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Paperwork, the government and our vets

VADana Priest from WaPo has another great investigative piece this morning. Many of vets are still not getting the care that need. Red tape, government mismanagement and the VA system have all combine to frustrate our returning Vets.


From WaPo:

… At a low point, he went to the local Department of Veterans Affairs medical center for help. One VA psychologist diagnosed Cruz with post-traumatic stress disorder. His condition was labeled “severe and chronic.” In a letter supporting his request for PTSD-related disability pay, the psychologist wrote that Cruz was “in need of major help” and that he had provided “more than enough evidence” to back up his PTSD claim. His combat experiences, the letter said, “have been well documented.”

None of that seemed to matter when his case reached VA disability evaluators. They turned him down flat, ruling that he deserved no compensation because his psychological problems existed before he joined the Army. They also said that Cruz had not proved he was ever in combat. “The available evidence is insufficient to confirm that you actually engaged in combat,” his rejection letter stated. (more…)

By |2007-06-17T20:26:21-04:00June 17th, 2007|Bush Administration, Military, Walter Reed|Comments Off on Paperwork, the government and our vets

Dole promises action

We have seen literally hundreds of presidential commissions form, meet and pledge action.  Really, they can pledge anything that they want, it will be up to the President and Congress to make it happen.  There are already a ton of committees looking to the Walter Reed problem. So, I’m not sure why another commission was necessary.  It would be different if Congress was ignoring the problem but they aren’t.  The VA has already looked into the problem and found a ton of problems

So often, I criticize the President for doing what I believe is the wrong thing.  I guess I shouldn’t be too harsh on this commission.  At least, there is the appearance of trying to the right thing.  Now, if all of these inquiries turn into better care of our soldiers then I’ll give President Bush a shout out.  Until then I’m just watchin’.



Injured soldiers returning home for medical treatment face an unacceptable maze of paperwork and bureaucracy, leaders of a presidential commission on veterans’ health care said Saturday.

At their first public hearing, members pledged to work quickly to find solutions rather than assign blame.


Donna Shalala, health and human services secretary under President Clinton, said the commission planned a report by late July that would be pragmatic and “solution-driven.”

“Our timeline for action is very short,” she said. As a result, she said commissioners may not be able to visit every military hospital and Veterans Affairs Department clinic to examine conditions.  (more…)

By |2013-11-03T16:17:56-04:00April 15th, 2007|Congress, Walter Reed|Comments Off on Dole promises action
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