By Rick Maze - Staff writer
Posted : Wednesday Oct 3, 2007 6:01:24 EDT
A presidential commission will call Wednesday for an immediate 25 percent increase in veterans’ disability compensation while awaiting a larger overhaul of disability and transition benefits.
The Veterans’ Disability Benefits Commission will say the current compensation system is outdated and fails to consider the complete impact that a service-connected disability has on the life of veterans and their families.
The current system also is unnecessarily cumbersome to the point that it discourages veterans from getting the help they deserve, says the commission report, a copy of which was obtained Tuesday by the Military Times.
The 562-page report will be released Wednesday afternoon, although what happens next is unclear. Most of the recommendations, including the proposed 25 percent benefits boost, would require congressional action before they could take effect.
With the Bush administration already balking at the $4 billion increase in veterans’ health care and benefits programs being pushed by Congress, it is unlikely that administration officials would support further increases.
However, an overhaul of the veterans’ disability rating system, streamlined claims processing and an easier transition from military to veterans programs are all issues under consideration by Congress, and could end up included in the Wounded Warrior Assistance Act that lawmakers expect to pass later this year. An overhaul of the military’s complicated disability retirement and physical evaluation process is expected to be part of that bill.
The report by the 13-member commission, led by retired Army Lt. Gen. James Scott, caps more than two years of work, including several precedent-setting studies of disabled veterans and their compensation that looked at their total income and compared military and veterans’ benefits to those received by disabled workers who never served in the military.
In calling for an overhaul of the military and Department of Veterans Affairs rating systems, the commission said a revised system needs to be fair so that people who have experienced similar losses receive similar compensation. Veterans with mental disorders, including post-traumatic stress disorder, are particularly poorly served by the current rating system, the report says.
The VA ratings schedule that sets disability levels has not been changed in 62 years, and needs to be updated, the commission says, with top priority going to revising the ratings for PTSD, traumatic brain injury and other mental health and neurological body systems says. This could be done quickly, in time to help Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans, while leaving a review of the rest of the ratings to roll out over five years.
The commission comes down squarely on the side of veterans on several controversial issues. For example, it supports allowing disabled retirees to receive full veterans’ disability compensation and military retired pay when they are eligible for both, and to allow survivors to receive their full veterans’ and military survivors’ benefits.
On both of those issues, the Pentagon has resisted efforts in Congress to allow both payments in full, although in recent years lawmakers have been phasing out the mandatory offsets in one pay or the other that had been on the books for decades.
One recommendation that may not please veterans calls for periodic reviews of case in which disability pay is based, in part, on the fact that a veteran’s disability prohibits him or her from holding a job.
When former VA Secretary R. James Nicholson made a similar recommendation several years ago, veterans went wild about the government trying to cut their payments.
The commission calls for periodical and comprehensive evaluations of disabled veterans’ employability status, and a way to slowly wean veterans off benefits if it is possible for them to return to work at some point.
http://www.armytimes.com/news/2007/10/m ... t_071002w/
VA Official Biography
The Honorable James B. Peake
Secretary of Veterans Affairs James Peake, M.D., was nominated by President George W. Bush to be Secretary of Veterans Affairs on October 30, 2007, and was unanimously confirmed by the Senate on December 14, 2007. He was sworn into office on December 20, 2007.
Dr. Peake is the principal advocate for veterans in the U.S. government and directs the nation’s second largest Cabinet Department, responsible for a nationwide system of health care services, benefits programs, and national cemeteries for America’s veterans and dependents. VA employs more than 250,000 people at hundreds of medical centers, nursing homes, benefits offices, and national cemeteries throughout the country. VA’s budget for fiscal year 2007 is $77.3 billion.
A St. Louis, Mo., native, Peake received his Bachelor of Science degree from U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1966 and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Infantry. Following service in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne Division where he was awarded the Silver Star, a Bronze Star with “V” device and the Purple Heart with oak leaf cluster, Peake entered medical school at Cornell University in New York. He was awarded a medical doctorate in 1972.
Peake began his Army medical career as a general surgery resident at Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, Texas. He retired from the Army in 2004, following service as a cardiac surgeon and commander in several medical posts culminating in his appointment as U.S. Army Surgeon General from 2000 to 2004. As Army Surgeon General, Peake commanded 50,000 medical personnel and 187 army medical facilities worldwide. Prior to that, he served as Commanding General of the U.S. Army Medical Department Center and School, the largest medical training facility in the world with more than 30,000 students annually.
After retiring as a Lieutenant General, Peake served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Project Hope, a non-profit international health foundation operating in more than 30 countries. Just prior to his nomination as Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Peake served as a member of the Board of Directors for QTC, one of the largest private providers of government-outsourced occupational health and disability examination services in the nation.
Dr. Peake is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Society of Thoracic Surgeons, and the American College of Cardiology. He has been honored with the Order of Military Merit; the “A” Professional Designator; and the Medallion, Surgeon General of the United States.
Stars & Stripes: January 10, 2008
New VA Rules for Specially Adapted Housing Grants
by Brooklyn Eagle (email@example.com), published online 01-10-2008
Program Aids Most Seriously Injured
WASHINGTON — A change in the law that allows certain seriously injured veterans and servicemembers to receive multiple grants for constructing or modifying homes has resulted in many new grants, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced recently.
Before the change, eligible veterans and servicemembers could receive special adaptive housing grants of $10,000 or $50,000 from VA only once. Now they may use the benefit up to three times, so long as the total grants stay within specified limits outlined in the law.
“Veterans seriously disabled during their military service have earned this benefit,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Dr. James B. Peake. “This change ensures that every eligible veteran and servicemember has the chance to use the maximum amount afforded to them by our grateful nation.”
In order to ensure all previous recipients are aware of this opportunity, VA has mailed more than 16,000 letters to eligible veterans, reaching out to those who used only a portion of their grant or who decided not to use the grant even after initially qualifying.
The response over the past year has been dramatic, with more than 4,600 applications received thus far. Of these, approximately 3,900 veterans have been determined eligible under the new law, and more than 200 grants already awarded.
VA has averaged about 1,000 adaptive housing grant applications per year during the past 10 years. Since the program began in 1948, it has provided more than $650 million in grants to about 34,000 seriously disabled veterans.
To ensure veterans’ and servicemembers’ needs are met and grant money is spent properly, VA works closely throughout the entire process with contractors and architects to design, construct and modify homes that meet the individuals’ housing accessibility needs.
Eligible for the benefit are those with specific service-connected disabilities entitling them to VA compensation for a “permanent and total disability.” They may receive a grant to construct an adapted home or to modify an existing one to meet their special needs.
VA has three types of adapted 3housing grants available. The Specially Adapted Housing grant (SAH), currently limited to $50,000, is generally used to create a wheelchair-accessible home for those who may require such assistance for activities of daily living.
VA’s Home Loan Guaranty program and the Native American Direct Loan program may also be used with the SAH benefit to purchase an adaptive home.
The Special Housing Adaptations (SHA) grant, currently limited to $10,000, is generally used to assist veterans with mobility throughout their homes due to blindness in both eyes, or the anatomical loss or loss of use of both hands or extremities below the elbow.
A third type established by the new law, the Temporary Residence Adaptation (TRA) grant, is available to eligible veterans and seriously injured active duty servicemembers who are temporarily living or intend to temporarily live in a home owned by a family member.
While the SAH and SHA grants require ownership and title to a house, in creating TRA Congress recognized the need to allow veterans and active duty members who may not yet own homes to have access to the adaptive housing grant program.
Under TRA, veterans and servicemembers eligible under the SAH program would be permitted to use up to $14,000, and those eligible under the SHA program would be allowed to use up to $2,000 of the maximum grant amounts. Each grant would count as one of the three grants allowed under the new program.
“The goal of all three grant programs is to provide a barrier-free living environment that offers the country’s most severely injured veterans or servicemembers a level of independent living,” added Peake.
Other VA adaptive housing benefits are currently available through Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Service’s “Independent Living” program, the Insurance Service’s Veterans Mortgage Life Insurance program, and the Veterans Health Administration’s Home Improvement and Structural Alterations grant.
For more information about grants and other adaptive housing programs, contact a local VA regional office at 1-800-827-1000 or local veteran service organization. Additional program information and grant applications (VAF-26-4555) can be found at www.homeloans.va.gov/sah.htm.
J.B. Stone wrote:WestViking wrote:
IMO, you might try getting Congress to appoint a veterans' Ombudsman who has the power to investigate complaints, issue summonses to appear, the authority to require disclosure and who reports directly to Congress on his or her findings. That could get the veteran's issues as well as their medical recommendations directly to the people who control the $$$.
The VA administration need to be reminded that its function is to provide services to veterans, not to manage the budget.
There ARE several avenues open to Veterans, although most have no clue how to use them:U.S. Department Of Veterans Affairs
OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL
The Office of Inspector General is an independent organization with the goal of minimizing fraud, waste, and abuse in the Department of Veterans Affairs' programs, activities and functions. The Office of Healthcare Inspections (54) was created to monitor the health care provided to the veterans.
To carry out its inspections responsibilities, the Office of Healthcare Inspections is legally authorized to gain access to all records, reports, audits, reviews, documents, papers, recommendations, or other pertinent materials.
The Office of Healthcare Inspections (OHI) is dedicated to ensuring that eligible veterans, and qualified family members, receive high quality medical care and support. The OHI supports the Secretary's vision of "Putting Veterans First", and aspires to provide the highest possible level of innovative and forward-looking clinical consultative support to Office of Inspector General operating elements. OHI will work in a cooperative spirit to provide meaningful oversight and consultation to improve and strengthen VHA health care programs that are essential to the well-being of our veteran patients.
In performing its assigned functions, OHI inspects individual health care issues, performs quality program assistance reviews of medical center operations, evaluates Nationwide health care programs, and provides clinical consultations that are designed to strengthen Veteran's Health Administration's (VHA's) health care, and other missions, in order to help VHA to enhance patient care programs and to prevent and deter fraud, waste, and abuse. The OHI's oversight efforts emphasize National mandates for creating a more efficient, less costly government. Inherent in every OHI effort will be the principles of continuous quality improvement, focus on helping the Department to strengthen day-to-day operations, and emphasis on caring customer service and continually-improved patient outcomes.
The OHI will facilitate the IG's ability to keep the Secretary and the Congress fully and currently informed about problems relating to VA programs and the need for corrective action. In doing so, the OHI staff will strive to lead and be innovators in the performance of their duties, being consistently fair, honest, and objective, and fulfilling their responsibilities with integrity.
http://www.va.gov/oig/organization/insp ... efault.asp
Then, there's ....GAO.GOV
The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) is known as "the investigative arm of Congress" and "the congressional watchdog." GAO supports the Congress in meeting its constitutional responsibilities and helps improve the performance and accountability of the federal government for the benefit of the American people.
Topic Collection: Military and Veterans Health Care and Disability Benefits
This page lists the most recent reports and testimonies related to military and veterans' health care and disability benefits issued since March 2003.
http://www.gao.gov/docsearch/featured/h ... efits.html
AND, thanks to your great suggestions, I found out about THIS....!!!House bill creates VA ombudsman's office
By Andy Leonatti CongressDaily June 9, 2008
WASHINGTON - Citing the confusion veterans face when trying to arrange benefits, the House Veterans' Affairs Health Subcommittee passed a bill Thursday creating an ombudsman office within the Veterans Affairs Department (VA).
The bill, sponsored by Rep. Paul Hodes, D-N.H., was adopted by unanimous voice vote, along with the adoption by voice vote of a substitute amendment from Veterans' Affairs Health Subcommittee Chairman Michael Michaud, D-Maine.
The bill instructs the VA secretary to create an office of the ombudsman, and designate the head of the office.
The office would act as a one-stop shop for information on benefits administered by the VA, including medical, housing and education. When testifying in support of his bill before the Health Subcommittee on June 14, 2007, Hodes said the VA has separate hotlines for different benefits, and the process can be confusing to veterans returning from overseas.
Michaud's substitute amendment expanded the duties of the new office. Under the amendment, the VA secretary will designate an ombudsman director in each of the department's three administrations, health, benefits and cemeteries. The ombudsman director in each administration will report to the head ombudsman.
The amendment also defines the official duties of the office of the ombudsman as providing patient advocacy and problem resolution, provide assistance in understanding benefits, provide information on claims submissions and field complaints from veterans.
The VA secretary will also designate six regional ombudsmen throughout the United States for both the health and benefits administrations.
However, the VA does not support the bill. VA Undersecretary for Health Michael Kussman testified at the Health Subcommittee hearing on the bill that it would create an unnecessary level of bureaucracy within the VA. Kussman added the VA already has officers such as patient advocates and benefit counselors, and many state level veterans departments also have counselors.
And, finally....anyone who does NOT employ an authorized VA Service Organization to assist with their Disability Claim or Health Care requests is a FOOL...!!!Directory of Veterans Service Organizations
Welcome to the online Directory of Veterans Service Organizations. This is published as an informational service by the Office of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs. This up-to-date, database driven website allows you to View VSO information in a variety of ways. You may also Search through the VSO database to find information that suits your needs.
Inclusion of an organization in the directory does not constitute approval or endorsement by VA or the United States Government of the organization or its activities. Some VSOs are "chartered", which means they are federally chartered and/or recognized or approved by the VA Secretary for purposes of preparation, presentation, and prosecution of claims under laws administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Inclusion of non-chartered organizations does not constitute or reflect VA recognition of said organization and its representatives for purposes of representation of VA claimants.
* Organizations Chartered by Congress and/or Recognized by VA for Claim Representation
African Amer.Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Assoc.
Air Force Sergeants Association
American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor
American Ex-Prisoners of War
American GI Forum of the United States
American Gold Star Mothers, Inc.
American Red Cross
American War Mothers
Armed Forces Services Corporation
Army and Navy Union, USA, Inc.
Blinded Veterans Association
Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc.
Catholic War Veterans, USA, Inc.
Congressional Medal of Honor Society of the United States of America
Disabled American Veterans
Fleet Reserve Association
Gold Star Wives of America, Inc.
Italian American War Veterans of the USA
Jewish War Veterans of the USA
Korean War Veterans Association of the USA, Inc.
Legion of Valor of the USA, Inc.
Marine Corps League
Military Chaplains Association of the United States of America
Military Order of the Purple Heart of the U.S.A., Inc.
Military Order of the World Wars
National Amputation Foundation, Inc.
National Association for Black Veterans, Inc.
National Association of County Veterans Service Officers, Inc.
National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs (NASDVA)
National Veterans Legal Services Program
Navy Club of the United States of America
Navy Mutual Aid Association
Non Commissioned Officers Association
Paralyzed Veterans of America
Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, Inc.
Polish Legion of American Veterans, USA
Swords to Plowshares: Veterans Rights Organization
The Retired Enlisted Association
United Spinal Association
US Submarine Veterans of World War II
Veterans Assistance Foundation, Inc.
Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States
Veterans of the Vietnam War, Inc./Vets. Coalition
Veterans of World War I of the USA, Inc.
Vietnam Veterans of America
Women`s Army Corps Veterans Association
Some avenues and/or organizations may be more effective/helpful in each case, but the Veteran is doing himself a GREAT disservice by eschewing these options.
I would have NEVER gotten my VA Disability Claim due to PRoject SHAD through without the Vietnam Veterans of America's help and encouragement...!!!
Thank you for your reply and suggestions.
Lt. Col. Helbig has riled enough people to invite web comment from DU activists. The headline on one website, Axis of Logic (google), reads: “LTC Roger Helbig, United States Air Force: A Bully Pushing Around Civilians -- Air Force Colonel Abuses American Citizens over Uranium Weapons Coverup.”
The comment above by "Rhotel1" is none other than Lt. Col. Roger Helbig, a retired U.S. Air Force officer, who also worked at the Vallejo (California) Naval shipyard until the U.S. Navy fired him for his continual harrassment of the Navy. He is now acting under the direction of Dr. Michael Kilpatrick in the Pentagon depleted uranium office, and is being used to globally harrass any person opposed to the use of depleted uranium by the military. Lt. Col. Roger Helbig is a disinformation agent and a terrorist. He and his friends threatened to disrupt and do physical harm to international depleted uranium whistleblower, retired Major Doug Rokke, and attendees at a depleted uranium conference in Tennessee several years ago which required notification of law enforcement that a terrorist event had been possibly planned by Lt. Col. Roger Helbig.
http://kyotoobserver.vox.com/library/po ... moret.html
Roger Helbig said...
Bob Nichols is not a journalist and I am really sorry to hear that a long respected organization like the American Friends Field Service Committee has been taken in by Nichols. Nichols is a propagandist; he is the mouthpiece for two pseudo scientist con artists who make their living off of depleted uranium. Nichols apparently does too. If any of you want to know about the real Bob Nichols, write to me, DUStoryfirstname.lastname@example.org -
http://kauaieclectic.blogspot.com/2009/ ... adows.html
Feedback from DailyKos and VFP 109 in Olympia have made me aware that the individual who generated my response-turned-article is a known internet troll who has made it his mission to propagate anti-anti-DU information.
He is LTC. Roger Helbig, USAF (ret). and is not and has not been an on-going member of our Washington Veteran's Google group. Rather, Helbig seems to have made it his practice to insert himself into every anti-DU rally, debate, symposium and forum including and primarily those on line.
For those interested in the use of Depleted Uranium in military weapons, I make no apology for this lengthy update.
In the spirit of Fair Use, I'm posting the entirety of the following piece from the Axis of Logic Site
"Col. Helbig has consistently misrepresented himself and his participation, voluntarily or on a paid basis, as a "minder" or enforcer for the DOD lie about Uranium Munitions in direct contravention of US Army Regulations and Orders," Nichols stated.
"Col. Helbig apparently is fervently following the Secret Los Alamos Memo about Uranium Weapons (UW), aka so-called "Depleted Uranium," instructing personnel to lie about Uranium Weapons to maintain the political viability of continued use of the Genocidal Weapons: "weaponized radioactive and poisonous ceramic uranium oxide gas and dust" in Iraq and throughout Central Asia," added Nichols.
[Ed Note: They are not kidding. A copy of the actual memo encouraging lies and misinformation is online. AR]
Nichols stated "Dr. Doug Rokke, Ph.D., is the former Army Officer in charge of the Pentagon's Depleted Uranium Project. Dr Rokke is a career officer, loyal to the Constitution of the United States of America, not to any political party. He is the man the people of the United States can turn to for "on the level information" about the true nature of Uranium Weapons (UW.)
Roger Helbig - More Misleading Information |69.19.185.xxx |2009-06-15 04:52:39
You are the misleader. I presume that Nigel Lamb actually is a scientist. This
article, which does not bear your name, bears your stamp of misinformation. The Camp Doha fire and
explosions was not mainly about DU; yes; DU 120mm tank rounds cooked off; some also were recovered
fully intact. The dangerous material was the cluster bomblets that showered the area with high
explosive and caused new fires. The Camp Doha fire and explosions started with a defective heater
in a fully loaded ammunition carrier loaded with the cluster bomblet rounds for 155mm howitzers.
These rounds did not contain DU. The DU rounds did not spread extensively; they mainly cooked off
in place and were often found inside the tanks that were carrying them the conex containers that
contained the ammunition in storage. Men were killed in the cleanup; not because of DU, but because
of unstable cluster bomblets that blew up when they were being mad...
http://www.paltelegraph.com/hot-topic/1 ... -its-usage
Helbig had highlighted the excerpt, commenting: ‘This is pure bullshit and you know it. Where are the actual test results? I presume you don’t choose to read the United Nations Environmental Programme report – it is only about 300 pages, well documented instead of scientific myth!’
http://elections.thinkaboutit.eu/2009/0 ... -bombings/
There’s a huge difference between doing science and doing journalism. I don’t have the media savvy of Moret or Nichols, however I do have more biology and physics savvy than they or Helbig do. I’ve done much other rsearch that he chooses to ignore. [note this is also a blog response to 2 recent articles in Big Island Weekly]. DU and other radioisotopes/heavy metals are bad news to living beings what ever their source. "I'm quaking in my genes knowing the mayhem men manufacture" Elaine Hunter, D.Sc. "
http://www.envirosagainstwar.org/know/r ... temid=5736
http://www.veteranstoday.com/modules.ph ... e&sid=8248
By Roger Helbig on 2009-08-11 07:19:23
I do not see the word "depleted uranium" in this article. I see now that this rag has been taken over by an idiot who has joined the anti-depleted uranium crusade. That's too bad because this site used to have some value to veterans. Every dollar that gets wasted on chasing some phony DU claim is one that is not used to treat real veteran problems. Remember that. Also remember that every false claim made here quickly reaches the streets of the Mid East and one of these days they are going to pay us back for poisoning their lands forever. Unfortunately, though, we never poisoned anything, not our troops, not the Iraqis, not anyone else. Why is there such a sudden surge of anti-DU lies? DU was last used in April 2003. No one has fought a tank since and DU is only used in kinetic energy penetrator anti-tank rounds. It is not used in bombs or missiles and it is not shot at buildings or civilians and it never was an anti-personnel weapon. I knew David Hackworth, used to regularly correspond with him and I don't see him jumping to claim DU did anything without the facts to support the claim. Hack was for the troops, but he also was a damned good investigative journalist.By Veterans Advocacy Editor on 2009-08-11 08:02:46
I see you not only took the research we did on Lieutenant Colonel Helbig's anti-anti-DU crusade, but used it to fire for effect Brother Duff.
"I do not see the word "depleted uranium" in this article."
Colonel, sir you need to READ the fifth paragraph down. If you were not so blinded by your crusade against anyone even mentioning Depleted Uranium.
After scores of studies costing more than $150 million, a definitive cause for Gulf War Illness has yet to be announced. Investigators and researchers have targeted a number of things, including: the unproven vaccines and drugs our troops were forced to take; the U.S. depleted uranium munitions used against Iraqi armor that exposed our soldiers to radiation; pollution from the oil-well fires; local diseases; even the clouds that blew over our troops when captured Iraqi chemical-warfare weaponry was destroyed by Army engineers.
These were Colonel Hackworth's own words Sir. What now are you going to try discrediting Colonel Hackworth when the man is down?
Let's put your triade in context that really bothers most Veterans even IF you happen to be right instead of a mouth piece for the armaments industry.
"I see now that this rag has been taken over by an idiot who has joined the Agent Orange /PTSD crusade. That's too bad because this site used to have some value to veterans.
[We are and will remain so as long as we do not allow bullies like you to pass our editorial or writers criteria, which is frankly none of your damn business, suffice it to say what we've researched about you does not rate, but I digress].
"Every dollar that gets wasted on chasing some Agent Orange or PTSD claim is one that is not used to treat real veteran problems" [like the Flag Amendment, in fact that doesn't cost us anything but Ego and mocking the fact that our troops already paid a heavy price and still do to protect our flag from desecration].
Remember that. Also remember that every false claim made here [or anywhere else that doesn't agree with Roger Helbig] quickly reaches the streets of the Mid East and one of these days they are going to pay us back for poisoning their lands forever.
[You must be referring to the Vietnamese who have yet to demand repirations for posioining their land with Agent Orange, but let's not give them any ideas].
Unfortunately, though, we never poisoned anything, not our troops, not the Iraqis, not anyone else. Why is there such a sudden surge of Agent Orange and PTSD lies?"
Hope you get the picture Colonel Heilbig, and frankly I'm not an expert nor passionate DU activists one way or another, because as the real Colonel Hackworth (not your imaginary one) really said, "a definitive cause for Gulf War Illness has yet to be announced. Investigators and researchers have targeted a number of things, including: the unproven vaccines and drugs our troops were forced to take; the U.S. depleted uranium munitions used against Iraqi armor that exposed our soldiers to radiation; pollution from the oil-well fires; local diseases; even the clouds that blew over our troops when captured Iraqi chemical-warfare weaponry was destroyed by Army engineers."
Thus, Sir using logic and common sense, even if YOU can rule out DU without bullying, you still have to rule out the other potential causes Colonel Hackworth talked about.
http://www.veteranstoday.com/modules.ph ... e&sid=8248
IN regard to Hackworth....who I've met PERSONALLY.....
http://www.freedominion.com.pa/phpBB2/v ... hp?t=38786
In addition to the evidence provided so far, lets finally pay a visit to the US Governments own website and this extremely interesting PubMed Journal. I have no doubt that our so called science correspondent (agents) that attack such press releases will again repeat those eternally boring quotes "Provide Scientific Evidence;" "If you want the truth look to the scientific literature;" "Check peer-reviewed abstracts;" and, "ignore peer-reviewed science" etc. I am sure that all readers will agree that the evidence provided so far is extremely accurate and convincing. Character Assassination by such people as Helbig and Lamb is like water of a ducks back, both of whom show no compassion towards the many thousands war vets or innocent civilians that have fallen victim to uranium based weapons. These badly informed "Imbeciles" have no place in this world and have truly lost their direction in life.
http://www.paltelegraph.com/diaries/art ... net-part-5
Blogger Rhotel1 said...
Dr Know, it is pretty obvious that the name does not really signify that you know anything. The photos, while often pushed on the world by the anti-depleted uranium crusade started by Saddam Hussein in 1993 when his regime was tiring of the UN Sanctions that ended the Gulf War and wanted to bully the world into dropping them, have nothing to do with DU - they are of the Harlequin Fetal Syndrome (Harlequin_type_ichthyosis) a rare genetic condition that according to Wikipedia has been known since the 1750's. Before you go ranting about the horrors of DU again, go read something other than anti-depleted uranium crusade propaganda; start with some of the material at these links http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/DUStory/message/76 or perhaps go to the excellent video of dinner served on the bright orange Art Deco Fiesta Ware plate glazed with depleted uranium complete with Geiger counter exhibition at the end.
Blogger Dr. Know said...
Well, Mr. Lt. Col. Roger Helbig, USAF, Rtd,
Pretty big of you to visit with your pseudo-anonymous Option One dial-up connection from Richmond, CA and start shilling for the Pentagon and its Nuclear Waste cronies; and further, for adopting an insulting attitude right off the bat.
F**k You for that. If you had bothered to read the original story in which I explained the rational supporting my conclusion that DU is an unacceptable, dangerous munition -- particularly when dumped, en masse, on civilian populations -- you might have adopted a less confrontational attitude.
And I would beseech you to do so again, but it would obviously be a waste of time since you seem to spend an unhealthy portion of your time searching the Internet for occurrences of the phrase "Depleted Uranium". I hope you are being paid commensurate to your degree of obsession since being canned as a contractor by the Navy - Not.
As most of your arguments have been debunked already, including the fact that the Alpha/Beta radiation can be blocked by imbedding in other materials as insignificant as paper (thus addressing your Magical Plate agitprop), I will not bother to address them again.
http://gonelikethewind.blogspot.com/200 ... anium.html
TRICARE Inpatient Costs Increase for Fiscal Year 2010
September 30, 2009
TRICARE Press Release
FALLS CHURCH, Va. – Every year the costs for TRICARE-covered inpatient services are reviewed and are subject to change. For the coming fiscal year 2010, which runs from Oct. 1, 2009 to Sept. 30, 2010, the increase for some out-of-pocket costs paid by TRICARE Standard beneficiaries at civilian hospitals for inpatient care and inpatient behavioral health services is small.
For active duty family members using TRICARE Standard and TRICARE Extra, the daily cost share for inpatient admissions at civilian hospitals has increased from $15.65 to $16.30 per day or $25 per admission, whichever is greater. There is no charge for separately billed professional services.
The daily cost share for retirees, their families and other eligible beneficiaries using TRICARE Standard for inpatient admissions at civilian hospitals has increased from $535 to $645 per day or 25 percent of the total charge, whichever is less. Additionally, these beneficiaries pay 25 percent of the TRICARE-allowable charge for separately billed professional services.
The out-of-pocket costs for retirees, their families and other eligible beneficiaries for inpatient behavioral health services at low-volume civilian hospitals has increased from $193 to $197 per day or 25 percent of the billed charge, whichever is less.
For additional information about copayments and cost-shares for TRICARE-covered services, visit our website
http://www.military.com/news/article/tr ... -2010.html
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