Veteran News: VA Works to Ease Staff Concerns About Facility Closure Recommendations

VA works to ease staff concerns about facility closure recommendations

 

You can find out what Cuts and/or Improvements the VA are planning for your State and Region’s VA Medical Facilties HERE.

Luckily, there are no cuts planned for my Regions VA Medical Center, only additions, to include construction of an 82 bed Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program for Veteran Suffering With PTSD, Substance Abuse and Other Mental Health Issues.

 

The COVID Carnival Diaries: My Recent Experience at my Local VA Clinic

So it’s been a minute since I have been to my local VA Outpatient clinic. Since the COVID carnival began I have made it a point to make every effort to stay away from the place if I could help it, but as my bad luck would have it I had my annual check-up come up so I had no choice but to go.

Having no ideal what to expect, I arrived fifteen minutes early and walking up the front door I could tell the Carnival ride was about to begin.

A large woman in FULL PPE gear and scrubs (including a mask with a plastic face guard) topped off with an orange reflective crossing guard vest with the word “MONITOR” across the front (Not sure the reason for this?) stood at the front door with a very serious look and as I approached she said “HALT” like I was some kind of Russian saboteur.

“Sir do you have an appointment today?”

“Yes”

“Please stand still while I take your temperature”

She then proceeded to use a Laser Temperature gun and from a distance of around ten feet proceeded to shoot a laser at my forehead.

Due to most likely GROSS operator error this process had to be repeated several times until finally she got the number she was looking for I guess.

“Proceed to the next station” she said sternly.

Looking at her like the rude idiot bitch she was I then turned around and walked inside.

This is where shit got weird.

Inside On the floor were flourescent green arrows guiding you to another flourescent green queue barrier like in an airport ticket line (What’s with all these Reflector Vest and flourescent green? Do they think the general public is blind?)

Once inside this flourescent cattle stall you had to stand in line on another flourescent circle six feet apart and wait your turn for yet another interview.

This one you had to step in front of a Computer monitor with a camera on top. First thing it did was take your temperature then it listed all these questions on the screen (in tiny print) we all have answered a million times: Have you recently travelled to China? Do you currently have any symptoms? blah, blah, blah. But here was the weird part: To Answer “NO” you had to raise your left hand by your face and then they took a picture of you!

“Where do these pictures go?” I asked one of the attendants wearing a “MONITOR” vest.

“In the cloud I guess” she answered rudely, not showing one bit of concern.

I stared at her for a long minute considering if I really wanted to take the effort to show her what an idiot she was and decided against it. I was already tired of this bullshit.

Anyways, after all this I finally got to check in for my appointment.

Later on I was talking to another vet about it and he said they are calling this Left Hand by your face the “Fauci Salute?”

Talk about Orwellian!

This shit is getting out of hand folks.

We need to give these totalitarian bastards the Left Hand Middle Finger by our Face.🖕

Enough is Enough.

FBI seizes former Marine’s weapons under Oregon’s ‘red flag’ law for remarks about ANTIFA

Bottom Line, if you are any of the following:

  • Conservative

  • A Veteran

  • White

  • Male

You and your entire family stay off ALL Social Media, DO NOT Advertise anything Firearm related and Keep your Political views to yourself.

Big Brother is now Listening.

Stay Alert, Armed and Dangerous!

Bustednuckles

I do believe it’s time for the Supreme Court to inform all these states that these Red Flag laws violate so many Constitutionally protected rights that these dumb bastards are going to have to take their shoes off to count them.

Remarks against Antifa prompt FBI seizure of former Marine’s weapons under Oregon’s ‘red flag’ law: reports

By Dom Calicchio | Fox News

A former Marine who said at a protest that he would “slaughter” Antifa members in self-defense, if attacked, recently had his five weapons confiscated by the FBI, according to reports.

The temporary seizure came through the use of Oregon’s “red flag” law, which allows law enforcement agencies and family members to seek a court order to have weapons taken away from an individual viewed as potentially violent. Such laws are often opposed by supporters of Second Amendment gun rights.

The former Marine, Shane Kohfield, 32, was…

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Train a Dog, Save a Warrior

I recently heard about this OUTSTANDING organization through a story on my local news. Since it addresses what I consider a National Health Emergency, PTSD and Preventing Suicide among Veterans, I wanted to tell you guys about it. Please pass this on to any Veterans you know that could benefit from it. -SF

 

 

How TADSAW Works

The Train a Dog Save a Warrior  (TADSAW) program serves the warrior, the family and the community, by providing the warrior with a K-9 rescue ‘Battle Buddy’ and the training and tools needed to become an accredited Warrior/Service Dog Team.
TADSAW additionally provides for the training of a Medical Alert Service Dog for any warrior’s immediate family, the spouse or children, surviving with compassion fatigue, secondary PTSD, or any other mental health issue diagnosed while the warrior was deployed or on active duty.
Whenever possible, TADSAW will evaluate the warrior’s personal dog, because the bond has been established, to determine the dog’s viability to be a service dog candidate.  If the warrior needs a dog, TADSAW’s trainers will go to a rescue shelter and evaluate and select an appropriate candidate for the warrior.  At that time the process will begin.
The program lasts from 15-20 weeks to train the warrior and dog team.  The first phase is focused on the skills needed to pass the AKC Canine Good Citizenship course, which is the benchmark standard in obedience for therapy dog work.  During the second phase, time is spent socializing the team in dog friendly public places.  When the trainer is confident the team is progressing sufficiently, the in-training Public Access work, in areas where only Service Dogs are allowed, begins.
The team will graduate and become accredited by TADSAW when the Public Access Temperament Test is given and the team passes.
A short answer as to the why and how…Petting a dog decreases release of cortisol and increases release of oxytocin into the bloodstream. Decreases in cortisol lower blood pressure and facilitate a sense of relaxation, while increases in oxytocin, this same chemical released when a mother nurses her infant, will facilitate a sense of security and well-being.

For warriors with PTSD, it has been documented that a dog helps with emotional regulation. Patients who are very anxious and have anger issues find they can’t work with a dog if they yell. They must have a calm voice. Working with a dog helps build confidence and bridge the gap with strangers. More often than not the response and the bond is immediate.

A female warrior with PTSD has sleep disorders and often awakens to find herself barricaded in her closet, behind duffle bags, with a knife. With her TADSAW SERVICE DOG she is able to sleep. Simply having a dog around allows the warriors to trust the dog to assess the safety of their surroundings, as the dogs have a much keener sensory capacity than people.

TRAIN A DOG~SAVE A WARRIOR. has found that a great majority of the warriors with PTSD choose a shelter dog because they want ‘to save something’. They may choose a dog with an injury because they have an injury too. They are both healing. They fit together. They are a team.

Veterans often suffering alone, seem to silence themselves because of the stigma still attached to psychological injuries like PTSD. The dog can calm them down and get their minds off of everything going on in their lives by focusing on the dog not themselves.

There is life after injuries. This new quality of life just might be, in part, based on a PTSD SERVICE DOG. Here’s how TADSAW’S PTSD SERVICE DOGS can help.

A rescue dog from a shelter or the warrior’s own personal dog, if deemed appropriate in temperament, demeanor, and size, will be evaluated, enter BOOT CAMP, and be trained specific commands for specific needs of a wounded warrior with PTSD.

Once trained, these TADSAW SERVICE DOGS have the ability to decrease isolation of the veteran, decrease the needs for many medications, decrease anxiety and panic attacks when in crowded public places, awaken them from nightmares and flashbacks, ‘have their backs’ when necessary, to name but a few.

This extensive and costly training is at no charge to the warrior and his dog, with training lasting 3-4 months at the least. Once training is completed and the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizenship classification is awarded to the team, and after intensive training to meet the specific needs of the specific warrior, the dog will be eligible for service dog designation, according to the American Disabilities Act.

The team will carry the necessary health certificates and documentation and will be able to accompany the warrior to stores, restaurants, living accommodations, and permitting full access to any and all places the warrior wishes to visit.

Currently, veterans at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the DC VA Hospital are adopting pets from the Washington Animal Rescue League. It is working!

For hundreds of wounded veterans, the long walk to recovery is often a lonely one. A long walk is something most dogs love.

‘Much of life can never be explained but only witnessed.” Rachael Remen, MD

The Difference between:
Service, Therapy, Companion and “Social/therapy” Animals

Service Animals are legally defined (Americans With Disabilities Act, 1990) and are trained to meet the disability-related needs of their handlers who have disabilities. Federal laws protect the rights of individuals with disabilities to be accompanied by their service animals in public places. Service animals are not considered ‘pets’.

Therapy Animals are not legally defined by federal law, but some states have laws defining therapy animals. They provide people with contact to animals, but are not limited to working with people who have disabilities. They are usually the personal pets of their handlers, and work with their handlers to provide services to others. Federal laws have no provisions for people to be accompanied by therapy animals in places of public accommodation that have “no pets” policies. Therapy animals usually are not service animals.

A Companion Animal is not legally defined, but is accepted as another term for pet.

‘Social/therapy’ Animals have no legal definition. They often are animals that did not complete service animal or service dog training due to health, disposition, trainability, or other factors, and are made available as pets for people who have disabilities. These animals might or might not meet the definition of service animals.

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