A Day At The Local VA: A Final Word


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Have you already read all three parts? No?? Then before you read this final-word, go read the first three. I'll wait... heck, I'll even make it easy for you (and those who have already read parts I, II, and III, but feel they are worthy of a re-read) (smile):
- A Day At The Local VA: O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay! Part 1 of 3


- A Day At The Local VA: You Just Can't Make This Stuff Up - Part 2 of 3


- A Day At The Local VA: To Help You Become Productive, However... - Part 3 of 3


As you have read, the VA: can, and often does, forget to remember its own rules; can decide at any time that that that is, and has been for quite some time, isn't, and; is more than willing to help you, at any time, as long as the help they provide you is on their terms regardless of practicability of those terms. Now as a final word about the VA (until the spirits move me to write the next one) let me say this as simply as I can: the VA provides you the best treatment money can buy. Period. I don't care who's Titanium-Black, By Invite Only, Costs as much as your first house program you compare it to. I don't care if you only use "providers" who only take cash (however, if you do only use cash only entities to satisfy your heath care needs, please contact me via email. I know of a Veterans program or two that are looking for a "White Knight" to provide them funding). The treatment you will receive at the VA can not be beat - even if they do have you counting to ten every once in a while. But don't take my word for it - after all, they are only my primary care givers by my choice - and what do I know (bigger smile).

An Award or Two

VA Receives 2006 Innovations in Government Award: July 10, 2006 - WASHINGTON - The Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) model system of electronic health records, developed with extensive involvement of front-line health-care providers, has won the prestigious "Innovations in American Government Award." The annual award, sponsored by Harvard University's Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Kennedy School of Government and administered in partnership with the Council for Excellence in Government, honors excellence and creativity in the public sector.

VA Cited as Example of a "True Success Story:" February 27, 2006 - WASHINGTON - The efforts of employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in the wake of destruction by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita were further recognized Monday when the Department received the prestigious Public Spirit Award from the American Legion Auxiliary.

And Awarded

VA Awards $737,000 Grant for Stony Brook Veterans Home: October 7, 2005 - WASHINGTON - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has awarded a grant of $737,000 to the state of New York for improvements to the State Veterans Home in Stony Brook.

Because You Want To

To quote R. James Nicholson, Secretary of Veterans Affairs: "For 230 years, Americans in uniform have set aside their personal aspirations and safety to procure and protect the freedoms established by the Founders of our great nation. Through their service, and, all too often, through their sacrifices, these brave men and women have earned the gratitude and respect of the entire nation. During the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln affirmed our nation's commitment '...to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow and his orphan.' His eloquent words endured from his century to ours, and serve today as the motto of the Department of Veterans Affairs, the federal agency responsible for honoring our debt of gratitude to America's patriots.

And for this veteran it is quite clear, the VA does one heck of a job of "...honoring [the] debt of gratitude to America's patriots," even if my days at the local VA provide me with material for an interesting Veterans column ever now and then [a very big grin].

--- Regards, Walt Schmidt