Questions About VA Health Care What I am wondering, have you used the VA Health care since being out of the military? If yes, where you asked if you were a Vietnam Vet and if you remember your war experiences and if you have ever dreamed about them? Seeing as it has been 35-40 years since Vietnam, for myself there sure are some things that are a bit foggy to me, as I just don’t remember much from that far back. Some I do and some I don’t. As far as ever having dreamed about such things, yes, there have been times I have dreamed about some things, but there is a wide array of subject matter I dream about from time to time, and none of it is life shattering to me. My concern, the VA considers recalling war experience, remembering and ever having dreamed as an adverse health concern they seem to want to cure, and so they want to assign the person to mental health care and give them drugs. Just don’t seem reasonable to me. What? Will they give pills so you can’t remember anything? Resistance is futile. We will assimilate you. I am not trying to make light of legitimate health concerns, but I am thinking it is wrong to create a health concern pushing a veteran into something when there is no legitimate problem. It seems to me there are concerns other than a veterans thoughts and dreams that should be a priority for those claiming to serve the veterans. But it seems, from what I have been able to pick up, anyone that served in Vietnam is a candidate for their cure, and their pills. Also, there is screening asking if a person smokes, and if so how long and how much, or have you ever smoked and how much and how long. If it is a problem to the VA they push the patient to the mental health doctors for the cure and pill dispensing. Same with alcohol use. I am not a smoker or drinker, yet I see some problem with invasive thought police pushing their cures. Questions are asked about if a person drinks. If yes, how much and how often. If no, then have you ever. How often and how long, and if it is a problem to the VA then the patient is pushed to the mental health doctors for the cure and pill dispensing. Actually, there is a trend developing that such things are becoming usual, outside the VA system. Some states require a mental health screen of pregnant women, and if the wrong answers are given counseling and pills are required to be taken by the patient. That could be a bit perplexing, were one to visit a doctor because they sprained their ankle, and ended up being told they must take counseling for mental health and must take the pills, because the screeners didn’t like the answers. Certain school children in some states are also being subjected to such things. Some of the questions, have you ever felt you don’t get enough done on some days, have you ever felt you don’t get all the sleep you want, and such things that are subjective and not at all objective. If the answers are yes to such questions, then you might be assigned to go to the mental health doctors and told to take their pills. I’m sure the drug companies enjoy such things, and I’m sure the politicians being encouraged by perks and such from the corporate companies dispensing the drugs are happy they have been used to pass such laws and programs, and the ones “providing such health treatment” should find it is great they have become so important and are able to get money from the government for such “treatment” but to my simple mind, it seems very out of line. All this to see if you have heard of such a things regarding VA health care. If such things were being directed at the veterans, and I have heard they are, it seems a very terrible way to handle veterans. Semper Fi %%%%% One reply: "It's not just VA. Wes Vernon wrote an article titled "Reveal Everything Just To Keep A Driver's License". It's dated 14 July 01 and was at: www.newsmax.com/archives/articles/2001/7/13/174657.shtml The theme is national. Your friend from Ohio is on to something. %%%%% I think this is just the tip of the Iceberg. Wonder what the purpose is? Hmmmm What do you have to add to this?