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June 24th 2022: Broken Promises: Compromised Care at VA for Veterans with PTSD

Retired Marine Corps Lt. Col. Ted Blickwedel, became a licensed clinical social worker after retiring from the military where he provided mental health counseling to fellow veterans. He never expected to experience the callous approach to providing service to veterans at the hands of the Veterans Administration where quantity was prioritized over quality care, this by increasing counselor workloads at the expense of the quality of mental health service offered to veterans living with PTSD. Lt. Col Blickwedel never intended to be a whistleblower. Once speaking truth to power, he was at the

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Lt. Col. Ted Blickwedel

Retired Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel and combat veteran who became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker after he retired from the military. He worked as a counselor at the VA VET Center in Warwick, RI from 2009 to 2018 where he provided mental health care for fellow veterans. He is currently urging the United States Congress to pass legislation that has been introduced to the House and Senate Veterans Affairs Committees, because of a federal GAO investigation he helped instigate which substantiated his allegations. This legislation will protect the quality of services to our veterans and their families, as well as safeguard the welfare of counselors who care for them at over 300 VET Centers
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Jerry Strayve, Jr.

About Former Marine Captain Jerome R. Strayve, Jr. Served with Ted Blickwedel when both were young lieutenants in the Marine Corps. Forty years later their paths crossed again. This led the two of them to co-author Blickwedel’s story in Broken Promises.Strayve was born to a nomadic military family, attending nine schools before entering college. Following service in the United States Marine Corps, he raised a family while working as a financial representative and serial entrepreneur. Raising his young children, he discovered his talent for ‘spinning tales,’ regaling them with spontaneous bedtime stories.Soon his passion for history spoke to him and he jumped into writing. His fiction works
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