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DISGUSTING! VA Messes Up Quadruple Amputee Vet’s Wheelchair, Won’t Let Him Get It Fixed

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By Jeff Rainforth

In 2007, Sgt. John Peck was serving in Al Anbar province, Iraq. After a daylong search for Taliban, it was time for his patrol to go back to base. Sgt. Peck was manning the machine gun for the lead vehicle. As it rounded a corner the vehicle was hit by a pressure initiated IED. Sgt. Peck suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI), and long-term memory loss. Despite his injuries, Sgt. Peck begged doctors to allow him to return to combat. His wish was granted, and that’s when his luck ran out.

On May 24, 2010, Sgt. Peck was serving in Helmand province, Afghanistan when he stepped on an IED.  The force of the blast sheared off both of his legs, part of his right arm, and damaged his left arm.

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Complications caused by the flesh eating fungus, Aspergillosis, forced doctors to have to amputate part of his left arm leaving. Sgt. Peck was now a quadruple amputee.

As noted on his website, his recovery was brutal. 

Through the blast and twenty-seven different surgeries, John received forty-one pints of blood, thirty-five units of plasma and five units of platelets, and at one point bled out completely. He was medically sedated from late May to early August, during which he endured daily surgeries to clean out debris and dead flesh and to fight the infection that was slowly spreading through his body. At one point his family received the heartbreaking news that John was living minute to minute and the doctors, sadly, suggested they say their last goodbyes. During his surgeries, he flat lined three times and was pronounced dead once.

Fast-forward to present day. Sgt. Peck must use a specially adapted wheelchair to get around. Several weeks ago, a motor on the wheelchair blew out. He sent it to the VA to have it fixed. When he got his wheelchair back, he “thought it was fixed but it felt very rough and bumpy.” He took his wheelchair home, and then felt “something knocking underneath.” Sgt. Peck then called Keith Borders, his VA case manager. He asked if he could have his wheelchair fixed by a local company. His case manager said he couldn’t do that until the VA approved it or else he wouldn’t be reimbursed. He didn’t hear back from the VA.

That night, Sgt. Peck was putting his prosthetic arm away in his closet like he does every night. He started backing his wheelchair out of the closet when he realized he had no traction. He thought maybe a dog toy had gotten stuck under the wheel, but when he looked down, the left wheel was halfway off the chair. He was stuck.

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John was nowhere near his cell phone, or his house phone, so he had no way to call for help. He slowly maneuvered to get off the wheelchair, and onto the floor, taking care not to injure himself. As he was getting off the wheelchair, the left wheel came off the chair completely. Peck crawled 10 feet on the floor to his bed, and got his cell phone. He called his mom and his friend to help him. John then saw what was wrong. Someone at the VA had forgot to put on the main washer and nut that holds the wheel to the chair.

John called his case manager again, letting him know what had happened. Peck states his case manager “was nonchalant about it and had no urgency whatsoever.” Sgt. Peck again told him he wanted to have his chair fixed by a local company. His case manager told him that if he did, he probably wouldn’t be reimbursed.

Regarding the incident, Sgt. Peck wrote on his Facebook page:

I am writing this hopefully this shine some light on how the Veterans Administration treat people. Because it does not affect them they do not care they have job security so therefore they do not put in 100% effort. Their responses are basically coming out of a script, they say they sorry but there is no feeling attached to it. Why is it you go anywhere else and if you’re treated like shit you talk to a manager or supervisor that person is either fired or given unpaid leave but with the VA they can treat you like shit and nothing happens to them.

Truly disgusting how severely wounded veterans are treated by this government agency that is supposed to help them. If I were John’s case manager, I would’ve been making calls all the way up the chain to get approval for the repairs. If an amputee vet has something as important as his or her wheelchair break, they shouldn’t even need approval for repairs. Reimbursement should be automatic. It’s not like they haven’t given enough for their country.

Sgt. Peck gives motivational speeches around the country, and dreams of being a chef some day. He was recently approved for a double arm transplant. We wish him all the best, and hope the VA gets its act together when dealing with severely wounded vets.

Sgt. Peck’s website is at www.johnpeckfund.org
His Facebook page is HERE.

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Jeff was the national rally organizer to free Marine Sgt. Tahmooressi from the Mexican prison, chairman emeritus of Ross Perot's Reform Party of California, and a former candidate for governor. Jeff is editor-in-chief at Freedom Daily. He wrote for former Hollywood talent agent & Breitbart contributor, Pat Dollard, and headed up his 30 person research team. Mr. Rainforth also wrote for the Wayne Dupree Show. Jeff is single & says he is not gay.

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President Trump Signs An Executive Order To Combat Veteran Suicide

Chuck Yarling

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On January 9, 2018, President Trump signed an Executive Order (EO) entitled, “Presidential Executive Order on Supporting Our Veterans During Their Transition From Uniformed Service to Civilian Life” This EO is designed to combat veterans suicide that is prevalent among servicemembers during the time they are adjusting to a new life outside the military.

Here are five important attributes of this EO.

• #1: It identified that the largest number of suicides of our military personnel occur within the first year during their transition from military to civilian life.

• #2: It is during this time that the rate of veterans suicide is two times higher than the overall rate for service members.

• #3 Care may be provided at VA or by a private facility, depending on wait times where you live. This section re-enforces the Veteran’s Choice Act of 2017 which allows

Any veteran who lives 40 miles or more from the closest VA medical facility, or who faces a 30-day or more wait time, can seek out treatment from a private facility and the VA will handle the payment.

• #4: All service members leaving the military will receive screening for mental health issues for one year.

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• #5: Implementation of the EO is being made at the highest levels of the administration via the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and the Secretary of Homeland Security.At the meeting, Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin, remarked,

“Currently, 40 percent of those servicemembers had coverage in the VA to get mental health. Now 100 percent will have that coverage, and it’s the full array of services that the Department of Defense and the Department of Veteran Affairs will be able to provide in terms of mental health coverage.”

This EO is excellent news for transitioning servicemembers. Indeed, it will help make their future in the civilian workforce a success.

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Heads-up: Veterans Own Businesses Too

You may have bought from one & not known it!

Chuck Yarling

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Christmas shopping is now over. But an interesting question is this: did you shop at any businesses owned by veterans? Yes, indeed, veterans do own businesses and it may be surprising that you most likely indeed shopped or used services provided by one or more companies this past Christmas.

Why? The National Veteran-Owned Business Association estimates there are 3 million veteran-owned businesses in the country. For example, here are ten large companies that were founded by veterans:

• Federal Express (FedEx) was founded by Fred Smith, a Marine Corps veteran who served for four years. FedEx acquired Kinko’s in 2004, which is now called FedEx Office.

• Walmart. Yes, the world’s largest company has 11,695 stores in 28 countries. It was founded by Sam and Bud Walton in 1962. Both brothers are veterans: Sam served in the Army and Bud in the Navy.

• Enterprise Rent-A-Car Company began in 1957 and was started by Jack Taylor, a decorated WW II Navy pilot.

• Nike is the world’s largest supplier of athletic shoe and apparel. It was founded in 1964 by co-founder Phil Knight, who served in the Army and Army Reserve.

• RE/MAX, short for Real Estate Maximums, was co-founded by the Linigers, Dave and his wife. Dave served in the Air Force during the Vietnam era.

• Amway North America was co-founded by Richard Devos. Devos was in the Army Air Corps during WW II.

• GoDaddy is an international Internet Domain Registar.and web hosting company. The company was founded by Bob Parson, a Vietnam Veteran who served in the Marine Corps.

• Universal Health Services is one of the largest hospital management companies in the United States. It was founded by Alan B. Miller who graduated from college as an officer after serving four years in the Army ROTC.

• Sperry Shoes was founded by inventor, businessman, and photographer, Paul Sperry. Sperry was a member of the U.S. Navy Reserve.

• Sports Clips Haircuts was founded by Gordon Logan and his wife. Logan was an Aircraft Commander in the Air Force. Sports Clips is most widely known to us veterans because of their free haircuts on Veterans Day. In addition, they donate $1 from every haircut service on Veterans Day. The money is donated to scholarships for veterans.

So there you have it. Did you actually shop for Christmas presents at any of these veteran-owned companies? I did.

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Here Are Three Shocking Reports On Veterans Suicide

Chuck Yarling

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The VA released an extensive report this past September which provided data on veterans suicide by states, age, gender, as well as the most common method of suicide. The data was extremely disturbing.

When faced with these statistics, VA Secretary Dr. David J. Shulkin commented      

These findings are deeply concerning, which is why I made suicide prevention my top clinical priority. I am committed to reducing Veteran suicides through support and education. We know that of the 20 suicides a day that we reported last year, 14 are not under VA care. This is a national public health issue that requires a concerted, national approach.

In August 2017, the VA published a separate report entitled Facts About Suicide Among Women VeteransThe data here is disturbing as well:

From 2001 through 2014, the suicide rate among women Veterans increased to a greater degree (62.4 percent) than the suicide rate among male Veterans (29.7%).

From 2001 through 2014, the suicide rate among women Veterans increased to a greater degree (62.4 percent) than the suicide rate among male Veterans (29.7 percent).

The rate of suicide is higher among women who report having experienced military sexual trauma (MST) — that is, sexual assault or sexual harassment during military service — compared to those who have not experienced MST .

And finally, an older report cannot be ignored. In August. 2016, the Office of Suicide Prevention of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) published a report entitled, Suicide Among Veterans And Other Americans (2001-2014).

This investigation was one the most intensive ever completed and certainly the most comprehensive one on veterans suicides. Here are some of the shocking statistics:

More than 55 million records from 1979 to 2014 from all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C. were examined.

In 2014, Veterans accounted for 18% of all deaths by suicide among U.S. adults and constituted 8.5% of the U.S. adult population (ages 18 and older) .

In 2010, Veterans accounted for 20.1% of all deaths by suicide and represented 9.6% of the U.S. adult population.

The burden of suicide resulting from firearm injuries remains high. In 2014, about 67% of all Veteran deaths by suicide were the result of firearm injuries.

In 2014, about 65% of all Veterans who died by suicide were ages 50 and older.

After adjusting for differences in age and sex , risk for suicide was 22% higher among Veterans compared with U.S. civilian adults. (2014)

After adjusting for differences in age, risk for suicide was 19% higher among male Veterans compared with U.S. civilian adult men . (2014)

In 2014, rates of suicide were highest among younger Veterans (age s 18 – 29) and lowest among older Veterans (ages 60 and older ) .

And one final statistic: a firearm was the most common method of suicide for both men and women.

Important Notes

If you are aware of any serviceman member or veteran who may be at risk for suicide, here are four resources that you can use to help that person:

1. Any veteran or active duty military personnel having thoughts of suicide should call the VA Helpline: 800.273.8255 or log in to their website, Veterans Crisis Line.

2. You can also find a nearby Suicide Crisis Center by going to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline or call 800.273.8355 anytime 24/7.

3. Suicide Prevention for Military, Veterans and Support Group.

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4. Hidden Wounds, a veterans suicide prevention network built by veterans.

Please don’t delay your actions. You may save a life!

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