Caught My Eye…

This is the 200th edition of “Caught My Eye!” It’s party time! Please, no gifts.

If you are a first-time visitor, “Caught My Eye” is posted right here every Friday morning! This is when I take a quick 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 – or both.

Today I write about Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, the director of the Montana VA, Montana Marijuana, Voting on Tuesday, the moral acceptability poll, Air Force Global Strike Command, Kate Middleton, Maya Angelou, plus we have two winners who are Making Montana Proud.

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VETERANS: Madder Than or Mad as Hell

Just like spring flowers, problems with the veterans’ care across the nation are popping up. Now that the spotlight is on the problem (at least for a little while), look for more problems to be exposed.

Last night CBS News reported that the Obama transition team had been warned about the problem:

According to a 2008 memo obtained by CBS News, VA officials briefed the Obama-Biden transition team that its facilities might be concealing the true amount of time veterans had to wait for care.

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Caught My Eye…

Thanks for stopping by to read “Caught My Eye” and congratulations on making it to another Friday!

NOTICE: The Western Word has no secret waiting lists.

If you are a first-time visitor, “Caught My Eye” is posted right here every Friday morning! This is when I take a quick 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.

Today I write about Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee & Jon Tester, John Walsh v. Steve Daines, Political Parties, Common Core, Execution, plus we have a winner who is Making Montana Proud!

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Caught My Eye…

Thanks for stopping by to read “Caught My Eye.”

NOTICE: No animals were harmed in the making of this column.

If you are a first-time visitor, “Caught My Eye” is posted right here every Friday morning! This is when I take a quick 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.

Today I write about the Department of Veterans Affairs, State Rep. Jesse O’Hara, John Walsh’s “Brand New” campaign ad, Steve Daines’ “Gayla” campaign ad, canceling recess, sending a message to Obama, plus we have a winner who is Making Montana Proud!

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VA Claims Backlog: Bonuses Halted

Here’s an original thought: If employees do not do their jobs, don’t give them bonuses.

The Associated Press (AP) published a story yesterday based on a report from the Center for Investigative Reporting that showed, “The Department of Veterans Affairs is withholding bonuses for senior officials who oversee disability claims, citing a failure to meet performance goals for reducing a sizable backlog in claims processing.”

According to the story, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will use the money saved to help with the backlog of disability claims. Is that an amazing idea or what?

In case you don’t quite understand the VA claims process, you are not alone. Apparently several people in the VA don’t either. Here’s a photo of some claims. Each file (wrapped in a rubber band) is basically a veteran’s life. A person at the VA will go through the files which contain medical records and determine if the veteran’s injury is connected in some way to his/her military service. Now imagine if you are homeless and you need those disability payments to make ends meet. Right now you might need to wait for two years. That’s the problem.

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