The DORN VA MEDICAL CENTER in Columbia, South Carolina

Before we can draw a parallel from the slave trade of the 1700’s to the Veterans Administration of today, we need to review some painful history.

The rapid expansion of the cotton industry in the Deep South after the 1793 invention of the cotton gin by Eli Whitney greatly increased the demand for the labor of enslaved people.

The slave trade to America was a triangle of sailing on the Atlantic Ocean beginning in Europe, sailing to Africa, arriving in ports in what would become the United States, then returning to Europe.

For each prospective slave, African rulers would receive a variety of goods from Europe. These included guns, ammunition, and other factory-made goods.

The second leg of the triangle exported enslaved Africans across the Atlantic Ocean to the Americas and the Caribbean Islands. A popular delivery point was in Charleston, South Carolina.

David Omura, Director, Dorn VA Medical Center. Columbia, SC. – All of the screw-ups by the Dorn Medical Center ultimately are his responsibility – he is the captain of the ship.

Even though the European slave traders had the latest weaponry, the Africans who lived in the jungles of Africa knew the territory and were formidable warriors, even against superior European weaponry.

If the natural born hunters and indigenous tribesmen didn’t kill you, big game animals would have you for lunch. Europeans were simply out of their element, and had great difficulty capturing Africans for the slave trade.

White slave traders simply could not gather up enough people from the jungles of Africa without the guidance and cooperation of other Negro people.

The point is, thousands of Africans were betrayed by their own people, who sold them into slavery on another continent. It’s a very sad fact, but true.

The third and final part of the triangle voyage was the return of goods to Europe from the Americas. Ironically, goods from America were the products of slave-labor plantations that included cotton, sugar, tobacco, molasses and rum.

Dealing in the enslavement of people became an extremely lucrative business as the slave traders made a profit at every stop. The slaves who survived the horrific voyage to America were sold on the auction block in Charleston, South Carolina, only 120 miles away from where the Dorn VA Medical Center in Columbia, South Carolina.

Lighter-skinned slaves were purchased for duties at the plantation owners home, while the big and strong slaves were considered beasts of burden and sold to work the soil on the plantations.

Even today, one African-American will sometimes refer to another African-American as a “house negro” (or worse).

A house negro is considered as uppity, arrogant, someone who was unjustly awarded special perks, which were denied to those who did the brutally-hard field work, toiling all day in the heat of the summer sun.

The African-Americans who worked as slaves in the home of the plantation owner became gatekeepers. Some quickly realized the special power they had over the slaves who worked the fields.

To keep their cushy house job, they would do everything they could to make their White taskmasters happy.


Evetta Gregg, the Gatekeeper for the Dorn VA Medical Center, Columbia, South Carolina

Obviously, the VA isn’t actually putting people in chains and forcing them to pick cotton, but they do control them and deny critical benefits to people who have earned them.

If you control someone’s paycheck or healthcare, one could say that you pretty much are controlling that person’s life.

The basic definition of slavery is the CONTROL of one human being by another human being.

The Veterans Administration and other government agencies took a page from the slave traders handbook hundreds of years ago to help them control the massive population of veterans seeking help.

The VA figured out that by hiring an African-American to help control the veterans, especially Black veterans, many problems (for the VA) were solved.

These African-American VA employees become gatekeepers and help to insulate the upper echelons of the Veterans Administration from thousands of veterans who are pleading for relief.

African-Americans are being used, just as the slave traders used the Africans to round up and control thousands of other Africans, selling their own people into slavery and death.

And make no mistake, denials of benefits and services, can and does result in death for present day veterans.

Dr. Richard Stone, Under Secretary for Health, Veterans Health Administration

Evetta Gregg is viewed by many as just that kind of gatekeeper. We are told by veterans and veteran advocates that Ms. Gregg occasionally has a nice demeanor and says all those politically correct phrases such as, “thank you for your service,” and “thank you for being an advocate for the veterans.”

Evetta Gregg knows how to skillfully pacify veterans, forcing them to accept something they don’t need or want. When that doesn’t work, she will tell them that she’ll call them back, but seldom does.

Evetta knows the veterans will be forced into the VA’s labyrinth phone system or siphoned off into frequently ignored voicemail boxes.

Placing an African-American in a gate-keeping position had one added benefit for the VA. By having a Black gatekeeper, the VA inoculated themselves from charges of racism.

If a Black gatekeeper denies benefits to a Black veteran, the veteran cannot effectively claim he/she was denied because they were Black.

It’s all about CONTROL! The White taskmasters issue orders that all calls for benefits from certain individuals be routed to Evetta Gregg.

Then, Evetta Gregg does the bidding of her taskmasters by going into denial mode which frequently becomes a  source of extreme frustration for countless veterans in the VISN 7 Network. Her job is to guard the gate, and prevent veterans and veteran advocates from contacting senior administrators in the VA.

Repeated denials generates extreme frustration that leads to depths of despair, which in some cases leads to suicides.

AS A SIDE NOTE: The Dorn VA Medical Center received a FOIA request to find out how many deaths of veterans occurred that were connected in some way with the Dorn Medical Center. Officials at the medical center refused to provide the information.


Ann E. Doran, Executive Director, Office of Patient Advocacy, Veterans Health Administration. Responsible for delivering an exceptional advocacy program

Would you believe it if we told you that a percentage of the veteran suicides are because of the frustration veterans are forced to endure in simply dealing with the VA?

One particular veteran advocate says that his intervention help to stop five suicides he is aware of. In reality, he probably saved the lives of many more veterans, because some people do not want to admit they were seriously considering taking their own lives.

We wonder, how many veteran suicides are occurring because of the ridiculous bullshit the VA forces our veterans to endure?

A veteran’s advocate told us that a young woman (Diane) had undergone knee surgery and the VA doctor administered a drug so powerful that it damaged her kidneys to the point she may have to go on dialysis.

The VA told her she would have to go through another surgery, but based on the last botched surgery, she was frightened to do so.

In the depths of despair and considering suicide, she contacted who put her in touch with one of our veteran advocates.

The advocate was able to convince the VA to allow Diane to obtain her surgery from a civilian specialist and someone she trusts. Hope rose, and a suicide was averted.

The American people are deceived into believing that veterans are committing suicides at an alarming rate because of mental injuries connected with the veteran’s military service.

We believe that a high percentage of veteran suicides are occurring because of the exasperation in dealing with the bureaucracy of the VA itself.

That’s right, the Veterans Administration is responsible for causing a percentage of veteran suicides, make no mistake about it. Just the website maze will make you go crazy. There’s eBenefits, myhealthevet, , and several more.

The VA has numerous websites, when one properly-designed site, would do the job handsomely, and greatly reduce needless frustration that make our veterans lose hope.


Dr. Alex Juitt – The veterans lost a great advocate when Dr. Juitt retired.

The DORN VA MEDICAL CENTER had a great judicial-outreach program going, but to prevent the truth from leaking out about the botched Joshua Goodman case, they fired Dr. Alex Juitt to prevent him from going into the jails and interviewing veterans.

Supervisors didn’t know what to do with Dr. Juitt, so they enticed him to retire with an offer of one year’s wages. Dr. Juitt is now stationed at “Ft. Livingroom,” Columbia, South Carolina, as they say in the Army.

Dr. Alex Juitt, felt his supervisors were just laying-in-wait, planning to probably fire him over some trivial matter.

When the VA offered an incentive to retire, Juitt decided to take the deal so he would not have to constantly look over his shoulder all day long at work.

When Dr. Juitt retired, all veterans in need of his knowledge, skills and abilities were ultimately left in the cold. His retirement was a terrible loss for all veterans in his area.

After Juitt was removed from his job as the judicial outreach coordinator and moved to a menial position, the Dorn VA Medical Center no longer had an effective judicial-outreach program. Everything came to a screeching halt.

The judicial outreach program ceased its incredible effectiveness when Dr. Juitt retired, because no one is going to the jails or attending court proceedings in order to educate veterans about available programs that greatly reduced recidivism rates.

Virtually everyone we spoke with said that Dr. Alex Juitt was the best of the best. The VA should have done everything possible to retain him as the judicial-outreach coordinator because of the high numbers of veterans he successfully helped over the years.


The shear numbers of veterans seeking help from the VA has a tendency to be overwhelming.

More than nine million veterans are served each year by the 377,805 employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs, broken down in 21 different districts called VISNs (Veteran Integrated Service Networks).

VISN – 7 alone, encompasses eight medical centers and numerous outpatient clinics throughout Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina. The DORN VA MEDICAL CENTER is in the VISN 7 Network.

One of the most mismanaged VA medical centers in the United States

Veteran Integrated Service Network #7 (AKA: “VISN – 7”):

ALABAMA: (serving 88,012 veterans)
Birmingham, Al;
Tuscaloosa, AL.
Central Alabama Health Care System (east campus at Tuskegee, AL, west campus at Montgomery, AL);

GEORGIA: (serving 222,247 veterans)
Atlanta, GA;
Augusta, GA;
Dublin, GA

SOUTH CAROLINA: (serving 95,898 veterans)
Charleston, SC;
Columbia, SC; (served by the infamous DORN VA MEDICAL CENTER)

Renee Oshinsky, Responsible for all things in the VISN 7 Network. We have routinely asked where is Oshinsky? Isn’t it more advantageous to work with veteran advocates, rather than marginalize them?

VISN 7 has a workforce of over 15,000 Full-Time Equivalent Employees (FTEE), 10,000 civilians and 5,000 veterans.

We understand the difficult task that all VA medical centers are confronted with, but that does not excuse the policy of throwing up blockades for veterans and veteran advocates that are seeking help.

Veterans and their advocates are repeatedly denied access to email addresses and phone numbers of senior policy makers at the VA.

Concealing emails and phone numbers is understandable. Can you imagine if 9 million veterans started to pass around your email address. It would take the first three hours of each day to just go through your emails.

But, buy insulating yourself from the veterans, you insulate yourself from the problems plaguing the VA that need to be addressed and corrected. The further away from the front lines you remove yourself, the less of an administrator you are.


This is one of the many policy blunders of the VA which causes death and despair for America’s veterans. The administrators of the VA should be ashamed.

The annual budget of the Department of Veterans Affairs is 200 billion dollars. They are allegedly serving 9 million veterans with that 200 billion dollars.

Doesn’t it make more sense to divide up the annual budget evenly for each veteran so they can obtain insurance in the civilian sector? The money could easily allow veterans to purchase a premium plan and reduce greatly the waiting times to see a doctor.

By just sending a monthly check to each veteran, Heaven only knows how much fraud and corruption would be reduced if not eliminated. There would be no more need for gatekeepers and the problems they impose.

We will continue to follow up the antics of the pathetic Dorn VA Medical Center.


It’s important to note that in no way condones any of the horrible things that occurred during the slave trade period in America’s dark history. Notwithstanding, we believe there is an interesting parallel between how the taskmasters operated 300 years ago, and how some of the government agencies operate today to control people.