Bye, Bye Eric Shinseki, Veterans Affair Secretary Incompetence Galore!!!
For a long time, I have been calling for the resignation of ex-Four Star General Eric Shinseki as the Veterans Affair [VA] Secretary.
My professional colleagues and friends who are psychiatrists in the VA system have been complaining for years, how 9000 new Iraqi and Afghani Wounded Warriors have been completely neglected or mistreated in the Shinseki’s VA system.
They complained correctly that the back logs were intolerable and that the staffing was SERIOUSLY INADEQUATE.
Instead of hiring more Psychiatrists, my psychiatric colleagues said repeatedly that they were asked to do more bureaucratic, inappropriate work that took them away from treating the onslaught of new, sick veterans. Some of these returning warriors came to the VA after 4 rotations in Iraq and/or Afghanistan. They needed help and they weren’t getting it. You heard it before: suicide rates through the roof, domestic violence, PTSD etc.
Needless to say, I had asked repeatedly for better scientific treatment other than BEHAVIORAL DESENSITIZATION [which I used extensively but futilely as St Elizabeth’s Hospital in Washington DC.]
The inadequate treatment and increasing backlog of 9,000 new soldiers with possible PTSD and BRAIN DAMAGE was becoming increasing intolerable. Yet at the same time generals and admirals are enjoying doubling dipping with lucrative pensions and juicy consulting contracts- hey what’s wrong with this picture?
Recently the NY Times, once again in an article written by James Dao [ Sunday, May19, 2013 posted earlier] stated very clearly how inept ex-General Eric Shinseki has been as the Secretary of the VA.
The article begins with the Web video which demands: “It’s Time For New Leadership”[ at the VA, of course; and implicitly in the WH, too.]
Finally, some of these newly formed veterans groups are saying “Enough!” We need a change in leadership now! Bravo, take some responsibility for cleaning up the fat bloated inept service bureaucracy.
Shinseki may have been a good general, hell, he even stood up to Bush Jr and was against the war in Iraq. But that does not make him a good administrator in an organization as complex and large as the VA. Obama can’t hold any one accountable and Obama makes bad appointments. This mistake is costing our military vets their lives.
War is hell. But the VA is worse than HELL FOR THOSE WHO HAVE NO CHANCE TO BE TREATED PROPERLY AND IMMEDIATELY.
Even Jon Stewart is mocking the ineptitude of the VA system. It would be a joke if people were not suffering and even dying because of neglect.
General Eric Shinseki take some advice from General Douglas MacArthur:
“Old soldiers never die; they just fade away.”
It’s also time to heed your own words: ”The Buck Stops Here!”
Unfortunately, this is one command that was not suited for your talents, Gen Shinseki. So bow out, let someone competent with some administrative skills clean up the mess. Just cause you were wounded doesn’t mean you are up for the task, get out before you do more damage.