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Command Post What is this?
Posted on Jun 17, 2020
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
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PO2 Jessica Cross
I would like to know when the VA is going to take the sexual harassment of female veterans by its staff and other veterans seriously. Going to the VA gives me panic attacks regularly because there’s a super high chance I will be harassed at a visit.

My ex-mental health care provider told me to deal with it because the men have to get used to us.

Do something.
Jennifer Strauss
Jennifer Strauss
5 mo
P02 Jessica Cross, we agree that all Veterans should feel welcome and secure coming to VA for care and are very sorry to hear of your experiences. VA is committed to ensuring a harassment-free healthcare environment and multiple campaigns are underway to uphold this commitment. Because you mentioned your experience of panic attacks, I want to specifically note that effective treatments for panic attacks are available. VA offers a full continuum of mental health services. If you are not comfortable receiving care in a mixed-gender environment, alternative options are available. Many VAs can provide care in a women-only setting. Individual treatment, telehealth and receiving care at a Vet Center are additional options. Your VA providers and care team will work with you to find a treatment approach that helps you to feel welcome, valued for your service, and comfortable receiving the care that you need and deserve.
PO2 Jessica Cross
PO2 Jessica Cross
5 mo
Patty Hayes, Ph.D. Respectfully, this doesn’t answer my comment at all.

We want to be treated with the same respect as the men, yet it’s the same response every time.

“Give us a chance”?

I’ve given y’all chances since 2008. Nothing. Has. Changed.
PO2 Jessica Cross
PO2 Jessica Cross
5 mo
Jennifer Strauss I asked my Mental health provider for a female only waiting room.

She told me she was opposed to it because them men needed to get used to the women.

How many men will be allowed to assault me in the waiting rooms before you actually do something other than gaslight us?

The panic attacks are being caused by the facility and their refusal to deal with the predators in the waiting rooms. Instead of overmedicating me and numbing me to assault, maybe the anti-female culture in VA needs addressing.
PO2 Jessica Cross
PO2 Jessica Cross
5 mo
Jennifer Strauss
Here’s the thing, the VA claims it wants us to be and feel safe. But we are not. Many women other than me have posted similar requests. The staff protects the male veterans and staff at all costs. No complaint is taken seriously. I should not have to carry drumsticks, a panic button, and a rape whistle just to go to the Dr.

If the VA actually wanted women to feel safe, they would make an effort. However, I have not seen anything other than empty words.

The truth of the matter is, the VA needs to do much better.
SPC Diana D.
I currently have an open appeal at the VA. My claim is a 38 U.S.C.S. §1151. It has been a disaster trying to file the paperwork on the claim/appeal. All of the paperwork that you must fill out and file is exactly the same as a service connected disability which makes for many misunderstandings on a claim/appeal. The service organizations also need training on how to deal with 1151 claims because they have no idea what has to happen for those kind of appeals. Could the VA come up with paperwork that would be specific for an 1151 claim?

I would also like to know why the VA will let a nurse practioner be your Primary Care Physician but will not use her letter as evidence in a claim/appeal. My PCP wrote a letter on my behalf stating her medical opinion but since she wasn't an MD and the VA did not ask for her opinion, they would not accept her letter.

Thank you!
CPO Jacquelyn Ricker USN-Retired
CPO Jacquelyn Ricker USN-Retired
5 mo
Sgt Rhonda Alexander - The last thing you wnat to do is Appeal! That puts you in this 5-10 year circle of nothingness that goes to Washington DC. Take youu papers to another Service Officer and have them look at your papers. I may be something as simple as the wording is wrong on what you asked to be found disabled. CFR 38, VA Forms. gov. You must be specific and have your evidence dates, Doctor, diagnosis Underlined on a copy of your records you are using as evidence. NEVER SEND ORIGIONALS! A good Service Officer will know how to word the request. RE-DO your papers and change how you are wording the disability request. The CFR 38 and the DBQ's will say exactly how things should be worded. YES, YOU HAVE TO DO THE LEG WORK AND YOUR HOMEWORK, ONLY YOU KNOW WHAT YOU WENT THROUGH AND YOU HAVE TO TIE IT TOGETHER WITH THE CFR 38 REGULATIONS AND DBQ'S-from your doctors are supposed to fill out, only now VA Doctors have been told not to fill them out for Veterans-VA Forms.gov. Hope this helps!! IT is an Elephant- Eat it One Bite at a time!! Once you have put in a claim you have one year to complete sending info, but only send one set of info, because if you peace meal the info it delays your claim, the Rater starts over every time you send info. You will get letters from VA asking if you have any more info to send them. If you have sent a complete package, you will not need to send extra info. Your claim will be processed sooner. If you have been denied you have 45 days to rebut the info giving new information, it has to be new, can't just resend what you sent in the first time. This is why you need to be sure of your wording and evidence you send in the first time.
TSgt Lee Parham
TSgt Lee Parham
5 mo
SPC Constance Richards - They are notorius for not responding at all. I go to the Southwest VA Clinic in Las Vegas, Nevada. I am a Disabled Vet, I have been in the medical field for more than 20+ years and the quality of care is below average. I know what and how it is to work in that environment, I get treated like I don't know anything and the patients shouldn't have a say so in their care. I have a doctor who I am assigned to that had been doing labs on me without telling me he was going to do so. No communication and it's below the standards that I am used to when I was an active service member. It just seems that they are going through the motions, no respect from the staff. I've completely stopped going to the PCP I was assigned to. I have no respect for these individuals. I'd say 90% of them have no prior military experience.
Sgt Rhonda Alexander
Sgt Rhonda Alexander
5 mo
CPO Jacquelyn Ricker USN-Retired Thank you! I am going to handle this as you suggest.
The Honorable Cheryl Mason
The Honorable Cheryl Mason
5 mo
Diana,
1151 cases can be complex. They require medical opinions. They result in award of service-connected benefits. The Board of Veterans' Appeals collaborates with the VSOs and provides training as requested.
SSG Heather LeeAnn
Thank you for hosting this. I have two questions. 1) When will more research be conducted on the effects of the burn pits and air quality on female reproductive issues? 2) Why hasn’t the VA broaden the requirements. range of autoimmune disorders linked to service. Take for instance Myasthenia Gravis which I have. I have had it since returning from my second deployment. However, mine did not develop as a “normal case of myasthenia gravis”. Myasthenia gravis falls in the same category as ALS and MS. ALS has an unlimited time frame and MS has 7 years per the CFR. While mg has 1 year. This makes no sense. There are over lapping symptoms between the three.

Thank you! From the veteran with 3 rare medical issues.
CPO Jacquelyn Ricker USN-Retired
CPO Jacquelyn Ricker USN-Retired
5 mo
The VA will not make changes it has to come from Congress and the Senate because they appropriate the money for these diseases. Unless you can find a way to change their minds, they will not add time or diseases because it causes money, for which they are greedy jerks. They know most people do not even know they are sick until well after the year they give you in the CFR 38 to file a claim. Remember it is all about the Gov saving money for their personal retirement system, which is better than Military Retirement for which we put out lives on the line, and they haven't, very few are prior military. Get people together and contact your Congresspeople and Senators.
SP5 Terisa Tribble
SP5 Terisa Tribble
5 mo
Did you know the VA is currently seeking out Veterans who have experienced/been subjected to burn pits. I do not have the information but the VA did send out an email requesting soldiers to sign up.
Patty Hayes, Ph.D.
Patty Hayes, Ph.D.
5 mo
There is ongoing research to evaluate the reproductive effects of military service. Women’s Health Services Office does not conduct research. Determinations about the connection between military exposures and medical conditions are not made by the Women’s Health Services Office. You can get more information about the effects of military exposures on health at https://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/gulfwar/benefits/index.asp
SSG Heather LeeAnn
SSG Heather LeeAnn
5 mo
Patty Hayes, Ph.D. - First, let me start off my by saying thank you for acknowledging my questions. However, due to the complex nature of my medical conditions I have yet to find a VSO or Claims agent that can help. So with that being said I do 99.9% of the work and research for my claims. So if i come off sounding hash in my response I apologize as I am very passionate about these topics. My medical care is followed by the WRIISC. So with that being said.... Thank you for directing me to the same site that I check weekly for updated research. I am not trying to sound harsh or come off disrespectful. I am very well aware of current research efforts. For either of these questions is there someone on the panel who can answer them? Or is there someone that the panel can direct me to?

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