Caught My Eye…

It is wise to direct your anger towards problems – not people; to focus your energies on answers – not excuses. – William Arthur Ward

Welcome to the big show to end the week “Caught My Eye” (CME)!

If you are a first-time visitor, CME is posted right here every Friday morning. This is when I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. I often throw in a touch of sarcasm to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – maybe both.

Topics that I am providing commentary on today include Tester wants answers, new fees and taxes, the Senate health care bill, 60 pounds of stuff, and one more thing!

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Thursday Numbers

Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent. – Isaac Asimov

Welcome to “Thursday Numbers!” In case you’re a first-time visitor, this is the weekly column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary sometimes sprinkled with sarcasm.

This week’s topics include the American Health Care Act and Montana, VA shortfall, Powerball, Glacier National Park, unemployment, Army, Mayweather/McGregor, Donald Trump, bank robber, Virginia shooting, LeBron James, Flint Michigan, Federal Reserve, and much more!

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Caught My Eye…

Remember you are just an extra in everyone else’s play. – Franklin D. Roosevelt

Welcome to the big show to end the week “Caught My Eye” (CME)!

If you are a first-time visitor, CME is posted right here every Friday morning. This is when I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. I often throw in a touch of sarcasm to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – maybe both.

Topics that I am providing commentary on this week include Tschida vs. Motl, Bozeman Daily Chronicle & pay raises, Veterans Affairs & Whistleblowers & Tester, Montana’s suicide prevention program, Brawl of the Wild, and much more!

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Wednesday’s Odds & Ends

The highest and most beautiful things in life are not to be heard about, nor read about, nor seen but, if one will, are to be lived. – Soren Kierkegaard

Welcome to Wednesday – It’s June 1 and we’re less than a week away from Primary Election day in Montana!

Today is another one of those days in which there are several stories out there that I want to comment about – so it’s another “Odds & Ends” day!

Today’s topics include:

  • Political Fundraising on Memorial Day
  • Memorial Day & Elected Officials
  • Popeyes & Rehberg
  • Circular Firing Squad
  • Veterans Administration
  • Trump & the Media

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Thursday Numbers

Thanks for dropping by The Western Word for “Thursday Numbers.” Get prepared – your free dose of knowledge awaits!

In case you’re new around here, “Thursday Numbers” is the weekly column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary sometimes sprinkled with sarcasm. Everyone and everything is fair game.

This week I write about federal employees, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Cascade County Detention Facility, the Montana VA, The Breakfast Club, the anti-bullying law vote, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Jon Tester & Pinocchio, the Keystone Pipeline veto & Montana’s Congressional Delegation, gas prices, unemployment, and much more!

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Veterans Affairs: Falling Short

Sunday was an interesting day for Montana Veterans. One of the state’s major newspapers, the Missoulian, published an editorial about the Veterans Administration (VA) in Montana. Plus, U.S. Senator Jon Tester penned an opinion piece with his thoughts about the VA.

You can read Tester’s opinion piece HERE and the Missoulian Editorial HERE.

If you are thinking that things must really be screwed up if the VA is getting this much attention, then you are correct.

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VA: Investigating From Within

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) Office of Inspector General (IG) has been investigating the VA hospital in Phoenix where veterans were waiting months for appointments and employees, as President Obama said, “cooked the books” to cover up delays in providing timely appointments.

The IG issued a draft report from their investigation this week. You can read the Associated Press story HERE.

The VA contends the VA’s IG is an “independent” part of the Department of Veterans Affairs. Do you buy that? Most of us who have served in the military know all about the IG and their so-called independence.

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VA Secretary: Mission Impossible?

Your mission Robert, should you decide to accept it, will be to fix the Department of Veterans Affairs…

It’s time to play the Mission Impossible theme song.

President Barack Obama nominated former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald to take over the Department of Veterans Affairs.

McDonald is a veteran, which is a good thing. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

The Associated Press reported McDonald donated money to Obama’s opponent in 2012, Mitt Romney, which shows me that Obama may be selecting who he thinks can best do the job. McDonald also donated to House Speaker John Boehner.

I asked my Congressman, Steve Daines, via Twitter if he knew Robert McDonald from his Procter & Gamble days, but I have yet to receive a response.

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Published in: on July 1, 2014 at 7:19 am  Comments Off on VA Secretary: Mission Impossible?  
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Veterans: PTSD Care Deficient

Wyatt Andrews reported on CBS Evening News last night that “After 13 years of war, a new survey of veterans today found many suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome are not satisfied with the care they’re receiving from the Veterans Administration (VA)”

The “survey” was an American Legion survey of VA patients that found “59 percent of veterans report that their PTSD symptoms are not improving or are getting worse.”

The VA was quick to point out that “49% of PTSD patients did report getting better, and officials said they would use the survey to help them learn what works.”

One of the more interesting parts of the report was that “both the Pentagon and the VA have attacked the PTSD problem without measuring what kind of therapy works.”

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Tester: Veterans Affairs & Indian Health Service

Montana’s senior U.S. Senator, Jon Tester, is on the frontline of two major problems the Federal Government is facing: healthcare for veterans and healthcare for Native Americans.

Tester is the Chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, and he is a member of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.

So is Jon Tester up for this challenge?

Tester has been in the senate for over seven years, so he probably knows his way around – meaning he can find the closest bathroom to his committee hearing room, and he knows a few shortcuts to get from one meeting to the next. Plus, each year more and more of his calls are getting returned, and he can make it to the airport in record time to get out of D.C.

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