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How can our agency encourage two-way conversations with the public to share ideas and expertise to improve our work? What specific tools and strategies should we use to encourage these public conversations?
(@smallrevolution)

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Dialogue

Dialogue requires one respond to the Other. Government has not been very responsive to the people, our needs or voices. Also, the double speak must go. We are told that the V.A. is being brought into the 21st century, yet 1. care is not holistic 2. the time allotted patients for appointments is being restricted. Even psych appointments to 30 min. Try evaluating a patient, and work out a change in psych meds including ...more »

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28 votes
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(@cvsobrian)

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Widows Benefits

I am a CVSO. One of the most irritating things VAs doing is with regard to widows is with regard to month of death checks and death benefits. When a Veteran passes away, Debt Mgt snatches the month of death check from their account. An already stressful situation is compounded greatly when now the widow cannot pay the electric or heating bill because she was using those funds to pay bills. Further, death benefit applications ...more »

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27 votes
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(@jerterw)

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Equal Treatment for ALL Veterans

As National Chairman of the American Cold War Veterans I have some issues with VA. Millions of men and women served during the Cold War, and outside of the Korea and Vietnam War periods. Many or most of these veterans are not eligible for VA Health Care. We did the same jobs that today's military are doing, yet so many get denied. This is totally unfair and unequal treatment. President Obama, Vice President Biden and ...more »

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20 votes
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(@dtasler2000)

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PTSD and TBI

Why is it that when a doc with V.A. says someone has this they have to prove it ? When the doc told me I had TBI the V.A. said I had to prove it . Who can I prove that something shuck my brain . I had to prove PTSD which I did and got 50% for that even thou a V.A. medical doc said I have both . I want a reason please on this . If one of your docs tells someone they have it go with what the doc says .

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19 votes
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(@pointman1960)

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Create VA'S open Government Plan

As the objects of paper shredding scandals we expect an openness about investigations from the VA OIG related to these constant issues at hand, we need a open Government response as related to all investigative reports. This will cause a thought process when VA employees criminal act can expose his or her name publicly to go along with presecution of the crimes of tampering with federal documents!

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19 votes
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(@greg.dameron)

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Twitter and Facebook???!!!

VA, are you kidding me??? Why in the world are you taking on new "social networking" endeavors, when you guys can't even handle disability claims???!!! This is the worst idea to ever come from the "good idea" factory! Actually, whatever SES agreed to this should be fired because it's this type of mentality that makes you one of the worst government agencies out there...and that is saying something. FOCUS ON YOUR ...more »

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15 votes
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(@pete00)

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Putting Veterans to Work

There seems to be a more and more serious corruption problem in state and local politics that could use people loyal to the country as a whole. My idea is to use Veterans as auditors on the use of Federal funds for local and state projects. This would give qualified Veterans access to city and state project funding, process, and accounting to prevent the kind of corruption that goes on at the local levels. It could be ...more »

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11 votes
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(@saltydoglkm)

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emotional support for veterans

Institute a program whereby retired, qualified social workers would either volunteer their time, or accept a low wage to work with one returning vet having difficulties readjusting. In conjunction, enlist combat veterans from previous conflicts in a 'buddy system', similar to AA, volunteer or low wage, to be on call 24/7, when their vet needs support. The returning soldier would have both a friend who understands the ...more »

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10 votes
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(@mmipcvab)

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Competitions for Innovation

VA should consider using competitions (internal and public) to identify and select innovative solutions to improve exisiting mamangement systems and processes. Similar to ones conducted by NASA and DOD... VA would have to identify a problem (not hard to do - there are many) get some experts to act as judges and define the minimum standards that the solution must meet, provide prizes(cash), and let the brilliant people ...more »

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9 votes
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(@skuyk0)

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cost savings and radiation exposure

Recently had X-Rays taken and was referred to another VA Contract Orthopedic Physician for further evaluation. Now, the VA had already taken X-Rays of my Right Hip and had them electronically. However, when I went to see the Contract Physician, we took numerous X-Rays again. This seems to me to be (1) Double Dose of Radiation; and (2) a way to cut down on costs, as the X-Rays from the Contracting Physician I am sure were ...more »

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9 votes
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(@megankingsley)

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Acupuncture available in my local VA system

Veterans should be able to receive acupuncture from Licensed Acupuncturists at their local VA facility or have acupuncture treatment covered by their health care insurance. Acupuncture is a drug-free way to reduce symptoms of pain, sleep troubles (various forms of insomnia), anxiety, depression, anger, flashbacks, and running thoughts. These symptoms are common in post-combat stress, post-traumatic stress, operational ...more »

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8 votes
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(@markrcosta)

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Acknowledging cultural impacts on poor SCD documentation

Recently I have had the pleasure of going through the disability claims process. I am not here to denigrate the VA employees, as overall my experience has been alright. However, I do want to address the documentation and proof of injury and ongoing treatment requirements as part of the disability claims process. More specifically, I would like to make an argument that the burden of proof should be placed on the servicemember's ...more »

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8 votes
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