Sunday, May 20, 2007

Nicholson's Sins

There is the question of his involvement in the Fitzsimmons Army Hospital land sale deal for the new VA hospital in Colorado.

There are the numerous data security breaches that have the potential to cost millions of Veterans, and those who treat Veterans much anguish, and money through Identity Theft.

There is the strong implication of cronyism in the news that many senior politically appointed DVA executives received massive performance bonuses for a system with far too many problems to reward anyone’s performance. On top of that, there is the obvious conflict of interest in the fact that many who received bonuses sat on the review boards that awarded the bonuses! Some of these bonuses went to men who botched the Congressional VA Budget Request in 2005.

There are the recurring incidents of Veterans needing help and getting lost in the system.

There are recurring incidents where potentially suicidal Veterans are denied treatment, and shortly after that denial, commit suicide.

There are the whispers of Walter Reed-like conditions at VA hospitals around the country, all the while the DVA cranks out press release after press release bragging about how good the treatment is. [If you’ve visited a VA Hospital lately, you know how the treatment is. If you’ve gone for treatment, you know even more what it is like, how long you must wait, and often, being denied treatment.]

There are the ongoing problems where Veterans transitioning from active military medical care, including our Wounded Warriors, suffer ungodly delays in having the VA take over their treatment and their benefits. The delays frequently force Wounded Warriors onto the streets as homeless because the DVA is so bogged down in a quagmire of its own making. One major culprit is the failure over the past fifteen years of the DVA to acquire a data exchange agreement with the Department of Defense [also a guilty party in this!]. Two computer systems with [perhaps] different internal languages, but handling the same data, are unable to sit down and map out a simple data exchange where DoD data on wounded Veterans is transferred instantly to DVA computers. There is no excuse for this. The task to set it up should take no more than three to six months.

All of this smells worse than road-kill.

All of this is on Jim Nicholson’s watch.

Add to all of that the fact that Jim Nicholson, who did a Vietnam Tour as a Blue Water Sailor, is fighting to deny benefits to his shipmates under Agent Orange Presumptive rules.

[Note:  The above information is incorrect.  As several readers have pointed out, Nicholson is a West Point Graduate, and served 8 years as a Ranger, and 22 in the Army Reserve.  We apologize for including Nicholson in the Blue Water Navy Group.  He is obviously unqualified and unfit for inclusion.]

Even worse is the strong sense of those Blue Water Sailors that Nicholson’s actions are being taken to protect the chemical companies who made the dioxins and declared them safe, from the emergence of a whole new class of litigants lining up to sue them.

We believe this to be a heinous and immoral decision where money takes precedence over human lives, especially over lives he is sworn to protect.

We would like to see Nicholson canned by the President, but this President is far too loyal to his political appointees. He is loyal to a fault, and sometimes beyond, as in this case. We are NOT anti-Bush, and believe strongly in what he has done over the past six years. We simply feel he has been too loyal to Nicholson.

We would also like to see Nicholson investigated by Congress for all of the malodorous occurrences listed above.

We would also like to see him charged for his actions in the Blue Water Navy case. At best his actions are criminally negligent, and because of the potential reasoning behind it, may descend into manslaughter for the deaths brought on by the long waits, and denials based on a policy that in the end, may have no basis other than corporate protectionism at the expense of thousands of Veterans’ lives. If it is ever proven that Nicholson is in fact fighting the Blue Water Navy benefits to protect the chemical companies, then he will go down in history as the biggest mass murderer in American history. Indeed, he may anyway.

We would swear that no man who has done what Nicholson has done since assuming the post of Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs could possibly have ever served honorably in the United States Navy, 
and Nicholson did not.  


"With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation's wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan--to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations." -- President Abraham Lincoln

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President George Washington

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks to Chuck Graham for detailing a major error in my post. Nicholson is NOT a Navy Vet, he is Army.

    That just makes things a bit easier to understand, but changes nothing in the post. Nicholson sure ain't no shipmate o' mine.

    The rest remains in place.