VA secretary David Shulkin lied per reports about his statement last week claiming he had White House authority to purge agency staff engaged in a mutiny against him.

In erratic acts called “NUTS” by Axiom, the atmosphere surrounding an upcoming IG report following release of the previous IG report two weeks ago has VA in a state of calamity. No one knows how long Shulkin might hold on.

And, his stated authority to purge the agency of his own staff guilty of subversion is reportedly false.

RELATED: VA Public Affairs Duo Behind Coup

Here is the gist of what was published Sunday:

  • He started handling his own media relations because he doesn’t trust the agency’s communications staff. And he told Politico the White House gave him the green light to “purge” his agency (a senior White House official told me they did no such thing, and aren’t letting Shulkin fire Trump appointees).
  • One told Axiom it would be “an understatement” to describe Shulkin’s position as precarious. “A small, little, tiny breeze would push him over the edge,” the official said. “If there’s any hint of anything wrong” in the next inspector general’s report, “I don’t imagine he hangs on.”
  • The White House has been befuddled by Shulkin’s media appearances. Senior officials were especially furious when he told Politico that he had their blessing to clean house.
  • A senior White House official told Axiom it was nonsense that Kelly authorized a purge, and that the White House made that clear to Shulkin when it blocked him from firing Trump appointees John Ullyot and Curt Cashour.

It seems obvious a coup is underway and the only losers here are veterans as a result of upheaval that clearly has been in the works at the agency for months.

If Trump wants a different secretary, he needs to hire a new one and fire the current one. God knows his antics lately concerning his Cabinet is nothing short than alarming.

Last week, Trump blasted DOJ secretary Jeff Sessions on Twitter complaining about decisions made within that agency. Why not fire Sessions and pick a nominee better aligned with the White House?

Instead, we see two agencies under attack by Trump, or at least his team, while Trump sits back lobbing hand grenades rather than assert his authority to hire and fire whomever he sees fit.

This really makes no sense, and only veterans will be harmed. Everyone else will enjoy their golden parachute.

Source: https://www.axios.com/shulkin-on-the-edge-1520204838-35ebc2db-e57b-4908-8342-1559e9c22086.html

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  1. Shulkin will Probably Resign at the End of the Year like the Rest of the Crooks in this Trump Administration, I think this Admin. will surpass R. Reagan as the Most Corrupt, who gets Fired, Resign, or Indited from their Jobs. I’m sure there another Scandal just waiting for Shulkin that will take him out…

  2. Shulkin presides over an agency which now staffs a full time crew just to try to cope with the retaliation of his senior management against his less than senior staff who tell on them for being naughty. The sheer magnitude of deception, incompetance, and malfeasance at VA is not easily grasped by folks who are not vets. Shulkin presides over a crew that could give a shit about Shulkn, POTUS, or the American veteran.

    There is no fix to VA any more than you can transport yourself into the Jungle Book story and “fix” King Louie and the monkey kingdom.

    • IMHO there is no easy fix to any of the corruption going on. Too much money and power involved. Too many public relations firms, batteries of lawyers making big bucks, too much nepotism, too many distractions, too much disconcern, complacency or cognitive dissonance, or intentions to ruin this country is in play. Too many sheep out there willing to swallow BS than dare to see or hear about some reality.

  3. True or not? Why Trump, the Gov, just sits back ‘lobbing grenades?’
    “https://anationbeguiled.wordpress.com/2018/01/26/urgent-public-message-for-president-trump-from-judge-anna/”

    Of course the entire story is not here nor, again, is Indiana mentioned over any real news or info.
    “https://govtslaves.info/2018/02/its-coming-states-getting-ready-to-block-access-to-natural-healthcare-choices-and-supplements/?subscribe=success#blog_subscription-2”

    Our Congress bait and switch. Protecting Gov agencies and corporations?
    “https://govbanknotes.wordpress.com/2018/02/16/congress-introduces-new-set-of-bills-to-limit-the-right-to-seek-justice-against-major-corporations/”

    Seems to me the entire DC and VA dog and pony shows go back and forth between government agencies/levels of government, the phony two party system, United Nations crap, unions, our shadow government, fake media, all kinds of so-called “professions,” and the all mighty circle jerks of corporations/colleges (inner connected to our nasty government) that seem to rule Amerika. That is why nothing makes sense, has ever made sense, or will. It doesn’t make sense when we are ignored by politicians, heads of the VA or other medical institutions. That illegals or women wearing vagina caps and costumes to march with toddlers in plain view, or Antifa types, anti-American college kiddies get more support and media than we can. No, not much makes any sense in the new Amerikan culture of doom and gloom. Especially in states like Indiana when those listed above obviously support such things as attacks, threats, retaliation, or harassment against any of us standing up to, or questioning, the filth in power positions. Then along comes more PC-ness and chronic censoring to ensure the deep state and various forms of corruption stays in power and can let us suffer and die off at their pleasure. What is the Trumpster doing besides pitching grenades and wanting wars or promoting nepotism as a good thing? Not much.

  4. What do Australia, Hillary Clinton’s private parts and getting to the bottom of VA/DC corruption have in common??

    Everybody knows it’s down there somewhere but nobody seems to really give a damn…

    • Donald,
      Good one.
      In my opinion, until “We the People”, this includes ALL the people of our Republic, wake up and stop being “complacent” – nothing in any government agency will change! This begs one question ——
      What’s the solution?
      It seems like the only people out there getting any kind of media coverage are the violent Anti-American lawbreakers. The peaceful groups are called “conspiracy theorists!” And yet, these “conspiracy theorists” ARE more truthful over whats actually taking place in our country!
      The corruption, lies, waste, fraud and abuse has got to be stopped!
      Yet, again, that begs one question –
      “HOW can it be stopped!”

    • @DM suddenly I feel the urge to shove my fingers down my throat and purge in hopes the visuals from your post go away….maybe another shower too.

      • And to think I was once excited about making salmon patties today. Not sure I’m now up to task for the smell of it.

  5. “[…In erratic acts called “NUTS” by Axiom,…]”-

    Nefarious Underlings Throwing Shit”….”N.U.T.S.”

    This places a new spin on that saying talking about not throwing rocks within glass houses but in the VA’s case, publicly masturbating in all glass conference rooms, throwing shit in same glass conference room…it’s getting pretty messy on the decks of V.A. Titanic because the poop deck has overtaken the entire vessel…while Veterans continue to suffer and DIE…while the clusterfucks at the VA continue to LIE.

    Sec. Shulkin…please steer the V.A. Titanic back into safe waters or please respectfully feed the very sharks you currently rule. LEAD or FEED your sharks. Please!
    (this has all happened before and will repeat in a loop…wait for it…)

    • namnibor,
      It do seem like Sec. Shulkin is no better than any of the other Secretaries in the past!
      The “USS VA Titanic” is almost under water! And the life boats are, again, not filled to capacity!
      What’s it going to take, to push Shulkin over the edge?

      • “[…What’s it going to take, to push Shulkin over the edge?]”- A slippery poop deck combined with rusty bolts on the deckchairs and gravity. ~~*Plop*~~

  6. I fail to believe that Trump has no inkling about what is going on around him or he chooses to just ignoring facts

  7. To any Veteran who knows how to contract Ben Krause tell him called his Senators and Representative share his belief how to improve Veteran Health Care and come on this website to here to chat with us with us and give his telephone number……Semper Fi.

    • I will pass along your request for contact with Ben to the others in my resistance cell. It’s all I can promise.

  8. To any Veteran who knows how to contract Ben Krause tell him called his Senators and Representative share his belief how to improve Veteran Health Care and come on this website to here to chat with us with us and give his telephone number……Semper Fi.

    • Gee Helen, are you suggesting more people expose themselves for attacks of various sorts? Not clear, just who do you want to come here and chat with us and give whose phone numbers? I can be thick-skulled at times and need things clarified. You want Ben’s private phone number?? Aren’t YOU talking to Ben right now? Then for good measure you throw in a “Semper Fi?” IMHO you sound just like packs of activist, city council scum, unions, and others I have dealt with for years and more-so presently. Ahem, are you a regular here using a different name? Seems the more we give over information or allow others access to our so-called “secure and private medical information guaranteed by ethics laws/oaths to HIPPA” the more our information is leaked to a wide variety of corrupt politicians to the many kinds of activist, a multitude of psychopaths that work in the entire health care fields from top administration down, both VA and civilian. Oh just because they all care don’t cha’ know, and they can all add their flavors of retaliation, retributions, and such. Like Subaru is made with “love.”

      Trumpster and his cabinet ilk, picks, left overs from the Obummer admin etc., won’t do much. He even added corrupt pukes to his admin like Pence to Nikki Haley the Marx-feminist who along with others want eternal wars to destroying American history. Then adds some old guard, deep-state swamp monsters like a Huckaboo (ee), a cute little Neuert and another blond Trump advisor we are supposed to bow to and swallow their stuff hook-line and sinker just because they seem brilliant, are females, or can weaponize their feminine wiles against us proclaiming our moms or wives are female too. And we should listen to them and act accordingly or obey lest we ‘step on a crack – break our momma’s back” or dishonor them in some way? Just like we were supposed to eat and obey what Moo-shell, or Mike, Obama had to inject into our daily lives or brain-wash the kiddies with. Now the whole pack of those fools and trash on both sides are playing their games, in concert, to censor and attack us in every manner. Ahem, to let many die and suffer since the Mid-East and nepotism is more important to all the above and the swamp monsters in DC than veterans or our country and that dirty piece of “antiquated paper” called the Constitution or words like freedom.

      He is “pussyfooting” around and sitting on his hands due to rules and maneuvers used by Congress and others that we may not know of or have much knowledge about. Like what I posted about from Judge Anna I think her name is exposing fancy moves from Chucky Shumer and others voiding out Trump’s first years of play in office. Like Trump and his team of lawyers, high IQ advisors, Freemasons, Skull & Boners, Cap & Gowns, and DC cliques (both parties of the same masters) didn’t see that coming??? Hows about a good game of chess, anyone? They are a hundred years (may be slightly exaggerated) ahead of us in political moves, in secret sciences, gadgets, weaponry, bio-weapons, AI, their top secret gaming objectives, black budgets and deals, that we will never hear of or see (or able to purchase and use) until the moves are made and, or, allowed to sell with Gov/Corporate patents a hundred years old, or when the shit hits the fan like with illegal immigration or over the VA (all healthcare or corruption) the problems and issues become so huge they can’t be dealt with. Like bankers too big, too corrupted, swamp monsters all, to allow to fail. Bail em’ all out, save the swamp monsters!!!! Save the top globalist, controllers, the masters and freaks!!!

      Trumster like those before him can’t let the house of cards fall. IMHO there is no difference between politicians or those from the corporate ladders that be. When Trump added Pence to the game I knew it was game over for the USA and us. Even though he spouted words like “helping veterans,” or making America “first second and third.” What hogwash. People think he is going to allow Pence and others look bad? We are a heavy duty sanctuary state and college towns thick with DACA (adults) that are getting it all for free and being protected. In the thousands. Not one is being ICED. But that isn’t news or being made public. What did Pence the godly do for vets when he had the chance? Nothing. Just like the rest in our open air prison camp called Indiana. The Gaza Strip of the USA, more corrupt than NY city or Chi town (Chicago) or LA combined. Just as many corrupt swamp monsters here and activist as DC with all the connections. Shhh don’t tell anyone or dare mention any negatives about this state or it’s corrupt ties to every evil and swamp monster out there. Ahem, foreign and domestic, spiritual too. Oh my! Now the new team is going to support another Bush family warmongering lying piece of trash to keep the old family swamp monster’s ball rolling in high offices, Clintoon’s too. Wonder why not one but four known picks for Trumpster’s admin comes from Indiana? Why we have no real news reporters, investigative journalist here. Why illegals and terrorist are welcome here supported by the “community,” churches, and colleges. How did Bush family buddy Mitch Daniels a so-called “Republican” take a Israeli trip, come home to take presidency over a far left college and start pushing PC-ness and college life on us all here? Bring the California far left and Marx living to Indiana? Didn’t the far left claim to hate him and hate all Republicans? What happened there and how did people know about his new position libtards/Marxist/communitarians/globalist/commies were celebrating before hand, before it was made “for public consumption?” Smell any ‘bait n switch?” Watch that chess game and house of cards. Who gets ignored, who gets pampered, recognized, kept in the news and free press? A police dog dies here we get the info, how, why, cause, media, circus, concern. Not so much over really horrible veteran or civilian issues or deaths/suicides. Privacy concerns are used there, for the insignificant and expendables. Ahh the pecking order, house of cards, the pyramid schemes of life is showing. George Carlin said some truths like it being a big party or big club and we aren’t part of it. Quick…censor that.

      Now ask why Trump, Congress, to the lower levels of local long standing deep-seated swamp monsters, in office by nepotism, media, churches, etc., not in a great uproar over lies, Marxist Oligarchs, and propaganda in academia or about the chronic censoring going on that has brought, will bring, this country to it’s knees and kept citizens and kiddies in the dark for generations, and want various topics/issues erased from sight and mind? Has the deep state and our shadow government (two different entities) threaten the Trump family like they did Ross Perot?? ‘They’ sure silenced him up and scared him off fast. Not a word about investigating where the threats came from. Deep state black ops? Autopsy photos of Kennedy? Without free speech, the spread of information, truth, real history, a real informing media unlike what we have today, no rights to question or challenge the corrupt or our enemies…. and more… we are freaking toast. Oh, and by the way, the scum here is secretly forbidding some veterans and gun dealers from purchasing their usual goods. Not a word in the news about it. Is this more Trumpism and holding over from the Obummer era or Shrubs, and keeping vets on that evil list of patriots or extremist (that includes non 501C3 churches) that promote America… first, second and third before all others?

      Why does he want a punk like silver spoon fed, dual citizenship Kushner to obtain top level security clearances? Like we need more of that in DC. WTF!!! Have I thrown too much at ya to ponder on — Helen??? Now lets discuss how we can change the VA. Can we get high security clearances and ability to arrest assholes for treason, misconduct, ethics violations, pass some executive orders too? If ‘they’ wanted change it could happen over-night just like the traitors can make other things happen ‘over-night’ or within days or a week. Cat got their tongues or unions and the corrupt stepping on their… you know.

      Know what my favorite color is Helen? Clear. I know I know. Paint it all black.

  9. Regardless of President Trump bumping heads with Sessions and the FBI, with Shulkin’s taxpayer funded vacation barely a year into him taking over the VA – along with no change and/or progress at the VA, I don’t believe people will come down on Trump if he fires Shulkin.

    • I believe that the longer Trump waits to get rid of Shulkin, more time will be wasted on him and his trip. Get rid of him now and let’s move on and try to get “something” done in the next two and so years left of the term.

      But really, regarless of whom they put to lead the VA, the mission is still to ‘Delay, Deny, until veterans die’. I think this Shulkin thing is a distraction so they can blame the focus on Shulkin’s antics as the reason why they didn’t make any change this time around.

      So, get rid of Shulkin now so they can’t blame him for screwing us over for another four years.

  10. I just received this from:
    “Military.com”
    Even though it’s a few days old, 2 Mar 2018, it shows the reality of combat veterans living with PTSD.
    It’s 4:31 minutes long and well worth the view!
    By: Sarah Blansett.
    Titled;
    “A Video About PTSD You Won’t Soon Forget!”

    Try it!

  11. All futile. And then the next VA questionable, or illegal activity, or behavior occurs. Question; where’s all the good, new, proven, and non-scandalous things that’s happening in the VA? Anything new that we Vets can shout about. Hmm, ain’t none. It’s a façade, filled with so many smoke screens that the average Vet can’t see it, until it’s too late. We’ve got to somehow kick it up a notch, so that our energies and time can accomplish the most good. We’ve got everything we need to do more fine tune tactics, ones that will embarrass the VA into changes. Legally, the Tort Laws, and less Attorneys that practice in this area, hinders the efforts of us Vets. TRUTH by Nutter.

  12. Ben, I agree with you that veterans are being harmed, and agree that Trump has the authority to hire and fire who he wants.

    But only in a normal world.

    On Shulkin. I think Shulkin was forced on Trump by swamp rats both on congressional committees and VSOs. In a political world, he had little choice but to accept what Congress would confirm for an appointee. We have seen what Congress thinks of veterans being harmed by the VA. Leave it on autopilot as long as contractors are being paid, then act surprised when a wait scandal hits. Throw money at the problem where more contractors are paid, then go back on autopilot.

    Trump may have wanted someone else all along, and put people in place to oversee what was going on, until he got enough evidence of what is going on to where he can fire Shulkin without hearing a lot of whining and bitching from Congress.

    No matter what the issue is, Shulkin is providing the evidence for his firing by his own actions. I see any problems he faces as coming from whistle blowers, which is an insult to veterans if you think about it. There are other whistle blowers reporting things that have a direct affect on veterans, but we are not seeing people fired for their actions against veterans. Its insulting that whoever is blowing the whistle on Shulkins travel fraud is taken more seriously than a whistle blower that reports veterans being directly harmed.

    As for Sessions. I agree it doesn’t look good for Trump to be attacking his AG, but this is a political world, and his attacks may not be what they appear.

    Trump has valid points for calling out Sessions over some of the blatant felonies committed at the DOJ and FBI, but I think him calling out Sessions is just a public show.

    The DOJ IG has been investigating some serious lawbreaking since January 2017. Sessions can’t interfere with that. Congressional committees are also looking into different parts of that lawbreaking. They can work with the DOJ and the IG there, but they too can’t interfere.

    We’ve already seen several DOJ officials resign, as well as FBI officials. Others are caught dead to rights violating the law, but still working at DOJ. Why is that they are not fired or prosecuted?

    Some have been demoted, but they are still working. I think they are still at DOJ because the IG made very clear how much trouble they are in, and they have been told they will stay on the clock for as long as the IG needs them to cooperate in any way the IG wants. Once the IG is done, they will get whatever is coming for them.

    That IG report is due “early spring”, but I believe it will come out this month. I believe Sessions has been working in parallel with the IG to prosecute once that report is issued. I think Trumps public attacks have been nothing more than a smoke screen allowing Sessions to operate without distractions behind the scenes.

    Whatever the IG reports…I believe will be massive if it is ever fully reported. The abuse of our intelligence agencies being used to spy on rival political campaigns will make Watergate look like some lemonade stand got robbed. If the FISA court was lied to and a different warrant request was given to the court than what the DOJ has, and it looks like that actually happened, then people are going to prison.

  13. Grassley, Ernst rip VA’s slow response to illegal doctor hiring case

    by Tony Leys
    USA today
    March 2, 2018

    “Iowa’s U.S. senators blasted the Department of Veterans Affairs on Friday for failing to promptly determine how many of its doctors were illegally hired after having their state medical licenses revoked.

    The complaint from Sens. Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst comes in the wake of a USA TODAY investigation in December that found the Iowa City VA hospital hired a neurosurgeon whose Wyoming medical license was revoked over allegations of deadly malpractice. The surgeon, John Henry Schneider, resigned after USA TODAY began asking questions. VA leaders acknowledged to Grassley and Ernst in December that Schneider’s hiring was improper, and they vowed to review the records of all VA doctors by the end of February.

    The senators expressed frustration Friday that the VA failed to live up to its promise. “Our veterans have sacrificed so much for our nation and it is unacceptable that the VA has failed to ensure that the doctors treating our veterans are certified to do so,” Ernst wrote. “…These findings are critical to ensure an unqualified and improperly licensed doctor is never allowed to practice at the VA again.”

    Ernst and Grassley said the results of the investigation should be made public. VA leaders responded in a January letter to the senators: “At this time, VA has not made a determination on whether or not to publicize the results of the national licensure review.”

    The VA also told the senators that it “has not identified a reason” to notify patients or their families if it turns out they were treated by doctors who should not have been hired because of discipline by state medical boards.

    In his statement Friday, Grassley reiterated his feelings on the subject of openness. “Ensuring qualified, professional staff are caring for our nation’s veterans is crucial, and we need to know the men and women who have served this country are receiving the best possible care,” he wrote. “The hiring practices at VA directly impact the lives of veterans from Iowa and every state. The VA has an obligation to our veterans and the public to share the findings of their internal review.”

    A national VA spokesman said later Friday that the review of 77,000 health-care providers, which was ordered by Secretary David Shulkin, was 95 percent complete. “Although the review is ongoing, VA has already taken a number of disciplinary actions, where warranted,” Curt Cashour wrote in an email to The Register. He said the disciplinary actions included firings, though he did not specify how many, whom they affected or whether any were in Iowa City.”

    Full Article at: “https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/health/2018/03/02/grassley-ernst-rip-department-veterans-affairs-slow-response-illegal-doctor-hiring-case/389031002/”

    • Hey, Seymore,
      Have you seen these two yet;
      1.) “Military Tribunals Coming: How you can help!”
      It’s started! On March 1st, 2018, President Trump signed the executive order on Military Tribunals for those committed to overthrowing the President/Republic!
      ______________________

      2.)
      Here’s a link, spelling it out;

      *”https://stateofthenation2012.com/?p=95604″*

      Check it out. There’s a “long list” of crimes which will be tried by a military tribunal!

      • Hey Elf,

        Searched the title you listed and watched the Vid on Ytube.

        With the way things are going it might take that to get things back on track.

    • VA fails to complete nationwide license review after hiring neurosurgeon with revoked license, malpractice allegations

      by Shayna Korol
      Monday, 05 March 2018 21:02

      “U.S. Senators Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa criticized the Department of Veterans Affairs for failing to complete their national review of all VA healthcare providers’ licenses by the February 2018 deadline.

      Here are five things to know.

      1. The review is intended to ensure that no physicians had been hired illegally by the VA. Sens. Ernst and Grassley made the complaint after a December 2017 USA TODAY investigation found the Iowa City VA hospital hired a neurosurgeon whose Wyoming medical license was revoked over malpractice allegations.

      2. After the investigation, neurosurgeon John Henry Schneider, MD, resigned, USA Today reports. In December, VA leaders acknowledged to Sens. Grassley and Ernst that Dr. Schneider was hired improperly, and they resolved to review all VA physician records by the end of February.”

      Full article at: “https://www.beckersspine.com/spine/item/40166-va-fails-to-complete-nationwide-license-review-after-hiring-neurosurgeon-with-revoked-license-malpractice-allegations-5-insights.html”

      • Seymore,
        In essence, those at the top at VA DON’T think “We the People”, especially veterans, have the “right” to see who’s eligible to practice medicine at any vha!

  14. Today’s article asks why the president hasn’t done anything. Simple, he didn’t see it on FOX this morning. Even if Ben were able to make a personal visit with the pres., he wouldn’t do a damn thing. His WhiteWhoreHouse has had a bucket of indictments and pleas, and he’s running out of staffers to kick around. Being a narcissist, he believes that all the good and loyal soldiers love him. He believes this because the VSOs give out plaques to themselves honoring jobs well done in service to veterans. Why on earth would he expose yet another disaster in “his” house? He doesn’t even blame Obama for shit anymore.

    Bone Spur Boy doesn’t giver a flyin fuck about veterans. He’ll only pay attention and wag his jaw or otherwise shitter-tweet when there’s something in it for him.

    • Stop telling the truth. People voted for reality TV in 2016 and now we have it. Enjoy the show folks!

    • Well said, Windguy! Let us not forget that Trump (I shudder to call him POTUS) has publicly stated that he always wanted to be a veteran. So much so that he obtained multiple deferments to keep him from becoming one.

      Hopefully our nation will survive his tenure in the oval office until 2020. He has zero chance at a second term that I see – – – unless the vast majority of my fellow citizens are dumber than fuck. While there are different levels of education in ‘Murica – – – I do think that most of our fellow citizens will soon be able to see through his veil of chronic lying, and narcissism – – – if they have not already. I only hope that it is not too late.

      For all that he promised for veterans, he has not delivered substance by any means.

      Commander-In-Chief or Cuckold-In-Chief? That is the question . . .

    • “Why on earth would he expose yet another disaster in “his” house? He doesn’t even blame Obama for shit anymore.”
      Because he is setting up Opee Winfree for 2020 and she will win

  15. This is a bit off topic, but i had posted last week in regards to my call to the DC White House hotline call in mid December. Last week I got a letter from the President and a call from the VA in Denver telling me how the problems with my Choice care would be resolved, and care restored.
    Today i received a call from Arlington Va, VA. Not only did they get the wrong disabled veteran, they thought that I was the provider , and questioned me about the other Veteran. Just can’t make this stuff up.
    So last week I said I din’t hold out any hope, even though I got the call from the Denver VA and a letter from the President, but today’s call confirms exactly what is wrong. Inept and incompetent people, who can’t even get it right with the White House Hotline. Nothing surprises me any longer!

  16. I do think there’s a coup going on at the VA, but what frightens me about it is just how much it’s going to affect veterans in the long run as far as health care, disability compensation, and so on. I think the Koch funded Concerned Veterans of America CVA are the major players behind this coup attempt on Shulkin and I keep wondering who they plan to put at the helm of the VA. I think it’s safe to say that whoever gets the top job veterans are going to have hell to pay. Crap! Being a criminal, illegal, or being a terrorist is more beneficial than being a 2nd class citizen veteran in this country. This shit ain’t worth fighting and dying in a war zone for!

  17. Shulkin lied. Does this REALLY surprise anyone? He has been lying since day one of his tenure.

    Ben is correct. The ONLY losers here are veterans. But, as my brothers/sisters-in-arms are all too painfully aware of, this is not news. The nation that proclaims to honor our service actually despises us. And all that is required to substantiate that statement are our ongoing trials with the dysfunctional system known as the Veterans Administration.

    Time to clean the whole rotten mess!

    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 and her citizen’s about what a stellar job they are doing.

    They are not. In fact, they are doing a very piss-poor job. The VA has a first-world budget which they use to provide veterans less than third-world medical care.

    Current VA leadership has their Brain Housing Group the size of mice and their Hearts no bigger. It is about FIFTEEN YEARS PAST TIME TO FIX THE GODDAMN BROKEN VA.

    How could this be done?

    1. IMMEDIATELY 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 military barracks-style 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 XX state? You need to be LICENSED in XX state.

    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. President. Call me anytime. I have a lot of ideas to help this nation improve the services provided to my fellow veterans. The ones that were promised, but have yet to be delivered upon. Veterans have been waiting for over fifty years for the fulfillment of those promises. I will not hesitate to speak up at all.

    For my fellow veterans who have been ill-served by this DERAILED CLUSTERFUCK of a GOD AWFUL 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. The vast majority of our current Congress Critters do NOT care about Veterans Interests. They only care about their pockets, and keeping their jobs wherein they have to produce NOTHING of substance for America. Only illusion.

    Perhaps their replacements will. VOTE OUT all these WORTHLESS BASTARDS.

    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, Congressional Baseball Team, Las Vegas Sniper, or school shooting incidents occur. 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 brought in from the general veteran population with a few serious axes to grind against the VA and the AFGE, with zero previous governmental civilian service.

    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

  18. In shulkin’s quest to become a billionaire off the backs of Veterans. Cerner is touting accomplishments of their software deal with the D.O.D. trying to promote Shulkin signing the contracts on his up coming Las Vegas adventure latter this week. Where he will be paid for giving a speech along side of note worth retired Basketball star Magic Johnson at a convention in Vegas.

    The major problem with the Cerner deal is that they are currently covering up the mounting numbers of failures the new system is having at the D.O.D.. With a growing number of complaints being filed by the clinicians who are now being required to use this up and coming software failure.

    As the list of complaints continues to grow so do the projected cost of implementing the system and also the growing concern that the software will be just another boondoggle of taxpayer’s dollars.

    From a current article on Shulkin some quotes about the Cerner boondoggle.

    “The DoD’s project director, Stacy Cummings, tells us that the Leidos partnership agreed in December to a “stabilization” period at the four bases because of mounting complaints from clinicians. The program, which involves several dozen visiting military and civilian IT experts, will go through March — a bit longer than we’d previously been told — with some team members remaining at Madigan Army Medical Center into April. ” “At the same time, the Defense Health Administration is putting a management structure in place to oversee the medical facilities, previously the responsibility of the services’ surgeon-generals.”

    That from a newly released article by Politico.

    Shulkin under pressure
    By ARTHUR ALLEN
    03/05/2018

    At: “https://www.politico.com/newsletters/morning-ehealth/2018/03/05/shulkin-under-pressure-122833”

    ______

    Basically while the new wonder system of boondoggles that is suppose to replace current systems is being brought online. Now not only do they need to keep Cerner’s subcontractor working double the project time with not real end in site. But they are also being required to maintain current system in use as well as maintaining and up grading the current system. Also now having to pay Cerner for the new none functioning system with it current army of subcontractors all trying to bring the new system online in just 4 locations.

    In the truest since of the word. Another “BoonDoggle” being covered by taxpayers.

  19. I don’t get it? Is shulkin looking to get terminated? He can’t be that stupid. Taking his wife
    along and expecting the va to pay for it? A trip to? What’s that have to do with the va?
    Anyway off topic.
    I keep getting these requests to fill out a Survey of Healthcare Experiences of Patients
    speciality Care.
    Should I fill it out and submit? I really don’t care to be part of any survey group.
    If it was annoymou maybe I would do it but they have an OMB number on form
    which they can pinpoint right to each individual. I don’t want them giving my info to google.
    Google has enough of my info.
    Thanks in advance

  20. Okay, my good people …. I am not getting any money or consideration for this, but from what I can see, Benjamin is telling it straight up ! ! He doesn’t touch on this point, but we NEED to STICK TOGETHER. I think that should be obvious. Of COURSE SULKIN LIED ! ! ! I also advocate for veterans with service dogs, and I could NOT BELIEVE how difficult that can become. Disabled veterans being thrown to the ground because VA medical center police officers didn’t like the look of their legitimate service dogs. ( Wake up ! ! ! Is THAT illegal, or WHAT.) We had something similar happen to us ( My dear husband is a 100% service connected disabled US veteran, and qualifies for his service dog, which is a “hearing,” dog. ” ) Eternal vigilance, my brothers and sisters. God bless ! ! !

  21. Off Topic but Quan Loi thinks: Smoke screen!! Bladder cancer was expected to go on the Agent Orange list last November. Well, since then, we have lost a number of Veterans to this nasty disease. Delay, Deny until we die.

  22. Well isn’t that special.

    Each and every VA medical center can nominate one Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service (VAVS) student volunteer for an award. To be eligible for the award, candidates must have completed 100 hours of regularly scheduled VAVS volunteer service during the calendar year, be a student in the 10th grade or above, and have not yet reached their 19th birthday.

    “Central Magnet student earns $20,000 VA scholarship”

    Murfreesboro Post
    40 min ago

    “17-year-old Leanna Edwards of Rockvale has earned the top award of $20,000 in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) 2018 James H. Parke Memorial Youth Scholarship Award program.”

    It is so “not” nice to see that the VA is spending their budget on High School kids rather than using the money to provide care for Veterans.

    Article at: “https://www.murfreesboropost.com/community/central-magnet-student-earns-va-scholarship/article_4a44ee6c-20ed-11e8-8190-0755060d3c29.html”

    • Seymore,
      There’s probably Billions of taxpayers monies being spent on putting it into the pockets of VA management we’re NEVER going to see or hear about!
      #auditthevanow

    • That’s the way the AFGE cultures a future VA Upper SES’er and they start young. Am betting the recipients of any of these high school awards of $20,000. are blood relatives of already engorged purple teams…you know, that thing called nepotism that keeps the cellulite packed tight at the VA?
      Start you because that $20,000. is akin to a street alley drug dealer giving free samples to get the kiddies hooked to ensure devoted deadly repeated business.

      RAND has found that all forms of $$$$ are indeed akin to crack to any VA employee, upper/lower, and will kill for it repeatedly because the punishment system…is on…crack!!!!!!

  23. A Major VA Medical Center Gave Veterans Inaccurate HIV Test Results, Investigation Finds

    By Daniel Chang
    Miami Herald
    March 6, 2018

    “At least eight military veterans who were tested for HIV at the Miami VA Medical Center received a different result when they were screened for a second time by an outside lab — a discrepancy discovered only after an employee at the Miami facility complained to outside agencies and the White House that local managers were ignoring his concerns, according to an independent federal investigator.

    The Department of Veterans Affairs investigated the complaints and said it was unable to substantiate the employee’s claims after a four-day visit to the Miami VAMC in October 2016.

    On Wednesday the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, an independent federal investigative agency, called the VA’s findings “unreasonable” and expressed “incredulity” that the Miami VAMC complied with new HIV testing policy only after the employee complained to outside agencies.

    In a letter to President Trump, Special Counsel Henry J. Kerner said VA investigators were unable to substantiate the claims because they loosely interpreted the deadline for the Miami VAMC to comply with the new HIV testing policy.

    Kerner added that Miami VAMC officials failed to respond to concerns raised by the employee, Roman Miguel, a lab director, until after Miguel complained to the OSC in May 2016 and hand-delivered a notice to Miami VAMC Director Paul Russo on June 30, 2016.

    “I am incredulous that compliance with Directive 1113 [the policy] and implementation of fourth generation HIV testing occurred only after Mr. Miguel’s disclosures and OSC’s intercession,” Kerner wrote in the letter.

    Kerner noted that the OSC also asked VA Sec. David Shulkin to report on whether all of the agency’s medical facilities around the country were using the latest HIV testing procedures as required by the 2015 policy.”

    Full Article at: “https://taskandpurpose.com/miami-va-veteran-hiv-tests/”

    _____________________

    With the VA so willfully putting Veterans at risk over the past few years. Requiring testing of 10s of thousands of Veterans that may of been exposed to the disease through Un-sanitized dental tools and improperly cleaned colonoscopy equipment.

    Seriously trusting the VA with your health care is like playing Russian roulette.

    • Gee. Another policy some bureaucrat intentionally failed to follow.

      It used to be that they could be charged with criminal negligence.

      Back when we still paid attention to what laws were.

    • Fuck YOU VA!

      Just, Fuck OFF!

      In a pissed-off mood today after that story. Thanks, Seymore Klearly. VA Deathcare Excellence!

      HEY, PIGGY VSO’s…evolve or get out of our way because IF you were TRULY helping Veterans as our fellow “advocates”, this SHIT would not be happening because you would not standby while the AFGE completely lays waste to OUR VA…NOT *your* fucking VA, VSO’s…OURS!

      Damn! Now, where’s my cat with my valerian vaporizer?

      Still pissed!

  24. It is kind of annoying how the Main Stream Media continues to call Concerned Veterans for America “A Koch-baked group”. Seriously they are advocating that Veterans should have a choice in their own health care. So that Veterans can choose between having a nurse, pharmacist, or physicians assistant at a VAMC act as their primary care Phyiscian, or the Veteran can choose to see a real doctor outside the VA.

    Here is another headline about Concerned Veterans for America and that great DAV award winner for her total cluster F^%$king at Tomah.

    “Koch-backed group puts $1.6M into ads hitting Wis. senator over VA scandal”

    By Jonathan Easley
    The Hill
    03/06/18 05:00 AM

    “A group associated with billionaire conservative donors Charles and David Koch is putting $1.6 million behind two advertisements attacking Wisconsin Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) for her handling of the Tomah Veterans Affairs Medical Center scandal.

    Concerned Veterans for America will run ads in Wisconsin highlighting Baldwin’s handling of an opioid over-prescription crisis at the Veterans Affairs center in Tomah.

    One of the ads is a first-person testimony from a man identified only as Mark, who said that he worked at the Tomah VA as a nurse but was also treated there as a veteran.

    “They kept giving me meds and at one point I was on seven different medicines,” he says in the ad. “Their idea of treating the vets is to throw more pills at them. The Tomah VA were enabling these guys to become addicts. We know for a fact that Tammy Baldwin had these reports that show these things were going on. Tammy Baldwin had all that information and did nothing with it. Vets were dying vets were committing suicide. It was heartbreaking to see that. I want an answer.”

    The second ad features Mark’s wife Jean, talking about what the over-prescribed opioids meant for her family.

    “The Tomah VA almost cost us my kids father, my husband,” Jean says in the ad. “They almost cost him his life. The report was handed to Tammy Baldwin and she knew what was going on for months and she sat on it. The vets paid the price, the families paid the price. The Tomah VA and Tammy Baldwin let us down.”

    Baldwin has been under scrutiny for her handling of the matter since reports first emerged in 2015 that her office had received a report about over-prescriptions at the VA. Baldwin waited for several months before calling for an investigation.

    The controversy arose after a Marine named Jason Simcakoski died on Aug. 30, 2014 after being treated at the Tomah VA. A day earlier, Baldwin’s office received a report documenting over-prescriptions there but she did not call for an investigation until January, when a the Center for Investigative Reporting detailed how Simcakoski had died.”

    Full Article at: “https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/376878-koch-backed-group-puts-15m-into-ads-hitting-wis-senator-over-va-scandal”

    ___________________

    To Jonathan Easley the author of the article. How is your life as a totally tool. Veterans suffered greatly and died at Tomah while a senator hide a report and took no action until she was forced to. Yet you try to dismiss that as Concerned Veterans for American solely working for the Koch Brothers. What a low life polictical hack you are Jonathan Easley and as for “The Hill”. Words cannot describe …

    • I just…cannot…trust…the Brothers Koch, when they pretty much OWN Big Pharma and I consider any friend of Big Pharma a friend or at best, ally to the VA and all the other VSO’s…kind of a clusterfuck in old man Scrooge McDuck’s Money Bin from old comics…I see the Koch’s being the types to only fund a newer VSO only to steer something that *only* benefits their already rich asses…
      …and what better to feed the ones holding the puppet purse strings of big pharma than nonhuman test subjects?
      Maybe also, I’m overly paranoid and they mean all well and good. The since they have OODLES of $$$, why are they not funding true accountability and far as I can see, Benjamin is about the sole holder of that torch, which is like holding a plunger in the swamp, (however, it has been my own ally for quite a while and serves me well) …

      All I’m saying is IF the Koch’s are serious, why not put SERIOUS $$$ in helping Vets instead of what’s fishbait to them and their perspective? I’m thinking with all their Billions, they could do by Vets better and am thinking again, it’s only a smokescreen/front for something else.

  25. 03/05/2018

    Dear Benjamin Krause,

    The End is near, but you are months away, Dr. Shulkin has a few more months.

    This “purge” at the VA can not be all that bad. Just think for a second, how many bad guys did Dr. Shulkin get rid of? 80% 90% at this one location.

    According to your followers and the past behavior of the VA—a 100% purge would bring on the Sunshine we need at the VA Hospitals.

    Benjamin please do not forget who the former 20 year Senator/Subcommittee on Military Personnel is [Jeff Sessions DOJ].

    Trump knows his worth/even pros make mistakes.

    But it takes a Leader to decide when it is time to go.

    Sincerely,

    Don Karg

  26. Trump needs to fire Sessions, and remove him out of the Department of Justice as Top Dog.

    I never heard such a dumb ass (Sessions) to make unscientific, misleading, and stigmatized statements on the use of Cannabis. Plus, he is TOTALLY ignoring the millions of Veterans who are now stuck in a situation that is an unrecognized grey area, but an area as REAL as your physical self. A situation about those that have chronic pain, severe muscles spasms, PTSD, anxiety, depression, and other symptoms, ones in which can be treated with different strains of Cannabis hybrids, whether as an alternative source, or in combination with over-the-counter and/or other prescribed medications.

    All some one has to do, is a downright simple search on comparing the negative impact on society between the effects of Cannabis and Alcohol. This difference is staggering. And I for one, put life well above anything else. There’s absolutely NO good reason that ANY Veteran should be forced to take Psychotropic drugs. Sessions may have come up with good ideas in other legal areas, but when it comes to medical science, the dude is extremely incompetent, to the point of being a big stupid, and dangerous to the lives of millions of Vets.

    There is no reason for ANY Veteran to needlessly suffer, while these a-holes are able to continue with their lives in pleasure, security, and happiness. I’m a Investigative Research Biologist, and Cannabis is less harmful than any behind or over-the-counter medicinal or pharmaceutical chemicals used for treating, and for the relief of medical symptoms.

    And stop calling Cannabis a drug, its a botanical plant. Words mean things, and this is just another way that our so-called compassionate Politicians trying their best in keeping people stupid and dependent upon them.

    Finally, by one partaking in using Cannabis, as that person isn’t harming others, or not damaging property, or not hurting ones puppy dog, and if that person believes in their mind that it is not a crime to use Cannabis, then that person should be able to at least, cultivate the said hybrid strains they so desire, and to so-called brew just like others that create their own kind of Alcoholic beverages.

    Free the weed, to stop the greed, and doing so from a little seed. Sorry Donald, I didn’t mean to get so heavy, and far out there in thought and belief.

    • ANutterVet,
      There’s a gentleman by the name of “Josh Bernstein” who has a utube channel. He discussed recently about “mass shootings”, “psychotropic drugs” and their “side effects”!
      During his video, he even names the drugs most, not all, mass murderers (including the school shooter here in Florida) were on! According to the side effects, these “drugs” have suicidal and homicidal ideations, or uncontrollable anger, attached to them!
      This is the main reason why I will NOT ever take these drugs. Especially from the VA!
      If you can find the video, I suggest watching it!

  27. Seymore,
    Have you seen this article/video?
    It’s definitely making its rounds on the internet.
    From;
    “Girls Just Wanna Have Guns”
    Posted on 5 Mar. 2018
    (7:31 minutes long)
    Titled;
    “Watch: The Video Gun Grabbers Are Terrified Of!”

    This PATRIOT, a Virginia Republican, tells it like it is! He pulls no punches on the democrats in the Virginia House!
    His name: “Del. Nicholas J. Freitas”
    He’s also running against Tim Kaine, the failed dem who was Hillary’s VP pick!
    Enjoy, I definitely did!

    • “https://www.conservativereview.com/articles/fire-watch-gop-senate-candidate-stun-second-amendment-snowflakes-recess/”

  28. VA has wasted taxpayers money for 28 years on my one case – just think how much it has wasted on other cases. People are being told their income tax payments will be late this time – yet look at federal employees wasting taxpayers money.

    My Congressman’s aide called me yesterday and told me that according to the Ethics Committee he can not contact the VA Secretary or President because it would put pressure on them but what about all the pressure the VA has placed on a Vietnam Veteran’s Widow for 28 years. Now I am disabled and can’t walk and have hospice in with me and still get treated badly no benefits because of the mistakes they have made such as placing wrong information on the VACOLS, giving illegal jurisdiction to Board, misstating my case using word language such as using Federal Circuit Court Order as “factual” when it was not and the Federal Circuit Court Order stated it was not facts but “evidence of the file” because it was taken from the record on appeal filed by the VA Dept and lying in their briefs to the Court stating federal employees do their job correctly and would not place wrong information on the VACOLS when the RO wrote a letter stating they did place this wrong information on VACOLS to get a remand from the Board – the Board even stated there was no statement of the case in any of Winsett’s cases – so this meant the VA Board knew they did not have legal jurisdiction and did not remand it.
    Any one knowing how to get this to the Secretary of VA and President Trump I would appreciate them doing so by copying and pasting it to your facebook and let all veterans know what is happening to me.

  29. VA has wasted taxpayers money for 28 years on my one case – just think how much it has wasted on other cases. People are being told their income tax payments will be late this time – yet look at federal employees wasting taxpayers money.

    My Congressman’s aide called me yesterday and told me that according to the Ethics Committee he can not contact the VA Secretary or President because it would put pressure on them but what about all the pressure the VA has placed on a Vietnam Veteran’s Widow for 28 years. Now I am disabled and can’t walk and have hospice in with me and still get treated badly no benefits because of the mistakes they have made such as placing wrong information on the VACOLS, giving illegal jurisdiction to Board, misstating my case using word language such as using Federal Circuit Court Order as “factual” when it was not and the Federal Circuit Court Order stated it was not facts but “evidence of the file” because it was taken from the record on appeal filed by the VA Dept and lying in their briefs to the Court stating federal employees do their job correctly and would not place wrong information on the VACOLS when the RO wrote a letter stating they did place this wrong information on VACOLS to get a remand from the Board – the Board even stated there was no statement of the case in any of Winsett’s cases – so this meant the VA Board knew they did not have legal jurisdiction and did not remand it.
    Any one knowing how to get this to the Secretary of VA and President Trump I would appreciate them doing so by copying and pasting it to your facebook and let all veterans know what is happening to me.

    Please post to your website and let all veterans know what is happening to their widows.

    • Shulkin does not have two minutes time for a Vietnam Veteran’s widow phone conversation. His employees are lying about my case and he will not call me and give me the time to tell him the truth. I have evidence in black and white federal employees have unjustly decided my case and will not answer my arguments and consider my evidence. they have violated my due process rights and not done as a CAVC Order had ordered. They did not consider Westberry v. West and Westberry v Principi when it was in a agreement of the parties for a remand at the CAVC. The Board stated they did not consider Westberry to deny my case on and did not have to consider it. They did not use Skipworth v. Skipworth to decide my case either until June 2016 and stated the Board misstated the Alabama Law because of Skipworth I am entitled too I was married at his death by common law marriage for the evidence proved it. Also the Board ruled Dec. 2007 without proper jurisdiction.

    • Shulkin does not have two minutes time for a Vietnam Veteran’s widow phone conversation. His employees are lying about my case and he will not call me and give me the time to tell him the truth. I have evidence in black and white federal employees have unjustly decided my case and will not answer my arguments and consider my evidence. they have violated my due process rights and not done as a CAVC Order had ordered. They did not consider Westberry v. West and Westberry v Principi when it was in a agreement of the parties for a remand at the CAVC. The Board stated they did not consider Westberry to deny my case on and did not have to consider it. They did not use Skipworth v. Skipworth to decide my case either until June 2016 and stated the Board misstated the Alabama Law because of Skipworth I am entitled too I was married at his death by common law marriage for the evidence proved it. Also the Board ruled Dec. 2007 without proper jurisdiction. Prove Board lied in CAVC Court Order by Judge Lance.

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