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Veterans Helping Veterans

Posted by Danielle Ritacco on Mar 15, 2017 9:00:00 AM

After feeling as though the system is failing our veterans and seeing too many of our service people homeless and on the streets... a group of 4 veterans take on the challenge of creating tiny houses for those who have served our nation.  Please read their story.  

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Topics: Veterans Issues, Social Services Industry News

PSTD, Invisible Wounds and the Alarming Veteran Suicide Rate

Posted by George Ritacco on Nov 8, 2016 11:55:19 AM

Every Day - 20 U.S. Veterans Commit Suicide

In 2014, the latest year statistics are available, 7,400 veterans took their own lives.

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Topics: Veterans Issues, Government

VA 2016 Progress Report

Posted by George Ritacco on Oct 25, 2016 11:47:04 AM

2014

Back in 2014 this blog was one of the first to report on the troubled Veterans Health Administration facility in Phoenix where 40 veterans died while languishing on an eternal wait list to see a doctor. Since then, we've maintained a set of blog posts and articles that have related updates and status changes at the VA, as well as other issues that are affecting our veterans.  A subsequent investigation uncovered a system-wide inability to offer vets timely medical treatment. 57,436 newly enrolled veterans faced a minimum 90-day wait for medical care, and 63, 869 veterans who had enrolled over the past decade never received any appointment at all. In addition, a corrupt administrative culture was falsifying wait-time records in order to protect management performance bonuses and punishing whistle-blowers who tried to bring the wait-time mess to the public’s attention.

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Topics: Government, Elderly/Aging Long Term Care, Social Services Industry News, Veterans Issues

The VA Healthcare System - A Progress Report

Posted by George Ritacco on Jul 13, 2016 12:09:14 PM

History

Back in March of 2014 the FAMCare blog reported on a controversy that erupted within the Phoenix VA Healthcare System.  VA employees had reported that patients were dying while awaiting appointments and that administrators were issuing phony wait-time data while collecting bonuses. This local scandal led to inquiries across the nationwide VA Healthcare System revealing untimely care, false data, and problems with transparency, whistle-blower retaliation, and accountability throughout the system.

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Topics: Government, Social Services Industry News, Veterans Issues

Hospice at the VA

Posted by George Ritacco on Mar 15, 2016 1:36:40 PM

In today's rapid news cycle, we tend to hop from sensational story to sensational story rarely lingering long enough to get the full picture. In the past, this blog reported on the scandalous wait times that our veterans have endured in the VA system. It was so bad that some veterans died before getting in to see their VA Doctor. When the scandal came to light, many administrative heads rolled and the entire VA system was cast in a poor light. As is so often the case, however, there is so much more to the VA story.

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Topics: Social Services Industry News, Government, Elderly/Aging Long Term Care, Veterans Issues

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Posted by George Ritacco on Feb 2, 2016 1:39:02 PM

Social workers report that the rate of PTSD among veterans and active military personnel is significantly higher than in the general population. PTSD occurs when one branch of the nervous system generates massive amounts of survival (fight or flight) energy to meet a threat, only to find the threat so overwhelming that there’s no way to use this energy for self-protection.

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Topics: Social Services Industry News, Veterans Issues

2014 VA Scandal - Where Are We Now?

Posted by George Ritacco on Jun 30, 2015 1:39:00 PM

An Update on Last Year's VA Scandal 

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Topics: Social Services Industry News, Government, Veterans Issues

Un-kept Promises at the VA

Posted by George Ritacco on Jun 30, 2014 3:30:00 PM
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Topics: Social Services Industry News, Government, Veterans Issues

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