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Response to Lulu KC (Reply #1)

Wed Apr 1, 2020, 10:22 PM

8. You bet the VFW wields power.

The Big Six VSOs (veteran service organizations) are some of the most powerful groups in the country. And that's a good thing, especially in this administration. BTW, the "Big Six" are: The American Legion, The VFW, Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA), The Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA), Disabled American Veterans (DVA) and AmVets. Not included among this group is the Concerned Veterans of America (CVA), which is NOT a veterans service organization, but a lobbying group (and yes, they are registered as just that) financed entirely by the far-right wing Koch Brothers. They have ONE agenda and that is to privatize the VA. Until trumpie came into office, the CVA was never invited to the table.

If you want to know the best chronicle of this debacle, read Dr. David Shulkin's recent (2019) book, "It Shouldn't Be This Hard to Serve Your Country," published by the Hachette Group. The ninth Secretary of the VA, Dr. Shulkin reveals in detail the interference, subterfuge and undermining he faced in trying to bring the best possible care to veterans. He never knew what he was up against, which was trumpie's shadow VA "experts" -- Ike Perlmutter (CEO of Marvel Comics), Bruce Moskowitz (a West Palm Beach MD with a small private practice) and a lawyer. They, too, were set on privatizing the VA.

After 18 months, Dr. Shulkin was fired by trumpie in a tweet because he refused all efforts to put the VA in the hands of trump cronies and privatize the system.

The VA is NOT just another hospital or HMO. The patients they see have an entirely different set of circumstances and underlying needs. Hospitals do not train their staff in the delicate sensitivity of dealing with traumatized minds, shattered souls and broken people.

Thank god for the "Big Six."

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