I was watching the news last night and saw this story on ABC.
A manager at the Roudebush Veteran Affairs Medical Center in Indianapolis appears to mock the mental health problems of returning combat veterans in an email to her employees.
The email obtained by The Indianapolis Star contains photographs of a toy Christmas elf posing as a patient in what appears to be the hospital’s transitional clinic for returning veterans. In one photograph, the elf pleads for Xanax. In another, he hangs himself with an electrical cord.
The woman who sent the email is Robin Paul, a licensed social worker who manages the hospital’s Seamless Transition Integrated Care Clinic. The clinic provides returning veterans with transition assistance, including mental health and readjustment services.
Of course, so far no news of this person facing any consequences. I think we can all understand the pressure felt by employees, by social workers, when faced with the stress of their jobs. However, this is not an isolated incident. This appears to be the culture of an agency charged with fulfilling our responsibility to our veterans.
The CAP has faced this culture head-on. The victims of the poisoned water at Camp Lejeune face this every day.
This is a recording from a public CAP meeting during which the author of this detestable powerpoint, Dr. Terry Walters, speaks to the members of the community assistance panel for Camp Lejeune with a completely dismissive tone and a refusal to answer important questions. Which, by the way, is her job.