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.
We urge you to help us in this undertaking. If you are a veteran, join us by registering your support on the register pare. It's free. If you are a family member or friend of a veteran, again we invite you to do the same. if you are already a member of a Veteran Organization, we ask you to keep your affiliation with that organization as they too are working for change, at a different level, but please join us also, membership is free.
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
The acting inspector general for the Department of Veterans Affairs said no evidence had been found so far of patient deaths attributed to long wait times at the Phoenix VA Health Care System.
"We didn't conclude, so far, that the delay caused the death," said Richard Griffin at a Senate hearing Thursday on the state of the VA's health care. "It's one thing to be on a waiting list, it's another for that to be the cause of death."
Whistleblowers and the House Committee on Veterans Affairs have said as many as 40 veterans might have died while waiting for appointments at the Phoenix system. Mr. Griffin said his office was reviewing multiple lists of veterans whose deaths allegedly occurred while waiting for appointments.
His office has already reviewed 17 of these cases, Mr. Griffin said, and hasn't found a single instance of a patient death because of excessive wait time.
Until now, the inspector general hasn't commented on the accuracy of these reports.
"Part of this review could lead to criminal charges being brought," Mr. Griffin said. The Phoenix report is of a large scope, he said and so far, 185 employees from his office have played a part in the review.
Mr. Griffin said there was no need to bring in an outside agency, such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation, to assist in the probe at this time. He said he has ample resources and specialized knowledge of the VA system, which makes his office the proper investigative body at this time.
This kinda sounds like the CIA investigating whether they were trafficking in Drugs. The result of an internal OIG investigation... surprising enough they reported to the American People that they were clean...No bad boys here!
Two days ago, a Miami, FL VA Police Officer, Detective Thomas Fiore decided he had seen enough corruption, enough drug dealing and enough cover-ups. Detective Fiore put his job on the line to become yet another whistleblower on his bosses at the VA. He publically ‘outed’ his bosses’ utter disregard for the criminal activity going on at the Miami VA Medical Center. He did so, knowing full well that it may have been his last day at work. His story is here: CLICK
As a result of another VA whistleblower, Dr. Sam Foote’s exposure of the “secret lists” at the Phoenix VA Medical Center, Congress has forced investigations at 146 of the VA’s 152 medical facilities. As of today, over 26 VA medical facilities are under investigation by the VA Office of Inspector General.
Multiple VA employees, who have been “caught”, have been put on “paid leave” during these investigations. They still receive their paychecks, benefits and clock towards retirement. All the while, veterans are still waiting for appointments, still dying without care and still waiting on their claims to be adjudicated.
IN MY OPINION:
There lies the rub…the VA OIG provides their reports to Congress, but still answers to the VA Central Office. VA Police are Federal law enforcement, but are in fear of retaliation or worse because they too answer directly to the VA.
Sloan Gibson on Thursday issued his first public remarks about the Department of Veterans Affairs’ scheduling scandal since becoming the agency’s acting head, promising to answer President Obama’s call for cultural change and restore trust in the VA health network “one veteran at a time.”
“I will not be part of some effort to maintain the status quo here,” Sloan said at a news conference in Phoenix, where he visited a VA hospital at the center of the department’s record-keeping scandal. “We’re going to change this organization.”
Gibson added that he will approach his job as if the word “acting” does not appear in his title. “Whether I’m here for a week or a month or two years, every minute I’m here, we’re going to make dust,” he said.
Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs Sloan Gibson participates in a White House event to end veterans homelessness on June 4. (Reuters/Gary Cameron).
The interim chief’s remarks come as the White House works to identify potential nominees to replace former VA Secretary Eric Shinseki, who resigned last week after the department’s inspector general confirmed allegations of widespread falsification of scheduling records to hide treatment delays at VA clinics.
Investigators determined that the Phoenix clinic kept about 1,700 patients on an unofficial wait list for veterans experiencing treatment delays, putting them “at risk of being forgotten or lost in Phoenix HCS’s convoluted scheduling process,” according to aninterim report from the inspector general’s office.