WHAT DOES THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS DO WITH ALL THESE IDEAS?CAN WE MAKE SURE THEY DO SOMETHING ABOUT WHAT WE ALL THINK AND WRITE ABOUT?
Let us see the performance ratings of the VA doctors. The facility medical directors need to do a better job of evaluating physicians and need to be held accountable for the poor performers they allow to continue providing substandard care. Show us the ratings to assure us that quality is being measured and delivered.
Why don't OPM follow-up on the Laws, Requirements, etc that are presently in place. Examples would be 38USC Section 4214, 5CFR Part 720 Subpart C, etc. Why is it that people who are neither a Veteran nor a Disabled Veteran are over seeing these Laws, Requirements, etc? In most cases these people are from another EEO Group and when asking questions on Veterans and Disabled Veterans Laws, Requirements, etc are being... more »
The claims back log will take several initatives. It will take extreme collaboration from all (VA,veterans, and the private sectors). One preception from the general public and veterans is that VA is waiting for most vets to die off before the claim is processed. It is unrealistic for VA to process claims for WWII vet as it does for a healthy vet just being released from active service. More importantly a veteran that... more »
This was a serious problem back in 1970, when I returned from Vietnam. It's discouraging to hear that it is still a problem after all these years. Perhaps another key to solving this problem would be to become more efficient in other areas. For example I recently received a 10 page "letter" initialed by 3 employees and signed by a fourth, when a 1 page letter would have been sufficient. Also, by way of example, I'm now... more »
VA should conduct C&P Exams at local out-patient clinics instead of requiring Disabled Veterans to drive hundreds of miles to VA Hospitals.
How about having every regional office with it's own board of appeals.It will speed up the processing of your claim!
I would like to see a link from our VA Intranet homepage to a site that tells what research is being done at each VA, with the title of the study, name of the P.I. and contact information. It is hard for the public and clinicians to find out about what research is being done, how to get involved, or who to contact. Having a link may improve involvement, which in turn will raise the quality and quantity of research coming... more »
Inspector General should, at a minimum, acknowledge communications received. This is already done through out the rest of the VA using IRIS. Presently, users of the VAOIG Hotline have no way of knowing if their message has been received....
As part of VA's open government initiative, Notification Letters should include a brief but meaningful explanation of why VA is requiring the veteran to report for a C&P Examination.
Greetings My name is Jimmy Lerma, On September 11 2001, I was in recruit training for the United States Marine Corps (USMC). We were informed of the tragedy that accrued that day but were unable to see any outside news until the following sunday. In Feb 2003 my unit and I were deployed to Iraq, I returned home from Iraq on June 22 one month earlier than my unit due to the death of my grandmother, the women that... more »
Acupuncture has a proven track record for reducing pain and helping people feel happier and more hopeful. It calms people down and helps them perform better. Military personnel and veterans deserve to get the best. There are studies available where acupuncture has been shown to reduce the need for as many pain relieving medications. It is used in detox centers to help people get off drugs.
I have experienced amazing benefits from receiving accupuncture treatments and would love for them to be available at the VA and other military health care facilities. I believe it is criminal that we are not providing our soldiers with access to these simple techniques which can have such a profound impact on their ability to process and relieve stress after returning from extremely traumatic situations. With such... more »
Five million vets have access to the best medical records system in the world, but community docs can't access veterans' VA medical records. 1) create a portal for community docs using any flavor of VistA to look at/log into a vet's records (with appropriate permission), so every treating doc can use the same record. 2) create a portal to popHealth http://projectpophealth.org/index.html so community doctors using... more »
Why can't dependent information be included on the initial claim? Why do you have to file a second claim once you reach a certain percentage to include your dependents? This is twice the paper work and man hours to process this second claim.