www.therollforthecure.com is finally here please share this so the roll can move on

Well folks, after years of losing weight and getting in shape the roll for the cure is less than a year away. So Now the fundraising  is in full  swing, the first stage  is raising funds for the wheelchair and the needs for just getting to the starting line.

 So please help and share the site  with everyone, because no matter who they are  the chances are cancer has affected their life. So please go to  www.therollforthecure.com  now.

The history of Americas wounded warriors what the goverment has promised to do since the founding fathers?

History – VA History

Mia’s Thoughts- below is the history of the Va since the Founding Fathers So Many Promises So much they’re meant to do yet still they come home they get lost and Noone looks it is a national shame. Its the 4th of july DO SOMETHING NOW LEAVE NO MAN BEHIND

The United States has the most comprehensive system of assistance for veterans of any nation in the world. This benefits system traces its roots back to 1636, when the Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony were at war with the Pequot Indians. The Pilgrims passed a law which stated that disabled soldiers would be supported by the colony.

The Continental Congress of 1776 encouraged enlistments during the Revolutionary War by providing pensions for soldiers who were disabled. Direct medical and hospital care given to veterans in the early days of the Republic was provided by the individual States and communities. In 1811, the first domiciliary and medical facility for veterans was authorized by the Federal Government. In the 19th century, the Nation’s veterans assistance program was expanded to include benefits and pensions not only for veterans, but also their widows and dependents.

After the Civil War, many State veterans homes were established. Since domiciliary care was available at all State veterans homes, incidental medical and hospital treatment was provided for all injuries and diseases, whether or not of service origin. Indigent and disabled veterans of the Civil War, Indian Wars, Spanish-American War, and Mexican Border period as well as discharged regular members of the Armed Forces were cared for at these homes.

Congress established a new system of veterans benefits when the United States entered World War I in 1917. Included were programs for disability compensation, insurance for service persons and veterans, and vocational rehabilitation for the disabled. By the 1920s, the various benefits were administered by three different Federal agencies: the Veterans Bureau, the Bureau of Pensions of the Interior Department, and the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers.

The establishment of the Veterans Administration came in 1930 when Congress authorized the President to “consolidate and coordinate Government activities affecting war veterans.” The three component agencies became bureaus within the Veterans Administration. Brigadier General Frank T. Hines, who directed the Veterans Bureau for seven years, was named as the first Administrator of Veterans Affairs, a job he held until 1945.

The VA health care system has grown from 54 hospitals in 1930, to include 152 hospitals; 800 community based outpatient clinics; 126 nursing home care units; and 35 domiciliaries. VA health care facilities provide a broad spectrum of medical, surgical, and rehabilitative care. The responsibilities and benefits programs of the Veterans Administration grew enormously during the following six decades. World War II resulted in not only a vast increase in the veteran population, but also in large number of new benefits enacted by the Congress for veterans of the war. The World War II GI Bill, signed into law on June 22, 1944, is said to have had more impact on the American way of life than any law since the Homestead Act of 1862. Further educational assistance acts were passed for the benefit of veterans of the Korean Conflict, the Vietnam Era, Persian Gulf War, Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

In 1973, the Veterans Administration assumed another major responsibility when the National Cemetery System (except for Arlington National Cemetery) was transferred to the Veterans Administration from the Department of the Army. The Agency was charged with the operation of the National Cemetery System, including the marking of graves of all persons in national and State cemeteries (and the graves of veterans in private cemeteries, upon request) as well and administering the State Cemetery Grants Program. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) was established as a Cabinet-level position on March 15, 1989. President Bush hailed the creation of the new Department saying, “There is only one place for the veterans of America, in the Cabinet Room, at the table with the President of the United States of America.”

In 2009, President Obama appointed Secretary Eric K. Shinseki to lead a massive transformation of the VA into a high-performing 21st century organization that can better serve Veterans. Under the leadership of Secretary Shinseki, the VA has adopted three guiding principles to govern the changes underway, namely being people-centric, results-driven, and forward-looking. These principles are reflected in the 16 major initiatives that serve as a platform from which transformation is being executed.

The 16 major initiatives are:

    • Eliminating Veteran homelessness

 

    • Enabling 21st century benefits delivery and services

 

    • Automating GI Bill benefits

 

    • Creating Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record

 

    • Improving Veterans’ mental health

 

    • Building Veterans Relationship Management capability to enable convenient, seamless interactions

 

    • Designing a Veteran-centric health care model to help Veterans navigate the health care delivery system and receive coordinated care

 

    • Enhancing the Veteran experience and access to health care

 

    • Ensuring preparedness to meet emergent national needs

 

    • Developing capabilities and enabling systems to drive performance and outcomes.

 

    • Establishing strong VA management infrastructure and integrated operating model

 

    • Transforming human capital management

 

    • Performing research and development to enhance the long-term health and well-being of Veterans

 

    • Optimizing the utilization of VA’s Capital portfolio by implementing and executing the Strategic Capital Investment Planning (SCIP) process

 

    • Improving the quality of health care while reducing cost

 

    • Transforming health care delivery through health informatics

 

To learn more about these initiatives, consult the VA Strategic Plan

Tomorrow is the fourth of July we celebrate freedom do we celebrate those who sacrifice themselves to keep it?

Tomorrow we celebrate over 230 years of freedom, we talk about the wars we won, we talk about the flag and we make flowery empty statements about those who sacrifice.  Then as we leave the celebration for the car park a homeless man asks for a dollar and we mutter “fucking homeless” and tell them to beat it.

Next time you tell a homeless person in New York to fuck off,be aware 66% are veterans, you know the ones you just sang along with some over the hill B grade actor to a song about their sacrifice!

That man wearing the Vietnam veteran cap pushing the shopping trolley probably is a Vietnam vet with 66% of the homeless  being vets, don’t be so quick  to pass off their  clothing as cheap surplus from the army navy store. The chances are the man you just yelled at was, not too many years ago fighting for our freedom in some war we probably should never have been in but we were so they made the best of a shitty place. They followed orders and they came home, but a hell of a lot left their souls and their sanity somewhere in the DMZ for many years after their bodies were in Manhattan. They tried to be fathers, they tried to be sons and  they tried to work and enjoy life with the fractured body they brought home.

But it got harder and the noises in their head got louder, first their family stopped understanding then their bosses then in quick time society  followed. The shiny uniform they kept hanging in the closet that they only wore once a year soon was their every day clothes, because as they became more fractured  and in their minds it was what they had to wear because suddenly in their 24/7 nightmares they were back in country and  you were the enemy.

We all think the VA is there for them,  well think again if the injury is a limb blown off they fix it the best they can.  Are you aware however  that the wounded warriors coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan today, with closed head injuries are being forced to wait  80-120 days  not for treatment but just for the first rudimentary  evaluation? That doesn’t mean the treatment starts, they might if their lucky be told to come back in 6 months .

Get it together America, tomorrow households will spend hundreds and drive miles to celebrate and 24 hours later have nothing but heart burn and sunburn to remember it. So before you hypocritically yell “yeah god bless the veterans “ why don’t you? Take 20% of what you intend to gorge on tomorrow, and give it to the homeless vet down the block. Buy him new socks, get together with your kids buy a back pack take the kids shopping. Get a voucher book for a fast food restaurant,and  a $10 metro card and  a refillable water bottle and some energy bars a tooth brush and some soap and give it to him with a coffee and burger. And thank him  for all he sacrificed for you and all your neighbours. Find out where a veterans outreach is, and put the info in the back pack and you can  adopt them treat them like family they damn well fought for you like you were theirs and   they left no man behind how dare you do!

Province of British olumbia reacts to accidental death, inquest

Province reacts to accidental death, inquest

 

Reposted from a story written on June 29, 2012   by Ben Ingram

After a coroner’s inquest into the accidental death of 76-year-old Joan Andrews made nine recommendations to improve conditions, Social Development minister Stephanie Cadieux reacted to calls for a more accountable Community Living BC (CLBC).

“My sympathies go out to the family and loved ones of Ms. Andrews. We appreciate the Coroner’s work on bringing these recommendations forward, and we are taking a serious look to determine what actions we can take,” Cadieux said.

The inquest was held between June 11 and 15 before coroner Matthew Brown.

Andrews died Feb. 10, 2011, as a consequence of a blunt force injury to the right side of her head. She had fallen out of bed and her death was found to be accidental.

The jury’s nine recommendations to CLBC included the implementation of a training program for home care providers.

Another major theme on the list was a call to amend current standards and increase the frequency of home visits.

“We want all individuals supported by CLBC to feel safe, secure and respected, and these recommendations will be helpful to make sure this is the case,” said Cadieux, who was unable to arrange an interview, but relayed a statement through a ministry official.

Her opponent, Social Development critic Nicholas Simons, said he was “shocked” that a formal training program for homecare providers had yet to materialize.

The Powell River – Sunshine Coast MLA accused the government of recruiting home care providers from Craigslist — a popular, anonymous classified listings website.

“Even foster parents who take in your typical child, and in most cases have kids of their own, have to take specialized training,” he argued.

Simons said the blame rested with leadership and he called for an external review of CLBC.

When asked if he thought government could get adequate value for the money it has spent on Community Living, Simons argued that “the government is responsible for ensuring they are getting the results they want.

“The people who work in the Community Living sector are the lowest paid public workers and when one sees the responsibilities they have, we know their work, while rewarding in many ways, is often difficult,” he said.

One such worker is Sunshine Coast Association for Community Living (SCACL) executive director Glen McLughan.

With experience dating back to as early as 1974, McLughan has not only witnessed the birth and evolution of group homes in this province, he helped create the first ones.

“We did that with no money. I went out and worked as an apprentice bricklayer and brought my pay cheque home, pooled our money and brought people out of institutions,” he said.

One of those institutions was New Westminster’s Woodlands Psychiatric Hospital.

Around 1988, McLughan was given “a key to a rented house and a cheque to open up a bank account,” before he brought three patients from Woodlands to their new home.

To make ends meet and provide for those he had become responsible for, McLughan was forced to turn to his mother for supplies, raiding her kitchen for things like pots and pans.

McLughan has taken aim at the Crown corporation model, which he argued has only served to politicize the CLBC leadership.

More opportunities for responsibility and accountability would be had if services were to be provided directly through a ministry, like Children and Family Development or Social Development, he said.

“I provide hard service on the ground to people in need, so I don’t really care how I get contracts,” said McLughan, who shared his personal opinion on the matter. “Give me the resources to serve the people who want service from me.”

 Mia’s thoughts- Here’s a  thought British Columbia, Close disgusting centers like the Pearson center and  put stricter controls and others and bring their standards into the 21st century. Make sure any person who works in home care actually knows what the hell they’re doing and when deaths or injury happen investigate with intelligence and the law not a broom and a rug. Maybe then you’ll be surprised when things run efficiently they cost less!

Maryland prison inmates to train service dogs for wounded and disabled military veterans

By Associated Press, Published: July 2

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Maryland’s prison agency is teaming up with a guide-dog group to have jailed veterans train service dogs for wounded and disabled military veterans.

Public Safety and Correctional Services Secretary Gary Maynard and leaders of America’s Vet Dogs announced the program Monday at the Maryland Correctional Institution near Hagerstown. Maynard called the project “one of the most significant restorative justice projects I have ever been involved with.” The prison agency says the trainers will include specially selected incarcerated veterans and other inmates at three institutions. They will care for the puppies, which will then get more specific service dog training. America’s Vet Dogs is a nonprofit organization based in Smithtown, N.Y. It provides guide dogs for blind or visually impaired veterans, and service dogs for those with other disabilities.

disabled of boston protest transport price hikes

Disabled MBTA riders to protest fare hike

By Associated Press  |   Monday, July 2, 2012 

Wheelchair users and other disabled people staged what they called a “memorial” at the Statehouse today for the loss of affordable transit service. Fares for The Ride, the Boston-area transit system’s door-to-door service for people with disabilities, doubled on Sunday from $2 to $4.

 Other fares increased an average 23 percent under the T’s first fare hike in five years.

Meanwhile, state Secretary of Transportation Richard Davey said the first commuting day under the higher fare structure went smoothly, with no major problems reported.

 

The MBTA says a “glitch” with the T’s corporate pass program, which caused problems for some riders trying to transfer from commuter rail to buses or subways, appeared unrelated to the fare hike

Australian Catholic Church to finally look at abuse confession claims

 

The Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney says it’s investigating a 1992 meeting between senior priests who removed a fellow priest from public ministry, following media reports that admissions of sexual abuse were made during that meeting but never referred to police.

A FORMER Catholic priest, identified only as Father F, was sacked by the church in 2005 after serious sexual abuse allegations but has since become a prominent citizen in the NSW town of Armidale, the ABC reported on Monday.

The ABC said Father F raped young boys in Moree in the 1980s before being transferred to a parish in Parramatta where he continued to sodomise altar boys.

Some of the youths he raped went on to lead tortured lives before committing suicide, the ABC reported.

The ABC said Father F made clear admissions of abuse to three senior priests during a meeting at St Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney in September 1992.

As a result of the investigation Father F was banned from conducting mass, hearing confession or counselling but the matter was reportedly never referred to police.

 In a statement released on Tuesday night, the Archdiocese of Sydney – the home diocese of Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Catholic clergy official in Australia – said it was “seeking further information” about the 1992 meeting.

A spokeswoman for the diocese told AAP it only had authority over two of the priests present at the meeting, and was not able to confirm whether it was looking into allegations that admissions of abuse were made in 1992 but kept from police.

“We need to speak to everyone that was involved,” the spokeswoman said.

“We are seeking (to discover) what happened prior to the meeting, during the meeting and after the meeting.”

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