RICO: How One Law Created To Violate Mafia Could Reform VA For Whistleblowers

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One author thinks it is time to reimagine how VA whistleblowers should approach retaliation and reprisal using RICO to get real justice.

Following retaliation, the primary focus of whistleblowers tends to be on seeking monetary compensation or reinstatement through the Merit Systems Protection Board. Instead, lawmakers and whistleblowers may be better served seeking criminal actions through RICO to expose VA for the organized crime ring many of its senior employees have created.

While I am familiar with how RICO works, and am interested in researching Civil RICO – the part where you get treble damages – should any researchers have insight, I thought it is a good time to mention it here. Now, that is not the purpose of the cited article which focuses on how RICO may impact whistleblowers, but I like the Civil RICO option.

After all, our whistleblower hero discussed yesterday, Valerie Riviello-Drew would have benefited through evaluation of RICO and the criminal endeavor that affected her career.

RELATED: Whistleblower Who Exposed Illegal Patient Restraint Use Wins Settlement

Excerpt Explaining Whistleblower RICO Option

According to the CDN article:

Whistleblower RICO would only apply to federally recognized whistleblowers; if it passed and was effective other similar laws could be passed to protect municipal, corporate and other whistleblowers.

To be a federally recognized federal whistleblower one needs to take allegations of fraud, waste, and abuse to a recognized federal agency. This includes Office of Inspector General, Office of Special Counsel, their Congressman, their Senator, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), etc.

Since all of these agencies have appropriate forms to fill out for whistleblowers proving this is easy.

Second, that which the whistleblower blew the whistle on would need to be proven. Proof should be broadly defined and thus the right prosecutor and the right jury would need to come to an understanding and this would minimize the risk of corrupting the law.

Third, any individual who is charged under whistleblower RICO would need to commit at least two predicate acts of whistleblower retaliation. The predicate acts would include all the predicate acts of RICO but also things like wrongful termination, isolation, wrongfully passing over for promotion, and other acts of common whistleblower retaliation.

Once again, these acts must be proven to be specifically retaliatory for whistleblowing. This will also be broadly defined so that prosecutors would need to make their case to the juries and each jury would need to decide if it was proven beyond a reasonable doubt that the predicate act was done to retaliate against the whistleblower.

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Source: https://www.commdiginews.com/politics-2/understanding-what-whistleblower-rico-is-92754

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40 Comments

  1. Now what happens if the VA PIG is the culprit, along with DOJ defending VA. Look at case cv16:160 in the District of Delaware. They are trying to use the bogus failure to state a claim tactic, while along using the Chief District Judge to oversee the case. COINCIDENTLY, here was interviewed for his appointment by the very Senator the disclosures were made . Also connected with the Biden posse of Delaware.
    The information that is in the case (exhibits) is masked in pacermonitot. The court is one big RICO when it has direct evidence against it.

    • @CorpsemanUp! – – – How far are you from All Saints Cemetary and NCC Library on Kirkwood Highway?

      @Ben Krause – – – Captcha app is too annoying, and dramatically increases wait time to be able to post. Thanks. – – – Nutter.

      • @CorpsmanUp! – – – If you’d like to chat a bit, here is my number 302-894-3135. We’ll see if its a good time to talk, or we need to just exchange contact information, and then talk later. Either way, you’ve got my digits.

  2. Ben,
    I too am interested in and had recently started researching how civil RICO may be applicable to veterans’ issues,

    From my very layperson understanding, I have evidence that I think may prove at least one instance where this law may work for me personally.

    the false claims act is another interesting statute AFGE flirts with but they are in executive leaderships’ inner circle

    • @UnderWaterBasketWeaverSpecialist – – – I’d like to recommend that you also join cj over in a group at “Wire.com” I’ll be joining soon, but if you can, read up on how Wire works, and drop a note on Ben’s to touch base with cj. Then tell’em you referred by Nutter. He’ll take it from there. All communication is for real encrypted. I think cj one say its good. You’ll be in touch with ex-VA employees, and others that want to focus on understandings or projects about the VA, but want to keep it secure online. – – – Nutter.

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  3. Rise and Shine Veterans call your Senators and Representative passed a New Disabled Benefit Law who is collected 100 percent service connected definitely need to have G4implants from a Cosmetic Dentistry Dentist that know how to put in G4implants unfortunately they have not one works for a Veteran Medical Center plus their isn’t not one has a contract with Veteran Affairs Admistratation but they have a Private Clinics know how to put in G4implants unfortunately they want all the money upfront but my belief as a Veteran myself can you please try to convince your Senators and Representative have the money comes from the Federal Government so the Disabled Veterans who is Disabled Veterans who is collected 100 percent service connected definitely need to have G4implants get the G4implants for free plus three quarters of the Disabled Veterans who is collected 100 percent service connected can’t even afford to get a loan to get the G4implants and if a Disabled Veterans who is Disabled Veterans don’t get the G4implants it causes other Health problems issues…so please don’t Surrender please Spread the word because without Veterans would be call United States and who would Defend United States..can not do it alone Semper Fi

  4. Interesting. However, does anyone doubt one bit the VA would immediately find a way to circumnavigate any RICO Laws…with the help of Isaacson, Graham, Waters, and McCain?
    The HUGE engorged purple gorilla in the room that requires removed entirely from the VHA is the AFGE MUST GO! Nothing less!

  5. … and now tell me, what legislation can those veterans who have had their persons, property, or rights violated in malicious and wrongful fashion is on the table for review?

    What is that you say? Eh? Oh.

    It seems that once again, the only ones that the law is coming to the aid of is….wait for it….. another VA worker.

    Tell me Ben, how many legal volumns are filled with protections and rights reserved solely for any given VA employee, good or bad? How many pages are already filled promising bonuses, protection, and a future. How many words are spent describing how VA folks will receive justice and “fair” treatment?

    Now, Ben, tell me how many sentences exist in the laws that govern The
    people that give veterans these SAME unique rights?

    Hooray that we now have more legislation to punish those who break the law at VA…wait a minute…aren’t those laws already applied to everyone?

    Nope.

    • What I like about your Oregonian Poop Canons is they do not discriminate one bit, requiring all to scatter from the splatter. The VA requires a massive enema and a reconnaissance scat team. Goggles are not optional.

      • Speaking of Oregonian Poop flinging. In the middle of it – had to evacuate home we built four years ago. Fire less than 3 miles away. Fire storm, shit storm, brain storm. None of it makes the dreams go away.

      • Damn! I hope they are able to tame nature enough to save your newly built home. THAT really, really sucks! I hope you have someplace somewhat sane and more importantly, safe to stay for the moment.
        If you did not already have, am betting you will in future, ensure you have specific ‘Go-Bags’ so it’s not so much a mad scramble to select whatever you are taking in 30 mins. or less to evacuate. I do, and no longer live in any fire or flood zone to speak of…you just never know.
        Hell, I have a ‘Go-Bag’ for my cat.

        I lived out in the Black Hills, S.D. during some really intense forest fires and I lived in a canyon south of Rapid City, and what was really surreal, was not even 1/2 miles away was a small lake and park where the many helicopters were dipping their water buckets in for the fighting the fire. Sky even looked really surreal.

        Be safe. Hope you have all meds, if any, that you and yours may need so as to not have to jump through hoops of explaining to VA to beg for new RX’s.

  6. While it would be good if RICO would apply to VA Whistleblower’s, it would be even better if the VA/AFGE partnership were not the most corrupt agency in the United States.

    Better still if the VA actually took care of veterans properly. For that to happen, here is a very simple plan that when implemented properly should solve 90%+ problems that currently exist within the VA system – – – while reducing corruption, abuse, and waste:

    It is high time for some real leadership at the VA. Leadership that speaks truth publicly about how bad things have really gotten. Leadership that develops solutions to take better care of ALL our nations warriors.

    Leadership that recognizes that when they are doing a good job – – – it will be veterans singing their praises, rather than the VA needing a PR Agency to put out “Fluff Pieces” to mislead America.

    Current VA leadership has their Brain Housing Group the size of mice and their Hearts no bigger. It is about TEN YEARS PAST TIME TO 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 California? You need to be LICENSED in California. Same applies to all other states.

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

    If a VBA claim filed by a veteran is found to be a false one designed to scam the system, the VA will have to prove in civil court that a false claim was intentionally submitted.

    8. All veterans will be allowed to seek/retain the services of a Veterans Rights Attorney from their first initial contact with the VA.

    9. No AFGE, nor any other Labor Union business will be allowed to take place in any Federal Workplace. Conducting Union Business during working hours will be STRICTLY PROHIBITED, and will be STRICTLY ENFORCED.

    Should any government employee be found violating this provision, it will result in IMMEDIATE LIFETIME DISMISSAL FROM ANY/ALL GOVERNMENTAL EMPLOYMENT.

    10. Attorneys for appeal will be retained at the former employee’s PERSONAL expense. U. S. Taxpayer’s will not be subject to payment of legal bills for incompetent or dishonest personnel with regards to Governmental Employment.

    You have my contact information Mr. Secretary. Call me anytime. I have a lot of ideas to help you improve the services provided to my fellow veterans. I will not hesitate to speak up at all.

    For my fellow veterans who have been ill-served by this CLUSTERFUCK of a train wreck called the VA over the years:

    Our battles overseas were far less stressful than our war here at home. Never Cruel or cowardly. Never Give Up. Never Give In. We are on the Righteous path.

    POTUS Reagan broke up PATCO in the ’80’s. Time for POTUS Trump to break up the AFGE. Most of our current Congress Critters do NOT have Veterans Interests at heart. Perhaps their replacements will. VOTE OUT all these WORTHLESS INCUMBENTS.

    Give their replacement’s one term to take care of Veterans who put aside their own personal lives to answer this nation’s call when she needed them. Many of those Veterans suffer the remainder of their lives for doing what most of their countrymen had not the courage to do.

    If they cannot MUSTER THE STONES to do it properly – – – vote their worthless asses out as well. Party should NOT MATTER. What SHOULD MATTER is their VOTING RECORDS ON VETERANS ISSUES.

    Rhetoric is cheap. Congressional Voting Records speak louder than words.

    NO Combat Veteran should be surprised when the next McVeigh or Congressional Baseball Team Incident occurs. Bound to happen. Just a matter of time . . .

    We have now reached the next accelerative phase of our country falling apart. Country before Party. Principles before Personalities. Always.

    Want to REALLY fix the VA? The next SecVA needs to be a former Enlisted Man with a few serious axes to grind against the VA and the AFGE. Apparently, Former Flag Officers and SES appointed Civilians can’t cut the mustard . . .

    Maybe a SINCERELY MOTIVATED Gunnery Sergeant or Chief Petty Officer CAN.

    Disgruntled Veteran
    1973 – 1976 USMC
    1978 – 1993 USN
    Wounded Warrior
    San Francisco, California

  7. I said it before that the corrupted VA employees are no better than thugs and criminals praying on innocent veterans stealing benefits and everything else lining their pockets the RICO law was made for them and everyone like them

  8. I am very interested in this new law because i have witness what i believe to be criminal activity when i worked at one of the vamc’s. I will be asking for these forms and doing some research. Thank you

    • Tell me Ex va, what VAMC in all of America is not engaged in criminal activity, criminal negligence, and criminal malfeasance? My God, since 1921, story after story after story of criminal conduct, skimming, kickbacks, fraudulent chatges, fraudulent statements, brutal retaliation against fellows and veterans, and corruption and malfeasance in EVERY possible form across decades of presidents promising to fix it has really only scratched the surface of the massive corruption involving billons of dollars at VA. What if it really IS true that only 10% of the corruption in any given corrupt agency is ever discovered? What if the one patient illegally restrained is really 10? Or 100? Or 1000? What if the 20 suicides per day is dwarfed by the 200 per day that die needlessly from VA? Can you imagine the slime we would find if the doors to those places was truly opened? The VA for eghty years has been the most corrupt agency America has ever known and it is only growing bigger and more corrupt as generations of vets pass through. There is no end in sight.

      Tell me exactly which one VAMC is not corrupt and then let us go to it and find happiness, the fountain of youth, and enough faiery dust for everyone to enjoy themselves and let us bask in the compassion, kindness, and caring glow of the VA folks at that place.

      OR

      … if the AFGE beats us there…. then let’s not go. For eighty years the AFGE has been doing to us what we cannot do to ourselves alone…. (or is it “for” us? I get the damn slogans so mixed up….)

      Ex va – there simply is no corner of the VA kingdom that is not corrupt.

      • @Dennis, @Crazy elf, @91Veteran, you all are correct on point. I feel if the vamc is run like organized crime, then it should be exposed and Veterans and the public should be given that knowledge. I have no idea what i will be experiencing trying this avenue. So far, no help and no justice i can see for Veterans lives being damaged by this corruption. I understand the skepticism and it is valid. This cannot go on forever it has to end sometime and i hope to see it in my lifetime.

  9. It would be great, IF it, (RICO), were applied to those in VA! Problem is, AFGE/VA have shown they are “above the law”! As is almost everyone, and every agency, in Washington D.C.!

  10. I agree having whistleblowers covered under RICO would certainly help, but there would have to be a requirement that a second independent entity review and substantiate the proof.

    We have seen enough instances of VAIG investigations making excuses. If they alone have the power to determine if there is enough proof, then no case will be substantiated.

    The second requirement of any RICO law covering whistleblowers would be that an outside entity be mandated to review who all was involved in the RICO act, and recommend specific punishment, with zero discretion on punishment. Any settlements paid out from a successful RICO investigation would mandate termination and a referral to the DOJ for prosecution.

    On the other hand, veterans being able to sue under RICO would also help.

    Will any of this happen? Only if lawyers figure out they could get paid representing whistleblowers.

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  12. Here is the real rub I have with this idea. In order for it to possibly work, a well intended whistleblower would need to ask their congressional representative to file on their behalf or in some way provide the forms and oversight. The Congress would be allocated funding for this.

    The VA is part of the Executive Branch. This is what our founders feared THE MOST because this is PRECISELY the type of thing they were fleeing from – corrupt government put of the reach of The People.

    They recognized that at heart we are all greedy assholes and that corruption is not born from the minds of a twisted few evil folks, any more than slavery was born from out the whim to persecute and torment. We all come out of Mom on our birthday and nobody I ever heard of spit out the mucous plug and said in clear voice, “Thanks Mom!”

    I personally came out screaming for something to eat godamnit! And something warm now! And get this godamn turd out of my ass, RIGHT NOW! It is in our born nature to grab everything we can and to hell with anyone or anything else. I came out wanting things furiously as did you. Then we grow up, right?….

    So the founders divided our government up into seperate pieces with each substantially out of reach of the other. This is so that any one branch that throws a tantrum simply cannot scream loud enough to upset the entire boat. Seperation of powers was put into place as a balance between the need to give government powers and the inborn human desire to grab it all.

    So when the whistleblower goes to his congressional rep, and that rep is given authorities normally granted to the Executive Branch because we no longer trust the agency within the Executive Branch then we once again are ignoring the seperation of powers enshrined in our Constitution. We would be giving the Congress a tool. I believe that Congress is already chock full of tools. However this tool would have the ability to cross the line into the Executive Branch….

    Can you not see how this tool could be used as leverage or a bargaining chip that had ZERO to do with the best interests of veterans? VA is completely outside the control of the Executive in charge today. Of all the people on planet Earth alive today, he alone cannot seem to keep even one of them fired. Ironic, right? Trying to add a tool to correct this when the Constitutuional tools in place do not work is frankly nuts.

    Every layer we continue to add to this onion just makes the onion grow bigger, not better. We either pull it out of the garden, or we live with rotten onions – there is no alternative.

    • @Dennis, three branches of governmental authority. Legislative (Congress), Judicial (Courts), Executive (President and cabinets, va included), if i go to my congressman that is legislative, if it goes to Congress/Judicial, then the Executive branch has to answer. The Rico laws are for organized crime and that unfortunately is what the va in my opinion has become. If the processes are controlled in a way to violate Veterans rights by the denying of medical care so they die. That is a crime. I see this as a possible opportunity to expose corruption. I see your frustration and believe me i understand. I have had no hope in any resolution when the va controls all the outcomes.

      • Ex va,

        The first edition of VA was created in 1921. Within months the corruption was already rampant. Criminal minds do not sit around and wonder what to do next. Criminal minds see everything as an opportunity. From the moment it was conceived the criminal minds among us, arguably concentrated in Washington DC, saw ENORMOUS opportunity for enrichment.

        Within 9 years they shut that agency down citing uncontrollable corruption and scandal.

        Then they created the current abomination. From THE VERY BEGINNING is new monstrosity has been caught over and over again defrauding American vets and the American public. My God, we even pay them their wages now when they engage in union activities and for fucks sake we call it “official time”??? What the fuck is official about fucking off on the taxpayer dime??? Yet we just let them keep rolling….

        Ex va, spanning the lives of milions of veterans and generations of Americans, folks in Washington DC have rolled out plan, after plan, after plan and “new” ideas to reign in corruption and the monster just grows amd grows and grows.

        What can possibly be included in ANY new legislation that has not ALREADY been tried??? We have tried as a people for generations to shut down VA corruption yet it thrives and grows and not even the President’s personal action of firing people for corruption works! VA puts them back, or whatever bullshit quasi-court system they have set up now exclusively for VA puts them right back on the government tit.

        Can you not see the insanity of believing that solely on the basis that this idea seems brand new that it alone among thousands of other efforts will make one single dent in the corruption at VA? What on Earth has changed to now hold VA accountable for ANY law?

        Nothing has changed.

        They got it wrong in the first place then did the right thing and shut the monster down. It only took nine years the first time to shut this down, but by then the fix was in. Corruption gave birth to VA and this time from lessons learned they have never been touchable since and no ody on God’s green Earth can account for just where all the billions go.

        The ONLY way to cease the corruption is to do what they did nine years into the project. Shut it all down. Then we must resist the urge to create a “new” idea (again). We must cease believing that seperating veterans into their own unique social agency will EVER work because friend it never ever has. They simply reform in a more bulletproof manner. This current idea will not work based on the historical fact that generations of other Americans also had great ideas and energy to shut this down but the profit potential is enormous. There are too many billions involved and placed into the hands of too few people.

        Let me point out that RICO did not stop organized crime. They simply formed new strategies and organizations. There is ONLY a single way to diffuse crime – take the money out of it.

        VA must be shut down, or untold future generations of vets will continue to die and suffer and there ain’t nothing “new” about that.

    • Two of us filed a fraud by a HMO in 2000. In 2001, we were told that we had no case but Grassley’s office offered his fraud detector staffer and it went to U.S. Manhatten court where the HMO’s massive fraudulent action were completed ignored and the auditor kpmg GOT fined 456 Million. All that was exposed was the tax deferrals that went to the Swiss banks with some military folks names on some of those accounts There was a whole lot more a lot more to this info we gave them.
      2 huge boxes of our years of research and the whistle blowing law firm took it all as their own along with our 10-15% award. But we’re going to do it another way this time, with lessons learned because the HMO IS none other than kaiser that is also the engineer of VA care and both civilians and vets have suffered and died because of kaiser being in charge of Americans healthcare along with specific unions like SEIU. but the aflcio IS NOT about the American workers, they’re all about the poor, women, minorities and older folks but THEY ARE the illegals and thanks to both parties, the American people have not only been trampled on and killed but their money has been stolen and used like what kpmg knows how to do, is help funnel it all to offshore accounts for nat’l & global corporations and countries that know nothing but profiteering at any cost, American live’s costs. The 2008 financial crisis did not have to occur if those involved in the original kpmg case that we gave to, had gone after all of the acts of criminality. The IRS too was involved and what have they been doing too is helping hide all of these years in the giant ripoff, harm & murder of American civilians & VETS, the GOAL. We’re not done yet in exposing the whole enchilada. A coup in our govt & military and it’s called Kaiser. It has quite the history in abuse of human beings.

  13. I understand President Trump is in Phoenix Arizona right now.
    Hopefully he’ll visit the VHA! Maybe, IF he does, he’ll talk with some of the veterans, who’ve been screwed over by the VA?

    What I’ve also read, was the Govenor has basically limited his visit (?)! How that’s possible is beyond comprehension!
    Let’s hope the “Antifa and BLM” groups don’t cause a disruption out there! As their claiming to do!

    —–[(Side note): It’s being reported by multiple witnesses, antifa, blm and other groups (including – on the same buses-, FAKE KKK and FAKE white supremacist groups) “…were ALL being bused into Charletsville, and other cities across America, ON THE SAME BUSES!
    All paid for by George Soros and Hillary Clinton!
    Rep Gohmert (R-Tx) is aware of it. He’s calling for an investigation by Congress AND the FBI to start immediately!]——

  14. Mr. Krause,

    While I (and hopefully many) people appreciate you sharing this knowledge with us, I strongly believe that the problem here is application and/or enforcement.

    For example, the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2012 (“WPEA”) provided that the MSPB could grant compensatory damages in whistleblower cases. Now, unless I need to follow the MSPB’s rulings on cases, I have not heard of one case where a whistleblower has been compensated.

    In my case, I reported the VA’s allowing unauthorized access to my VA/medical/private/claim records to HHS, the OSC, etc. And, despite the VA threatening me with HIPPA violations in response to my EEO complaints, nothing has been done to the VA – HHS and the EEOC are playing “hear/see no evil”. I plan to file suit in court (under the Federal Torts Claims Act/FTCA), but not holding my breath. I mean for years the VA has been violating veterans’ privacy rights and use these violations to retaliate against whistleblowers (by showing our private records to unauthorized people)…and, the VA would’t persist in this if they knew there were legal, administrative, and/or criminal repercussions.

    Years ago, I reported to the FBI and then Attorney, Sally Quillian Yates, the blatant perjury that took place in my MSPB hearings and my complaint was ignored and I filed suit in court. Well, guess what? The FBI and Yates claimed they had no administrative obligation to investigate/prosecute my complaint.

    So there you go. The courts and agencies (i.e. HHS, FBI, FLRA, MSPB, GAO) aren’t enforcing the laws we have on the books to deal with these criminals – so not holding my breath with RICO.

  15. The VA and VA OIG, need help. It’s just wrong to have to report to whom you are investigating. What ever can get these AFGE, and SES’s held accountable is desperately needed. Management in the VA needs a total overhaul. Veterans need more input in their treatment. Veterans should be able to find out if their Dr. has passed his medical licence.

    • As is typical with most legislation, it is incumbent on the individual to prove the merits of their WhistleBlower complaint. The vast majority are unfounded as the VAOIG works for who? And, taking it to the OSC is only possible if your complaint is founded. As someone in the system currently, the corruption, abuse and mismanagement is so widespread that the only possible fix is for the swath of GS13/14/15s to be removed. As we know, this will never happen. The VA Accountability Act, while well meaning, is a farce at VA. Removing senior leadership is not the solution, removing the buried bureaucrats is the sole solution.

      • I would actually say getting rid of *both* are essential; senior leadership (because they are impotent and corrupt) *and* removing buried bureaucrats and *both* can be eliminated at the exact same moment because they have each other’s heads up each other’s asses.

  16. I’ve always said, and I continue to believe, that whether Trump fails for no reason of his own, there are many who feel that pre-Election Trump let these people down. And, I also have mentioned in the past, that Trump’s base is being hammered with headlines of incompetency. Be for-noticed, that there is a very strong movement running against Trump to stop bullying type tactics, and relics that remind us of the Civil War Period. Our Country has an area that contains, and then sets off a critical nerve pertaining to current social issues. This time in our history, will in time reveal where this stuff is leading us too, fro, or what have you. We’ll see what plays out. Just remember, for future reference, that I previously brought this topic up. – – – Nutter.

  17. It seems the more conservative red states treat veterans worse than blue states. I’m not a liberal but I noticed this. You look at the Phoenix VA and wonder why a red state that claims to be all for veterans would all that to happen to veterans at the VAMC in Phoenix. I hear most of the other red states have terrible VAMC. Pretty much all of the red states in the south east have VAMCs that are murder factories. I live in California and the VAMCs here aren’t great but they are a lot better than the red states from what I’ve read from vets who’ve experience both.

    • Lily, I have gone to VAs in both red and blue states, and all are horrible. There are some that are less horrible than others, but they are the exception.

      If you researched the articles here on Ben’s web site, you would see specific examples of horrible care or corruption across the US, including and specifically California.
      91V

      • I have a coworker who just got a surgery at the LA VAMC and he says it went well. They were using doctors from UCLA. He says it’s one of the best doctors in the country. I have read some bad stories about the LA VAMC on yelp, but haven’t been there myself.

  18. So for over 3 months I changed my diet, eating less sugar, and consuming more insoluble and soluble fiber for poo bulk, and to feed the good gut microbes. I’ve had great success in this time, I’m more regular compared to taking the stool softeners and laxatives. I actually been having more bowel movements. And, my poo’s texture is more uniform.

    By dramatically reducing the intake of sennosides (laxative), this will help to cut down on the irritation on the linings of my digestive tract. Plus, I’ve noticed less bloating and distention, but a big increase in exchanging healthy flatulence that burns.

    Many VA Practitioners, don’t recognize or has a good understanding on what rolls, that the microbial balance in one’s gut plays in ones health. Plus, there isn’t much discussion about leaky gut too. As a matter of fact, there’s not much discussion going on about best ways to keep one’s diastalsis following to increase transient time.

    I’ve been keeping track of the food, vitamins, amino acids, nootropics, or superfoods, that works in increasing the bowel movement frequencies. A big challenge, to increase the flow of the dump. May be I might be able to make some extra monies in helping those to knoo how to poo. – – – Nutter.

  19. OBSERVATION: I’m noticing less comments being posted since Ben implemented new apps. Anyone see this too. If so give feedback to Ben. I know for me, only one 3 key Captcha test is all that’s needed for verification of not being a robot. Its better than starting over with many new Captcha’s and wasting a lot time. What say you?

    • ANutterVet, I don’t know if the Captcha has cut down on comments. Those that commented here before are still commenting…perhaps not as frequently.

      I find some of the Captcha stuff difficult to do on a phone since the images are so small. When making the first comment today, I had to do Captcha twice. Every comment after that I have had to do Captcha again. Not as easy as before, but if it helps Ben cut down on admin time spent removing spam, I guess it’s a plus.
      91V

  20. I filled out the notify me of new comments, added my email address, and I get zero notifications, although I did get the customary confirmation email.

  21. Whistle Blower Here- Roll back copyright law back to O, and watch how this disrupts Wall Street, in order to relate the market to the true worth of Wall Street big shots. What do you think? – – – Nutter.

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