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VA secretary visits project

Jun. 24, 2010 Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki said he wants veterans to know there is a safe place for them to heal after war.

{LEIGH COLEMAN/SPECIAL TO THE SUN HERALD Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki, left, stopped to talk to local veterans during his tour of the construction site at the VA Gulf Coast Veterans facilities on Thursday. Chris Levelle, right, was working at the site when Shinseki visited.}

Shinseki spent Thursday touring the $310 million construction project at the Biloxi VA.

After touring the sites for new mental-health and community-living center buildings Shinseki made his way to Keesler Air Force Base medical center, where he discussed joint initiatives between the VA and the Department of Defense with officials.

"We want all veterans to know they have a place here and the other facilities around the country," Shinseki said during the tour. "There is more of a connection in progress now. Veterans count and they used to not feel that way.

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The new projects under construction at the VA Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System includes a Blind Rehabilitation Center with training areas and 26 inpatient beds, a 64-bed mental-health facility, a 94-bed Extended Care Community Living Center with nursing home and extended-care programs, a four-story clinical addition with a 20-bed medical/surgical unit, a five-story parking garage and an expanded energy plant. Continued

There was a ground breaking on another really big project yesterday, 06.25.2010. This one right in the city of New Orleans that will be a Campus of Veterans Care Facilities, some new some rehabilitated existing buildings. I have a post up with a couple of backlinks to the reports on this.

And here's an article, and another related link, about the ground breaking:

5 years post-Katrina, VA hospital groundbreaking

25 Jun 2010 A VA hospital being built to replace one flooded by Hurricane Katrina will create a New Orleans biosciences corridor and reap thousands of jobs, the U.S. chief of Veterans Affairs promised at a Friday groundbreaking.

{Artist conception of the new VA Hospital (FOX 8 News} related article}

VA Secretary Eric K. Shenseki joined Gov. Bobby Jindal and some 650 others — about half of them veterans — in dedicating the 30-acre construction project. Shenski said the new hospital will bring about 2,000 construction jobs and eventually 2,200 permanent jobs with average salaries of $95,000.

"We are creating a new start, one that will be a national model of patient health care all over the nation for decades to come," Shinseki said of the planned $240-bed VA hospital and its associated buildings. Continued

Video report comes from here

And these are just very recent reports of what's been happening as to the VA and Veterans Issues, especially care, as it joins the 21st century, you can sign up to receive, or visit the site, of the Veterans Administration Press Releases which have been coming on a regular basis since this administration came into being.

Originally posted to jimstaro on Sat Jun 26, 2010 at 05:55 AM PDT.

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  •  Support The Troops??? (53+ / 0-)

    Looks good on those fast disappeared magnetic ribbons and satisfies the false meme's of the huge majority that refuse to serve, but Why do the Veterans of have to continually seek Private Donations and Funding for the Obvious! Why? because the Nation Won't Fund the Results of War as they have ne problem funding the ever increasing Defense Budgets no questions asked!!

    New center brings much-needed care to vets

    June 24, 2010 Getting the right care for America's wounded warriors - that's the goal of the newest addition to the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda.

    The National Intrepid Center of Excellence was conceived and built to address what is often called the 'signature injuries' of current conflicts: traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress.

    The $65 million dollar center was also borne from the frustration of those who saw the failures in care for servicemen and women who may require a lifetime of continued medical attention due to their wounds.

    After a dedication and ribbon-cutting, Arnold Fisher with the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund said, "No more leaving them out to fend for themselves!"  Continued

    Sacrifice for a Nation beating the wars drums and sending others into invasions and occupations is "To Go Shopping" as told to us by those ordering and those rubber stamping the no bid war contracts while never mentioning raising the budgets for those who return from!! And oh ya, better have those magnetic ribbons, while they lasted, or you didn't Support The Troops, so you could laugh and laugh while wearing your 'purple heart bandages'!!!

    "What is the difference between an al Qaida terrorist and a misguided American terrorist?" "The planes they fly!"

    by jimstaro on Sat Jun 26, 2010 at 05:55:28 AM PDT

    •  I'm glad that steps are being taken to care for (25+ / 0-)

      today's veterans. I think Shinseki is a very good man who will do his utmost to get them the care they need.

      Thanks for the diary. Tipped & recced.

      God has no religion. - Gandhi

      by OIL GUY on Sat Jun 26, 2010 at 06:02:33 AM PDT

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    •  Thanks to the increased funding (25+ / 0-)

      our local VA has been able to hire more therapists, primary care doctors, and psychiatrists. I am very proud to be one of those working to help vets from all eras, and very happy with Shinseki.

      Hey, vets.... do me a favor? I am having SO many come in and express worry that "Obama is going to make us pay for our VA care." It is not true, and I have a stack of fliers in my office with Shinseki's statement on this. Please, help stop this disinformation any chance you get!

      Nothing to see here. Move along.

      by MaskedKat on Sat Jun 26, 2010 at 06:14:23 AM PDT

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      •  AMEN!!!! (14+ / 0-)

        On the proof of the reality and not the fox type reports many are trying to spout to add more fear to the masses of the herds!

        "What is the difference between an al Qaida terrorist and a misguided American terrorist?" "The planes they fly!"

        by jimstaro on Sat Jun 26, 2010 at 06:19:10 AM PDT

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      •  His first month in office, Obama's admin (0+ / 0-)

        floated the trial balloon of making veterans' private insurance pay for care for injuries/disabilities incurred during service. It's the reason I peeled the Obama sticker off my car, and it set an ugly precedent and an early warning for just how many disappointments I was going to see from him and his team.

        They backed off on it only after everyone started screaming at the administration about it. How such a phenomenally stupid idea got out of the brainstorming phase, I'll never know.

        Trust takes years to earn, but can be lost in seconds. I certainly don't trust Obama on veteran's care. He'll have to earn it back. This story is just one small installment in his favor. May we see many more like it.

        I'm writing in Lizard People on my next ballot.

        by George Hier on Sat Jun 26, 2010 at 08:28:21 AM PDT

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        •  Baloney (5+ / 0-)

          I suggest you get the reality news and not that from those that don't want to pony up, including many veterans who are in the herds, as they twist that reality!!

          Hope you replaced with a cheap 'magnetic ribbon' and now have your satisfaction!!

          "What is the difference between an al Qaida terrorist and a misguided American terrorist?" "The planes they fly!"

          by jimstaro on Sat Jun 26, 2010 at 08:39:07 AM PDT

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          •  jimstaro: during the Clinton and Bush years (1+ / 0-)
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            the VA clinics always inquired whether I had other insurance. Every time. During the Bush years I was informed that the VA would want me to sign paperwork saying they could seek recompense for the cost of any care I received from any other insurance I had.

            Whether this was SOP for all vets or only female vets I do not know. Whether this was SOP for service-connected disabilities, I do not know. I do know that during the 1980s (BushI), whether I could see a VA Doc at all depended on the whim of Congressional funding: some years females were eligible, some not.

            Texas is NO Bush League! LBJ, Lady Bird, Sully Sullenberger, Ike, Molly Ivins, Barbara Jordan, Ann Richards, Drew Brees -7.50,-5.59

            by BlackSheep1 on Sat Jun 26, 2010 at 11:07:19 AM PDT

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        •  By The Way (3+ / 0-)
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          The above diary Is Not Just What's Going On, and if you're a Vet You Should Already Known That, but from your reply you show how little you do know while you find you can quickly condemn!!

          "What is the difference between an al Qaida terrorist and a misguided American terrorist?" "The planes they fly!"

          by jimstaro on Sat Jun 26, 2010 at 08:42:22 AM PDT

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        •  Keep in mind (2+ / 0-)
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          One, that was coming from the previous admin, but I'm sure you don't care!

          There's a so called political party, they still use a certain letter after their names, who do a "Hell No!" to everything, even holding up much needed appointments like to the VA for no reason, but I'm sure that doesn't bother you neither!!

          And yet things are getting done, even with the cheney agency embeds!!

          "What is the difference between an al Qaida terrorist and a misguided American terrorist?" "The planes they fly!"

          by jimstaro on Sat Jun 26, 2010 at 08:58:57 AM PDT

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          •  Jimstaro, I don't much appreciate receiving (0+ / 0-)

            3 ad hominem attacks, when all I was doing was stating that I had withdrawn my political support for a politician.

            Here is an article from CNN, citing Shinsheki, and confirming that charging veterans was a real proposal.

            WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki confirmed Tuesday that the Obama administration is considering a controversial plan to make veterans pay for treatment of service-related injuries with private insurance.

            My options for political expression while serving are considerably limited by the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Putting an Obama bumper sticker on my vehicle is one of the permitted manners of public expression. I was proud to be one of the few military members on my base to show such support, in contrast to the many more McCain stickers.

            When the fresh new Obama administration floated this trial balloon, it just left me speechless. I trawled the news sites in search of a debunking. They couldn't really be that stupid and heartless, could they? Charge a vet's private insurance? Then the insurance company will turn right around and jack up rates on every man and women who ever wore a uniform! It'll be impossible to get coverage for your family after you separate/retire!

            I felt betrayed. And I showed that betrayal in, again, one of the few options available to me: removing said sticker from my car. I wasn't the only one on base to do so.

            I say again, Obama has to earn my trust. The events described in this diary are a start. May these good deeds be followed with many more like them.

            I'm writing in Lizard People on my next ballot.

            by George Hier on Sat Jun 26, 2010 at 04:39:20 PM PDT

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        •  Not an Obama thing.... this idea (0+ / 0-)

          has been around for years. I remember back around 97 or 98 the VA started checking on whether or not vets had other insurance that they may be able to bill. This is not an Obama initiative, and I don't think it's a bad thing to collect at least some part of the cost of care from private insurance that SOMEONE (either the vet or his/her employer) is paying premiums on.

          Nothing to see here. Move along.

          by MaskedKat on Sun Jun 27, 2010 at 07:02:16 AM PDT

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      •  Teabaggers here on street corners are... (2+ / 0-)
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        ...spreading misinformation too.  They are out every weekend with posters, and petitions to try to reverse or eliminate the HCR recently passed.  

        I stopped to talk with one of them, and said that veterans for the most part don't seem to mind their "public" health care.  This person said "That's going to be taken away".  

        It might be helpful to diary Shinseki's  statement so people will be forearmed to deal with the disinformation spewed by the teabaggers.

    •  The eternal fallacy of war - (12+ / 0-)

      First, that it's going to be over in 6 weeks.

      Second, there are no long term consequences of war, once it's over, it's over.

        XXXX

      When people and politicians stampede to 'go to war' the never think of the life time consequences for people who serve.

      The late 20th/early 21st century 'wars' last longer, and never have a concrete outcome (as in total defeat of the enemy as what happened in Germany), and lose support as they drag along.

      Civilians have no clue what being in combat is like, unless they have a friend or relative in the war.  And they are even more clueless about the physical struggles of wounded soldiers after the war, much less the mental suffering veterans (and their families) endure for decades.

      Many people give lip service for soldiers that made the "ultimate sacrifice" on Memorial Day and Veterans Day, then get back to bitching about taxes, and standing by while Veterans services are cut to reduce the deficit (usually created by the 'war' in the first place).

      Thank you for reminding people of the long, long term consequences of combat.

      Aud, the Deep Minded

      by HylasBrook on Sat Jun 26, 2010 at 06:25:56 AM PDT

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    •  teevee ads (2+ / 0-)
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      I've been seeing PS ads for hiring at the VA.on the teevee lately.   Make a career/long term hiring  I can't remember the last time, if ever, I've seen gov. want ads that way!

  •  This diary deserves the wreck list. (9+ / 0-)

    Thanks jim.

    BP - Proving Oil and Water do mix.
    A Presidency Among the Vuvuzelas.
    Left's "disgruntleist" faction needs to take a chill pill.

    by amk for obama on Sat Jun 26, 2010 at 07:21:11 AM PDT

    •  Let's make sure we help get it there. (3+ / 0-)
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      A little pimping won't hurt. :)

      BTW, jim, there was some guy on Rachel's show this week (think it was Wednesday) who said that BOTH the Obama's haven't been doing enough for veterans. That they haven't been listening. He even blasted Obama for not going to Arlington and said there was no action behind Michelle's Military Families project.

      I guess he's not aware of any of these actions, huh?

      "Palin tried marijuana years ago. She said it distorted her perceptions & impaired her thinking. She hopes the effects will eventually one day wear off." -

      by marabout40 on Sat Jun 26, 2010 at 08:58:55 AM PDT

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      •  that's that guy who was pithed the day (0+ / 0-)

        McChrystal came to DC to resign, and things got shaken up in everybody's schedule, so there was no White House rep at the opening of a privately-funded TBI facility he emceed.

        Texas is NO Bush League! LBJ, Lady Bird, Sully Sullenberger, Ike, Molly Ivins, Barbara Jordan, Ann Richards, Drew Brees -7.50,-5.59

        by BlackSheep1 on Sat Jun 26, 2010 at 11:09:39 AM PDT

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  •  My son (8+ / 0-)

    got out of the Army one year ago, and we have been pleased with the continuing counseling for his PTSD,and other medical services he has received.

    The only issue is that it seems we got screwed by his recruiter when he entered the service,as he messed up some paperwork that should have allowed my son the full benefits of Illinois vets,which included an extra educational benefit. That is not the VA' fault tho.

    •  They're (3+ / 0-)
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      Still trying to not only catch up with what Wasn't Done as the drums beat and the slander, including at us vets, was flung towards, by the congresses then and their supporters. As well as what should have been already in place that the country has ignored ever since Korea, but you're right the paper work was done, another of the many reports, while poor recruiting was going on to fill the needs of the previous admins goals for their Wars of Choice!

      But even what these two facilities, and the others going on, will now be able to handle, some listed in these reports, with the best being incorporated into the agency as well as the civilian population eventually.

      "What is the difference between an al Qaida terrorist and a misguided American terrorist?" "The planes they fly!"

      by jimstaro on Sat Jun 26, 2010 at 08:50:55 AM PDT

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  •  It's nice when good news (5+ / 0-)

    makes the recommend list.

  •  Thanks, JS ! Great work! n/t (3+ / 0-)
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    www.yesweSTILLcan.org

    by divineorder on Sat Jun 26, 2010 at 08:48:59 AM PDT

  •  Here's Another Issue Being Filled (3+ / 0-)
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    This has been another, drag it out for as long as one can so the Country doesn't pony up or even admit their culpability, ongoing and information now growing, long term Military and Veteran's of issues that finally is seeing the light of day, Way to Late for Many who've already passed on, soldiers and their family members!

    Documents: Tanks leaked fuel near Camp Lejeune well

    June 24, 2010 Federal scientists studying the history of water contamination at Camp Lejeune, N.C., have learned of another source of leaking fuel — this one less than a football field away from a drinking well that once served thousands of Marines and their families.

    The well was closed in December 1984 after benzene was found in the water.

    The source of contamination that scientists now are exploring was once an on-base refueling station within an area of the Marine base known as Hadnot Point. The refueling facility, Building 1115, contained seven underground storage tanks that ranged in size from 1,000 to 5,000 gallons.

    The extent of the contamination on the Marine base — and its sources — are important to federal scientists at the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, an arm of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, who are trying to understand the health effects of the contaminants in the base's water.

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    Monitoring wells have been installed around the base to help officials understand what contaminants remain in the groundwater.

    There's no evidence that Lejeune's drinking water is contaminated today, but the plumes that still lurk in the underground aquifers are testimony to how extensive the contamination was at the base — and that much of it persists. Continued

    But there is finally some movement, sans the countries knowledge and concern, by the VA as to those still living, much to late but these issues always are.

    VA quietly giving benefits to Marines exposed to toxic water

    And there are so many others, that the Country chooses to ignore!!

    "What is the difference between an al Qaida terrorist and a misguided American terrorist?" "The planes they fly!"

    by jimstaro on Sat Jun 26, 2010 at 08:53:47 AM PDT

  •  This Viet Vet's wife thanks you so much (2+ / 0-)
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    for this important diary jim.

    Stepping up to life eliminates the capacity for bullshit. - Robinswing

    by Onomastic on Sat Jun 26, 2010 at 09:36:40 AM PDT

  •  Good news--hope facility will treat TBI pts... (1+ / 0-)
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    Last night on PBS’s "Need to Know" there was a segment that focused on two families who were dealing with the profound changes to their lives following theirsoldiers’ traumatic brain injuries.  

    The wives in the story profiled, as well as the parents of another wounded soldier explained how their lives, and their husbands’/ son’s lives were impacted by their severe injuries.  One troubling fact reported was that the VA Medical Centers only treat wounded troops with traumatic brain injuries for a limited time—then they are discharged to nursing homes or to home.  The problem with this is that the people with severe brain injuries need intensive and prolonged rehabilitation therapy,  a treatment that is not available in the vast majority of nursing homes.

    The wives in the report found out about the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago which has worked with rehabilitation of patients with traumatic brain injury.  They took their husbands there, and treatment was financed by:  "A combination of VA funding and private grants".  

    As "One in Five" soldiers in the current wars will return suffering from some degree of traumatic brain injury, it would seem that the DoD, the VA, the Administration and Congress would make it a high priority to get these men and women the very best of acute care as well as the very best long-term rehabilitative treatment possible.  One of the young wives in the PBS report was a phD who gave up her career in order to work with rehabilitating her husband herself, and it seems that she and the other families profiled, as well as the other "One in Five" families will be required to make similar life-altering, life-long changes if they don’t want to see their loved ones warehoused in nursing facilities that aren’t equipped to properly care for them.  

    I hope that the new facility will have state of the art rehabilitation facilities to help these wounded warriors recover to the fullest extent possible.  It’s the very least that the country who required their sacrifice can do for them.

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