• 00:59

    600,000 Veterans Wait to See the Doctor

    in Politics Conservative

    More than 600,000 veterans — 10% of all the Veterans Affairs patients — continue to wait a month or more for appointments at VA hospitals and clinics, according to data obtained by USA TODAY.


     


    The VA has made some progress in dealing with the backlog of cases that forced former secretary Eric Shinseki to retire early this year. Some facilities still have extremely long wait times for basic care, including 64 that have average wait times over 60 days for new patients seeking primary care. They include major facilities, such as hospitals in Baltimore; Jacksonville, Fla.; Temple, Texas, and Atlanta. All have at least 30,000 pending appointments.


     


    Kevin McKechnie is the Executive Director of the Health Savings Account (HSA) Council and the American Bankers Associations’ Office of Insurance Advocacy. He represents the HSA Council and ABA before Congre

  • 01:36

    The Chauncey Karls Report

    in Politics

    Hosts Jesse and Cody discuss recent efforts by the City of Modesto to draw business to their downtown, including a SuperKarts USA event; Josh Gordon of the Cleveland Brown's looming punishment for testing postive for drug use and the disparity between how the NFL punishes off-field behavior by both type and race; the backlog of untested rapekits, numbering over 8,000 in Memphis and other U.S. cities, only now being tested; and the Federal Governments means and guidlines for detecting suspicious activity relate to terrorism, it's terror watchlist, CIA spying on Congress,and the unbelievable erosion of our rights as enumerated within the Bill of Rights.

  • 01:07

    Paul Sullivan - From VetLawyers.com

    in Military

    Paul Sullivan Managing Director, Public Relations & Veteran Outreach Bergmann & Moore, LLC

    Topics
    Veterans Affairs claim delay and error crisis, aka “the infamous backlog 

    Prevalence of PTSD among Iraq/Afghanistan war veterans.

    HR 4261 To improve the research of Gulf War Illness, the Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses, and for other purposes.

    HR 4031 To amend title 38, to provide for the removal of Senior Executive Service employees of Veterans Affairs for performance, and for other purposes.

    Paul Sullivan


    A Gulf War veteran with more than 20 years of experience assisting fellow veterans obtain VA healthcare and disability benefits, with an emphasis on Gulf War illness and PTSD.


    Government relations experience includes crafting legislation and regulations, testifying before Congress, and meeting with executive branch officials within the Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs. Major legislation includes "The Persian Gulf Veterans Act of 1998," and the "Dignity for Wounded Warriors Act" of 2008. 

  • 01:01

    RAPE KITS AND THE LAW

    in Current Events

    There are two things most people know about rape kits:  There’s a huge backlog of kits that have never been tested, and “Law and Order” always gets their rape kits tested immediately.  That’s a start, but there is a whole lot more about the kits, the law, the Violence Against Women Act, and who pays for them.  Do you know whether it is only police or the individual who can request the test?  Does a victim have to prosecute if the police get a rape kit tested?  How about the privacy issue?  The Department of Justice recently released an evaluative report answering these questions and more.  Katy Waldman has investigated and reported on the latest DOJ information and she will be here to share that information with us on Saturday.  Katy writes about women's issues, culture, books, and science for Slate magazine, where she is an assistant editor. Her work has appeared in the Paris Review Daily, the Washington Post, Narrative, and elsewhere. She lives in Washington, DC. 


    Join us Saturday at 11 to learn more about this significant topic. Call-in with your comments to (646) 378-0430.


    And if you miss the live program, you can go to the website and listen to all our archived programs whenever you are able. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/3women3ways

  • 01:57

    VETERANS WE ARE AT WAR

    in Lifestyle

    The much-discussed backlog of disability claims at the VA— about half a million claims have been pending for more than four months— is primarily an administrative and political issue, not a medical one. The problem is one of processing benefits claims, and the resources that we choose to dedicate to processing claims. Doctors and other medical professionals who work for the VA are not the source of this problem. (To be fair, we've also heard from people who've worked processing VA benefits claims, who allege that vets often try to rip off the government for benefits. Everyone has a point of view.)


    At least 40 U.S. veterans died waiting for appointments at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care system, many of whom were placed on a secret waiting list. The secret list was part of an elaborate scheme designed by Veterans Affairs managers in Phoenix who were trying to hide that 1,400 to 1,600 sick veterans were forced to wait months to see a doctor, according to a recently retired top VA doctor and several high-level sources.


    Army Specialist Kayla Reyes, 21, returned home from Afghanistan after a nearly year-long deployment and began looking for employment opportunities. She is still enlisted in the National Guard. Reyes told TheBlaze on Friday that she interviewed for a sales associate position at Macy’s in February. What she was reportedly told by the hiring manager disturbed her, making her feel like her military service was somehow now a burden in civilian life.

  • 00:45

    A Brownie Moment at the VA

    in Politics

    “So, you know, if you ask me, you know, how do I think Ric Shinseki has performed overall?” I would say that on homelessness, on the 9/11 GI Bill, on working with us to reduce the backlog across the board, he has put his heart and soul into this thing and he has taken it very seriously.But I have said to Ric, and I said it to him today, I want to see, you know, what the results of these reports are, and there is going to be accountability.”


    President Obama on the problems at the  Department of Veterans Affairs and his defence of General  Eric Shinseki .
    General  Eric Shinseki is no Brownie(Michael Brown) G. W. Bush’ made an ill-timed praise of his Federal Emergency Management Agency director, Michael Brown, during the slow response to Hurricane Katrina: “Brownie, you’re doing a heck of a job.”Politico

  • 01:29

    CLOSED 'TIL FURTHER NOTICE...America's Horse Trails

    in Entertainment

    Host GARY HOLT welcomes KENN LEE to this week's Campfire Cafe'.  We'll talk about the western lifestyle and the music that tell's the story.


    Back Country Horsemen of Americas RANDY RASMUSSEN joins us to continue the conversation regarding the challenges in the use of America's trails in the face of shrinking budgets and the maintenance backlog.


    Call in with your comments and questions this Thursday at Noon CST...213-943-3396.


    Heard live WorldWide Online and On Demand 24/7


    If you Climb in the Saddle...Get Ready for the Ride on EQUESTRIAN LEGACY RADIO!

  • 01:03

    Paul Sullivan: Bergmann & Moore VetLawyers.com

    in Social Networking

    The President and the Veterans Affairs Secretary issued $164 billion Veterans Affairs budget.


    Related Information: Care and Benefits for Veterans Strengthened by $164 Billion VA Budget - Continuing the transformation of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) into a 21st century organization, the President has proposed a $163.9 billion budget, a 6.5 percent increase over Fiscal Year 2014, that will support VA’s goals to expand access to health care and other benefits, eliminate the disability claims backlog, and end homelessness among Veterans. The budget includes $68.4 billion in discretionary spending, largely for healthcare, and $95.6 billion for mandatory programs – mostly disability compensation and pensions for Veterans.


    New Hope For Gulf War Veterans Operation Desert Storm/Desert Shield 23 Years later.


    Veterans Affairs under orders from Congress came up with a plan on how to do deal with the record nearly 300,000 appeal that are choking Veterans Affairs.

  • 00:25

    Congress Repent and UnDo Harm to Veterans

    in Military

    When will Veterans get to top of America's to-do-list? When congress repent and undo the harm already done to Veterans. There is harm being done to Veterans every single day that passes and Veterans needs are not met. Politicians are paid to keep promises made to Veterans.


    Veterans Administrations, President Barack Obama, House VA Committee and Senate VA Committee, 435 in Congress, 100 in Senate, 50 Governors, State legislators.


    Mayors across America help your Veterans with jobs, resources, referrals and city events


    Clergy you are called, anointed, to be fishers of men. This includes Veterans. Veterans have lived lives unlike most. Be sure they have answers to their concerns. Teach them as you have been called to do.


    Corporations, Veterans need what you have, Jobs. 100 Veterans or 1000. Whatever number you can help, less you forget, Veterans paid a price for all America. You have what most Veterans need most, good paying jobs.


    Big and Small Businesses, search out Veterans in your communities and offer jobs you have available. Refer Veterans to colleagues if you can't hire now. Help out!


    When will Veterans be shown the appreciation they deserve. When will Veterans get to the top of of your To-Do-List?


     


     

  • 01:05

    Military Monday with John D. Gresham and guest Darin Selnick

    in Military

    As we pause to celebrate Veterans Day 2013, it is worth noting that our veterans community has rarely faced greater challenges and uncertainties than at present. Sequestration and a continuing budget battle between Congress and the Administration has essentially frozen the funding of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and a huge backlog of unprocessed benefits requests continue to handicap efforts to serve their needs. In addition, a vast influx of new veterans from those who served following 9/11 is placing greater strains on the VA, whose personnel and infrastructure base is presently fixed and cannot be expanded. 2013 therefore, is a tough time for America's veterans community.
     To gain a better appreciation and greater understanding of present-day Veterans Affairs, join military historian, author and journalist John D. Gresham for Military Monday at 1 p.m. Eastern for a special Veterans Day broadcast when he'll welcome guest Darin Selnick, a former official with the Department of Veterans Affairs.  Mr. Selnick is a former Air Force officer and official at the Department of Veterans Affairs, and is a spokesman for the group Concerned Veterans for America. John and Darin will discuss some of the most pressing issues facing United States military veterans and welcome your calls at (347) 945-7246.
     To learn more about Concerned Veterans for America, check out their website at:
    http://concernedveteransforamerica.org/

  • 01:03

    Amy Lightholder, Agile Coach, On Prioritization

    in Business

    Effective product teams not only understand which set of features must be present to justify a release, they have taken the time to carefully enumerate the ranking of each. A product backlog is a prioritized list of all the features and functionality needed to complete a project. A good product backlog is at the heart of any well-functioning agile team. A good product backlog does not automatically ensure good software. However, the lack of a good product backlog often results in incomplete software that does not meet the requirements of customers and stakeholders. The most effective product teams can demonstrate how their prioritization supports larger business priorities (and when the business priorities aren’t clear, these teams clarify them!).   Amy is speakering at ProductCampSF http://pcampsf.com   Learn about managing products to success at Product Bootcamp San Francisco Oct 10-12! http://bit.ly/14ZagOP Oct 10: Workshop Day: competitive space & Lean startup way. http://bit.ly/14SMcaC Oct 11 Startup Product Summit SF2 lightning talks w/experts & practitioners.http://bit.ly/1bvsOFm Oct 12 ProductCamp San Francisco! true community unconference http://pcampsf.com http://startupproduct.com

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