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Morning Muster: 10/24/2014

McCain lambastes VA for delays, Michaud requests review of VA mental health program, VA secretary argues against privatization, non-profit pays off vets’ student-loan debt, MTV showing documentary about vets, veterans sue for 1983 Marine barracks bombing in Beirut

Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald wrote a piece for the Baltimore Sun arguing that medical care for veterans should

Air Force Staff Sgt. Fanta Williams, right, salutes Air Force Col. John J. Allen Jr., commander of the 633rd Air Base Wing, during a homecoming ceremony on Langley Air Force Base, Va., Oct. 20, 2014. Airmen assigned to the 633rd Medical Group deployed to West Africa to support Operation United Assistance, where they delivered and built an Air Force medical support system. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Aubrey White )

Air Force Staff Sgt. Fanta Williams, right, salutes Air Force Col. John J. Allen Jr., commander of the 633rd Air Base Wing, during a homecoming ceremony on Langley Air Force Base, Va., Oct. 20, 2014. Airmen assigned to the 633rd Medical Group deployed to West Africa to support Operation United Assistance, where they delivered and built an Air Force medical support system. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Aubrey White )

not be moved to the private sector. He praised innovations that appeared first at VA facilities, such as modern electronic health records, an implantable cardiac pacemaker and nicotine patches. VA hospitals train more doctors and nurses than any other institution, with 70 percent of U.S. doctors having received training at VA. And he also said VA is the best place to study and treat conditions associated with veterans, such as post-traumatic stress disorder and amputated limbs.

His column comes as some lawmakers have argued VA should be privatized. His column included his email address: Bob.McDonald@va.gov.

In the meantime, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., complained Thursday that McDonald is not doing enough to get rid of officials responsible for the delays in veterans’ care and benefits, reports Stars & Stripes’ Travis Tritten. Because of a law signed in August, VA has new authority to fire executives. McCain said the new rule is “being ignored.”

In Maine, Rep. Mike Michaud, D-Maine, requested an Office of the Inspector General review of a VA facility’s mental health program, reports the Kennebuc Journal’s Michael Shepherd. The program is located at the oldest VA hospital in the United States, and has been plagued by staffing shortages.

A non-profit is working to pay off veterans’ student loans, saying their student-loan debt tends to be at least two times higher than other college graduates, reports Hayley Fox at The Christian Science Monitor.

Leave No Veteran Behind was created by two veterans who say they also dealt with debt after getting out of the military. But rather than simply giving money away, founder Eli Williamson said they require people to donate 100 hours of community service. So far, they’ve paid off $150,000 worth of veterans’ debt.

On Veterans Day, MTV will air a documentary in conjunction with Got Your 6 that tells the stories of Marines and soldiers returning home from Afghanistan, reports Philiana Ng. The documentary features the obstacles the service members face, as well as how they work to overcome them.

Military families and veterans associated with the 1983 Marine barracks bombing in Beirut have filed a federal lawsuit against the government of Iran, reports the Daily Business Review’s Adolfo Pesquera. In a 2001 case, a judge granted veterans $2.65 billion. The new case involves a dozen more veterans and their family members.

Bergmann & Moore, LLC, is a national law firm dedicated to serving the needs of veterans in compensation claims before and against the Department of Veterans Affairs. For more information, contact Kelly Kennedy at kkennedy@vetlawyers.com.

 

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  1. VA Abuse – TREASON? Veterans, PLEASE Call U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor and ask to Speak to Robbie Reed at TOLL FREE TELEPHONE 1-877-259-9602. Reed is Sen. Pryors VA Gonernment Liaison. http://www.pryor.senate.gov/ and U.S. Congressman Steve Womack Washington DC Telephone 202-225-4301 https://womack.house.gov/ . I have tried to get my VA Benefits for over 7 years now and beg for a Federal investigation of VA Abuse I suffered June 15, 2011 and each of you continue to ignore me. WHY??? VA Abuse http://universalfreepress.com/outrage-us-veteran-forced-to-lay-5-hours-in-feces-urine-denied-investigation/
    Arkansas Senators and Congressmen, U.S. Government etc.
    Why Sir am I denied Federal investigation after suffering VA Abuse on June 15, 2011 at Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks http://www.fayettevillear.va.gov/ located in Fayetteville, Arkansas Patient Advocate: Caroline Miller – Lindsy Ramsey 479-443-4301 ext 65147, as my wife is insulted by VA employer forced my wife to move our car with me sitting in the pasenger seat during stroke, from the emergency entrance where another VA Doctor told her to park.
    She moved our car down the hill and went to the front office to get proper parking instructions and was told to return where we were to begin with.
    We then returned to the E.R. and I was admitted. VA Dr.s then sent my brain scans

    to the state of ALABAMA to be read by doctors in the state of ALABAMA.
    As the doctors did so, I was forced to lay on a gurney filled with URINE and FECES for 5 hours as I had very little body functions available and unable to care for My wife and Legal caregiver insisted she remove me from that environment and to a Fort Smith hospital. I was never mad or upset, my wife was. She was given a small wash rag, towell and a small pan of water to clean me, she threw my clothes in the garbage as they were soaked in FECES and URINE.Not fit for human wear due to the feces and Urine soaking and raw smell and filth. A VA nurse gave me a hospital gown (open in the back exposing my back side) and diaper as I was escourted out of the VA hospital by my wife and hospitalized in a Fort Smith Hospital and treated with totall respect.
    Why Sir were we FORCED to move our car FROM the EMERGENCY ROOM of which a VA Doctor told us to park during this emergency?
    I seek Federal investigation into this issue, a formal apoligy in writing for both my wife and I from those who allowed this abuse to occure,
    I demand to know why my brain scans were sent to the state of alabama to be read by doctors in the state of Alabama.
    Why Sir did I lay in my own body filth of FECES and URINE for five hours?
    Why was I released from VA hospital dressed and humiliated in only a open gown and diaper?
    Why Senators Congressmen etc. do VA Abuse of Lynn E. Carter, June 15, 2011 remain unanswered and uninvestigated for well over three years now.

    http://www.pryor.senate.gov/ Arkansas Govenor Mike Beebe’s office called me Monday, Feb 24, 2014 sugesting I call Patient Advocate: CARYLON MILLER 479-443-4301 ext 65147. I called the lady’s phone number at the Veterans HOSPITAL which was given to me by Gov Beebe’s office. The Patient Advocate: CARYLON MILLER TELEPHONE: 479-443-4301 ext 65147 at Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks http://www.fayettevillear.va.gov/ located in Fayetteville, Arkansas told me she had no idea if Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks http://www.fayettevillear.va.gov/ located in Fayetteville where she works has survalance cameras or not) RED FLAGS?
    “Taken From President John F. Kennedy’s Civil Rights Speech, June 11, 1963” This Nation was founded by men of many nations and backgrounds. It was founded on the principle that all men are created equal, and that the rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.
    On January 21, 2014 my VA Dr. here at the Veterans clinic Fort Smith, AR, Dr. Jimmy Herndon advised me to keep away from the news media and Law Firms and to forget the issue of abuse of 6-15-2011 ever occurred (Red Flags). He assured me he would get me 100% medical disability on agent orange if I keep quiet. He also came to my home saying he and my VA shrink were going to “BLOW The Whistle In My Favor. They never did so. I suffered MAJOR Stroke and taken via AMBULANCE to Mercy Hospital September 15, and released, Wednesday, September 24, 2014. Here are Law Firms I do NOT recomend: http://www.mckinnonlaw.com 5111 Rogers Avenue, Suite 474 Ft. Smith, AR 72904
    Phone: (479) 484-4400 Fax: (479) 434-6648
    EMAIL: ljm@mckinnonlaw.com
    Attorney Laura McKinnon known in the legal community and featured on KFSM channel 5 http://5newsonline.com/ FACEBOOK https://www.facebook.com/#!/5news
    Fort Smith, Arkansas dawn@mckinnonlaw.com
    The Tapella Eberspacher Law Firm Angelica W. Wawrzynek
    EMAIL: wawrzynek@foryourjustice.com P.O. Box 627 Mattoon, IL 61938-0627
    PHONE: 217-639-7800 – TWO TOTALLY USELESS LAW FIRMS IN MY OPINION.
    News Media, TORT LAW, and Law offices are HELL and NO help for VA Abused Veterans. http://universalfreepress.com/outrage-us-veteran-forced-to-lay-5-hours-in-feces-urine-denied-investigation/ … This is my veteran friend Steve Isaacsons url http://isaacsonforcongress.com/

  2. I also suffer P.T.S.D. and Parkinson’s but no help from our gonernment tho. COMMON SENCE vs STUPIDY Veterans, PLEASE Call U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor and ask to Speak to Robbie Reed at TOLL FREE TELEPHONE 1-877-259-9602. Reed is Sen. Pryors VA Liaison. http://www.pryor.senate.gov/ and U.S. Congressman Steve Womack Washington DC Telephone 202-225-4301 https://womack.house.gov/ . I have tried to get my VA Benefits for over 7 years now and beg for a Federal investigation of VA Abuse I suffered June 15, 2011 and each of you continue to ignore me. WHY??? VA Abuse http://universalfreepress.com/outrage-us-veteran-forced-to-lay-5-hours-in-feces-urine-denied-investigation/
    Arkansas Senators and Congressmen, U.S. Government etc.
    Why Sir am I denied Federal investigation after suffering VA Abuse on June 15, 2011 at Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks http://www.fayettevillear.va.gov/ located in Fayetteville, Arkansas

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