Serious Question: Has Anybody Ever Contacted National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics?

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Serious Question: Has Anybody Ever Contacted National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics And Received A Reply?

http://www.va.gov/vetdata/

I have several times over the years and never once received any reply what so ever either that they acknowledged receipt of my inquiry nor any response at all!?!:eek::(:mad:

And yes have written just about everybody there is to write about this topic and still no response- NADA!!!!!

Whatever happened to so called- "transparency"???????:eek::mad::(

Thanks- just curious- if anyone else has in fact tried this and received similar or different results???
 

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Never contacted them, however I have used statistical data from them in my scholarly works. Out of curiosity, what questions are you looking to get answered?
 

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GS Fowler thanks for reply- the people I have written (numerous) know exactly what I was trying to get- as things I see on ground do not add up with what I see in the VA's statistical data or is simply omitted, among other things- so just trying to get to the truth of some things in my local area or prove myself and others who have observed the same things wrong. And as I have pointed out to people I have written, to no avail, have background/training for this sort of thing!!!!!

Also as far as I can tell the research into some of this stopped dead cold about 2010/2011 IAW what I can find on internet!!!!

So basically just to either confirm or deny what I and others see- that is all- and does not add up with other data!

As we all know things at not always what they seem so what we are seeing could be wrong, just guess we will never know- but I assume by now somebody probably does- but you know what they say about assumptions and opinions!

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Please understand that the statistical data is only as good as what is reported to the VA. Service members are a population that is notorious for failing to report, or underreporting data.

If you want to share the topic you are researching offline, I can see what evidence that I can find.

I belong to the University of Southern California, Center for Innovation and Research on Military Veterans and Families (CIR). Often we have to rely on the government sources for our data (because you have to cite something in a scholarly work) and we will typically try to cross reference as many sources as possible to show reliability and validity.
 

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Thanks GS Fowler- may take you up on that at some point and glad to finally know were you work and who you kinda are as someone I know speaks very highly of you and that is simply good enough for me!

However as I said I think just out of sheer "curiosity", if nothing else, some have probably already looked into what I requested- maybe, maybe not- we will see.

Thanks a bunch!!!!!!

PS: Also mean no offense but, I find it odd if you work were you say you all have in fact not tried to contact them???? I would be interested, if you in fact did do so just to see if my results are replicated or not, or you all actually get some response at least- like a simple acknowledgement you exist!!!! Thanks
 
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Also I agree there could be many factors "influencing" what myself and others are seeing such as as:

"Other Health Insurance (OHI) – Approximately 78 percent of Veterans have OHI and only rely on VA for certain services (e.g., hearing aids and eyeglasses). Changing the services Veterans are eligible to receive in the community or what they pay for those services could affect Veteran’s reliance on VA versus OHI, including TRICARE, Medicare, and Medicaid."

From VA's own report!!!!!

So there you have it, but would encourage you and yours to at least attempt to do as I have and contact these folks and see what happens- as think would be interesting- to say the least???????

Not to quote a "mini-series" but I think we all now live in close Proximity to a certain house Ia Strak is in!"""
 
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Thanks GS Fowler- may take you up on that at some point and glad to finally know were you work and who you kinda are as someone I know speaks very highly of you and that is simply good enough for me!

However as I said I think just out of sheer "curiosity", if nothing else, some have probably already looked into what I requested- maybe, maybe not- we will see.

Thanks a bunch!!!!!!

PS: Also mean no offense but, I find it odd if you work were you say you all have in fact not tried to contact them???? I would be interested, if you in fact did do so just to see if my results are replicated or not, or you all actually get some response at least- like a simple acknowledgement you exist!!!! Thanks
You are making assumptions. Never did I say work. I am with the University, as a graduate student utilizing my VA benefits for my education.

When writing scholarly works, our words must be based upon evidence, cited and not opinion. Facts and statistical data are what drive my conclusions.
 

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Simply my mistake- did not mean to offend or assume- working on Master's or Phd?

And yes already have my MA among other things!

So kinda know all about this and etc......

However will readily admit know "quite a bit" emphasis on "quite"- about VA but by no means close to everything as simply think that is impossible for any one individual to achieve- and why there are so many law firms specializing in this area which is a whole other topic of discussion!

Necessity breeds certain things and unfortunately have been forced to learn a lot of things never really ever wanted too nor cared too, but simply had too! (Should have said what I meant "waste" my time on- the VA-as simply had other goals and aspirations- post-military!)

So I apologize for my egregious assumption, and if working on MA/MS Thesis or Phd Dissertation may I humbly suggest you find a reason, if you are so inclined/disposed to do so, to contact said agency, as you would have good ground's if above is case and depending on research topic/question, and see if get said result's as I did or something different all together! Would in fact be interesting!!!!! AS REPLICATION OR LACK THERE OF RESULTS BY AN INDEPENDENT PARTY IS TRUE TEST!

And I have already discussed what they say about assumptions and opinions and if you write or publish something you'd better be prepared for criticism as I am apparently am!

So once again my apologies- did not mean to offend and have found you to be most reliable modeartor on this site/forum!

Thanks and my most humble apologies!!!!!!
 
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So I guess some of the above leads to next question- why have I posted things- simple:

1) I simply think I owe back to the soldiers I have led and those who paid dearly for their efforts.

2) Unfortunately a lot of what I have unfortunately been forced to lean was due to "school of hard knocks" which is by no means the preferred method in anything but sometimes useful if it does not actually kill you.

3) The VA is broke beyond belief and no one person made it that way- "it was a collaborative effort" to say the least and will take a major "collaborative effort" to fix it- if that is eventually what is decided by those who decide such things!

So I will simply bid adue and wish all the best as I have said all I need to say and please keep up the good work GS Fowler as there are those who simply need those like you and others of your ilk- probably unfortunately for a very long time to come!

This site actually gave me hope as it made me realize that I was not the only one experiencing a lot of what I have experienced and made me realize that I am once again truly lucky to still be alive and somewhat still functional! As by all rights I should have returned from some very nasty place in a bag, or bags, or missing something, or have "metal" from my dear friends over there in me.

God Bless All!!!!
 

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ALL- was looking for statistics on “Incarcerated US Vet’s” and had quite the hard time of it even on US DVA “National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics” (at for example only web-address: https://www.va.gov/vetdata/veteran_population.asp ) as...IMO... and brought to my attention several times….Some “vets” might possibly think getting “incarcerated” helps their “compensation odds/ percentage!” Simply, could not be more incorrect…. Numerous reasons….

In my attempt to find data- on “Incarcerated US Vet’s”- below and attached is some of what I found that might be useful to other’s out there….

***“VA » Veterans Benefits Administration » Veterans » Incarcerated Veterans- Veteransfor example only at web-address: https://benefits.va.gov/PERSONA/veteran-incarcerated.asp accessed on 02 SEP 2018 appx. 1051 AM EDT below “italics” cited-copied-quoted from above listed US DVA web-address:

Incarcerated Veterans- Veterans can sometimes run into issues with law enforcement and the criminal justice system resulting in incarceration. It is important justice-involved Veterans are familiar with VA benefits including what VA benefits they may still eligible to receive, what happens to the VA benefits they are already receiving if they become incarcerated, and what programs are available to assist them with reintegrating back into the community once released from incarceration.
VA Benefits- Despite the circumstances, some justice-involved Veterans may be eligible for VA benefits. ......
VA Programs for Justice-Involved Veterans- Health Care for Re-entry Veterans (HCRV) Program-The HCRV Program is designed to help incarcerated Veterans successfully reintegrate back into the community after their release. A critical part of HCRV is providing information to Veterans while they are incarcerated, so they can plan for re-entry themselves. ......."

***“VA » Homeless Veterans » Veterans Justice Outreach Program- Homeless Veterans- Veterans Justice Outreach Programfor example only at web-address: https://www.va.gov/homeless/vjo.asp accessed at appx. 1056 AM EDT on 02 SEP 2018 and below “italics” copied-quoted-cited” from above listed-cited web-address:

Veterans Justice Outreach Program- The aim of the Veterans Justice Outreach (VJO) program is to avoid the unnecessary criminalization of mental illness and extended incarceration among Veterans by ensuring that eligible, justice-involved Veterans have timely access to Veterans Health Administration (VHA) services, as clinically indicated. VJO specialists provide direct outreach, assessment and case management for justice-involved Veterans in local courts and jails and liaison with local justice system partners.
VA cannot provide legal services. For legal assistance, visit State Side Legal's help page or contact the nearest VJO specialist, who may know of community legal assistance resources.

More Information
  • With questions about the VJO national program, contact Sean Clark, J.D., national coordinator.
  • If you or someone you know is a justice-involved Veteran, email the VJO specialist nearest you for assistance accessing VA health care services.
  • Visit the Justice for Vets site to learn more about Veterans Treatment Courts.....................................
Videos......

A Second Chance for Justice Involved Veterans
Veterans Justice Outreach Specialist Contacts
Alabama

Birmingham, Birmingham VA Medical Center, Ahmad Brewer
Mobile/South Alabama, VA Gulf Coast Health Care System, David Neslen
Tuscaloosa, Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center, William Adams
Tuskegee, Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System East Campus, Marguerita High

Arkansas
Fayetteville, Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks, Jeff Glover, Marcy VanDeBerg, Wendy Clanton
Little Rock, Central Arkansas Veteran Healthcare System John L. McClellan Memorial Veterans Hospital, Rickey Phillips, Phyllis Wilkins, Andre Jones, Monique Myers
Back to Top................................

[Florida]
Bay Pines, Bay Pines VA Healthcare System, James Garnett, Heather Davis
North Florida/South Georgia VA Health Care System (Gainesville and Lake City, FL):
Wendy Snee Florida Clay, Duval counties
Mary McNeloms Florida: Citrus, Marion, Sumter counties
Paula Ambroso Florida: Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Dixie, Gilchrist, Lafayette, Levy, Union counties
Frank Norris Florida: Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Jackson, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Wakulla counties; Georgia: Colquitt, Decatur, Grady, Mitchell, Thomas counties
Charlotte Matthews, Lead VJO Specialist Florida Nassau, Flagler, Putnam, St. Johns, Columbia, Hamilton, Lafayette, Madison, Suwannee, Taylor counties; Georgia: Atkinson, Berrien, Brantley, Brooks, Lowndes, Echols, Camden, Charlton, Clinch, Cook, Lanier, Pierce, Ware counties.
Miami, Miami VA Healthcare System, Giovanna Delgado, Jennifer Lee
Orlando, Orlando VA Medical Center, Stefanie Mohl, Angela First, Brian Kurz, Vanessa Diaz
Florida Panhandle, VA Gulf Coast Health Care System, Kathy Monson, Mark Ballou
Tampa, James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital:
West Palm Beach, West Palm Beach VAMC, Jana Shiffert, Mason Youell”........


***“Home | Publication & Product Detail- Veterans in Prison and Jail, 2011-2012” for example only at web-address: https://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=pbdetail&iid=5479 accessed on 02 SEP 2018 appx. 1121 AM EDT below in “italics” cite-quoted-copied above listed web-address:

Jennifer Bronson, Ph.D., E. Ann Carson, Ph.D., Margaret E. Noonan, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Marcus Berzofsky, Dr. P.H., RTI International December 7, 2015 NCJ 249144
Presents counts and rates of veterans in state and federal prison and local jail in 2011 and 2012. This report describes incarcerated veterans by demographic characteristics, military characteristics, and disability and mental health status. It describes current offense, sentencing, and criminal history characteristics by veteran status. It also examines combat experience associated with lifetime mental health disorders among incarcerated veterans. Findings are based on data from the National Inmate Survey, conducted between February 2011 and May 2012. Data from previous BJS surveys of inmates in prison and jail are used to establish historical trends regarding incarcerated veterans.
Highlights:

  • The number of veterans incarcerated in state and federal prison and local jail decreased from 203,000 in 2004 to 181,500 in 201112.
  • The total incarceration rate in 201112 for veterans (855 per 100,000 veterans in the United States) was lower than the rate for nonveterans (968 per 100,000 U.S. residents).
  • Non-Hispanic black and Hispanic inmates made up a significantly smaller proportion of incarcerated veterans (38% in prison and 44% in jail), compared to incarcerated non-Hispanic black and Hispanic nonveterans (63% in prison and 59% in jail).
  • A greater percentage of veterans (64%) than nonveterans (48%) were sentenced for violent offenses.
  • An estimated 43% of veterans and 55% of nonveterans in prison had four or more prior arrests.
Part of the Veterans in State and Federal Prisons Series
Press Release
Summary (PDF 247K)
PDF (541K)
..."


***“National Survey of Veterans, Active Duty Service Members, Demobilized National Guard and Reserve Members, Family Members, and Surviving Spouses” Final Report Deliverable 27- October 18, 2010; for example only at web-address: https://www.va.gov/vetdata/docs/SurveysAndStudies/NVSSurveyFinalWeightedReport.pdf accessed on 02 SEP 2018 appx. 1108 AM EDT (see downloaded file from above cited web-address: “NVSSurveyFinalWeightedReport.pdf””

***“American Indian and Alaska Native Veterans: 2015 American Community Survey” for example only at web-address: https://www.va.gov/vetdata/docs/SpecialReports/AIANReport.pdf accessed on 02 SEP 2018 appx. 1115 AM EDT (see downloaded file “AIANReport.pdf” from above cited web-address)

***“VA » National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics -National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statisticsfor example only at web-address: https://www.va.gov/vetdata/ accessed on 02 SEP 2018 appx. 0949 AM EDT below or in-between ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ lines-"italic" – copied-cited directly above listed US DVA Website:
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"What’s New!
VA released Average Expenditures Per Patient by Healthcare Priority Group: FY 2000 to FY 2017 This table shows the average expenditures per patient in each of the Department of Veterans Affairs' healthcare enrollment priority group categories. August 28, 2018.....
Report Highlights

Survey Highlights
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***“VA FACILITIES BY 114th CONGRESSIONAL MEMBER'S LAST NAME” for example only at web-address: https://www.va.gov/vetdata/docs/SpecialReports/VA_Facilities_By_Congressional_District.pdf accessed at appx. 0955 AM EDT on 02 SEP 2018 (see downloaded file form above cited web-address: “VA_Facilities_By_Congressional_District.pdf”)

***“VA » National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics » State/Territories Summary Reports -National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics- State/Territory Summariesfor example only at web-address: https://www.va.gov/vetdata/stateSummaries.asp accessed on 02 SEP 2018 appx. 0958 AM EDT (see downloaded file, for example, “State_Summaries_Alabama.pdf” from above cited web-address to its weblink at: https://www.va.gov/vetdata/docs/SpecialReports/State_Summaries_Alabama.pdf as well as “image” from front cover cited/downloaded report-“Image State_Summaries_Alabama.jpg”)

***“VA » National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics » NCVAS Pocket Cards -National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics” for example only at web-address: https://www.va.gov/vetdata/pocketcard/index.asp accessed on 02 SEP 2018 appx. 1034 AM EDT (see below image from front page of downloaded file Copy of “GDX_FY17_v1-1.xls” which unsupported format this website: “FY17 Summary of Expenditures by State.jpg”)

***“Key Statistics by Veteran Status and Period of Service” by US DVA, Source: 2016 American Community Survey Public Use Microdata Sample, for example only at web-address: https://www.va.gov/vetdata/docs/SpecialReports/KeyStats.pdf accessed 02 SEP 2018 appx. 1044 AM EDT (see downloaded file form above listed web-address: “KeyStats.pdf” as well as image of file “Image KeyStats.jpg”)

All- hope this helps……?????

PS: Might want to see YouTube video, “A Second Chance for Veteransfor example only, at YouTube Video web-address:
View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJyuUq1AVVo
(accessed on 02 SEP 2018 appx. 1126 AM EDT)

ANYONE ELSE CONSTANT ISSUES THIS WEB_SITE-??***##$$^^%%???
 

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