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Shocking Report: 307,000 vets may have died awaiting VA care

Remember, this is the socialized, single-payer, universal “health care” that the left wants for the rest of us.

Hundreds of thousands of veterans listed in the Department of Veterans Affairs enrollment system may have died before their applications for care were processed, according to a report issued Wednesday.

The VA’s inspector general found that out of about 800,000 records stalled in the agency’s system for managing health care enrollment, there were more than 307,000 records that belonged to veterans who had died months or years in the past. The inspector general said due to limitations in the system’s data, the number of records did not necessarily represent veterans actively seeking enrollment in VA health care.

In a response to a request by the House Committee on Veterans Affairs’ to investigate a whistleblower’s allegations of mismanagement at the VA’s Health Eligibility Center, the inspector general also found VA staffers incorrectly marked unprocessed applications and may have deleted 10,000 or more records in the last five years.

In one case, a veteran who applied for VA care in 1998 was placed in “pending” status for 14 years.

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1) I don’t mean to suggest that that all 307,000 people died as a direct result of the VA simply not treating them. This would be very unlikely. But we don’t know…because of shoddy government record keeping. And how many deaths is acceptable? Half that? 10,000? 100? How can the taxpayers be coerced into funding something as important as healthcare if it’s not going to be available when they or their loved ones need it (see Canadaian health care wait times).

2) Per the opening sentence, I also don’t meant to suggest that the left literally wants this type of result. I believe there are many “do-gooders” who simply don’t understand the repercussions of the things they support. They just don’t want to believe that the free market is the absolute best way of providing healthcare for everyone. But it is. It encourages competition which spurs innovation, increases quality and lowers cost every time. It isn’t evil. The exact opposite is true with government-run institutions (see DMV, Post office, The VA, etc). Look, if you find yourself supporting “free healthcare”, I urge you to reconsider or the horrific circumstances found at the VA might just become commonplace for the rest of us.

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Bernie Sanders Had A Great Response To War Hawks
WASHINGTON -- Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Thursday offered a striking rebuttal to criticisms of his anti-war views, saying that he is opposed to war because of its lasting physical and mental toll on

“War should be in my view, the last resort of a great nation. We should explore every other option – and I know that opens up the political types: ‘Oh, you’re wimpy. You don’t want to go to war.’ Well, I don’t accept that. I’ve talked to too many people who came home without legs, without eyesight, with traumatic brain injury,” he said in an interview with the Des Moines Register.

The Democratic presidential hopeful has long opposed war: as an activist, he protested the Vietnam War, and as a congressman, he railed against the Iraq War.

But Sanders also cares deeply for military veterans and has spent much of his legislative career fighting for better health care, jobs and educational opportunities for veterans. As chairman of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee last year, he brokered a bipartisan deal to pass a bill allocating $17 billion to reform the VA health care system and reduce backlogs at VA hospitals (though veterans continue to experience severe delays in receiving care)….

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“Emma Didlake served her country with distinction and honor, a true trailblazer for generations of Americans who have sacrificed so much for their country. I was humbled and grateful to welcome Emma to the White House last month, and Michelle and I send our deepest condolences to Emma’s family, friends, and everyone she inspired over her long and quintessentially American life.” —President Obama on the passing of America’s oldest living veteran, Emma Didlake

The V.A. tries to confiscate man’s weapons, hundreds rally at his home to stop it

We recently reported on the Obama administration’s latest gun-grab attempt that might prevent Social Security benefits who use accountants from owning or purchasing weapons (This is not a joke. The Obama administration is actually doing this). Basically, it’s nonsense that works like this: Social Security beneficiaries are generally older. And if they have accountants, that means that they must have difficulty thinking clearly. And if they are old and have difficulty thinking clearly, they shouldn’t have access to weapons. Air. Tight. Logic.

Recently, an Idaho man checked a box on a VA form indicating that he used an accountant for his finances. Soon afterward, he was sent a letter informing him that the VA, (yes the same VA who kills people regularly), was sending a representative to his home to confiscate his weapons. Yes. This happened. In the United States of America.

Well, the local residents of the Idaho town where he lived were having none of it. They showed up at the man’s home to stop the illegal confiscation.

From the AP:

A group of residents in northern Idaho lined up outside a U.S. Navy veteran’s house on Thursday to protest claims that federal officials are planning on confiscating the man’s weapons.

Idaho Republican state Rep. Heather Scott of Blanchard said the Veteran Affairs office has sent a letter to John Arnold of Priest River warning him that he cannot possess or purchase firearms.

The protest -spearheaded by Scott- attracted roughly 100 people. Among them were Bonner County Sheriff Daryl Wheeler, who promised to stand guard against any federal attempts to remove Arnold’s guns, and Republican Washington state Rep. Matthew Shea of Spokane Valley, who described the event as a “defiance against tyranny.”

“I took an oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution and uphold the laws of Idaho,” Wheeler said. “This seemed appropriate to show my support. I was going to make sure Mr. Arnold’s rights weren’t going to be breached.”

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The VA. The Veteran’s Administration. The terribly inefficient, government-run, taxpayer-funded, single-payer, corrupt, horrible-in-every-way, hospital system was going to confiscate this man’s weapons, you know, for his own good.

I would love to hear progressives loudly denounce stuff like this but I’m not going to hold my breath.

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400 Florida veterans have been found sleeping in the woods and on the street

Over the course of the last month alone, more than 400 United States veterans have been found sleeping on the street and in the woods of central Florida, the Orlando Sentinel reported Aug 21. How did we let this happen? It may start with the unique burdens soldiers with combat experience face while reintegrating into civilian life.

Republicans hate veterans. Name one bill the GOP voted for that helps veterans. I can name a dozen they voted for that cut their social programs. Ex: GOP cut SNAP program that feeds 100,000s of current military families. Are our troops takers? Do they not work hard enough?

“Donald Trump had no right to say that. Period.”

“I don’t think Donald Trump has too many live brain cells between his ears to make a statement like that.”

“He doesn’t know what he’s talking about because he never served.”

“In my opinion, Donald Trump is a draft-dodging piece of shit and does not have the right to comment on McCain’s service.”

This is what military veterans think about Donald Trump

Writer’s Tips: Veterans and Soldiers

I have decided to begin a new series for my blog: Writer’s Tips. Because I have a very unhealthy relationship with Ravenclaw love for research, I’ve become affectionately known by many of my friends as “Walking Wikipedia.” This isn’t one of those topics I learned from hours of wiki walks, though - this is a topic that I’m intimately familiar with as the wife of a combat veteran.

Writers who approach the topic of writing about combat veterans or soldiers typically tend to focus on the obvious manifestations of trauma - PTSD and its associated symptoms. While many veterans will experience PTSD and we should by no means diminish how often it occurs or how severe the effects are, there are many other habits, turns of phrase, or small details a writer can include to flesh out their military character into a three-dimensional individual who is believable not only to civilian readers, but to any military personnel that happen to be reading, too. Below the cut is a list of things that I’ve observed over the course of my nearly six-year relationship with my husband, who was an Army medic and a veteran of the Iraq war. While he does experience trauma related to combat, most of these things are not trauma-related.

THESE ARE NOT MEANT TO APPLY TO ALL VETERANS, ALL COMBAT VETERANS, OR TO BE A BLANKET STATEMENT. These tips are based on my own experience with combat veterans and are intended for writers to use to flesh out their characters. Not all of these will apply to all veterans.

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