Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Troubled Iowa Veteran Sought Help From VA Hospital Before Freezing To Death

Obama, Congress, VA continue genocide of Veterans  

DISABLED VETERANS
03/19/2015

DES MOINES, IOWA

"I need help."

On February 15, Iraq War veteran Richard Miles entered a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in Des Moines, Iowa, and told the staff: "I need help," according to hospital records obtained by CNN.


Combat Veteran Richard Miles
He had told friends he was going to check himself in. He was diagnosed with "worsened PTSD," anxiety and insomnia, but Miles was not admitted to the hospital.

Five days later the 40-year-old father was found dead in the woods, having taken a toxic amount of sleeping pills, according to a toxicology report obtained by CNN. He died from exposure to the elements.

Now those who loved him want to know why the VA hospital did not admit him when he showed up that night.


"That was his cry for help and it was not taken seriously or received the way it should have been received," said Katie Hopper, his ex-girlfriend and mother to their daughter Emmalynn.

Miles was one of the premiere presenters at the Science Center of Iowa, a beloved employee popular with the staff and guests.




"He was passionate and knowledgeable about science himself and it went beyond that. His passion extended to sharing that knowledge with others," said Science Center of Iowa President and CEO Curt Simmons. Miles' image was featured prominently in YouTube videos and advertisements for the museum; a large photograph bearing his image stands outside the center.

What this popular Iraq war veteran did not share with most, is that he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.




"He knew the date, and where he was when he had shot and killed people in the war," says Hopper. "He was very, very aware of what he was doing, that he was ending people's lives, even if it was for the greater good." The memory of an interrogation incident with a frail, old Iraqi man upset him quite a bit, she recalled.

Troublesome Dreams After Returning Home

Medical records obtained by CNN state that after Miles returned from Iraq in 2004, he "began to experience depression with suicidal attempts." He recalled seeing dead bodies, and often had graphic, violent dreams.


One record from 2011 says Miles "described onset of anger, outburst and irritability beginning after his return from deployment in Iraq during October 2004." He "recalled his war related experiences about 'being on alert and seeing dead bodies.' He further noted sleep disturbance with troublesome dreams 'about combat and military-related content.'"


Miles had "many dreams about death and violence," the records state. "The dreams are graphic and often involve themes of needing to protect someone, and an outcome of killing someone in the course of protecting someone else. Mr. Miles awakens from the dreams anxious and sad. This occurs 2-3 times per week."

Friends and family saw Miles struggle with his PTSD, but say he was doing generally fine until January, when he disappeared. A missing person report was filed with local law enforcement.

He finally responded days later to friends such as Harry Aller, who had sent Miles text messages.




"He wrote back ... 'I didn't mean to get people worried I just need to spend some time at the hospital to figure things out,'" Aller said.

Thankfully, Miles returned, and chose to stay with Hopper.

"I said do you feel like you need to get out of the house, do you want to go for a drive, do you want to go for a walk? He said, ' No, I'm going to go to the VA.' Right now? 'Yeah, right now,'" Hopper said.


"He had to be of in a place where he was going to harm himself, mentally. And the thought of that would lead him to want to get help because he would be letting down his daughter, his son, his friends, and that was not an option for him," said Aller. "They just gave me medication and sent me home."

On February 15, Miles left several of his belongings with Hopper and went to the hospital. 


It was a familiar place to the veteran whose medical records show a long history of suicidal acts and thoughts.

He'd been hospitalized at the Iowa VA hospital four times for PTSD between 2008 and 2009, after he "made 2 attempts to hang himself," according to records. At one point he had brought a gun into a different hospital ward planning to kill himself.

Records show friends called the VA to look for him and later filed a missing persons report with local law enforcement.

Files from that day show Miles told the hospital attendant he needed help. When the attending doctor asked him whether he was a danger to himself, Miles responded, "No, I won't harm myself, but I do need some medicine so I can just rest," according to the notes.




"He came home about three hours later," said Hopper, who was surprised at the quick return. "I thought you were going to be days or weeks even," she recalled saying to him.

"He said, 'Yeah, me too, but they just gave me medication and sent me home, said my psychiatrist would follow up with me this week to set up an appointment,'" she said.


Miles did not make it that long. A few days later, after giving Emmalynn a big hug goodbye, he instead walked into the woods -- where he and Hopper used to go -- and never came back. The toxicology report shows Miles had ingested a toxic but not fatal number number of lorazepam sleeping pills, which he had been prescribed just a few days before at the VA, and froze to death.


His was found with no jacket, no shoes, and most infuriatingly, no clear reason why his life had to end like this.

"The VA failed him. They failed him," said Hopper.

Emergency room staff "followed proper mental health screening procedures and then scheduled an outpatient psychotherapy appointment for seven days from that point," the Department of Veterans Affairs said in a statement to CNN, adding that Miles was "given anxiety and insomnia medication upon his departure from the emergency room -- medication he indicated had helped him in the past."




CNN provided the more than 1,200 pages of Miles' records to Dr. Elspeth Cameron Ritchie, a longtime Army psychiatrist and former chief clinical officer for the District of Columbia's Department of Mental Health. She's now retired from the Army.

"This seems like it was a very tough situation," Ritchie said. "In retrospect -- and this happens very commonly after a suicide -- you look back and you look back and you see all kinds of red flags or information that one person knew but another person didn't know, and if you put it all together, yes, maybe he should have been hospitalised."


But, Ritchie added, "my reading of it is that the emergency room physician didn't have that information and that he denied feeling suicidal, and that's really tough for psychiatrists. We can't read people's minds we can only look at the information available and make a judgment."


CNN asked Ritchie, is it not enough that he had tried suicide before and that he had had a missing person report filed for him in recent days?

"Again, in retrospect, perhaps we would have done things differently but his suicide attempts were back in '08 and '09. This was 2015. I don't know that the physician knew about the missing person report, and we weren't there at the time to see what actually happened. That's one of the challenges with looking at medical records afterward and why it's so important to do good documentation," he said.

"Not Enough Is Being Done"

If proper procedures were indeed followed, are VA procedures in dealing with suicidal veterans adequate? Brandon Coleman says they are not. Coleman developed a suicide prevention program at the VA hospital in Phoenix, where he says it's desperately needed. Now the disabled Marine Corps veteran says he's blowing the whistle on insufficient care for his peers.




"We're missing the boat with these most at-risk veterans, and not enough is being done systemically in order to protect them. ... We can't just hand these guys pills, (that) is not the answer," said Coleman.

"I came forward mainly because of the veteran suicides. They're not being handled properly," Coleman told CNN.

In December 2014 he told the Office of Special Counsel -- an independent office assigned to protect whistle blowers -- that suicidal veterans "are not properly monitored at the Phoenix VA and oftentimes they leave after being deemed suicidal because they are not properly watched by trained professionals." When Coleman tried to discuss issues with the care of suicidal veterans to his supervisors they "always fell on deaf ears."


On January 23, another concerned employee at the Phoenix VA secretly recorded a staff meeting, where officials discussed that suicidal veterans there had "bolted out the door."

"It has been a high number like five in the last week," emergency room staff is heard saying on the recording.

"We have been really lucky that nothing bad has happened in these instances where vets have split. It was sheer luck that nothing happened," a supervisor says.


Coleman is now nearing his second month of paid administrative leave, retaliation for being a whistleblower, he says.

Phoenix Hospital Says It Is Making Improvements

In a statement to CNN, the Phoenix VA said "we have strengthened our protocols and approaches for how we care for suicidal veterans ... we continue to look for ways improve the care and appreciate suggestions made by our employees and others."

It is a different VA, but part of the same troubled system. A 2012 VA report suggests about 22 veterans commit suicide each day.




Some of them sought help at VA centers and other hospitals and didn't get the treatment they needed.

"I think the VA is in the lead on treatment of PTSD. Are they doing as much as they could be? It's no secret that the VA is an overwhelmed system," said Ritchie. "And it's no secret to anybody that the VA can't handle it all."

The friends and family of Richard Miles want the VA to learn from their tragedy. They want the VA to figure out what they could have done differently with Miles, so the next veteran is admitted and helped.




"I don't have a friend. My daughter doesn't have a father. He touched so many people, he was so great. He was such an inspiration," Hopper said, crying. "I really do feel as though the VA failed him, and ultimately I feel it's kind of on them."



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Terror Threat "Unprecedented," New Attacks Inevitable – French Security Officials

DGSC announces next false-flag attack  

RT
03/23/2015

French security officials have warned more jihadist attacks are expected in the country as the level of terrorist threat has “reached a level without precedent.” Counter-terrorism officials described the threat as “permanent”.


“Not one day goes by without an alert, the discovery of a network trying to send people to Syria or Iraq, or an intervention (by the security services),” a high-level official from the Defense Ministry of France told AFP on condition of anonymity.

According to the source, there are currently around 4,000 people who are “identified or suspected of evil intentions” in France.



These aren’t just amateurs, they include some highly educated people – “pros, not drop-outs,” he added.

The French security services are forced to “play catch-up” with the terrorists as they “use the best encryption and concealment techniques,” the official stressed. 


Ghost of Osama soon to bomb Eiffel Tower
"Every time we get our hands on a network, we see they are each using seven or eight SIM cards, changing them constantly. And the most cunning don't go near phones at all - they use messengers," he said. 

According to another unnamed counter-terrorist official, the source of biggest concern are former so-called Islamic State (IS, formerly known as ISIS/ISIL) fighters, who returned to France after taking part in military action in Iraq and Syria.



Those 200 individuals are especially dangerous as “they have lost all inhibitions about violence," he explained.

Security services are trying to put them under the tightest possible surveillance, but their resources are limited, the source said, adding that terrorists may wait for years before executing their plots.


Obama poodle Hollande the real terrorist
As an example, he cited the Kouachi brothers responsible for the deadly attack on the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine in Paris this January, when 17 people were killed. The duo was known to be connected to jihadist networks in France, but they had been ‘sleeping’ for several years and had eventually fallen off the radar of anti-terrorist officials. Since then the French security services have been put on high alert.

But security officials told AFP that even such desperate measures as deployment of police and military at media HQs, synagogues and other vulnerable sites, will unlikely prevent new attacks.


"The problem is not to know if there will be a new attack. It is to know when and where," said French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, as he unveiled new surveillance laws last week.


There are also fears that competition between different terrorist organizations may lead to even more violence in France.

"Al-Qaeda needs to restore its prestige and will try to compete with IS with complex and major actions,"the official noted.

He added that security services are concerned that an Al-Qaeda wing known as Khorasan is planning an attack on a major airline.


The Islamic State “is in the process of training commandos and sending them to our territory with high-quality equipment," the source said.



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Charlotte Observer Dares To Report About Vaccine - Damaged Children Receiving Financial Compensation From Vaccine Court

Observer fearlessly takes a step back towards real reporting in the U.S.  

GLOBAL RESEARCH
By J.D. Heyes
03/22/2015

The corporate media won’t report such cases because their bottom line is more important than being honest with their readers, but vaccine damages do occur, even if the big newspapers don’t want to risk their pharmaceutical industry ad purchases to tell you about them.


But not all media is corrupted in that manner, so our hats go off to the small-time Charlotte Observer, of Charlotte, North Carolina, which had the courage to tell the story of a local resident whose child has no future, thanks to vaccines.

As the paper reported in its February 28 edition online:

As they started their family, Mooresville residents Theresa and Lucas Black dutifully got their children immunized, never doubting their doctor’s word that vaccines are safe and necessary.


But their faith in those promises was shaken in 2001, when their 3-month-old daughter, Angelica, developed life-threatening seizures and brain damage just three days after getting several vaccinations.

A neurologist in Charlotte diagnosed Angelica with vaccine-related encephalopathy – a brain injury. And in 2006, she was awarded $2 million plus $250,000 from a little known federal judiciary called the “vaccine court,” which was established just for this purpose: Paying out vaccine-related injury claims.


Pro-vaccine psychopath, CNN fraud, corporate whore Erin Burnett

‘Anti-vaxxers’ derided and compared to common criminals who should be jailed

So much for vaccines never causing harm; they have done so with such frequency that there had to be a special federal court established to handle the claims.


Disgraced corporate pro-vaccinator Brian Williams
And now, Theresa Black, Angelica’s mother, is being forced to suffer again, as the recent measles outbreak in California is causing her to feel bullied. 

If anyone has a right to oppose mandatory vaccinations, it is certainly the parent of a child permanently and irreparably damaged by them.



Federal, state and local health officials insist without reserve that vaccines are safe – always. Many have even strongly hinted that any parent who doesn’t vaccinate their children ought to be charged with child abuse and even jailed.

“Anti-vaxxers often claim the right not to put ‘poison’ in their children’s bodies. That is ludicrous,” wrote Alex Berezow, founding editor of RealClearScience.com and co-author of “Science Left Behind”, in a January 28 column in USA Today.

“A mountain of data has demonstrated that vaccines are safe and effective. Insisting otherwise is akin to believing that the moon landing was faked,” he continued. “It is time to end this insanity. Though jail sounds drastic, it could be the only way to send a strong message about the deadly consequences of failing to vaccinate children.”




Such radicalism angers parents like Black.

“There’s people out there calling for us to get jailed,” Black said. “I am not a freak. I am not trying to endanger anyone’s child. … I actually think vaccinating is a good thing. My problem is I don’t think they are as safe as they could be. … There are bad things that happen.”

It is good this case got some press.




But, as Angelica reminds her daily, there is nothing inherently safe about vaccines. Today, at 14 years old, Angelica is severely disabled, and she always will be. She is stricken with cerebral palsy and has a seizure disorder. She cannot speak and she must be fed through a tube. She is confined to a wheelchair. And because she is a 24-hour care case, her parents had to quit work to be at home for her ’round the clock.

Renee Gentry, a Virginia lawyer who represented the Blacks before the vaccine court, added that she has also been disturbed by some of the reaction to the measles outbreak.




“People are saying there’s absolutely no evidence that vaccines cause brain injury, and we’re sitting here with all these cases. It’s rare … but they clearly have happened,” Gentry told the Observer.

Not that rare. In the mid-1980s, the Reagan administration established the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. Set up within the Department of Health and Human Services, the program “was established to ensure an adequate supply of vaccines, stabilize vaccine costs, and establish and maintain an accessible and efficient forum for individuals found to be injured by certain vaccines.”

You can read about Angelica’s case here. Bravo to The Charlotte Observer for covering the story.

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Morning Muster : More IG Reports Released, OK VA Investigator Fired Because He’s A Convict, New Burial Site At Arlington

Veterans now fighting rearguard actions from defensive positions about to be overrun by Obama/Congress criminals "hugging the belt" - time to call in TOT on our own positions  

VETERANS BENEFITS GUIDE DAILY
03/23/2015

Several more old Veterans Affairs Office of the Inspector General reports have been released today, including allegations of a suspicious death of a veteran in Nevada 12 hours after he was released from a VA facility, a closed cardiothoracic surgery program in Oklahoma after five post-surgery deaths (that report had previously been released to former Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Oklahoma), inappropriate opiate prescribing in Virginia, and emergency department falsification of performance data in Texas.


There’s a Federal Register entry this morning changing the way the Navy identifies and notifies people who may have been exposed to contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune if they lived there before 1987.

The chief investigator at Oklahoma’s Veterans Affairs department has been fired because he faked his law-enforcement paperwork and is, in fact, an ex-convict, reports The Oklahoman’s Nolan Clay.



VA’s new secretary of policy and planning, Linda Schwartz, says she’s “energized” to move VA into the 21st Century, reports The Day’s Julia Berman.

A group of attorneys says they will sue VA if a proposed change to how VA determines eligibility for pensions goes through, reports Military.com’s Bryant Jordan.

A new claims process may disrupt benefits dates, and veterans may not be notified of the new paperwork by VA, writes Disabled American Veterans’s Virgil Williams for The Altus Times. This new process begins tomorrow, and the partners at Bergmann & Moore are available for comment.

The oldest veteran receiving benefits through VA—Charles P. Clark checking in at 107—tells The Philadelphia Tribune about his service in the all-African-American 9th Armored Division during World War II.




A new burial site at Arlington National Cemetery will be used to bury unidentified fragments and remains of service members who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan, reports the Columbus Dispatch’s Jessica Wehrman.

Veterans portrayed either as war heroes or incapable of dealing with their combat experience leaves out the majority of veterans, while creating unrealistic perceptions of veterans for civilians, reports Military Times Oriana Pawlyk.

A history professor at Pomono College is researching the Latino experience in Vietnam and hoping to determine Latino casualty numbers, reports the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin’s Liset Marquez.


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A history professor at Pomono College is researching the Latino experience in Vietnam and hoping to determine Latino casualty numbers, reports the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin’s Liset Marquez.

Almost  100 years ago, a group in Pennsylvania met to form the first American Legion just for women, reports the Times-Tribune’s Erin Nissley. It was made up of nurses who served in World War I.





A couple dozen Marines returned to Iwo Jima this weekend to mark the 70th anniversary of their battle there, reports Stars & Stripes’ Matthew M. Burke.

After decades of paying for Texas veterans’ school after their federal G.I. Bill benefits ran out, lawmakers say the cost is now too high, reports The Associated Press‘s Eva Ruth Moravec.

The Library of Congress Veterans History Project has added a wartime correspondence piece to its online exhibit. People can read letters between sweethearts, back home to families or to the Defense Department seeking help.

In Canada, where medical marijuana is available through Veterans Affairs, the cost of the drug increased 10 times—to $4.3 million—this year, reports the Huffington Post’s Murray Brewster. Medical marijuana is not an approved drug in Canada.

The National Veterans Art Museum in Chicago allows people to see war through veterans’ eyes, reports Stars & Stripes’ Heath Druzin.

The first National Association for Black Veterans chapter in Tennessee was created this weekend, reports The Jackson Sun’s Katherine Burgess. There are 109 chapters throughout the nation, and the group was founded when African-American veterans were excluded from other organisations.

VA may create a national archive and veterans’ museum in Ohio, reports the Dayton Business Journal’s Tristan Navera, but only if it can get funding.


The director of the Tomah VA center, better known as “candy land” for one doctor’s mass opioid-prescribing tendencies, has been reassigned to the Great Lakes Health Care System, reports The Associated Press.

New research shows just 14 percent of female veterans used VA healthcare in the past year, in part because they did not know they could, because it was too far away, or because they had negative perceptions about VA, reports Healio.com. Of those who had a negative perception of VA, 90 percent said it was from personal experience.


Idaho vets have the third-lowest unemployment rates in the nation, following North Dakota and Vermont, reports The Associated Press.


Bergmann & Moore, LLC, is a national law firm dedicated to serving the needs of veterans in compensation claims before and against the Department of Veterans Affairs. The firm’s partners are former VA attorneys who are very familiar with the VA system. Bergmann & Moore handles all kinds of cases, but has a concentration in claims involving PTSD, military sexual trauma, Gulf War illness and complex medical issues, such as brain cancer or degenerative issues, veterans exposed to Agent Orange often face. For more information, to submit news or to sign up for an email version of this blog, contact Kelly Kennedy at kkennedy@vetlawyers.com.




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