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Roland99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 01:14 PM
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Soldiers Back From Iraq, Unable to Get Help They Need
Department of Veterans Affairs Facing Staggering Burden of Providing Health Care to Returning Troops
http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/HomeFront/story?id=1706577&pa...

"Last year, 97 percent of veterans who came to us for a primary care appointment got that appointment within 30 days, and 95 percent of those who came for an acute care appointment got it within 30 days," said R. James Nicholson, secretary of Veterans Affairs.

Audit: VA Fudged Reports
But an inspector general's audit found real problems with the way the VA has come up with those numbers. The audit found that some VA staff, feeling "pressured," actually fudged the numbers, and error rates were as high as 61 percent.

In Atlanta, one veteran who the VA said got an appointment within a week actually waited nearly a year.

Another veteran in Boston who reported seeing a VA doctor within hours actually waited 472 days.



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MadMaddie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 01:16 PM
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1. Forgery....the VA is in real trouble which means our
soldiers are suffering or going to suffer...

This is criminal!!
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 01:18 PM
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2. George Bush's VA, supporting our troops.
:puke:
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Fridays Child Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 01:18 PM
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3. k/r
Fucking B*sh. :nuke:
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Darkhawk32 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 01:29 PM
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4. And yet the soldiers continue to vote Republican. Unbelievable. n/t
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Roland99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 01:33 PM
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5. Perhaps that will start to change
The Propagandist is losing support among Republicans (esp. white males) as it is.
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Darkhawk32 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 01:40 PM
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6. Well, he certainly has the "swing" vote. ;) n/t
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Roland99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 02:08 PM
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7. KICK!
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mom cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 02:30 PM
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8. Proud to give this rec # 5. Good post about the incorrigible liars.
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lebkuchen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 03:09 PM
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9. Nicholson is an incompetent buffoon, just like Chertoff, Brownie and Bush
I posted about Jim Nicholson in June '05. He's supposed to be a veteran, like Randy Cunningham, and yet he has done everything within his power to undermine the soldier.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
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Roland99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 03:36 PM
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10. If soldiers were fetuses, they'd have all the care and attention they need
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genie_weenie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 04:18 PM
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11. Troops are just equipment
and not even valuable equipment. Much easier to replace a LCpl than a 7-ton...

The Corps (and the rest of the military) is merely a meat grinder, it's amoral and will chew up kids as need be...
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Roland99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 10:33 PM
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12. Kick for the night crew
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Texasgal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 10:44 PM
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13. How utterly sad...
That's really all I can add to this.. it's just damn sad...
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