No Help For Our Veterans

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Fly Buzzy is at the Table

Good morning, Breakfastpoppers. Today is Monday, March 23, 2015. Our international traveling friend, Fly Buzzy, is with me this morning. Buzzy has been flying here and there trying to determine if our nation's veterans are receiving proper medical treatment. The news is not encouraging. Buzzy has asked for the pleasure of your company this morning. He is preparing Bacon and Eggs for your enjoyment. I will be stirring up some delicious Bloody Marys. We hope to see you soon.

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And the Lies Continue...

Thank you all for joining me this morning. I am quite distressed to learn that the Veterans Administration is still up to their own tricks. In other words, our veterans are getting the short end of the stick when it comes to healthcare, and top officials are still lying their way through this nightmare. Veterans are still being asked to wait months before they can be seen by a doctor. Despite the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Gen. Eric Shinseki, everything at the VA is still status quo. The House Veteran Affairs Committee wants to know why over 100 separate requests for information have been ignored. Furthermore, information that has been provided has proven to be false. This mess is dragging on and in the meantime people are dying. The VA is not cooperating, and something has to to be done about this now. It seems like this lack of cooperation is the new norm in America. Committees in Congress investigating serious matters ask for documents that are never produced. All of these people who fail to produce what is asked for should be held in contempt of Congress. We are going to need a bigger jail to accommodate all of them.

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Long Waits

The Veterans Administration in Los Angeles reported wait times of four days. The true figure was over thirty days. Veterans are now permitted to seek healthcare privately which is a life saving change. The government hasn't a clue about handling healthcare which is painfully obvious to veterans who have had to deal with the system. The pathetic and infuriating news is that President Obama is trying to eliminate the option of seeking medical care outside of the VA. Someone like Obama simply can't stomach the idea of relinquishing control over Americans from cradle to grave. The government wants to run the show, no matter that they will drive "the show" right into the ground. I am disgusted every time I hear someone point out that, for the most part, the VA is doing a wonderful job. They are not doing any such thing. They are a huge mismanaged bureaucracy without accountability or heart. The combination is and will continue to be deadly unless something drastic is done. Our veterans cannot afford to wait for the turtle paced VA to make things right.

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Government Control Spells Disaster

It is high time that we, as Americans, exercise our rights and make our displeasure known. The government just can't get anything right. It's too big, unaccountable, lazy and subject to the political leanings of anyone who is in power. The interference from the Obama administration in all things governmental is unprecedented. President Obama uses the agencies of the government to punish his enemies and re-create the ugly dreams of his father. The government is his personal playground and laboratory. He is fiddling with the Constitution and every aspect of our lives. Far too many employees of these agencies are more than happy to break the law and commit acts that they know are disgusting, if not illegal. Using the VA as an example, shows just how one single individual employee's indifference can cause a death. If an appointment scheduler at the VA removes a name from a wait list and places it at the end of the line, that employee may very well cause a veteran's death. Where is the employee's conscience? The problem with massive government, among many things, is the lack of accountability or consequences for bad work and bad behavior. In the private sector, employees get fired. In the government sphere, they get promoted. It is no wonder that no one trusts the government anymore. It is amazing anything functions at all given the level of incompetence.

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Fix It!

When it comes to the health and well-being of our veterans, we do not have the luxury of long committee meetings and investigations that go nowhere. Time is of the essence. Precious lives are at stake. We need to get someone into the VA from the private sector who can get to the heart of the problem and fix it. We need to get someone into the VA who can hand out pink slips are hire competent, caring, responsible people. Let's not talk about it. Let's just do it!

Buzzy's Song

Fly me to the moon

And let me live where I am free

Things are so ugly now

We may be up a tree!

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Tom Whitworth 18 months ago from Moundsville, WV

Pop and Buzzy,

The VA situation is alarming and inexcusable. The vets gave their service and sacrificed their time and lives and deserve our best, not our worst.


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breakfastpop 18 months ago Author

Good Morning Tom,

Thus far they are getting our worst. It is unbelievable and inexcusable that a nation like ours can't fix this mess quickly. See you at the Inn.


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billybuc 18 months ago from Olympia, WA

The entire political system and all who comprise it should be held accountable for this national sin. Veterans need what is owed to them and they should never have to ask for it or wait for it. I'm with you all the way on this one.


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Old Poolman 18 months ago from Rural Arizona

Buzzy - Perhaps you were not aware that when employees can't be fired, will never be held accountable, and don't have to do much, they will never perform as well as they should. That is more of a system problem than a people problem. Many government employees could never hold a job in the private sector.


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Don Bobbitt 18 months ago from Ruskin Florida

First of all, Great article. Secondly, as a VietNam era Vet, with some medical issues, I have given up on the VA. George Bush screwed myself and a lot of other Vets, and even though, after I retired, I tried to convert my medical treatments over to the VA, it was a year of frustration.

I did ue the GI Bill to get my degree, bach\k in the seventies. Otherwise, after all of these years, the best VA benefit I get is 10% off at Lowes Building Supplies.

Meanwhle, my wife and I pay a total of over $800/month on private medical and drug insurance.

Thanks, George! Thanks, Congress! And you can all Kiss my A**!

DON


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bradmasterOCcal 18 months ago from Orange County California

Pop

While my comment is totally opposite of your hub, it is by no means a contradiction of your message.

A friend of ours who is a Vietnam Veteran owes his life to the VA medical services.

Five years ago, he wasn't feeling well, and he actually drove to the VA hospital in Dallas. He walked into the hospital, and they immediately knew he was having a very sever heart attack.

They stabilized his condition, and a few days later that performed a four way bypass. The operation went well but he was breaking through his stitches because of convulsions. The put him into an induced coma for a week to allow the healing process.

He fully recovered after a few months.

Then two years later, he got a stomach bypass as he was obese. He lost about fifty pounds and he kept it off.

Last fall, he had another operation and he had a problem with his liver, gall bladder and stomach. There was an acid leakage that was eating his stomach. They took out all but his bypass. He was given a 20 percent chance to survive the condition and the operation.

It has been five months, and he is still recovering and so far it looks good.

Now this is a sample of one.

I have heard many other stories more consistent with your hub.

Have a great day, and keep fighting for the veterans.


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Old Poolman 18 months ago from Rural Arizona

To echo what Bradmaster just stated, there are some really fine and talented people who work for the VA. The VA has also provided excellent care for many of my friends and family members.

The problem is not with those who provide the actual treatment, is with those who sit behind the steering wheel.


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breakfastpop 18 months ago Author

Dear Don,

This country just can't get it right. The hideous way Vietnam vets were treated should have ensured that it wouldn't happen again. I am ashamed of this government. See you at the Inn and thanks for your service.


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breakfastpop 18 months ago Author

Dear billy,

This issue makes my blood boil!!!!! See you at the Inn.


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breakfastpop 18 months ago Author

Dear fire their behinds!!! There are plenty of unemployed people who would be grateful for the opportunity to work. See you at the Inn.


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breakfastpop 18 months ago Author

Dear brad,

I am happy for your friend, but I have to say his experience should be the rule rather than the exception. I hope he continues to improve. See you at the Inn.


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breakfastpop 18 months ago Author

Dear Mike,

I don't doubt that there are awesome fine and talented people at the VA, but the system is broken and must be fixed so that our vets can get the care they need at the hands of people with talent and compassion.


Pino Krisio 18 months ago

POP: The reason the employees fiddle with the appointment times, is because they are eligible for big bonuses. Let's see..... Is it better to get a needed veteran his appointment, or move him off the list if he is waiting too long? I would get him his appointment even if I jeopardized my bonus; these people would rather get their bonuses, and let these guys die. Very sad... I'm off to the bar. I need to be with my friends and smile.......


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lambservant 18 months ago from Pacific Northwest

The veterans administration is a disgrace and their treatment of the men and women who have served this country makes me want to vomit. I am ashamed once again. Obama has not helped matters at all.

I live in Washington State and our US senator is Patty Murray, a definite liberal whom I disagree with on almost everything, except she is passionately for the veterans and active duty military. She has worked hard to get the vets and military what they deserve. I saw her nail Pantetta to the wall one time at a hearing. Unfortunately, her efforts have not done enough. There is money behind this I'm sure. I cannot believe the arrogance, indifference to the people they are supposed to serve, and their selfish greed (the VA).


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breakfastpop 18 months ago Author

Good Morning Pino,

I feel the same way. I used to work for a neurologist and when someone needed to be seen immediately, I made it happen. I would have done anything to help the patients. See you at the Inn.


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breakfastpop 18 months ago Author

Good Morning lamb servant,

I realize that there are people out there trying to clean this mess up, but it is simply not enough! If it were up to me, I would fire everyone at the top and keep a close eye on everyone else. The wheels of big government turn slowly, if at all, and it is sickening. See you at the Inn.


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Jodah 18 months ago from Queensland Australia

Great hub breakfastpop, Veteran' care, rights, health etc should be top priority for every government. They have given so much for their countries and the least their Governments should do is look after them when their service is over and allow them to live dignified worry free lives. Someone who is trying to do their bit to help iss author Kiki Howell who has compiled an anthology of stories and poems about and by veterans and all proceeds go to charities and causes supporting them.

http://www.amazon.com/We-Go-On-Anthology-Veterans-...


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breakfastpop 18 months ago Author

Good Morning Jodah,

Thanks for the link. Something must be done now, not later. See you at the Inn.


taxlarry 18 months ago

Just another screw up by the idiot -in-chief. He never ran a business and never was in the military. He knows nothing. The worst president ever.


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Old Poolman 18 months ago from Rural Arizona

It seems that many of the high level positions in our Government have nothing to do with qualifications but are part of the "buddy" system. Those at high level only like to be surrounded by "yes" men who will carry out their orders no matter what. That and the fat bonus checks paid by the VA to people who have failed at their jobs is a large part of the problem.


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breakfastpop 18 months ago Author

Good Morning taxlarry,

I echo your sentiments. Obama...the worst president ever! See you at the Inn.


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breakfastpop 18 months ago Author

Good Morning Old Poolman,

Fire them NOW! See you at the Inn.


DJ Anderson 18 months ago

Pop, you have an innate ability of calling out improprieties in our

government. I feel like our hands are tied as we do not have answers

that will be put into actions. Maybe, the first step is to identify the

problem and then find a way to take action. We surly cannot count on

our 'leaders' to find a way to make things right. Too many pockets are being padded, and too many vacations are being taken on the taxpayer's dime.

Pop, I really appreciate you having the courage to shine a light on the

atrocities that are befalling the American people. You come right out and say the words that many have been thinking for quite some time.

Many thanks,

DJ.


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breakfastpop 18 months ago Author

Good Morning DJ,

Thanks so much for the encouraging words. I could say that the problem is Obama, but the real problem is that voters put him in the WH two times. At the rate he is going, America will be unrecognizable by the time he leaves office. See you at the Inn. It may exist only in our imagination, but it feels good to be there.


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drbj 17 months ago from south Florida

When will we learn? When big government is involved in the administration of ANYTHING, good sense and reasonable management fly out the window - just like Buzzy.


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Old Poolman 17 months ago from Rural Arizona

There will be no hope for our Vets because to help them would be admitting they have done a poor job. And we all know that politicians never accept the blame for anything they have done wrong.


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breakfastpop 17 months ago Author

Dear drbj,

We are no longer capable of learning. I'm off to the Inn.


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breakfastpop 17 months ago Author

Good Morning Mike,

Now the idiots at the VA are discussing taking away money set aside for Vets to seek outside care, and using that money to pay off debts that have piled up. I am totally disgusted. See you at the Inn.

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