Tag Archive: Veterans Administration

Aug 07

House Committee Blocks Attempt to Let VA Doctors Recommend Medical Marijuana – High Times

Republican lawmakers, who crow endlessly about their love and respect for the troops, have blocked a vote on a bill that would have allowed Veterans Affairs (VA) doctors to recommend medical marijuana as a pain treatment in states where it’s legal.The House Rules Committee stopped a proposed “Veterans Equal Access” amendment from moving to debate …

Continue reading »

Oct 01

Official: One-third of calls to VA suicide hotline roll over – CBS News

WASHINGTON – More than one-third of calls to a suicide hotline for troubled veterans are not being answered by front-line staffers because of poor work habits and other problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs, according to the hotline’s former director.Some hotline workers handle fewer than five calls per day and leave before their shifts end, …

Continue reading »

Mar 29

Lawmakers want answers why VA stripped 260K vets of gun rights

Two Senate Republicans are seeking to understand the Veterans Affairs office practice of reporting veterans to the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check system.Currently a veterans assigned a fiduciary trustee to act on their behalf is automatically declared “mentally defective” and is reported to NICS, the database Federal Firearms Licensees use to determine whether a …

Continue reading »

Sep 21

White House Fence-Jumper Has a Troubling Backstory That Should Make Americans Very Concerned

The intruder who scaled the fence Friday and made it all the way into the White House before being apprehended has been identified as a homeless Army veteran suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome.According to a family member, Omar J. Gonzalez, 42, suffers from combat trauma. He offered this explanation for Gonzalez’s actions: “We talked …

Continue reading »