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President Trump’s V.A. and his promise to Veterans

@POTUS , ‏, @realDonaldTrump ‏, @SecShulkin ‏ @DeptVetAffairs

Dear President Trump and Secretary Shulkin, 

As a United States Marine Corps, Vietnam era veteran, that served our country ‘honorably’ and was discharged with a ‘service-connected’ injury; I believe I have a unique perspective on the V.A. I have to write you to tell you just how dysfunctional your Veterans Administration hospital is.

I would have been on the phone to your ‘promised’ hot-line, but sadly with all of the battles you have been dealing with on other levels, it appears that you have not had time to deal with this issue.

Trump’s promised hotline for veterans remains unfilled

 

During the Vietnam campaign, the Marine Corps trained the women as they trained the men. I believe this is why there was such a high rate of attrition, as there were only 2,700 women Marines that served during the peak of Vietnam. We are truly thefewer and prouder’!

The Marines slogan during Vietnam was Join the Marine Corps and become a man … During boot camp, my bunkies and I would joke that the Marines were trying to turn us into men! Believe me sir, it was tough! But for some of us, our love of country was even stronger! I was never so proud as the day that my ‘eagle, globe and anchor’ were pinned to me. And to this day, that same ‘eagle, globe and anchor’ is tattooed to my heart. The sayingonce a Marine, always a Marine” is very true! It is literally drilled into us!

Because of the rigorous training it took a physical toll on my body, particularly my knees. To my dismay, I was only able to last one year and one month in the Marine Corps, as that is as long as my knee would hold out. I was medically discharged, under honorable conditions, and had to say goodbye to my beloved Corps.  While my ‘Oath of Service’ lives on in my heart, sadly, my Marine Corps injury, as well, lives on.

My first job out of the Corps was lost due to my knee injury. It has been a problem that has plagued me all of my life.  I have now had to take an early retirement, because that injury still persists. However, if I had to do it again, I would! As I know it was women Marines like me and those that graduated with me that morning, on the sunny parade deck of Parris Island, that blazed the trail for the 12,000> current woman Marines.

Because of losing my first job, due to my knee, I filed for my military disability. Rather than honoring my claim, the V.A. put me in a full leg cast for six months to stabilize my knee. That worked for some time, but did not heal the injury. I went about my life and tried to work around it. Now that I have had to take an early retirement because of it and because of your campaign promises that were made to veterans, I refilled the day after the presidential inauguration.

A Test of President Trump’s New Veteran Administration

Mr. President, let me tell you my experience so far …   Yikes!

Approximately three weeks ago, I received a letter from John Pershing V.A. I presumed the letter was about my ‘disability claim’ but when I discovered the real reason I was not only astonished, but am now very gravely concerned.

In 2009 I had a procedure done at the John Cochran V.A. Apparently they ran some blood work during that time. It appears that I had contracted Hepatitis C. I was being contacted by another V.A. EIGHT years later that I had , potentially, a deadly virus! I was astounded! In ‘private industry’ I believe this would be considered ‘malpractice’ for not disclosing this information in a timely manner.

This last week I had my appointment at John Pershing, V.A.

FYI, Mr. President, I had read that some of the V.A.s where not posting your photo, so I searched for it and found you in a position of prominence ,as was V.A. Secretary Shulkin. But let me state Mr. President, clearly you and V.A. Secretary Shulkin have your work cut out! 

I was on time for my appointment and had my labs done, only to wait for almost two hours on my physician.  When I was finally seen I was not in the best of mood, as I make it a point to be on time and I believe that the V.A. should do that as well. It was explained to me, by one of the nurses, the ‘wait’ is due to being short-staffed due to budget.  I believe the doctor understood my frustration, but was confused as to why I was there. I informed him that I was there to get an x-ray of my knee and to have a blood panel done for Hep C. He asked, who told you that you had Hep C? Well, of course it was the V.A.! He then directed his attention to his computer and started to ‘chuckle’ … stating that the lab had not run a test for Hep C, but rather they ran a test on my ‘prostate’ Mr. President, I do not believe that the Marine Corps succeeded into turning me into a man, I am pretty sure my daughter is good proof of that! The doctor then ordered the appropriate test and said he would call me, that day if it came back positive, and sent me on the way to have my knee x-rayed. I received no subsequent call.

Relieved, that I did not have a life-threatening virus, but yet cautious about the V.A. I decided the following day to call and verify. Sadly, Mr. President, they now state that it is positive and want me to get another test. 

I have since been researching Hepiitus C, as I have no clue how I could have contracted it. But my research has shown me that, it appears, that the Marine Corps keeps on giving …

WM Recruit getting inoculated with Jet Gun – Parris Island, SC

During my time in the service I was inoculated with what we termed the ‘cattle gun’ as it was a pneumatic ‘Jet Gun’. I remember very well standing in line and concerned that we were being inoculated as ‘cattle’ might be.  It was very painful and left many profusely bleeding, as it used air rather then needles. I personally never saw  the use of any type of sterilization between uses.

HCVets.com reports:

Of the total number of persons who were hepatitis C antibody positive, and reported an era of service, 62.7% were noted to be from the Vietnam. The second most frequent group is listed as post-Vietnam at 18.2%, followed by 4.8% Korean conflict, 4.3% post-Korean conflict, 4.2% from WWII, and 2.7% Persian Gulf era veterans. It wasn’t until 2012 the Department of Defense began to test recruits entering and exiting the service. The figures for the War on Terror lack accurate research and expected to exceed the stated claim.”

Mr. President, this clearly is an epidemic among Vietnam era veterans and it is killing them! The above website that I addressed: HCVets.com is a  website that specifically addresses this issue.  One of the administrator of the site, was like me, a USMC Vietnam veteran that was inoculated in Parris Island with the ‘cattle gun’. Sadly, Mr. President, he has now died due to this virus that he received from his military service.

“Military Marine Corps Veteran, Corporal Gary Lupole, 61,   co-founder of HCVets.com, Educational Website . passed away suddenly on Thursday, February 2, 2012. His death was caused by cardiac arrest related to terminal liver cancer due to the hepatitis C virus that he contracted during his military service.

The Vietnam war has never ended for Gary, or for many Veterans and Retired Military members with service incurred disabilities like HCV disease. Please tell a friend that 1 in 5 Vietnam Vets have HCV disease.”

While some enlisted to fight for ‘Old Glory’ and our Constitution because they believed in our country,  they did not sign up to contract a deadly virus because of incompetency! I am sure, President Trump, you will have to agree with me — This is unacceptable!

~Semper Fi!

 

President Trump’s NEW Veteran Administration – Wow!

Yesterday, on my monthly re-supply ritual, I stopped by my P.O. Box and picked up my mail. Among the correspondence, one stood out, as it was a letter from the V.A. I believed that I was expecting this letter, as I suspected it had to deal with my disability claim that I submitted in January. When I learned what this information was to contain, I was absolutely astounded!

In 2009 I had a procedure at John Hopkins V.A. – St. Louis. They took several blood tests prior to this procedure. I would have never guessed that the reason the V.A. was contacting me about blood tests from eight years ago, but they were!

I was told by MSN Kelly Noisworthy, of John J. Pershing, Poplar Bluff V.A.; my blood work from 2009 showed that I had Hepatitis C! EIGHT YEARS the V.A. waits to disclose this, potentially, life threatening virus? And a virus that is communicable and treatable, none-the-less!

Obviously, I was very upset and took to Social Media –

This information was ‘disturbing‘ to say the least! A viral infection, that is, not only, potentially contagious, but one the is curable and LIFE THREATENING!  If this does not prove the poor care the V.A. has provided in the past, I don’t what more proof one would need! 

 President Trump’s new V.A.

I gathered myself last night, calmed my nerves and prepared a big batch of Colloidal Silver.

This morning, with a collected mind, I called the V.A. to investigate. I am told that the V.A. is contacting, not only just me, but all veterans that have tested positive for Hep C and offering them a new medical cure. The cure is an injectable and oral medication called Harvoni.

VA Expands Hepatitis C Drug Treatment

 “We’re honored to be able to expand treatment for Veterans who are afflicted with hepatitis C,” says VA Under Secretary for Health Dr. David Shulkin.  “To manage limited resources previously, we established treatment priority for the sickest patients.  Additionally, if Veterans are currently waiting on an appointment for community care through the Choice Program, they can now turn to their local VA facility for this treatment or can elect to continue to receive treatment through the Choice Program.”

President Trump’s choice of Dr. David J. Shulkin Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is now clear!

I will be scheduling an appointment to be seen for this viral infection, as well as have them check my darn knee!

Another promise kept by President Trump!

~Semper Fi!

Will President Trump Return America to its Rightful Place — As a Republic?

Sadly, most Americans are not familiar with their history of this great nation. It was clear to see of the social media comments regarding the resent story we published about President Trump and our American Flag.  This writer believes it is the fault of our educational system, that most don’t understand, America was established as a Republic. However there are some people, very few, but there are some patriots left in our nation that have taken notice. We noticed this particularly from a Facebook group, mostly of veterans, called Oath Keepers!

However as some pointed out yesterday was not the first time President Trump appeared with the backdrop of the familiar old glory; in fact on one such occasion was his official presidential acceptance speech!

Acceptance Speech

Most people passed this off stating that the added ‘gold fringe‘ was nothing more than a ‘ceremonial flag‘. These people have a lack of understanding of what our flag represents and the respect it due and given.

4 U.S. Code § 8 – Respect for flag

As most veterans know, the flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning. It must be honored, as it represents all of the lives lost for the freedoms gained! It is the most sacred symbol of America and must be respected! It represents our unalienable rights that were granted by our Creator and are guaranteed by our Constitution!

However, over the years, our nation has become corrupted by evil men using our judicial system to, literally, overthrow our nation … our Constitution. John F. Kennedy recognized this seditious take over of our nation and warned us …


We have long been due a president of JFK’s conviction and character, a president that believes in our nation, our Constitution, our flag and God!

Is President Donald J. Trump showing us that he is what America finally needs? This writer believe so, as he is convincing this stubborn Missouri patriot!

For the Republic!

Make America Great Again!

~Semper Fi!