The VA Does the Unthinkable: Deceased Veterans Left Unclaimed and Decomposing Without Burial

Troops paying their final respects. (Photo: Public Domain)

Troops paying their final respects. (Photo: Public Domain)

September 30, 2016

By Lorra B.

Veteran’s Affairs hospitals have been in the spot light for unacceptable wait times, Hot-Line issues, and below standard care. For the VA hospital in Illinois, however, a new low has been reached.

Illinois VA hospital, Hines, already under fire for cockroaches and black mold in their kitchen, is now on the hot seat for “the bodies of dead patients left unclaimed in the morgue for up to two months without proper burial, whistleblower documents allege,” according to Fox News.

It was uncovered that thought the VA facility indeed had the funds available to provide deceased veterans proper burials but simply chose not to.

Mark Kirk, U.S. Senator from Illinois, complained about the situation to the VA secretary and even went so far as to present new legislation to prevent this from happening.

Kirk stated, “The VA should be sickened and embarrassed by yet another exposed case of corruption and mistreatment of our veterans at Hines. “I have personally called Secretary McDonald and asked him to fire Christopher Wirtjes, the Chief responsible for this shameful treatment of our veterans’ remains. Bureaucrats at Hines should spend as much time helping veterans as they do covering up neglect and abuse.”

Wirtjes was responsible for instructing staff to manipulate wait times last year and though he was not fired he was put on administrative leave.

The whistleblower painted a very grim picture of the Hines VA stating, “Some veteran’s remains have been left in our hospital morgue for 45 days or more until they are stacked to capacity at times.”

Alissa McCurley, Kirk’s deputy chief of staff, described a horrific situation of at least one body having been there so long that it literally liquefied and the “bag burst when staff had attempted to move.”

This type of gross neglect is unconscionable at best and goes against the moral fabric of this great nation. Kirk’s demand of Wirtjes firing comes a little too late.

On three separate occasions Wirtjes had been approached about permission to bury the unclaimed bodies and each time he refused.

A spokesman for the hospital, Rick Fox, stated that the allegations were a farce and that Wirtjes was and is following all laws regarding disposal of bodies.

Fox stated: “We take whistleblower allegations very seriously and absolutely agree that all of our veterans deserve dignity and respect, in life and in death. While our investigation into this matter is still ongoing, we have found allegations related to consistent problems with dignified and timely burials to be unsubstantiated. However, we have taken this opportunity to review our policies and procedures and are currently working to improve them.”

The Inspector General’s office stated, “”The OIG doesn’t confirm or deny the existence of any ongoing investigations.”

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By Lorra B.

Another Veteran Takes Her Own Life In A VA Parking lot

dMay 12, 2015

By Lorra B. The Silent Soldier.

The VA Hospital once again finds itself in the spotlight. On Monday, 31 year old Michelle Langhorst shot herself in the head while in the parking lot of H.J. Heinz, a Pittsburgh VA hospital in Aspinwall. Langhorst is one in a growing number of veteran suicide statistics.

According to a Medical examiner, Langhorst took her life around 1:37 in the afternoon. Although the VA hospital she was receiving medical treatment has yet to be determined, she chose to take her life in the parking lot of the VA hospital located at 1010 Delafield Road.



The following is a statement released form the VA,“This is a tragic event that speaks to the suffering and anguish that some veterans experience. Our thoughts and condolences go to this veteran’s family and friends.” went on to report that while the VA is continuing to investigate, “Part of the investigation will determine what, if anything, we could have done for this veteran and others who receive care at VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System.”

At least 22 veterans kill themselves every day in this country.  

Although a briefing by the US Department of Veteran Affairs suggests that “suicides among those enrolled in the Veteran Health Administration decreased by 30 percent it also states that suicides among veteran non-enrollees” soared by 60 percent.

But, Enrollment may not be the problem. It is the treatment received that may not always be adequate, states the briefing, and in some cases patients will commit suicide while waiting months to receive the help they need.

Does the VA owe Langhorst’s family, and those waiting months to receive much needed medical attention, an explanation and an apology…and is that enough?

Written by Lorra B. at Silent Soldier.

The VA Makes Little Headway In The Fight To Shorten Care Wait Times

(Screenshot credit, Rare)

(Screenshot credit, Rare)

April 9, 2015

Associated Press: (H/T Rare)

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — A year after Americans recoiled at new revelations that sick veterans were getting sicker while languishing on waiting lists — and months after the Department of Veterans Affairs instituted major reforms costing billions of dollars — government data show that the number of patients facing long waits at VA facilities has not dropped at all.

No one expected that the VA mess could be fixed overnight. But the Associated Press has found that since the summer, the number of vets waiting more than 30 or 60 days for non-emergency care has largely stayed flat. The number of medical appointments that take longer than 90 days to complete has nearly doubled.

Nearly 894,000 appointments completed at VA medical facilities from Aug. 1 to Feb. 28 failed to meet the health system’s timeliness goal, which calls for patients to be seen within 30 days.

That means roughly one in 36 patient visits to a caregiver involved a delay of at least a month. Nearly 232,000 of those appointments involved a delay of longer than 60 days — a figure that doesn’t include cancellations, patient no-shows, or instances where veterans gave up and sought care elsewhere.

A closer look reveals deep geographic disparities.

Many delay-prone facilities are clustered within a few hours’ drive of each other in a handful of Southern states, often in areas with a strong military presence, a partly rural population and patient growth that has outpaced the VA’s sluggish planning process.

Of the 75 clinics and hospitals with the highest percentage of patients waiting more than 30 days for care, 12 are in Tennessee or Kentucky, 11 are in eastern North Carolina and the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, 11 more are in Georgia and southern Alabama, and six are in north Florida.

Seven more were clustered in the region between Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Those 47 clinics and hospitals represent just a fraction of the more than 1,000 VA facilities nationwide, but they were responsible for more than one in five of the appointments that took longer than 60 days to complete, even though they accounted for less than 6 percent of patient visits.

That has meant big headaches for veterans like Rosie Noel, a retired Marine gunnery sergeant who was awarded the Purple Heart in Iraq after rocket shrapnel slashed open her cheek and broke her jaw.

Noel, 47, said it took 10 months for the VA to successfully schedule her for a follow-up exam and biopsy after an abnormal cervical cancer screening test in June 2013.

First, she said, her physician failed to mention she needed the exam at all. Then, her first scheduled appointment in February 2014 was postponed due to another medical provider’s “family emergency.” She said her make-up appointment at the VA hospital in Fayetteville, one of the most backed-up facilities in the country, was abruptly canceled when she was nearly two hours into the drive from her home in Sneads Ferry on the coast.

Noel said she was so enraged, she warned the caller that she had post-traumatic stress disorder, she wasn’t going to turn around — and they better have security meet her in the lobby.

“I served my country. I’m combat wounded. And to be treated like I’m nothing is unconscionable,” she said.

The AP examined wait times at 940 individual VA facilities from Sept. 1 through Feb 28 to gauge any changes since a scandal over delays and attempts to cover them up led to the resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki in May and prompted lawmakers to pass the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act in August. The analysis included all VA hospitals and outpatient clinics for which consistent wait time data was available. It excluded residential treatment centers, homeless dormitories and disability evaluation centers. Data for individual facilities were not available for August.

It is difficult to quantify exactly how things have changed because the VA introduced a new method for measuring wait times at the end of the summer. VA officials say the new methodology is more accurate, but its adoption also meant that about half of all patient appointments previously considered delayed are now being classified as meeting VA timeliness standards. That means published wait times now can’t be directly compared with data the VA released last spring.

The trend, however, is clear: Under the VA’s old method for calculating delays, the percentage of appointments that took longer than 30 days to complete had been steadily ticking up, from 4.2 percent in May to nearly 5 percent in September. Under the new method — the one that counts half as many appointments as delayed — the percentage went from 2.4 percent in August to 2.9 percent in February.

The number of appointments delayed by more than 90 days abruptly jumped to nearly 13,000 in January and more than 10,000 in February, compared to an average of around 5,900 the previous five months. That’s not a change that can simply be blamed on bad winter weather; many of the places reporting the largest gains are warm year-round.

VA officials say they are aware of the trouble spots in the system. They cite numerous efforts to ramp up capacity by building new health centers and hiring more staff. And they say that in at least one statistical category, the VA has improved: The number of appointments handled by VA facilities between May and February was up about 4.5 percent compared to the same period a year earlier.

But they also readily acknowledge that in some parts of the country, the VA is perpetually a step behind rising demand.

“I think what we are seeing is that as we improve access, more veterans are coming,” Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs Sloan Gibson told the AP.

He also acknowledged that the VA has historically been “not very adroit as a bureaucracy” in responding to those changes. It takes too long to plan and build new clinics when they are needed, he said, and the VA isn’t flexible in its ability to reallocate resources to places that need them most.

“We are doing a whole series of things — the right things, I believe — to deal with the immediate issue,” Gibson said. “But we need an intermediate term plan that moves us ahead a quantum leap, so that we don’t continue over the next three or four years just trying to stay up. We’ve got to get ahead of demand.”

He also asked for patience. President Obama signed legislation in August giving the VA an additional $16.3 billion to hire doctors, open more clinics and build the new Choice program that allows vets facing long delays or long drives to get care from a private-sector doctor.

It will take time to get some of those initiatives expanded to the point where they “move the needle,” Gibson said.

Between Nov. 5 and March 17, according to VA officials, only about 46,000 patients had made appointments for private-sector care through Choice — a drop in the bucket for a system that averages about 4.7 million appointments per month.

Disparities abound

In many parts of the country, the VA can boast of being able to deliver care that is just as fast, or even faster, than patients would get in the private sector. Relatively few VA facilities in the Northeast, Midwest and Pacific Coast states reported having significant numbers of patients waiting extended periods for care.

Of the 940 hospitals and outpatient centers included in the AP analysis, 376 met the VA’s timeliness standard better than 99 percent of the time. A little less than half of all VA hospitals and clinics reported averaging fewer than two appointments per month that involved a wait of more than 60 days.

The difference between the haves and have-nots can be stark.

The Minneapolis VA, one of the system’s busiest medical centers, completed 276,094 medical appointments between Sept. 1 and Feb. 28. Only 424 of them involved a wait of more than 60 days.

At the VA’s outpatient clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, a facility handling a third of the volume, 7,117 appointments involved a wait of more than 60 days.

That means there were more vets experiencing extended delays at that one clinic than in the states of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut combined.

Equally surprising: The Jacksonville clinic is practically brand new. It opened in 2013 with the express intent of improving access to care in a fast-growing city with a lot of military retirees and a close relationship with three Navy bases: Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Naval Station Mayport and the Kings Bay Naval Base.

But like other VA facilities built recently in spots now struggling with long waits, the clinic took so long to plan and build — 12 years — that it was too small the day it opened, despite late design changes that added significantly more space.

“Even our best demographic models didn’t anticipate the rate at which the growth would occur,” said Nick Ross, the assistant director for outpatient clinics at the VA’s North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System.

In recent months, the clinic has been enrolling another 25 new patients per day — a growth rate that would require the VA to hire another doctor, nurse and medical support assistant every 10 weeks to keep up with demand, said Thomas Wisnieski, the health system’s director.

Officials are hoping to lease 20,000 square feet of additional clinic space while they begin the planning process for yet another new building.

Clinic construction is also underway in an attempt to ease chronic delays in care in the Florida panhandle. A new outpatient VA clinic is scheduled to open in Tallahassee in 2016, and a groundbreaking ceremony was held in August for a new clinic in Panama City.

A slow pace of change

The Fayetteville VA hopes to celebrate its 75th anniversary this fall with the opening of a huge new outpatient health care center that could ease the types of chronic delays that caused Rosie Noel so much anxiety. (After her canceled exam, the VA paid for Noel to get care at a private-sector clinic; she doesn’t have cervical cancer.)

With 250,000 square feet of usable space, the center will be almost as large as the main hospital building. The new campus will have 1,800 parking spots, a women’s clinic and scores of new treatment rooms. It is sorely needed for a region that is home to two of America’s largest military bases, the Army’s Fort Bragg and the Marines’ Camp Lejeune, and one of the highest concentrations of vets in the country. In two core counties, one in five adults is a veteran.

Yet the new building is also emblematic of the slow pace of change at the VA.
Read more at Rare

Disclaimer: This article was not written by Lorra B.

WATCH: VA’s Health Management To Be Taken Over By Computer Brain System, Watson

dJanuary 21, 2015

By Lorra B.

The VA’s health management program will be taken over by a computer brain system, Watson, according to IBM.

IBM announced that Watson will make the Death Panels more competent by taking the human element out of it.

According to MakeUseOf, Watson was “designed to imitate biological neurons, for use in intelligent computer systems…” Manufactured by Samsung, Watson can simulate over a million ‘human-like neurons’ with ‘256 synapses each’… and has ‘4096 specialized cores.’

Though Watson is capable of remarkable pattern recognition, when joined with a regular computer system, it can only replicate around a quarter as many “neurons as are found in the cerebral cortex of a typical mouse.”

Computers taking over the thinking process of employees? Does this seem like a good idea or is it going too far?

Maybe a better question is whether the VA can afford more scandal by making it the Ginny Pig for such a program as Watson.



By Lorra B.



Just How Deep Does the VA Rabbit Hole Go?

VA Secretary Eric Shinseki and President Obama

VA Secretary Eric Shinseki and President Obama

The Department of Veterans Affairs said on Monday just how deep the Rabbit Hole goes for the VA scheduling scandal.

The DVA substantiated claims that staff members were instructed to stage-manage records and that more than 57,000 former soldiers have been waiting, at the very least, 90 days for their first medical appointments. They also stated that another 64,000 have not visited a doctor in the network for ten years, even though they enrolled in the department’s health system.

Could it be our vets just gave up and stopped trying? Was that the ruse all along, the VA hospitals putting patients off so long that they simply threw their hands into the air in disgust? Think not? The Associated Press reported that “13 percent of VA schedulers reported supervisors telling them to falsify appointment dates to make waiting times appear shorter.” Those 13 percent are the only ones who came forward due to fear of reprisal.

731 VA hospitals and outpatient clinics stated they were instructed by their supervisors to falsify appointments to make it appear the wait time for patients was shorter.

“No Veteran should ever have to wait to receive the care they have earned through their service and sacrifice…We must work together to fix the unacceptable, systemic problems in accessing VA healthcare,” stated Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Sloan D. Gibson. Most Americans are wondering how this could have happened to our vets in the first place.

The original Top Priority goal of the department, to make sure patients are seen within 14 days, has been abandoned because the audit exposed it would be “unattainable given the growing demand among veterans for health care.”

The VA report outlined actions that they will be taking including holding employees and officials responsible for any record manipulation. They will also be held accountable for stopping new hiring at the Veterans Health Administration in Washington, D.C. and will be liable for 2 published reports each month on wait times.

Gibson also stated that VA representatives have gotten in touch with 50,000 veterans to get them off the waiting lists and are contacting another 40,000 more and many Americans wonder how all the new vets will possibly have a chance to be seen when the system is already overloaded.

A proposal by Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders and Sen. John McCain would permit veterans who have endured long wait times to search for appointments at non-VA hospitals and clinics. The proposal will also provide about $500 million in order to hire more doctors and nurses and permitting the VA to lease 26 facilities in 18 states.

Gibson stated that the department “must be an organization built on transparency and accountability.”

According to Huff Post Politics, “The report issued Monday offers a broader picture of that overall system. The audit includes interviews with more than 3,772 employees nationwide between May 12 and June 3. Respondents at 14 sites reported having been sanctioned or punished over scheduling practices.”

Many veterans groups believe the report emphasizes the need for rapid and severe change within the system. “This audit is absolutely infuriating, and underscores the depth of this scandal,” stated the chief executive of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, Paul Rieckhoff. He went on to say that President Obama should be “out-front in reforming the VA.”

Gibson stated, “I will not be part of some effort to maintain the status quo here.” It may take “one veteran at a time” but he believes the agency will restore trust in the system.

VA Secretary Eric Shinseki held himself responsible condemning the system as having “a lack of integrity” and resigned on May 30.


By Lorra B. Chief writer for Silent Soldier



The Feds Probe Allegations of VA Whistleblowers


(Photo: Nick Oza/The Republic

(Photo: Nick Oza/The Republic

There have been dozens of complaints of backlash against whistleblowers who have come forward concerning the conduct of VA hospitals. A federal regulator is investigating the allegations of reprisal at the Department of Veteran Affairs. These allegations come after a nationwide scandal stunned Americans in which 40 veterans allegedly died due to claims of secret waiting lists and backlog wait-time issues.

To date, there are 86 allegations of VA reprisal, though other reports suggest there are upwards of 1000 against whistleblowers in 19 states.

There are 37 out of the 86 staff members who are claiming “scheduling improprieties and other potential threats to patient safety,” that allege they have been retaliated against by the VA for exposing the abuse and other misconduct, according to the U.S. Office of Special Counsel. This independent investigative organization is responsible for protecting all federal employees from any improper employment practices which include backlash against whistleblowers.

The VA has been under a tremendous amount of scrutiny of late for the delays in patient care but the Office of Special Counsel stated that not all 37 complaints are related to the VA scandal.

“We’ve definitely seen an uptick in whistleblowing complaints for scheduling and health and safety issues at the VA generally,” commented a representative of the Special Counsel. “They’re all related to patient safety, but not all have to do with appointment scheduling.”

As I previously reported, Sam Foote, a retired VA doctor, was instrumental in exposing secret logs of patient waiting lists that may have played a role in the deaths of many veterans at the VA hospital in Phoenix, Arizona. Foote worked for the VA for 24 years and retired, in large part, so that he could unveil the events being played out in the VA hospital system.

“When the Veterans Administration in Phoenix began to fall significantly behind on a policy stating that veterans should get the care they need within 30 days, workers devised a solution that involved entering information into a computer screen, printing the screen, and then not saving the record. This allowed them to hide the long wait times some veterans endured, sometimes longer than a year, from oversight. The nations veterans were denied healthcare they were promised, and the organization responsible for providing that care was hiding it’s failures with a scheme that apparently involved Arizona VA employees from front-line administrators all the way up to the top management. It turns out VA offices around the country were using similar tricks,” stated The Atlantic.

The Obama administration’s reaction and response to the scandal seems to have ruffled a few feathers. Many Americans believe Obama’s response should be swift and without hesitation, much the way his response to the disaster appeared to be. Though the two are drastically different, one being a technological malfunction and the other a human malfunction, speed is a necessity when lives are at stake.

“I feel very sorry for the people who work at the Phoenix VA, Foote stated. “They’re all frustrated. They’re all upset. They all wish they could leave ‘cause they know what they’re doing is wrong…But they have families, they have mortgages and if they speak out or say anything to anybody about it, they will be fired and they know that.”

The Atlantic reports, “Despite the Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989, the federal government during the Bush and Obama administrations has grown increasingly hostile to whistleblowers. Barack Obama campaigned on transparency and whistleblower protection; his transition agenda said, ‘”Often the best source of information about waste, fraud, and abuse is government employee committed to public integrity and willing to speak out. Such acts of courage and patriotism, which can sometimes save lives and often save taxpayer dollars, should be encouraged rather than stifled.”’

Why then, President Obama, were only 62 out of 1000 whistleblower revelations of abuse, fraud, health and safety issues given back to the Office of Special Counsel for additional examination?

Regardless of the Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989, whistleblowers are afraid of, and are, losing their jobs or facing retaliation in some form. But receiving blunt, straightforward information from staff members is absolutely crucial if problems are to be addressed and solutions found.

Head of the OSC, Carolyn Lerner, stated, “However, employees will not come forward if they fear retaliation.”

Employees at the bottom level will not feel led or comfortable exposing the truth until they are assured of zero reprisals and given pure amnesty. This assurance should be filtered down from the top to incorporate the over 5 million administrative personnel. If not, they may never feel secure in doing the right thing.

“From the prosecution of Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden to the woefully inadequate implementation of the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act, the Obama administration had helped to maintain an environment of fear among federal-government employees,” writes The Atlantic.

According to the OSC, a whistleblower was suspended for 7 days after telling the VA Inspector General of incidents of computer coding measures, and improper scheduling techniques. Not only was this employee reassigned to a different position, they also claimed their performance evaluation was lowered as well and that it was lowered immediately following the report given to the IG.

The OSC disallowed disciplinary actions, last month, against staff members while investigations are underway.

If reports of wrongdoing are being discouraged through fear, we may never know if or when the problems plaguing the VA hospitals are resolved and this simply won’t do.

“Unlike, there’s not a publicly visible website that anyone can try out. Whistleblowers are the only avenue for accountability.”

By Lorra B. Chief writer for Silent Soldier

It’s an “OBAMANATION” – Illegal Aliens VS Veterans Healthcare

It Boarderseems the Obama administration is cutting benefits to our veterans and withholding pay raises to our military (and cutting our army to a level lower than before WWII). But what we aren’t stopping are the payments or benefits to illegal aliens. One might come to the conclusion that illegal aliens may be taking front stage to the men and women who have given their all to this country and to every one of us so that we may live safe and secure in the wonderful freedoms that remain.

 If it is the government’s role to secure all of our borders but fails to do so, why are the ones who fight to protect us being targeted with benefit cuts when they are the last ones who deserve it?

 The influx of illegal aliens into our country falls on the shoulders of our government, not individuals or the military. “A government that fails to secure its borders is guilty of dereliction of duty. A government that fails to care for our men and women on the front lines is guilty of malpractice. A government that puts the needs of illegal aliens above U.S. veterans for political gain should be prosecuted for criminal neglect bordering on treason,” stated

Is the government putting the needs of “our” illegal aliens above the U.S. veterans and if so why?

 “In Sacramento, Calif., lawmakers are moving forward with a budget-busting plan to extend government-funded health insurance to at least 1.5 million illegal aliens.” But in Los Angeles and estimated 40,000 tests and treatments were canceled for veterans because of the “decade-long backlog” and issues that plague our VA Hospitals.

Doctors in New York reported that a whooping 40 percent of the patients who receive dialysis for kidney issues are illegal aliens. “A survey of nephrologists in 44 states revealed that 65 percent of them treat illegal aliens with kidney disease.” This is the tip of the iceberg of conditions and treatments being given to illegal aliens while our heroes fight for their lives under unimaginable conditions of neglect.

Couldn’t we all see the handwriting on the wall? When a government increases entitlements to illegal aliens, citizens will suffer the consequences.

 The GOP (Republican “Grand Old Party”) put pressure on Obamacare advocates to put an illegal-alien ban on eligibility. The Obama administration insured that no benefits would be passed on to any undocumented person. Why then have representatives confessed that almost 4000 undocumented persons were “accidentally” enrolled in Obamacare instead of Oregon’s low-income Medicare program? Obama, this may come as a shock to you but that is a violation of the law! Though they “discovered the problem several weeks ago and are correcting it,” how many veterans do you think would have jumped at the chance for the care the illegal aliens received?

Jeh Johnson made a letter public to families with illegal-alien relatives saying, “no one would be deported for seeking Obamacare services.”

 “No one in America who is eligible should be afraid to apply for health coverage because they have a family with mixed status,” said Johnson. He then went on to say, “Enrolling in health coverage…will not prevent your loved ones who are undocumented from getting a green card in the future or who do not yet have a green card at risk.” To many this is just a good will sign for mass amnesty for illegal-aliens. It isn’t rocket science that so many Americans wonder why our veterans wait up to a year or more to receive basic care while illegal aliens receive the next available appointments.

 As I have reported earlier, at least 40 veterans died in Phoenix, allegedly waiting for treatment while, completely unaware they were never going to receive the treatment they need because they were being bounced between real and fictitious waiting lists. All the while, in 2009, illegal aliens acquired upwards of $700 million in health care costs. Is it really our veterans who need to pay the price for those who are here illegally?

 A Memphis whistle-blower reported, “The hospital he worked in was using contaminated kidney dialysis machines to treat America’s warriors. The same hospital previously had been investigated for chronic overcrowding at its emergency room, leading to six-hour waits or longer. In addition, three patients died under neglectful circumstances, and the hospital failed to enforce accountability measures,” reports The Washington Post.

 Americans shouldn’t be too shocked, however. If you recall, in 2009, President Obama signed an enormous extension of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (S-CHIP). This law relaxed eligibility requirements for illegal immigrants and their children by diluting document and evidentiary principles. This made it so much easier to use fake Social Security cards which, in turn, allowed them to apply for benefits with very little chance of being discovered. Unbelievably, S-CHIP’s extension also made any Medicaid-application time limits null and void.

 Though there seems to be no hope of containing the inflow of illegal aliens during this administration, there may be hope for our vets if Sen. Bernie Sanders gets his way.

Sen. Sanders, of Vermont, is the longest serving Independent member of Congress in history.

 The Restoring Veterans’ Trust Act of 2014 is described by Sanders as having the ability to “…give the VA authority to immediately remove senior executives based on poor job performance while preventing wholesale political firings. It would provide veterans who can’t get timely appointments with VA doctors the option of going to community health centers, military hospitals or private doctors. It would authorize VA to lease 27 new health facilities in 18 states. It would authorize emergency funding to hire new doctors, nurses and other providers in order to address system-wide health care provider shortages and to take other steps necessary to ensure timely access to care. To address primary care doctor shortage for the long-term, the bill would authorize the National Health Service Corps to award scholarships to medical school students and to forgive college loans for doctors and nurses who go to work at the VA,” reports Politicus USA.

 Most Americans are questioning why these laws are not already in place and why any veteran or member of our military is subjected to unfair, unjust and inhumane treatments while we care for “our” illegal aliens in superior ways because we are afraid of offending someone.

 “America: medical and welfare welcome mat to the rest of the world, while leaving its best and bravest veterans to languish in hospital lounges, die waiting for appointments…” while illegal aliens are basking in the hard-earned rights that should be given our veterans and every other American citizen. It’s shame on us for allowing this “Obamanation” to happen on our watch.

By, Lorra B. writer for Silent Soldier