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12/30/2013
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Veterans Affairs Website Offers Open Data

Public now has access to APIs, tools, and resources to build apps that benefit veterans.

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asksqn
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asksqn,
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1/4/2014 | 6:17:34 PM
Apps Can Be Helpful But
Open sourcing the API so VA customers can use an app to find clinics and such is a good thing, the problem is keeping medical records private.  The VA is notorious for "losing" confidential data and otherwise permitting its employees to play fast/loose with medical information.  I will be impressed when the VA makes security a priority rather than an afterthought.
FrankV671
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12/30/2013 | 3:55:41 PM
Re: Jusrt what veterans need...apps
 

Know Your Enemy

The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) is the main reason that the VA is so dysfunctional.

The VA has shifted from providing medical care and compensation to our nation's veterans to being a type of welfare for the callous, lazy, and incompetent. 

It must be stated that there are some caring and competent employees unfortunately, they are the exception. 

There are four nails in the coffin of the VA.
  1. Affirmative Action
  2. Welfare back to work
  3. The VA shields its doctors from medical malpractice cases
  4. The AFGE places the well-being of the employees above the health and safety of the Veterans

 Accountability Is The Catalyst Of Change

The VA can never be fixed if the callous, lazy, and incompetent cannot be fired. 

When was the last time that a VA employee was sent to jail for harming a veteran?  

We need to be able to sue VA employees who harm us and VA employees who intentionally harm veterans need to go to jail.  Until there is a mechanism to hold these people accountable, nothing will change

Google: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Friend or Foe?

Frank Vera

 
marcusbrkr0304
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12/30/2013 | 10:36:58 AM
Jusrt what veterans need...apps
The Veterans Administration shoul focus MORE on caring for veterans instead of wasting money on something as useless as "apps" for vets to play with. The VA is a MESS and no one seems to care...
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