Archive | November 2018

Sub-quality VA facilities & services at VA nursing home in Brockton, MA

Six Vet groups, representing five million members, are calling for the Federal government to investigate this issue (other Vet groups around the country have launched into the “investigating” mode), i.e., the inferior conditions of nursing homes, and any abuse that’s taken place.

The overall group includes Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, Paralyzed Veterans of America, Viet Veterans of America, AmVets, and the Legion

Is this another indictment for the end of this VA culture as we know it, and the beginning of a new culture?

Last week, The Boston Globe and USA Today, reported on the VA’s own findings of “blatant disregard for veteran safety” at the Brockton home. Another case of the system devouring the system.

The report was written by The Boston Globe and USA Today and also revealed that VA care was worse than private nursing homes, according to the “agency’s own internal ratings, which were secret for years” (The Boston Globe, November 20, 2018. Veterans groups demand US improve nursing home care. Andrea Estes & Donovan Slack, pp.1A,5A).

The VA has 133 nursing homes across the nation that serve 46,000 veterans annually. Newly released VA data from these nursing homes show that 95 of them-about 71 percent-scored worse than private nursing homes on a majority of quality indicators, such as rates of infection, etc.

Many Veterans are outraged as this travesty of health care, including the many in the groups mentioned above. Veterans families need to know they have the highest quality health care available; unfortunately this has hampered the VA’s rating, in that many people I talk to, tell me that they can’t yet get the most recently developed technology due to budget constrictions.

Being an empath I intuitively pick-up on emotional and other kinds of messages in varied environments. When I go to the different VAs that I go to for appointments, I feel like I’m a second-class citizen, “less than,” and I sense other people’s’ intuitions, emotionalities, egos, and selves may feel that way too. I say this, because we’re talking about how a specific culture functions and relates to one another.

Copyright:christopherbearbeam November 21, 2018

Creative Vets Awarded In the 2018 Creative Arts Festival

Vets who participated in the 2018 Creative Arts Festival, and placed in Gold, Silver and Bronze, were given certificates and medals by Dan Dücker, Interim Chief of VA Togus, with Courtney Oliver and Liz Marrone assisting.

The driving, human force the Festival are Liz Marrone and Courtney Oliver, Recreational Therapists, who work at Togus.

Their passionate energy for the Creative Arts Festival is testified to by all the Vets who’ve applied to be a participant in the Festival.

In their remarks, both women commented that it had been a stellar year-the Creative Writing entries increased over 2017.

The favorite Windy Ridge Blue Grass Band, won two Golds, one in the Folk/Bluegrass/Country/Pop for a tune called “Railroad Line;” they won another Gold for Special Recognition with “Trucker and the UFO.”

Members of the WRBGB are: Mama Beth Revels-Guitar (Mama was recently elected as the President of the Bluegrass Music Association; Steve Davis-bango; “Frank” Woodard-Bass fiddle; and Jim Chard-Mandolin.

Daeven Dreezer and Mary Jane McLoon attended in their always, supportive way-from the American Legion Auxiliary.

Not to forget our unofficial “official” camera person, Allison. Thanks Allison!

Christopher Bear-Beam won the Gold at the national level, in his Creative Writing performance of a poem entitled “White.”

The 2019 Creative Arts Festival will be held some time in February (TBA).

This might be a good time, if you’re a creative Vet, to think of something you’d like to read, perform, do, your choice; it can be something you wrote that you have an intensity with which to perform.

Focus on your inner brainstorming for ideas to elaborate your goals for your own art, performed at the 2019 Creative Arts Festival.

Maybe you know another Vet, that you can work as a team in preparation in a “buddy system.” I betcha it could be a lot of fun!

I’m guessing that next year will be even better!

copyright:christopherbearbeam November 4, 2018