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A Historic Success for Veterans Service

August 24, 2015 – U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/22436/va-claims-backlog-now-under-100000-lowest-in-department-history/?utm_source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_content=emotion&utm_campaign=backlog%20reduction%20promotion This week, the VA reduced the disability claims backlog to 98,535 claims – an 84% reduction from its peak and a historic low. This reduction means that Veterans’ disability claim decisions are being delivered more accurately and efficiently. The faster Veterans receive completed claim decisions, the […]

Problems keep piling up for Veterans Affairs Department

July 18, 2015 – Associated Press http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/07/18/problems-keep-piling-up-for-veterans-affairs-department/ Associated Press contributor, Mathew Daly, points out the finger pointing from lawmakers directed at the VA, and reciprocal defensive comments from government administrators trying to fix the VA, have muddied the waters. Many in congress demand that firings be used as a measure of progress, while the VA […]

Female military veteran suicide rate is six times greater than other women

June 8, 2015 by Alan Zarembo http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-female-veteran-suicide-20150608-story.html#page=1 Suicide expert, Dr. Mathew Miller, says, “We have to come to come to grips with why they are so obscenely high.” The report’s author, VA epidemiologist Claire Hoffmire, suggested that these suicide rates may have more to do with who chooses to join the military than what happens […]

IAVA Survey Upends Department Of Veterans Affairs Claims

May 4, 2015 by Benjamin Krause http://www.disabledveterans.org/2015/05/04/iava-survey-upends-department-of-veterans-affairs-claims/ The IAVA survey highlights growing dissatisfaction with VA health care, questioning the VA’s assertion that veterans prefer VA care vs. other options and says severe problems still exist with disability compensation wait list delays. The IAVA study was based on gathered claims from veterans from the Iraq and […]

At Phoenix VA, Obama Says More Work to do for Veterans

March 14, 2015 – Modern Healthcare http://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20150314/NEWS/303149936/at-phoenix-va-obama-says-more-work-to-do-for-veterans Amid persistent complaints about veterans’ healthcare, President Barack Obama acknowledged lingering weaknesses Friday in the federal government’s response to the chronic delays and false waiting lists that triggered a national outcry over the Veterans Affairs health system last year. Obama said that while VA Secretary Robert McDonald is […]

The Moral Injury

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/17/opinion/david-brooks-the-moral-injury.html?_r=0 “Most discussion about PTSD thus far has been about fear and the conquering of fear. But, over the past few years, more people have come to understand PTSD is also about exile — moral exile.”

Advocating for better patient care

Savvy patient By Davis Cracroft, M.D., Union Tribune, AUG. 14, 2014 http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/aug/14/professional-patient-advocates/ It’s crucial that advocates feel comfortable speaking up if they have questions or feel the need to seek more information regarding a diagnosis, medications or surgery recommendations. Medical errors can occur in even the most careful environments or seemingly optimal circumstances, and asking […]

Chance for a Cure to VA Scandal

By Harvey Shapiro San Diego Union Tribune – May 14, 2014 With San Diego County serving as home for the largest concentration of veterans in the United States, most of us know or are related to a veteran being treated at San Diego VA Hospital. Many of us have worked there. Forty years ago, as […]

“Hey, Doc. Know What Happiness Is?”

Integration of a Psychiatrist on a Military Physical Rehabilitation Unit By Steven J. Davis, MD, DLFAPA Davis is a long term member SDCMS member, currently retired. He serves on PAVE’s Board of Directors Reprinted from San Diego Physician Magazine, May 2014, pp 26-27 A therapy session at Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC) in Washington, […]

Penn researcher helps health care providers win hearts, minds of veteran

By Maiken Scott,WHYY, Philadelphia, February 2014 http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/local/item/64716-helping-healthcare-providers-win-hearts-and-minds-of-veterans Most veterans who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan do not receive regular care at Veterans Affairs hospitals for their physical and emotional wounds, and do not tell their civilian doctors where they been. This creates barriers that prevent vets from getting care, wants to help health care […]