Seriously, make sure you’re following him! Because of beautes like this:
Happy Memorial Day, which, per US Memorial Day.org, is defined as
Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service.
You can’t thank them but you can thank their families, and remember their sacrifice.
So, I still have the blog, though those of you in the know are following me over on Twitter where my writing and attention span really shine in 140 characters.
Still in a weird place professionally, in that ‘things are happening’ and yet writing about it is Verboten.
So, 14 years of a blog. Yeah, i have shoes older, but I’m enjoying having it even if I’m not busy here.
Thanks to the seven of you.
It’s about 4 years old, but I think most haven’t seen this by SAAMI, the sporting arms and ammunition manufacturer’s institute:
It’s 25 minutes but it’s informative and entertaining (though it’s a little hard to watch all that ammo being destroyed).
Well, let’s consider their actual track record:
A VA suicide hotline designed to help distressed vets, at times instead sent their calls to a voicemail message, provided no immediate assistance, and did not even return some calls, according to a new report. … The crisis center was recently the focus of a HBO documentary praising the workers’ tireless efforts to help vets. The film, “Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1,” even won an Oscar last year.
Katherine Mitchell, a VA doctor in Phoenix, said that shortly after she complained to the Veterans Affairs inspector general about safety concerns, the department punished her, citing patient privacy.https://www.washingtonpost.
Last May, a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit accused the department of “unchecked incompetence” and ordered it to overhaul the way it provides mental health care and disability benefits.
A study by a VA researcher found that veterans with PTSD were nearly twice as likely to be prescribed opioids as those without mental-health problems. They were more likely to get multiple opioid painkillers and to get the highest doses.
We gathered data from five of the states with the most veterans. We found they are dying of accidental narcotic overdoses at a 33 percent higher rate than non-veterans.
“The VA let them get wound up on all these drugs and now they cut them off completely. … These guys are coming into my office and they are a goddamn mess and the VA is just blowing them off.”