Temporarily Close Tomah WI VA Hospital
November 28, 2016 the Tomah VA in Wisconsin announced they would be testing over 400 Veterans for possible Hepatitis and HIV exposure caused by a Dentist not sterilizing his tools. Investigations in the past few years have been for the following: Missing Medical Files, Reporting absent staff as present, falsely reported Education Requirements for doctors, over prescribed narcotics, suicides on the Tomah VA grounds, Veterans dying from overdose due to the Dr's over prescribing,and denying Veterans mental health treatment. There were doctors being given bonuses while they were being investigated. One doctor was working in the Urgent care and/or Emergency room and did not have the required certification to be doing so. Tomah VA blamed it on their systems. It is a small facility, so there is realistically no reason they cannot know. This is all stuff you will not very often hear about in the Civilian clinics or Hospitals. Why can we not provide better healthcare for those who fought for our freedom? After the VA tells everyone they are doing everything they can to fix their facility, another issues comes to light. They have done nothing significant to fix their facility, and continue to deny Veterans help. Now Veterans have been exposed to HIV and Hepatitis because of the people the VA is hiring, and lack of management. Today during an interview, the Acting Medical Director brought up that they are under a microscope and they "need more time." They do not need more time to cover their butts. HOW MANY MORE VETERANS DO WE NEED TO LOSE FOR SOMEONE TO STEP IN AND TAKE CONTROL OF THIS FACILITY AND HELP OUR VETERANS? Is the Tomah VA Medical Center a Medical Facility/Hospital or a training facility? Are we going to continue to use Veterans as guinea pigs like we did in the 1930's? When are Veterans in Wisconsin going to be taken care of? I am asking that until the new year, or a minimum 30 days, the Tomah VA Medical Center be shut down and fully investigated. During those 30 days, the IG can fully inspect each and every medical file, investigate any and all Doctor(s) who have had a complaint filed against them. The time the VA is shut down, Veterans should be allowed to use local clinics and hospitals, Which should be covered by Fee Basis. Something needs to be done and our Veterans should be protected and taken care of. http://host.madison.com/ct/opinion/column/ryan-honl-here-are-the-facts-about-the-tomah-va/article_03393fbd-c5d4-5856-b162-8a0fb532c562.html
Secretary of Defense: Put Non Judicial Punishment on Background Check
I joined the military because I wanted to serve my country. I served as a Lance Corporal in the Marines for over three years. In that time I was raped and sexually assaulted. When I decided to report the sexual assault I was led through a maze of questions and excuses and I was even discouraged from reporting the crimes. In the end, instead of getting justice I was ostracized and humiliated. I learned that that offenders are not required to disclose their crimes on their discharge papers, and is not on a background check if they get a Non-Judicial Punishment. Most veterans are honorable men and women who have served our country, but there are some who have committed serious crimes like rape and sexual assault during their service and the military has a responsibility to disclose that information for the sake of the public good. If they are not charged per a Court Martial, they will not have to register (even though a NJP is equivalent to a misdemeanor) and the crime will NOT be on their criminal back ground. When asked why Members who got a Non-Judicial Punishment do not have to disclose on their discharge papers, some of the responses I was given were 1) It will take too long to create a national database or 2) the military is going green and it takes too much paper to add an extra check box to discharge papers. This is part of a larger issue of rape within the military. Some estimates reveal that more than 1/3 of women in the armed services are raped during their service and of the reported rapes, 55% are males. If you serve in the US military and you rape or sexually assault a fellow service member you have an 86.5% chance of keeping the crime a secret and a 92% chance of avoiding court martial. Let's get this changed, and make it a requirement that Sex Crimes in the Military should be taken serious, and even if punishment is suspended, or does not go to Court Martial, it should still be on their background for employers and citizens to see while performing a back ground check. And to also include Active Duty Military in our current Database if they were charged per Court Martial (punishment suspended or dropped) Non Judicial Punishment or any form of punishment. If charged one way or another with a sex crime, he/she should also not be allowed to live in Base Housing. Please call (703) 571-3343 and continute to ask WHY they are ignoring our request. Join me in asking the Department of Defense to report criminal history (Military crimes INCLUDING NJP) on their DD214 and request that suspending punishment when being charged with a sex crime not be allowed!! CONTACT firstname.lastname@example.org to send stories, ask for help, need to talk, or media inquiries.