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How do I get copy of my USPHS discharge papers
I really don’t see the need for this organization. They get same benefits as our armed forces and do not have to deploy or do anything combat related. I think the government transition this organization into the Navy National Gaurd or Reserves. This organization is a slap in the face to our armed forces. If you want to wear the uniform join the military. Fema and the National Guard handles the majority of this stuff anyway and they can deploy to fulfill military duties
I am a current PHS Officer, proudly serving a critical role in my agency and leading a deployment team. My fellow Officers and I have responded to mass shootings, hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, disease outbreaks and many other disasters, working around the clock to meet the mission and serve vulnerable populations. The main problem is not the Officers, but the agencies and supervisors within the agencies, which can deny an Officer the opportunity to deploy because of short staffing, or just because it is inconvenient. For the PHS to be most effective, there needs to be restructuring which allows Officers real deployment “orders” that can’t be vetoed by a first or second-line supervisor, just as Reservists in military branches are allowed to deploy in the event of an emergency. In our agencies, we regularly take on additional duties and do so with pride. Those who feel we are not an effective use of taxpayer dollars likely haven’t served as a PHS Officer or had a bad experience (it can happen with a poor supervisor). Personally, I wouldn’t trade my role for any other public or private sector job. We promote, protect and defend the health and safety of the nation with integrity each and every day.
PHS needs to be restructured and actually do what they say they’re going to do (i.e. help out where healthcare is needed), or it needs to be done away with. Plain and simple. The Corps is inefficient and many of its functions are carried out by more competent entities like NDMS. It currently does not merit military benefits given that none of the officers are sent where they are actually needed. They get to apply to jobs like civil servants and ask their supervisors to deploy for a measly two weeks. Many other civil servants deploy for longer periods. It’s time to restructure or trim the fat!
All of our institutions are under attack and have been for decades. The health industry views any agency like this as a direct threat. We are seeing epidemics of diabetes, drug addictions, and suicides, yet there has been no public health response. In fact we have seen an industry response of monetizing every aspect of this. Like every other beneficial government program, they have been deliberately decapitated, under funded and have had any authority undermined.
The great majority of Americans believe, that the government is tracking their every move, and that public health issues would be identified. Instead the only tracking done anymore is to improve industry profits. These industries had to undermine our public health institutions, after all it has been profitable. The PHS would have recommended years ago, a Universal Health Plan, to protect all Americans. Instead we got the badly undermined and eviscerated ACA.
We are all being Gas Lighted by the industries, that are profiting from our bad health. They undermined any government agency that could have challenged them, while the media runs a false narrative about government over reach. The very government institutions that were supposed to protect us were either undermined or taken over by the industries. This country used to have laws about health marketing, because sick people are vulnerable to false claims. Now this marketing has been weaponized, with many media outlets depending on the very profitable health industry for advertising revenue. The very day our congress met to discuss prescription drug pricing, the industry ran adverting to attack the questioning.
We are seeing the result of corrupt unregulated capitalism, years of regulatory capture, industry insiders at federal agencies, and corrupt lobbying practices. At the same time the media runs a counter narrative to protect these industries on every level. They bellow the words “Big Government” while the government agencies that were supposed to protect us, have less staff than 30 years ago. With the current administration the fix is in, as industry insiders take over every agency, with an agenda of destroy or profit.
The Anti Vaxx Movement, should have been a wake up call. They spread that nonsense because it was profitable. The FTC have been eviscerated, and is unable to recognize the deceptive health marketing. The laws were in place for a reason. We have been relatively lucky that we have not had a real serious outbreak, Measles was serious enough. There is a clear failure in our health industry, leading millions of people to alternatives. Since there is no scientific based public health agency, there has been no tracking of the adverse events and negative outcomes. Time after time we find out that the agencies not only failed, but took industry money to exploit us all. As our population grows, it is even more imperative to have a functioning public health service.
I was in DHHS after serving (with outstanding references) in both Senate and House. At first I was elated because Surgeon General Bennett assembled a small group of experts charged with reforming the department. But he resigned within the year, and he group scattered. I stayed on, only to see one agency created after another, fully staffed, but not funded to actually do anything – for example, the agency for health manpower. Finally I landed a PASA assignment with State Dept., and for the next ten years I created health systems in countries abroad – for example, Korea and Thialand – and rose to the highest nonsupervisory rank. Then it ended, and I was shuttled back under newly appointed SG C. Everett Koop. He, his Deputy Faye Abdellah and PHS employees were not only absolute clods, they engaged in illegal, destructive and hurtful activities with abandon. PHS doctors held positions that could be filled by civil servants making $10,000 less. The lied extensively and profusely, some of them boasting about methods of firing civil servants and setting the up for that purpose. And they accomplished no work worth performing. I quit in 1987 to accept a Fulbright professorship in Papua New Guinea, badly scarred but happy to be free. I regret ever having thought that PHS or DHHS were able capable of being of benefit to patients in the US or abroad, and I see no reason for their continued existence.
I served honorably in the US Army and the Commissioned Corps I complained about triaging diagnosing and prescribing medication to patients and within twelve weeks I was kicked out of the Commissioned Corps. “There can be no appeal and no review of this decision”.
I appealed to the USPHS Board for Corrections and received seven spent 9mm bullet casings in a USPHS envelope.
The USPHS Board voted, twice, unanimously in my favor. USPHS ‘non-concured’.
I appealed. An Assistant Director of HHS, Mike Blank, said NO
The Army called me back up for Operation Iraqi Freedom.
I was not able to discover how I was called back to the Army if I was a kicked out Commissioned Corps officer. I went to two Federal courts and the Supreme Court (16-8208). Case not accepted.
I still wonder how the USPHS can hand out Commissions on behalf of the government without explaining what happens to a Commission at termination of Service.
Why was I kicked out? “You do not have the necessary discipline and dedication to duty to be a Commissioned Officer for the United States of America”.
I served my country with honor and distinction in peace and war, and THIS is how I was treated! I want that stigma the USPHS attached to my name erased, but how? To me the honor of my name is worth any wait and work, but how to fight the USPHS?
Regarding firing: (my stories are all from the Indian Health Service). A nurse was one week away from completing whatever time it is that Civil Service personnel have to do to get a permanent job. She was well liked, had good evaluations, and loved her simple life on that Reservation. Her bosses boss said to fire her the day before she would complete that time period. The direct boss refused, so the other one brought her the papers. Naturally she was devastated. It was really cruel.
Also at that Service Unit we had a young female Vietnamese-American Resident from UCLA doing a rotation. She was smart, lively, sporty with a great sense of humor and the Tribal members liked her a lot (especially the EMT’s-I did several ambulance runs with her and I saw their interactions first hand). A couple of months after she went back to finish at UCLA she called me in tears. She told me that the doctors at that Service Unit (Corps officers) had given her an evaluation that landed her in hot water with her professors. All of us nurses had enjoyed working with her, and thought she was one of the best that ever rotated through there. I simply don’t understand it. I hope she is a rich respected, beloved physician wherever she is now!