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Re: “The Invisible


Re: “The Invisible” Style Weekly 7/5 Melissa Scott Sinclair

Thanks to the author for this article as well as for the Veteran and her mother.

It takes a lot of energy and personal psyche strength to go up against the "the systems"; VA, DRS, BHDD, etc.

Everyone in the systems--both VA and the State systems-- know this; but they continue to do the same thing...
expecting" different results which is called INSANITY.

The VA/DVS continues to run around and get "referrals" for our Vets; but when they get feedback they are not good referrals, etc.

They do NOTHING with this information. But that's OK...you see "everyone" has a job; and very little quality help gets to the Veteran/family members.

Millions and Millions of dollars of grant moneys and Vets/Family members still have to beg for decent quality services!

So Vets and Family members run around doing the Information and Referral to NOWHERE and thus exacerbating their disabilities.

Several weeks ago, the VA offered my husband an either or -- One on One counseling or Marriage Counseling --not both!! "...don't have the personnel for both". When you call the Local CSB; one referred to the VA and the other referred to the Vet Center. Pardon me, DVS; where is the Partnership with the State and Community services.

The State can't even handle their regular citizenry disability needs; much less the onslaught of needed services for our post 9/11 soldier/family members AS WELL as the older Viet Nam Veterans/family members. And the systems KNOW that these combat Vets will more likely than not get dementias or Alzheimers and there are NO programs for these olders Vets/Family members. And if you don't fit in their box (for research purposes); Forget about it!

Lip service to caretakers and family members. There is NO CENTRAL OFFICE OVERSIGHT. They, including VA Central Office as well as the Commissioner of DVS, do what they want; when they want!

How many people realize that the VA Patient Advocate Office is really the VA Public Relations Department!

If you speak out; they shut you out; they don't respond to emails, voicemails, etc. They pretend you are not there and YOU are the problem.

More of us need to get together and start a real Advocacy Group with Style Weekly covering the stories. It apparently is the ONLY investigative and real reporting media that we have in the Commonwealth!

Watch this article for day, time, etc. for the initial meeting of this ADVOCACY GROUP FOR VETERANS and their Family members!

Keep up the good work Style; Veterans and family members need you!

Vetwife Advocate

Posted by Vetwife Advocate on 07/08/2011 at 12:08 PM

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