This article is written to expose the broken VA system and provide a forum for veterans to share their story in the comments. Furthermore, at the end of this article, I will share information and resources for alternatives to the VA system. Let’s continue.
Grumpy-Pants Who Do Not Care About Veterans
I’m sure there are some grumpy-pants who do not care about veterans reading this article. I probably won’t be able to change your mind. Perhaps your heart runs cold and your eyes are scaled over. Or, perhaps you are someone who has illogically made the conclusion that all veterans are evil for participating in unjust wars.
Let me make this point as clear as I possibly can. Those soldiers who you have such a deep hatred for never desired to witness the horrors of battle. They mourn, often silently, over their lost brothers and sisters. They never desired to be exposed to live nerve agent chambers, cesium-137, cobalt-60, Monsanto’s PCBs, leaking DS2 containers, ungodly viruses/toxins in the Middle East, et cetera. Some would argue that this is the nature of serving in the military, suck it up! Okay, I can accept that. However, keeping a promise to take care of veterans after they serve is also something to consider.
Let me be the first to break it to you; soldiers are the last people who want to fight and die in war. Their families feel the same way, but they sign up to go anyways, because they are not the typical citizen. I will grant that our military has been abused (particularly by previous administrations) and sacrificed in many ways, but that does not mean these men and women are not exceptional and worthy of respect and expert medical care. This is what a love for country does to a man; it makes him selfless! You should try it sometime. It might make you less of a grumpy-pants.
Veterans In The Know
Smart veterans who are awake can see through the VA’s lies. They have realized (sometimes the hard way) that the empty VA promises will never deliver healing or hope. Perhaps, this realization comes from the fact that few former service members are even working at the VA. You are more likely to find a civilian who has never served in boots or fired a weapon at your hospital bed side. There is nothing wrong with civilian medical employees, but veterans have a certain connection with other veterans that is almost unspeakable in nature.
Moreover, veterans in the know have come to grips with the fact that you can’t get good continuity of care when you are passed from one doctor to another and time is limited for listening and evaluating the whole person. Sure, there are the rare VA clinics and hospitals that are above reproach and run by former soldiers who care (no doubt thanks to a moral leader in charge with a conscience). Yet, most veterans have come to realize that the VA is a conglomerate of second rate docs/PA’s and cast-away medical professionals who failed to find work elsewhere. After all, the pay and government benefits are pretty sweet.
How Long To See Real Evidence of Reforms?
Yes, noble VA workers exist out there who care about veterans deeply, but that is not the norm. Most have heard about the VA scandals of our day, and this can only add to the mounting evidence that the VA knows not love! Is the VA going to change? I’m not sure. If it does, how long is it going to take to see real evidence of such reforms? For some, it will be too long, and they will meet their death early. Others, perhaps those on active duty, may see a better VA by then. For now, the VA is clearly not a safe place to seek tangible healing.
Most of the veterans who have sufficient funds to seek medical care elsewhere would never step foot in the VA; however, many have no choice due to financial limitations and are stuck with the only care they can get. This is a tragedy!
Lack of Decency is Shameful
No honorable discharged veteran should have to wait an hour for one bag of saline due to dehydration from fighting cancer, days of gastro distress, and an inability to eat. A veteran who loses every bit of water and bile should not have to wait one hour to get a bag of fluids! Have you ever waited an hour for fluids while your legs shut down, you can’t feel your hands, and you are literally preparing, with a pastor at your side, to go home? If not, just know that it would feel like an eternity. Then, after you stabilize from the one generous bag of fluids, the ER doc sics the paid psycho on you to ask if you are suicidal. Let me remind you, this is a sleepy VA ER and not a bloody battle field. The lack of decency is shameful!
Veterans Seeking Care Outside the System
More veterans in the know are seeking care outside the system. Despite limited funds, some will go into great debt to find cures for rare forms of cancer or debilitating immune disorders. I see more and more veterans disobeying the VA to proclaim, “We’ve had enough of the lies and manipulation and we are going to take the initiative to save our own lives.”
Not a Letter of Hate for the VA but One of Love for Veterans
This letter is in no way intended to be a hate-filled, accusatory, whining session against the VA or its employees. Furthermore, this is not a letter to proclaim that all psychologists and psychiatrists are manipulative and unethical. There is certainly a time and place for such services. However, to assume that all veterans need SSRIs or psychology is wrong. I have heard some veterans declare that it was the fight of their life to get sober from the government’s free, endless mind-altering drugs and addictive pain killers.
The True Crime– The Discouraging System That Breaks the Veteran Down
This letter is, however, intended to expose the lies and deep brokenness of a system that has promised to honor and love its greatest men and women. We did what was asked of us, and this is the treatment we get. This is how we die. I suspect that a veteran who has never been suicidal and enters a VA facility may very well walk out with much less hope than he walked in with after being poked, prodded, and interrogated by the paid psychos. This is the true crime – the discouraging system that breaks the veteran down to the point where he gives up all together.
Letter Intended to Introduce Additional Resources To Veterans
This letter is also intended to introduce additional resources to veterans who are very ill and not getting the help they deserve at the VA. There are many caring medical professionals around this country who are working their tails off to help veterans to heal. For instance, there are many ways to treat cancer, immune disorders, and toxic exposures. Let us gather together and share these resources. You never know; your link might just save a life.
I am in no way affiliated and will gain zero benefit from sharing these resources. They are simply ones that I found through research. Having personal experience watching a stage 4 colon cancer sufferer be healed at “Hope4Cancer,” I cannot recommend this organization highly enough. Of course, use your own judgment and caution in using these resources, and certainly do your own homework.
To Find a Life-Giving Solution
I’d suspect that a veteran who wants to be pain/cancer/disease free will go to the ends of the earth to find a life-giving solution. Finally, always bring a trusted advocate to attend any appointments (inside and outside the VA). From a personal standpoint, I can’t tell you how important that last piece of advice is.
If you are a veteran who has given up hope, please consider looking into alternative resources for healing. Please do not believe the lies, and never ever give up hope! There are so many wonderful people and organizations offering expert, medical help to suffering veterans around the country. I hope the readers here will join me in encouraging veterans and providing their own links to sources that honor veterans outside the system. Please refrain from posting about the typical veteran organizations. We all know about the old men who run the local VFW. No disrespect, but they have their limits.
Helpful Links and Alternative Resources to the VA System
The following list contains what I hope will be helpful links as well as alternative resources to the VA system. I repeat that you should use your own judgment and caution and do your own homework.
- Hope4Cancer (1.888.544.5993)
- Public Health Warning to Ft. McClellan Veterans
- Ft. McClellan Advocacy
- “Veterans complain of deadly, debilitating, chronic diseases amid chemicals, bioweapons and radioactive waste at Fort McClellan” Natural News
- “Direct Primary Care” to anyone seeking care outside the “typical” system. Many Veterans are paying out of pocket out of desperation for quality care. For all the doctors and nurses in your life…I hear the life-style of this work environment is drastically different in a most positive way and genuinely rewarding. Below is a map of the US locations and information about “DPC:”
- “Ft. McClellan Health Act: The health hazards of PCBs” Fox News Health
- “Using Traditional Chinese Medicine to Treat Lung Cancer” Asbestos.com
Share Any Additional Resources for Hurting Veterans
Please share any resources you may have for those Veterans who are hurting, especially Ft. McClellan veterans who are steadily losing hope that they will ever receive help. I know there are effective treatments outside the VA that have helped many Ft. McClellan veterans. Hopefully, the readers here can recommend, in their locale, professionals who truly love veterans, are experts in their fields, and are not afraid to take on a complex medical history of exposure.
SurvivalBlog Writing Contest
This has been part two of a two part entry for Round 77 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The nearly $11,000 worth of prizes for this round include:
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