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24th April 2014, 06:47


A fatal wait: Veterans languish and die on a VA hospital's secret list

By Scott Bronstein and Drew Griffin, CNN Investigations
updated 9:19 PM EDT, Wed April 23, 2014

(CNN) -- At least 40 U.S. veterans died waiting for appointments at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care system, many of whom were placed on a secret waiting list.

The secret list was part of an elaborate scheme designed by Veterans Affairs managers in Phoenix who were trying to hide that 1,400 to 1,600 sick veterans were forced to wait months to see a doctor, according to a recently retired top VA doctor and several high-level sources.

For six months, CNN has been reporting on extended delays in health care appointments suffered by veterans across the country and who died while waiting for appointments and care. But the new revelations about the Phoenix VA are perhaps the most disturbing and striking to come to light thus far.

Internal e-mails obtained by CNN show that top management at the VA hospital in Arizona knew about the practice and even defended it.

Dr. Sam Foote just retired after spending 24 years with the VA system in Phoenix. The veteran doctor told CNN in an exclusive interview that the Phoenix VA works off two lists for patient appointments:

There's an "official" list that's shared with officials in Washington and shows the VA has been providing timely appointments, which Foote calls a sham list. And then there's the real list that's hidden from outsiders, where wait times can last more than a year.

Deliberate scheme, shredded evidence

"The scheme was deliberately put in place to avoid the VA's own internal rules," said Foote in Phoenix. "They developed the secret waiting list," said Foote, a respected local physician.

The VA requires its hospitals to provide care to patients in a timely manner, typically within 14 to 30 days, Foote said.

According to Foote, the elaborate scheme in Phoenix involved shredding evidence to hide the long list of veterans waiting for appointments and care. Officials at the VA, Foote says, instructed their staff to not actually make doctor's appointments for veterans within the computer system.

Instead, Foote says, when a veteran comes in seeking an appointment, "they enter information into the computer and do a screen capture hard copy printout. They then do not save what was put into the computer so there's no record that you were ever here," he said.

According to Foote, the information was gathered on the secret electronic list and then the information that would show when veterans first began waiting for an appointment was actually destroyed.

"That hard copy, if you will, that has the patient demographic information is then taken and placed onto a secret electronic waiting list, and then the data that is on that paper is shredded," Foote said.

"So the only record that you have ever been there requesting care was on that secret list," he said. "And they wouldn't take you off that secret list until you had an appointment time that was less than 14 days so it would give the appearance that they were improving greatly the waiting times, when in fact they were not."

Foote estimates right now the number of veterans waiting on the "secret list" to see a primary care physician is somewhere between 1,400 and 1,600.

Doctor: It's a 'frustrated' staff

"I feel very sorry for the people who work at the Phoenix VA," said Foote. "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."

Several other high-level VA staff confirmed Foote's description to CNN and confirmed this is exactly how the secret list works in Phoenix.

Foote says the Phoenix wait times reported back to Washington were entirely fictitious. "So then when they did that, they would report to Washington, 'Oh yeah. We're makin' our appointments within -- within 10 days, within the 14-day frame,' when in reality it had been six, nine, in some cases 21 months," he said.

In the case of 71-year-old Navy veteran Thomas Breen, the wait on the secret list ended much sooner.

"We had noticed that he started to have bleeding in his urine," said Teddy Barnes-Breen, his son. "So I was like, 'Listen, we gotta get you to the doctor.' "

Teddy says his Brooklyn-raised father was so proud of his military service that he would go nowhere but the VA for treatment. On September 28, 2013, with blood in his urine and a history of cancer, Teddy and his wife, Sally, rushed his father to the Phoenix VA emergency room, where he was examined and sent home to wait.

"They wrote on his chart that it was urgent," said Sally, her father-in-law's main caretaker. The family has obtained the chart from the VA that clearly states the "urgency" as "one week" for Breen to see a primary care doctor or at least a urologist, for the concerns about the blood in the urine.

"And they sent him home," says Teddy, incredulously.

Sally and Teddy say Thomas Breen was given an appointment with a rheumatologist to look at his prosthetic leg but was given no appointment for the main reason he went in.

The Breens wait ... and wait ... and wait ...

No one called from the VA with a primary care appointment. Sally says she and her father-in-law called "numerous times" in an effort to try to get an urgent appointment for him. She says the response they got was less than helpful.

"Well, you know, we have other patients that are critical as well," Sally says she was told. "It's a seven-month waiting list. And you're gonna have to have patience."

Sally says she kept calling, day after day, from late September to October. She kept up the calls through November. But then she no longer had reason to call.

Thomas Breen died on November 30. The death certificate shows that he died from Stage 4 bladder cancer. Months after the initial visit, Sally says she finally did get a call.

"They called me December 6. He's dead already."

Sally says the VA official told her, "We finally have that appointment. We have a primary for him.' I said, 'Really, you're a little too late, sweetheart.' "

Sally says her father-in-law realized toward the end he was not getting the care he needed.

"At the end is when he suffered. He screamed. He cried. And that's somethin' I'd never seen him do before, was cry. Never. Never. He cried in the kitchen right here. 'Don't let me die.' "

Teddy added his father said: "Why is this happening to me? Why won't anybody help me?"

Teddy added: "They didn't do the right thing." Sally said: "No. They neglected Pop."

First hidden -- and then removed

Foote says Breen is a perfect example of a veteran who needed an urgent appointment with a primary doctor and who was instead put on the secret waiting list -- where he remained hidden.

Foote adds that when veterans waiting on the secret list die, they are simply removed.

"They could just remove you from that list, and there's no record that you ever came to the VA and presented for care. ... It's pretty sad."

Foote said that the number of dead veterans who died waiting for care is at least 40.

"That's correct. The number's actually higher. ... I would say that 40, there's more than that that I know of, but 40's probably a good number."

CNN has obtained e-mails from July 2013 showing that top management, including Phoenix VA Director Sharon Helman, was well-aware about the actual wait times, knew about the electronic off-the-books list and even defended its use to her staff.

In one internal Phoenix VA e-mail dated July 3, 2013, one staffer raised concerns about the secret electronic list and raised alarms that Phoenix VA officials were praising its use.

"I have to say, I think it's unfair to call any of this a success when Veterans are waiting 6 weeks on an electronic waiting list before they're called to schedule their first PCP (primary care physician) appointment," the e-mail states. "Sure, when their appointment is created, it can be 14 days out, but we're making them wait 6-20 weeks to create that appointment."

The e-mail adds pointedly: "That is unethical and a disservice to our Veterans."

Last year and earlier this year, Foote also sent letters to officials at the VA Office of the Inspector General with details about the secret electronic waiting list and about the large number of veterans who died waiting for care, many hidden on the secret list. Foote and several other sources inside the Phoenix VA confirmed to CNN that IG inspectors have interviewed them about the allegations.

VA: 'It is disheartening to hear allegations'

CNN has made numerous requests to Helman and her staff for an interview about the secret list, the e-mails showing she was aware of it and the allegations of the 40 veterans who died waiting on the list, to no avail.

But CNN was sent a statement from VA officials in Texas, quoting Helman.

"It is disheartening to hear allegations about Veterans care being compromised," the statement from Helman reads, "and we are open to any collaborative discussion that assists in our goal to continually improve patient care."

Just before deadline Wednesday, the VA sent an additional comment to CNN.

It stated, in part: "We have conducted robust internal reviews since these allegations surfaced and welcome the results from the Office of Inspector General's review. We take these allegations seriously."

The VA statement to CNN added: "To ensure new Veterans waiting for appointments are managed appropriately, we maintain an Electronic Wait List (EWL) in accordance with the national VHA Scheduling Directive. The ability of new and established patients to get more timely care has showed significant improvement in the last two years which is attributable to increased budget, staffing, efficiency and infrastructure."

Foote says Helman's response in the first statement is stunning, explaining the entire secret list and the reason for its existence was planned and created by top management at the Phoenix VA, specifically to avoid detection of the long wait times by veterans there.

"This was a plan that involved the Pentad, which includes the director, the associate director, the assistant director, the chief of nursing, along with the medical chief of staff -- in collaboration with the chief of H.A.S."

Washington is paying attention

The Phoenix VA's "off the books" waiting list has now gotten the attention of the U.S. House Veterans Affairs Committee in Washington, whose chairman has been investigating delays in care at veterans hospitals across the country.

According to Rep. Jeff Miller, chairman of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, what was happening in Phoenix is even worse than veterans dying while waiting for care.

Even as CNN was working to report this story, the Florida Republican demanded the VA preserve all records in anticipation of a congressional investigation.

In a hearing on April 9, Miller learned even the undersecretary of health for the VA wasn't being told the truth about the secret list:

"It appears as though there could be as many as 40 veterans whose deaths could be related to delays in care. Were you made aware of these unofficial lists in any part of your look back?" asked Miller.

"Mr. Chairman, I was not," replied Dr. Thomas Lynch, assistant deputy undersecretary, Veterans Health Administration.

Congress has now ordered all records in Phoenix, secret or not, be preserved.

That would include the record of a 71-year-old Navy veteran named Thomas Breen.

Curt Devine and Jessica Jimenez contributed to this report.

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Wow. I feel like crying.
Look what is happening.

24th April 2014, 10:54
It's the corporate monopoly that lies them into war, that is now reneiging on their care. Get Tri-Care out and you won't have waste or death. This started in the early 90's before Clinton. john McCain and his WS buddies figured out how to give him stocks in Tri-Care for the takeover. My husband told me because he's deteriorating in his spinal column in the bones, being subjected to double shifts in 30 below in Alaska fueling Reagan's jets and presidential plane. The guys would be sitting in the recreation hall and wouldn't relieve him of duty. They dropped a oil/fuel tank on his feet, and the pain caused my big man to lift it up with 8 other service friends. Spinal and foot bone deterioration because of freeze dried blood that caused the deterioration in his bones. He told me the other day, his foot specialist, tried to get the connection records from his chronic back pain doctor, and the doctor told him he'd be fired, if he gave the records out, according to management. He did it before and was penalized in some way or other, and now my husbands service connected injuries, are not connecting because of Tri-care. WE will seek a court order and testimony from this doctor of 12 years treating my husband for his back problems and sciatic damaged spasmic leg muscles that are like gigantic Charlie horses riding up and down his calves and thighs.

They have him disabled w/20% and it's supposed to be 100%. The Social Security "doctors" did MRI's, ultra sounds and spinal tap. They either have to give him shots in his lower buttocks by his sciatic nerve, or dope him up w/oxycontins that turn his urine almost orange and threaten renal failure and live damage. So....all day...ahhhh, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus! Bellowing during the night if he turns over. Feet numb and knees going out from another injury obtained while on duty, that they won't look at as connected. Broke knee cap, pins and other little diddies the military doctor installed to stablilize his leg/knee socket crack.

So yes, like any other greed first insurance company, they care NOT for the Veterans that were duped into fighting their corporate wars, and now they have "blockers" keeping them on that list before "THE REAL VETERAN DOCTORS GET ANYTHING, AND THREATEN THEM IF THEY DO. (you can tell by the type) I'm highly upset at this. It makes him cranky struggling through the days, and if we lived somewhere warmer, perhaps the arthritis that has spurs up and down 7 vertebrae wouldn't ache quite so much.

His doctor told him, the guy in charge, has never served, or had anything to do with military service and, "he acts like he it." In other words: "No, stall them, we can't find the funds our CEO's bonus took to pay for them.

24th April 2014, 13:47
Some "behind the scene" info to make it plain:

The mechanism within Aspartame is of my interest, here in this post. Aspartame was forced into use on humans through a protracted war of 14 years of fighting with laws of the land (USA) and in the final point, the given concerns have the record of taking over the USFDA --in order to push it through.

Aspartame, if it reaches 80 degrees Fahrenheit, it chemically reduces to formaldehyde. Aspartame containing beverages are, by law (in some countries) , forbidden to be transported in non-cooled containers and forbidden to be stored in non-cooled locations as this conversion to formaldehyde takes place.... and the 'drink' is (apparently) then beyond the legal limits for formaldehyde content. The law stipulated that the drinks could not be allowed to heat up. But, it converts to formaldehyde in the body, as one drinks it.


It's not only intended, it's being used as such:

The Beverages Were Left in the Hot Sun!

While I was investigating why the US troops were not getting the beverages they needed, I came across 2 troubling memos. Both memos directed personnel to hold the beverages for ‘inspection’. That puzzled me because what kind of inspection could already sealed cans of soda need? Inspection for insect infestation? Clearly, not. They needed to be delivered on time. So, why were they held for weeks to months in Iraq and Afghanistan while the troops needed them? Was it to allow them to be ‘stolen’ and sold on the black market? That was my starting premise. I asked the intelligence officer (see Case 17) who had already been shot out twice to go to a specific warehouse in Iraq to look into it. This was not at the port where he had already determined that ships were arriving with empty crates. Halliburton-KBR was charging high costs for the shipping of items. This warehouse was inland, near Basra, if I remember correctly. It was supplied by trucks from factories where brand named sodas were made by adding water to imported concentrates. Those factories had their own quality control programs and inspections of the fluids which went into the cans.

The CIA officer reported to me that no further sampling and testing of the beverages were done at that “warehouse” site. He said that the sodas were not stored in a warehouse. They were in a large fenced in lot where the truck’s metal container shells sat in the hot sun in row upon row. When he had asked about why the beverages were required to sit there, he had been told, “They are getting their heat treatment”. He asked how long that took. He was told by the foreman of the lot that it takes at least a week of sitting in the sun in hot weather and in the winter it could take a few months. The foreman showed him his clipboard record of the daily temperatures. He said that he was not allowed to release the beverage shipments until they had been in the sun for at least 7 days of hot weather (over 90 degrees F), or a month’s worth of days of warm weather (over 78 degrees). He said that was to ensure their sterility.
The above excerpt is from one of Sue Arrigo's article which can be downloaded here as a PDF: http://www.mediafire.com/?cex0oynxsj0

Her other, and follow-up, articles can be found here: http://avalonlibrary.net/Sue_Arrigo/

One of he culprit: PABA

Enters that infamous name again:

In 1937, a chemist in immunology studies, Walther Goebel, at Rockefeller University reports on the urine analysis of dogs fed benzoic acid;

“When benzoic acid is ingested by dogs, it is excreted in the urine partly in the form of hippuric acid and partly as a benzoyl ester of glucuronic acid. The detoxication of aromatic [=benzene related] organic acids by conjugation with glucuronic acid is one of the important physiological mechanisms of man and certain animals.” http://www.jbc.org/cgi/reprint/122/3/649.pdf (http://www.jbc.org/cgi/reprint/122/3/649.pdf)

Clearly, this Rockefeller scientist believes that benzoic acid is toxic and has to be detoxified by the animal.

In 1943, another scientist at Rockefeller University writes a report on p-amino benzoic acid (PABA), citing that in very low doses it prevents sulfa antibiotics from working. At the time, sulfa drugs were the only antibiotics other than penicillin which was not yet in use. The scientist states that it has been shown to prevent sulfa drugs from inhibiting the growth of a strain of Clostridia. Yes, this is the same PABA chemical that was put in sunscreens.
Clearly, the utility of doing that study during the war was to figure out how to prevent the treatment of gas gangrene due to war wounds.

“one molecule of p-aminobenzoic acid antagonized 23,000 molecules of sulfanilamide” www.jem.org/cgi/reprint/78/4/255.pdf (http://www.jem.org/cgi/reprint/78/4/255.pdf)

This next article is discussing PABA as a vitamin needed for the growth of many bacteria. The bacteria need it to make folate which they require for their growth.

Humans also need folate, but they do not need PABA, and have extremely miniscule quantities of it in their bloodstream normally. The scientists in this article are proposing that a particular mutant of the Typhoid Fever producing pathogenic bacteria Salmonella typhi might make a good vaccine against Typhoid. This mutation appears to be man made in a laboratory. It is a mutation of an enzyme that helps the germ make the PABA it needs to grow, called an aro mutant. The article states that virulence of the mutant gene was restored when mice were given water laced with PABA.
Applying the sun screen before playing in contaminated water had the potential to change a pleasant afternoon into Typhoid Fever. And for a poor person in a Third World country treatment for that Typhoid Fever could cost 6 months worth of their labor and be a death sentence.
I found many pathogenic bacteria in the literature which had been turned into Aro mutants to make into live vaccines. That is, the new mutant pathogenic bacteria were assumed to be safe because they were so dependent on PABA/p-hydroxy benzoate for their growth. The research on that which I saw came from Rockefeller scientist, Rockefeller grants, or later the US Army’s Chemical and Biological Warfare Lab. The latter was controlled by the Rockefeller Family and Skull and Bones, especially the Bushes.
“Benzoic acid is also used in cosmetics (in creams and lotions with pH values under 4, up to 0.5%. Sixteen out of 71 deodorants tested contained benzoic acid.http://www.inchem.org/documents/cicads/cicads/cicad26.htm#SubSectionNumber:4.2.1 (http://www.inchem.org/documents/cicads/cicads/cicad26.htm#SubSectionNumber:4.2.1)
In layman’s terms, mutant germs have been created on purpose as live vaccines. Those live germs disseminate through populations. They can still cause Typhoid Fever, diarrhea, dysentery [severe diarrhea that may include blood in the stool], pneumonia, swimmer’s ear, urinary infections, Whooping Cough, Gonorrhea, and Anthrax IF the person has p-hydroxy benzoate or PABA in their body or is immuno-compromised.
This next piece of text shows that PAB pathway, as opposed to Aro pathway mutants have been made by scientists. They also require PABA to grow. In addition, it is pointed out that it is possible to take two mutants both which look attenuated and thus safe to use for a vaccine, yet when both bacteria are present together they are able to make PABA. That is important to know because two companies making vaccines even for different pathogens could pick different locations in the pathway to target. Then if both live germs met up someplace in the world there could be a sudden outbreak of one or both of the diseases. It might look innocent and each company might claim ignorance that such a thing could happen. But in fact, that possibility is inherent in this piece of text . And any scientist who thought about it for a couple of minutes would immediately see that danger in producing such live vaccines.

Let me try to explain this problem more clearly. Suppose you have two factories that make the same guns. And suppose that you shut down the first one by not allowing them to make triggers and the second one by not allowing them to make barrels for the guns. If they work together they can share triggers and barrels they can still make guns just fine.
The human body has plenty of amino acids in it but almost no PABA unless it is smeared on the skin. Can benzoate turn into the bacterial growth factor PABA or p-hydroxy benzoate that so that the bacteria can grow? Is that process facilitated by heating the cans?

What happens to pregnant women if they are given one of these live “attenuate” vaccines and folate prenatal vitamins together? Folate is one of the main ingredients of prenatal vitamins because it reduces neural tube birth defects like spina bifida.

Let me make this perfectly clear--PABA acted like a growth stimulant to bacteria and was classified as a vitamin--not a human vitamin though, a bacterial vitamin. People do not need it.

It was rushed into use in sun screens before proving that it prevented skin cancer. In fact, later it was incriminated as causing DNA damage likely to increase the risk of skin cancer. Was it pushed through the FDA and onto the consumer’s skin for more than just a profit motive?
Note that strains of virulent bacterial pathogens were being planned to be released upon the public on the premise that they were not harmful because they were weak mutants. They were mutants that required PABA to be virulent and cause severe disease.

It had long been known by physicians that workers who applied tar to roofs had a much higher incidence of skin cancer than their sun exposure accounted for. So, it was reckless, criminally reckless in my opinion, to put the tar-oil derivative PABA on the skin without first making sure that it did not cause cancer. Since later studies did find the PABA increased DNA damage and the likelihood of cancer, the question is why PABA was marketed as a sun screen? Since PABA is a bacterial vitamin but not a human one, it raised the unpleasant question as to whether it was marketed to increase bacterial infection. The water that people play in is often not far away from sewage outlets into it. In California, the beach water is tested in some locations to announce whether it is safe to swim in. I doubt that those testing it take into account the amount of PABA people had put on their skin.
When I thought about the US troop’s sodas sitting in the sun, I wondered what the petrochemicals turned into in the heat. I figured that the writer of that CIA internal memo might know. The writer, on investigation, turned out to be a microbiologist at the US Army’s Chemical and Biological Warfare Labs at Fort Detrick Maryland. I called him up and told him that I would like to meet with him over a cup of coffee. He agreed and we set a time and place.
In response to my questions he admitted that the water being used in Iraq was to his knowledge not the problem. He said that he wrote the memo because benzoic acid was being added to the sodas and was the “petrochemical derivative” that was of concern. He said that it was a very useful chemical to fed populations in war zones because its heat caused metabolites which increased their risk of dying from wounds and dysentery. I asked him, if that is the case, then why was it being used in sodas given the troops. He looked at me like I was dense or naive. He said, “It is there to decrease VA hospital bills.” I said, “But that is absurd.” He said, “No, think about it. If a soldier is healthy, not much happens when he drinks the sodas. But if he gets seriously wounded then he is likely to get a wound infection. Then he will die from it and not be a long term burden on the VA with an amputated leg, say.”
... You can go into an area where people are dying from dysentery and give them sodas and look like a hero. You know what the standard treatment for dysentery is now? Sodas. People consider them “safe” to drink beverages because they are sterile. Orange based sodas have the potassium in them that is needed to help replace the electrolytes. All you change is whether you heat them first as to whether you supply them to harm or help. It was truly a brilliant idea. We are really changing how we do things at the Lab. The people in the hot climates are overpopulating the world--now we can combat that effortlessly. People with AIDS in Africa, India, etc. just need a little help over the edge. We are giving them that help.”
What that “Final Solution” researcher had told me was that in the heat the Benzoate/Benzoic Acid turned into not just benzene but PABA (para-amino benzoic acid). There is some amino acids in the beverages, at least in ones with plant extracts in them. He said furthermore, some of it turns into PABA inside the human body where there are lots of amino acids and moderate heat as well. He said that the bacteria just need trace amounts of it to grow like a rocket. I said, I did not see how bacteria could grow on a crude oil slick. He said, “They can’t. But many of them grow better than ever before, when small amounts of oil is added to a lake. He said, look at all those contaminated lakes up near Detroit; people just changed their car oil and let the oil seep into the ground, or just a few drops of oil from their outboard motors got into the water. Bingo, the water is full of nasty bacteria.” He continued, “That is why the water is not drinkable in the US anymore, because it takes so little pollution by oil to make the bacteria take it over. I played skeptical and asked him to send me a paper on it. He did. I read it in some detail.

The paper was about a small town in Africa during an epidemic of cholera. Some inhabitants were given the pre-heated sodas and some were not. The town’s people were not told that they were being studied for how well they could be killed off! Both putting the benzoate in the sodas and the study were unethical in my opinion. The town folk believed that the researcher and his staff were there to help them. The mortality was 40% higher in the group given the heat treated sodas. This was not a town with a particularly high AIDS rate. Less than 10% of the people were HIV positive. The study had tested people for HIV. Those who had AIDS and cholera had a high incidence of death, about 80%, if they drank the heat treated sodas. Their mortality if they came down with cholera was high anyway, about 50%. Those with just cholera and regular sodas had less than a 2% death rate.From Sue Arrigo's case 22B (http://avalonlibrary.net/Sue_Arrigo/).


When one squarely faces who is in control of the AMA, hospital's, research's, grant's funding... it should become very clear that it is all by design and intended as such...

Unfortunately, it has grown SOOOO BIG that no one can see the elephant anymore since the "room" is only a small portion of said elephant... there's a whole Amazonian forest of elephant's cells around it!

24th April 2014, 14:47
That's interesting, you know -- they had soda machines in BMT and I didn't like that.

Also in the book JARHEAD, the man mentions the SODA POP. That it was available for the Marines in Kuwait to drink 20+ cans a day.

It's the TRUTH. They WERE trying to ****ing kill us, and make millions doing it.

If I had been the base commander at Lackland they would have dragged me away for defacing the Coke machines.

because my people wouldn't be exposed to that **** in my AF

Any fool can read, we find out how bad that GMO **** is, the folate receptor antibodies we have, etc.,
that corn provides no nutrition to us (maybe to our parasites? lol), etc

**** the VA, by the way -- I think the Feds got wise and realized -- whoa, the reason the cops are beating all these homeless vets is actually the VA's fault?
Hmm it could be the truth!

25th June 2014, 02:28

Peace Lover mrcasual77 • 3 hours ago

The Republicans have done everything in their power to cut and curtail funding for the VA and Veterans Services. Yet, they want to blame the problems on the Democrats:

1. 2014 - Led by Mitch McConnell, Republicans filibuster a bill that would have boosted funding for the VA by $21 billion, expanded benefits, and repealed cuts pushed through under the Ryan budget deal.

2. 2013 - Paul Ryan's budget CUTS $6-billion from Veteran Benefits.

3. 2012 - Republicans block seven other bills that would have helped Veterans and the VA: H.R. 466, H.R. 1168, H.R. 1171, H.R. 1172, H.R. 1293, H.R. 1803, and H.R. 2352

4. 2012 - Republicans filisbuster a bill that would have adjusted VA benefits to keep up with inflation.

5. 2012 - Republicans block a bill that would have provided job training for returning war veterans.

6. 2012 - Republicans block bill that would have help create jobs for return Iraq and Afghanism veterans:

7. 2011 - Republican Michele Bachmann proposes cutting $4.5 billion from the VA, including capping heathcare benefits and cutting disability payments.

8. 2011 - Republcans filibuster jobs bill that would have provide incentives for business to hire returning Veterans.

9. 2010 - Republicans filibuster bill that would have provided benefits for homeless Veterans.

10. 2004 - George Bush cuts $2 billion in funding for VA Health care.

11. 2003 - Bush cuts $1.5 billion Veteran Funding.

12. 2003 - Bush cuts $2 billion in Veterans health care.

13. 2003 - Bush administration budget cuts force 200,000 to wait 6 months for health care.

14. 1999 - In spite of Warning from the VA that their Hospitals were "in crisis," Republicans (who control congress at the time) block a bill to increase VA health care funding.....



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YIKES!!! :(

21st September 2014, 00:30
Gulf War Troops Got "Vaccine" of Nerve Gas (http://henrymakow.com/2014/09/Troops-Got-Nerve-Gas-Vaccine.html)
September 20, 2014

During the Gulf War of 1990-91 the United States Government conducted the largest experimental drug evaluation in its history. As result, approximately 250,000 of the 697,000 U.S. veterans who served in the 1991 Gulf War are afflicted with a chronic illness. Symptoms include fatigue, muscle pain, cognitive problems, rashes and diarrhea.

Sept. 20 Gulf War vets: VA trying to silence claims of illness (http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/arizona/investigations/2014/09/20/va-gulf-war-illness-silence-claims/15944407/)

"The U.S. Government is never going to finger themselves as the culprit. The U.S. Government is never going to admit they not just exposed young American boys to the cause of Gulf War Illness, but order them to orally injest it." - David Douthit, who became insane after receiving this "vaccine" by Veteran Affairs doctors in 2012.

by David Scott Douthit

Veterans Day 2012, I was admitted to the mental ward of the Veterans Affairs hospital in Portland, Oregon. I was a physical, mental, and emotional wreck skating the precipice of suicide.

My primary complaint was, "Change or adjust my medication or I would walk into the river."

Several months earlier I had been diagnosed with an extremely rare, potentially fatal autoimmune disorder called Myasthenia Gravis. Little did I know I was being drawn into sad saga that would reunite me with fellow Marines long forgotten. I was being administered the very same chemical -- Pyridostigmine Bromide-- that was/is responsible for the debacle known as Gulf War Illness. There is an old saying among Marines, "Old Marines never die, they just go to hell and regroup."

There is a scene about halfway through the movie "Jarhead" where Jamie Foxx playing the role of a Staff Sergeant, orders the troops to take a pill that was supposed to protect them from nerve gas. That pill was Pyridostigmine Bromide.

During the Gulf War of 1990-91 the United States Government conducted the largest experimental drug evaluation in its history. The compound Pyridostigmine Bromide was considered by the Pentagon as a possible prophylactic for Marines and soldiers exposure to chemical warfare nerve agents.

The use of chemical nerve agents such as Pyridostigmine Bromide being used a prophylactic was and is controversial. The same tactic was not employed during the second series of Gulf Wars which explains why there was not a similar fallout of neurological disorders reported afterward.

Pyridostigmine Bromide is a related chemical to Saren Nerve Gas. The flawed theory was to use it like a vaccine, so the Marine or soldier's system would already be exposed to, and "supposedly" built some sort of immunity to Saren Nerve Gas. Of course none of the Marines or soldiers were advised of the terrible risks and realities of taking a chemical that floods the synapses with artificially high doses of acetylcholine. Troops are only trained to obey orders, not question them.

Gulf War Illness is now considered a "Presumptive Illness" by the Veterans Affairs, in the same class as being POW or exposure to Agent Orange. What that translates to is, if a Veteran was deployed to that theater of operations during that specific time frame, and if that said Veteran contracted any of a list of approved maladies, the same Veteran could be awarded benefits without the same burden of proof for something like Trichloroethylene exposure (Marine Corps Air Station El Toro was condemned because of TCE).

However, the VA has not determined the cause of Gulf War Illness. The U.S. Government is never going to finger themselves as the culprit. The U.S. Government is never going to admit they not just exposed young American boys to the cause of Gulf War Illness, but order them to orally injest it.

I got out of the Marine Corps in 1987. I was an aircraft mechanic on F-4 Phantoms. We worked with the chemical solvent Trichloroethylene. We degreased aircraft parts, and even cleaned our hands with it. I suffered contact dermatitis all over my arms and legs for two years from it. I often jested that I was allergic to the Marine Corps.

About two weeks after I was discharged my contact dermatitis disappeared never to return. But I had also developed a nagging pain in the right upper quadrant of my abdomen that did not go away. It did not go away after I got out of the Corps, or twenty five years later. I had suffered permanent damage to my liver from TCE exposure. It was stage 3 non-alcoholic steateohepatitis.

In 2012 the VA doctors advised me if I had my gallbladder removed it may help lessen pain. I agreed to have the surgery. Six weeks later I suffered deep vein thrombosis and a full blown pulmonary embolism. Four weeks later I was diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis, an extremely rare potentially fatal autoimmune disorder.

Right about the time I was starting to feel really sorry for myself, I got a dose of something that would pale all former suffering.That something was Pyridostigmine Bromide. Medical literature clearly indicates PB will cross the blood brain barrier in cases of multiple chemicals in the bloodstream, or external stressors. That is exactly what occurred with me. The myelin sheath was burned off nerves throughout my body, resulting in constant burning, stabbing, electrical pain.

I reported my condition to all VA doctors, and all reports fell on deaf ears of incompetent clock watching VA doctors. Five months of total insanity that included me arming my family in the middle of the night because I thought the Aztecs were attacking. This kind of behavior was not the exception, but the rule.

My wife repeatedly told the VA doctors I was insane. Once again, the incompetent clock-watching VA doctors totally disregarded her warnings. My VA primary care physician did ask me about it, and I explained to him that I was a bloodlined descendant of King Arthur, and that I had broken the veil of reality and tapped into the Akashic record.

Evidently he either did not think that to be insane, or it was getting close to break time and all he could think about was coffee and doughnuts. If my disdain for VA doctors seems a little over the top, you simply don't understand what I had to live through.

My only other choice was dying, which I tried and it didn't work out. But in the darkness of that morbid act, I loosened the chains which held me. I had tried to kill myself by taking all my medicine at once. I threw it all up. Once the supply of PB was gone I thought for sure I would die, since the VA doctors told me I needed it to see straight, to breath, and be able to swallow and digest food.

The exact opposite happened. No longer being poisoned I was finally able to see straight, to breath and digest food. By the grace of God my sanity was restored. But the extensive neurological damage remains. I am on multiple drugs to try to help control nerve pain. Largely to no avail, I am having metal electrodes surgically implanted in my spine.

Besides the GWI, MG, NASH, I also have Pancreatic Cancer, non-metastatic cancers in my Thymus, Spleen, Liver. After surviving five months of insanity, it took me over a year to even realize how insane I had been. When a person is truly insane they don't recognize it themselves. I harbored delusions in my heart that were hard to let go of. As silly as it sounds, when you are insane, you don't realize how ridiculous your own thoughts are.

Now I truly understand what is like to be disenfranchised, marginalized, ostracized...just like those poor vets after the first Gulf War who reported crazy symptoms and were not believed, lots of times even by those close to them. I imagine many marriages and even lives were destroyed.

But times have changed and left many of the surviving Vets caught in a time warp they can't get out of because human beings are composed of nervous systems, and theirs have been severely compromised and damaged. Nowadays peoples interests have changed. Sure they wear a yellow ribbon on their SUV proclaiming support for our troops, an innocuous statement that exonerates them of actually doing anything for those poor troops. It is not in vogue to act, but to think good thoughts is enough in the modern collective mentality. Besides peoples thoughts are already occupied with computers, internet, facebook, cell phones, and texting.

The Forgotten Few are my kindred souls waiting to be liberated. Total liberation will come only when their damaged bodies no longer cause them pain. Only somebody who has endured can understand. But a partial liberation by the country they served would be recognizing the pain and sorrow they endured. Because to add insult to injury, nobody even believed them...then...or now. But I have experienced, therefore I know.

24th September 2014, 19:07
Thank you Amzer Zo. One man in my unit, Jerry, became similarly ill, reportedly after receiving a vaccine WHILE IN THE DESERT after going to sick call for unrelated symptoms.
He suffered fairly classic symptoms of what I consider neurological damage -- inability to sit up, profuse sweating, migraines... as if he had received some sort of nerve agent.

it was so frightening for the rest of us air force troops to watch jerry's illness progress and him leave, and also his house "burned down" mysteriously after this deployment... wtf.

please pray for the MANY veterans who have NO voice, no health or ability to self defend, we geeks are one of the only groups who talks about this ****...

it's just sad... god bless america because we are ****ing ourselves

concerned vet