[QUOTE=JP135]They're using testing Yoga on poor unsuspecting combat vets? My God, will it ever stop? Read the news with a critical eye regardless of the source.
That said, the VA has a piss-poor record and I think their level of service is a slap in the face to our veterans.
My Korean conflict veteran uncle in Okla. has a staph infection in his leg. VA said they needed to amputate "immediately" to save his life after ignoring the problem for weeks while he was in their care. Private doc "saved" the leg with some antibiotics and effort.
Two personal friends have been pretty much ruined by Agent Orange exposure in VN. One has a severely retarded child and major health issues himself; the other has had every medical problem you could ever imagine and it costs 3-4 thousand bucks per month on meds. The VA finally told him he cost too much and they were dropping him. Without the meds he will die. VA essentially says 'yeah, that's a shame, huh?' and sends him out the door.
I'm aware of a fellow board member with serious PTSD from Iraq service. The VA can't seem to get their heads out of their asses long enough to treat him. He finally got so frustrated, he stopped going for treatment.
Talking about me? They have given me medication that conflict with one another, medications that make me mean, medications that sedate me, some that can cause suicidal thoughts, some that can cause paranoia... The sheets they give you with your medication never is complete. I have to go online to see what my meds truely do and you know what? I usually dont' take them as I really don't want fucked up more than I already am.
The VA doesn't treat, it just tries to get you to shut up. There are great people at the VA but their hands are pretty much tied.