Former Vice President Joe Biden addresses possible link between son’s fatal brain cancer and toxic burn pits. PBS article and video.

The link to the article can be found here.   Excerpts from the article: Often, waste was burned in open-air pits, with jet fuel sometimes used as an accelerant. At many bases, virtually all waste was burned, ranging from paints, solvents, tires, plastics and Styrofoam to batteries and electronic equipment. Depending on the burn locations …

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Iran-Iraq War. The Gulf Wars. Sarin nerve gas and Gulf War Illness. A possible link explained.

The whole article can be found at the following link.   From the article... "There's firmer evidence, he says, that nerve agents mess with the mind. Studies of the Aum Shinrikyo survivors link exposure “even at really low doses” to symptoms such as nightmares, headaches, drowsiness, confusion, memory deficits, irritability, and depression—a syndrome called organophosphorus-ester-induced …

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OIG report between 2014 – 2016 shows 1 million late payments made by VA to contracted health facilities

The report can be found at the following link.   (From the summary) VA’s Fee Basis Claims System from November 2014 through September 2016. The Veterans Health Administration’s (VHA’s) Office of Community Care (OCC) contracted with Third Party Administrators (TPAs) to process claims and pay Choice medical providers. During the 23-month audit period, OIG sampled from …

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Government Accountability Office report on continued failure with VA emergency care benefits despite 2014 report

This is news article was written by the journalist with KARE 11 out of Minnesota in September 2017. The report which also has a video component can be found here. This was a follow up to a 2014 Government Accountability Office report that the errors were causing veterans to pay for emergency care out of their …

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2016 Veteran suicide report by the Office of Suicide Prevention on 3 August 2016

2016 Suicide data report In 2014, an average of 20 Veterans died by suicide each day. Six of the 20 were recent users of VHA services in 2013 or 2014. ▪ In 2014, Veterans accounted for 18 percent of all deaths by suicide among U.S. adults and constituted 8.5 percent of the U.S. adult population …

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Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General report on the death of Charles Ingram and the failures that caused it

Source for the article is the VA OIG report. I know the formatting is horrible, it is better on the PDF at the link. I included it here for those who do not want to go to a link. They have a lot of extra spaces which makes it so erratic.     The VA …

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An angry message to the VA and the unusal response.

Authors note I will turn this into a section of a multipart story, for right now though I was so blown away by the response of the VA personnel. I think it is important to have an understanding of this long-standing situation, otherwise, I just look like a psycho with an angry late-night message, which …

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Government Accountability Office reports VA denies 80% of Gulf War Illness claims

A report released June 2017 revealed the VA denies 4 of 5 disability claims for veterans claiming disability for Gulf War illness despite evidence showing over 40 percent suffer from it. The Government Accountability Office released a report analyzing Gulf War Illness (GWI) claims of veterans from 2010 to 2015. Of the 102,000 claims received, …

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My letter to California Senator Kamala Harris into my continuing VA problems. November 2017.

Sen. Harris, I joined the Army out of California in 2005. This was right after my high school graduation and a little over a year later I would be fighting in Iraq, serving my first deployment during the “surge.” I served a total of 38 months in both Iraq and Afghanistan as an Infantry Scout …

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My wife’s letter to the VA in Missouri circa 2015.

The following letter is from my wife to the Patient Advocate for the Columbia Missouri VA health care system. The response we would receive from this letter is that we need to just deal with the nurse because there is no one else to take her place. I was told that she was "rough," to …

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