Friday, May 13, 2011

Court Demands Mental Health Care Reform for Veterans, Cites VA's "Unchecked Incompetence"

Jason Leopold, Truthout:
"On Tuesday, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in a sweeping 104-page opinion that years of 'unchecked incompetence' at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) was directly responsible for an epidemic of suicides and lengthy delays in processing disability benefits for war veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that began while George W. Bush was in office and has continued under President Barack Obama's leadership."


"VA's unchecked incompetence has gone on long enough," Judge Stephen Reinhardt wrote for the majority. "No more veterans should be compelled to agonize or perish while the government fails to perform its obligations."
"VA's unchecked incompetence has gone on long enough," Judge Stephen Reinhardt wrote for the majority. "No more veterans should be compelled to agonize or perish while the government fails to perform its obligations."
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PRAISE FOR THE 9TH DISTRICT COURT! (ed.) 

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As Jim Hightower explains it, is that “the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans possess more net worth today than the bottom 90 percent of us combined. Worse, these privileged few and their political henchmen have structured a new economic ‘normal’ of long-term joblessness, low wages, no benefits or worker rights, miserly public services, and a steadily widening chasm between the rich and the rest of us.” We must restore sanity to this nation.