Episode 84: Jimmy T. Smith & Brian Fay - Concerned Veterans For America - "Mr Smith Goes To Washington"
Episode 84 of the Check your Six Podcast brought a couple of guests into the GRP Studios, former FL State Representative Jimmie T Smith and Brian Fay, who are part of CVA, Concerned Veterans For America. Both of these gentlemen are Army veterans and are working through the process of accountability for the VA system and other programs that will not only help veterans but could overall impact other government programs. While the ideals that began with the Veterans Administration(VA) were honorable and with good intentions, what the VA has become is like most government operated programs and largely mismanaged and poorly run. Something that was designed to honor those that have served has become a monolith that moves with the speed of an iceberg at time and can cause almost more damage than it heals. They gave some very interesting information on a variety of topics, including the number of veterans that have committed suicide in the parking lots of some of the VA locations in Florida alone. The lack of accountability, inaccurate reporting and leadership that is more concerned about their own agenda than the welfare of the veterans it was designed to serve. There are a LOT of fantastic individuals that work for the VA including those providing the care for the patients, but very simply, it is broken and needs to be healed!!