Military

Jun 2 | Posted by: Charlie | Tags: Military

Guard Your Buddy

The past couple of weekends, some of the shows we've been doing have involved veteran's groups and families and, as always, I was much honored to be in their company.

For the most part, they're a breed apart from the general public, these men and women who have stared death in the face in the many strange and foreign lands their country has sent them to in the cause of freedom, they maintain a maturity and a wisdom not shared by those of us who have not stood toe to toe with an enemy who is bent on destroying us.

They have a cut to the chase, no nonsense attitude when it comes to the defense of America and the treatment of those who return from our wars with needs that only they can understand.

The problems in the Veteran's Administration run much deeper than, what I fear are, the cosmetic skim of the surface Band-Aids the president is attempting to apply.

Talk to almost any vet who has had a long term illness and need for serious treatment and you'll find that many of them have been shuffled around and even denied the treatment they need due to some "non war related" technicality the bureaucrats can find to hide behind.

The truth of the matter is that these people are veterans who have served their country, they are sick, and whether the problem is war related or not, they need medical attention and if anybody deserves it they do.

Our veterans deal with surly, impatient personnel at a lot of the facilities and the waiting lists to see specialists are such that the disease or malady they're suffering from could well kill them before they ever make it to the front of the line.

A clear and present and, unfortunately, expanding problem among our veterans is suicide, a problem that is extremely difficult to deal with, which takes special knowledge to deal with and the rate, especially among recent returning military personnel, is horrible.

The VA is slow to react to this problem and one has to wonder if they aren't out of their depths in trying to deal with it, yet the powers that be in Washington recently turned down a proven system of suicide prevention. A system developed for the prevention of teenage suicide by an organization known as the Jason Foundation.

But the same methods applied to troubled veterans works just as well.

The process is simple and easy to apply, an app that goes on a smart phone where a touch will put an in danger vet into a private conversation with a professional health care specialist with the ability to deal with the situation and talk a confused, in danger, vet down off the thin ledge they're walking.

When Major General Max Haston, Adjutant General for the State of Tennessee, who was heartbroken about the number of his returning National Guard troops who were committing suicide, heard about the program jumped on it. He secured the financing and the State of Tennessee set out to see how the program worked.

The truth of the matter is that it worked very well.

As of a short while ago there had been sixty-four interventions and that's just in Tennessee and the program was only introduced a short while ago.

Imagine what the Guard Your Buddy program could accomplish if it were instituted in all fifty states, how many lives could be saved.

I happen to know for a fact that several concerned private citizens scheduled a meeting with the brass at the Pentagon and offered the program nation wide for around five million dollars.

The response was tepid, they were told that more data needed to be gathered and one general remarked that we had to "toughen up" our troops some more.

That is the frustration of dealing with bureaucracy, never ready to deal head on with a problem.

How much more "data" needs to be gathered to know that the suicide problem among veterans is an epidemic and needs to be dealt with immediately.

How much "tougher" can you possibly make men and women who have experienced things that haunt them to the point they feel like they have to end it all.

The Pentagon throws five million dollars away without batting an eye and they can't find five million to institute a proven method of saving the lives of the people we owe the most.

A Band-Aid ain't gonna do it, Mr. Obama. Rip it apart, cut out the rot and appoint leaders for their ability, not their political affiliation.

What do you think?

Pray for our troops and the peace of Jerusalem

God Bless America

Charlie Daniels

To my way of thinking, the head of the VA should be a doctor, who's had a private practice and knows how hospitals should work, as he will have experience in admitting patients. Then, surprise visits need to be made to each hospital to see how they are doing. I will say that the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston has worked on their ER treatment so that patients are seen much sooner, instead of having to wait long periods of time to be seen by a doctor. Another problem is the employees belong to a union, and most everyone knows the attitude of a lot of union workers~~~just there to collect a pay check and don't really care about the patients they're supposed to be serving. I've watched them in Houston, and there is a lot of changes that need to be made to make the hospital more efficient. Dr. DeBakey would be spinning in his grave if he saw how the hospital named after him wasn't performing up to his high standards. It was Dr. DeBakey who came up with the concept of MASH units and put them into use. This giving bonuses to personnel is outrageous! On every employee's hire date, they should be evaluated by their supervisor, and if they've been doing a good job, then they get a raise. I was a Registered Nurse for 39 years and that's the way it always worked in every hospital I worked at. And, the union MUST be gotten rid of. There was reported that 188 workers were being paid their full salary with all the perks, but were not doing the jobs they were hired for, but were working full time on union work. That meant that nurses, pharmacists, psychologists, etc had to be hired to do the jobs they had been hired to do. My husband is a disabled Vet Nam era vet, and we've been fighting with his Primary Care Physician to get his left knee taken care of. The sad part is that his PCP is the director of the VA Clinic that he goes to. May God bless our troops and that someone will come to their senses and get them the psychological help that they need ASAP! Breaks my heart that so many are taking their lives because of the frustration of not being able to get help, and not just from medication, but someone to listen to them and help them find their way out of the dark tunnel they're in.

Amen & Amen Charlie. I truly believe that much of the suicide in the military is driven by the drugs that are prescribed to retuning soldiers for PTSD. Just watch TV while eating supper and the biggest threat besides something lasting longer than 4 hours is suicidal thoughts from stop smoking drugs, allergy drugs and of course anti-depressants. and worse than the fact the we are taking them like candy is the fact that nobody in Washington DC gives a dang. nuff said God Bless Plowboy

Amen & Amen Charlie. I truly believe that much of the suicide in the military is driven by the drugs that are prescribed to retuning soldiers for PTSD. Just watch TV while eating supper and the biggest threat besides something lasting longer than 4 hours is suicidal thoughts from stop smoking drugs, allergy drugs and of course anti-depressants. and worse than the fact the we are taking them like candy is the fact that nobody in Washington DC gives a dang. nuff sa=id God Bless Plowboy

"appoint leaders for their ability, not their political affiliation."
This is the crux of the problem...

It is the appointment of people to positions of leadership not because they are the best people available, but because they are being rewarded for political support, or their ideology (mostly communist), that has caused this problem.

This didn't start with BO, but he has taken it to a whole new level. Not just in the VA but throughout his whole administration.

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