Thumbs Nose At Trump

VA Thumbs Nose At Trump, Fires Whistleblower Right As Protection Law Is Signed

Thumbs Nose At Trump

One well-known VA whistleblower may not benefit from new protections signed into law by President Trump since he was canned right before Trump signed the law.

How is that for a typical and obvious thumbing of the nose at the policies pushed by President Donald Trump to benefit veterans and honest VA employees?

Somewhere, in the corrupt halls of Memphis VA Medical Center, at least a few criminals are high-fiving each other for making Trump look like a punk.

Prominent whistleblower Sean Higgins was terminated for “disruptive behavior” after being harassed by agency managerial scum. And one scum appears to be David K. Dunning, the Memphis VA director, who concluded Higgins request to be called “Mr. Higgins” caused discomfort and was therefore disruptive.

Higgins revealed numerous issues within Memphis VA including favoritism concerning one employee name Brittney Lowe who was allowed to return to work after sitting in jail for 60 days after her third DUI conviction.

In a spell of irony, Higgins was one of the whistleblowers cited as being the reason why VA needed the new Accountability law.

The termination is effective June 30.

About The Termination

According to The DailyCaller:

“In reaching this decision, your oral and written replies were carefully considered along with all the evidence developed,” Dunning wrote. “This decision also takes into consideration the aggravating factors considered by the proposing official in determining an appropriate penalty.”

“I have also considered other factors including your years of service, your past work record, the seriousness of the offenses with which you have been charged, and whether there are any mitigating or extenuating circumstances which would justify mitigation of the proposed penalty,” Dunning added. “I have concluded that the sustained charges against you are of such gravity that mitigation of the proposed penalty is not warranted, and that the penalty of removal is appropriate and within the range of reasonableness.”

In addition to asking VA to call him “Mr. Higgins,” VA was also upset about statements he made while being harassed by these unprosecuted criminals. Poor Higgins said things like, “someone is going to pay” and that he was “tired of them messing with me.”

Good God, with this definition of “disruptive behavior,” it is no wonder VA is a horrible place to work. No one can speak their mind after being harassed.

They can only say, “Thank you, sir, can I have another?”


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  1. Go online to DAV or VFW or any other service org site. They allow no searches, no phone messages, no emails(emails ok must obtain real web access yourself to email) BUT! The greed donation line works great!
    They claim Shulkin says we pulling back on deleting “IU”etc——-They(SOBs) are LYING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! research shows no video(just their word=BS) only Shulkin saying MAY think about it. And where is Americas attorneys to file suit,NOW pro bono + go after the individuals. All very quiet-nowdays they just monitor and for large fee will be your defense, only. They (98%)don’t do offensive type suits do to being smacked down since 1970’s by the judicial immunities. Protect yourselves vets-they are coming for your $$.?..and will give No help, but lottsa LIES for free.

  2. And so another look nice law has hit the books. Doesn’t do anything except allow the politicians to say they passed a law that states it will do but in reality does nothing.

  3. The only way to “fix” the VA is to decentralize it! Start doing away with these monstrosities of bureaucratic government run hospitals! How in a capitalist society do Veterans deserve the Soviet style health care is beyond me! All of these people clamoring for socialized medicine can have it! I use the VA to get the money owed me from my 22 years of service – 100% disability from that service and that’s it! Take the money away fire all these $150,000 positions and put that money to use locally! “Victory”

    1. @Jonathan S Chisolm – – – That is precisely what my plan would accomplish. Have been publishing it to Ben’s Blog regularly for over three months now. You should read it.

  4. Some people use this to get even with other and because they were protected they assume it was true. So I agree with the removal of it because if something is true and you feel hard enough to report it then you should not cover or hide your self. Thumbs up I believe and agree of on it. 🙂

      1. @Nilsa – – – I had the same thoughts that went through my mind when I read your post at mid-morning. Please restructure, resend, and then please wait for representation. No I’m sorry, I’m only kidding. Honest, couldn’t put all of your post together. Try resend?

    1. @Nilsa – – – That is the most nonsensical comment I have ever read on this blog. You make no sense at all. Would you rephrase that, please?

      Disgruntled Veteran
      1973 – 1976 USMC
      1978 – 1993 USN
      Wounded Warrior
      Honolulu, Hawaii

  5. I honestly can’t believe, that as many articles the Ben has published on his blog, plus all the comments and follow ups, and all the Off Topic Subjects, and all the heart felt stories shared on how the VA has grossly been providing many Veterans with disservices, is that I . . .

    . . . just can’t believe why the Department of Justice or the FBI doesn’t investigate the VA’s Sophisticated Money Changing Scams, by using a firm hand to somehow audit this Federal Agency because of all of the judiciary items that the VA has basically trampled upon.

    The VA has been disserving a many Veterans for a many decades. Not only have we suffered, but our love ones suffer as well. I know that my family unit has been negatively effected to the extreme. The VA has a devious habit of twisting things. Making it look like it is the Veterans fault for the VA not being able to help.

    I hope, that with all the time that @Ben, @Seymore Klearly, @Crazy elf, @Namnibor, @James Clement do their digging into the VA, that there will start being different areas of law, that is against the VA, and then the VA built walls could come tumbling down.

    On that (or those) special day(s), when the layers of corruption are legally peeled off from the VA’s shield of protection, that ALL VA Medical Providers will be investigated to see if they are or were properly treating Veterans. Terminate the VA Employees with bad track records. VA Employees need to be vetted to assure Veterans that they are getting professional medical and claim services.

    Sorry for the lengthy post. I have so much stuffs going through my mind, that I’ve got to let it out. And, this is the primary way that I’ve found. My best goes out to y’all.

    To be totally upfront, I don’t know how long that I can hold on. I’m the type that will hold things in (physically) until I explode, BIG TIME. I’m aware of this possibility, and don’t want anymore legal drift unless I forced to protect my life. And, I’m close to that point right now.

    I just don’t like these feelings, coming into my mind. Calculating and figuring how to slowly conquer the enemy using todays technologies of communications. Why? Because the Veterans Homeland Terrorist is the VA.

    1. Sorry for the grammatical errors. I’ve noticed that over the months, that I’ve gotten more stressed. I’m on a supportive diet and taking nutraceuticals. There is minimal services available to Veterans that are having memory issues.

      I’ve only been offered low level fish oil supplementation from the VA. Had to send back VA’s D3 and generic brand all around vitamin and mineral supplements. And, VA may offer you a very cheap brand of Probiotics (only contains two [2) strains). You may request Probiotics if the VA has prescribed you antibiotics.

      The only beneficial choice that I had, was to obtain a good brand of Probiotics that has 32 strains with over 85 Billion Colony Forming Units (CFU’s). Plus, as @Namnibor has suggested, was to eat sour kraut. I eat my sour kraut and other foods that’re fermented, and it contains good Probiotic organisms.

      Each of us have life issues. May y’all will find the solutions that you need to get that kick start again. Taking a break. Your welcome. – – – Nutter.

  6. I would like to say something else bad about the VA, but y’all pretty much covered that. The Dr., well, he scares me. If POTUS doesn’t fire him, well now, that’s another story. I kept the promises made by POTUS, and the Senators while approving the Dr.. They ALL lied.

  7. Similar firing happened to me at VA (MSN1). The wording of my “conclusion” was almost an exact replica of the one above!

  8. VA has a major problem in monitoring their Primary Care Providers. We know that corruption and theft is stretched all through the VA System. Other there are other things that are happening inside the VA too; Office manipulation, politics, and just your general getting along with one another.

    VA has a BIG ethical, moral, and a piece of judicial participles to deal with. VA loves to take advantage of those Veterans that rely more on the VA than regular medical checkups. VA maliciously uses the intentional infliction of emotional distress to intimidate Veterans.

    All Veterans, no matter our differences, need to bond together, and send the VA messages. It can be done, but as one person, going through the VA’s pressurized psychological test that purposely stresses out the Veteran.

    VA doesn’t care about your current socio-economic situation is when it comes down to something that the VA wants, or uses the Federal Manipulation to get what the want. Or to keep pushing up against a Veteran, when the Veteran is already on the edge of wanting to do something different.

    God have mercy on those souls that are knowingly and willingly, jerking me around like they are doing. Payback comes in many forms. If VA and their Accomplices would change their minds and do good, that we be a good thing.

    But to purposely and continually do something to someone that disrupts their lives in a negative way, that’s a coward. A down right low ball Mother Fuckner (I spelled it correctly), that definitely doesn’t care about you.

  9. I havn’t told this story and don’t know if I can really tell it very well without losing it,,,, My wife and I had to leave a town called Vienna sd,,, over 7 years ago,,, a home that my wife and I built from scratch,,, I’m a Architect who knows the laws of a city the codes from building streets sewer water easments,,, and all,,, We 17 years ago do to the fact the VA damaged my financial in getting my 100% disability in Clark,,, I told my wife that there are little towns who have land owned by the city that we could by for 50 dollars a lot,,,, so in the CLark county we looked and found Vienna who had them,,, not knowing that this town had a miss of illegal town set ups,,, another words towns who never finished legally setting up a town back when towns were being created along railroad tracks 10,000s of them and dying out,,,, and in building these towns on hopes and dreams many never got finished legally,,,, streets ,, lots,,, you name it in creating a town never got legal,,,, Vienna as we found as we were building was one,,, streets weren’t legal as a street property sold with no signing of owners,, Lots not being part of city,,, to building placed on streets with no authorization,,,, actually no property pins,,, benchmark recorded nothing,,,,, just was one of those towns that started out right but went broke before it could make all it was doing recorded and documented as to the Laws,,, to explain this more would take a lot of time to really understand,,, but because of my education as the years went by,,,all things didn’t show up anywere legal,,, but just someone saying here is a street here because I said so,,, and lots,,, and so forth,,, not only was the town not legal,,, but the people who were playing council members,,, weren’t even having a constiuation of the town to ordaneses or any proper papers to make them as a counsel of the town,,, actually they weren’t do to the population of town they were nothing more then a board of trustee,,, and this little town was filled with law breaking families using and doing what ever isn’t even close to legal,,,, it was living hell,,,, and the worst part of it was Clark County was knowing there was a big problem stood behind this crap,,, and when I finally got tired of all the corruption they were doing to us,,, which is beyond belief,,, the Attorney of Clark figured out a way to finally break us,,, by bring a false charge against me a Felony which was a fabrication of crap,,,, but it would of stopped my disability I finally one 12 years of fighting for even losing all,, to get it,,, then his but head bring this felony against me would of ruined it,,, and after proving it was wrong,,, after spending more then 40,000 to fight that charge the VA would have taken away my benefit and I would once again have to fight for it again,,, This not only happens in the VA,, but when your disabled and try to have a life after a war there are places that will finish you off also with the help of the VA,,,, well that the short very short of it,,, and here we are in ND now 7 years now,,, and only because I truly believe GOD and parents and grandparents,,, No we can’t finish the house we have do to no money,,, The VA loan only gives you enough to buy a home that once upon a time would of never qualified for a VA loan,,, I know I drew up VA house plans,,, these so called approved houses that most of us can afford,,, need another $50,000 put into them to really become close to a liveable home,,,, Terry and I have survived but my story is not acceptable for a veteran to accept after a war,,, let alone the health crap care we are aloud to have,,,, Like I said just this little talk is getting to me and I will stop,,,, there is no help period,,,, and it will be this way until all soldiers stand together as one,,, and put an end to all treatment that is dished out to us,,,, Some of us have a wonderful Life,,, many don’t,,, CHEERS

    1. Thanks for ur post, in the future can u make paragraphs, it makes an easier read when it does not run together.

      Yes our country is becoming the divided state’s.

  10. Here is a Daily Caller article from the last time Mr. Higgins was fired published back in 2015 after he got his job back.

    “VA Whistleblower Gets His Job Back”
    Michael Volpe
    9:16 AM 10/23/2015

    “A former Memphis VA employee terminated shortly after blowing the whistle on poorly maintained dialysis machines has been ordered to be reinstated with back pay.

    Sean Higgins was terminated by the Memphis VA in August 2014 after the head of the Memphis VA, C. Diane Knight, determined that Higgins was creating a hostile work environment based on an incident in a meeting in April 2014.

    Higgins was written up after he protested in a meeting that the air conditioning system in the area where he worked wasn’t being fixed in a timely manner: “You didn’t care about the air conditioner when it was only white people,” Higgins said in the meeting.

    He was written up days after filing a complaint with the Joint Commission that the dialysis machines weren’t being cleaned properly. This turned into a scandal after Higgins went anonymously to the local media.

    Higgins was also the source for several exposes of the hospital published by The Daily Caller.

    Judge Pamela Jackson of the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) ruled on October 20, 2015 that the Memphis VA terminated Higgins without merit and ordered he be reinstated immediately with full back pay and interest.

    “The agency has failed to prove its charge,” Jackson stated in her decision while also noting that his comment came in response to a dire situation, “I find that although the appellant made the comments in a less than optimal manner, it is undisputed that he had been working under less than optimal working conditions for a period of several months, and it was perhaps not realistic to expect that tensions would not be high, and the meeting would proceed as any other.”

    Even those who testified at the MSPB hearing that Higgins comments were threatening admitted that the area he worked in had a broken down air conditioner which caused the area to routinely go from extremely hot to extremely cold.”

    Full article at: “”

    1. What a SANE agency and gov’t would do is…FIRE every VA OIG and HIRE EVERY VA WHISTLEBLOWER to take their places.
      I DID state what a SANE agency and gov’t would do…

      However, I now firmly believe with all my might that the VA WANTS to REMAIN AS IT IS…at ALL costs. I also believe the U.S. Gov’t. must surely utilize the VA to launder $$$ when the pentagon or DoD just won’t do.

      Nothing else seems logical at this point.

    2. Also a Link to some of the news coverage regarding the poorly maintained dialysis machines at VAMC Memphis just prior to the Med Center firing of Mr. Higgins the first time back in 2014. The report is from WREG Memphis News team.

      “Whistleblower Says Contaminated Dialysis Machines Put Vets At Risk”
      Posted 6:15 pm, May 6, 2014, by Katie Rufener

      “(Memphis) There are more problems for the VA hospital in Memphis, and once again, the federal government plans on investigating.

      WREG discovered a place that is supposed to provide help for vets could actually be putting them in danger.

      This time the problems at the VA focus on dirty dialysis.

      A whistleblower, who wants to stay anonymous, told WREG countless patients have come into contact with contaminated dialysis machines.

      “All I could think about was how I would feel if someone came and told me, ‘I came to the VA to get dialysis treatment, and I got HIV or hepatitis,'” the source said.

      He claims eight of the VA Medical Center’s 13 dialysis machines are highly contaminated.

      He says it was discovered after the person responsible for cleaning the machines learned she spent years doing it the wrong way.

      “She told him she was putting in 20 cc’s of the cleaning solution, and the technician informed her she should have been using 20 ounces,” the whistleblower said.

      Late Tuesday, the hospital sent a statement saying there were never any equipment or safety problems with the dialysis machines and called the recent tests routine.

      However, the hospital admitted there was an issue with cleaning procedures because a new policy wasn’t updated properly.

      The VA said no patients were ever in danger.

      The whistleblower said this is just the latest in a long line of problems at the hospital, including patients not being treated quickly enough and others getting the wrong medication.

      “Anybody that came through dialysis, I would say probably in the last 10 years should have some concerns.”

      The Memphis VA did not respond to WREG’s request to see test results or cleaning and maintenance logs for dialysis machines.

      The hospital said it could not find anyone for an on camera interview.”

      Full news report with Video at: “”

      Special note was unable to play video in Internet Explorer had to use Firefox.

    3. @Seymore Klearly – – – Slow learners, aren’t they? Fired him ONCE. Hired him back. Fired him TWICE . . .

  11. And dammit where is the publicity. Organize a new and different veterans for something group. Diversions are not the answer. Police all that shit out. Take charge all monies and inventories and bad can’t buy compliance.

  12. trumpnation2020 @datrumpnation1

    Because no other news outlet is reporting this. Bernie and Jane Sanders under bank fraud investigation #SundayMorning #SelloutSanders

    7:45 AM – 25 Jun 2017 …………..crooks everywhere..another position opening soon..but first ask your doctor If its right for you

  13. lol no balls n mo balls. Seriously though WTF is shulkin agenda twist toward taking something from veterans. Diversion it seems. We the peeps who VA employees only reason available jobs for them is cuz their are veterans. He is a doctor he knows what quality assurance, that would be good start. Hand picked one in each dept and not by staff, because those advocates are out numbered n know their job n personal life is high risk. Bottom line is VA med ctrs applaud criminal activity and bolster retaliatory behavior. It would be a battle at first, done right reform and tax payer money saved being put too what is was intended for Employess could hold there head high and possibly not have to get or keep fucked up wth drugs as I suspect Brittany Lowe is doing. Interior designer yeah right. With that preferential treatment she knows much about organized criminal and retaliatory design on employees and veterans drugs money etc if Brittany ever gets off the drugs then she is a threat. And she probably cute too. This all is out of control shulkin clean it out dept by dept answering to you not directors.

  14. Shulkin. “Leaders establish the vision ….and I can lead also,with 20 D10 Caterpillar bulldozers,I bet I can knock out 2 a day….LOL with 20/20 vision

  15. Straight off the press….”″
    While the accountability and whistleblower-protection provisions outlined in the bill are generally well known, the law also provides VA with direct-hiring authority to fill medical center director and network director positions.

    Thanks to the new law, VA now has the flexibility to hire qualified health-care executives expeditiously to lead its key health-care organizations without going through a previously cumbersome and time-consuming hiring process. being able quickly to hire skilled executives to lead our medical centers and networks is a powerful tool to ensuring the best possible leadership being put in place,” said VA Secretary Dr. David J. Shulkin. “Leaders establish the vision for our thousands of employees who are doing their best to serve our nation’s Veterans. They also ensure accountability for those employees who do not deliver the care our Veterans deserve.”

    VA encourages qualified candidates for medical center or network director positions to apply immediately by contacting the VHA Virtual Recruitment Center at /// /// //// or by visiting the VA Careers page at “” and submitting a résumé for consideration.

    ###…..I’m going to apply for PCP,.anyone can do that fucking job, and better LOL…………..But the only drawback, I might be over qualified…LOL..LOL

    1. I believe Secretary Shulkin is still going to have a difficult time in getting medical professionals to come work in the VA even with the Accountability Act now in law. The VA Secretary David Shulkin is actually Hitler all over again and with rest of his VA leadership types serving as VA militia. Let’s just picture the VA as being run by the Venezuelan dictatorship. Almost there vets. Instead of shooting, the VA providers are using medical procedures and medications to do same thing to veterans that is similar to the Venezuelan militia using their weapons on Venezuelan everyday citizens. I almost see it as similar. Like I have mentioned, I cannot take it.

  16. @ANutterVet: Nutter, Shhhhhhhhhh, There watching!!!!

    Okay gotta, get some things done.
    Later Gators.

  17. @Seymore Klearly,@Crazy elf,@all: Seymore hit the penny on the head in a previous post about using this AGAINST a whistleblower.

    Crazy elf, you got me thinking about this ShIll-kin having no balls, now follow me on this one.
    First I looked up all the words people submitted for testicles, here is the list:
    1) Testicles
    2) Balls
    3) Nuts
    4) Nards
    5) Nads
    6) Gonads
    7) Boys
    8) Dangly Bits
    9) Family jewel
    10) grapes
    11) cajones
    12) stones
    13) beanbag
    14) huevos
    15) sandbags
    16) jingle bells
    17) walnuts
    18) rocks
    19) sweetbreads
    20) testes
    21) bells
    22) clappers
    23) bollocks
    24) Slappers
    25) Bojangles
    26) Kiwis
    27) Crown Jewels
    28) knackers
    29) privates
    30) baubles
    31) plums
    32) Ballbag (bawbag)
    33) goolies
    34) junk
    35) naughty bits
    36) spunk bunkers
    37) Berries (as in twig &)
    38) wedding tackle
    39) scallops
    40) marbles
    41) targets
    42) groin
    43) itchy and scratchy
    44) cream donuts
    45) doo-dahs
    46) scrotum
    47) scrote
    48) fruit basket
    49) giblets
    50) Mutt ‘n’ Jeff
    51) nuggets
    52) acorns
    52) conkers
    53) coin purse
    54) chestnuts
    55) the twins
    I call your attention to listing #53, coin purse, Now………let’s take Shulkin, and reverse to Nikluhs.
    According to Hoyle, Niklus, is an acceptable form of saying nickle-less. Also, according to Hoyle, the official rules for the name game , states that slang terms for penniless, and therefor nickle-less, could indeed be referenced as “empty coin purse”. It’s all in a name.

    It goes to figure that Shill-kin, and ‘lil’cox, are a matched set, I refer you to listings #43, 50, and 55.
    How’s that for a dangling participle?

    1. @cj – – – Got me again. Tell me sir, how do you come up with these grammatical participles as you gracefully presented in your comment?

      I’ll just get high. @Windguy, you go ahead. Take notes, tell everyone that I was asking for them, and bring me something back from the snack and refreshment table. Thanks.

    2. @cj – – – A little bit back, I listed many names for testicles. I sure did, but I forgot who it was directed towards. Most likely Shithead “Shitty” Shulkin, the opportunist for his own pocket, and using us to fill it up. WTF?

    3. Now look, lets not get started. I let all of you know, even before I started posting and probing into the society of Ben’s World, that I though something was strange. There is a wave of energy, generated under the disguise of an Alt-Right mission. All Federal Intelligence Agency’s, and States as well, are aware of the situation. Be careful out there, it can be a whacked out place sometimes.

    4. Got to disagree with you on Shulkin having no balls, really he has big balls with some of the shit he says.

      There is a solution though. Send in the secret weapon.

      “‘Ball slasher’ accused of breaking into Superior High School”
      By Lisa Kaczke on May 26, 2017

      “man with past convictions for slashing exercise balls has been arrested again, accused of committing the same crime at Superior High School.

      Christopher Neil Bjerkness, who has previously admitted to having a fetish for slashing exercise balls, was arrested in the early hours of Wednesday after allegedly slashing 22 exercise balls at the school.”

      “Bjerkness was previously convicted in 2005 of slashing exercise balls at the University of Minnesota Duluth Sports and Health Center; in 2009 for slashing exercise balls at the St. Mary’s Duluth Clinic West building and in 2011 for breaking into the Chester Creek Academy fitness center where several exercise balls were stored.”

      “who has previously admitted to having a fetish for slashing exercise balls, was arrested in the early hours of Wednesday after allegedly slashing 22 exercise balls at the school.”

      Shulkin’s big balls problem no problem just send in the ball slasher.

      1. @Seymore Klearly: I stand corrected! Lmaooo, I would like to be the first, to send in my donation, for a one way ticket to DC.

        Ballslasher, hang in there, your ticket is on the way.

  18. “someone is going to pay”

    This phrase should never be used. Not good enough for someone to be fired, but enough to ask questions towards the person.

    The VA is a total Monster. They don’t care.

  19. Kind of on topic…maybe
    Here is the content of a secure message I just sent into the VA:

    “On the 15th of this month I sent out questions regarding my health care. As usual, Ms. Reddy, you haven’t responded. Since your ONE stated goal with my Case is to just cut me off of the ONLY medication…the ONLY treatment that is of any help to my well being I’d love to hear back from you on this site. A written explanation of how taking me off of the only medication (pill), the only treatment allowed by the VA that has had ANY positive effect in my life, is going help Me!
    Since the VA waited over four months to do anything to help me when nerve roots were being crushed in my neck, the damage to them is Permanent.

    What did you say the first time I was in your office? “The body heals, Mr Peterson. You were hurt many years ago. You can’t stay on these pills. I’m taking you off. I have the power to do this and you can’t do anything about it.”

    Tell me, what nerve roots have Ever healed from this kind of damage. Once the sheathing is gone, it’s gone. If the nerve is cut or crushed, it’s Never going to be repaired. Not with the science of today. According to almost All neurology studies done on damaged nerve roots, the more time a nerve root stays impinged by vertebral disc core, the less likely it is going to heal. It only takes less than a month for the nerve sheath to be damaged beyond repair. Then of course the nerve is exposed and will be CONSTANTLY SENDING PAIN SIGNALS until the sheathing is replaced…which can’t happen naturally.
    I write all that to write this. Almost All neuroscience journals and published studies on the matter Completely Contradict Both so called neurosurgeons at this VA clinc.
    They lie to my face and tell me there is Nothing wrong with my back, when ALL evidence says otherwise. Then one of them writes multiple pages in my file about how much stuff is Actually damaged.
    This hospital wasn’t set up to make money. It was set up to make lives of injured Veterans livable. It was set up to Fix their damaged bodies if at all possible.
    So far, all I’ve seen and experienced is the opposite. People with degrees trying to screw Veterans over just so they can get a bonus check or avoid working at all.
    I Need a Surgery to replace these damaged discs. It won’t stop the nerves from sending pain signals anymore since the VA drs have pushed me around in circles for 12yrs to do so called treatments. Treatments that made my situation Worse! Treatments that wasted so much time that this nerve damage is permanent.”
    Do five minutes of neuro research online using reputable sources and you’ll see I’m right.

  20. Disruptive behavior LoL, a VA catch all.

    This is the first time I have seen this used against an employee.

    Just proves that you are to just sit and let VA employees do what ever they want to do to you and keep your mouth shut.

    Even if a veteran who is going to have his left leg cut off and he hears the treatment team say the right leg cut off.

    The veteran speaking up to correct them, the VA will claim they were disruptive and after they cut off The wrong leg

    The veteran wakes up with VA police in his room, why are you here.?

    Police, because you have been disruptive and considered a threat to VA employees. !

    Since this excuse is excepted as a fire able offence.

    We veterans need to start filing disruptive charges against VA employees. ! In writing !

    1. When I was initially flagged, my access to everyone was cut off, except to my clinicians. This includes Patient Advocate, filing VA Police reports, file general complaints, and filing medical record corrections. All VA staff were told to not return my phone calls and not talk to me.

      1. If I were you I would write to Secretary Shulkin and tell him everything that happened to you.

        I not going to ask what happened to get u flagged because it does not matter.

        I was flagged for being disruptive and the va can not tell anyone when this was to have happened and they said I would come into the clinic at least twice a month and become disruptive.

        I have written to the Secretary and filed a class 6 felony charges of criminal libel against the employee who falsely accused me.

        This is still being looked at by the Secretaries office. I collected everything that happened since 2004 and it proves that the illegal disruptive committee punished me, without one piece of evidence.

        Veterans trying to find help with Any matter concerning va employees, through their facility is whitewashed and all the veterans get is the run around.

        These employees will do what is necessary to cover up for their friend’s or family member’s.

        The disruptive committee is taking away any and all civil, human and constitutional right away from veterans.

        They use it to stop veterans that dare to speak their mind and don’t Care what it does to the veterans.

  21. Physicians are now extremely monitored by the DEA, on how much Controlled Substances were prescribed each and every month. For most all levels of pain, the VA is now using many different combinations of Anti-Depressants and other Anti-Psychotic medications (especially SSRI’s and SNRI’s).

    I haven’t located, by law, where it states that a Physician can make all these drastic changes in Pharmaceutical Course of Actions for Chronic Pain Relief, and combined with PTSD.

    Both Medically and Legally, I think there is something that is hiding in the files of the Powers-At-Be. This issue is to complex for there not being a way for someone to stop this type of fucking reckless medical treatment that the VA wants to now force upon Veterans, against the Veterans will.

  22. So what’s wrong with thumbing one’s nose at the President? I give him the finger every time I see his portrait – just like I did the last guy – and the guy before him, and the guys before them.

    1. @Windguy – – – They all seem to be alike, especially at certain times or functions.

  23. The VA does NOT have an effective Opiate Tapering Program. They can talk about the Opiate (Opioid) Epidemic all they want, but the VA doesn’t consider every aspect of a person’s life.

    There is no so-called Standard Method for Tapering, Weaning Off, and then changing to a Anti-Depressant Medication for the main Course of Action, that hasn’t had ANY solid and sound research that favorably backs up the thinking that Anti-Psychotics are the new pain medications.

    I know, I’m stuck right in the middle of it. And, with the VA on my back. Not nice. Not nice at all. Fucking Rat Mother Fucking Bastards. Incompetency means nothing with this crew of degenerates.

    1. In the real world if there really is one: “Comfort care” is the term commonly used for the use of medications such as opioids or sedatives to ease pain. Gabapentin is an anticonvulsant & VA doesn’t believe/refuses to believe that pain is real. You’ll be ok, hang in there.

  24. Veterans should report their healthcare provider for “disruptive behavior” equitably . Let them know that eating sandwiches and their unsat appearance , generalized fatness is unbecoming of a healthcare provider to be a role model for your care. I would never receive advice from a provider whose BMI is equivalent to NBA triple figure score. A manatee in scrubs is totally unheard of in modern day medicine.

    Here is an example of disruptive behavior .

    1. Your fat healthcare provider walks by you yell out Ooooh Yeaaah! ( koolaid style)
    2.You proceed to yell out ” Daammmn girl, you are fat hell!
    3. You then yell at the clerk, Hey fatback, when is my appointment?
    4. Yeah, these are some examples. If you want to get flagged, just do it the right way.

    This public serve announcement has been brought to you by Phuck the VA dot com forward slash Shitty draws Shulkin and the Fatback Posse with titties on their back.

    1. LMAO! Spitting coffee through nose. 🙂

      May I also suggest ‘5’- Some fishing line and a box of Twinkies or Ho Ho’s might make that VA waiting room go by with a lot of amusement. However, do so at your own risk. Why an entire box of Hostess Snacks? One individual Hostess Snack will be for the fishing line bait, the other Twinkies are to toss as diversionary devices when the fatbacks you were not watching come-in from behind, just like a Raptor in ‘Jurassic Park’. 🙂

      1. There has to be someone that can create an app that has the theme song from “Jaws” that plays when these fraudulent fatties get within close proximity to us. Or a rap song that sounds off. “Your BMI is super high, from fucking up those pies”.
        *Random idea # 7605 from the Fuck the VA catalog.

    2. Put ’em on a Tuna Beast Sandwich diet, Doc! That oughta slim them down some. I heard 6 month old rotting Tuna Carcass is very low calorie . . .

      Semper Fi.

      1. Semper Fi,

        Those Tuna Beast are the worst!
        I call them 3F aka Fraudulent, Flatuent Fatties. Fartn during any strenuous activity i.e tying their shoes, any random movement such as reaching for something. I knew one of the docs I worked for, use to bust ass, all up and down the hallway for no reason. He was a foreigner and had a bad attitude towards the veterans. And I had the worst nurse manager ever . She was a poor excuse fir a healthcare provider. She was intimidated by the k nowledged I had as a Corpsman. Those nurses can’t stand it when they paid all this money to go to college and you have military veterans that know just as much as they do. That two toned titanium tip titty tuna twat got on my damn nerves!

    3. Good One Doc ! And they`re not college edgejamcated ,they all go to “Tech school” and thru nepotism and cronyism and algorithms in USA Jobs website get these positions at the VA. Just ask anyone at the Washington DC VAMC.

  25. As my Pappy always said, “When you lie with dogs, don’t be surprised when you get fleas!”

  26. Seymore,
    In response to your earlier comments (@ 8:05am & 8:13am respectfully) on Brittney Lowe being charged with multiple DWI (possibly for drugs) arrests.
    It kinda makes me wonder “IF” this could be the reason over the firing of this whistleblower!
    Think about it. “IF” Lowe was receiving drugs from the VA pharmacy, whether the pharmacy knew about it or not, wouldn’t that be a good reason for firing a whistleblower! Because, sooner or later, the truth behind it would come out.
    And, could this also be the “Dirt” Lowe has on those high up in the Memphis VHA?! Maybe there’s more to this issue! Could it be some of the Memphis VA upper echelon are committing a drug running enterprise?

    Just thinking outloud and speculating, (opining), on “why” the VA fired that Air Force vet!

    1. Seymore,
      Here’s something else.
      In late May 2015, the wife and I visited “Graceland”!
      That area is primarily black and jobs are scarce.
      Some of the people we talked to told us the “…drug culture was running rampant!”
      Now, “IF” it’s still like that, could it be that the VA is contributing to it?

      Just thinking out loud again!

      1. FYI- The current drug epidemic knows no socioeconomic, nor racial bias that’s consumed the Midwest.

        When I went to my father’s funeral and such, in the farm country of Indiana, we HAD to have shifts of volunteer farmers to stand-guard, drive around, and protect our family’s property from the home invasion druggies.

        It gets better…the thing now is, some of these druggies have gotten very creative and they actually look for Facebook posts or news items on family funerals, especially farmers, and while away they will be busy even stripping the metal sidings off pole barns and storage silos…then there’s the farm equipment…all to take to scrap yards for their next bag of pills or doses of heroin.

        My little county I grew-up from happens to be the smallest in Indiana and not very long ago had a pretty good industrial park, and our schools and everything were incredible. Auto industry started sending fabrication work to Mexico years ago, plants closed, a lot of plants, now my smallest county has the worse heroin and meth problem in all of state.
        Take that to just about every county in Indian, Ohio, KY, WV, and on and on….THAT is the “legacy” Obummer has left us with to try to clean-up.

        problem is…nobody want to talk about the little fact the drug co’s have no hands in manufacturing heroin and such from opium…THAT happens to be traced right to….ISIS and Teliban, who funnels it through Mexico to USA, and probably via USA Gov’t contractors to USA.
        Time for USA to dust-off those nukes and do some testing in sandy areas.

        Rant Out. (maybe)

      2. @Namnibor – – – Namniborc sounds like some kind of Avatar or something. Character creating.

    2. Not sure Elf,

      But when they have to use lab testing I believe that either indicates blood test for drugs or if she refused to take a breathalyzer.

      The Newly appointed David K. Dunning is the one who fired Mr. Sean Higgins. I am sure he was appointed to replace some other dirt bag that was warming the seat while the Brittney thing was ongoing. No doubt because they were providing her with paid leave while she was in jail and she is no longer eligible for a license to drive for a minimum of 6 years and a Maximum of 10.

      David K. Dunning is the one who choose to fire Mr. Higgins and he definitely needs to be fired himself for the retaliation.

      Also this is not the only time Mr. Higgins blew the Whistle. In his job as a Safety Officer he had to report when problems at the facility were going uncorrected. It was his job to do it.

      On just one of the things he was forced to report was improper cleaning of dialysis machines at the facility.

      I know that Veterans who receive Dialysis at VAMC Memphis owe him a debt of gratitude. When he inspect the machines and procedures used to clean them he turned in a report on problems with the cleaning. When the problem wasn’t corrected he did his job as a safety officer and report the problem that had not been resolved. Personally I would think that a dialysis machines that were not being properly cleaned could have exposed a lot of Veterans to all kinds of blood born diseases. Including HIV HEP-A-B-C.

      1. And, that’s the short list of microbes that would invade into the blood supply, then into the human tissues. Common sense to clean disinfect as much as you can in any medical and research process, and the storage of relating medical supplies as well.

  27. A case of Moronic Irony

    “ David Shulkin cites Tennessee VA worker case in support of accountability bill in Senate”
    Jake Lowary , USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee Published 4:22 p.m. CT May 23, 2017

    “Veterans Administration Secretary David Shulkin said Tuesday that an employee who returned to work at the Memphis VA medical center would never have been allowed to return to work at any other hospital, and is an example of why the VA needs more accountability.

    Shulkin referenced the case of Brittney Lowe, who returned to work last week at the Memphis facility after she completed a 60-day jail sentence for multiple driving under the influence convictions.

    Shulkin referenced the case in a statement supporting the VA Accountability First Act of 2017, which has been sponsored by Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., Jon Tester, D-Mont.

    The legislation would protect whistleblowers but also allow administrators like Shulkin more freedom to fire bad employees.”

    Full article at: “”

    Pretty much make Shulkin look like a two faced moron.

    1. Found a pic that sort of relates to this story.


      It is time for Trump to look Shulkin in the eyes and say those magic words. “Your Fired”

      1. He also needs to do the same with David K. Dunning the Memphis VAMC director. Hell Dunning is so stupid he still hasn’t updated his LinkedIn page. According to him he is still in the Army in charge of 4,400 employees at a 194-bed tertiary care teaching and research medical center.

        Perhaps someone should tell him that he is now at a VAMC not a teaching and research medical center where Veterans Health Care takes priority over the fucking Teaching and Research.

        Out the fucking door with David K. Dunning and his interior designer.

  28. Here’s something I put on here some time ago. It’s recorded in “The Library of Congress!”

    It concerns what President Hoover did to a “poker buddy” he put in charge of the VA, (although not called VA back then).
    It seems the Director made an illegal “…99 year contract with a floor wax company!”
    When Hoover found out about it, he was livid! So Hoover called him to the White House.
    Words were exchanged.
    Then, Hoover was caught by aides choking the VA director.

    In my opinion, IF President Trump doesn’t call “Shithead Shulkin on the carpet” over the firing of this whistleblower, and other bullshit Shulkin is trying to pull, then we’re really fucked brothers and sisters!

  29. To: “OLDMARINE and namnibor,
    I just read the articles put on here by Seymore.
    Take a quess what “profession” Brittney Lowe does for VA. She’s a fuckin “interior designer”!
    What does she do at the Memphis VHA? Or any VA?
    What does she have, (dirt), on those high up in VA to keep her job?
    There’s definitely something not adding up here brothers and sisters! It doesn’t pass the smell test one bit!

    1. So…an interior designer at the VA is considered SO VALUED that the VA will go to the trouble of hiring a chauffer to drive her ass around since she lost her driving privileges?

      Yea, Crazy elf and all, something definitely does not pass the sniff-test here. Smells like shit? It’s more likely than not…shit.

      1. namnibor,
        Don’t forget she also has a “government owned vehicle” she gets to use!
        WTF Over, what has she got on those reprobates to allow her to use a government owned vehicle?

      2. @Crazy elf- It takes a Gov’t. Chauffeured Deuce and Half to haul a VA Deuce and Half Dunce Druggie…with extra suspension no doubt, to accommodate the interior designer’s anterior. 🙂

        Maybe they did not WANT her walking. It is the Madrid Fault line Zone, after-all.

    2. @Crazy Elf – – – Hmmm. Given that we know the VA spends millions on Artwork, and give that Britney is an Interior Designer . . .

      Doesn’t sound too far-fetched to wonder whether Dunning or Shulkin has a Monet, Renoir, or Van Gogh hanging somewhere in their home – – – now does it?

      After all, with all the U.S. Taxpayers money they wasted on the crap we see hanging in the medical centers, the VA MUST have gotten at least one good piece of artwork somewhere along the line, no?

      1. James,
        Hmmm, Remember, “Fake Special Forces asswipe Burch” has/had a “…good piece of artwork…” in his home or office (can’t remember which locale right now)!
        So, your opinion has weight to it!

      2. @Crazy elf – – – Indeed I do remember. (Insert one of those cartoony things I am too damn old and beat up by the VA to understand here). Five “Thumbs Up” to you, If I recall correctly, Burch had a small to medium size collection going . . .

        Got to be worth a few million.

        That guy is a scumbag from the word GO!

  30. Off-Topic but likely to affect Veterans if not already:

    DuPont Chemicals at it again: Cape Fear River in North Carolina, now for 37 years, a highly toxic known cancer causing chemicals have been dumped in massive amounts. This was all done through a loophole found years ago by DuPont’s legal team….because even though it’s a cancer causing drug, it’s a “”derivative chemical””, so it did not count nor matter…even though they have had to setting multi-hundred million $$ lawsuits for same….

    Now, with the POTUS’ Administration drastically cutting EPA funding, how do these type of things play out with the VA’s still denial of Agent Orange and the numerous sites such as Camp Legune (sic)?

    1. namnibor….The EPA is as crooked as the BLM…just another Gooberment arm of corruption…besides, there are not many businesses left so downsizing makes sense….besides military bases around the world being the most toxic/polluted and they don’t touch that ….do as I say not as I do..LOL…Besides RAND says we can make any study suit your agenda…For money of course

  31. DAMN, y’all cannot believe the mood this horseshit put me into this dismal Monday morning!
    Ok, now it’s “Shithead Shulkin’s” turn! What’s he going to do about this?
    I see two answers awaiting those at Memphis VHA—-
    1.) “Shithead Shulkin” will do NOTHING!
    2.) “Shithead Shulkin” will grow a pair of balls.
    Which answer do y’all think will occur?
    In my opinion, #1 will be implemented by Shulkin! HE HAS NO FUCKING BALLS!

    In my opinion, “Shithead Shulkin” is only thinking about how to fuck over veterans! In the past few months, that’s all he’s been involved with! Taking away “I/U” or saying we need to go to “Wellness Classes” or some other bullshit that reduces our compensation and benefits!
    President Trump needs to FIRE this asswipe asap! And, President Trump needs to step in, and up, to fire all the upper management of VA!
    I’ve said this before, and I’m saying it again, fire everyone in upper VA management, that includes all SES’s, and sort it out later!

    Damn this article today put me in one bad fuckin mood!
    Now, to read the articles Seymore put on here

    1. See, VA’s across America have already figured out how to fuck over veterans. That “accountability and Whistle-Blower Protection Act” don’t mean a fuckin thing to VA’s upper management!
      They’re going to do whatever they want, and that means LOTS of veterans are going to get fucked!

      1. Oh, and about that ‘Brittney Lowe” who sat in jail on charges of three (3) DUI’s,
        I just told my wife about that.
        Here’s response, and opinion, was, “She must be giving away ‘sexual favors’ in order to keep her job!”
        And what’s this bullshit about her being driven back and forth to work? Hasn’t she ever heard of “public transportation”, as in “taking the bus” or a cab?!?!

        I’m outta here until a little later! Gotta calm down and relax.

      2. She must be giving away ‘sexual favors’ in order to keep her job!”…I thought the same thing…makes sense to me

      3. “She must be giving away sexual favors in order to keep her job”–

        RAND doesn’t even want to touch that engorged purple people eater on the purple team. RAND only recommends party favors.

    2. Yep, crazy elf. I agree with you. I cannot hardly even take this shit. I just can’t take it. I have to stay away. Maybe I will have a better chance of staying alive if I stay away.

  32. A little off topic, got this on HEALTH.MIL…… cure for PTSD…. The process can start by talking with anyone, like a health care provider, chaplain or even just a friend… keep talking guys I’ll cure you…


    “We use very specific treatments that have been subjected to scientific scrutiny and research investigation, and we want people with PTSD to get those treatments.”……The WE must be pig-pharma with there bogus one sided studies for profit

    1. OldMarine check this out: Army has a PTSD shot called stellate ganglion blocks. Military doctors have already begun treating PTSD patients, particularly Navy SEALs & Army Green Berets, with the shot. The $2 million Army study is the first of its kind. An anesthetic injection to the neck which blocks messages along nerve fibers that influence the fight-or-flight response. Lab Rats.
      …commonly used to relieve arm pain & to treat shingles, the shot eases patients’ anxiety enough so that they can enter into talk therapy & receive other treatments that will allow for long-term improvements & stability.

      1. I’ve found that if I wrap the refrigerant coil around my neck and pump liquid nitrogen through coil, it completely freezes my neck and thus my spinal cord and eventually my brain so I can yet, live to go fight one more battle without ANY fight or flight response. However, my head is starting to look a bit freezer burned like some bad hamburger at the VA….but who cares when my brain does not?

        ^Equally insane research in Joe’s Garage, while playing Zappa’s ‘Joe’s Garage’.

      2. NiteWish…..I would be cautious about anything they come out with nowadays …nothing but more mind con-trol …

  33. Benjamin- Nice “Bad VA Art” today. I have racked my brain and it finally came to me what and whom it reminds me of…remember that comedian/actor named “Ernest”? Is that “Ernest” or a looky-like? 🙂

      1. Thanks…it was driving me mad and I did not want to be lazy on my brain and use a search engine. “Hey Vern…”! 🙂

      2. @Nam – – – “My name is David S. Shulkin. S for Shithead. I am proud and happy to be your new SucVA. We’re gonna have some FUN with this here Veterans Administration. Know what I mean, Vern?

        YeeFuckingHaw! says SucVA as he drives us right off the cliff . . .

  34. “[Good God, with this definition of “disruptive behavior,” it is no wonder VA is a horrible place to work. No one can speak their mind after being harassed.]”

    Seems anything that jiggles the purple team’s jelly rolls is considered disruptive behavior but NO PROBLEM if you are an employee on your THIRD DUI…the VA will welcome you back in spades with the other turds needing flushed.
    Most workplaces barely will even tolerate *ONE* DUI and often that first DUI or similar is automatic grounds for termination without benefits because it shows serious err of judgment, safety, and commonsense.
    However, the VA’s purple teams possess no such thing as commonsense….they do, but it’s spelled only slightly different and hyphenated…”COMMON-CENTS”. The taxpayer’s ‘common-cents’ seem to make the VA’s world their oyster. Anything goes…but DARE to EXPOSE these ASSHOLES…well, that’s an entirely different bag of VA bullshit ready always for spreading.
    The VA has gone 100% rogue.
    FUCK YOU VA….RAT BASTARDS! This accountability law needs a grandfather clause of sorts…bring back ALL PAST fucked-over VA whistleblowers and let these reprobates (as Crazy elf calls them) have it…in spades.

    1. To top off the fact that it was Brittney Lowe’s 3rd DWI she was placed on paid leave to serve her 11 month 29 day sentence. To make it even worse the Veterans Administration had to hire a chauffer to drive poor Brittney’s Government supplied Vehicle after her release. It appears she was on work release from the jail after serving her first 60 days.


      “EXCLUSIVE: VA Employee Convicted Of DUI Three Times Returns To Work At Memphis VA Medical Center”
      Jonah Bennett National Security/Politics Reporter
      8:33 PM 05/17/2017


      1. Just imagine what kind of VA bullshit is unleashed upon any Disabled Veteran Beneficiary receiving VA Compensation that may find themselves in even a single DUI?

        VA would likely cease disability payments, even if in jail a month or two. VA would inflict mandatory drug and alcohol classes. VA would force Veteran to take copious amounts of psych drugs and still label said Veteran as disruptive. And the list goes on….but if you are part of the Engorged Purple Team (EPT), no problem…the VA will possibly even place YOU in-charge of all those “pesky” Veterans needing drug and alcohol classes and if you get a fourth DUI, you are placed in-charge of the VA pharmacy and vehicle motor pool.
        Damn! In a mood already on a Monday. Want to bet that Brittney Lowe’s drinking buds are those that helped fire this VA Whistleblower? I do…these types of drunks in the workplace almost always stick together to get their stories straight because almost anything can happen in a lunch break for an alcoholic.

      2. @Namnibor – – – Not sure with regards to benefits while in jail for something like a DUI. My wife’s nephew was rated 100% SC for PTSD immediately upon his return from Iraq. Got himself in some trouble drug dealing, and was sentenced to a multi-year term in federal prison. He was receiving his benefits (maybe at a reduced rate ??? ) while inside the joint on the East Coast.

        Not sure of all the particulars, as I am the Black Sheep of the family. Wife’s family HATES me.

        Here is what the VA Website has to say about the subject:

        “How Incarceration Affects Eligibility for VA Benefits:

        VA can pay certain benefits to Veterans who are incarcerated in a Federal, State, or local penal institution; however, the amount depends on the type of benefit and reason for incarceration.

        Disability Compensation

        VA disability compensation payments are reduced if a Veteran is convicted of a felony and imprisoned for more than 60 days. Veterans rated 20 percent or more are limited to the 10 percent disability rate. For a Veteran whose disability rating is 10 percent, the payment is reduced by one-half. Once a Veteran is released from prison, compensation payments may be reinstated based upon the severity of the service connected disability(ies) at that time. Payments are not reduced for recipients participating in work release programs, residing in halfway houses (also known as “residential re-entry centers”), or under community control. The amount of any increased compensation awarded to an incarcerated Veteran that results from other than a statutory rate increase may be subject to reduction due to incarceration.


        Veterans in receipt of VA pension will have payments terminated effective the 61st day after imprisonment in a Federal, State, or local penal institution for conviction of a felony or misdemeanor. Payments may be resumed upon release from prison if the Veteran meets VA eligibility requirements. Failure to notify VA of a Veteran’s incarceration could result in the loss of all financial benefits until the overpayment is recovered.

        Apportionment to Spouse or Children

        All or part of the compensation not paid to an incarcerated Veteran may be apportioned to the Veteran’s spouse, child or children, and dependent parents on the basis of individual need. In determining individual need, consideration shall be given to such factors as the claimant’s income and living expenses, the amount of compensation available to be apportioned, the needs and living expenses of other claimants as well as any special needs, if any, of all claimants.

        Additional Information:

        VA will inform a Veteran whose benefits are subject to reduction of the right of the Veteran’s dependents to an apportionment while the Veteran is incarcerated, and the conditions under which payments to the Veteran may be resumed upon release from incarceration.

        VA will also notify the dependents of their right to an apportionment if the VA is aware of their existence and can obtain their addresses.

        No apportionment may be made to or on behalf of any person who is incarcerated in a Federal, State, or local penal institution for conviction of a felony.

        An apportionment of an incarcerated Veteran’s VA benefits is not granted automatically to the Veteran’s dependents. The dependent(s) must file a claim for an apportionment.

        Education Benefits

        Beneficiaries incarcerated for other than a felony can receive full monthly benefits, if otherwise entitled. Convicted felons residing in halfway houses (also known as “residential re-entry centers”), or participating in work-release programs also can receive full monthly benefits.

        Claimants incarcerated for a felony conviction can be paid only the costs of tuition, fees, and necessary books, equipment, and supplies. VA cannot make payments for tuition, fees, books, equipment, or supplies if another Federal State or local program pays these costs in full.

        If another government program pays only a part of the cost of tuition, fees, books, equipment, or supplies, VA can authorize the incarcerated claimant payment for the remaining part of the costs.

        Additional Information

        Each VA Regional Office has a Homeless Veterans Outreach Coordinator who assists justice-involved Veterans. They are a direct point of contact for you to learn more about what benefits you qualify for, assist you with applying for those benefits, and refer you to other organizations and resources that will help you with your specific needs. To find your local Homeless Veterans Outreach Coordinator, please call VA’s National Call Center for Homeless Veterans at 1-877-4AID-VET (1-877-424-3838).

      3. Namnibor,

        I know that when people hear DWI they always think alcohol. I don’t think that it was alcohol in this case. She was charged with two counts of (Driving U/Influence Intox/Drugs) and one count of Reckless Driving.

        The evidence used to convict her were Lab Test not breathalyzer.

        Got to remember this is a VA employee land of the Junkies.

        So who gets fired. Not the Junky but the person who blew the whistle to his superiors in DC.

      4. I should add, he blew the whistle about Brittney being placed on “paid leave” while she served her sentence.

      5. Silly me….it escaped my brain about the VA’s junkies on oxy and DWI/DUI accordingly.

    2. That’s why this VA Accountability Act is horse poop.

      When you’re a whistleblower and on the VA’s naughty list, breathing can get you disciplined or removed….but somehow the VA can’t investigate and sustain removals on swamp creatures who steal drugs, serve roaches to us, sell purses on govt time???!!

    3. Oh yes. They have a WIDE definition for “Disruptive Behavior”. After speaking to the media and High executives at the FIRST Town Hall Meeting at Dublin, Ga. VAMC, I received a FLAG in my file as disruptive and violent . Hell, all I did was tell the truth. But ohhh how they hate truth being told to media. I have ignored all the BS that I was to deal with . Supposed to go by VA Police to notify them I was there. Could not come on campus without an appt. and NOT more than 10 min. early. I have ignored all that crap. I go when I want and have never gone by rent a cop office. Hell, if one of their trolls sees this I will probably be in more shit. OH well. I will NOT be forced to ignore the truth.

      1. This illegal disruptive committee must be disbanded. They are not any part of our judiciary system and have stepped all over our human civil and constitutional right to a fair trial, freedom of speech.

        Any veterans that have been reported for disruptive behavior must write their congressman, senator’s, Secretary Shulkin and the senate committee on veterans affairs.

        People love to use the excuse we did not know this was going on, if enough veterans do this something might change.

        You will need to do your home work and prepare and copy everything you have and get copies of your medical records.

        Who, when, where and how. This has to stop !

        I’m sorry they did this to you or any other veterans.

        It’s illegal what they are doing, punishing veterans. Veterans are the problem, ask any employee !

  35. your oral and written replies were carefully considered along with all the evidence developed,…sounds like a denial letter…I guess they use the same B.S. line to fire people also ..what a bunch of TURDS.

      1. Yea But they all come out of the same black hole…LOL…opposite of what NASA says

      2. The VA originates *not* from a Black Hole, no, it’s *more likely than not* the VA originates from several linked together Wormholes, then the VA proceeds to manufacture Black Holes.
        It’s akin to Dr. Seuss on really bad acid.

      3. Yep, evil and more evil. Our country should be focused on real ethical humane issues. Trump is doing his best but the corruption is so overflowing like in the country of Venezuela.

    1. Oh yeah, same boilerplate final decision letter that was issued to me too.

      I tried arguing to the MSPB that this boilerplate final decision shows that the deciding official didn’t even bother to look at my response to the notice of proposed action and of course, the MSPB didn’t give any weight to my argument.

      Due rights process require the VA (and any other agency) take “genuine” consideration to your response to proposed actions…the VA’s use of boilerplate final decision letters should result in an automatic reversal from the MSPB.

      1. TB ….nothing but a game to them…I get a denial letter back and they changed the right leg to the left, turn my left arm to my right, change my renal cell carcinoma to right side pain..I guess they want to frustrate me, or their dyslectic. give up, not A chance of that,..VA fuckwads they have another thing coming…LOL

      2. The va has spent a lot of money on copying those denial letters and don’t want to waste them.

        Will cost to much to make up new one’s reversing them.

  36. Did anyone NOT expect the VA to ignore/misuse/disobey this new law? After all, they have such a stellar record of following existing laws to this point. I foresee the U.S. Taxpayers having millions of their dollars wasted on payouts to this wronged whistle blower who had the guts to speak up – – – then was harassed, rather than listened to.

    Time for SecVA David Shulkin to immediately FIRE David K. Dunning, and seek a new Director for the Memphis Facility. He now according to law has the power to do precisely that. Will he show some real leadership?

    If not, then it is time for POTUS Trump to tell Shithead Shulkin: “You’re FIRED!!!” NOT “Please have your resignation on my desk by . . . “.

    Just another reason that it is 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 Hawaii? You need to be LICENSED in Hawaii. Same applies to all other states.

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

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Disgruntled Veteran
    1973 – 1976 USMC
    1978 – 1993 USN
    Wounded Warrior
    Honolulu, Hawaii

    1. Nice but 8. and 9 Ain’t gonna happen because AFGE is in cohoots with management not to mention the $40.00 bucks a month that AFGE gets from the employee that’s in the union

  37. After looking into to it more the Daily Caller article list a link to an article on USA Today’s Commercial Appeals that list a number of reports Mr. Sean Higgins made while working for Veterans. Another article well worth reading.

    “Memphis VA whistleblower rides cycle of scandals”
    Kevin McKenzie , USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee Published 1:54 p.m. CT May 5, 2017


  38. 06/25/2016 [AZ time]

    Re: VA & Secretary Shulkin and the firing of a whistleblower

    Dear Benjamin Krause,

    When you are dealing with insanity—you don’t. You get away from it as soon as possible by locking it up/ isolating it off, or getting out of its way.

    There is pure insanity going on here, and many “Americans” have chosen to stay out of its way. You and I know that this is extremely dangerous in the short-term and especially dangerous in the long term [Consequences: A Personal and Political Memoir by John G. Tower].

    To handle this insanity is to acknowledge it, locate those individuals, and put an end to the behavior.

    The President only can do so much as our 100 Senators sit on their hands–planning things in total secrecy, along with the 435 Representatives of the House.

    To stop this insanity the veterans must get vocal and in the face of America.

    I heard Ralph Nader’s book—“Breaking Through Power: It’s Easier Than We Think” will provide avenues to take to get our representatives on the right track.

    Enjoy the read.


    Don Karg

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