THE LYING GAME: New VA Chief Delivers Fresh Baloney on Sunday Talk Show, as Vets Still Dying For Care

*Editor’s Note: There are two emerging issues that clearly show how VA seeks to trick Americans into believing the recent scandals at Phoenix and elsewhere are actually being fixed.

The first report comes from The Blaze.

On the Sunday morning talk show “Meet The Press,” VA Secretary Robert McDonald claimed 900 VA employees were fired since he took over. Perhaps it is true. But the big lie is this.

He said so in a clever way, to where most innocent-minded folk would conclude the firings were related to his making good on public pledges of reform and to fix the scandal-ridden agency.

It’s like how to succeed with a big lie, without technically (perhaps legally) telling a lie.

What The Blaze found, was that he is actually doing the opposite of what he wants people to believe; it is just another classic example of Washington D.C. trickery by tongue.

According to the report, McDonald in his first six months as VA secretary has actually fired fewer employees per month than did his predecessor Eric Shinseki.

The Blaze cited a VA report to congress issued this month that states clearly just EIGHT employees at VA had been fired due to their roles in the “Secret Wait List” scandals.

Here is a link to The Blaze story:

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2015/02/16/va-secretary-claims-60-people-fired-but-really-it-was-just-eight/

Another separate issue which VA has been attempting to serve up to the American citizenry amounts to a Big Whopper, or to be more direct, a BS Burger with everything.

This has to do with VA’s new “Choice Cards,” which recently were issued to veterans so they could get immediate health care from private providers outside the VA if they have been waiting more than 30 days for an appointment, or live more than 40 miles from a VA facility.

This move was in direct response to the Phoenix VA “secret waiting list” scandal that was said to have caused at least 40 veterans to die while they waited on VA for treatment.

Some had waited up to three years to be treated for their illness or injury. Others just gave up altogether and took their own lives via suicide.

VA claims that just 27,000 veterans (of 9 million enrolled at VA) have used the Choice Card for non-VA medical care.

Further, they want the public to believe the reason the number using Choice Card is so low, is that veterans prefer their VA medical care to what is offered by private providers oJutside the VA.

What the VA fails to tell the public, is that any veteran who goes outside VA and attempts to get treatment using the Choice Card must navigate an incredibly “user unfriendly” administrative nightmare process in order to get treatment.

They must first get VA to pick up the phone when they call to request permission to use the card. VA has a reputation (well documented) of discouraging veterans by simply not answering the phone, or refusing to return calls in a timely manner.

And even when a veterans finally gets through, most requests are denied, or decisions for approval delayed … until the veteran just gives up in frustration.

This behavior is a classic VA tactic.

Make the process so frustrating, painful and complicated that most will give up, and either go without treatment (saving VA billions in unpaid claims) or pay out-of-pocket (for those few lucky enough to have the means).

So, really … just how many veterans have requested care outside VA with the Choice Card, hmmmm?

VA is not talking.

Certainly, the number of Choice Card denials is far far higher than the 27,000 veterans VA says it has approved for using Choice Card.

Here is another clever VA trick.

VA says if the veteran live more than 40 miles from VA, the veteran may use the Choice Card. Here is what they do not tell the public.

That 40-mile distance is “as the crow flies.”

So when vets learn to fly, maybe they will finally be able to get timely medical care outside the VA.

Click here to read several recent reports about the failures of Choice Card:

The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/federal-eye/wp/2015/02/16/it-was-meant-to-reduce-wait-times-but-veterans-say-new-choice-cards-are-causing-more-problems/

Newsmax.com

http://www.newsmax.com/US/VA-choice-card-Tim-Huelskamp-Robert-McDonald/2015/02/17/id/625193/

NY Post

http://nypost.com/2015/02/15/va-empire-strikes-back-bureaucrats-vs-veterans-health/

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AFTER WAR: Battling Suicide, Depression, Injuries and Illness Without Dangerous Drugs from VA/DoD

Pill Pushers at VA/DoD Meet Their Match With Ancient Healing Methods

by TMSR (www.themilitarysuicidereport.wordpress.com)
Dec. 29, 2014

Thousands of service members and veterans continue to die each year resulting from toxic-drug overdose on prescription pills vigorously pushed by VA/DoD doctors.

According to data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the VA, in excess of 100,000 veterans have died from suicide since 9/11.

That devastating figure does not include deaths disguised as “accidental overdoses” from powerful opioids, and other dangerous drugs so commonly prescribed to those injured during military service and struggling with chronic pain.

When toxic-drug overdose and vehicle crashes while drugged up on prescription medications are factored in, the number of deaths likely doubles, perhaps even triples. To date, VA/DoD refuses to release the true number of deaths resulting from these “accidental” deaths caused by the drugs they prescribe.

The link below contains an amazing and informative lecture introducing the topic of ancient medicine and traditional healing methods that date back thousands of generations. This therapy is commonly known as “TCM'” Traditional Chinese Medicine, or “CAM” therapy, Complementary Alternative Medicine.

Watch the lecture here:
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=9EkwukyMV9o

TCM and CAM offer a much safer alternative to the dangerous drug cocktails now wildly popular among VA/DoD doctors as the quickest, easiest, and most profitable way in treating sick and injured veterans after military service. The most dangerous drug combo frequently prescribed today by these doctors consists of the following “standard issue” cocktail:

SSRIs (Zoloft) to treat depression
benzodiazepines (Klonapin) to treat anxiety
Zolpidem (Ambien) and Eszopicione (Lunesta) to treat insomnia
Tetracyclic (Trazadone) to treat insomnia/depression
Antipsychotics (Resperdal & Seroquel) to treat PTSD
Opioids (OxyContin & Morphine) to treat chronic pain

Most of these prescription drugs already carry FDA’s most serious warning of side effects, known as the “BLACK BOX” warning, often alerting the patient of possible suicidal ideation when taking them.

What makes these drugs far deadlier than the suicidal behavior side effect is that veterans suffering from the typical serious injuries seen in the military today — PTSD, depression, mTBI, burns, and orthopedic (amputations) — have been shown in VA/DoD surveys to self-report as frequent binge drinkers at rates exceeding 50 percent. That figure is far higher in those having participated in combat abroad.

Binge drinking is defined as having five or more drinks in a row. Using alcohol while taking these prescribed drugs is extremely toxic, especially during binge drinking sessions, where many veterans or service members say they will easily drink a case of beer or a liter of whiskey in one sitting.

The lecturer, Beverly Burns MS LAc, specializes in acupuncture, but reveals through her experiences practicing various forms of TCM and CAM therapy just how safe and effective these ancient medical practices are in treating any illness or injury … even cancer.

Many techniques involved with TCM and CAM are natural, and cost little to nothing for the patient. Medicinal herbs and physical therapies such as breathing exercises or Tai Chi are frequently prescribed in TCM and CAM. Patients participating in TCM or CAM treatment programs can easily grow their own herbs, harvest them in nature for free, or practice the exercises at home on their own, or in a community group.

VA/DoD has resisted adding such treatment protocols to their medical programs due to the financial component; it is often free, and requires little follow-up care once the patient learns the prescribed therapies. The agencies and pharmaceutical companies that supply the drugs would lose billions in profits from prescribing and selling their dangerous drugs to VA/DoD for the service members and veterans.

Many veterans elect suicide over treatment at VA/DoD facilities due to the long wait times or poor access to specialized medicine. The VA’s shameful scandals through the years has proven how inefficient and untrustworthy VA/DoD providers have been. At least 40 veterans under the care of VA doctors in Phoenix Arizona died waiting months or even years for care.

TCM and CAM therapies are widely available outside VA/DoD facilities and affordable for most veterans. Although practitioners of TCM and CAM are sometimes scarce in rural areas, the ancient healing technique is rapidly growing in America and other Westernized medical communities.

The healing methods have survived thousands of generations and are making a comeback in societies that have long frowned upon these treatment philosophies and methods.

Veterans and service members have reported very positive healing results from attaining on their own TCM and CAM, even as VA/DoD have proven reluctant to embrace fully TCM and CAM at their medical treatment facilities.

Veterans are increasingly turning to TCM and CAM resources readily available outside of VA/DoD, with excellent results in the majority of patients.

Perhaps someday, TCM and CAM will become the treatment of choice at VA/DoD medical facilities, but that seems highly unlikely given the culture of scandal and misconduct within the VA/DoD.

(This article may be reprinted for editorial purposes without permission with the following mandatory byline: “by TMSR (www.themilitarysuicidereport.wordpress.com)”.

THE BIG LIE: Why 22 Veteran Suicides a Day is False

by TMSR
Sept. 30, 2014

We read the propaganda about veterans suicides in America nearly every day, and reports always mention “22 suicides a day.”

This statistic is not accurate … it is a well-crafted lie to the American citizenry.

When VA collected data on veterans suicide in America, they neglected to include many states, California and Texas chief among them.

The VA public relations department in coordination with their statisticians, low-balled this often-quoted suicide stat, at a time when it had clear evidence showing that the number likely is closer to 50-a-day … when one includes death by toxic drug overdose (pharmaceuticals and alcohol) and high-speed personal vehicle crashes (motorcycles included) that are more likely than not, suicides.

Yet still, Americans only hear the “22” stat, and now are numb to the issue more or less. The shock of even 22 has long since evaporated in the minds of American citizens.

Since 9/11, in excess of 100,000 American veterans have died from suicide, according to data from both the VA and the Center for Disease Control (CDC). According to CDC, 20 percent of all suicides in America are veterans.

It is sad, no major newspaper, television station, or other news source will utter the words “100,000 veterans have died from suicide since 9/11.”

Perhaps, they are prohibited from doing so?

I hope anyone reading TMSR will help inform your friends, family, neighbors and associates by sending out a link from this blog to as many persons you can, to help educate and inform the citizenry to the reality of the veterans suicide epidemic in America. Certainly, the media cannot be depended on to do so. This is clear.

Thank you for reading this blog, but please take a few moments to join the grassroots effort to sound the alarm about veterans suicide, and send out TMSR’s web link via emails, social media or any other electronic communication tool you use.

Until America knows about the true extent of suicides in her veterans population, the senseless deaths will continue along with national apathy about the issue.

Please please please … join the fight to get the word out.

By doing so, you are certain to save a few lives along the way.

Thank you.