{This blog is not affiliated with the VA. Though a Veteran, four yrs. all shore in Navy last year In-Country Vietnam, I don't work for the VA}
**USN All Shore '67-'71 GMG3 Vietnam In Country '70-'71 - Independent**


The Countries Responsibility is to Fully Fund the Agency Charged With Fulfilling the Obligations Promised to Those That Served Said Country! But those served, some veterans as well, find it easier to follow the started attacks, conservative ideology, on the agencies dedicated personal, while ignoring the many costly issues especially from our wars! Gen Shinseki had finally started addressing those issues and building the agency the Country promised but ignores and uses as a political pawn, Poser Patriotism, while addressing the Veterans issues of the present and two more long wars! Political ideologies and personal greed should never cross the doorways of Veterans Facilities nor Veterans Issues!!


Ask yourself: If the Veterans Administration is so corrupt and mismanaged, as the conservative ideology, under which the seeds of are planted when they control, wants everyone to buy into as they obstruct the budgets and do extremely little after they charge same, then why does the Private sector, many problems within rarely heard about, adopt so many practices and advanced technologies developed within the VA, for free?! The VA, DoD, and in partnership with Universities and Colleges, not just Health Care are constantly in R&D and that developed that works is quickly moved into the private, for profit, sector, even as the VA is long under funded, decades, and especially during and after our wars that the few are sent into!

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President Obama 26 August 2014

Fact: "This is not just a job of government. It’s not just a job of the veterans’ organizations. Every American needs to join us in taking care of those who've taken care of us. Because only 1 percent of Americans may be fighting our wars, but 100 percent of Americans benefit from that 1 percent. A hundred percent need to be supporting our troops. A hundred percent need to be supporting our veterans. A hundred percent need to be supporting our military families."

Fact:
"We’ve been able to accomplish historic increases to veterans funding. We’ve protected veterans health care from Washington politics with advanced appropriations. We’ve been able to make VA benefits available to more than 2 million veterans who didn't have them before, including more Vietnam vets who were exposed to Agent Orange. We’ve dedicated major new resources for mental health care. We’ve helped more than 1 million veterans and their families pursue their education under the Post-9/11 GI Bill."

August 26, 2014 - Secretary Robert A. McDonald's Remarks for the American Legion's 96th Annual Convention, Charlotte, NC
Fact: "Unlike, P&G, VA may not be concerned about quarterly profit and loss statements or shareholder value, but it does have a bottom line—Veterans. "
{which is why No Government agency should be turned into a private corporate entity feeding for profit off the Countries duty and responsibility, especially the VA}
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Fact: “We are dealing with veterans, not procedures—with their problems, not ours.” —General Omar Bradley, First Administrator of the Veterans Administration

Facts: Matthew Hoh {former Marine and foreign service officer in Afghanistan}: "We spend a trillion dollars a year on national security in this country."
"And when you add up to the Department of Defense, Department of State, CIA, Veterans Affairs, interest on debt, the number that strikes me the most about how much we're committed financially to these wars and to our current policies is we have spent $250 billion already just on interest payments on the debt we've incurred for the Iraq and Afghan wars."
26 September 2014

Fact: "If military action is worth our troops’ blood, it should be worth our treasure, too — not just in the abstract, but in the form of a specific ante by every American." -Andrew Rosenthal 10 Feb. 2013

Fact: "12 years also is a long time. We now have a lifetime responsibility to a generation of service members, veterans and their families." Dr. Jonathan Woodson 11 Sep. 2013: With 9/11 Came Lifetime Responsibility
{two tax cuts, especially for the wealthy, came with these two recent unpaid for wars, nor the results of, DeJa-Vu all over again from the previous decades and wars from! Ignore the many issues, by those served, no need to fund!}

Fact: Sen. Bernie Sanders told Republicans: “If you can’t afford to take care of your veterans, than don’t go war. These people are bearing the brunt of what war is about, We have a moral obligation to support them.” February, 26th, 2014

Fact: 25 June 2014 U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller: Veterans' Affairs issue an 'all too similar' scene

Fact: How We Could Do More For Our Vets: "We need to go into debt to pay our debt to U.S. veterans to make sure they get the care and services we owe them."

Fact: “Why in 2009 were we still using paper?” VA Assistant Secretary Tommy Sowers “When we came in, there was no plan to change that; we’ve been operating on a six month wait for over a decade.” 27 March 2013

WHY? GOOD QUESTION THOSE SERVED SHOULD ANSWER!


Bob Herbert Losing Our Way : "And then the staggering costs of these wars, which are borne by the taxpayers. I mean, one of the things that was insane was that, as we're at war in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Bush administration cut taxes. This has never been done in American history. The idea of cutting taxes while you're going to war is just crazy. I mean, it's madness." Bill 'Moyers and Company': Restoring an America That Has Lost its Way 10 Oct. 2014

Presidential Proclamation -- Veterans Day, 2013: "As we pay tribute to our veterans, we are mindful that no ceremony or parade can fully repay that debt." read more>>>


Under two previous Executive administrations and wars from, father and son. With son and conservative congresses leading the extremely quick abandoning of the missions and those sent to accomplish after 9/11:

ProPublica and The Seattle Times Nov. 9, 2012 - Lost to History: Missing War Records Complicate Benefit Claims by Iraq, Afghanistan Veterans
"DeLara's case is part of a much larger problem that has plagued the U.S. military since the 1990 Gulf War: a failure to create and maintain the types of field records that have documented American conflicts since the Revolutionary War."


Part Two: A Son Lost in Iraq, but Where Is the Casualty Report?


Army Says War Records Gap Is Real, Launches Recovery Effort

Add in the issues of finally recognizing in War Theater and more Veterans, by the Shinseki Veterans Administration and the Executive Administrations Cabinet, what the Country choose to ignore from our previous decades and wars of: The devastating effects on Test Vets and from PTS, Agent Orange, Homelessness, more recent the Desert Storm troops Gulf War Illnesses, Gulf War Exposures with the very recent affects from In-Theater Burn Pits and oh so so much more! Tens of Thousands of Veterans' that have been long ignored and maligned by previous VA's and the whole Country and through their representatives!

How does a Country HONOR It's Fallen, by Their Own 'Sacrifice' in Taking Care of the Brothers and Sisters They Served With!!


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Veterans and Military: Reports, In-depth Studies and Site Pages

Many of these links are Government and Other Organizations In-depth studies that are in PDF form, those I've uploaded to a document site where you can view without downloading the PDF. Other links are to the sites to find much more information.

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Special Report: The Aftermath of War

The lead in site page to all the reports with FEATURED CONTENT below report scroll

Introduction: Serving Those Who Serve

July 13, 2011 - This Special Report aims to address those symptoms and syndromes most commonly seen by clinicians who treat service members.

The Long War Comes Home

July 13, 2011 - Mitigating Risk and Promoting Resilience in Military Children and Families

Traumatic Brain Injury Among Veterans Returning From Afghanistan and Iraq

July 13, 2011 - Strategies for Diagnosis and Treatment

Suicide Among Service Members

July 14, 2011 - Understanding the Reasons for Suicide Ideation and Treatment Strategies

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New Guide Helps Communities Aid Homeless Women Vets

July 20, 2011 – The Women’s Bureau of the Department of Labor has released an online publication that will help community service providers aid homeless women veterans, Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis said today.

Solis addressed an audience of several hundred at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial Theater on the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery. read more>>>
Trauma-Informed Care for Women Veterans Experiencing Homelessness: A Guide for Service Providers

Online Document Reader

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The Brain at War Resource Guide 2011


Click on pic to visit site with information, related report links and the pdf of the report. To view the report in an online document reader click here, no need to download.

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Guide on Gulf War I Veterans for Clinicians

Revised and Released July 2011

Visit the Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses homepage to learn about Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses and VA benefits and find link to download the released guide.

To study without download you can find the guide here in an online document reader

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2011 Edition: Federal Benefits for Veterans, Dependents and Survivors


In Online Document Reader if on slow connect so no need to download the PDF.

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Million Veteran Program (MVP)


The Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Research and Development is launching the Million Veteran Program (MVP), an important partnership between VA and Veterans. The goal of MVP is to better understand how genes affect health and illness in order to improve health care for Veterans.

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Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans and Agent Orange Exposure


Released:
May 20, 2011
Type:
Consensus Report
Topics:
Veterans Health, Environmental Health, Select Populations and Health Disparities
Activity:
Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans and Agent Orange Exposure
Board:
Board on the Health of Select Populations

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DCoE’s 2010 Annual Report

DCoE’s 2010 Annual Report is now available online as a downloadable PDF file {can be viewed here as a no need to download in document viewer}. Read about DCoE’s progress and accomplishments of 2010 in advancing the quality of care for psychological health and traumatic brain injury for our nation’s warriors. The annual report also details the achievements of each DCoE component center.

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VA/DoD Collaboration Guidebook for Healthcare Research

May 2011 - Over the past 20 years, there have been numerous legislative efforts to encourage and increase collaboration between the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Defense (DoD), covering issues from the construction of military and VA healthcare facilities to the sharing of electronic medical records. Collaboration is one of three guiding principles of the VA/DoD Joint Strategic Plan for 2009-2011.

Working together, VA's Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D) and the DoD have produced the VA/DoD Collaboration Guidebook for Healthcare Research to facilitate collaborative human subject healthcare research between VA and the DoD. The Guidebook provides suggestions and guidance for: {continued}

Link to view Guidebook without downloading

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Disaster Resources for Survivors and the Public


To Read Booklet Without Download, VA site in graphic link has much more including a Japanese Translation.

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Fiscal 2010 Sexual Assault in the Military Report Released

SAPRO Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office

The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO) is responsible for oversight of the Department's sexual assault policy. SAPRO works hand-in-hand with the Services and the civilian community to develop and implement innovative prevention and response programs. {For the Reports and More}


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NEW: Understanding PTSD Treatment will help you learn about the most effective treatments for PTSD. These include trauma-focused therapies and medications. Hear from the therapists that are providing these treatments. Replace common myths with beliefs based on fact. Visit the National Center for PTSD site for much more information.

To read the booklet without download, pdf and much more can be found at above link.

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Recovering Warrior Task Force
Mission Statement


The Recovering Warrior Task Force (RWTF) will provide the Department of Defense (DoD) with advice and recommendations on matters and policies relating to case management, staffing of wounded warrior organizations, establishment and effectiveness of performance and accountability standards, availability of services for traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), establishment and effectiveness of the Defense Centers of Excellence, effectiveness of the Interagency Program Office, effectiveness of wounded warrior information resources, support available to family caregivers, legal support available, availability of vocational training, effectiveness of programs to improve or enhance the Disability Evaluation System (DES), support and assistance provided to members as they progress through DES, support systems in place to ease the transition from DoD to Veterans Affairs (VA), interagency matters affecting members in their transition to civilian life, effectiveness of the Senior Oversight Committee, overall coordination between the Departments, and such other matters as the RWTF considers appropriate.

To read the Charter of the Task Force, without downloading click here.

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Urged $65.3 Billion for Veterans Health Care and Benefits
Independent Budget Urges $65.3 Billion Investment in Veterans Health Care and Benefits
The Independent Budget (IB) To view without downloading

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RANDs "Invisible Wounds of War" and Terri Tanielian Win 2011 HSR Impact Awards from Academy Health

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Press Release: VA & HUD Issue First-Ever Report on Homeless Veterans 10 February 2011
To read PDF report without download
Assessment Key to Preventing and Ending Homelessness

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Special Environmental Health Registry Evaluation Programs for Veterans

VA maintains several health registry evaluation programs to track the health of Veterans exposed to environmental hazards during military service.

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December 2010: Management of Traumatic Stress, Veterans Administration site page of report, VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guidelines. To view report without downloading click here.

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VA Press Release January 25, 2011: VA Publishes Final Regulation to Aid Veterans Exposed to Agent Orange in Korea. View those pages of the report without downloading here.

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New Report Press Release on Military Families: Military Families’ Emotional State Showing Signs of Strain. The Rand Study Report: Views from the Homefront: The Experiences of Youth and Spouses from Military Families

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National Alliance for Caregiving (NAC): Veteran care, a difficult task {Please visit their site for more, but to view report without downloading click here}

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VA: Fiscal Year 2010 Performance and Accountability Report Published November 15, 2010

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Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses Information about health problems associated with military service during Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom and related VA benefits. The 2010 Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses Task Force Report {no download needed} Gulf War and Health: Volume 8. Health Effects of Serving in the Gulf War Published April 9, 2010

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Army Health Promotion, Risk Reduction and Suicide Prevention Report Released on 29 July 2010 {Please visit site but to view report without download click here}

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DCoE: New Suicide Prevention Publication, link is a 16page pdf download. {or view doc here with no download.}

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Department of Veterans Affairs: Children and Trauma Produced in 1991 {Keep in mind the children of the conflict theaters}

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Traumatic Brain Injury: A Guide for Caregivers of Service Members and Veterans, Approved by the Defense Health Board on November 12, 2009, Approved for distribution within the DoD on April 14, 2010.

For individual download of Each Section of the Caregiver Guides at the Defense Health Board.

Or you can read each without download on following links: TBI Family Caregiver Curriculum (FCC) Welcome Pages

TBI Family Caregiver Curriculum (FCC) Companion Pages

TBI Family Caregiver Curriculum (FCC) Module #1

TBI Family Caregiver Curriculum (FCC) Module #2

TBI Family Caregiver Curriculum (FCC) Module #3

TBI Family Caregiver Curriculum (FCC) Module #4

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DoD Evaluates Sexual Harassment and Prevention Response Efforts at the Military Service Academies {visit site for more but to read report with no download click here}

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Trauma and PTSD among Civilians in the Middle East

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The Impact of Trauma and War on Work

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PROMISE project: Improving End-of-Life Care for Veterans

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Combat Stress Care of Women Vets

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I will be adding more to this page either as I find them or new studies etc. are done by professionals in or out of the military ranks but related to, which by extension are and should be used within the society at large.