Internationally recognized traumatologist Dr. Charles Figley thinks we should reevaluate medical marijuana for use in treating trauma like PTSD, especially in the face of veterans being overprescribed pharmaceuticals and psychotropic drugs, often very powerful ones, and sometimes several at a time.
Will Congress act to save taxpayers billions of dollars -- and protect the solvency of the Medicare programs -- by taking on the AMA, the drugmakers and the insurers? Don't hold your breath.
Encouraging companies to hire veterans and supporting veteran entrepreneurship should be a no-brainer. Our veterans leave the armed forces equipped with leadership and specialized skills and a sense of duty that can't be taught in a classroom.
Can a WWI novel shame the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs into caring for the spotters, coordinators, trainers, and advisors who have to deal with the convert-or-die genocides of ISIS?
In a single year, we lose more veterans to suicide than the total number of combat fatalities in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001. Male veterans under the age of 30 are three times more likely to kill themselves than their civilian counterparts.
The scandal over long wait times for veterans has grabbed a lot of headlines and elicited a lot of anger -- as it should. But there's another health care scandal that also deserves its share of righteous anger.
The timing is ripe for meaningful and historic changes in the provision of timely and effective treatment of health care for our service members and veterans.
Doing nothing is hard work! ...
This is a rare week indeed in Washington, since it is one of those weeks when Congress actually attempts to get something done. There's a reason for this, of course, and it is the usual one: they're about to take another jaw-droppingly extensive vacation.
Congress declared the Veterans Administration scandal was a disaster that veterans had to wait so long for help. Then, they proceeded to take longer than the wait time to come up with a reform.
Are some bosses, senior staff and chief executives are so isolated from the day-to-day that they really don't know what's been going on for so long?
Sometimes exaggerating to the point of absurdity is a way to draw attention to something. And sometimes a story needs no exaggeration at all. It's absurd all on its own. Just take a look at military veterans and their experiences with the VA.
The goal line has shifted: from ending homelessness, to ending chronic homelessness, to ending chronic veteran homelessness. If we don't end chronic veteran homelessness in the next 18 months, do we shift to ending chronic female veteran homelessness?
I am not sure if hell has theme music, but if it does I imagine that it is the exact same as the call-waiting music of the VA. The biggest issue is actually getting into the door to your appointment.
Sadly, servicemembers, veterans and their families are sometimes targeted by cons who seek to take advantage of their service. These frauds can take a variety of forms. Servicemembers need tools to protect themselves from fraudsters who will continue to try to take advantage.
In nominating Mr. Bob McDonald to lead the VA, the President chose someone with extensive managerial experience and an honorable military record. I hope Mr. McDonald will use this opportunity not only to fix the many problems at the VA, but to innovate and lead.