VA article – Horrific conditions and rusty surgical instruments

From the beginning of the article. Link to the article Employees at the Veterans Affairs hospital in Washington, DC are begging the new VA secretary for help as serious problems allegedly persist at the facility. The hospital has made national headlines numerous times for its quality and cleanliness failings, and now there are reports of …

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Bipolar ramblings – The torment of drugs. Part I

The first time I agreed to see a psychiatrist, after years of denial and refusal, it did not go what would be professionally unprofessional good... At all... As I sit there rattling off a story that I had only recently even pieced together myself, I thought he was listening. I mean, he asked. And he …

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Interview #4 on the Dangerous History Podcast. Episode 162.

Link to episode 162 Link to the third interview episode on DHP Link to the second interview episode on DHP Link to the first interview episode on DHP' From the episode introduction This is the final conversation between CJ & US Army Veteran BT about BT’s military service and his ordeals since getting out. (Please …

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News link – Another veteran dies after he set himself on fire to protest the VA.

Not much to say here, this event is still under investigation, this is another example of the desperate situation that veterans are placed in that they go to this length to bring light to the problems we face when it comes to not being provided proper mental health care. Veteran dies after setting himself on …

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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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