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Sunday, April 01, 2007

Double Jeopardy

"You were a stray before the chip, and you can be a stray again."

An election is coming. Universal peace is declared and the foxes have a sincere interest in prolonging the lives of the poultry

--T.S. Eliot

VFW magazine tells us the VA will soon be sharing an integrated electronic medical records system with the Department of Defense, though it could be 2012 before the system is fully operational ("VA, Military to Share Records," April 2007).

I suppose this is good news, but what happens when your records are lost, as invariably happens? Now both can lose your records at once, a double jeopardy of sorts. Next step: they'll put a chip in our asses, like cats at the veterinarian's. At least that won't fall out.

A few observations:

  1. Why is this not in effect right now? Veterans have been around for more than a few days.
  2. I'll bet good money that this projected system will not be operational within the stated time frame.
  3. The fact that this system is not on the ground right now shows that the government does not want an integrated system, as it will help to facilitate and increase the number of disability and combat-related Special Compensation claims processed. Short-stopping claims begins with the old records game, which effectively denies veterans the opportunity to prove their claims with official documents.
  4. The Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense must clarify their language to include combat related injuries that pre-date the CRSC date of 2003. The VA uses "service related rulings" and CRSC requires "combat-related" designators.

It is very difficult at present to fulfill the application requirements for many claims, but of special concern to me is the arcane CRSC determination process. This law needs to be cleaned up by increasing DoD and DVA cross referencing. If they were serious about awarding the CRSC benefit to all who qualify, that is.


Blogger Claymore said...

The VA -LIED- to me; they told me the computer systems are "completely seperate". I do not want my records shared with the DoD. This is why I no longer set foot on the VA; I regret even talking with them. Now my information is stored permanently on some government database ready for someone in my chain of command with a grudge to use against me.

Sunday, April 1, 2007 at 6:00:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Claymore said...

....and why did they ask me numerous times how many weapons I own? Is it their one of ther beaurocratic bean counter indicators for PTSD? Do they share this information with other government agencies? I feel my second amendment rights are about to be infringed.

Sunday, April 1, 2007 at 6:04:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Claymore said...

Keep in mind that soldiers have great concern regarding their confidentiality when talking to a head shrink; we know that it affects our careers when weaknesses emerge(they say it doesn't but that is another big lie). If you can imagine the number of PTSD and depression cases that go untreated because of this. After redeploying, the VA sent counselors to our units to convince us that both computer systems were seperate and therefore our confidentiality would be guaranteed.

Monday, April 2, 2007 at 2:20:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...


Please be advised that depression, anxiety, alcohol and drug abuse are the most common symptoms of PTSD. They're not the disease, they are only symptoms. And I fully understand your concerns; I know exactly what you're trying to convey to me, and I'm in your corner.

Re. a previous posting of yours,
There are worse things than losing an illegal war. If losing brings us back to reality than so much the better.

You're free to read SOF mag., but buy it at the newsstand for cash as their customer list is given to homeland security.

In addition, you should ask, "What can we possibly win, and at what ungodly cost?"

It's not a question of win or lose, but of hubris. America has no legitimate right to impose our political philosophy by force of arms.

Monday, April 2, 2007 at 2:30:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...


Re. their questioning of you on weapons: You are the guy that has a tank with a 120 mm main gun, and several co-axle machine guns on board, so I reckon you can keep your rifle at home.

I'd take your tank away first; I'm more concerned about your tank than your personal rifle.

Monday, April 2, 2007 at 2:48:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Claymore said...

Re. their questioning of you on weapons: You are the guy that has a tank with a 120 mm main gun, and several co-axle machine guns on board, so I reckon you can keep your rifle at home.

Why do you keep refering to me as a tanker? I have never seen the inside of a tank nor want to be around one. I am 11B and former 19D-humvee scout, I was never a 19K-tanker. I was originally a light infantryman in the 101rst and a III corps LRS infantryman(a LRRP); my time as a cav scout was "light" we humped a ruck. In Iraq, I was OPCONed to a tanker unit that was dismounted and humvee mounted, acting as infantry. They are usually called "dragoons"; I call them TWATs(tankers without a tank)

Monday, April 2, 2007 at 5:58:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...


It's just that you talk like a tanker. So sorry.

What do you mean by "acting as infantry." Does this mean you belch and flatulate in polite company? Either you is, or you isn't.

Does PTSD" mean post-tanker stress disorder?

Monday, April 2, 2007 at 7:51:00 PM GMT-5  

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