American Veteran News 07.22.16

JOURNALISTS FALSELY REPORT VA CARE BETTER THAN PRIVATE SECTOR — DISABLED VETERANS– Journalists appear to be asleep at the wheel in light of false reports about the sham RAND study telling readers VA care is as good or better than the private sector.

“Better than the private sector,” some of you may be questioning? That is right.

Like the slight of hand from a magician, the echo chamber of VA took a study comparing outdated studies of VA care comparing Medicare to VA care and report that VA care is now as good or better than private care.

That latter conclusion is well known to be false, but the slight of hand — shifting focus from Medicare to Private Care — did not sway countless reporters in the echo chamber from repeating the erroneous information.

Only here on did you hear the real deal about the supposed study, which actually revealed a mixed and even deadly review of very poor surgical outcomes.

So the moral of the study here is that routine diagnostic care might be good but do not get any form of surgical care from VA or you will die. At least, that was the case circa 2009 and before. But somehow VA has no new data for RAND to evaluate? How convenient.

SLEEP DISORDERS 6 TIMES HIGHER AMONG VETERANS — RAPID CITY JOURNAL — (HealthDay News) — Sleep disorders are six times more likely among American military veterans than in the general population, a new study finds.

And veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) seem to have the highest rates, the researchers said.

The research involved more than 9.7 million veterans treated by the Veterans Health Administration system between 2000 and 2010. The majority (93 percent) of these military service members were men. Slightly more than 750,000 were diagnosed with at least one sleep disorder, the study authors said.

Over the course of 11 years, the investigators found that the rate of sleep disorders rose from less than 1 percent to nearly 6 percent. Sleep disorders were most common among veterans who had experienced combat and those with PTSD.

“Veterans with PTSD had a very high sleep disorder prevalence of 16 percent, the highest among the various health conditions or other population characteristics that we examined,” study senior author James Burch said in a news release from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Burch is an associate professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of South Carolina.

The study doesn’t prove that PTSD triggers sleep disorders, but the researchers noted that diagnosed cases of PTSD tripled over the course of the study.

SLAIN KCK OFFICER WAS A DECORATED VETERAN THEVILLAGESSUNTIMES — VILLAGE SUN TIMES — The death pushes the number of law enforcement officers fatally shot in the line of duty to 31 so far this year – up from about 16 at this point last year and ahead of the average midyear total, which is about 25, according to Federal Bureau of Investigation data. Curtis Ayers, of Tonganoxie, is charged with capital murder in the May 9 death of Det. His death was the second time in less than three months that a Kansas City, Kan., police officer was shot and killed. Kansas City, Kansas, police said they do not believe Tuesday’s fatal shooting of Capt. Dave Melton was a planned ambush, but the actions of criminals trying to escape arrest. A public defender representing Ayers didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment. Melton boxed him in with his vehicle and was attempting to get out of his patrol auto when the suspect fired several shots through the patrol car’s passenger window, which was part way down. While the shooting was not a planned attack, Zeigler Wednesday referenced the heightened tensions amid the recent fatal police shootings of African American men elsewhere.

METABOLITE SECRETED IN URINE MAY CAUSE COGNITIVE IMPAIRMENT IN KIDNEY FAILURE PATIENTS — EUREKALERT — Washington, DC (July 21, 2016) — Retention of certain metabolites in the blood may contribute to cognitive impairment in patients with kidney failure, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN). The findings may lead to interventions to safeguard the mental health of patients with poor kidney function.

In patients with compromised kidney function, the retention of compounds that are normally removed from the body and excreted in urine may contribute to various health problems. To investigate a potential link between retained metabolites and cognitive impairment, Manjula Kurella Tamura, MD, MPH (Stanford University and Veterans Affairs Palo Alto) and her colleagues analyzed the blood of 141 patients with kidney failure who took tests on cognitive function.

VIDEO: A REAL PATRIOT: WORLD WAR II HERO “POP” BOBOC CELEBRATES 94TH B-DAY WITH D-DAY ANNIVERSARY — SHORELINE TIMES — BRANFORD — John Boboc still remembers the cry in the dark he heard on June 6, 1944. “Help me!” someone was calling from a bank on Omaha Beach. As heavy rounds of artillery fire whistled through the night and bombs dropped from above, he climbed to the top where he found a wounded soldier.

But U.S. Army veteran Boboc of the 1st Infantry Division’s Company B, 7th Field Artillery Battalion insists he wasn’t a hero for telling the soldier not to panic, that he wasn’t going to leave him.

“I just happened to be there, just saw he was bleeding, and needed help,” said the gentle-mannered, bespectacled Branford resident known as Pop at a lively surprise party on Monticello Drive to celebrate his 94th birthday.

“He never talked about it until recently because he really doesn’t think he did anything special,” said Pop’s granddaughter Sandy O’Hare, 48, who, along with her mother, Judy Tupy, arranged the party to mark Pop’s birthday, which is June 6, the 72nd anniversary of D-Day.


(This BULLSHIT story must have been planted by the VA to draw attention away from their systemic failures to properly care for and respect the veterans who have served America — One Old Vet)

We who oppose calls to privatize the work of the Veterans Affairs Department are sorely tested at times. Complaints two years ago of unreasonably long waits for care at VA health facilities led to “reforms” in several VA programs.

In 2013, applications for VA disability benefits were piling up, with some claims languishing for over a year. The remedy — streamlining the process for judging disability claims — was not done carefully.

The new computerized system demanded less evidence to prove disability. Examiners were given less time to spend with the applicants, forcing them to make rushed evaluations. It was inevitable that some veterans would exploit these weaknesses to obtain unwarranted disability payments or pad their checks.

As a result, the plan to unclog the pipeline for disability claims has ended up re-clogging it with fraudulent ones. Veterans with great needs are bumped out of appointments by fakers. And money that could go to those too disabled to work a regular job gets diverted to the well-bodied.

Staff Sgt. Cierra Rogers died soon after leading a rescue effort that saved a mother and her three children from a building fire in South Korea.

U.S. troops stationed at Osan Air Base in South Korea are mourning the loss of one of their own, who risked her life to save a local family from a burning building.

On April 29, a devastating fire broke out in a South Korean residential building where Air Force Staff Sgt. Cierra Rogers, a 731st Air Mobility Squadron administrative assistant, was visiting a locally residing family — a 30-year-old mother from Nigeria and her three children, ages 1, 3, and 4.

According to the Associated Press, Rogers smelled smoke and soon realized that she and the Enyioko family were trapped. She kicked out a window in order to allow access to the patio, and then tried to climb down the 37-foot building with only a thin wire to find help.

81-YEAR-OLD VETERAN, HELD HOSTAGE IN MOTEL FOR 4 YEARS, HAD BENEFITS STOLEN — ABC NEWS — The elderly Marine Corps veteran was held hostage in a cramped motel room about 50 miles north of New York City, according to authorities.

Video of the room, shot by the Hudson Valley News Network, depicts the squalid conditions where the 81-year-old was kept.

On Tuesday, police arrested a man they said held the veteran hostage at the Highlands motel in order to steal his benefit checks, The Associated Press reported.

The veteran, who police said has advanced dementia, told authorities he thought he had been in the room for four days, according to WABC-TV. He had been there for more than four years, police said.

“We believe that he is the recipient of a tremendous amount of money every month,” Town of Highlands Police Chief Jack Quinn told reporters.

COP KILLER’S MOTHER BLAMES THE VA — STARS & STRIPES — The mother of the Iraq War veteran who killed three officers in Baton Rouge on Sunday said she urged him to seek help from the Department of Veterans Affairs after he left the Marine Corps, but he returned unhappy with the care, according to an interview with PBS talk show host Tavis Smiley.

“They didn’t want to help me,” Corine Woodley said her son, Gavin Long, told her after visiting a VA facility, according to Smiley’s notes. “They only help people at the top, the 1%.”

Long, an African American who deployed to Iraq in 2008-09, was shot to death after opening fire on police on a busy commercial street.

Woodley said she feared he was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, although he did not see combat while in Iraq.

BLAMING THE MILITARY FOR POLICE SHOOTINGS IS TOO EASY — THE HILL — In the last two weeks, 8 police officers from Dallas and Baton Rouge have been massacred by two black men who both served their country in the military.

One motive is clear from both individuals: race played a brutal role in their decisions to execute men who were charged to protect and serve their communities.

The military tie is less clear in playing a role in forming their decision to commit those heinous crimes. Yes, it is likely they made their weapon and ammo choice, acquired their marksmanship skills, and selected their firing positions from which to murder and wound law enforcement officers based on their training.

Even in basic Army and Marine training, you would learn the fundamentals of engaging targets from a covered and concealed position.

But it is too great a leap right now to assume they also acquired their hate and their mindset to commit a despicable crime from their service.

To do so would perpetuate an inaccurate, unfair, and damaging stereotype that is constantly playing in entertainment and the media and negatively impacts today’s veterans.

IRAQ WAR VET WHO SERVED IN CONGRESS DIES AT 49 AFTER BATTLE WITH CANCER — HONLULU STAR ADVERTISER — U.S. representative and Army National Guardsman Mark Takai, of Hawaii, died July 20, nine months after he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

U.S. Rep. K. Mark Takai died Wednesday morning in Honolulu, nine months after he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. A statement from his office said Takai passed away at his home, surrounded by his family. He was 49.

“The Takai family thanks the people of Hawaii for their support during this difficult time,” the statement said. “The Takai family politely asks for the continued respect of their family’s privacy.”

In a statement from the White House, President Barack Obama said, “Mark was always a fighter. It’s the spirit he brought to more than two decades of public service on behalf of the people of Hawaii. He stood up for America’s most vulnerable. He championed our troops and veterans, and proudly wore our nation’s uniform. And his relentless push for cancer research inspired countless Americans fighting the same battle as him. Simply put, our country is better off because of Mark’s contributions.”

CHILDHOOD FRIENDS RALLY AROUND VIETNAM VET — ASIAN WEEKLY — Ken Fugami, 73, is an Army Vietnam veteran who was exposed to Agent Orange, a toxic chemical used to defoliate forest areas that might conceal the enemy. After his military service, he developed narcolepsy, which he suspects was the result of Agent Orange. The condition gradually worsened and made it difficult for him to stay awake during the day. In May 2009, an involuntary sleep attack caused him to lose his balance and fall, slightly injuring his spine and partially paralyzing his left side.

Fugami grew up in Seattle’s Central District in the early 1950s. It was a tight-knit neighborhood with lots of kids playing outdoor sports. Deep bonds were forged. When word spread that Fugami was in the VA Hospital on Beacon Hill, eight of his buddies from his Washington Junior High and Garfield High School days were called. Eiji Arasuna, Art Chin, Doug Chin, Mel Chinn, Jerry Fujimura, Paul Lee, Tets Miyata, and Rich Nakano rallied and visited Fugami at the hospital to give moral support.

After tetraplegia surgery, Fugami was transferred to the Washington Veterans Home, a VA convalescent home in Retsil, Wash. for recuperation and rehabilitation.

VETERANS BROUGHT TO BE BURIED NEAR PARENTS — CLERMONT SUN — On July 16, brothers and former Amelia residents William and Robert Deiwert were laid to rest at the foot of their parents’ graves in Oddfellows Cemetery in the village of Amelia.

“It gives me great honor to show our appreciation for these fine gentlemen here,” Mayor Todd Hart started the service by saying.

William Deiwert was born March 29, 1940 and died March 13, 2016. He served in the Navy. Robert Deiwert was born on Jan. 2, 1945 and died on June 12, 2001. He served in the Army and the Navy.

When Robert Deiwert died the family did not have a service but his sister, Mary Ann Parker, of Mt. Orab, kept his ashes. When William Deiwert died in March, the family decided to do a service for both.

LETTER FROM DISABLED VETERAN WHO WAS ASKED TO LEAVE COURTROOM FOR WEARING ARMY UNIFORM — IDAHO STATE JOURNAL — I’m a soldier, a disabled American veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan. I served in the US Army for 24 years. My last three tours were in Iraq, Afghanistan, and as commander of the National Guard in Pocatello.

Recently, I decided to attend a jury trial held in the Bannock County courthouse in Pocatello. It was my intent to show my support for a fellow Iraqi War veteran who has been charged with a number of crimes. I wanted him to know that his fellow veterans were behind him through thick and thin.

This veteran, Sgt Dustin Sweeney, USMC, has served his Country bravely, doing the most dangerous job in all of Iraq, that of clearing roadside bombs. He even reenlisted while in Iraq. I have immense respect and support for him.

Upon entering the courtroom, I was advised by a court marshal that the judge would not permit me in his court while I was wearing my Army uniform. I was told he felt uncomfortable with me in uniform in his court. Also, I was told he didn’t want anybody “wrapping themselves in the flag”.

While I understand that every judge has the right to control his or her courtroom, and they need to be careful not to unduly influence the jury, I question whether such a policy doesn’t actually demonstrate disrespect for those of us who are proud of our uniforms and our service to our Country.

AMERICAN VETERANS COMMITTEE PARTNERS WITH OPERATION MAKING CAREERS POSSIBLE — HUFFINGTON POST — American Veterans Committee will partner with Operation Making Careers Possible (Operation MCP) to help veterans, nationally and globally, prepare them to succeed in their search for jobs as they transition from the military into their civilian careers by referring members seeking assistance with résumé and interview preparation to Operation MCP.

We are looking forward to working with Operation MCP in providing services to those who have served. Through this partnership, veterans will not only have access to networking opportunities that can help them in their career search, but they will also receive one-on-one guidance with résumé writing and interview preparation. As the Founder & President of Operation MCP stated “Our goal for the partnership is ultimately to show veterans that as they transition into civilian life, they have support in their career aspirations. We want veterans to be able to find fulfilling careers.”

Operation MCP is an organization whose goal is to assist veterans and service members with résumé writing and interview preparation to transition them from the military to civilian workforce. By partnering with Operation MCP and having a common goal in mind, we believe our members will benefit from a wider range of services.


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