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- The Houston VAMC
In this report we address the Houston VAMC, and the Gulf
- Referral Clinic on the third floor.
Its located on the south side of the Downtown area, and the
- location also parallels a very nice park, and Grocery
- that is very convenient.
This location also adjoins the Veterans Adiminstration facility,
- so you can actually walk over to file a claim. Both have shared
- parking, and security is pretty good for over night vehicles.
is the Main Entrance and the Water Garden out back,
you can slip out to
the gardens at night if cabin fever gets you.
- The first redeeming
quality is that you get your own room to yourself,
- and the rooms are well
maintained. It has a individual phone that anyone
- can call in on, and
the door locks from inside.
When you first meet the staff,
you get the feeling your going to
- get something done. Then
Ruel Wylie, and Carol Smith start
- looking for character flaws
to add to psych notes. The physician
- Raye Hurwitz becomes sheepish,
and it seems like the mood
- changes quickly. Before you
know it your spinning your wheels
- why the staff pretends they
dont see anything remarkable about
- your case. One thing you
do notice, the green appointment book
- on the nurses counter has
every Gulf War patient since the beginning
- of the program scribbled
in it - and they only bother to write
- one note by the patients
name "Psychiatry". Thats your first clue
- that youve been screwed.
The attending staff for
the month of April, 2000 was as follows:
- Primary Staff of
Gulf War Clinic
Ratliff - Persian Gulf Coordinator
D. Wiley, LWSW-ACP, - Behavioral Health and Social Services
C. Hurwitz, M.D. - Staff Physician
Smith, - Physician Assistant
- Supporting Hospital
Ledbetter, M.D. - Physician ( Dermatology )
Florence Seung Kim, M.D. - ( Neuropsychology )
Moore, M.D. - ( Sleep Center )
Chi Lim ( peter ), M.D. - ( Psychiatry )
A. Arlinghaus, M.D. - ( Psychiatry )
J. Carr, RD, MS - ( Dietician )
Tran, M.D. - ( Resident - Neuro )
J. Kolimas, M.D. - ( Neurologist )
L. Seitz - ( Audiologist )
Lindeman, PSY.D. - ( Neuropsychologist )
Hirshkowitz, PH.D, A.C.P. - ( Sleep - Clinical )
Micheal Smith, P.A. C. - ( Clinical Assistant )
A. Baaklini - ( Pulmonary )
Fung, M.D. - ( Radiology )
A. Rauch - ( Radiology )
Chandrasekhar - ( Radiology )
S. Costin-Maisel, M.D. - ( Radiology )
The clinic usually has 4 veterans on the floor at a time, when I went
- the following people were staying in the clinic.
Kirt P. Love
- Unit 141 Signal Batalion, 1ts AD
- MOS 52D ( Generator Mechanic )
- 10% for Digestive Disorders,
- 3rd Appeal - waiting
- Not satisified with visit to clinic, and
- very unhappy that clinic left a variety
- of important labs off the final report,
- things like Cardiomegally, and such.
- 2 ADF
- 31k ( Cable Dog ) MOS
- VA Pension, 1st appeal through DAV.
- ( rare that someone gets
pension vs.comp. )
- Not satisfied with his visit, still doesnt know
- anymore than he does before. Like the
- others - this was a financial hardship with
- no answers. He very sick, and lost.
- 586 Maintenance Co. - 7th Corp.
- 88m MOS
- 0% disablity rating, 2nd appeal - DAV
- Not satisfied with her first stay with the
- clinic, the staff didnt follow up on her
- traveling rash, or other problems.
- OSAGWI knows her, yet they have
- not helped her case yet.
- 323 4th Marines ( Task Force Ripper )
- 0341 ( Marine - mortar unit ) - MOS
- 100% PTSD - 10% kidney / 30% Hepatitis C
- Not satisified with his multiple stays, even
- though he is 100% disabled - It doesnt mean
- he is improving. Cant keep weight, and the
- GI issues are hell.