The Real Truth About VHA Care from Someone Who Knows

westroxburyThis amazing story was posted on the new website Fighting for Veterans’ Health Care.  It’s written by a veteran who was dismissed by private sector health care and really cared for at the VHA.  Samuel Jay Keyser is also writing a book about his experiences in both the private sector and the VHA.

My VHA Experience

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Samuel Jay Keyser

July 7, 2014 was my 79th birthday. I spent the morning in an ambulance. As ominous as that might sound, it was a blessing. I was being transferred from a not-for-profit private rehabilitation hospital to the Veterans Administration (VA) hospital in West Roxbury, Massachusetts where, over the course of the next year and a half, as an inpatient and outpatient, I would receive the best possible care a spinal cord injured person could hope for.  READ MORE

What Real Choice Looks Like for Veterans Health

The Disabled American Veterans (DAV) has just put out another great video on solutions that could strengthen VHA health care.  Please click, like, and share this wonderful video that helps us understand the pitfalls of Choice as it is currently constructed by conservatives who only want to dismantle the VHA.  Please click here to see the video.  And watch all the othersindex if you can.  It’s very important to add to the clicks on this and also the likes on this amazing series.

 

Trump Assault on Healthcare. The Facts Need to Go Viral

maxresdefaultGiven the coming assault on health care in general — Obamacare, Medicare, Medicaid — and the Veterans Health Administration in particular, please view the following videos done by the Disabled American Veterans.  Please click, and then share.  We need to make stuff like this go viral.  It’s brilliant!!  They include the misguided proposals and then suggest workable proposals that would strengthen, improve, and reform the VHA not dismantle it.

Setting the Record Straight on VA Health Care Reform: Privatizing the VA
Setting the Record Straight on VA Health Care Reform, Centers of Excellence

Setting the Record Straight on VA Health Care Reform, Treating only Service Related Injuries

Setting the Record Straight on VA Health Care Reform, Let the Money Follow the Veteran

Setting the Record Straight on VA Health Care Reform: Turning VA into an Insurance Provider

 

Will Trump Put VHA Staff at Risk

vhaHere is another important post from Beyond Chron.

When thousands of health care professionals at the Veterans Health Administration  (VHA) greet their patients every day at more than 1200 facilities around the country, the first thing they say is: “thank you for your service.”  Their own dedicated service to 9 million veterans is equally worthy of gratitude–and most of those benefiting from it freely express theirs as well.

Unfortunately, President-elect Trump, who never served in the military, doesn’t feel the same way about the care provided by the VHA’s 300,000 employees or show similar respect to their patients. In his recent campaign, Trump said mentally ill veterans for weren’t strong and “can’t handle it”(not to mention calling former Navy pilot John McCain a “loser” for being shot down in combat, badly injured, captured and then abused as a prisoner of war).

Trump also favors privatization of VHA services across-the-board. Congressional Republicans will now have an Oval office champion for their efforts not only to repeal “Obamacare,” but to begin the process of dismantling the VHA.  READ MORE

Will Trump Deliver for Veterans

perspective0221magBased on this election, here is a new post from the American Prospect

Will Trump Deliver for Veterans?

On the campaign trail, President-elect Donald Trump repeated one key promise: to “Make America Great Again” by increasing the country’s military might and supporting its 24 million military veterans. After all, he promised to raise money for veterans and said he donated a million dollars out of his own pocket to veterans’ charities.

But Trump showed his true colors long before Election Day. He finally wrote a personal check to one veteran’s group but only after four months when reporters shamed him into doing so. Trump dissed mentally ill veterans for being weak. Most famously, he called Senator John McCain, who was a Navy pilot during the Vietnam War, a “loser” after being shot down in combat, badly injured, captured, and then abused as a prisoner of war. Nevertheless, many veterans voted for Trump by a large margin.

That’s no great start for “veterans affairs.” But the mistreatment of vets could go from rhetorical to real. That’s because Trump favors some form of privatization of all Veterans Health Administration services, a long sought-after goal of congressional Republicans.  READ MORE