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  1. McClatchy Investigators asked the VA for cancer information among the VA patients via FOIA request. Now the VA says "Wrong Data" because cancer rates are skewed (elevated), you should use this data. VA has a problem with numbers: How many homeless veterans? How many veteran suicides? How many veterans are waiting for care? https://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/nation-world/national/national-security/article236421513.html
  2. http://www.va.gov/opa/appropriations_lapse_plan.asp This link will help in some ways to explain 'what the deal is' from the Department of Veterans Affairs perspective, if we indeed have even a partial shutdown. Obviously we are all hoping that power players on the Hill will find a way to get business done before major adverse effects follow putting us in a crisis management mode to put it lightly.
  3. DAV told me there is no expediting claims anymore even for Vietnam Vets. Only terminally ill vets, homeless, or going to be homeless are expedited, so it took DAV 5 months to get my claim into the system because they trashed it the first time because they are a corrupt organization. Mr. Edwards in St. Louis for DAV got Mr Stephen Kelly his 12 years of retro pay in one week without even filing a claim, the way I read it. Dan Knabe For DAV got Mike Franko’s claim “Expedited” after he had been denied once already, also got him service Connected, got his retro pay, and got him a job with DAV as well. There was no mention of homelessness, or illness besides ptsd and knee injury. Mr Kelly was just before me and Mr Franks was just after me and none of us fit the requirements except Mr Kelly and myself were Vietnam vets, and Mr. Kelly and Franko were Gulf War Vets, as best as I remember. I was permanently damaged by something affecting my entire internal body and skin(AO), and records hidden all my life. Edwards and Knabe got their clients records, scoured through them, and completed and closed the claim in one week. The VA is still withholding my records, I have used a VSO (now VFW) for the last four years, and still waiting. VFW told me it would be at least 3 or 4 years before the BVA gets to mine. Minimum 3 to 4 years, and I probably won’t even exist by then. This sounds like picking and choosing who is expedited, which is nepotism or being prejudiced against my claim. I filed in 1983 because the Army lied about my records in 1972 or I would have filed then. Total manipulation to keep me from Justice per Exemption 5 of FOIA. Any recourse? Is a malpractice suit the only recourse, unless they make it right with this last attempt? Thank you! victor ray
  4. Alex Graham Aka Asknod will be our guest speaker. His with and humor along with his vast knowledge of the VA is amazing. Join us for this show. You will learn something. Give us a call and join the conversation. To call in dial 347 237 4819 option 1. To listen: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/haditcom/2018/01/19/hadit-podcast-with-special-guest-alex-graham-aka-asknod
  5. Hadit Podcast John Dorle replay. We will replay last weeks episode for those that missed it. To listen, select this link. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/haditcom/2017/10/24/hadit-podcast-replay-with-john-dorle
  6. Hello, I hope everyone is well. Does anyone have any experience or knowledge regarding Federal Government Title 38 employees (Professional Healthcare worker such as RN, Physician, etc.)? Has any veteran experienced difficulty in obtaining employment at the MEDVAMC in Houston, Texas or any VA facility? If yes, do they feel that veteran status had a negative impact? Who else should I contact in order to file a grievance against the Title 38 veterans preference exemption? I have a Masters Degree as a Registered Nurse (Nurse Practitioner) and I am interested in seeking employment at the MEDVAMC in Houston, Texas. I have applied at the facility for more than 8 years without success. I am greater than 50% Service Connected. Registered Nurses and other healthcare professionals are considered "Title 38" employees which means that we cannot use Veterans Preference when applying for jobs at the VA. I am board certified as an Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner, Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist, Critical Care and Wound Ostomy and Continence. I wrote the Secretary of VA and inquired as to why Title 38 employees are exempt from veterans preference and my letter was forwarded to the Director of HR in Houston, TX. I asked her to explain the reason military veteran RNs and other health care professionals cannot use veteran preference.....Her answer because the VA only wants the best qualified candidates. My question to her was that if a veteran is qualified to be a commissioned officer in the military as a Registered Nurse why are they not considered among the best qualified to work in a Veterans Hospital? I also asked to know the qualifications of Nurses and Advance Practice Nurses that were chosen instead of me. Her answer was that hiring was strictly up to the hiring manager. I have nothing against foreigners (several of my in-laws are foreigners) but all of the hiring managers that I interviewed with were foreigners--Filipino, East Indian, and/or African. The staff nurse interview panels were always completely homogenous either all Filipino, East Indian, or African. I feel that by exempting Veterans from preference there is a possibility that Veterans may be inadvertently discriminated against due to their Veteran Status. The reason I say this is because at every interview the hiring manager or panel come across as 'skittish' or 'unsure' when my military service is illuminated. I asked the HR Director how many nurses at the facility were military veterans? Her answer was approximately 6%. She could not provide any information on how many of the 6% were in leadership positions or hiring managers. I wrote both of my Senators this past summer (Ted Cruz and John Cornyn) regarding the Title 38 exemption for Veterans Preference. I feel that RNs, Physicians, and other healthcare workers should be entitled to Veterans Preference. I received no response from Ted Cruz. John Cornyn's office thanked me for my service and gave some generic response on how they supported veterans. Congressional Veterans House and Senate members, the ones that make laws, do not provide responses. I know illuminating race/country of origin is a sensitive subject for some people. If my letter is coming across as brash, abrasive, or offensive that is not my intention. I am primarily concerned about the possibility of being discriminated against due to my veteran status not race or natural born citizenship.
  7. Victor Ray

    VA LIARS

    I have found that the VA has had evidence decades before they say they knew. They have been deceiving us, Liang to us, and depriving due benefits for 5 decades at least, and me personally for 46 years. They are dishonest and deceptive, and have been the root cause of Veterans suffering to death, needlessly. Over 300,000 and it's probably double that at least. Your claims are delayed to deceive you and delay you, nothing more. NOTHING MORE. My claim went from the crooks in St. Louis, to the lazy jerks in Atlanta, to to numb nuts in Nebraska, to the warped minds in Waco, TX, before determining that the month I was hospitalized in Vietnam did little to nothing. Since July I had another stroke, now a brain hypodensity,and the coma and migraines on duty don't mean crap to the liars at the VA. They lied to deprive me of a life, and they did. Despite 20+ FOIA Requests, they withheld medical evidence and documents that could have changed my life, so they just say screw you, go die. They knew all along, and are lying to you now.
  8. I am in the NWQ and have been since June 13 2016. My claim just got pushed back to April 4, 2017 as a completion date and it could be longer. How is it possible that the in NWQ is going to benefit any veteran or even the VA? I have documented proof of the illnesses I have now that began in Vietnam but the Raters that view them cannot see what's in plain sight, or they are just continuing the tradition of ignoring the facts, in order to deny or at least delay benefits. I don't have the luxury of waiting years for the VA to correct this situation and it is a clear and unmistakable error going back to 1971. There is so many things wrong with the system that it cannot be fixed and it will screw around till way after I am dead before it ever gets any repairs. Half of the employees should be fired and the other half trained because they do not know what they are doing. I don't think they understand what evidence is, or how hiding and destroying it affects the veteran and his dependents. Many do not know what any medical terms mean at all and cannot relate them to the veterans disabilities. How could my claim get pushed back an additional seven months when it's been sitting there for two years or more already and is cut and dry. The VA completely screwed up in 1983 ( A clear and unmistakable error) and so did the Army in 1971 ( another clear in unmistakable error when I should have been discharged medically), and they don't want to admit it. They would rather I die than to admit a mistake and properly compensate me. The VA was wrong, and they know it, but the upper level management lie to its employees to take some of the guilt away because they get paid well enough to let veterans die without it bothering them. It's easy to mark claims incomplete and put them in a bin to sit for years and years while we veterans die waiting. I saw where two of my claims were marked incomplete but the bedrooms employee I'm working with says they are not incomplete but I expect they will never be viewed in my lifetime. I have never seen so many dishonest actions in my life from one organization, And it's the people at the top that are ruining the system not the average employee. The upper level administrators lie to it's subordinates without telling them the truth about where those claims go, or how long of a wait, or why they wait without being resolved. They are doing the governments dirty work and don't even know they are letting people die, or be denied the benefits they are fully entitled to. How long do we sit in this fony NWQ? There probably isn't a time limit or a death limit as to how many will die before it's fixed, is there? Isn't the in NWQ supposed to speed the process up? It is a total failure or is purposely designed to kill more veterans. It's not a mistake that we sit there for years on end but is a design to allow the veterans to die. 300,000 veterans died and no one even noticed. That's how good the VA is at hiding and covering up our deaths and destruction. Is there not anyone that can force the truth out of the VA's management? No one is accountable for anything, And 12 veterans day discover the truth.
  9. John Dorle will be the guest. It will be an open mike show and call ins will be welcome. The number to call in is 347 237 4819. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/haditcom/2016/09/08/haditcom-blog-talk-veterans-radio-show-with-guest-speaker-john-dorle Basser
  10. This is a must listen. Dr Cantrell is a very good advocate for all things PTSD . http://www.blogtalkradio.com/haditcom/2016/08/26/bridget-c-cantrell-phd-is-an-award-winning-post-traumatic-stress-expert
  11. Hello all, United States Marine Corps veteran here OIF with 2/7 in Twentynine Palms. Been lurking around this site for a long time, reading posts and getting information to help me navigate this insane Veterans Affairs system. I've had some success and a lot of failures in the form of denials, appeals and the like. We all know what that's about. I recently started a petition though to my congressman about changing the bilateral math system used by the VA to rate disabilities. It would be great to have this get some backing from some of you influential members and to reach out to the world through any social media you use. Would love to chat with you guys, and thank you all for your posts and information, it makes a huge impact on a confused veteran. the petition: https://www.change.org/p/jim-costa-change-the-bilateral-math-system-used-by-the-department-of-veterans-affairs-for-ratings?recruiter=482600322&utm_source=share_for_starters&utm_medium=copyLink
  12. Join us for this informative show as we see what crazy stuff the VA comes up with. I promise you it will not be boring.. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/haditcom/2016/02/03/haditcomblog-talk-radio-show-with-jerrrel-john-and-asknod
  13. It is a new year so Jerrel and I have decided to go back to the basics of Va claims. This is a multi part series starting on Tuesday Jan at 2:00pm eastern. We will begin with Disability and gathering evidence and filing the claim, what forms to use, selecting a representative to assist you and how to navigate the process. No one should have to go this one alone. Join us for this show. John AKA JBasser
  14. This will be a special show this week as we pay omage to all veterans. We will laugh a little, cry a little, Remember those who have gone before us. We are taking open calls during the show. The call in number is 347 237 4819. Join us as we celebrate the Veteran. Basser
  15. Do we have a treat for you. Mr Ed Smith of Majesty Outdoors is in the process of doing a Documentary about Nuclear and Chemical exposure our Veterans may have come across in their military service. Also Joining us is Hadit Member and former Professional fishing guide Bill Sheka of Bill Sheka Outdoors. Bills Hadit Handle is CaptContaminate. Bill is working with ED in this documentary and has provided support to Ed's mission. Join Jerrel Cook and Myself as we bring you this episode. The Show starts at 2:30 eastern time. If you have been exposed to Nuclear Radiation or Chemicals in the CONUS, Give us a call. We would love to hear form you. The call in number is 347 237 4819.
  16. New 2015 Research: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/01/150114140600.htm
  17. It just keeps getting better..... http://www.disabledveterans.org/2015/03/31/new-drug-deaths-linked-tomah-va-candy-land/?inf_contact_key=c09730cff9a6b06a0eb609db19bdef34979812eff1f26a4555c7328311000df6
  18. Is this another "secret" list?? According to Bergman and Moore, there are "secret lists" to retaliate against (disabled) Vets who complain: http://www.vetlawyers.com/is-veterans-affairs-retaliating-against-disabled-veterans-who-lodge-valid-complaints/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+BergmannMoore+%28Bergmann+%26+Moore%29 Key points from article: "If Veterans criticize any aspect of their experience at VA, and especially if they file a malpractice lawsuit against the department, Kraus said some VA employees retaliate by lodging what he says are “illegal complaints” against Veterans." Even more disturbing: "Kraus, who attended Northwestern University and the University of Minnesota Law School and served in the Air Force from 1996-2001, recently wrote on his disabledveteran.org website that this form of retaliation is one of the biggest crimes VA is committing across the country, because it “chills the speech of Veterans who respectfully file complaints that have merit.” Kraus said these retaliatory responses to many valid complaints from Veterans can at times “defame the Veteran and diminish their credibility,” and the end result is a Veteran having an improper flag on their file, harassment from VA police, and/or restrictions in access to timely health care."
  19. Bulldog and Friends Rescue Center is a non-profit organization that has just launched 2 new programs. These programs will be providing Medical Alert Dogs and mobility dogs to veterans and children under the age of 15 a service dog free of charge. As of last year 22 veterans took their life per day. Here at Bulldog and Friends Rescue Center we take in dogs that are in severe need of a second chance at life and train them to be these individuals’ service dogs. As many people may know being a non-profit organization we need the help of not only our community but any person that is willing to help save not only a dog’s life but a veteran, and a child’s. These dogs as many know help and better the way of life that have an amazing companion with them. All donations to our organization are greatly appreciated no matter if is $1 or $100 every penny goes a long way. Please visit our website www.bdfrc.com and find out more about what we do!!!
  20. Merry Christmas, Young Warriors This is a tribute to all the Vets who knows how many are left They were proud in their day But they lost their youth In a place far away Today, They are not the same men How many is left in ten? They went to war, So we can Enjoy Being Free Today some try to enjoy Football on TV At night they try to dream Once they were all, Part of a really proud team Caualties of War some may be, But still they enjoy the ornaments, On the Christmas Tree, What's Left of that crowd? Still stand proud When It's all said and done Shall Heaven open its door for everyone!!! S.Q.Behlke USMC VNV
  21. Hello. This is my first post on hadit. I joined this forum because it seemed like a great place to connect with United States veterans and their loved ones. By the end of this year, there will be less than a million living World War II veterans. It’s more important than ever to share the stories of service from those who fought bravely for our country. I’m representing Glimpses Into History, a project of the Clovis Veterans Memorial District, in finding veterans willing to share a video testimonial of their experience as a soldier. The CVMD has created a way for veterans to record their stories from any Webcam-enabled computer. Those stories are then published to an online directory, so that anyone can view the veteran’s personal experience and share it with the world for free. Thank you, and I look forward to contributing positively to this community.
  22. Has anyone heard of Victor Values Veterans? I just stumbled across it, and I thought it was pretty cool.. Basically, Victor Pest (a company that sells rat traps, mice traps, rodent repellents, etc) started this initiative called Victor Values Veterans which helps U.S. veterans find jobs after returning home from service. Victor agreed to donate funds to the Call of Duty Endowment for every new Facebook fan they get. In case you don't know what the Call of Duty Endowment is, it's a non-profit re-employment organization that provides vets with the right resources, training, and support to re-enter the workforce as a civilian once they return home from serving overseas. I was really impressed when I found this. I think it's awesome of Victor to bring attention to how hard it is for vets to find jobs after they come home. Plus, it's super-easy to help. Literally all you have to do is click "like" on Facebook and you're helping veterans. It really can't get much easier than that. If anyone wants to check it our or like the page, here's the link: https://www.facebook.com/victorpest/app_292255507537168
  23. I've attached a flier for free counseling services to Veterans and their family members, sponsored by the Texas Veterans Commission and the Burke Center. This particular counseling is begin offered to Veterans and their families, located primarily in the East Texas area, but it's quite possible that Veterans in other parts of Texas may also have similar programs available to them. I haven't used these services yet, so can't qualify the value or quality, but they are being offered free of charge, and might help somebody in need. Mark MHMR East Texas Area Free Counseling.pdf
  24. After a physical trauma to spine resulted in 18 months of physical therapy the Sec. of the USAF on appeal found me unfit for duty and medically discharged me in 1985. Prior to my discharge I opened a claim for VA benefits and 6 weeks after getting out the VA turned down my claim saying my records were silent of any disease or injury incurred or aggravated during service. I filed to reopen my claim in 1990, 1999 and 2009 but was denied each time. Last time in 09 the examiner made up that I must have had a form of poly-articulate arthritis that caused the disability that I was discharged for. I recently asked Sen. Jerry Moran who sit's on the Committee of Veteran Affairs in Congress to help me get the VA to recognize the disability that the AF said occurred in the line of duty but Senator Moran's people tell me that he has no power to get the VA to do anything in regard to my claim. I wrote an article where I list all the records submitted to Sen. Moran (at the bottom under comments), check it out and be amaze, I guess Sen. Moran is only on the Committee further his political agenda and Vet's are considered to only be PR fodder to him. http://www.leavenworthtimes.com/opinions/letters_to_the_editor/x269562020/Letter-Moran-does-not-care-about-vets
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