Thursday, December 27, 2018

Kansas City Vets Fight For Survival

Real life interlude for this community that gets a lot of warm fuzzies during the holiday season but not very much help. Here's a worthwhile note about the need for continued services and assistance . . .

Local veterans upset with suicide prevention effort

FAIRWAY, KS (KCTV) -- Local veterans call it a heartbreaking reality. The VA says suicide prevention is their number one priority, but a new report reveals something else. The VA has a $6.2 million budget to reach out to veterans. But they only spent $57,000 in 10 months.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately Vets think they have rights and that's their first mistake. Second is hey have a blind faith in the ruling class. Third, they don't realize all the toxins they are exposed to. Fourth, the Army is not going to put anything in your records that will help you get treatment or disability and they probably told you were "malingering" for going to Sick Call. Lets say you get to the VA the first year and get a physical and you get a physical and are expected to guess where your tumours are or that back pain at sick call is going to result in you blowing a disc in tens years? Pain is not a medical term, so how are you supposed to know what the hell s going on physically if you don't have a doctor, lawyer or Senator in the family. That's right, your fucked, a sucker is born every minuet. By you're in your late thirties your sleeping under a bridge for the first time and you realized you've missed your trajectory for getting a job, house and provide for a family. You start seeing the next forty years sleeping under a bridge and you really don't like seeing your friends and family because the humiliation, pain and isolation is just and endless cycle. Some are lucky and can live for drink and carry on another ten or fifteen years.

Anonymous said...

^^^I know lots of veterans (and am one myself) but none who fit your description. Not every later in life dysfunction is caused by two or three years of military service.

Anonymous said...

that's because your'e an uncommon bootlicker.

Anonymous said...

Last February, shortly after Peter O’Rourke became chief of staff for the Department of Veterans Affairs, he received an email from Bruce Moskowitz with his input on a new mental health initiative for the VA. “Received,” O’Rourke replied. “I will begin a project plan and develop a timeline for action.” O’Rourke treated the email as an order, but Moskowitz is not his boss. In fact, he is not even a government official. Moskowitz is a Palm Beach doctor who helps wealthy people obtain high-service “concierge” medical care. More to the point, he is one-third of an informal council that is exerting sweeping influence on the VA from Mar-a-Lago, President Donald Trump’s private club in Palm Beach, Florida. The troika is led by Ike Perlmutter, the reclusive chairman of Marvel Entertainment, who is a longtime acquaintance of President Trump’s. The third member is a lawyer named Marc Sherman. None of them has ever served in the U.S. military or government. Yet from a thousand miles away, they have leaned on VA officials and steered policies affecting millions of Americans. They have remained hidden except to a few VA insiders, who have come to call them “the Mar-a-Lago Crowd.”

Anonymous said...

But hundreds of documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act and interviews with former administration officials tell a different story — of a previously unknown triumvirate that hovered over public servants without any transparency, accountability or oversight. The Mar-a-Lago Crowd spoke with VA officials daily, the documents show, reviewing all manner of policy and personnel decisions. They prodded the VA to start new programs, and officials travelled to Mar-a-Lago at taxpayer expense to hear their views. “Everyone has to go down and kiss the ring,” a former administration official said. If the bureaucracy resists the trio’s wishes, Perlmutter has a powerful ally: The President of the United States. Trump and Perlmutter regularly talk on the phone and dine together when the president visits Mar-a-Lago. “On any veterans issue, the first person the president calls is Ike,” another former official said. Former administration officials say that VA leaders who were at odds with the Mar-A-Lago Crowd were pushed out or passed over. Included, those officials say, were the secretary (whose ethical lapses also played a role), deputy secretary, chief of staff, acting under secretary for health, deputy under secretary for health, chief information officer, and the director of electronic health records modernization. At times, Perlmutter, Moskowitz and Sherman have created headaches for VA officials because of their failure to follow government rules and processes. In other cases, they used their influence in ways that could benefit their private interests. They say they never sought or received any financial gain for their advice to the VA.

Anonymous said...

I thought Trump fixed all this.

He lied???