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Cops Taunted Black Veteran as He Died

Cops Taunted Black Veteran as He Died | Upsetment | Scoop.it
As Elliott Williams lay on the jail floor, paralyzed and begging for help, staff dropped water beyond his reach and accused him of faking an injury, a lawsuit claims.
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We must ask two questions: First, if Mr. Williams were white, would this same disgraceful sequence of events taken place? Second, assuming that Mr. Williams had been faking paralysis, did't that and the previous history suggest a need for competent mental health intervention? This is the kind of story that indicts American law enforcement and particularly the Tulsa sheriff's office. 
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He blew the whistle on the VA — and then was almost sacked for eating stale sandwiches

He blew the whistle on the VA — and then was almost sacked for eating stale sandwiches | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Investigators say there is a pattern in the VA where whistleblowers who disclose wrongdoing face trumped-up charges, but employees who put vets' health at risk go unpunished.
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Nothing upsets me more than ongoing failure of the VA to clean its house. Our veterans deserve good and efficient healthcare in properly maintained facilities. In my opinion to do less is tantamount to going AWOL. There are those who would say we should privatize veteran health care; that is certainly an option, but I would prefer that we start paying the cost of hiring the physicians, nurses, and other professionals we need and the cost of support staff. Privatizing hides the real cost of war and worse it will interfere with the research needed to take proper care of vets. Then, too, it would mean discontinuous care for those coming home from the battlefield.

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WASHINGTON: First lady calls homeless vets a ‘stain on the soul of the nation’ | White House | McClatchy DC

WASHINGTON: First lady calls homeless vets a ‘stain on the soul of the nation’ | White House | McClatchy DC | Upsetment | Scoop.it
First lady Michelle Obama stressed the administration’s commitment to end homelessness among veterans Thursday and predicted that the country is on “the verge of making a major breakthrough.”
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As First Lady, Mrs. Obama has done an admirable job using her time to make our country better. Once again she has proven herself a serious and caring person by addressing this issue. My only caveat is that all homelessness is a stain on the soul of our country, especially the homelessness of our vets and of families with children.

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America’s Only Pot Researcher Fired Before She Could Help Vets

America’s Only Pot Researcher Fired Before She Could Help Vets | Upsetment | Scoop.it
After years of trying, Dr. Sue Sisley got approval for a groundbreaking study of marijuana as a treatment for PTSD. Three months later, she was out of a job.
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Once again Arizona's Republican politicians show they are more concerned with kowtowing to their right wing base than they are in doing the right thing, even when that right thing is proper research designed to help veterans. I have said this before and I will keep saying it: If we want intelligent government in Arizona, we have to stop giving the GOP the reins.

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Miami VA hospital employee alleges crimes ignored - Miami-Dade - MiamiHerald.com

Miami VA hospital employee alleges crimes ignored - Miami-Dade - MiamiHerald.com | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A police detective and employee of the Miami VA says his repeated reports of drug dealing, patient abuse and other crimes at the facility went unheeded.
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The greatest problem facing the government of the United States today is the bureaucratization of its services. Here we see the perfect example. There is nothing wrong with giving people metrics by which their job performance is rated, there is nothing wrong with giving them job security through civil service, but there is something wrong with allowing people to avoid real scrutiny and in creating coverups and suppression of whistle-blowers.

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The Veterans Scandal on Bernie Sanders’s Watch

The Veterans Scandal on Bernie Sanders’s Watch | Upsetment | Scoop.it
While on the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, Sanders ‘believed in government, and he believed in it to a fault’—and it prevented him from fixing the VA.
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This is a serious challenge to Bernie's capability to govern. If you believe in government, you have to be always vigilant to see its failures or the bureaucratic bungle becomes a way of life for us all. 

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In Arlington’s ‘Old Guard,’ one soldier’s personal connection to valor and tragedy

In Arlington’s ‘Old Guard,’ one soldier’s personal connection to valor and tragedy | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Army Lt. Col. Michael B. Baka led an infantry company through combat in Iraq -- and nominated one of his fallen soldiers for the Medal of Honor.
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I can think of no better way to recognize the men and women who have served and those who continue to serve our country than to share this moving article about one commander and his thoughts about his soldiers who died in combat. I considered then and still consider the war in Iraq incredibly stupid and wrong, but I still respect those who served there and hope you do too.

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Report cites VA struggles with benefits paid to veterans

Report cites VA struggles with benefits paid to veterans | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The federal agency responsible for caring for America's veterans, already in scandal over delays in health care, also struggles with payments to veterans injured or ill from their service.
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I long ago was told that the term "red tape" originally referred to the red ribbon used to tie up records of veterans at the War Office after the Civil War. Whether that is true or not, the term certainly describes the situation in which today's veterans find themselves, tied up in red tape.

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PTSD treatment for veterans appears to be ineffective, report finds

PTSD treatment for veterans appears to be ineffective, report finds | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Despite spending billions of dollars a year to treat military service members and veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, the government has little evidence that its efforts are working, according to a new report commissioned by Congress.
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I question if PTSD can ever be properly treated in the VA because an integral part of the trauma is always the associated guilt. Can the VA ever admit that our veterans are carrying the burden of guilt that comes from serving in the military? Can we ever admit that we as a nation have sent them to commit such evil? Another reason we should only fight just wars.

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Serving their country, losing their jobs

Serving their country, losing their jobs | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The jobs of the nation's citizen soldiers are supposed to be safe while they are serving their country: Federal law does not allow employers to penalize service members because of their military duties.
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Returning soldiers: We call them heroes, but we treat them like discarded sandwiches. There is something sadly wrong with our government and it can be summed up by the preoccupation with money instead of people, with the rights of corporations and organizations instead of the well-being of individuals.

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