Worthless Wars Wednesday

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Because war is big business!

The Department of Veterans Affairs has been clear: Preventing suicide among the nation’s more than 20 million former service members is its top clinical priority. With a burgeoning suicide rate among veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, the VA has dumped more than $24 million since 2013 into a national outreach campaign for at-risk veterans centered around a one-stop crisis hotline.

But that ambitious outreach initiative has faltered in recent years amid a leadership vacuum within the VA and unclear metrics for success, according to a report released this week by the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office. While the number of suicides among veterans was climbing steadily, the GAO found that the VA’s prevention efforts faltered without a permanent leader or clear chain of command in place.

“At a time when 20 veterans a day still die by suicide, VA should be doing everything in its power to inform the public about the resources available to veterans in crisis,” Rep. Tim Walz (D-Minn.), the ranking member of the House Veterans Affairs panel, said in a statement to Stars and Stripes after the report’s publication Monday. “Unfortunately, VA has failed to do that, despite claiming the elimination of veteran suicide as its highest clinical priority.”

DAN SPINELLI @ MOTHERJONES

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14 Responses to Worthless Wars Wednesday

  1. Micki says:

    NASA

    Researchers found that the rings are draining away toward the planet as a dusty rain of ice particles.

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  2. Micki says:

    I’m having friends in for dinner this evening.

    In the throes of preparing porchetta, twice baked potatoes with chopped artichokes, tomatoes Provençal, broccolini, salad with Bosc pears and roasted pecans.

    Nat King Cole is entertaining me at the moment.

    Wish Bill was here. Sigh.

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  3. Den says:

    Carol, got your cute card today, my daughters wonderful cookies are AWOL however. Store-bought cookies are sub-par, xmas cookies must be home made with LARD not veggie squeezins.

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  4. David B. Benson says:

    Once again to Waddell & Reed and then to the Old Post Office; 30 minutes.

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  5. David B. Benson says:

    In spirit.

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  6. Den says:

    Can your tire guy do this?

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  7. °¿º Carol says:

    Out about late this morning. To Stockbridge, the post office, the library, put gas in my car, took the recycling down to Chelsea, stopped in at the drug store to get a Hallmark date book for Jill and while I was there and I saw the sign out front, decided to get a flu shot. I’ve never had a flu shot.

    The clerk looked me up on the computer, no copay, free. She also said I needed another pneumonia shot, also free. I thanked Obama, lol.

    The pharmacist named Aaron wasn’t there and I’ll regret to my dying day that I didn’t come back when HE was there. The woman pharmacist, I told her how Aaron gave me 3 shots a couple years ago, pneumonia, shingles and a tetanus. I told him I was leery because the tetanus would kill my arm, he said not when HE does it. He gave it to me up on my shoulder, same for the pneumonia in the other arm, zero pain.

    After I told the lady pharmacist the story and I called Aaron a god, she said she would try to be a goddess. She missed. She gave it at the top of my arm but lower than my shoulder and holy crap. I can hardly move my arm. Horrible. I managed to cook and do dishes, but that was before it started hurting. Then I took a shower tonight, holy moly, I was crying the shower.

    When I got out and dressed, I took one Excedrin and went downstairs by the fireplace to watch a movie. The aspirin helped, took the edge off. If I live long enough to need another pneumonia shot, I will for SURE wait until Aaron is in.

    I’ve had a headache for hours on end. I never get headaches. The Excedrin didn’t touch my head much. I looked up pneumonia shot reactions: headache. Almost bed time, my head will probably be fine tomorrow.

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