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  1. 3.5 years ago, I thought he BVA live hearing meant my appeals would be moving along....... then after a few years of false starts,,, it sits collecting dust again... (I don't know if the VA status updates are current or not, but my case just collects dust...) AGAIN.. ***sigh*** while I have had the opportunity to submit new IMO and evidence of wrongdoing by the va and doctor in my 1151.... my case just sits doing nothing.... also, I don't quite understand why they put in some diseases when I suffer from other diseases.. like I have necrotizing pancreatitis, yet they list the disease as IBS. Two different diseases, one is mild and just sucks the other is horrific and next step to cancer totally disabling. maybe they want to go back to the very beginning when I was first hospitalized in the USAF, when it was gastritis. Later turning to necrotizing pancreatitis. of course there is no one anywhere except the BVA judge who could explain what is going on while the years tick by. Also, besides the IMO from the VA saying they caused the issues... but this about the doctor (Dr. Ho) that cared for me for along time, and now under investigation. very same doctor for along period of time as both as an inpatient and outpatient. ===== source article in news about the San Diego VA. https://inewsource.org/2019/10/01/veterans-affairs-investigation-san-diego/?fbclid=IwAR3dIVQi4xECowjvEJpaaJYKBdq7M-hK9_mCCgw-6wWLrs7xkzTAl8-KjKg =====excerpts about my liver and pancreas doctor who was my main doctor during my 6 months as they worked on my pancreas and liver disease.+++ ....... continues at this point pertaining to me... by the Doctor in the article being my doctor for a long time. Seven years of whistleblowing After learning the latest on the congressional hearing, Buck told her story for what seemed like the hundredth time. She was a liver researcher at the San Diego VA in 2013 — and a member of the VA’s research safety review board — when Dr. Samuel Ho proposed a study on veterans with alcoholic liver disease that would examine leftover biopsy tissue from the ill patients. As Buck read the research proposal, she grew concerned that Ho planned to perform medically unnecessary liver biopsies for the sake of research, putting the patients at risk of internal bleeding and other complications. Buck contacted her supervisors, warning them not to approve the study. It was approved anyway. “I was hopeful for like, I guess 15 minutes,” Buck said. “But when I started talking to the people that could have stopped this, they just kept patting me on the head pretty much and telling me, ‘It’s okay. You convinced us. We’re not going to do it that way now. But now we’re going to do it this way.’” Over the next five years, she and Chojkier reported their allegations to at least three federal agencies, were interviewed twice by the Office of the Medical Inspector and sent complaints to other research institutions involved in the study. Months after the medical inspector’s office issued a report on her allegations in early 2018, Ho retired from the VA and took a job at a university in Dubai. He and the VA researcher who took over the project, Dr. Bernd Schnabl, would not comment for this story, nor would a San Diego VA spokeswoman. The OMI’s investigation concluded that “no substantial danger to public health” occurred at the San Diego VA. But when the special counsel’s office reviewed that investigation, it said the OMI hadn’t fully addressed the whistleblowers’ allegations. The OMI had already issued two reports, but the special counsel’s office told the OMI reinvestigate and produce a third report, which is not publicly available yet. “These reports focus in so narrowly on small questions and miss the big questions, and it’s seriously concerning,” said C.K. Gunsalus, director of the National Center for Professional & Research Ethics, after reviewing the OMI’s investigation into the liver study. “They all have most of the hallmarks of really bad investigative reports that miss the mark.” An internal report from the San Diego VA obtained by inewsource in February verified Buck and Chojkier’s main complaint: medically unnecessary liver samples were taken from sick veterans without their permission. The report said “serious noncompliance occurred” during the research, which put patients at risk — contrary to what the medical inspector’s report had said. “It wasn’t professional,” Buck said about the OMI’s investigation. “It wasn’t what the veterans deserve. It wasn’t what the whistleblowers deserve. It wasn’t what the country deserves. I can’t imagine what they were thinking.” inewsource intern Natallie Rocha contributed to this story.
  2. not to beat a dead horse but my diseases are permanent with no cure ever... but I know what you mean, and thank you...
  3. I have been dealing with this VSO nightmare since the 1990's. Not counting the time when I left the USAF because of medical (and feel if I have been advised properly, I probably would have been medically discharged...) in the 1980's.
  4. Is the whole VA medical and support system getting worse? Is it just me, or are other seeing the VA getting worse, with help, with medical, with claims, with services, the whole thing getting worse? Or am I just losing it, lost my patience, going mental.... as my medical care is getting worse, help is worse..... support,,, the whole va thing getting worse.. or is it just the stress of the claims taking decades, and really bad health making me so jaded that I can no longer see the good side of the va? Everything is really going bad,, being sick doe snot help, with no chance of ever getting better.... but being told I cannot have another doctor, closer to my home, my care changed, and they changed the schedule , was suppose to do certain tests on me for several diseases, and they have stopped doing the tests unless I get very sick.. not before.. and claims taking many more years even many years after the bva hearing,, years going by... is this with all vets, or just a few unlucky vets? The va keeps promising to fix this stuff, but it never gets better.... or is it just me?
  5. I am sorry, my experiences bring back bad memories for other people too. If someone isn't mental going in they will be coming out.
  6. I gave the BVA judge a (long note) note of this issue with this doctor and the investigation. (I went on a long search months ago looking for him, and the only thing I found out was he quit is job at the va and university and moved to the middle east, then the clinic wrote me an imo, and told me he moved, but didn't tell me about the scandal, I found that out on my own in some veteran forums. I didn't give the BVA judge a lot, an excerpt of the article about his role, and story link, as I don't know who is aware of what, and if they need more info.... funny thing is I wrote to the judge about this doctor months before the scandal became public. My concern was the many months of conversations I had with this doctor as an inpatient, and would see him before my inpatient stay (almost every day for 6 months at my hospital bed), during and after. He was always asking me about what jobs I had and worked with and if I drank alcohol. In the letter I gave to the judge months before the scandal broke, then when I became aware of the scandal I updated this info with him and the IMO. So, I think I gave him plenty of info, and it is out of my hands, the BVA judge either reads it or doesn't. The BVA either knows about this scandal, or doesn't. I presented them with just about everything I can, without looking like a stalker. Also, many of the doctors and nurses may have moved on after all these years as I moved to another state, and am not in touch with them any longer. But, they know I suffered from unexplained bleeding. And saw us together everyday and he decided what my treatments were.
  7. similar issue... it took 20 years of suffering, went through the pain clinics in the 1980's 1990's....2000's..- no help at all. got the best dosage for me, but I moved and some pain doctor jumped into my case... out of nowhere and changed the script the doctors had me on for ages in the previous state. it was just right, and took 20 years to get the sweet spot, this doctor was only interested in her pain clinic non-sense. and took on the pain meds, they compliment each other, quick release then slow release, etc..etc.. she removed on the quick release, that can only last 4-6 hours, the slow release is suppose to last 8 hours. I came to the new state asking for my spinal shots to continue, and she didn't read my charts, and thought i was using them only for spinal disease. Never looked at my charts and saw the pancreas disease. They also give me constipation, but I need them or I have straight diarrhea. I went through 10 years of straight diarrhea, I ate a box of immodium a-d per week, and even then wasn't enough,, was skin and bone. I may get into some argument about pain clinic stuff, but found pain clinic b.s. It a bunch of babble and doesn't help when you are suffering bad. I would rather have the side effects and live then lay in my own sick and suffer because of some crazed pain clinic doctor non-sense. They put you in a horrible situation. No is no guarantee that if you go back that they will raise your dosage back up. They made me go through years of head doctors kept saying pain was in my head, and it was really pancreatic disease, spinal disease, etc. Not sure if you have to go through these head doctors again. If you could taper, they are forcing it on you either way. If the pain stops you from eating, gaining weight, living your life, it can be tangible proof that you need pain relief. These doctors don't really care if you feel miserable, they want some test of other doctor to back them in the pain meds. I am loosing my doctor he is retiring, and have no clue what they are going to give me, as some of the doctors I will not see they treat me terribly. They act like they need to know you for along time, and if you just meet them and come into their view for the first time, they will mess with you chart, scripts, etc... I don't know why, they should see it took us our whole lives to get to this point. and then they just pull the rug out from under us. Maybe do this, ask them for help with the pain, in other ways, tell them it took all these years to find this sweat spot where you can live, and if they want to change it find an alternative for you, You shouldn't have to have do that they are the one who changed it.
  8. the first doctor was indeed a doctor, a Toxicologist M.D. but she refused to use the wording I asked her for. I never went back to there. I asked her up front to use the words more likely than not. nothing I could do, I could not force her. So I ended up witha huge worthless toxicologist report on chemicals and their effect on the body.
  9. She is my BVA specialist service officer. She only does bva appeals. She has a direct line to submit docs to the bva judge. I don't know how it works, but it gets there directly to the correct office. the Doctor that was my doctor the whole time was the one these articles are about (he left the USA and went to the Middle East): https://timesofsandiego.com/military/2019/02/26/inewsource-san-diego-va-liver-study/?fbclid=IwAR0Dosm8cI7ZMMFiAOhcurVDKYZT-WGcsVWOefTBdfWER79Qo5HGKO4bk3o https://www.cbs8.com/article/news/local/incewsource/congress-to-hold-hearing-on-allegations-of-dangerous-human-research-at-san-diego-va/509-b8fdc5b1-f937-44e6-8712-9e413ff21e07
  10. So, it has been 4 years since my BVA hearing. On of the issues is the 1151. it was over the failed pancreatic procedures where everything went wrong. They were suppose to do fine needle aspiration of a8 cm cyst on the head of my pancreas. I signed a paper saying I understood that is what they were doing. The very long list of failures, and things that went wrong, also they did other things never discussed or agreed to before the procedure. There were also procedures which included trying to insert a Stent, somewhere in a tube (pancreas, liver, etc.), but the tube broke, ripped, tore open, etc.The complications are an extremely long list. Portal Vein thrombosis and Splenic Vein Thrombosis, (Permanent)The effects of tube feeding for six months, liver disease came up, Parkinsons came up, sepsis, inability to walk and eat (no longer able to absorb nutrients without medicines), no control over body limbs for along time and the therapy. The list is extensive. They also had tried a second procedure to correct problems after the first. Uncontrollable internal bleeding, and more. All these year alter with claims and the 1151. They VA got an IMO from the college of physicians for the surgery, basically saying they did nothing wrong and the complications were within the scope of the procedures. Also a fact that the doctors kept trying to give me mind altering drugs, Drugs for anxiety, as they insisted I had IBS< and most of the pain was in my head, event though I had 10 years of solid diarrhea and great suffering. So, they often sent me to head doctors. Precious time was wasted when the window of opportunity for helping me was pissed away. So, the have this IMO from their college of physicians saying that al this stuff was foreseeable. This was a few years after my BVA live hearing. I wrote the doctor at the VA clinic who was one of my main doctors who I saw everyday who made lots of decisions on what to do, before being and inpatient. During the time I spent as an inpatient. And for a couple years after The six months as an inpatient, because I have necrotizing pancreatitis and liver diseases (Budd-Chiari Syndrome), very, very rare disease, and even more rare together. I wrote a letter to him at the VA clinic that was at the hospital I lived in. He was also a GI doctor at UCSD. University California San Diego. i was asking him for info on my disease, the time I spent there and the long conversation we had were he discussed my pancreas and liver and causes of the diseases, in my case and other cases. Other case in general, not specific. Like what causes these diseases, and more. I also wrote it was time sensitive because I was asking for it to be used as an IMO. A month goes by, I get a phone call from the VA GI Clinic explaining the doctor left the VA not long before my letter. A couple of weeks later, before a deadline I told them, for my BVA appeal, had another deadline for information I could submit, I get a phone (from the VA GI Clinic, the head person in the GI Clinic office who sends out correspondence for the doctors) call saying they are going to write me a letter to submit to the BVA judge. I get an IMO letter written out on VA GI Clinic Letterhead Stating in legal for as an IMO that my Necrotizing Pancreatitis complications are 'More Likely than Not' caused by the procedures at the VA. I send this and a letter and more with a letter of my letters to them before the IMO, to the BVA judge. Now, more months have passed. I few months latter I see a big scandal at the VA GI clinic with refences in a Veterans forum, and links to publication about a big scandal where the VA clinic and the doctor who was my doctor during al this pancreas and liver, tests, procedures,, long talks, and more, well, he is the target of an congressional inquiry and left the country. He was doing unauthorized procedures and had caused uncontrollable bleeding on veterans and taken pieces of their liver without their permission. I got some copies, and sent this to the judge. Going further I don't know when the VA knew about this doctor and investigation (brought about by a whistle blower). I don't know if the clinic wrote my IMO when I first contacted the VA Clinic and doctors that cared for me., and when they wrote my IMO, if they already knew about the scandal or not and when and how. So, look at it this way, their IMO saying they did nothing wrong and the stuff that happened to me can happen to anyone is the IMO they put up against my 1151, and some of my claims. These doctors told me, almost quoting, most people don't live long and they want to make sure I got anything I needed because they knew the hell I went through they treated me very good. So far I outlived others with this, I was told by medical professionals I am the only person they know of that lived this long with this diseases. I live in hell every day and this just drags on, and every time I think they are moving it comes to a halt, with no action. My first claims were from the 1990's, and most were denied, and I didn't know what i know now, these claims and the 1151 are a decade old. Now I see that I was under care of a doctor in a huge medical scandal and my appeal is collecting duct. Not only that but I still have to live day to day and get sick, and the new VA clinic and hospital, don't know my history and they have not been good, lots of problems and les here in Oregon at the VA. I had a very bad case of bronchitis and puking green slime out of my lungs this summer and was screwed around by the va, and have been screwed around several times. They will not give me a doctor closer to me, I have to drive 150 miles round trip, the closest VA clinic is 4 miles round trip, they tell me am on a waiting list but there are no doctors. My doctor is retiring in a few weeks. I have been treated terrible by some other doctors here.
  11. When I tried to get a vso to help me file an 1151, they refused, I did it on my own, and lost a lot of time in between while looking f help.. Now look at my case and what is going on.. https://timesofsandiego.com/military/2019/02/26/inewsource-san-diego-va-liver-study/?fbclid=IwAR0Dosm8cI7ZMMFiAOhcurVDKYZT-WGcsVWOefTBdfWER79Qo5HGKO4bk3o that was my doctor who was cutting pieces off veterans livers without authorization and the bva dragging it's feet... just one more example of how a vso can hinder your case... and it you are sick out of your mind you desperately need help from pro's. catch 22, the lawyers only want quickie slam bang cases.... what a screwed up nightmare I lost lots of time, deadlines, and more.. while getting jerked around... please, no hate male, I am only giving my experiences....
  12. I sent this info (investigations for wrongdoing and congressional hearings) about my dr., the center of this scandal and what happened to me to back my claim.... with the bva.. not sure if he cares,, the 60 day waiver window on my decisions by the bva judge is closing very fast now... and I got this info in just in time, I Have the new IMO from the clinic that did the work on me,, and the same clinic with the scandal and doctor who did the work on me... all rebutting the phony cookie cutter IMO the bvs got that said about my 1151 pancreas surgery gone wrong, as I a paraphrase their IMO against me, shit happens... so this Dr. Ho with the scandal that did the unauthorized liver studies on me (most likely) But the article admits they don't know when he started cutting the parts. They said mine was cut by accident causing the necrotizing pancreatitis, liver disease, internal bleeding from unknown sources, sepsis and the loss the ability to eat and walk and blow up of Parkinsons, six months in a bed with several more months bed ridden with home care... never fully recovered, never will. You would think I would get help from al this in my case!!!!!! Dr. Ho was my doctor for years and the 6 months as an in patient !! https://inewsource.org/2019/10/01/veterans-affairs-investigation-san-diego/?fbclid=IwAR3dIVQi4xECowjvEJpaaJYKBdq7M-hK9_mCCgw-6wWLrs7xkzTAl8-KjKg https://timesofsandiego.com/military/2019/02/26/inewsource-san-diego-va-liver-study/?fbclid=IwAR0Dosm8cI7ZMMFiAOhcurVDKYZT-WGcsVWOefTBdfWER79Qo5HGKO4bk3o
  13. I sent this info (investigations for wrongdoing and congressional hearings) about my dr., the center of this scandal and what happened to me to back my claim.... with the bva.. not sure if he cares,, the 60 day waiver window on my decisions by the bva judge is closing very fast now... and I got this info in just in time, I Have the new IMO from the clinic that did the work on me,, and the same clinic with the scandal and doctor who did the work on me... all rebutting the phony cookie cutter IMO the bvs got that said about my 1151 pancreas surgery gone wrong, as I a paraphrase their IMO against me, shit happens... so this Dr. Ho with the scandal that did the unauthorized liver studies on me (most likely) But the article admits they don't know when he started cutting the parts. They said mine was cut by accident causing the necrotizing pancreatitis, liver disease, internal bleeding from unknown sources, sepsis and the loss the ability to eat and walk and blow up of Parkinsons, six months in a bed with several more months bed ridden with home care... never fully recovered, never will. You would think I would get help from al this in my case!!!!!!
  14. in the articles it says they do not know how long he did what he was doing. I had him do several procedures on me, and I had a lot of unexplained internal bleeding.. he was asking me a lot of questions for months about how my pancreas and liver got sick. Every time I try to bring this to people attention, no one that is more professional and experience seems to be concerned with the problems us vets that were in this scandal... I would have though they would jump at the chance to talk to someone who experienced this firsthand....
  15. I had a nock down drag out,,,, the vso says to me I didn't have to list all the chemicals, the va would,, but it turned out when I told them that it was several chemicals not just jet fuel the dro refused to listen,,, so after several years the judge at the bva made sure it listed al the chemicals, and everything was already reported to the doctors on active duty of the different chemicals I worked with (in my service records, plus I had to get more job descriptions and submit those explaining more about jobs that were already self explanatory to those people with brains.)... not just jet fuel, but al the petro chems plus TCE. so, I am still angry at the vso, for letting the va decide on their own what they thought i worked with by the job descriptions. Example fuels doesn't not mean fuel. But TCE was what we used to clean machinery of all types that had grease, even though the jobs was reprographics. The va will purposely twist facts and say there is no noise with a gun. And they will get away with it because of the corruption. Every step of the way they lied, misled and tried to screw me. And everyone else that files a claim will have someone at the va try to screw them. It can't be by accident.
  16. why did they contact you? or how? did they somehow find out you had a claim, do they can appeals and cherry pick? Just curious... really,,, nothing malicious. Thanx.
  17. More about where I lives an inpatient for 6 months for pancreas and liver diseases. Dr. Ho was my doctor, I would see him everyday. He made many decisions on what they were doing. Long chats. https://timesofsandiego.com/military/2019/02/26/inewsource-san-diego-va-liver-study/?fbclid=IwAR0Dosm8cI7ZMMFiAOhcurVDKYZT-WGcsVWOefTBdfWER79Qo5HGKO4bk3o
  18. According to these Federal tort claim procedures,, mine match the requirements.. https://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/suing-government-negligence-FTCA-29705.html I filed within two years and he was an employee of the federal government. As usual, only a lawyer who works these understands them
  19. 10-06-19 VA and my doctor when I lived in the VA: note: I suffered greatly and I had unexplained internal bleeding and six months of fighting fo rmy life. the doctors cut into a part of my body, that connects the liver and pancreas, when I signed a paper giving permission to drain a large cyst onthe head of my pancreas. The internal bleeding lasted along time and went sepsis. I now see this doctor did un approved studies and I was one off the victims at the VA. I had many, many conversations and exams done with Dr.Ho. I wrote along letter this past Summer, to the VA and Dr. Ho. about my disease and care, and the VA may have known about this criminal case, but kept it from me. The VA in San Diego knew me, and sided with me and wrote me aletter I submitted to the BVA Judge shwoing that the health problems I suffer from the surgeries and care 'More than Likely' were from the the procedures from that VA Hospital. The BVA, who is suppose to make decsions on my disability claim ahs been draggin their feet and at decade hass passed while they drag their feet. The BVA also has other letter, (Independant Medical Opinions) that are used by legal arguements showing professional opinions on whter some it either less like and more than likd=ely caused by this or that. The VA has al the time and deep pockets to get al the professional opinions paid for by the government and a Veteran much seek and search out, pay for these out of their own pocket, and can cost into the tens of thousands of dollars, so the deck is stacked against cveterans who file disability claims. The VA , BVA Board of Veterans Appeals (sort of like a high court) for Veterans, which has almost the final word, with another court which can be apepaled at great expense if you can provide more evidence. Evidence is used like evidence to prove soemthing, sort of liie cycincally guilty uhntil proven innocent. So, I now find this exculpatory evidence that a big doctor who worked on me (for a long time) is in trouble for unauthorized medical work and studies on sick veterans. Me being one of those very sick veterans that has liver and pancreas disease and has procedures done by this very same doctor for along period of time as botu an inpatient and outpaitent. The short of it, if the VA/BVA knew and didn't tel me while I fight for my case, it is evil and wrong, if they didn't know they should have known. As I suiffered greatly over al these years and the same symptoms as described in the investigation. ===== https://inewsource.org/2019/10/01/veterans-affairs-investigation-san-diego/?fbclid=IwAR3dIVQi4xECowjvEJpaaJYKBdq7M-hK9_mCCgw-6wWLrs7xkzTAl8-KjKg ===== said. Seven years of whistleblowing After learning the latest on the congressional hearing, Buck told her story for what seemed like the hundredth time. She was a liver researcher at the San Diego VA in 2013 — and a member of the VA’s research safety review board — when Dr. Samuel Ho proposed a study on veterans with alcoholic liver disease that would examine leftover biopsy tissue from the ill patients. As Buck read the research proposal, she grew concerned that Ho planned to perform medically unnecessary liver biopsies for the sake of research, putting the patients at risk of internal bleeding and other complications. Buck contacted her supervisors, warning them not to approve the study. It was approved anyway. “I was hopeful for like, I guess 15 minutes,” Buck said. “But when I started talking to the people that could have stopped this, they just kept patting me on the head pretty much and telling me, ‘It’s okay. You convinced us. We’re not going to do it that way now. But now we’re going to do it this way.’” Over the next five years, she and Chojkier reported their allegations to at least three federal agencies, were interviewed twice by the Office of the Medical Inspector and sent complaints to other research institutions involved in the study. Months after the medical inspector’s office issued a report on her allegations in early 2018, Ho retired from the VA and took a job at a university in Dubai. He and the VA researcher who took over the project, Dr. Bernd Schnabl, would not comment for this story, nor would a San Diego VA spokeswoman. The OMI’s investigation concluded that “no substantial danger to public health” occurred at the San Diego VA. But when the special counsel’s office reviewed that investigation, it said the OMI hadn’t fully addressed the whistleblowers’ allegations. The OMI had already issued two reports, but the special counsel’s office told the OMI reinvestigate and produce a third report, which is not publicly available yet. “These reports focus in so narrowly on small questions and miss the big questions, and it’s seriously concerning,” said C.K. Gunsalus, director of the National Center for Professional & Research Ethics, after reviewing the OMI’s investigation into the liver study. “They all have most of the hallmarks of really bad investigative reports that miss the mark.” An internal report from the San Diego VA obtained by inewsource in February verified Buck and Chojkier’s main complaint: medically unnecessary liver samples were taken from sick veterans without their permission. The report said “serious noncompliance occurred” during the research, which put patients at risk — contrary to what the medical inspector’s report had said. “It wasn’t professional,” Buck said about the OMI’s investigation. “It wasn’t what the veterans deserve. It wasn’t what the whistleblowers deserve. It wasn’t what the country deserves. I can’t imagine what they were thinking.”
  20. 10-06-19

    VA and my doctor when I lived in the VA:
    note: I suffered greatly and I had unexplained internal bleeding and six months of fighting fo rmy life. the doctors cut into a part of my body, that connects the liver and pancreas, 
    when I signed a paper giving permission to drain a large cyst onthe head of my pancreas. The internal bleeding lasted along time and went sepsis. I now see this doctor did un approved studies and I was one off the victims 
    at the VA. I had many, many conversations and exams done with Dr.Ho. I wrote along letter this past Summer, to the VA and Dr. Ho. about my disease and care, and the VA may have known about this criminal  case, but kept it from me.
    The VA in San Diego knew me, and sided with me and wrote me aletter I submitted to the BVA Judge shwoing that the health problems I suffer from the surgeries and care 'More than Likely' were from the the procedures from that VA Hospital.
    The BVA, who is suppose to make decsions on my disability claim ahs been draggin their feet and at decade hass passed while they drag their feet. The BVA also has other letter, (Independant Medical Opinions) that are used by legal arguements 
    showing professional opinions on whter some it either less like and more than likd=ely caused by this or that. The VA has al the time and deep pockets to get al the professional opinions paid for by the government and a Veteran much seek and 
    search out, pay for these out of their own pocket, and can cost into the tens of thousands of dollars, so the deck is stacked against cveterans who file disability claims. The VA , BVA Board of Veterans Appeals (sort of like a high court)
    for Veterans, which has almost the final word, with another court which can be apepaled at great expense if you can provide more evidence. Evidence is used like evidence to prove soemthing, sort of liie cycincally guilty uhntil proven innocent.
    So, I now find this exculpatory evidence that a big doctor who worked on me (for a long time) is in trouble for unauthorized medical work and studies on sick veterans. Me being one of those very sick veterans that has liver and pancreas disease and has procedures done by this
    very same doctor for along period of time as botu an inpatient and outpaitent.

    The short of it, if the VA/BVA knew and didn't tel me while I fight for my case, it is evil and wrong, if they didn't know they should have known. As I suiffered greatly over al these years and the same symptoms as described in the investigation.
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    https://inewsource.org/2019/10/01/veterans-affairs-investigation-san-diego/?fbclid=IwAR3dIVQi4xECowjvEJpaaJYKBdq7M-hK9_mCCgw-6wWLrs7xkzTAl8-KjKg
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    said.
    Seven years of whistleblowing
    After learning the latest on the congressional hearing, Buck told her story for what seemed like the hundredth time.
    She was a liver researcher at the San Diego VA in 2013 — and a member of the VA’s research safety review board — when Dr. Samuel Ho proposed a study on veterans with alcoholic liver disease that would examine leftover biopsy tissue from the ill patients.
    As Buck read the research proposal, she grew concerned that Ho planned to perform medically unnecessary liver biopsies for the sake of research, putting the patients at risk of internal bleeding and other complications.
    Buck contacted her supervisors, warning them not to approve the study. It was approved anyway.
    “I was hopeful for like, I guess 15 minutes,” Buck said. “But when I started talking to the people that could have stopped this, they just kept patting me on the head pretty much and telling me, ‘It’s okay. You convinced us. We’re not going to do it that way now. But now we’re going to do it this way.’”
    Over the next five years, she and Chojkier reported their allegations to at least three federal agencies, were interviewed twice by the Office of the Medical Inspector and sent complaints to other research institutions involved in the study.

    Months after the medical inspector’s office issued a report on her allegations in early 2018, Ho retired from the VA and took a job at a university in Dubai. He and the VA researcher who took over the project, Dr. Bernd Schnabl, would not comment for this story, nor would a San Diego VA spokeswoman.
    The OMI’s investigation concluded that “no substantial danger to public health” occurred at the San Diego VA. But when the special counsel’s office reviewed that investigation, it said the OMI hadn’t fully addressed the whistleblowers’ allegations.
    The OMI had already issued two reports, but the special counsel’s office told the OMI reinvestigate and produce a third report, which is not publicly available yet.
    “These reports focus in so narrowly on small questions and miss the big questions, and it’s seriously concerning,” said C.K. Gunsalus, director of the National Center for Professional & Research Ethics, after reviewing the OMI’s investigation into the liver study. “They all have most of the hallmarks of really bad investigative reports that miss the mark.”
    An internal report from the San Diego VA obtained by inewsource in February verified Buck and Chojkier’s main complaint: medically unnecessary liver samples were taken from sick veterans without their permission. The report said “serious noncompliance occurred” during the research, which put patients at risk — contrary to what the medical inspector’s report had said.
    “It wasn’t professional,” Buck said about the OMI’s investigation. “It wasn’t what the veterans deserve. It wasn’t what the whistleblowers deserve. It wasn’t what the country deserves. I can’t imagine what they were thinking.”

    1. 63Charlie

      63Charlie

      I hope you file a federal tort action about this medical malpractice.

      Frightening ordeal knowing you were used as a guinea pig.

      That is enough to make anyone have PTSD once they learn what was REALLY going on.

       

    2. retiredat44

      retiredat44

      I am not sure what the hell is going on,, the bva has my case, and today my representative said she would send this info to the judge... she is no sure if they made a decision yet... I could get any lawyer to give me the time of day before...

      I have more to say.. and am suspicious about why the va gi clinic where both I was and that doctor wrote me an IMO a few months ago.... but maybe they knew and wrote the imo on my behalf because they know more about what happened to me... I sent a note to the investigators, not sure if they will contact me. I hate looking and talking to lawyers... the imo the va got against me basically said shit happens... that was before I found this.... they said even though they cut the wrong part and I never signed a release for anything other that to drain a cyst, accidently cutting t tube was still possible.... yeah right and this doctor is cutting off parts for his Frankenstein project and the va claims protects him... If only someone who knew what to could help... anytime I asked no one would pay attention.... Thanx for the thoughts...

  21. Dr. Ho, was my Pancreas and Liver doctor while I was an inpatient for 6 months at the va https://inewsource.org/2019/10/01/veterans-affairs-investigation-san-diego/?fbclid=IwAR3dIVQi4xECowjvEJpaaJYKBdq7M-hK9_mCCgw-6wWLrs7xkzTAl8-KjKg meanwhile the bva still jerking me and my appeals
  22. Big news! No, the bva is still jerking me around,, no decision.. The doctor who was caring for me in the GI clinic when I was living the San Diego VA clinic... with the failed pancreatic surgery and I filed the 1151: This is what happened to him and what he was doing, and took some of my parts too for biopsy and I had sepsis and internal bleeding fighting for my life... Dr. Ho, was one of my doctors!!! ============== https://inewsource.org/2019/10/01/veterans-affairs-investigation-san-diego/?fbclid=IwAR3dIVQi4xECowjvEJpaaJYKBdq7M-hK9_mCCgw-6wWLrs7xkzTAl8-KjKg Seven years of whistleblowing After learning the latest on the congressional hearing, Buck told her story for what seemed like the hundredth time. She was a liver researcher at the San Diego VA in 2013 — and a member of the VA’s research safety review board — when Dr. Samuel Ho proposed a study on veterans with alcoholic liver disease that would examine leftover biopsy tissue from the ill patients. As Buck read the research proposal, she grew concerned that Ho planned to perform medically unnecessary liver biopsies for the sake of research, putting the patients at risk of internal bleeding and other complications. Buck contacted her supervisors, warning them not to approve the study. It was approved anyway. “I was hopeful for like, I guess 15 minutes,” Buck said. “But when I started talking to the people that could have stopped this, they just kept patting me on the head pretty much and telling me, ‘It’s okay. You convinced us. We’re not going to do it that way now. But now we’re going to do it this way.’”
  23. Need help denial Reimbersemeent Emergency Community Care. I got a letter form the VA offices that pay the reimbursements for Community Care. A couple months ago, I was very sick and bed ridden with breathing problems and green stuff coming out of my lungs... this went on for 2 weeks and a 102 degree fever. I called my VA and my primary care and begged to see them they told me no, and to go to a community care facility, they gave me the name and address of a participating hospital close to me. The VA Hospital is 75 miles one way, this hospital is 15 miles. I gave them my VA card, they found out I had bronchitis. On top of the necrotizing pancreatitis, and liver disease. Now I got the denial letter saying I didn't meet the criteria for reimbursement by the VA. I went through an issue with non-reimbursement many years ago, and I won, and they paid, after 1 year of the nightmare. But that was in San Diego with Fee Basis. I have no clue about up here in Portland Oregon. Does anyone know what to do beside cal them and ask, as I don't see any forms to fill out, or anything, just a bunch of letter on websites about community care. Thank you in Advance. Steven btw, I could not figure out which forum to post this in. I was looking to see if others went through this.
  24. Ok, I maybe wrong, I thought I read some of my files went to the AMC.... but maybe not.. in any case, I signed the BVA paper they gave me with a choice for the 60 day waiver and no return of my claims and appeals to the VARO. Yet, it is still back to judge looking for opinions, even though months ago it was in the decision phase and out of the one it went back to.. honesty and no lying by the va..... that's al I want.
  25. They were changing it from making decision to getting more evidence, then back and forth.... then AMC .... then I sign the 60 waiver and for BVA to finish the decisions, then it sticks there for several months... they just do not communicate they mislead with what steps they are on.... then I read AMC is a black hole where it can again drag on forever. . All I want is honesty from the VA. Too much to ask. Yes, would be nice to do things but can't do things. Too sick. Other issues with the va with dishonesty. They also have me in another nightmare with my doctor retiring. So, am I screwed in a new black hole with the AMC ? Or is that good? update: I see lots of info on the AMC. although, much is opinion https://rightardia.blogspot.com/2010/07/is-va-appeals-management-center-failure.html
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