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  •  Right you are (5+ / 0-)

    but I also get the point of anneli.

    I live 2 1/2 hours from the Tacoma VA. The highway is twisty narrow hairpin.

    We had a guy who had a lot of diffaculty, a former medic during Vietnam.

    He would go to the VA when things got bad, they would drug him up and tell him to go home. During my EMT days we pulled him from one cow pasture or another a half dozen times.

    They knew exactly where he lived, they used to send someone to check on him a couple times a month.

    It was a miracle he made it as far as he did and that he didn't kill someone. We would have to strap him on the gurney and take him home. His legs were so rubbery he couldn't walk.

    I have read several articles stating that the VA is cocktail of drugs for treating PTSD all of which come with the warning of side effects may cause sucidial thoughts, and may cause agressive behavior.

     Every time I see that I think of Bill and the way they casually set him off with enough drugs in his system to be considered beyond impaired by anyone.

    I honestly think that needs to be looked into.

    It is the heart that makes a man rich. He is rich according to what he is not what he has -Henry Ward Beecher

    by PSWaterspirit on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 08:33:13 PM PST

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    •  Please note: not all VAMCs do a good job, and some (3+ / 0-)
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      do a better job with some conditions / vets than others. I live roughly midway between two; I would go to one in a heartbeat, and the other only under extreme duress.

      LBJ, Lady Bird, Anne Richards, Barbara Jordan, Sully Sullenberger, Ike, Drew Brees, Molly Ivins --Texas is no Bush league! -7.50,-5.59

      by BlackSheep1 on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 08:38:02 PM PST

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      •  I'm guessing you prefer Big Spring? (2+ / 0-)
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        How much, do you suppose, does the difference in VAMCs have to do with management at the VISN level? Big Spring and Tucson are both in VISN 18, as you probably knew.

        “Perhaps the most 'spiritual' thing any of us can do is simply to look through our own eyes, see with eyes of wholeness, and act with integrity and kindness.” Jon Kabat-Zinn

        by DaNang65 on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 09:35:39 PM PST

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        •  I do. Hospital's in better shape, (2+ / 0-)
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          and doesn't have the reputation of being a dangerous place for women vets.

          Having been to it, and Amarillo's (once, many years ago) and three incarnations of the Lubbock Outpatient Clinic, I'd go back to Big Spring every time, were the world to end in all five flavors and me to be, again, uninsured as well as unemployed.

          Don't know VISN ... can you educate me?

          LBJ, Lady Bird, Anne Richards, Barbara Jordan, Sully Sullenberger, Ike, Drew Brees, Molly Ivins --Texas is no Bush league! -7.50,-5.59

          by BlackSheep1 on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 10:20:47 PM PST

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          •  A Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) (2+ / 0-)
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            is what you and I might call a "region" of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), the health care side of the VA. The Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), the folks who hand out the compensation and pension checks do, in fact, call them regions and they're geographically different than the VISNs.

            The one we're in, VISN 18, or the VA Southwest Health Care Network covers some western portions of Texas, almost all of New Mexico, and Arizona. The administrative headquarters is in Mesa, AZ, suburban Phoenix.

            VISNs are the intermediate management level between the VAMCs and the national VA in Washington. Not all managers are created equal.

            “Perhaps the most 'spiritual' thing any of us can do is simply to look through our own eyes, see with eyes of wholeness, and act with integrity and kindness.” Jon Kabat-Zinn

            by DaNang65 on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 10:34:20 PM PST

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