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Topic : 12/19 Beyond the Front Lines

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Created on : Thursday, December 11, 2008, 02:55:31 pm
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Military men and women are true American heroes who spill their blood fighting for our freedoms. But are we doing all we can as a nation to honor our contract with these warriors? When a soldier survives war, oftentimes he/she comes home and to face a different battle. Dr. Phil's guests are vets who say they've returned from the front lines only to fight a medical system bureaucracy that is failing them. Randy was severely injured during an ambush while deployed in Iraq. His mother, Tammy, says the military lied to him, and used him, and that Randy was eventually lost in the system. She says getting any help from Veterans Affairs is a struggle with minimal results. Dr. Phil introduces this wounded warrior to two special people who want to make his life better. Next, Jerry says he got a "raw deal" when he returned from Iraq, and he's struggling with what he believes to be Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). His wife says Jerry is angry and violent, and she's afraid of him. You won't believe what they say Veterans Affairs advised Jerry to do to cope with his suicidal thoughts. Chairman of the House Committee on Veteran's Affairs, Congressman Bob Filner, and FOX News military analyst Colonel David Hunt passionately share their opinions about health care for veterans. Then, Kevin and Joyce say their son came home from Iraq a changed man. They say they tried to get him help for what they believed was severe PTSD, but it didn't come in time. And, Tammy Duckworth, Director of the Illinois Department of Veteran Affairs and Paul Rieckhoff, Director of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, weigh in on the cases. If you're an American, this is your call to arms to step up and help turn things around for the men and women in uniform. Join the discussion.

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December 19, 2008, 12:40 pm CST

Not all things are forgotten

Quote From: naperangel

I am a viet nam vet and as far back as I can remember, there has always been a problem with the way some of the public has reacted to returning service personnel.  The Viet Nam war was the worse for vets and yet to this day they are still being treated unfairly.  I feel so for those who come  back from overseas and are being led on a wild goose chase.  Please tell these service personnel to contact their local American Legion, Disabled Vets, Veterans of Foreign Wars and join.  These organizations fight for our vets and are constantly trying to work with legislature to get things done.  It is bad enough that our service personnel are over there and defending our country and then coming back here to be treated with disrespect by not getting the help that is needed for them. 
I agree with you. My Dad served in the Vietnam War and he has problems with headaches and inner ear. He has tried everything and nothing has worked. The VA isn't being very helpful at all either. It is a wild goose chase. It's important to remember and take care of ALL veterans from ALL wars. I feel terribly for those that are in need of assistance (whatever that assistance may be) and get no where. Most, I feel will be "lost in the paperwork".... God Bless!
 
December 19, 2008, 12:46 pm CST

Vets Need Help

Unfortunately your show today hit the nail on the head. I work with people with their Medicare Insurance to find the best financial and health fit for them. Whenever I run across a Vet, I always encourage them to get some supplementary insurance because they can receive extra health coverage at no extra cost. Several reason factor in for the Vet needing more insurance than just VA/Tricare coverage:

 

1. Vet can only go to Vet facilities and doctors

2. Sometimes the Vet providers are very far away

3. Sometime it is a very long and difficult wait to receive needed care.

 

When you look onto the Veteran's website they even encourage that each Vet have extra coverage. When an individual has Medicare Insurance they have the option to pick up additional coverage at no extra cost in most cases. The extra coverage can provide them with the following benefits:

 

1. Greater choice of doctors, hospitals and specialists.

2. Quicker care for the treatment that is needed.

 

Our Vets deserve to receive FULL benefits and UNDENIED access to these benefits. Unfortunately the government is putting a strain on our Vets to receive the needed care that they desperately need.

 

If I can be of assistance to anyone who qualifies for Medicare and VA benefits, please let me know and I will be glad to assist them in finding additional benefits that they can use with their VA benefits. This way they can have a choice in receiving their care in a timely fashion.

 

Sincerely,

Jamie Clark

 

 
December 19, 2008, 12:53 pm CST

a car better that our soldiers

Quote From: cjmiller7

My husband's cousin murdered his father and then killed himself on Dec. 7th 2005 in Santa Barbara, CA.

We were left to bury them and the family had to deal with the aftermath.  Jeff was a marine and served in Afghanistan at the beginning of the War on Terror and suffered from severe PTSD.  Jeff's story was written about in the LA Times on Feb. 12th, 2006.  Since that time we talked to Jeff's VA counselor, vets, VA Adm personnel and met with Shelley Berkley, Cong. Rep from Nevada on the VA committee.  We came up with a list of things we believe would move the VA and Military toward being able to provide our men and women with the help they need.  Help their families and loved ones need as well.  The wheels in Washington are moving far too slowly in this matter.  If the people that are going to be on the show Friday can use us in anyway to move the process forward faster or at all.  We would love to help.  This subject is very important to us.

email us at:  jvmbl@cox.net.

We will be watching Friday.

i am angry and disapointed the way our soldiers are taken care off. i was going to wash u show went the

the precident show up to said that he, not the american peaple, was going to save the car industry.  then

u show came on and the sad story off soldiers not been taking care of.  so our goverment is going to take

care of cars which will pay employ 70.00 dollors and hour, so they can leave better that 90% of peaple in

this country and not take care of 800.000 soldiers that protected this country for freedom so we the tax

payer can take care of car, car.  the price of the soldiers is not important to this goverment. there is alot

of unumployment out here, our goverment take care of banks, which are incressing our credit card to

a 23.90 intres rate. but our soldiers is not good to be taken care off. there is more to come.

 

 

 

 
December 19, 2008, 12:54 pm CST

a car better that our soldiers

Quote From: cjmiller7

My husband's cousin murdered his father and then killed himself on Dec. 7th 2005 in Santa Barbara, CA.

We were left to bury them and the family had to deal with the aftermath.  Jeff was a marine and served in Afghanistan at the beginning of the War on Terror and suffered from severe PTSD.  Jeff's story was written about in the LA Times on Feb. 12th, 2006.  Since that time we talked to Jeff's VA counselor, vets, VA Adm personnel and met with Shelley Berkley, Cong. Rep from Nevada on the VA committee.  We came up with a list of things we believe would move the VA and Military toward being able to provide our men and women with the help they need.  Help their families and loved ones need as well.  The wheels in Washington are moving far too slowly in this matter.  If the people that are going to be on the show Friday can use us in anyway to move the process forward faster or at all.  We would love to help.  This subject is very important to us.

email us at:  jvmbl@cox.net.

We will be watching Friday.

i am angry and disapointed the way our soldiers are taken care off. i was going to wash u show went the

the precident show up to said that he, not the american peaple, was going to save the car industry.  then

u show came on and the sad story off soldiers not been taking care of.  so our goverment is going to take

care of cars which will pay employ 70.00 dollors and hour, so they can leave better that 90% of peaple in

this country and not take care of 800.000 soldiers that protected this country for freedom so we the tax

payer can take care of car, car.  the price of the soldiers is not important to this goverment. there is alot

of unumployment out here, our goverment take care of banks, which are incressing our credit card to

a 23.90 intres rate. but our soldiers is not good to be taken care off. there is more to come.

 

 

 

 
December 19, 2008, 1:01 pm CST

Jim tried to help Vets

He put together a program that would offer totally free and immediate care for Vets, called VIP...he contacted Senators, Movie Stars anyone we could think of that had the kind of money and a philanthropic attitude, and they all had positive feedback but not a single one came across with any funding.  Jim treated as many Vets for PTSD as he could but ran out of money.  It's a disgrace!
 
December 19, 2008, 1:01 pm CST

va care for older vets

my dad just recently passed away in a vetrans hospital. the care he received the hospital part of that place was awful. dad was diagnosed with multip[e myloma which had mistastised due to an incorrect diagnosis on the part of his primary dr. in the va. he served his country in 1956 in the army and he was not treated like he should have been at all. he was admitted to the va in sept 08. was put in the e2 wardwhich is the hospital ward. you have to realized dad was78 years old could not walk that well and had just lost control of his bladder and bowls....he could not tell when he had to go. the nurses and aids were awful. he developed a very bad rash from not being changed. he never rec. a shower and to top it off one of the aids tried to get him out of bed by herself and dropped him. after that any chance of him walking was done. it was never reported that he was dropped. the had him on oxycodone constantlywhich did him no good.when he was admitted he wasnt that sick. he developed infections ran fevers ect ect ect. when mom finally had had enough and raised a fit they moved him to the nursing home. he finally rec the care he should have but it was to late. moms been getting the run around since then about paperwork for his bebefits, the person she deals with is not a very nice man at all. this kind of treatment needs to stop before someone else ends up in dads shoes
 
December 19, 2008, 1:02 pm CST

Staffing VA

I have watched your show today on the VA issue and as a Social Worker we keep hearing about the jobs opening in the VA system. There is a multitude of jobs listed on the website however the process is almost impossible. It doesn't seem to matter how many times you apply and in how many states there isn't a word back ever.  There are special sites that you can pay to prepare a special VA resume also. I am beginning to think they are not really hiring and that it's all for appearances that something is being done for our young people. I have applied for three positions in the past few months and haven't had a respnse to even indicate they are getting my paperwork. On one I sent a personal email to the contact about whether the job was open and got back an abrupt and disinterested response. I don't believe the intention is there to seek out staff for hiring.
 
December 19, 2008, 1:03 pm CST

Great show today!!!

Thank you so much for doing this show!! I have interacted with three VA systems and have found drasticly different conditions in each facility.  I have had a Psychologist tell me that it was my fault when the air conditioner was spewing out mold into me and my roommates room.  I had an optometrist tell me that I don't need glasses.  I then had to go to Lens Crafters and pay for my own glasses ($450)!!!  They do have your medical information on a computer but their employees are so stupid that they can't even read the information on the computer.  It took 9 months for the VA to process my disability claim.  At one VA facility it was so poorly maintained that when it rained water flooded a couple buildings.  The cafeteria workers were serving food without wearing gloves.  My girlfriends father did 18 months in Korea in the Army and never recieved a service connection claim.  The VA is out awarding serive connection to veterans who served stateside and not in a warzone.     
 
December 19, 2008, 1:05 pm CST

DoD Does not tell ALL

I am a Chapter Service Officer with the local DAV and have been trying to help Veterans with VA claims for more than 5 years now.  The BIGGEST problem our new Veterans face is overcoming what the DoD does not tell them about claims for disability compensation.

 

Most of these young Veterans, that I have talked to do not understand that compensation that they receive as they are released from the military are for DoD benefits.  They are being told that "This is all you will get"!  Not true!!!

 

Any of these vets should immediately contact a local service organization like the DAV, and file claims for compensation through the VA.  It is a complicated process and without help, many will get discouraged and give up.  Look for advisors that will take time to build the evidence and don't ever quit.

 
December 19, 2008, 1:09 pm CST

VA

I have a love/hate relationship with the Department of Veterans Affairs.  There is so much good and so much bad, it is impossible to address on one show, more impossible to gather information and come to an informed opinion about the VA.

 

I worked for the VA for 35 years.  I worked in 3 hospitals, as well as under Central Office.  I've seen the worst and I've seen the best the VA has to offer veterans.  I started working in 1971 at a hospital that dealt mainly with paralyzed veterans.  At that time, the VA had just undergone a scandal nationwide on it's treatment of veterans, but specifically with paralyzed veterans.   They were so busy dealing with traumatic war injuries, that PTSD was not even on the horizon. 

 

I want to address specifically - what I think has happened in the VA.  First of all, there is funding, and there is the total reorganization that the VA underwent as a result of Congress  deciding the VA should have it's budget cut.  You are now seeing the repercussions of that budget cut.  I'm at a loss to understand why they would do this, when they had started a WAR .  Did they not recognize they had men to return with massive injuries?  Surely it does not take a brainiac to figure out what was going to happen.  They had the veterans from Viet Nam to show them what would happen when the veterans came home.

 

At any rate, on my end - what I saw was upon reorganization - the VA padded it's upper level positions, made so many of them - that's where the money goes.  You wonder why some veterans get better care than others, but when the money is being spent on those who RUN the VA, and not for services offered, or recruiting qualified physicians, who really care about their patients.  I'd like to understand why it is necessary to spend thousands of dollars on a table for a conference room.  Wanna know where your tax dollars go?

 

Then the VA hospitals, upon learning their budgets would be drastically reduced over the years, they started shipping the sickest of the sick patients (cancer treatment, dialysis) to the nearest large VA hospitals, which put a huge burden on the patients as well as their families.  I know this personally, I had to go through this with MY family members.  The small VA's cannot recruit physicians (not even for Urology), therefore, the VA has the answer of "make them travel".  You have no idea what some of these men and women go through just to get to their local VA for treatment, much less travel 4 hours away just to see a physician, and maybe have to wait 3 months to get into clinics, because they are so overburdened.

 

I saw so many changes over the years, I could write a book about why that system does not work. 

 

Thanks for listening

 

 
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