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Key facts about the Veterans Health Administration

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More than a dozen others were injured before Rodger died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Cheng Yuan Hong, 20, was also stabbed to death. He was listed on the lease with Chen and Rodger. The third stabbing victim, 20-year-old Weihan Wang, was also a roommate. Veronika Weiss, 19, was killed outside the Alpha Phi sorority house. Her father, Bob Weiss, says she was exactly the kind of person who would want to help Rodger. “She was kind.

It took me a little while to realize I was actually depressed. Depression is not always so easily identifiable. It can be like old expression that says, you cant see the forest because the trees are in the way! That was the case this time with my depression, I didnt realize I was depressed until really, really, depressed!! The first, Four Mental Health Heroes Of May Being depressed came at the most inopportune time! Then again, doesnt every time we get depressed come at a bad time I dont think there is a good time to be depressed. Nevertheless, for me, it was the beginning of my Mental Health Heroes season. In 2008 I, Chato Stewart , came up with an idea as a small way to pay-it-forward the only way I coulddrawing cartoons about mental health disorders each day in May for Mental Health Month (I drew about 18 cartoons).
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Mental Health Heroes: My Kids and #MentalHealthMonth | Mental Health Humor

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( Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Patient-satisfaction: Despite its recent troubles, the VA health system has earned marks equal to or better than networks in the private sector in the 2013American Customer Satisfaction Index . The health system earned overall satisfaction indexes of 84 for inpatient care and 82 for outpatient services, while the U.S. hospital industry earned scores of 80 and 83 in those categories, respectively. Jacob Gadd, the American Legions deputy director for health care, has said the scores probably reflect pride among veterans that theres a system for them that understands their unique needs. Gadd has also credited the VA with bolstering satisfaction levels through new initiatives such as the networks patient-aligned care teams, which provide personalized care from groups of health professionals that fit patients individual needs. A history of scheduling problems:In 2010, a top VA official issued a memo to the departments medical centers listing 17 schemes that VA clinics were known to be using tocover-up treatment delays. The memo said the practices were inappropriate and would not be tolerated, but whistleblowers claim the actions continued for years. Spending:In general, slightly more than 40 percent of the VAs annual budgets went toward medical care between 2000 and 2013, although the percentage dipped last year to 38 percent of the VAs $139 billion budget for benefits and services. The VA spent $52.5 billion on hospital and medical care in 2013, more than double its expenditures in that category for 2000. Staffing:VHA employees accounted for nearly 89 percent of the VAs total 278,565 workers in 2008.
Key facts about the Veterans Health Administration

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