Colorado veteran: VA told her don’t pay attention to the new VA bill

Flying over to Montrose, Colorado from Denver this past Saturday was a spectacle to behold. I clearly saw the “purple mountain majesty” of this land.

As I landed in Montrose, there on the magnificent western slope I saw the beautiful plateau and surrounding peaks, and below, the Black Canyon. I even had time before the Saturday evening event for a 3.5 mile run, but I gotta tell ya, they don’t have any oxygen there!

It was a fantastic evening with the folks of Montrose County, but during the question and answer portion of the presentation, something very disturbing emerged.

A woman by the name of Janice Rae Pariza of Montrose came forward to tell her story. She is a U.S. Air Force veteran and a former combat photography airman. Janice has spinal issues and confided to all of us — nearly 400 people — that she has been on a VA treatment waiting list for three years. She falls under the purview of the VA Hospital located in Grand Junction Colorado, from what I could ascertain about 60 miles away.

Since the folks up in Washington DC just recently passed that VA bill, Janice heard about the cards veterans would be receiving allowing them to receive treatment from their local medical facilities. When she contacted the Grand Junction VA to inquire, they basically told her not to pay attention to any of that. What? Don’t pay attention to law?

But it gets worse. Janice suffers from PTSD and has been seeing a mental health doctor. Well, now she’s been told her appointments will be reduced to only once a year because the VA can’t afford any more doctors. And here I thought the VA had some $156 billion in funding and this new piece of legislation was to give the VA another $17 billion — but we can’t afford any more doctors?

Folks, Janice is not some down and out veteran. She’s a small business owner, as the sole proprietor of Crazy Woman Art & Photography where she gives private art lessons and photography sessions. Janice is not looking for handouts, nor to be dependent. She is an American veteran who was willing to serve and give her all, but it is not being reciprocated.

It seems that to President Obama, Janice was just part of a collective group to whom he could offer empty campaign promises — disgusting. Janice represents all that is great about America: the commitment to service and sacrifice. Janice is an American patriot, a treasure.

Obama is a charlatan, an impostor and a liar. Obama goes out to fawning crowds who haven’t a clue about the damage he’s doing to this country. And I’m not talking about the progressive socialist agenda, but the personal injury being done to veterans like Janice.

I made a promise to Janice Rae Periza to get her story out all over the nation — and we warriors never break promises, especially to other veterans. We take an oath to our Constitution, but we live by the code of never leaving a fallen comrade behind — both of which are clearly foreign concepts to Barack Hussein Obama.

74 COMMENTS

  1. Honestly, I don’t see this as an Obama problem, but a VA problem. These systemic problems at the VA have been rampant through several administrations

      • 41 Republican Senators Voted Against a Landmark Veterans Bill in February, Today They Blame the VA
        Earlier this year, the GOP had a chance to prove that it could fund veterans’ health care as eagerly as it borrowed for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Long before the current VA crisis, an event described as “a gift from God” by Dr. Ben Carson, Senate Republicans had a chance to vote on a landmark bill. Before the Senate vote, organizations devoted to the needs of veterans and their families offered widespread support to the Comprehensive Veterans Health and Benefits and Military Retirement Pay Restoration Act of 2014.

        What better way to circumvent responsibility for underfunding the VA and voting against veteran’s legislation than blaming big government? Somebody should tell Sen. Burr and the GOP that we funded both wars with “money we didn’t have” and we should fund veterans health care as enthusiastically as we paid (borrowed) for two wars.

      • I am glad they voted against that bill! It wasn’t just about the VA funding! If you remember! I wish they would have voted against this bill too! Wake up do some research!
        And that Bill has nothing in it giving compensation to Widows, whose husband’s died to VA neglect! Shameful!

      • The logic behind every vote against the bill being Republican rests in the following statement from North Carolina Senator Richard M. Burr:
        With $17 trillion in debt and massive annual deficits, our country faces a fiscal crisis of unparalleled scope. Now is not the time, in any federal department, to spend money we don’t have. To be sure, there’s much to like in the Sanders bill. And if those components were presented as separate, smaller bills, as part of a carefully considered long-term strategy to reform the VA, hold leadership accountable and improve services to veterans, we would have no problem extending enthusiastic support.

        So something good is presented,,,and all they can do is complain,,,and use the VA as a political wedge…
        and attach other bills to it,,,when they all know there’s no hope of passing..
        This is a not a Dem-v-Rep thing,,or a Liberal-v-Conservative
        thing,,,but they will not budge,,either party..

        they all need to go……
        “Politicians and diapers need to be changed often…..and for the same reason.”~~M.Twain

      • Amen to that! We need a whole new government, term limits, an end to lifetime politician entitlements, restoring the rule of law and holding the Constitution Sancrosant.

      • If it were simply a VA funding bill your comments might be valid. But things in DC are seldom what they seem to be or what is reported in the news. One added sentence in a bill can make it a nightmare. Often in attempts to “fix” a problem things are made far worse. Like the current influx of “children” across the border due to a law intended to protect the children.
        So far as money we don’t have? What on our funding the UN which is from all reports aiding attacks on Israel. How about Obama constantly depressing our economy? Everything he does seems to be geared to keeping more people in welfare and on unemployment. Veterans? Look and the number that have given up finding a job. After you look into this look into Jimmy Carter nearly taxing the Enonomy to death then look at what the economy when Reagan left office after 8 years. Obama has no idea how to fix the problems we face or is intentionally making it WORSE. But then there is precedent for this . Modern economists think the FDRs meddling with free enterprise extended the Great Depression for years longer than if he had just kept to his constitutional duties.
        This might prove interesting:
        The
        following is taken from None Dare Call It Treason by John A. Stormer:

        In 1952, the Senate
        Internal Security Subcommittee published results of hearings which showed the
        communist net of control, which started with this group in the Agriculture
        Department, had extended over the Labor, Treasury, State and Commerce
        Departments, the independent agencies and cabinet offices with national defense,
        and later, the Central Intelligence Agency and United Nations Agencies.
        (Report, Interlocking Subversion, SISS, July 30, 1953, p. 44)

        This communist penetration and control of the United States government was
        the result of activities of two exposed communist cells. Two others known to
        have operated in the government at the same time have never been uncovered.

        Few in Congress, and ever fewer Americans at the time, or even now realize,
        or will admit, what was happening. One lone voice spoke out and was quickly
        smashed [Joseph McCarthy], as nearly every vocal opponent of communism has been
        since. Dr. William Wirt, the superintendent of schools from Gary, Indiana, was
        invited to dinner at the home of a government employee while in Washington to
        attend a school administrators meeting in September 1933.

        After dinner, the hostess, Alice Barrows, an employee of the Department of
        Education, and other guests disclosed that communists had infiltrated and taken
        control of the New Deal. Four of the dinner guests were government employees.
        The fifth was the Washington representative of Tass, the Soviet news
        agency.

        Wirt summarized what was said at the meeting and when government officials
        brushed him off, he mailed a statement to about 100 conservative leaders and
        newspapers across the United States. This provoked a Congressional
        investigation of his charges.

        Wirt’s statement was read into the record as the basis on which he would be
        interrogated. Because it deserves deep and detailed study much of it is
        reproduced here. The techniques Wirt was told would be used to discredit
        business, to entice labor, management, school officials, and farmers to ‘go
        along’ are frighteningly similar to those which have been used in the
        ensuing 30 years. Wirt stated:

        “Brain Trusters” insist that the America of Washington,
        Jefferson, and Lincoln must first be destroyed so that on the ruins they will be
        able to construct an America after their own pattern. They do not know that the
        America of Washington, Jefferson, and Lincoln was the real New Deal for the
        common man. They wish to put the common man back into the feudal society of the
        Dark Ages. (Hearings, House Select Committee To
        Investigate Certain Statements of Dr. William Wirt, 73rd Congress, 2nd Session,
        April 10 and 17, 1934)

        Wirt’s statement as read
        into the record of the public hearing continued:
        I was told they believe that by thwarting our then evident
        economic recovery they would be able to prolong the country’s destitution until
        they had demonstrated to the American people that the Government must operate
        business and commerce. By propaganda they would destroy institutions making
        long-term capital loans—and then push Uncle Sam into making these loans. Once
        Uncle Sam becomes our financier he must also follow his money with control and
        management. (ibid.)

        Today, the Federal Government is very much in the business of making long term
        capital loans through the Area Redevelopment Administration, Small Business
        Administration, the Rural Electrification Administration, Export-Import Bank,
        Federal Land Banks, the various housing agencies, and dozens of other
        departments large and small.

        Wirt stated that the
        “Brain Trusters” said, “We believe we have Roosevelt in the middle of a swift
        stream and that the current is so strong he cannot turn back or escape from it.
        We believe we can keep Mr. Roosevelt there until we are ready to supplant him
        with a Stalin. We all think Mr. Roosevelt is only the Kerensky of the
        Revolution.” (ibid.) Asked why the President would not see
        through the scheme, they replied:
        We are
        on the inside, we control the avenues of influence. We can make the
        President believe he is making the decisions for himself … soon he will feel
        a superhuman flow of power from the flow of decisions themselves, good or
        bad. (ibid.;
        John A. Stormer, None Dare Call It Treason, pp. 186-188)

        Republican members of
        the committee and Wirt’s counsel, Senator James A. Reed (D-Mo) wanted the
        investigation continued, but the Democratic majority refused. Wirt’s efforts
        were to no avail. He was ridiculed by Time magazine, the New York Times, and the
        far-left press. Wirt was “silenced” and within two years he died in a mental
        institution.

        Eighteen years later
        in 1952, the Senate Internal Security Subcommittee in another investigation was
        to reveal that Alice Barrows, at whose home the meeting was held, had been a
        communist agent from the time she was employed in the U.S. Office of Education
        in 1919! (Hearings, Interlocking Subversion, SISS, June 23, 1953,
        pp. 823-840;
        None Dare Call It Treason, pp. 189-190)

        Press agentry built
        Roosevelt and the New Deal as saviors. Good hard statistics reveal that
        unemployment during the Hoover Administration averaged 6.2 million annually, or
        just slightly higher that it has reached several times in the post-war era. In
        the first two Roosevelt Administrations, average annual unemployment was 9.9
        million. In other words, despite appropriation of billions for relief purposes,
        other billions for make-work schemes, and the transfer to the federal government
        of almost complete control over the nation’s economy, things got worse, and not
        better, under Roosevelt. The advent of World War II, and not the New Deal and
        government intervention, ended the Depression.

        By 1938, Garet Garrett, distinguished newspaperman, author and editorial write for the
        Saturday Evening Post, published an essay, “The Revolution Was.” In the
        opening paragraph, he said:
        There are those who still think they are holding the pass against
        a revolution that may be coming up the road. But they are gazing in the wrong
        direction. The revolution is behind them. It went by in the Night of Depression,
        singing songs of freedom (Garrett, The People’s Pottage,
        p. 7)

        Garrett went on to
        show that every problem faced by the New Deal was solved in a way which
        transformed the traditional concept of limited self government into a system
        that could not fail to:
        Ramify the authority and power of executive government—its power,
        that is, to rule by decrees and rules and regulations of its own making.
        Strengthen its hold on the economic life of the nation.
        Extend its power over the individual.
        Degrade Congress and the parliamentary principle.
        Impair the great American tradition of an independent
        Constitutional judicial power.
        Weaken all other powers—private enterprise, private finance, and
        the power of state and local governments.

        In no instance was
        any action taken which did not contribute to the process which Garrett points
        out moved unerringly toward a redesign of the governmental structures into
        totalitarian form. With thousands of individual actions, decrees, and rules all
        meshing to accomplish this end, Garrett concluded that it was all according to a
        great master plan.

        Checks and balances
        placed in the Constitution to prevent such centralization of power worked for a
        time. The Supreme Court declared early new Deal measures unconstitutional.

        Roosevelt’s heavily
        Democratic Congress facing the crisis of the Depression gave the President and
        the bureaucrats nearly everything they asked for. In rapid succession, the
        national Recovery Act, the Agriculture Adjustment Act (drafted by Hiss and his
        fellow communists), and the Bituminous Coal Act were all passed, giving the
        federal bureaucracy unprecedented power, and control of every phase of American
        life. (None Dare Call It Treason, pp. 191 – 192)

      • No, but, it would be prudent. But, I expect nothing from him, nor his cronies in the Democratic party or the Republicants…..

  2. What are you expecting from a “:President” who still has a sworn allegiance to the Black Panther Org, and had a declared dedication to the Muslin Brotherhood!

  3. I promise you this new law will mean NOTHING to us veterans. I have been dealing with the VA for 29 years and stuff like this has only ever improved the outside facade. Great so the VA clinics all have a nice new coat of paint, and the office furniture isn’t plastic anymore, the care isn’t any better. This is a simple equation folks: IF you broke us, then you need to fix us. If you can’t fix us then you need to compensate us fair and justly. Taking from us the use of our bodies is equivalent to taking from us property. Property like money is simply an outward manifestation of our ability to produce. Constitutionally the government is mandated to take care of this situation. It is outrageous that we have a long history of abusing the one group of citizens the government ACTUALLY does owe something too. Then again the politicians know that in the past we have been the one group they can count on to sacrifice the most…..disgusting.

    • Well said, Sir! Thank you for your service. There certainly seems a need for someone of true leadership authority to be put in place at VA to clean house and tighten the ship. To whom that should be is anyone’s best guess. Identifying the problem, whilst a good beginning, is one thing, fixing it another entirely. Godspeed, our thoughts and prayers for all of our Veterans.

  4. I’m sure he’d funneling the money he had meant to put aside for veterans to fund Hamas! We all know he has no respect for American military veterans, but expects them to cover his and his family’s ass!

  5. While I applaud you taking up this very worthy cause, once again it’s
    Barry’s fault,,,everything wrong in the known universe is Barry Husseins, blah, blah
    blah, etc, etc,, blah, blah,
    This has been going on for how long??

    I had 3 very good friends who served in Nam,, they were brothers, all 3 came back with what we now
    know as PTSD, all had to deal with the BS at the VA in Togus, ME,,
    All 3 are dead now,,, various drug and alcohol problems, divorce, etc.
    they made it to about the late 70’s, early 80’s,,
    I will spare you all the details,, other than to tell you how their mother dealt with
    losing her 3 sons… 2 Army, 1 Marine…truly tragic…

    So once again you write a real good story of importance, and finish it off with
    your hatred and disdain for the President…
    and then come comments, the muslim brotherhood, prayer rugs, terrorist coming into disguised as mexicans, Barry said this,,,Barry didn’t do that.,
    try sticking with the good stuff,,the positive things you can do to help your
    comrades in the service,, and lose all the “Barack Hussein Obama” kiddie
    crap you always do..

    • We should always be reminded of his character, less we forget. If Barry would change and become a good character then we would talk about his good until he changes we will talk about his bad character.

    • Well it seems to me that if Obama “honestly” did his job & addressed all of these problems, then the so called hatred & disdain you speak of might dissipate a bit!

      • I seriously doubt that,,,
        west has found his niche,, like minded people who hate Obama..
        and he has chose to make his living doing that…
        nothing ever positive here,,,just negative,,

      • and it seems your “niche” is to be a propagandist for the organizer in chief.

        Actions at the VA have gotten worse there under the feckless SecVA Shinseki; whose claim to fame is giving the Army the blk beret to build esprit de corps of the Rangers…wait times increased at VA, the number of adjudicators for claims has decreased, VA pissed away $500M dollars to end FY13 just before the “shutdown”, VA has regional directors spending $750K a month in rent while space at facilities set empty, employees get bonuses for doing their job, police officers see their pay cut to that of receptionists….the list goes on and on.

        The organizer in chief has done nothing to improve the VA, his SecVA was a failure as a General–hell he claims his greatest military achievement was being the head of the history dept at West Point; most generals talk of leading troops not being a teacher. Yes the problem goes back decades; but the organizer in chief who claims to be doing things to help has done nothing to improve it…if he cared so damn much he could sign an executive order directing VAB to immediately grant all Vets with claims pending for 100% disability who have been deemed unemployable by SSA or equal state agency be given their disability. But he doesn’t, he “reviews” it.

        Have a nice life now; good bye.

      • there are none!
        and thats the problem,,,it’s all doom and gloom west,,
        nothing about moving the country forward…just stand still and complain..there are not good things happening in our country?
        programs or policy the moves the people forward?
        day in and day out,,,Barry, Barry,,,

      • Grow up. No is holding a gun to your head forcing you to read these columns or to waste everyone’s time complaining about them.

      • Grow up and LISTEN to the other perspective. You are becoming tune deaf from the rhetoric. I’m libertarian to th core, but Col. West is off base on his latter statements

      • Disagreeing with someone’s Communist/Socialist/Totalitarian political agenda does not mean he hates Obama. Though he may hate what he sees happening to a country he has risked his life for. BTW what have YOU ever done for someone you don’t even know and will never meet?

    • The problem is that the VA is an entrenched Bureaucracy, the next problem is that the Democrats, during VN, developed a hatred for the military since we were killing their fellow Communists. I have seen VN described as the hardest infantry war the US ever fought.
      The Military thought based on WW-II that they could keep people in
      VN for 12 months without any problems with “Combat Fatigue” since they
      REALLY had no clue they made a mistake. A year in VN might see an
      infantryman spending more time at the “front” than a WW-II vet would see
      in 2-3 years. VN combat vet saw far more time on patrol than most WW-II
      vets did. It never ended. The Democrats did not like the VN War or the people fighting it. The “free press” was well infiltrated by the mid-1960s and THEY did not like the VN vet much either. So the VN Vets were constantly vilified and discriminated against well into the 1980s. This is STILL going on in fact. I have a VN Veteran cap and it still gets “dirty looks” in Bozeman, a liberal college town, by people in my age group. Its not imagination, other vets have told me the same thing. The people that DID NOT go to VN but went college and in many cases gave aid and comfort to the people trying to kill us rose through the ranks of society faster than the veterans who lose several years to their military service where 2-4 years might put you 5-10 years behind. PTSD was not treated properly in the 1960s and 70s if it was treated at all and the VA psychs were often useless and maybe still are. I don’t know. Also street drug and heavy alcohol use make PTSD untreatable for the most part. Honestly things are far better for the PTSD sufferer than it was in the 1970s-80s. I have lost two friends to service in VN long after the war was over. So we have anti-war (at least those against the communists), anti-military/veteran college profs, school teachers, politicians and news media.
      Then we end up with a pro-communist, war protesting president, Clinton, who hates the military and guts it as a way to “reduce the size of Gov’t”. This leaves us with a greatly degraded military that the Military warned was a HUGE mistake. So we have people spending multiple tours in a couple of [email protected] countries risking their lives and dying so the politicians can make the people think they are trying to solve the problem. NOW the Democratic administration has high ranking members telling the useful idiots in the country that the VETERAN is a potential terrorist. Just another villification. They institute policies minor and massive that effect moral. Like stripping the Rangers of their black Beret to make it general issue. I don’t kniow where this came from but the Rangers all took it as a slap in the face. Taking something that they had EARNED and making it general issue. Then we have gays in the military. When I was in training and in VN showers were communal and in some cases not very spacious. Not something I would care to share with a known peter puffer. Women in ground combat is also a mistake unless in segregated units and I think its a huge mistake even then. But it was seen as PC by the people obsessed with destroying America. Then we have idiotic rules if engagement (inflicted on us in VN as well)
      Now we are fighting a war to the knife with an obviously satanic ideology and we don’t have a military large enough to be capable of doing it without people being used up either literally or mentally. So its not ALL the VAs fault. They are being overwhelmed due to stupid decisions by out leadership. These stupid decisions are driven not by the politician doing what it right for the COUNTRY but by their being controlled and restrained somehow that prevents them from doing what MUST be done and that is finding the enemy and destroying him and his will to attack us. So instead of our striking the the HEAD of the snake we are beating on the tail since the head has a lot of money….
      So we have a never ending war, people fight over the same ground for years (as I did in VN) never any real victory but an endless strain and a mounting number of dead comrades. So the VA is not the root problem. The problem is the leadership. When you have an anti-military administration the animosity toward the military/veteran trickles down, they get to appoint people after all like the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, so do they appoint people who are pro-veteran or do they appoint people with their mindset?
      At least people are talking about it now.

    • There is a point to be made here – God puts our leaders in charge – in other words, we get what we deserve. Voters voted for this current President, twice (yes, there is room to argue that there was not honest voting, etc. – but even that should just drive honest people to work in the voting areas – get participative in the process . . . not just complain about things).

      On the other hand, there are deeds clearly done that DO warrant criticism – Obama the candidate promised help and service toward our veterans and now it is proven he has not done what he said he would do . . . in fact he has done nothing. That is legitimate concern even the major would appreciate, I think.

      So, let Mr. West and others sound off, pick up the legitimate and critique the unwarranted . . . that’s America in action – – – but if we want a better country, we need to be a better people, including keeping our promises (which is Alan’s biggest point, I think) – but being aware that keeping those promises requires some sacrifice (sometimes) and not just borrowing more money and making more promises that cannot be kept – that is my complaint with this administration and all current political leaders . . . more and more promises with no responsibility for failures and no accountability for the debt.

    • I’m with major dimwit on this. As I posted earlier, the article was great until you attqcked the POTUS for a systemic problem spanning 2decades…..

  6. In order to get these things done, we have to get rid of Mister O. He’s part of the Islams — the devil people– and he has been using all of our money to do what he want’s to have done.

  7. This Vets story is like that of thousands of others. This new bill will not solve the issues; VA has grown to the point it does not serve the Vets; it serves VA. Having been a VA employee I saw how VA pissed money away daily; send next air letters to an address literally 20 miles away, buy new furniture for offices that will be abandoned months later when a new facility is opened–the new furniture wouldn’t go with the decor in the new office, regional directors spending $750K a month for rent as office space at VA facilities set empty…the list goes on; yet we Vets languish waiting for disability claims or get treated with medications that civilian docs haven’t prescribed in years…

  8. Both Houses are guilty. What is deplorable is the lack of respect from the president. His leadership could have been one of honor and true love for the USA. Rather he has apologized for the USA and gone against his own words spoken when he was but a senator. He has financially supported the enemy and ignored the needs of those who have served this Nation. I maintain that ANYONE who has not served in any branch of the US Armed Forces cannot understand what it takes. NOR do they have any business being commander and chief. HOW can someone command something they know nothing about. It makes no sense. Those who voted him in are directly responsible for the consequences the USA is facing and is going to face because of this mockery of government sitting up there in DC playing games with peoples lives. Those GOP folks who are sold out to their padding of pockets have no better standing than obama does. I am not married to parties. I am capable of doing my own thinking.

  9. Some can’t see the tree’s for the forest. This past weekend in Nashville for a men’s conference and the Honorable George W Bush was the guest speaker and was asked how would you describe yourself as The President of the U. S.A. He simply stated, he did not cheat, steal, or lie…some what different in todays world…wake up America.

  10. I heard that the Doctors are only seeing 2 patients a day. Is this true? I am a Nurse and have worked in office’s, hospitals, ER for 25yrs, home health, and hospice. More money will not help it is lack of leadership.
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  11. She needs to get to a different VA Facility for her back. They are not all the same. The VA system is being run by Bureaucratic bean counters and these need to be fired where they are causing more harm than good. This can vary from clinic to clinic and hospital to hospital. But as a now retired clinic director told me, “they have to respect the vets” he was a vet himself and had two sons serving in Iraq at the time. I wish he was still on the job. He was also one of my doctors. The politicians, apparently getting massive kickbacks from the defense industry and who knows who else, Oil Sheiks I suspect. Don’t want the problems solved. As a result we end up with more and more vets with health problems. But of course once out of the military or once the threat is reduced then the military and the veteran especially is treated much like a used condom by most of society. Obviously we need to institute the system explained in Robert Heinlein’s book “Starship Troopers”. Only veterans are given full citizenship and the vote.

    • We wish we could fire the Bastards but their Union is so entrenched that you can’t get rid of them. The so called Government Unions are really running things in the VA and other Government Alphabet Agencies. You just can’t replace the dirt bag at the Top you have to go to each VA Facility and start Replace those douche bags first. Clean out the Local Facilities and move up the ladder.

  12. Janice, if you should happen to read this, I want you to know how much my family and I appreciate what you gave up for us. You and all Veterans have our gratitude and thanks. Also, I want you to know how sorry we are that this country has seemingly abandoned you. If it were up to me, things would be really different. First and foremost, you’d get the healthcare you need, but more, you’d get a promise from this once great nation that there would be no more lies, no more half truth, no more BS tales to keep you quiet. . It makes me sad that you and your fellows, who gave so much, fall thru the cracks. You deserve way better than this and I am truly sorry we are failing you

  13. Everyone knows Obummer is a damn liar and can’t stand Veterans to begin with. Heck, he doesn’t even like our Military. Uses a Marine to hold a umbrella for him so his poor little head doesn’t get wet. Probably thought if his head got wet, it would shrink what’s left of his pea brain!!

    • So where are all the people who voted him in. Why are they not up in arms to get him out of office like those of us who didn’t vote for him. Where is the uprise of all thats wrong with odumbo by more people. Why is he not ilmpeached by now????????

      • hahahahahh On what charges? For killing OBL? hahahhaha Foe ending your w’s 19 month long GREAT BUSH RECESSION in just 5 months? hahahahhah

    • Ph’ck You!!! All C-I-C’s have someone hold the umbrella. Even your reagun. You are just a white racist GOP tea bagger. hahahahah

  14. Yes. It took my husband 12 years to finally get surgery for his back. He was in the military for 23 years. NOBODY is appreciated by our leader anymore. Hope is surely lost with this Group dictating to us

    • You ARE aware that Congress has oversight control of the VA system and not the president, aren’t you? Or do you WANT a dictatorship?

    • The story is that your husband fell and hurt his back when he was drunk, Why should the US taxpayers pay for his stupidity?

      • Are u really kidding me?!?!? My husband was a Navy Seal u forkin moron. Don’t speak unless something intellegent come out of that thing on your disguised as a mouth. My GOD!!!!!

  15. People out there who vote to increase the VA are only increasing the problem. The VA cannot help Veterans, it cannot handle because it is the government still. If the VA was completely privatized, you bet your ass things would be different. They should shut down all VA facilities and allow veterans to seek treatment anywhere in the U.S. no strings attached. Also, they need hand the VA benefits over to private companies. I have nothing but horror stories of me trying to deal with the VA while going to college. I know so many veterans who chose to forgot their GI Bill simply to avoid the bureaucratic disaster that comes with trying to utilize it.

    Just a month ago, at the very beginning of July I called the VA to make an appointment to see a physician. They said they could get me in as soon as August. When I declined the offer the lady on the phone suggested I just do a walk-in. This has been the standard go-to practice for a very long time. They can’t make appointments in a ethical manner so they tell people to just “walk-in.” So when they walk in they get lectured by every member of the staff working that day about making an appoint. Even when the doctor walks into the room, they start babbling on about making an appointment, knowing full well that they wouldn’t see you for a month. Then after they do their little once over they tell you to go up to the front to make an appointment so that they will actually do anything for you. Of course the appointment turns out to be a month later.

    One time I was heading home and one of the staff called me up with an excited voice saying, “We were able to change your appointment!” (it was for an x-ray on my back) I thought oh nice, for once, after all of these years they actually gave me an appointment less than 4 weeks away. She began talking and that’s when I discovered that they had pushed my appointment back another two weeks (a six week wait to get an x-ray at Michael DeBakey Hospital in Houston).

    I could literally write a novel about all of the horrible experiences I’ve had dealing with the VA. Why is it so shocking for me? Because I’ve been working for a private healthcare company for years, I understand how a healthcare organization is suppose to run; but, the VA does everything the complete opposite of ethical. If the VA tried running their practice like that with paying civilians, they would go out of business overnight.

    I’m so fed up with the VA, that I haven’t stepped foot in a VA facility in over two years. If I get injured, I just go to a private sector doctor and pay for it myself. The VA is suppose to cover the cost of going to an ER anywhere; but, the one time that I did, they tried everything in their power to foot me the bill. I wrote letters to Senator Ted Cruz and Congressman McCaul over the years, to help me combat the VA. There were some successes; but, the war with the VA is far from over.

    • The new bill doesn’t vote to increase the VA. Too bad you’re too stupid to read it. It mandates the VA to permit people who are not getting care through a VA facility to go to other facilities and still be covered by VA benefits. However, it’s not a law at the moment, it’s a bill through one house of Congress.

      • PH’CK YOU BRYAN!!!!

        President Barack Obama to sign health care overhaul bill for veterans at Fort Belvoir Thursday

        By The Associated Press

        August 7, 2014 – 06:53 am

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        WASHINGTON (AP) – Veterans are expected to have an easier time getting government-paid health care from local doctors under a bill that President Barack Obama is set to sign into law Thursday.

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        What’s included in the bill?

        The $16.3 billion measure also allows the Veterans Affairs Department to hire thousands of doctors, nurses and other health professionals at the VA’s nearly 1,000 hospitals and outpatient clinics nationwide.

        Under the new law, employment rules will be revised to make it easier to fire senior VA executives judged to be negligent or performing poorly.

        Obama is traveling to Fort Belvoir, Virginia, an Army base 20 miles south of Washington, to sign the bill. Congress approved the measure last week before taking a five-week recess – one of the few significant bills approved this year by both the House and the Senate.

        The legislation is a response to reports of veterans dying while awaiting appointments to see VA doctors and of a widespread practice of employees covering up monthslong wait times for appointments. In some cases, employees received bonuses based on falsified records.

        “No veteran should have to wait to receive the benefits they have earned,” said White House spokesman Josh Earnest.

        The veterans bill, approved with strong bipartisan support, “will put in place reforms and needed additional resources to meet the high standard of service that our veterans have earned,” Earnest said.

        The bill devotes $10 billion in emergency spending over three years to pay private doctors and other health professionals to care for qualifying veterans who can’t get timely appointments at VA hospitals or clinics or who live more than 40 miles from one of them. It includes $5 billion for hiring more VA doctors, nurses and other medical staff and $1.3 billion to open 27 new VA clinics across the country.

        The VA has taken “aggressive steps” in recent months to address systemic problems found in its health care system, Earnest said, adding that reform measures will continue and accelerate under new VA Secretary Robert McDonald.

        McDonald, a former Procter & Gamble CEO, was sworn in July 30 to lead the sprawling agency, which employs more than 310,000 people and provides health care for nearly 9 million enrolled veterans and disability compensation for nearly 4 million veterans.

        The VA announced last week that it planned to fire two supervisors and discipline four other employees in Colorado and Wyoming accused of falsifying health care data.

        Deputy Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson said more VA employees will be disciplined as the agency tries to root out the causes of a scandal that he said has breached the trust between veterans and the agency created to serve them.

        Gibson, who served as acting secretary for two months after Eric Shinseki resigned as VA secretary, has vowed to protect employees who file whistleblower complaints – a promise McDonald has echoed since taking office. Any intimidation or retaliation against employees who raise concerns will not be tolerated, they said.

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  16. This problem is so much bigger than this woman. Every comment I read after these stories tells of atrocious behavior by the VA. I demand a special prosecutor be named to remedy the horrible situation.

  17. the new “law” makes it worse for veterans…it clearly says the veteran has to ask permission from those denying care to get care outside the system……..any time they grant permission(which will take months/years) they are saying we the VA are not doing out job so you may seek care elsewhere…….that means DENIAL will be the default position for every veteran asking permission.

    • going through that right now. had a colon inspection scheduled. day of appointment the civiliasn doctor called and cancelled. reason i asked. contract dispute. va says it was i misunderstanding on the dr’s part. all a bunch of ass clowns.

      • PH’CK YOU BRYAN!!!!

        President Barack Obama to sign health care overhaul bill for veterans at Fort Belvoir Thursday

        By The Associated Press

        August 7, 2014 – 06:53 am

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        WASHINGTON (AP) – Veterans are expected to have an easier time getting government-paid health care from local doctors under a bill that President Barack Obama is set to sign into law Thursday.

        Continue reading

        More on this story

        What’s included in the bill?

        The $16.3 billion measure also allows the Veterans Affairs Department to hire thousands of doctors, nurses and other health professionals at the VA’s nearly 1,000 hospitals and outpatient clinics nationwide.

        Under the new law, employment rules will be revised to make it easier to fire senior VA executives judged to be negligent or performing poorly.

        Obama is traveling to Fort Belvoir, Virginia, an Army base 20 miles south of Washington, to sign the bill. Congress approved the measure last week before taking a five-week recess – one of the few significant bills approved this year by both the House and the Senate.

        The legislation is a response to reports of veterans dying while awaiting appointments to see VA doctors and of a widespread practice of employees covering up monthslong wait times for appointments. In some cases, employees received bonuses based on falsified records.

        “No veteran should have to wait to receive the benefits they have earned,” said White House spokesman Josh Earnest.

        The veterans bill, approved with strong bipartisan support, “will put in place reforms and needed additional resources to meet the high standard of service that our veterans have earned,” Earnest said.

        The bill devotes $10 billion in emergency spending over three years to pay private doctors and other health professionals to care for qualifying veterans who can’t get timely appointments at VA hospitals or clinics or who live more than 40 miles from one of them. It includes $5 billion for hiring more VA doctors, nurses and other medical staff and $1.3 billion to open 27 new VA clinics across the country.

        The VA has taken “aggressive steps” in recent months to address systemic problems found in its health care system, Earnest said, adding that reform measures will continue and accelerate under new VA Secretary Robert McDonald.

        McDonald, a former Procter & Gamble CEO, was sworn in July 30 to lead the sprawling agency, which employs more than 310,000 people and provides health care for nearly 9 million enrolled veterans and disability compensation for nearly 4 million veterans.

        The VA announced last week that it planned to fire two supervisors and discipline four other employees in Colorado and Wyoming accused of falsifying health care data.

        Deputy Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson said more VA employees will be disciplined as the agency tries to root out the causes of a scandal that he said has breached the trust between veterans and the agency created to serve them.

        Gibson, who served as acting secretary for two months after Eric Shinseki resigned as VA secretary, has vowed to protect employees who file whistleblower complaints – a promise McDonald has echoed since taking office. Any intimidation or retaliation against employees who raise concerns will not be tolerated, they said.

        Read more: http://www.wjla.com/articles/2014/08/president-barack-obama-to-sign-health-care-bill-for-veterans-at-fort-belvoir-thursday-105846.html#ixzz39iJqFU8o
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  18. DEM vs. REP vs. LIB vs. CON vs. Santa Clause are losing mindsets (and We the People lose every time).

    Stories like these never tell their readers the causes of the dysfunction in DC. They only focus on the symptoms.

    We need to focus less on the SYMPTOMS of Washington’s incompetence and focus more on the CAUSES of their incompetence.

    Fix the foundation and the rest will right itself. The foundation of our gov’t has been broken since 1913. And this faulty foundation has resulted in laws for every conceivable thing and an enormous debt to boot.

    Here are the cracks in our foundation:
    1) The Federal Gov’t is in charge
    2) The Federal Gov’t taxes individuals (therefore, companies)

    Here’s how #1 happened:
    Originally the federal gov’t had 3 equally-important entities at the federal negotiating table. These were the ONLY three entities in the US that had an interest in EVERY law the federal gov’t would pass:
    – We the People (the House of Rep)
    – The States (the Senate)
    – The Executor of Laws (the Executive branch, POTUS through veto power)

    Then in 1913 our leaders removed the states from the federal negotiating table by passing the 17th Amendment. Now negotiations look like:
    – We the People (the House)
    – We the People (the Senate)
    – The Executor of Laws (POTUS via veto)

    The Senate is no longer accountable to their State Legislatures. This is the single action that led to America believing the federal gov’t is supposed to be in charge of everything in the US (against the Founder’s design of 3 equally-powerful entities checking-and-balancing each other). The federal gov’t now overruns the state gov’ts…and by proxy: YOU (collectively: We the People).

    And don’t fool yourself into thinking that We the People, having 2 seats at the table, are more powerful than the Executive (POTUS). Our power is divided (into 2 Houses with over 500 members) while the POTUS is one person whose power is focused. When was the last time you felt the federal gov’t was listening to you? Right, that proves the point…if the President doesn’t want to do it, it doesn’t get done (who wags whom?).

    And there’s a reason why our Founders “Bill-to-Law Process” started in the House. This way all law begins with We the People…then gets input from the States and the Executor of Laws. This design purposely put We the People in the driver’s seat…are we today? No, not when laws begin by Presidents & Senators advertising that We need to “do something”.

    This setup allows bills to pass QUICKLY into law since one of the 3 interested parties has no say in them. The result is many more laws that aren’t well thought out (since an interested party has been excluded from negotiations). End each law that tramples on states, necessarily tramples on We the People who live in states.

    Now #2:
    Originally the federal gov’t got its operating budget from the state gov’ts ONLY. The attempts to get money directly from We the People were ruled by the Judiciary to be unconstitutional. So, what would any red-blooded American who loved themselves more than the Constitution do? Instead of “protect & defend” they “changed & enriched” themselves.

    In 1913 they passed the 16th Amendment that made direct taxation of US citizens the law of the land. And, in doing so, injected themselves into every taxation debate effecting every individual in the entire country. They also generated enormous wealth for the federal gov’t, so you might think we would never have problems paying for anything our gov’t needed. RIGGHHHHT! (as Bill Cosby used to say so well)

    With this windfall our gov’t did what most people who aren’t used to money do: they overspend it. They’ve also enriched themselves over and over again…how many in Congress (both houses) report an income of ONLY their gov’t salary? How many in Congress (both houses) have a SUBSTANTIALLY HIGHER net worth only AFTER being elected (they never made money hand-over-fist before being a “public servant”, but they sure do after!)?

    The answers to these and many other questions can be found by Googling them…do your own research. This is how a gov’t windfall (individual taxation) became a personal windfall for elected officials (who changed our Constitution & enriched themselves at our expense).

    Without these 2 amendments we would have 50 test cases (the states) to see what combination of freedoms vs. regulations works best. The state with the largest population would win, as many would flock to its borders for a true American Dream. Another aspect of this is that there would be 50 different cultures to choose from and you could choose which one fit best with your personal life principles…we would all have choices.

    With these 2 amendments we are on our way to an America where all states are run by the federal gov’t and operate exactly the same. A new name may soon be in order for us: The United Socialist States of America. And that’s not an example from “Scare Tactics 101” either. With the federal gov’t more powerful than the rest of America’s governments DC will (and has) force the other governments (and We the People) to operate the way DC wants them to. This is a logical conclusion and progression when DC is more powerful because the States are absent from negotiations (not to mention DC’s ability to effect We the People through the tax code; DC has the ability and holds all the keys to control the behavior of every adult in America).

    As it is, this structure has saddled Americans with ENORMOUS DEBT that we can’t possibly pay off for generations. Stop this insanity and restore states to the federal negotiating table because this is entirely gov’t’s fault and gov’t needs to repair our Constitution – and they WON’T do it on their own! We the People need to ensure they do it.

    Fix the foundation and the rest will right itself.

    —–

    Now, regardless of politics, we need to get together as a group of “We the People” and agree to a particular path that will fix our foundation. This is a call to action, not a plea for agreement. If you agree then act…find those in your area that are like-minded and determine among yourselves what it will take to influence your federal representatives to take these “foundation-fixing” actions. And if they don’t take them, or give you some cop-out answer have them fired if they’re up for election, or recalled if they’re not.

    The cop-out I hear the most is “I support doing this via the 10th Amendment”. Well the Tenth states:

    “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

    …meaning if the Constitution gives the federal gov’t powers, the federal gov’t keeps those powers. So, since the 16th & 17th Amd. are in the Constitution they are UNTOUCHABLE via the 10th Amd. Politicians who tell you this cop-out are untrustworthy and should be recalled (if this were the solution it would have been done in the 100+ years since these amendments passed).

    Therefore, the only option to get rid of the harmful effects of the 16th & 17th Amendments is repeal.

    The States can do this through the Convention of States, or Congress can do this as leaders in their own right. Currently the Convention of States ISN’T focused on this foundational fix…but We the People can change that. Congress doesn’t want this fix either, but we can change that. It ALL starts with us…We the People. It’s time to ACT.

    You are the key: copy and paste this message, share it as many times as you need to in order to get ALL elected officials to make these changes. ALL elected officials means: STATE Legislatures, your US Senators and House Representatives, etc. Talk to people about this, get your teenagers to understand it so they’re actually prepared to vote when they’re legal, this is OUR country and it’s WORTH talking about and FIXING.

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  19. Um, excuse me … you need to get the story out about AmericaIdea for the 2016 Dream Candidate! That is the story that needs to get out! Especially getting to that Republican Convention stuff. Included with the Dream comes the proposition for the VA. Either keep or let it go. It can happen.

  20. oh yeah and he would rather make deals with Iran and terrorists like trading for diserter of US Army to give back evil leaders of terrorist groups to kill and hurt more people.

  21. Our veterans should receive free Obamacare plan and be covered for all existing problems. Give them a card for free healthcare!

    • They have the same access to it that everyone else does. It’s just a scam to get more money to insurance companies. Didn’t you know that?

  22. Janice, thank you for your service to our country! I hope you veterans and the rest of us American citizens will see barry get tried as a enemy combatant very soon and then executed! There are hundreds of other traitors in DC in all parties that need the same.

  23. Any Veteran nationwide who is still experiences delays or denial of care can contact us privately and we will work to assist you in getting your rightfully earned benefits and services – NOW. VeteranWarriors LLC – [email protected]

  24. Janice, Thank you for serving our Country!! Now, I will take part by sharing this message around the World to help your story get out!!! We the Majority of the People are awake and are destined to take the corrupt Administration down,!! You and all our Veterans, past, present and future should be top priority over anything else and my goal is to see our Soldiers get what you all so rightfully deserve!!!!

  25. Right now, that bill is not a law. It has been passed by the house, but I’m sure that VA lobbyists think they’ll have an easy time getting it killed in the Senate, where there are more Democrats. Failing that, they can hope for a presidential veto. However, right now, the bill has no power.

    • Dip SHTI read the paper! The new VA bill will be signed on Thursday August 8, 2014 OK with you? The House has passed it. the Senate has passed it. It will be signed by your BLACK POTUS Obama tomorrow. This proves the racist GOP Tea baggers never read the papers. This joke Bryan loves to dump on our C-I-C who killed OBL without ANY FACTS!!!

      President Barack Obama to sign health care overhaul bill for veterans at Fort Belvoir Thursday

      By The Associated Press

      August 7, 2014 – 06:53 am

      0

      Email

      Print

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      WASHINGTON (AP) – Veterans are expected to have an easier time getting government-paid health care from local doctors under a bill that President Barack Obama is set to sign into law Thursday.

      Continue reading

      More on this story

      What’s included in the bill?

      The $16.3 billion measure also allows the Veterans Affairs Department to hire thousands of doctors, nurses and other health professionals at the VA’s nearly 1,000 hospitals and outpatient clinics nationwide.

      Under the new law, employment rules will be revised to make it easier to fire senior VA executives judged to be negligent or performing poorly.

      Obama is traveling to Fort Belvoir, Virginia, an Army base 20 miles south of Washington, to sign the bill. Congress approved the measure last week before taking a five-week recess – one of the few significant bills approved this year by both the House and the Senate.

      The legislation is a response to reports of veterans dying while awaiting appointments to see VA doctors and of a widespread practice of employees covering up monthslong wait times for appointments. In some cases, employees received bonuses based on falsified records.

      “No veteran should have to wait to receive the benefits they have earned,” said White House spokesman Josh Earnest.

      The veterans bill, approved with strong bipartisan support, “will put in place reforms and needed additional resources to meet the high standard of service that our veterans have earned,” Earnest said.

      The bill devotes $10 billion in emergency spending over three years to pay private doctors and other health professionals to care for qualifying veterans who can’t get timely appointments at VA hospitals or clinics or who live more than 40 miles from one of them. It includes $5 billion for hiring more VA doctors, nurses and other medical staff and $1.3 billion to open 27 new VA clinics across the country.

      The VA has taken “aggressive steps” in recent months to address systemic problems found in its health care system, Earnest said, adding that reform measures will continue and accelerate under new VA Secretary Robert McDonald.

      McDonald, a former Procter & Gamble CEO, was sworn in July 30 to lead the sprawling agency, which employs more than 310,000 people and provides health care for nearly 9 million enrolled veterans and disability compensation for nearly 4 million veterans.

      The VA announced last week that it planned to fire two supervisors and discipline four other employees in Colorado and Wyoming accused of falsifying health care data.

      Deputy Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson said more VA employees will be disciplined as the agency tries to root out the causes of a scandal that he said has breached the trust between veterans and the agency created to serve them.

      Gibson, who served as acting secretary for two months after Eric Shinseki resigned as VA secretary, has vowed to protect employees who file whistleblower complaints – a promise McDonald has echoed since taking office. Any intimidation or retaliation against employees who raise concerns will not be tolerated, they said.

      Read more: http://www.wjla.com/articles/2014/08/president-barack-obama-to-sign-health-care-bill-for-veterans-at-fort-belvoir-thursday-105846.html#ixzz39iJqFU8o
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  26. We will, as Americans, fight until our Veterans/Heroes are taken care of properly with dignity. Janice Rae Pariza, I will help get this word out. You deserve much better than this.

    • We don’t have to raise taxes. We can get money by making cuts and putting money into areas that will ultimately save money. Actions like securing our border will save money, thus not having to pay out hundreds of millions for welfare and food stamps to illegals and the offspring they have that become citizens as the result of the perversion of the 14th amendment.—-from a combat veteran and tea bagger

  27. There would have been 10,000’s less veterans with PTSD if w never invaded Iraq. And w 41 was too gutless to demand an UNCONDITIONAL SURRENDER of Saddam the first time!

  28. They should just fire all the dumb ass retards in control of the VA. Then hire vets to run in, get politics out of the picture, Problem solved.

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