Veterans’ Lives Matter

Please help us end the veteran suicide epidemic and crisis in which at least twenty veterans a day are taking their livesYou can make a difference!  Learn how by clicking HERE, or read more.

The Veteran suicide crisis is, today, what the opioid crisis was about five years ago in the public perception.  It’s an ongoing tragedy which affects families in every state, of every race, of every ethnic group, in every income bracket, of every religion, and of every political persuasion. 

Our veterans volunteered to protect us, and we sent them halfway across the world to do so, often without the proper tools to protect themselves.  They came back wounded and damaged.  Maybe not always in a way we can see or understand; but significantly in a way civilian medical professionals aren’t yet trained to help.

Our veterans depend on the Department of Veterans Affairs to lend a compassionate and helping hand to get past their experiences.  Too often, the VA managers are more concerned about their careers than their mission and responsibilities.  Instead of treating each veteran as a warrior whose personal sacrifice protected them, some VA managers see them as an inconvenience and an obstacle to their career advancement.  Because of their experience at the VA, these corrupt managers understand the cracks and loopholes in the system and exploit them daily to make it look like veterans are receiving the care they need; even though they aren’t. 

Anyone employed by the VA who puts their own selfish interests before those of the veterans who depend on them need to be held accountable, but there is no effective method of doing so.

The cost of this corruption is staggering.  It’s not just that a vet is taking their own life about every hour, it’s the horrifying manner in which they are doing so to express their frustration about being neglected and abused.

We have veterans who volunteered to protect our country setting themselves on fire to protest their inability to receive proper care from the VA.  Let that sink in for a moment.

We have veterans who volunteered to protect our country shooting themselves on the VA grounds to protest their inability to receive proper care from the VA.  Click HERE to read some articles about these tragedies.  A new page will open.

The United States Department of Veterans Affairs budget request for the coming fiscal years is $220.2 billion dollarsThat’s about $3,000 of your tax dollars for every family.

Is allowing our veterans to be neglected and abused to death how you want your tax dollars spent?  Again, you can make a difference!  Learn how by clicking HERE, or continue reading.

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No Relief in Sight

Congress Really Doesn’t Care, Yet

There’s a Simple Solution

The Personal Cost of Official Indifference

How You Can Help

No Relief in Sight

Veterans’ Lives Matter

When a vet complains, expresses frustration, or shares their despair about their lack of care the VA often exploits those cries for help.  They brand the vet as “unstable” while indicating in the vet’s medical records how the VA is not responsible for the problem.  The VA management admits the problem exists, but when the vets or their family complains the VA takes the attitude “there’s nothing you can do about it”. 

And this shameful cycle continues until we have another senseless loss, another grieving family, another media report of shocking details, and another “thoughts and prayers” press release.  You can make a difference!  Learn how by clicking HERE, or continue reading.

Until Congress passes legislation to actually hold the individual VA managers responsible for the lack of care and attention which cause each and every veteran suicide, the only sure way a veteran can fight for their very survival is by filing a civil rights lawsuit in Federal court.

The courts tend to take a dim view of neglecting or abusing veterans and normally order proper care be provided on the rare occasions a case gets before a judge.

It’s rare because, in the United States, there currently is no advocacy group or organized legal effort to assist veterans in crisis who have been neglected, abused, or abandoned by the VA health care system.  None.

That means

  • No meaningful ability to access the courts for protections against retaliation by the VA for filing a complaint about a care deficiency
  • No ability to seek justice or relief when the VA ignores a care need
  • No ability to seek justice or relief when the VA refuses to provide outside mental health care because the acute issue is one or both of the above

None; and each day at least 20 more brave veterans take their own lives because VA managers won’t make sure they receive the treatment and respect they deserve.

The problem is the lawyers who are willing to gain experience helping vets this way aren’t the type who can afford to do the work and wait the months and months for the government to pay them.  They have families to feed, too. 

Most of the big money lawyers who could afford to wait for their fee aren’t interested in this type of work.

And each day this disgraceful cycle continues at least twenty veterans take their own lives.

You can make a difference!  Learn how by clicking HERE, or continue reading.

The VA has an Office of Inspector General (OIG) which is responsible for investigating VA employee misconduct and criminal acts.  According to a Washington Post July 2018 article, the VA OIG has been compromised by politics.  Click HERE to read the article(s).  A new page will open.

You can make a difference!  Learn how by clicking HERE, or continue reading.

The only other viable option for holding VA managers accountable for neglecting veterans is a criminal complaint to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  On rare occasions the FBI and other federal agencies investigate and prosecute VA managers for falsifying records regarding veterans’ care neglect and other abusive practices, but it’s very rare.

Apparently, currently the amount of justice and due process a veteran will receive from the FBI is different at each Field Office. 

As of early August 2019, a valid criminal complaint, submitted by a United States Senator, has been sitting on the desk of Minneapolis Field Office Special Agent in Charge Jill Sanborn since February.  Yet the Resident Agent in Charge, Special Agent Matt Moore, claims the recorded confessions of VA managers and employees aren’t enough for him to conduct an investigation. 

When VA employees speak out or report abuse and neglect of veterans, VA managers retaliate against them.  Click HERE to read several articles about VA retaliation.  A new page will open.

Because of this retaliation by VA managers against VA employees and veterans who speak up, criminal complaints like this one are rare and each one should be investigated immediately, vigorously, and should not be wasted.

And each day this disgraceful cycle continues at least twenty veterans take their own lives.

FBI Director Christopher Wray has been informed of Special Agent Moore’s dereliction of duty, but has yet to show any leadership or concerns for veterans.

You can make a difference!  Learn how by clicking HERE, or continue reading.

Congress Really Doesn’t Care, Yet

Veterans Lives Matter

Unfortunately, veterans aren’t a “deep pockets” “special interest” in the eyes of Congress, worthy of being a priority; but most Americans agree our veterans are special and have an interest in helping them survive their transition back to civilian life.

Members of Congress have yet to fully understand the veteran suicide crisis.  Instead, they occasionally introduce new legislation to “fix” the veteran suicide crisis; but what difference does one more law make if the VA management refuses to comply with it, and are not held accountable to it? 

If the VA OIG and the FBI aren’t willing to investigate valid complaints, why should VA managers be concerned about following the law?

There’s a simple solution which will help save lives, but it’s difficult to convince a politician to trade their press release talking points for real action, which someone might criticize. 

Real leadership, like the kind exhibited by many of our veterans at risk, is doing the right thing because it’s the right thing; regardless of what you gain.

You can make a difference!  Learn how by clicking HERE, or continue reading.

Veterans Lives Matter

The Chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee is Georgia Senator Johnny Isakson.  If you visit Senator Isakson’s official Senate website (Click HERE to do so.  A new page will open.) you’ll see his limited concern for veterans.  It’s primarily press releases and light weight legislation which, even if complied with by the VA, will prevent very few suicides; if any.

Senator Isakson is a veteran.  Only he can explain why Veterans Lives Matter has yet to become a priority.

You can make a difference and tell Senator Isakson how you feel!  Learn how by clicking HERE, or continue reading.

The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee consists of the following members. The (V) indicates the Senator is a veteran.

  • Jerry Moran (KS)
  • John Boozman (AR)
  • Bill Cassidy (LA)
  • Mike Rounds (SD)
  • Thom Tillis (NC)
  • Dan Sullivan (AK) (V)
  • Marsha Blackburn (TN)
  • Kevin Cramer (ND)
  • Jon Tester (MT)
  • Patty Murray (WA)
  • Bernie Sanders (VT)
  • Sherrod Brown (OH)
  • Richard Blumenthal (CT) (V)
  • Mazie Hirono (HI)
  • Joe Manchin (WV)
  • Kyrsten Sinema (AZ)

Neither Senator Isakson nor any of the Committee members have yet to supplement their veterans legislation with the provisions of the MEDIVAC ACT, or encourage FBI Director Wray or Minneapolis SAC Jill Sanborn to meaningfully investigate the criminal complaint filed in February. 

And each day this disgraceful cycle continues at least twenty veterans take their own lives.

You can make a difference!  Learn how by clicking HERE, or continue reading.

If you would like to send your elected representatives an email encouraging them to take meaningful action to end the veteran suicide epidemic and crisis, click HERE and a new page will open. The process takes less than 5 minutes.

The Personal Cost of Official Indifference

The Chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee is Representative Mark Takano (CA 41).  If you visit Representative Takano’s official House website (Click HERE to do so.  A new page will open.) you’ll see his limited concern for veterans.  He has a page dedicated to veterans (Click HERE to do so.  A new page will open.), but its pretty words have little substance, which will prevent very few suicides; if any.

Representative Takano is not a veteran, which may explain why Veterans Lives Matter has yet to become a priority.

The House Veterans Affairs Committee consists of the following members. The (V) indicates the representative is a veteran.

  • Julia Brownley (CA 26)
  • Kathleen Rice (NY 04)
  • Conor Lamb (PA 17) (V)
  • Mike Levin (CA 49)
  • Max Rose (NY 11) (V)
  • Anthony Brindisi (NY 22)
  • Gil Cisneros (CA 39) (V)
  • Susie Lee (NV 03)
  • Lauren Underwood (IL 14)
  • Joe Cunningham (SC 01)
  • Elaine Luria (VA 02) (V)
  • Chris Pappas (NH 01)
  • Colin Allred (TX 32)
  • Collin Peterson (MN 07) (V)
  • Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan (Northern Mariana Islands)
  • Phil Roe (TN 01) (V)
  • Gus M. Bilirakis (FL 12)
  • Amata C. Radewagen (American Samoa)
  • Greg Steube (FL 17) (V)
  • Mike Bost (IL 12) (V)
  • Neal Dunn (FL 02) (V)
  • Jack Bergman (MI 01) (V)
  • Jim Banks (IN 03) (V)
  • Andy Barr (KY 06)
  • Dan Meuser (PA 09)
  • Steve Watkins (KS 02) (V)
  • Chip Roy (TX 21)

Neither Representative Takano nor any of the Committee members have yet to supplement their veterans legislation with the provisions of the MEDIVAC ACT, or encourage FBI Director Wray or Minneapolis SAC Jill Sanborn to meaningfully investigate the criminal complaint filed in February. 

And each day this disgraceful cycle continues at least twenty veterans take their own lives.

If you would like to send your elected representatives an email encouraging them to take meaningful action to end the veteran suicide epidemic and crisis, click HERE and a new page will open. The process takes less than 5 minutes.

There’s a Simple Solution

Fortunately, the solution doesn’t require throwing money at the problem or complex legislation, just leadership.  There are already public legal resources in place, they just need to be used to help vets. 

It won’t even cost any new tax dollars, because it will be paid for out of the performance and other bonuses of the VA managers responsible for the problems.

We’re proposing the MEDIVAC ACT.  Learn more about the MEDIVAC ACT by clicking HERE, or continue reading.  A new page will open.

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The MEDIVAC ACT would require the House and Senate Veterans Affairs Committees

  • To establish task forces (or similar bodies) of Committee member staffers
  • To authorize the task forces to subpoena and interview, under oath, the individual VA employees, and their managers, who were directly involved in the care for each veteran who committed suicide
  • To authorize the task forces to subpoena and interview, under oath, the individual VA employees, and their managers, who were directly involved in the care for each veteran who submit a valid criminal complaint

Because most veteran suicides are the result of frustration and despair from neglect and abuse, this would allow the investigators to follow the chain of events which resulted in a veteran choosing to take their own life from the very beginning

Veterans Lives Matter, and each one lost to suicide deserves the dignity and respect of an investigation by Congress to determine if the VA let them down; whether a crime was committed in doing so, and then hold the responsible VA employee accountable.

You can make a difference!  Learn how by clicking HERE, or continue reading.

We believe the MEDIVAC ACT provides the most effective way to immediately begin to save our veterans’ lives.  If you agree, you can help and make a difference!  Learn how by clicking HERE, or continue reading.

If our elected representatives would supplement any future veterans legislation they propose or support with the provisions of the MEDIVAC ACT, we could take that first step in the worthy pursuit of saving the lives of our family, friends, and neighbors who volunteered to protect us from harm.

Again, until individual facility level VA managers are held accountable for existing laws, any new laws are meaningless.  The MEDIVAC ACT provision will make that happen, and you can help and make a difference!  Learn how by clicking HERE, or continue reading.

How You Can Help

Congress works for us.  Each Senator and Representative are paid with your tax dollars.  You have the right to be heard.

Our representatives might not understand the veteran suicide epidemic is a crisis, but they understand public pressure and votes.  If you share your concern with your Senator and Member of Congress, eventually they will recognize it’s in their interest to take meaningful action to help save a few lives.

Doing so is easy. Click HERE to open a new page with a Lookup Form which will tell you the name of your Member of Congress, or HERE to send an email if you already know their name.

In less than 60 seconds you will send an email directly to both of your United States Senators and your Member of Congress’s most senior staffers responsible for the welfare, and very survival, of our veterans. 

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Thank you for your attention, and your support.

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing – Edmund Burke

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