The American people and families of affected veterans need to be aware of the abuse and corruption within the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, which is plaguing our countries veterans. This plague consists of the adjudicators and raters working for VA Regional Offices with instruction by their administrators to commit SPOLIATION against our countries veterans for the purposes of denying veterans the VA compensation benefits they’re entitled to for serving their country in battle. Additionally, this plague consists of the hidden agenda behind VA Administrators ability to choose who will get timely care and who will die.
This is an example of the corruption stemming out of Washington D.C. We need to change this. How do we propose to do this. By numbers.
The number veterans in the U.S. total over 21 million in the United States. Now add in their families and we have a force of over 100 million. Imagine organizing and growing this force to effect change and repair our broken system.
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Your infantry unit is outnumbered 8-1 and the enemy fire is so intense, from 100 or 200 yards away, that your own Infantry Commander has ordered the Medevac helicopters to stop coming in. You're lying there, listening to the enemy machine guns and you know you're not getting out. Your family is 1/2 way around the world, 12,000 miles away, and you'll never see them again.
As the world starts to fade in and out, you know this is the day. Then - over the machine gun noise - you faintly hear that sound of a helicopter. You look up to see an unarmed Huey. But ... it doesn't seem real because no Medevac markings are on it.
Ed Freeman is coming for you.
He's not Medevac so it's not his job, but he's flying his Huey down into the machine gun fire anyway. Even after the Medevacs were ordered not to come. He's coming anyway.
And he drops it in and sits there in the machine gun fire, as they load 3 of you at a time on board.
Then he flies you up and out through the gunfire to the doctors and nurses and safety.
And, he kept coming back!! 13 more times!!
Until all the wounded were out. No one knew until the mission was over that the Captain had been hit 4 times in the legs and left arm.
He took 29 of you and your buddies out that day. Some would not have made it without the Captain and his Huey.
Medal of Honor Recipient, Captain Ed Freeman, United States Air Force, died on August 20, 2008 at the age of 80, in Boise, Idaho
May God Bless and Rest His Soul.
I bet you didn't hear about this hero's passing, but we've sure seen a whole bunch about the thugs Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin,
And the bickering of congress over Health & OBAMACARE!
BUT ZIP ABOUT THE PASSING OF
Medal of Honor Winner Captain Ed Freeman
Shame on the media !!!
Now...YOU pass this along! Please!
FREEMAN, ED W.
By direction of the President, under the Joint Resolution of Congress approved 12 July 1862 (amended by act of 3 March 1863, act of 9 July 1918, and act of 25 July 1963), the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty, is awarded by the Department of the Army in the name of Congress to:
CAPTAIN ED W. FREEMAN UNITED STATES ARMY
Captain Ed W. Freeman, United States Army, of Boise, Idaho, who distinguished himself by numerous acts of conspicuous gallantry and extraordinary intrepidity on 14 November 1965 while serving with Company A, 229th Assault Helicopter Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile). As a flight leader and second in command of a 16-helicopter lift unit, he supported a heavily engaged American infantry battalion at Landing Zone X-Ray in the Ia Drang Valley, Republic of Vietnam. The unit was almost out of ammunition after taking some of the heaviest casualties of the war, fighting off a relentless attack from a highly motivated, heavily armed enemy force. When the infantry commander closed the helicopter landing zone because of intense direct enemy fire, Captain Freeman risked his life by flying his unarmed helicopter through a gauntlet of enemy fire time after time, delivering critically needed ammunition, water, and medical supplies to the besieged battalion. His flights, by providing the engaged units with supplies of ammunition critical to their survival, directly affected the battle's outcome. Without them the units would almost surely have gone down, with much greater loss of life. After medical evacuation helicopters refused to fly into the area because of intense enemy fire, Captain Freeman flew 14 separate rescue missions, providing lifesaving evacuation of an estimated 30 seriously wounded soldiers-some of whom would not have survived had he not acted. All flights were made into a small emergency landing zone within 100 to 200 meters of the defensive perimeter, where heavily committed units were perilously holding off the attacking elements. Captain Freeman's selfless acts of great valor and extraordinary perseverance were far above and beyond the call of duty or mission and set a superb example of leadership and courage for all of his peers. Captain Freeman's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
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The Department of Veterans Affairsadministrator in charge of reducing the huge backlog of veterans benefits, who was a frequent target of critics, resigned on Friday despite a vast reduction in pending claims.
The administrator, Allison A. Hickey, became under secretary for benefits in 2011, overseeing 20,000 employees and benefits for more than 12 million veterans and their families. During her tenure, she emphasized a changeover from paper to digital claims, and the backlog in pending benefits claims declined from 611,000 in March 2013 to about 75,000 cases this week.
Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert A. McDonald praised her in a statement, calling her “an exceptional colleague and an even better friend,” and said he accepted the resignation with regret.
Ms. Hickey, a former Air Force brigadier general, had long been a contentious figure. The department’s own inspector general’s office questioned the reliability of reports of a shrinking backlog, and veterans groups had called for her removal. She was facing a new congressional inquiry this month into accusations that executives in her office used their positions to create plush jobs for themselves and bilk the government of thousands of dollars in moving expenses.
“She was not cut out for the job of V.A. under secretary for benefits,” Representative Jeff Miller, Republican of Florida and chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, said in a statement, adding that department statistics showing the backlog shrank on her watch “must be taken with a healthy grain of salt.”
Ms. Hickey was the department’s only top official left who had weatheredthe scandal of backlogs and wait times that caused the resignation of Secretary Eric K. Shinseki and the early retirement of the agency’s under secretary of health, Dr. Robert Petzel. Both left in 2014.
The American Legion, one of the largest veterans’ organizations, supported her resignation, saying in a statement, “Now that the three senior officials that were in place at V.A. have left office, the American Legion is optimistic that Secretary McDonald can finally make the cultural changes that he needs.”
More than a year after a waiting-list scandal raised serious questions about veterans' care nationwide, federal prosecutors announced their first indictment in the case, targeting a manager of a Veterans Affairs medical center in Georgia.
The 50 charges against Cathedral Henderson allege that in February 2014, he ordered staffers at Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center in Augusta to close out some 2,700 unresolved requests for outside appointments by "falsely declaring" they were completed or refused by patients, when in fact the patients were still waiting for care, according to the indictment.
Justice Department officials said they could not comment on whether indictments are pending elsewhere. The Veterans Affairs Department said that the indictment was exclusive to Augusta so far and that no action was pending in Los Angeles.
Henderson denies all wrongdoing, according to his attorney, Keith B. Johnson.
“My client has always done his job to the best of his ability,” Johnson said. “In essence, he is a soldier and he’s always wanted to help soldiers.… He has had an impeccable working career as a soldier and at the VA since 1992, so we ask everyone to withhold judgment.”
The VA has terminated 1,755 employees and pursued disciplinary action against 187 more since VA Secretary Robert McDonald took over last July after the scandal, West said in a statement.
The VA’s Office of the Inspector General has completed its investigation into 50 of 99 VA facilities identified in an 2014 audit as having problems with scheduling patients, leading so far to disciplinary action at five facilities and continued investigation into 16 to identify what further action is warranted.
In April, a year after the scandal erupted, the Associated Press reported that the number of veterans facing long wait times at VA medical centers had not declined.
TAMPA — VATVA officials met with State Congressman David Jolly. Congressman Jolly responded very positive and help us gain access to our Representative in Washington, Congressman Bill Young with whom we demanded action. Young and Jolly in turn met with Florida Governor Rick Scott and the rest is history.
At the behest of Gov. Rick Scott, the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration sued the Department of Veterans Affairs on Thursday so its inspectors can gain access to Florida's veterans hospitals.
The lawsuit accuses the VA of providing substandard medical care to two Tampa Bay veterans, the only patients named in the suit, whose treatment failed to meet the "minimum standards of patient safety."
The suit alleging poor VA medical care was filed despite AHCA officials never having seen or requesting the medical file of at least one of the two veterans, Roland "Dale" Dickerson, 60, of Largo, according to Dickerson and his wife.
Dickerson, who said the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center in Seminole delayed his lifesaving heart surgery for two years, has a copy of his complete VA medical file, which he recently provided to VATVA.
Asked why the file was not reviewed, an ACHA spokeswoman said the veterans in the suit "are entitled to their privacy" and that the suit is not a medical malpractice action.
The second veteran named in the suit, Nancy Hall of Hillsborough County, could not be reached to comment. Hall was a patient at the James A. Haley VA Medical Center in Tampa.
ACHA inspectors in recent months have been turned away from VA hospitals across the state, including Haley and the Young VA, when they appeared for unannounced inspections. The inspections, the state says, were attempted after complaints of poor care by veterans.
The VA, which says state officials have no jurisdiction over the federal agency, declined to comment about the suit.
The state's lawsuit said Hall and Dickerson, and other veterans like them, have been denied due process and equal protection rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.
"The VA's refusal to permit any such inspection or respond to (the state's) public records requests, in the face of an ever-growing body of consumer complaint evidence, has led AHCA to be reasonably concerned that the VA is failing the very population it is charged by Congress with protecting — America's veterans and their families," says the suit, filed in Tampa's U.S. District Court.
"The VA is, in essence, left to hold itself accountable for its own duties. In this, it has failed," the suit says.
The suit also notes that state officials have received numerous complaints from veterans in Florida about long waiting lists, unsanitary conditions and improper medical care at the state's six VA hospitals.
The VA is under intense pressure nationally over allegations ranging from wrongful patient deaths to the manipulation of data showing how long patients wait to see doctors.
VA Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned last month.
Hall, the suit says, has faced difficulty getting treatment for shoulder pain and sleep apnea at Haley, especially at night and on weekends. The suit says Haley officials apologized to her after her husband, also a veteran, died of cancer in 2005 that the VA did not treat aggressively enough.
Dickerson said Young VA officials ignored a partial coronary blockage for two years despite tests pointing to severe heart problems. Dickerson said a heart stent might have been all he needed in the beginning.
By the time doctors responded, Dickerson said, he needed open-heart surgery, which he underwent successfully two years ago.
Both he and his wife support the state's lawsuit. State lawyers became aware of them after they wrote emails to Scott's office.
"The suit is not just about me, Dickerson said. "There are a lot of veterans like me. We all paid our dues. It's time to get a little respect for what we did."
So we encourage YOU to work in your local community with both state and federal politicians. They can and if you get in their face, probably will respond. But you have to act. Just sitting and hoping change will occur gets you nothing. Join us today, or please click on the donation button above an give a helping hand.
Congressman David Jolly is opening his office doors Tuesday in an attempt to aid veterans dealing with the VA controversy.
Jolly is inviting veterans to drop by his Seminole office to talk with him about problems they have had or continue to have with the system.
The Republican congressman for District 13, Jolly said he wants to get beyond the politics of the scandal and help those at the core of the problem.
"People died. Veterans died," Jolly said. "And it's not enough to sweep that under the rug based on some bureaucratic negligence that we assume will never happen again."
Still new on the job, Jolly is trying to tackle one of the oldest problems in the VA, proper and timely healthcare.
The national scandal hit close to home in Jolly's district, the home of the Bay Pines VA medical center.
Veteran Ed Rubertas, who is facing Stage 4 cancer while on a waiting list to get medical attention, spoke with Jolly recently.
"You sit in the lobby and you listen horror stories," Rubertas said. "Why is this happening? Why is that not happening? But the bottom line is, the waiting list...Whoever's on a waiting list right now for anything, outsource them."
Veterans that stop by Jolly's office at St. Petersburg College's Seminole campus (9210 113th Street), will be asked to fill out a questionnaire about their medical care at the VA.
Jolly's office is scheduled to see vets from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. but officials said the office will remain open later if necessary.
Mark Finchem is running for Congress in Arizona and Chip Tatum is the Director of VATVA.ORG
As a taxpayer I always want to know where my tax dollars are going and what they are paying for. Below is a list that was sent to me recently, which helps bring definition to the term “outrageous”. It is a list of the Phoenix VA Hospital administrators and their salaries. For clarity, there are no doctors in this list; none of these well paid administrators provides care to a Veteran. If any of these individuals received an efficiency bonus, it should be charged back to them immediately. If the whole organization has failed, no individual in it should receive a dime in bonus money.
The mess we have is what you get when the government runs top down, central planning, health care. Getting your head around these numbers is hard enough, but you will see we must transform the government ourselves, it won’t reform itself. In business we reduce cost by reducing overhead, AKA “management”.
Here is a comparison of Governmental salaries to compare the V.A. Administrators to:
Vice President $230,700 Senator $174,000 Representative $174,000 Majority and Minority Leaders $193,400 Speaker of the House $223,500 Chief Justice, U.S. Supreme Court $223,500 Assoc. Justice, U.S. Supreme Court$213,900
VA Salaries in Phoenix
2013 Department Of Veterans Affairs Phoenix Swartz; George J $357,528.00