Friday, May 27, 2011
Scott Brown, John Kerry, veterans clearing house
Ava here. I'm blogging at Trina's site to cover the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee hearing on Thursday.
Senator Scott Brown is one of Trina's two senators. Brown was not impressive this go round. Sometimes he is. And I suppose you can't be that every time at bat. But he just really didn't impress me with anything he said.
This was the second hearing on the transition between DoD and VA of wounded warriors and followed up on last week's hearing. Scott Brown's big contribution?
Noting the bureaucracy was complicated and that, as Senator Bernie Sanders had pointed out, it was difficult for the senators to even follow it. So "let's do it!"
Sometimes Scott Brown comes off informed. Sometimes he's like a character out of Gidget Goes Hawaiian. Moon Doggie.
"Let's do it!"
Yeah. Go, Scott, lead the battle cry and that will change everything.
I don't mean to be so critical. For the record, I'm not a Republican so I don't agree with most of Brown's suggestions. But I truly did find him unimpressive on Wednesday.
"Let's do it! Let's take care of it!"
John Kerry is Trina's other senator and he is not on the Committee. But he was mentioned often. wounded Afghanistan War veteran Steven A. Bohn was on the first panel offering testimony and he noted that Senator Kerry's office had helped him with some of the issues he faced in trying to get quality health care. They helped it so that Bohn was put closer to his family and they were able to visit.
Bohn had a number of issues. And he needed a lot of help. There is supposed to be a coordinator who helps. They are paid and they are supposed to be supplied.
He wasn't provided with one or even informed they existed. So he was left to navigate the system himself. With a spinal cord injury.
There's a hotline for veterans to call if they are contemplating suicide. Senator Bernie Sanders and Senator Johnny Isakson both wondered why not create some sort of hotline or contact point whereby those veterans having trouble with the system had a place to go, a clearing house. It was a strong suggestion that had support on the Committee and should be followed up on by the Defense Department and the Veterans Affairs Committee immediately.
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"