Veterans For Common Sense

Veterans For Common Sense Veterans for Common Sense is a Washington, DC-based non-profit veterans organization providing credible information, analysis, and issues-based advocacy.
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Veterans for Common Sense (VCS) is a Washington, DC-based non-profit 501(c)(3) veterans organization providing credible information and issues-based advocacy related to U.S. veterans, military service members, and national security.

Veterans for Common Sense (VCS) is a Washington, DC-based non-profit 501(c)(3) veterans organization providing credible information and issues-based advocacy related to U.S. veterans, military service members, and national security.

Mission: Based on the pragmatic ideals of the American patriot Thomas Paine, our mission is to raise the unique and powerful voices of veterans, so that our military and veterans not only receive a square deal but can continue their service by supporting policies they believe in. Veterans for Common Sense also strives to ensure that America's national security and long-term prosperity are protected and enhanced, for ourselves and for future generations.

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The Military Vote Coalition is a group of military family and veteran support organizations, united by our goal to incre...
11/06/2020
Military Vote Coalition - Secure Families Initiative

The Military Vote Coalition is a group of military family and veteran support organizations, united by our goal to increase voter participation among this community.

Member organizations include: Blue Star Families; Code of Support Foundation; Count Every Hero; Homefront Rising; Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA): Military Family Advisory Network; Military Officers Association of America (MOAA); Military Spouse Advocacy Network; Military Spouse J.D. Network; Mission Roll Call; Modern Military Association of America (MMAA); ... ; National Military Family Association; National Military Spouse Network; Partners in Promise; Secure Families Initiative; Student Veterans of America (SVA); Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS); Veterans Campaign; Veterans for Common Sense (VCS); and, Vets for American Ideals.

READ MORE: https://securefamiliesinitiative.org/?page_id=1438

The Military Vote Coalition is a group of military family and veteran support organizations working to increase voter participation among this community.

“We want to remind everyone, military and overseas ballots are not due until a week after Election Day,” Boockvar said. ...
11/06/2020
Military absentee ballots still arriving in pivotal North Carolina, Pennsylvania

“We want to remind everyone, military and overseas ballots are not due until a week after Election Day,” Boockvar said. “We want to make sure that not only every civilian absentee mail-in valid voter is counted, but also that every man and woman, who are serving our country, that their votes are counted.”

"The [North Carolina] elections division is expecting more military overseas ballots to arrive in the coming days and North Carolina will count those ballots through Nov. 12. “We estimate about 4,200 ballots to still be outstanding..."

READ MORE: https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/election/article246964737.html

Could a surge of military absentee ballots that are still arriving and being counted in battleground states impact the final vote?

"While the surge in military absentee voting may affect the election, there is also a chance that many votes may go unco...
11/06/2020
Military Vote Could Be More Important Than Ever in Tight 2020 Race, Election Experts Say

"While the surge in military absentee voting may affect the election, there is also a chance that many votes may go uncounted because of postal delays and challenges to the system, Inbody said.

"The main thing about the military vote that I have seen ... is that it is exceedingly difficult for overseas personnel and their families to, one, get registered to vote and, two, get a marked ballot returned in time to be counted," he explained. "And the more the mail system is unable to support that, the more problems there will be with deployed military and overseas families."" ...

READ MORE: https://www.military.com/daily-news/2020/11/05/military-vote-could-be-more-important-ever-tight-2020-race-election-experts-say.html

As the outcome of the 2020 presidential election hangs on tight races in a few key states, the military vote could matter more than ever in deciding who will win the White House.

"Military mail-in ballots are predicted to surge past levels in 2016, when the U.S. Election Assistance Commission says ...
11/06/2020
Military ballots still arriving in swing states where vote count is unfinished

"Military mail-in ballots are predicted to surge past levels in 2016, when the U.S. Election Assistance Commission says more than 252,000 active-duty service members cast absentee votes, according to Military.com.

As of Oct. 22, the U.S. Postal Service reported that about 48,000 absentee military ballots had already been received, compared with 33,000 on the same date in 2016.

“We won't know the exact number of ballots outstanding, but past elections show the importance of counting these votes,” Jack Noland, research manager at Count Every Hero, an organization focused on ensuring military ballots are tallied, told The Hill.

“It goes without saying that if the race becomes particularly tight, these ballots could be vital,” he said. “This year -- especially because of the impacts of COVID-19 -- the integrity of the election rests on mail-in votes, including ballots from members of the military, being validated and counted.” ...

READ MORE: https://www.foxnews.com/politics/military-ballots-are-still-arriving-in-key-swing-states-continuing-to-count-votes

Military mail-in ballots are still arriving and have yet to be counted in key battleground states such as Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Nevada.

"There were 8,899 absentee ballots from military and overseas voters that hadn’t yet been returned to election offices i...
11/06/2020
More ballots arriving in Georgia from overseas and provisional voters

"There were 8,899 absentee ballots from military and overseas voters that hadn’t yet been returned to election offices in Georgia as of Thursday morning, according to the secretary of state’s office. Another 17,529 overseas ballots had already been returned and counted.

Military and overseas ballots have a later deadline than other absentee ballots, according to federal law.

While Georgia’s deadline for domestic absentee ballots is 7 p.m. on Election Day, overseas absentee ballots will be counted if they’re postmarked by Tuesday and received at county election offices by Friday."....

READ MORE: https://www.ajc.com/politics/more-ballots-arriving-in-georgia-from-overseas-and-provisional-voters/2IKU3WM5XZD7FDQE5DAOKYXTMY/

Thousands of overseas and provisional ballots could be added to Georgia's vote count. These ballots will be counted if they meet a Friday deadline.

"Could absentee ballots coming from military voters and U.S. citizens overseas still make a difference in this election,...
11/05/2020
There are still tens of thousands of military absentee ballots yet to be counted

"Could absentee ballots coming from military voters and U.S. citizens overseas still make a difference in this election, even after most of the counting is done?" ...

"Overall in 2016, there were 252,574 military absentee ballots counted by all the states; and 382,896 absentee ballots from U.S. citizens overseas, according to the U.S. Election Assistance Commission.

As everyone has seen, the margins of votes in this election are changing rapidly as more votes are counted. Military and overseas citizens' votes will be counted by election officials, but the fact that some states have previously carved out later deadlines to allow for more transit times for these ballots could make a difference. On the other hand, a number of these voters got their ballots in earlier.

Under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act, commonly known as UOCAVA, states must make certain provisions to make voting easier for UOCAVA voters. That includes offering voters the option of receiving their blank ballot electronically (states can choose to offer email, fax, or online portal); and accepting the FWAB as a backup ballot for all federal elections. States were required to send the blank ballots to UOCAVA voters at least 45 days before an election.

In 29 states and the District of Columbia, their laws and rules allow election officials to count ballots that arrive after the polls close from military, their family members, and U.S. citizens overseas, according to an analysis conducted for the Count Every Hero campaign. That organization has cautioned news organizations, candidates and election officials about declaring winners before the military vote is counted."

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https://www.militarytimes.com/pay-benefits/2020/11/04/there-are-still-tens-of-thousands-of-military-absentee-ballots-yet-to-be-counted

Military and overseas citizens' ballots are still coming in. Will they make a difference?

You Can Vote From Anywhere
11/02/2020
You Can Vote From Anywhere

You Can Vote From Anywhere

Service members, eligible family members and U.S. citizens overseas have the right to vote, and DOD has the tools and resources to help them do so — from anywhere in the world.

"The U.S. Veterans Administration should pay retroactive benefits to thousands of Navy veterans who served on ships off ...
10/31/2020
Vietnam Vets Take Fight for Agent Orange Benefits to Court

"The U.S. Veterans Administration should pay retroactive benefits to thousands of Navy veterans who served on ships off Vietnam’s coast for Agent Orange-related health problems without making them file new claims, an attorney argued in court Wednesday.

“I think it’s untenable to say there’s an exclusion of the Blue Water veterans from the class,” said attorney Stephen Kinnaird, who represents a class of Vietnam vets in a 34-year-old lawsuit over veterans’ benefits...."

READ MORE: https://www.courthousenews.com/vietnam-vets-take-fight-for-agent-orange-benefits-to-court

The U.S. Veterans Administration should pay retroactive benefits to thousands of Navy veterans who served on ships off Vietnam’s coast for Agent Orange-related health problems without making them f…

Burn Pits 360 Veterans Organization
10/30/2020

Burn Pits 360 Veterans Organization

U.S. troops and military civilians who have been hit with hefty tax bills and fines by German tax offices say they have ...
10/30/2020
‘So many families have been targeted’: US troops say German tax officials are asking for sensitive personal information

U.S. troops and military civilians who have been hit with hefty tax bills and fines by German tax offices say they have been left to fend for themselves, without support from the military that sent them to Germany in the first place....

“We are not getting that support and are basically left to deal with this. We are not hearing anything from anyone at a higher level.”...

READ MORE: https://www.stripes.com/news/europe/so-many-families-have-been-targeted-us-troops-say-german-tax-officials-are-asking-for-sensitive-personal-information-1.650208

Service members targeted by German tax collectors say U.S. military commands leave them to fend for themselves.

“...since 2017, the U.S. military and CIA have caused between 86 to 154 civilian casualties, "likely [marking] the most ...
10/29/2020
US-Caused Civilian Casualties in Yemen at Highest Levels Since 2001, Watchdog Group Says

“...since 2017, the U.S. military and CIA have caused between 86 to 154 civilian casualties, "likely [marking] the most intensive period of strikes in that country by any U.S. president since 2001." That's according to the new report, "Eroding Transparency."

The U.S. has conducted roughly 180 kinetic operations, including ground missions and airstrikes, since President Donald Trump took office in 2017, the report says.

AirWars said there were a total of 230 alleged and confirmed actions that had "associated allegations of civilian harm;" in Trump's first year alone, Yemen saw the heaviest period of U.S. action, with more than 130 confirmed strikes, the organization said....

The latest report contrasts starkly with the Pentagon's own findings about civilian casualties incurred in its Yemen counterterrorism operations....”

“The administration has lately chosen to be less transparent about its bombing campaigns. Trump last year rescinded part of an Obama-era order requiring the publication of an annual report on civilian casualties resulting from U.S. military and intelligence actions overseas.”

READ MORE: https://www.military.com/daily-news/2020/10/28/us-caused-civilian-casualties-yemen-highest-levels-2001-watchdog-group-says.html

Airwars said that since 2017, the U.S. military and CIA have caused between 86 to 154 civilian casualties.

“According to [recently discharged Sailor Kevin] Selfaison... sailors' options for reporting rotten food are so limited ...
10/29/2020
A Navy Veteran Exposes the Gross Food Served on Warships in a Viral Facebook Post

“According to [recently discharged Sailor Kevin] Selfaison... sailors' options for reporting rotten food are so limited that the Navy leaders who could actually fix the pervasive problems with the food served to sailors are not seeing what needs to be done.

Selfaison also said he waited until he left active duty on Oct. 3 to post the imagery of the gross food on Facebook so that the Navy could not retaliate against him.

"There's no way it would still be on the internet now if I was still in the military," Selfaison said. "I would have been forced to take it down."

READ MORE: https://www.military.com/daily-news/2020/10/28/navy-veteran-exposes-gross-food-served-warships-viral-facebook-post.html

Kevin Selfaison said he documented the awful Navy food over a period of three years.

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10/26/2020

FBI – Federal Bureau of Investigation

Securing election infrastructure calls for a partnership between federal, state, and local government agencies and private sector entities. For resources on how you can help us promote election security, visit https://go.usa.gov/xfFrb. #Protect2020

FBI – Federal Bureau of Investigation
10/26/2020

FBI – Federal Bureau of Investigation

Lying about the time, date, or place of an election to prevent qualified voters from voting is voter suppression—and a crime. Contact your local FBI office or submit a tip at tips.fbi.gov if you suspect a federal election crime. #Protect2020 http://ow.ly/hsx750C11kk

"Vietnam Veterans of America, a nonprofit advocacy group, has said a cabal of foreign entities, including Russian operat...
10/26/2020
Veterans have been targets of foreign manipulation. Now they’re fighting it before the election.

"Vietnam Veterans of America, a nonprofit advocacy group, has said a cabal of foreign entities, including Russian operatives and others, focus disinformation campaigns against service members and veterans because they have high levels of social trust, vote at high rates and may persuade others who admire their service.

Now the U.S. government and VVA are marshaling veterans in a similar way, asking them to help amplify warnings about sharing disinformation on social media and to educate others about spotting such content and warning friends and family that information about the 2020 election is prime for online foreign interference.

The campaign, which includes graphics that veterans can post on social media, carries the theme “America needs its veterans now more than ever.” The initiative began Friday, said John Rowan, the national president of VVA.

“We encourage all veterans to take note of the tools provided and to use this information to combat foreign interference from wherever it comes,” he said in a statement. “This is psychological warfare taken to an extreme, and it impacts our national security.”... #PROTECT2020

READ MORE: https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/2020/10/26/veterans-election-disinformation/

Veterans are being asked to help amplify warnings about sharing disinformation on social media, educate others about spotting such content and warning friends and family that the 2020 election is prime for online foreign interference.

“A lot of times people are really tied into what they did. It becomes everything about them. And stepping away from that...
10/24/2020
Operating at home: How to make SOF troops' transition to civilian life easier

“A lot of times people are really tied into what they did. It becomes everything about them. And stepping away from that to kind of figure out where you’re going to fit in, what your purpose on the planet is because all of the sudden you have choices, is daunting.”

https://www.militarytimes.com/education-transition/2020/10/23/operating-at-home-how-to-make-sof-troops-transition-to-civilian-life-easier/

When members of highly motivated and mission-focused teams leave the military, they often struggle to find a new purpose in life.

"Increasing the amount of time spent asleep immediately after a traumatic experience may ease any negative consequences,...
10/24/2020
Increasing sleep time after trauma could ease ill effects | WSU Insider | Washington State University

"Increasing the amount of time spent asleep immediately after a traumatic experience may ease any negative consequences, suggests a new study conducted by researchers at Washington State University...

"Published today in Scientific Reports, the study helps build a case for the use of sleep therapeutics following trauma exposure...

The finding holds particular promise for populations that are routinely exposed to trauma, such as military personnel and first responders, and may also benefit victims of accidents, natural disaster, violence, and abuse...."

READ MORE: https://news.wsu.edu/2020/10/22/increasing-sleep-time-trauma-ease-ill-effects/

A new study by Washington State University researchers helps build a case for the use of sleep therapeutics following trauma exposure.

"Lawmakers are raising concerns about Veterans Affairs officials' delayed release of the annual suicide report, saying t...
10/23/2020
Delay in release of annual veterans suicide report raises concerns

"Lawmakers are raising concerns about Veterans Affairs officials' delayed release of the annual suicide report, saying the information may not be made public until sometime after the November elections.

The report, a key tool for a host of government researchers and veterans advocates, has been released In late September or early October each of the last two years. Department of Defense officials released their annual report on suicides among active-duty personnel on Oct. 1."

READ MORE: https://www.militarytimes.com/news/pentagon-congress/2020/10/20/delay-in-release-of-annual-veterans-suicide-report-raises-concerns

The report is typically made public by now, but VA officials have no planned release date for this year.

Gulf War Veteran Survey Now Open
10/23/2020
Gulf War Veteran Survey Now Open

Gulf War Veteran Survey Now Open

The Nova Southeastern survey study of Gulf War veterans is open for a limited time. If you have already taken it already, don't take it ...

**VA FULLY PRIVATIZES C&P EXAMS**"The Department of Veterans Affairs is eliminating its in-house compensation and pensio...
10/22/2020
VA plans to outsource all compensation and pension exams

**VA FULLY PRIVATIZES C&P EXAMS**
"The Department of Veterans Affairs is eliminating its in-house compensation and pension exam program and will outsource all of the exams, which are crucial to determining whether veterans are eligible for VA benefits.

In a letter to VA Secretary Robert Wilkie on Tuesday, Rep. Elaine Luria, D-Va., said the plan was developed with no notice to Congress. She’s concerned the move could slow work to reduce a backlog of compensation and pension exams, commonly referred to as C&P exams, and she’s worried about the VA’s ability to oversee the contractors. Luria also criticized the department for cutting federal jobs during a pandemic.

“For many veterans, thorough and accurate C&P examinations are crucial to securing service-connected benefits,” Luria wrote. “VA’s quiet decision to carry out a major reorganization of its C&P program without a plan to make key improvements, reduce backlog, or retain employees is unlikely to deliver the high-quality results we expect.”

Luria leads the Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs, part of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. During a hearing she led last year, the VA said it would contract with more outside medical providers to perform C&P exams. Lawmakers were led to believe the contracted examiners merely supplemented the existing program, primarily to help rural veterans and those veterans facing long wait times, Luria said.

Recently, however, VA staff told Luria’s office about the department’s plan to shutter the C&P program at the VA and contract with the private sector for 100% of the exams. ...

Luria also wants to know whether the VA has considered maintaining in-house exams for veterans suffering from Gulf War Illness, military sexual trauma and traumatic brain injury – all conditions unique to veterans and that often call for specialists. She asked for responses by Nov. 16."

READ MORE: https://www.stripes.com/news/us/va-plans-to-outsource-all-compensation-and-pension-exams-1.649356

The Department of Veterans Affairs is eliminating its in-house compensation and pension exam program and will outsource all of the exams, which are crucial to determining whether veterans are eligible for VA benefits.

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Veterans for Common Sense (VCS) was formed in 2002 and incorporated as a non-profit in 2003 by war veterans who, like Revolutionary War patriot Thomas Paine, believe that We the People of the United States of America are most secure when our country is free, strong, and responsibly engaged with the world. We also believe that America can only live up to her ideals when citizens are engaged in the policy process and the work of government. Veterans have a unique role to play in this process, providing a voice of common sense in matters of foreign and military policy and veterans' affairs.

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No land is sacred.
The Donut Hole for Veterans Grenada/Lebanon/Panama needs to be changed to Wartime Services, not a conflict. Veterans serving during these years are being discriminated against by not including them despite being rated at 100% in participation of Federal and State programs such as tax exempt status.
January 13, 2019 To: U.S. Department of Veterans Affair. I sent two complaint letters To the U.S. Department of Veterans Affair also They e-mailed down to Cincinnati VA twice and both times made a decision with out even talking to me or a legitimate investigation. Calling down to a place to where I am making a complaint about. Not even getting with me for further information, facts, recorded convesations. And coming up with a judgement call is not a legitimate investigation. No wonder Veterans lives are ruined or worse yet the Veterans that are no longer with us from them committing suicide over this nightmare from not receiving quality care that we deserve. I am not going to put up with what part of the VA is doing to me. Anybody should not be treated that I have with the improper care that I am receiving, especially Veterans. Some of the VA staff that replied to the Veterans Affair is now lying which I can prove from my records, and their notes that don’t match up with the 76 recorded conversations. I know for a fact on what has happened to me with the improper care has ruined Veterans lives and even killed them from suicide. Other veterans and I are not animals, or a number. We are a person that enlisted into the service and had to obey the rules and even some of us died. And the VA doesn’t up-hold to their part of the agreement for giving us quality care. Why am I getting treated this bad? The sad thing is; it is a simple solution for the VA to address these cracks. Now, because the responses that the U.S. Department of Affairs sent me is going to get this into the media. I wanted a simple solution which would have gotten me back on me feet but for some reason it just seems like they don’t care. I guess one reason why they do what they do is; its hard for the VA to get in trouble. Any other organizations would have been charged for criminal acts and their business shut down with no questions ask. Yes, I am angry, but under that anger is hurt. Its hurts me on how I am getting treated just the same as a mother hurting their child from not caring. ___________________________________________________________________ January 13, 2019 This was your reply to me: Cincinnati VA staff have worked diligently with you since your discharge in September 2018. Staff have provided medical care, housing information and assistance, and community resources for financial and Social Security assistance. You are currently assigned a social worker in the Community Outreach Division. In November, you spoke with Mr. Christopher Chatfield, Chief, Social Work Service. Ok, I clearly see that you don’t care about us veterans. This will be my last time on trying to get help from a place that doesn’t care and don’t even try at all. My whole life is still upside down from improper care, but you believe that they are giving me quality care. Again, you don’t even try to listen to me or veterans. I have attached documents that will prove different. Plus, I have 67 recorded conversations and one of them is from Chris Chatfield admitting that the numbers do need updated, it’s been awhile since they have been updated. He even amitted that his name and number was on a resource list of numbers. And he hasn’t worked there in over 10 years. I can go on, but you get the picture. Not having the proper resource numbers of course equals not getting the proper care. Someone is not doing their job. But I am sure you will take their side. Again, I have that conversation recorded. I went to him for the numbers to resources that wasn’t updated and that my social worker that isn’t qualified to be on my pact them. I asked my social worker if she can help me find the right resources. Just because I have a social worker that’s not even qualified to be on my PACT TEAM doesn’t mean I am getting the proper care that I deserve, especially the proper care to get me back on my feet. She replied: Mr. Axt I gave you a list of numbers that’s all I can do. Than she said that I will have my supervisor call you. No phone call yet from her. I have that conversation recorded. I have called her and emailed numerous of times and she doesn’t reply. That is not quality care. I have been trying to get a nasal spray with medicine for a pulip that’s in my nostril, Its even on my record on what kind of nasal spray. Hmm, after emailing and calling, going to the ER which I was told to do so, over my pulip. Don’t make sense. And the ER and nurse told me to go to ENT. I go to ENT and they tell me I must go back to my primary doctor to get a referral, I email my nurse two different times, no referral. Just in limbo just like other things that I am trying to get help with. This is now working on two months, just to get care of a simple thing as a pulip. So, don’t tell me that I am getting the proper care. Your so-called investigation is also part of the reason why veterans don’t get that quality help, because all you do is email or call down to the place that we are making a complaint about and take one side of story. Again, nobody listens to the veterans, I guess people think that a veteran cry for help with some mental disorders doesn’t know what they are talking about. Look at the past history of Cincinnati, VA (which I have on one of the attachments) you can clearly see that their no angels. And yet, you call down to the place where I am making a complaint to and you taking their side and closing this case and I’m still not receiving the proper care to get back on my feet. I have recorded conversations from VA staff and one of them is chief social worker, telling me my case is complicated, and I leave their office with no assistance. I am falling through the cracks. Also, have recorded conversations telling me one reason why I’m having trouble with resource numbers is because they need to be updated. That’s why I have a huge problem. Look at my records with notes that some of the VA staff writes in there. And listen to the recorded conversations and then make a judgement call. A pact team social worker must have additional training to be involved with PACT. And a social worker that gives you phone numbers that don’t work and they think that they are doing their job properly, isn’t proper care. I know you would want better service if you were in my shoes. And yet you e-mail Cincinnati VA thinking it’s a legitimate investigation. And you go home enjoying your life while I’m struggling from a mental break down and trying my best to get back on my feet. No wonder veterans commit suicide. I can say that statement, because my therapist saved me twice from sucide from this nightmare. I guarantee you, if you investigate my records/notes you will see red flags. You than will understand on what I am trying to say to you. Yes, I am upset. You’re only looking at one side of the story and make a judgement call. Your unprofessional way on handing this issue is wrong on so many levels. It almost feels like your working for and with the VA instead of us Veterans. I have a Pact team which I’m told that I am in the driver seat, that does not have my social worker that is supposed to be on my team, and it has made my life a living hell. And by the VA guidelines that there responsible and to make sure that I don’t get inadequate care for any changes, shorthanded staff etc. I do have that regulations straight out from the VA guidelines. Call down VA CBOC at Dearborn Indiana (812) 532-2532 and ask them how come I don’t have a social worker on my team. Ask them why I don’t have a social worker on my PACT TEAM since I got out from the hospital. Ask them if they have a social worker at their facility. Their social worker is filling a different position because they are shorthanded. Their social worker is filling a different position which is making me have the improper and inadequate care. I have roughly 15 to 20 pages of just web sites for the Cincinnati, VA getting in trouble for inadequate care, improper care, Neglect. So on. And yet you call down and trust them on what they tell you. I have concrete proof that I am not getting the quality care for me to become whole again. And Your so-called investigation is not helping. I won’t bother you any longer, because you can clearly see that you don’t want to help. I will be giving all my information to the news including these letters between me and your organization, because it is wrong on what is taking place in some areas at the Cincinnati VA, for not getting that quality care that they promise us veterans. I am not going to stop until I get the proper help that I deserve. Do you really think by e-mailing and calling is considered a legitimate investigation? Let me know when you have difficulties and your about to become homeless and lost your business. I will send you the resources that don’t work. And see you stressing out because its just not about you it will be your wife and kids that depends on you for the numbers, I give you to get help with. You know, after trying to get help from you and trying to get you to listen, makes me relize that I don’t wont help from a person/place that doesn’t care about us veterans. I will go somewhere else. It blows me away how your approaching this matter. I have told you that it has my life upside down, that my therapist saved me twice from sucide. And now thinking about going back to the 7th floor. What do you think I’m doing, making all this up? If I could make all this up by imagination, I would be writing books and making money. I know if I was in your shoes, I would go the VA do an investigation, go to the veteran’s house and other procedures and then come up with a decision. The bottom line No matter what the Cincinnati VA tells you. I am still struggling and having a hard time from this mental break down and I’m not getting the proper care. So something is not working. So eventually I will go back to 7th floor or become suicidual where I don’t care if I die, from this ordeal if nothing changes. And if you are talking to KIMBERLY SCOTT that is supposed to be my patient advocate and you make judgment calls from her. Then I will never get the proper help. If you really want to get to the bottom of this. Just spend one hour in my life and you will see something is not working. And I know I did everything possible to try to get back on me feet while my head is still messed up, from my mental break down. Just one hour. Do me a favor, give this letter to someone in your organization that has been in my shoes. If you do that than I know someone will take the proper steps to get to the bottom of this matter. I will be sending this letter and other letters with your response letters and I will be sending them to the white house, to congress, to the media and so on. I now have a sign in my yard that is by a busy road to downtown saying the CINCINNATI VA IS DESTORYING MY LIFE. I will be going down to downtown wearing a sign saying the same thing while playing videos of veterans receiving improper care at Cincinnati, VA. And here is what is even more sad out of this whole mess. Its an easy fix on the VA part which means I would get the proper care but its you that is going to make this problem escalate into a mess where the media will be involved. With this letter plus attachments you can clearly see something is wrong. My letter and your above response from the last e-mail complaint doesn’t collaborate. So, if you don’t do a legitimate investigation that could mean 3 things. 1. You are lazy 2. You just don’t care about veterans or 3 you are lazy and don’t care about veterans. Thank you for your improper service. 1. Poor Healthcare Is to Blame for 20 Veteran Suicides a Day - Tonic tonic.vice.com/en_us/article/j55an3/poor-healthcare-is-to-blame-for-20-veteran-suicides-a-day Aug 29, 2017 ... Poor Healthcare Is to Blame for 20 Veteran Suicides a Day ... War II far exceeds the combined total number of soldiers wounded or killed in action. ... When it comes to mental health care, we're failing the men and women who ...