posted on May, 20 2014 @ 11:35 PM
This is par for the course for this inept administration. This is what I posted earlier about the VA Scandals on the Facebook page that I
As a Veteran I believe that it is time that I speak up regarding the current scandals involving the Veterans Administration (VA) in recent weeks.
The truth is, is that this whole ordeal involving the level of care our veterans are receiving is completely unacceptable. No matter what your
political affiliation may be this should anger all to no end. The men and women who's blood, sweat, and tears have earned our freedoms deserve the
care and benefits that they have earned.
When I look across news sites all I see is articles about celebrities committing murder and other meaningless BS. This story should be headlining
every news program in America. This country has lost it's way and the proof lies at your local VA medical center. This post will be lengthy and will
take some time to read but I urge all who do to share this so others may read of the personal stories I will share of my experiences at the VA.
First off, I am a Marine Corps Infantryman and current disabled veteran. I joined the USMC in October of 2002 and was discharged in July of 2007 after
a medical evaluation board found me unfit for further duty. I returned home to Michigan where I immediately filed claims with the VA and went back to
work at my old night job as a cook.
The man who helped me file my claims with the VA was great. He was a member and representative of the Disabled American Veterans, of which I am a life
member. He helped me do everything and got my claims filed quickly. This is when things began to go downhill for me.
It took the VA over a year and a half to process my claims during which I lost my job due to the 2008 financial crisis. This is when I hit my rock
bottom. I was drinking heavily and going through a divorce and things got rough. I was making poor decisions and still to this day question how I made
it through it all alive. It has been an uphill battle since.
My first evaluation came back and it was very low according to my DAV rep. It took another two years to get my disability rating up to 100% during
which time I found seasonal work to keep the bills paid even though My body took a hard toll due to that fact. I was doing work that my doctors had
claimed I should not have been doing.
When I was discharged I had a hard time re-adjusting to civilian life and gained an anxiety issue because of it. All the VA wanted to do was shove
drug after drug down my throat and hope that I would go away. I tried the anti depressants and they made me feel as if I wasn't in control so I
quickly stopped that. I kept asking if I could just see and talk to someone once a week and every time I poised this question I was dropped through
the cracks of the system as if on purpose.
It was as if my denial to drug therapy was a reason to punish me. Two years later I finally got to get back into care and was offered group therapy
but it would be a long wait to get into the groups. I did do one and it was beneficial overall but you could tell that the doctors running it had an
agenda and it wasn't to help us. I did finally find a nurse practitioner that listened to me and was able to help me with my anxiety without harsh
drugs and long waits for therapy. This woman is seriously the hardest working woman at my VA. I would not be surprised if she came out as a VA whistle
blower in the near future because I know she is fed up with losing patients and the current status quo.
I also have a fairly serious gastrointestinal issue which has been growing since 2004. I face ugly and at time debilitating symptoms(Why I am at 100%
Disability). This problem has been ongoing for almost ten years and I have no definitive answer as to what it is and how to fix it. Their best guess
is that I have a foreign bacteria running rampant in my system that no anti-biotic can kill because I have literally tried them all.
All the GI doctor does is repeat cheap and meaningless tests and prescribes me new antibiotics that make me sick every 8 weeks. It is never ending and
I sometimes fear I may die before I know what is truly wrong with me.
Another tactic for the VA to meet numbers that I have not seen talk about yet has happened to me a lot and is still happening quite frequently. The VA
will schedule you for an appointment to meet their minimum requirements and a week or so before you will get a call from a receptionist saying the
clinic will be closed the day of your appointment and they need to reschedule. It is always a two week minimum before a reschedule will happen.
I have been waiting 8 weeks now to see my GI doctor and now I have to wait 2 more due to this BS. What will it take for me to get the treatment I have
Another thing that scorns me is the way I see the older Vets being treated at My VA. I see WWII, Korean, and Vietnam Veterans treated like they are
garbage by many of the civilian employees and it makes my blood boil. Everywhere in the VA you will find mistreatment and abuse.
For those who think The Affordable Care Act is a good thing, all you have to do is ask a Veteran how government health care is working out for them
and you will have your answer.
If you hung in and read this whole thing I deeply appreciate it. Please share it to bring light to this issue with others who may not know or care. If
anyone has any questions feel free to comment and ask and I will do my best to answer.