

I give the idea two fingers up!

Angela
Angela

No, cj, you did not hear me correctly. Yes, I have great private sector doctors. Even if medically necessary, and even if other health care insurances pay for the procedures, Medicare may choose not to pay. This issue is not with the provider but Medicare itself with financial dependability.

ANutterVet
ANutterVet

@cj, @Angela – – – Even when things does make sense, I sometimes still miss what is trying to be said. Shootz, Dennis, Dennis, are you going outside? How bout a fatty? – – – Nutter.

cj
cj

@Angela: Still not understanding what you mean. Maybe because my supplemental picks up everything Medicare doesn’t. Not sure what point your making. Don’t get mad, some things just don’t make sense to me.

Dennis
Dennis

…well, said Columbo, there is just one more thing…

This app would make it possible to solicite feedback into a national database. Simple five star assignment, post visit, assigned to EACH person involved in your treatment. Just click a star rating next to the photo of each person.

Then, make absolutely certain that EVERY VA person understands they will be individually graded.

What this might be tied to are bonuses or lack therof, and advancement. I mean, who could argue that five star providers should not be advanced over three star providers? Who would argue that one star providers needed a bonus? Cox? hehehe, not likely.

Once an app is in place, then legislation laughably but true could guide VA in a manner of speaking by legislation of the app functions available. VA would be hog tied in a few instances by the will of The People and not because we marched, demonstrated, or petitioned, but because of a godamn iPhone app!!!

God Bless America!

cj
cj

@Dennis: Dennis, I am not as convinced as you. At present, the kiosk does not work for me, when I call in for an appointment, I get the “hold please, there is something wrong with my computer”. In person, I go directly to an administrator, to bypass the appointment desk. They refuse to issue a current service connected id card, they destroyed my initial service connected priority card, issued a regular id card, and lied about not having service connected priority cards any longer. Every single time I walk into a VAMC it is a problem. This new app will be no different, can a regular citizen use the app? NO, so there is a way to lock certain people out, I guarantee I will be one of those locked out. I have already seen what my useless congressmen, and senators can do. All this app will do is make union members even less accountable……………….it will be the apps fault. Once again, the veterans that are currently having problems with the VA, will now have an entire new layer of bs to wade through, every time you need to make an appointment. You can take the new app, and your dd214, and your award letter, to whoever useless politician you want, the outcome will be the same, sorry Charlie, nothing we can do.As they pat you on the back, tell you ” thank you for your service” and hand you a business card on the way out the door, so you can sign up for their newsletter.

I deleted the next four extremely violent paragraphs.

NiteWish
NiteWish

Cj, Dennis & Others, I think I like the robot to make appts even though I don’t have a smart phone or any apps I believe for now AI can’t be programed for health care terrorism.

James Gallegos
James Gallegos

Who is going to stop these people running the new program from selling our information to 3rd parties.

NiteWish
NiteWish

James G That really made me laugh in a sad way. I wonder what new & wonderful spam / robo / text calls will come out because it will get sold or hacked. If my phone don’t show a name when it rings I don’t answer it anymore. Spam callers never quit. I don’t even check the voice mail its all full of spam. I have only a basic cell phone & the same phone# for 30yrs or so.

James Gallegos
James Gallegos

Devils advocate questions. Part of my disability I guess, some time’s one has to think outside the box.

Can’t put anything passed them. I have watched and seen and heard to much not to think this way.

One must question everything. Some don’t and just say ya that sounds good, do it.

With out determing the final outcome on how it’s going to effect everyone.

Veteran’s can see when something is not right, where employees think they have thought it through. Good vs a bad decision.

Might sound good at the time, but in reality it’s not a good idea after all.

Why not ask veteran’s for their input, believe it or not there are veteran’s that could help them understand what we need.

Not the VSO’s.

Bill
Bill

What the hell is the difference between this 19m dollar POS and a 20 dollar answering machine?

I am fed up with the mentality of just throw money at it instead of I dont know THINKING!!

Just another example of Just Other Peoples Money.

James Gallegos
James Gallegos

Answering machine No one will listen to it. Delete button. I thought about that too and they will get back to you later or not.

Most go to answering machines now ! Now is that working. If you are thinking about killing yourself call this other number.

You call the other number, WHAT do you get an answering machine.

NO one is going to know how many veterans will die because of this New program.

Someone else said something about this. Blaming someone else. Or something else.

cj
cj

Damn autocorrect, I didn’t put that question mark at the end!!!

Angela
Angela

@ANuttervet and everyone, I will just have to go on my computer and readjust my posts if it will let me modify my initial posts. I believe my phone is messing up because it is double spacing in these posts. I will just do my posts from the computer until I get my phone squared away. And too, I do not have a Medicare supplement. I have Tricare from being retired from the Navy but if Medicare will not pay, then, Tricare will not pay at all. No, it does not matter what state anyone
lives in when it comes to Medicare and Tricare. Will get to my computer to finish. Hey, everyone, I am not mad. I just get really involved because all these issues are very sensitive to me.

cj
cj

@Angela, Agree, without a supplement policy. Medicare is shit, could easily put a veteran in the poor house. Right​ again, anything the government touches turns to shit, unless it’s for politicians.

I think you, myself, and the rest of the bloggers, not including the occasional troll, have a good handle on the shenanigans our government is up to. Keep up the good work, all of you?.

Flotmorton P. Gildersleeve
Flotmorton P. Gildersleeve

You cannot put a loaded rifle into the hands of a nitwit and expect him/her to help you win the battle.
No amount of money will change the attitude that prevails in the VA bureaucracy, and the VA, as it exists will never serve the veterans in a way that is barely decent, despite the few dedicated health care professionals trying to swim to shore in the cesspool called the Veterans Administration, the Department of Veterans Affairs, or known by any other name. Just changing the name and ‘re-organizing” doesn’t change anything.
Your toilet cannot be cleaned by taking a stick and stirring the shit; You must FLUSH THE TOILET.

Flotmorton P. Gildersleeve
Flotmorton P. Gildersleeve

COX has the right sounding name, he is the enemy of the veteran and someone should throw his fat ass through the plate glass window of his office and watch him bounce and roll into the fresh water of the Anacostia River. I wish some Senator with properly developed GONADS WOULD STAND UP TO THAT PHONY BASTARD WHO JUMPS TO THE AID OF EVERY VA BUREAUCRAT WHO JUST CAUSED THE DEATH OF A VETERAN AND RECEIVED A BONUS FOR IT.

ANutterVet
ANutterVet

VA Veteran Care Terrorism.

Flotmorton P. Gildersleeve
Flotmorton P. Gildersleeve

PUULLEASE, SPARE US THE BOOBECRATIC “SOLUTIONS” TO AN UNFIXABLE PROBLEM, THE VA

ANutterVet
ANutterVet

@Flotmorton P. Gildersleeve – – – I never offered a solution for the unfixable VA. Although, I do believe there is a solution, but I’m not part of the inside theme of things to offer said solution. Read the post. I call it as it is in the VA’s overall current state. Lets not forget, and I think you may have mentioned it, that it has been reported that between 20-22 Veterans commit suicide daily. VA Veteran Care Terrorism. Are the VA employees doing their best to stop this? Doing their best to stop obvious things that need change? Think not.

NiteWish
NiteWish

ANutterVet I read new suicide numbers the other day somewhere, I just jotted the numbers down & didn’t keep the link. The US has a Suicide by Despair epidemic. 44,000 people take their lives yearly divide by 365 = 120.5 a day. What % of them are Veterans I do not know, not even sure if they were counted.

figure8fan
figure8fan

NiteWish,
This was from the VA. It is about VA suicides. I call them VA assisted suicides. We go to the VA for help in that area as they are supposed to be the “Professionals”. By them not helping, they are assisting.

In 2014, Veterans accounted for 18% of all deaths from suicide among U.S.
adults, while Veterans constituted 8.5% of the US population. In 2010, Veterans
accounted for 22% of all deaths from suicide and 9.7% of the population.
f8f

NiteWish
NiteWish

f8f after some thought the 44,000 came from the local news report. My town has had 2 people [that they know of] jump off a bridge into the water this week, they haven’t found them yet, speaker said we’ve seen an increase of Suicide by Despair but google ‘Deaths of Despair’.

Jo3n
Jo3n

One thing is for certain: For Veterans with PTSD, The VA is absolutely wrong in their ever changing bullshit. They have become a true threat to my health. Vietnam just won’t go away.., direct result of VA apathy. Many Veterans on this site are,, or have said in one way or another, the VA isn’t going to heal. I’m sure that this organization, along with others, are stealing billions from American taxpayers. How could Shulkin not know? If he doesn’t know, how can he fix it? @Old Marine, I am old school, and faithful is more than a word. My values have been under attack. I’m not seeing a happy, life and liberty future. Our leaders have lost their way. God Bless the Veterans and their families.

Flotmorton P. Gildersleeve
Flotmorton P. Gildersleeve

Semper Fi, he knows, but he skates with each skate on a separate sidewalk

Flotmorton P. Gildersleeve
Flotmorton P. Gildersleeve

anutter vet
I understand, and my apoligy

ANutterVet
ANutterVet

@Flotmorton P. Gildersleeve – – – Its fine Bro, no ill feelings. Please continue to post. We need all of us to stick together as a unit. VA’s goal is to cause division and to separate us, so that there is no possible way for Veterans to pull together as a contending force to deal with. FPG, I do believe, but don’t know when, that the VA is going to cause a major fuck up in the future [one that effects the live of an important Political Figure], and things will hit the fan. I say this [maybe I’m wrong], because the VA has done so much in the past that it wouldn’t be tolerated in the Private Sector.

The Main Stream Media [MSM] would be all over it. The MSM is aware of everything that is in Ben’s weekday articles. They have the tools to do this. Plus, MSM gets daily activities of newsworthy topics, even if they don’t publish the current actions of how the VA is screwing us all over.

I’m an Investigative Research Biologist, and I’m in total disgust of the VA’s Veteran Care Terrorism actions and behaviors. I don’t know what else to call it, but terrorism fits the bill at hand on how these Moinks [cow and pig] treat us. I love K9’s, but they get treated better than Veterans. Keep posting. Thanks. – – – Nutter.

Flotmorton P. Gildersleeve
Flotmorton P. Gildersleeve

A O.K.
The VA would not want me for assistant director of personnel cuz there would be hell to pay; I wish I was in the VA hierarchy so I could kick more butt, but the VA is sooo very corrupt. even to the point of a guy bragging to me that he couldn’t be fired because of his political connections in the bureaucracy. Not too much later the I.G. tapped him on the shoulder and said, pack up your stuff and leave the building, pal. (He caused the deaths of two veterans)

James Gallegos
James Gallegos

If people would just listen to veterans and the whistle blowers and take this NO nonsense approach many other employees would get that tap.

I don’t like people to lose their jobs, but some deserve more than just loseing their jobs.

It’s good to hear someone listened to you.

These employees that get fired, a yearly employee report should be done with names and why they were fired and given to VA employees as a reminder.

You will be held accountable. !