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10 The Julian News 00Exploring Genealogy As The Acorn Fla!!s ' email: genealogyfirst@gmail.com How is your research going? I hope that even if you are not doing any research,my articles have sparked some memories and that you are writing those down. We never know when it will be our turn to go, and it would be a shame if your descendants don't know your story. Use the 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy, to record your memories. Your descendants will cherish those memories. Dead Fred As the saying goes "a picture is worth a thousand words", and then finding that photo someone else has posted of your ancestor would be "priceless". The site Dead Fred is a genealogy photo archive and has thousands of pictures that have been posted for you to see for free Last week my brother was here visiting and I showed him a photo album of when he was a kid. He was so excited and that was not that many years ago. Imagine what it would be like for you if you found a picture of a great grandmother that you had not met. Then to know that the person who posted that picture was an unknown cousin! Get excited. Check out DeadFred.com Next column - Tombstones 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy (Each week I will be giving you a prompt that will invite you to record memories and insights about your own life for future descendants (52 weeks of Personal Genealogy). Write down your memories on your computer, in your journal or start a new journal.) Week 22. Secrets. Describe something about yourself that won't be found on any record 100 years from now. Last week Week 21. Commercials. Do you remember any commercial jingles from your childhood? Taken from "52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy and Family History" by Amy Coffin. Amy's blog is located at http://wetree.blogpost.com by Bill Fink For Shame The debacle and scandal of what is going on in the VA is stunning the nation. The trust of our Veterans and the nation has been compromised by what was originally thought to be a rogue situation in a VA hospital in Phoenix. Last Friday morning the Secretary of the Veterans Administration four star General Eric Shinseki offered his resignation that was accepted by President Obama. In essence, Shinseki was fired. At the heart of the original issue was that the Phoenix facility reported that average wait times for first appointments was twenty four days when in actuality it was an average of 115 days for initial appointments. Dr. Samuel Foote who made the initial allegations in Phoenix disputes this figure and said, "it was much longer." "It seemed to us to be about six months." What is particularly loathsome about the situation in Phoenix was that about 1,700 Veterans were kept off the list of those needing care and were "at risk of being lost or forgotten." There are allegations that as many as forty Veterans died while waiting for care. Part of the problem is that a VA employee's bonuses and pay raises are based on accomplishing recommended 14-day period in which to see patients. What has been happening is that VA employees have been disregarding the request dates for appointments and schedule the Veterans for what they (VA employees) feel are the next reasonable, available date which according to the Inspector General says "results in a false 0-day wait time" ergo bonuses. According to Richard Griffin, acting Inspector General in his report, "inappropriate scheduling practices are systemic throughout the VA's 1,700 facilities nationwide." In addition to the Phoenix facility there were twenty-five additional facilities under investigation. That number has grown to forty-two facilities at this time. Our Representative, Duncan Hunter stated in 2013 "VA dysfunction is staggering" and had been asking for Secretary Shinseki's replacement. IG Griffin has already involved the Justice Department in cases where there is thought to be criminal or civil violations. His investigators are making what are essentially raids on VA facilities to prevent "the risk of destruction of evidence, manipulation of data, and coaching staff on how to respond to our interview questions." What is written above is largely cited from Matthew Daly and Donna Cassata of the Associated Press. What is not, is the disgust and the empty feeling one is left with when bureaucrats violate a sacred pact made with our Vets. The ones who served and sometimes left their lives, body parts or their minds behind on the battlefields around the world when their nation called. I'm embarrassed by the betrayal. The situation at the VA is not new. It's been going on for decades. Over the years I've heard horror stories about the VA and the treatment of our Veterans. Sad to say I've heard it first hand from my father and his experiences after WWII. But locally there does not seem to be the issues with the VA medical facilities in La Jolla, Oceanside and Escondido. In fact there have been no allegations against the VA medical center in La Jolla. In my informal interviews with Vets from our Post almost all of them expressed that they were pleased with the care they were getting from the VA. The biggest complaint seemed to be getting in initially and for some that are not computer literate, negotiating the automated system. Once in though the prevailing attitude was that their care was thorough if not always efficient. One Vet, Jeff Philip goes to the facility in Oceanside where he gets good care and says the "facility is empty." Chris Sanders an Iraqi war Vet has been to the hospital with serious health issues that were not war related and felt the VA was thorough in his care. So too my father who has had a complete reversal of the VA and now praises the care he receives in La Jolla. The biggest complaint particularly for Vets depending on the VA for their primary care is that it is so far away. For many, if not most of us in Julian our primary care doctors are five minutes away. In some areas of the country VA facilities are very far from those they are supposed to serve. Other than solving the "systemic" problems of the VA that are being aired in the media there are other problems. Congress administers the VA. The agency is a behemoth. There are 1,700 medical facilities throughout the nation. California has over 70 medical facilities not to mention dozens of benefit administration centers and intake sites. But with any bureaucracy there are inefficiencies that are endemic to the system. How much of the national treasure we dedicate to Veterans actually gets to them? The 2015 budget request for the VA is approximately 163 billion dollars with the Veterans Administration ministering to approximately 6.5 million individuals. Bear with my Whispering Pines 4 bedroom/2 bath. Indoor spa, brick fireplace, wood stove in Master bedroom. New paint, gutters, and more. Great buy at 5365,000 Fabulous Views. 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath, 2,161 sq.ft, with detached garage with loft. Private on 2/3 of an acre. Reduced to 5389,000 LAND North Peak: Spectacular Views] 10 acres, well/tank, road and pad in. 5184,ooo Harrison Park: .65 acres, 539,000 Cane Brake: 5 acres 550,000 Townsite: .65 acres, water in, septic layout 5129,000 Townsite View: .99 acres 5145,000 Harrison Park: 9.92 acres, well, elec. 51so, ooo Pine Hills: 8.21 acres, view 5160,000 Pine Hills: 4.2 acres, Well, septic in, view! 5175,000 Pine Hills: 6.32 acres ..... Charming mountain cabin tucked in the trees. 2 bedroom, I bath on acre, large deck, views of Volcan Mountain. Perfect weekend rental or country getaway. Needs some TLC. Priced to sell at 5154,000 Dramatic 4 Bedroom, 3.5 Bath, 3300 sq.ft., on 2.5 acres. Custom built and architect designed. Five decks overlooking Volcan Mt., desert and the Julian countryside. A must see! 5899,000 Shaky math but according to my calculations (feel free to check my math if your calculator can do billions) that comes out to about $25,000.00 per person. That seems like a lot of money but it really isn't when you consider that a lot of that money goes for salaries of doctors, nurses, medical technicians (OK), janitors, truck drivers, electric bills, toilet paper, vacuum cleaners, floor wax and all the intake and processing centers and the overloaded bureaucracy of any government agency. How much really goes to the patient? What if we dismantle the system? What if we take those hundreds of billions dollars and buy our Vets a policy and give them a card that says go out and get the best private care you can find, no deductible, no limits? With the types of catastrophic injuries that are endemic to war, then those special facilities can be VA facilities with proper housing for our Vets and families to recover. Places like those provided by Fischer House and Warrior Foundations around the nation. I'm a big believer in the capitalistic system providing a better product at a cheaper cost than a bloated federal bureaucracy. The system as we know it is rife with waste and possibly with criminality that is disrespectful, demeaning and appears to be deadly to the ones we should be honoring as heroes. Time for a change. Lake Views! Has been used as a great weekend rental overlooking lake Cuyamaca. Use it for your own fun and rent it out when you choose. Vaulted ceilings, huge custom windows, and oversized lot all waiting your enjoyment. 5369,000 Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Sons of the American Legion take note! ALL HANDS ON DECK for the monthly meeting on Tuesday, June 3rd at 7 P.M. 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