Health: PBS Frontline and Veterans - VA Updates

Below is a small collection of very recent reports of America's Health Care and Veterans Issues and Care, coming out yesterday or within the last few days.

Once again the Frontline report is a must see!

FRONTLINE: Sick Around America: Watch the Full Program | PBS

As the worsening economy leads to massive job losses—potentially forcing millions more Americans to go without health insurance—FRONTLINE travels the country examining the nation's broken health care system and explores the need for a fundamental overhaul. ...

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Q&A on document shredding incident

U.S. Veterans Administration's

1. What happened?

• An audit of mail processing procedures at four Veterans Adminstration regional offices by VA's Office of Inspector General (OIG) found 36 claims documents had been inappropriately placed in shred bins for disposal. VA immediately ceased all shredding activities while a nationwide review was conducted of all documents in shred bins. Approximately 500 documents that could potentially affect a claimant's entitlement to benefits were found improperly placed in shred bins at various regional offices. These regional offices are taking appropriate action on all of the documents found.

2. What is VA doing to keep this from happening again?m >>>>Rest Here


More Incompetence at VA Under.....
cheney/bush/rushlicans! Possible Corruption?

VA program to schedule patient appointments on verge of collapse

The Replacement Scheduling Application Development Program, which VA began building in 2001, "still has not developed a single scheduling capability it can provide to the field, nor is there any expectation of delivery in the near future," wrote Dr. Michael Kussman, undersecretary for health at the Veterans Health Administration, in a March 20 memo to Stephen Warren, acting assistant secretary for information and technology.


The botched effort comes on the heels of another scheduling program -- a five-year, $75 million failed project started in 2001.


"VA has a decade-long history of initiating IT programs, only to experience extensive delays and major cost overruns," said Gerald Manar, deputy director of the National Veterans Service at the Veterans of Foreign Wars. "The fact that VA has frittered away eight years and millions of dollars in developing the RSA, with no viable results and no end in sight, is extremely disappointing but, based on its track record, not surprising."


Waiting on VA -- No Longer, CIO Named

Update: Within minutes of posting this item, the White House announced Roger Baker's appointment as CIO at the Veterans Affairs Departrment. It still doesn't change, however, what a tough job he has in fornt oif him. read below.

After today's news, which Nextgov editor at large Bob Brewin broke, Baker may have second thoughts about the job that might await him if he is nominated and confirmed.

From the White House announcement: >>>>>Rest Here


VA Nomination Hearings Today:

Hearing: Nomination of W. Scott Gould to be Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs and the nomination of L. Tammy Duckworth to be an Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs for Public and Intergovernmental Affairs.

United States Senate

Committee on Veterans' Affairs

April 1, 2009 9:30 a.m.

Russell 418

(note: hearing stream will begin approx. 15 minutes prior to start of hearing)


Click link above to get link to the live coverage.


Senator Murray intro's the: Women Veterans Health Improvement Act of 2009

Senator Patty Murray, (D-WA), a senior member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, has introduced bi-partisan legislation to prepare the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for the influx of women veterans who will access care there in the coming years.

According to her office’s press release the bill, named the Women Veterans Health Improvement Act of 2009, will, “address unique needs of women veterans, provide improved care for Military Sexual Trauma, and explore the effects service in Iraq and Afghanistan has had on female veterans.” >>>>>Rest Here


Bloomberg 3? NYC Veterans 0

by Veterans Joe Bello & Luis Carlos Montalván

Every Memorial and Veterans' Day, elected officials praise veterans and the sacrifices they have made while in uniform. However, that sacrifice does not end when they return home to their families and communities.

For many veterans, the hardest and most enduring sacrifice begins the moment they return home. The combat load they shouldered for their country endures long after war is over.

For most, it lasts a lifetime.

This is especially true in New York.

New York has sent over 70,000 troops to Iraq and Afghanistan and has the fourth largest veteran population in the country. Overall, there are almost 12,000 service members from the state currently deployed in both the Iraq and Afghanistan theaters of combat, many of whom are from the New York City area.

However, six years into the war in Iraq, and eight into the war in Afghanistan, many Active Duty, Reserve and National Guard veterans have come home to a city administration that does a lot of talking and thanking but nothing, other than a breakfast at Gracie Mansion on Veterans' Day, in terms of actual, tangible services. >>>>>Rest Here

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Tune in to PBS on April 1st at 8 p.m.

Tune in to PBS on April 1, 2009 at 8 p.m. to join Queen Latifah, John Mayer, and your Sesame Street friends for "Coming Home: Military Families Cope With Change." This family television special tells the stories of military families coping with the challenges and impact of combat-related injuries—both visible (such as the loss of a limb) and invisible (such as post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury). Join these families as they recount their heroic struggles and discover the remarkable resiliency that sets them on the path to finding a "new normal."  With help from Elmo, Rosita, and the Sesame Street friends, "Coming Home" gives voice to children as they play a central role in the family's adjustment process, and encourages them to be what they are: kids. The program also features coping strategies and powerful real stories aimed to help these families and others find ways to be there for each other.



"The wise man points to the stars and the fool sees only the finger - and discusses it 24/7 on cable."

Russia and U.S. Outline New Arms Control Negotiations


A treaty to slash strategic nuclear arsenals would be the centerpiece of an effort to improve relations, officials said after President Obama met with President Dmitri A. Medvedev.


"The wise man points to the stars and the fool sees only the finger - and discusses it 24/7 on cable."

"The wise man points to the stars and the fool sees only the finger - and discusses it 24/7 on cable."

Great Job Tammy, and Great Hearing for both of you, lets hope a Quick Confirmation comes through!!!!
Two points though:
One: Read between the lines on Anything Burr says or sends you all! While I welcome his Now seeming support, being my senator, neither he nor Dole, raised Military Care etc or Veterans issues as the Drums of War were beating, nor responded to our letter's. Everything Finally coming out these last couple of years Should Have Been Taken Care And Not Have Been Problems!!
Two: Watch for any hired under the previous administration that are still there, in the VA Administration, too many were hired under political ideology not experience or dedication, as we saw in Justice! I'm sure some are making good employee's of ours but I am also sure there are some that might try and muck up the works in the name of political ideology, The Veterans and the Nation can't tolerate that, We Who Serve Do So To Defend The Nation and Constitution, Not Political Parties nor Ideologies!!!!

"The wise man points to the stars and the fool sees only the finger - and discusses it 24/7 on cable."

incident, yet, Jim:

"Army lied about how my son died in Iraq:

Friendly-fire victim was 'misidentified' as enemy gunman

For four months after the Army knew the truth, it still insisted to Sharrett's father that he was killed by enemy fire - and gave only atemporary wrist slap to Hanson under pressure from the families of Sharrett and two other G.I.s killed in the clash.

After The News uncovered new video evidence and raised questions, a 101st Airborne Division general said the probe into Sharrett's death may reopen."

Just in case you missed it. They have the video there, but I am not big on spreading "death, live on video" just because we can. But if you do watch the video - they identify the position of "Unarmed Insurgents".

A friendly fire incident in a fierce firefight with unarmed insurgents? WTF? (I think that the news paper added the wording to the unmanned drone's video, but DUH!)

Finally: I would like to know who the fuck was the moron that trained these soldiers to move in on an objective  and try to surround the enemy in a "circular firing squad"? DUH!!! Heads should have rolled for that particular  bit of stupidity alone.

The Diane Rehm Show - NPR


Show date 4.01.09 - second hour


Helen Benedict: "The Lonely Soldier" (Beacon)


Guest host: Susan Page


More American women have fought and died in Iraq than in any war since World War II. A Columbia journalism professor reports on their struggles and challenges.


Helen Benedict, A novelist and journalism professor at Colombia University.

Kaye Whitley, director of the Defense Department's Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office

To Listen: This brings up WMPlayer


Helen Benedicts Book: "The Lonely Soldier: The Private War of Women Serving in Iraq"


"The wise man points to the stars and the fool sees only the finger - and discusses it 24/7 on cable."