Those studying Veteran Suicide need to look here as well

To:
President of the United States of America
Secretary of Veterans Affairs
United States Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs
House Committee on Veterans Affairs
Mission 22

I think it is admirable that suicide prevention is receiving your attention and is a top priority.

But I also believe that to solve this problem, you must address the underlying cause and so far I have not heard anybody talking about it, which is the purpose of my letter.

A doctor’s treatment can go a long way to solve the problems IF the veteran has a source of income such as a pension or disability income.

What if that veteran has no income and nobody to fall back on.

How will you solve that problem using a doctor’s treatment or the resources of the Department of Veterans Affairs?

I will do what I can to get you to understand what the veteran is facing and perhaps this will help you to realize that there is so much more that we could be doing to prevent veterans suicide.

My story follows:

I joined the Navy on 13 October 1976.

At that point the U.S. Government promised me the GI Bill to better myself with and a home loan.

In the chart showing my lifetime earnings, you will see my income in the years from 1976 to 2015 using data maintained by the Social Security Administration.
• 1976 – 1982 – Navy Years
• 1983 – 1988 Electronic Repair, Mil-Spec Testing, QA Engineer Years
• 1989 – 2002 – Software years (programmer, systems analyst, team lead, project manager)
• 2003 – 2016 – Very little work, some software, some real estate, VRAP program as income

As you can see, I never went without work until 2003, and my career was just starting to take off around 2000 as I had acquired all of the skills necessary to deliver the complete software solution.

From Aug 2010 until Feb 2016 I was totally unemployable as NOBODY would hire me at any level.

In 2013 I was accepted into the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program where I was promised “Employment Assistance” by the Department of Labor

I graduated, and the “Employment Assistance” was to pass us off to the Texas Workforce Commission.

Problem is, the Texas Workforce Commission cannot force employers to hire older veterans who are deemed overqualified.

For five years I relayed to my team at the VA hospital that I was very depressed as nobody would hire me.

Apparently, they noted in my medical data that I was considering suicide as that was brought up when they finally hired me to mop floors as a housekeeping aid at the Kerrville, TX VA Center.

Not once did anybody at any level tell me that there was a Compensated Work Therapy program at the Department of Veterans Affairs that would have allowed me some source of income.

My point is that the “system” failed me at all levels even though I jumped through the required hoops and had the best technical skills out there.

If I experienced that, what are the veterans experiencing that do not have my skills or my “determined to get back in the game” mindset?

Now let me show you why this is happening.

Around 1976 we began to send our jobs to other countries using Free Trade Agreements.

In 1990 we began to import non-immigrant guest workers to fill jobs.

And our population continues to rise.

Which means we need more jobs so that everybody that wants to work can work.

But, sending jobs to other countries decreases the quantity of jobs that are available to our population.

And, importing non-immigrant guest workers also decreases the quantity of jobs that are available to our population.

A first-grade math education will tell you that this formula will NOT work.

So, we as a country, hide behind unemployment numbers that do not count those whose unemployment benefits have expired.

Which is forcing out the younger kids who do not have their skills established yet and the older folks, many who are veterans as our employer’s cherry pick from an increasing supply of labor with a decreasing quantity of jobs.

Our labor force participation rate will prove this.

But there is a better way to demonstrate what is happening.

You simply take the total nonfarm payroll numbers from 1939 until today and the population totals of America from 1939 until today.

And you divide the total nonfarm payroll number by the population which gives you the chart that you saw when you first opened this letter.

As you can see, we have fewer people working today than we did in 2000.

Yet our government maintains that we are creating jobs year over year, month over month.

Which is not a lie.

They simply hide the fact that fewer people are working because we have fewer jobs for our people.

Which destroyed my future.

Even today, I can tell those at the Department of Veterans Affairs that I have the software skills to help them modernize their software systems.

After giving me a blank stare, they just shrug their shoulders or say “So?”

As for our government honoring their commitment to help me buy a home,I am told your credit is destroyed, so we can’t help you.

Which is leaving our veterans between a rock and a hard place.

Many are being forced into homelessness when they find all doors closed.

If it were not for my mother and some friends, I too would be just another homeless statistic by now.

Hopefully my letter will at least demonstrate to you that you must broaden your efforts if you truly want to stop veteran suicide.

At least I hope it will as veterans like myself are depending on you, our government, to honor your commitment to them.

And to our country.

Respectfully,

Virgil Bierschwale
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Today the Dept of Veterans Affairs turned me down for a electrician position

Once again I have been turned down for a electrician position.

Their logic.

I have not worked as a electrician for more than a year.

My explanation.

I did more than that.

I worked as a:

  • Marine Electrician at Bath Iron Works in 1982
  • Scale Technician servicing electronic and mechanical weighing systems from 82 – 84
  • Electronics Technician, QA Engineer from 84 – 88
  • Nuclear Electronics Technician for 2 months in 1988

Before you can work in electronics, you must know the theory of electricity.

I have done MORE than work as a electrician.

I am a Navy Vet.

I have been unemployed for a very long time and I desperately need a decent paying job to rebuild my life with.

I feel like I am banging my head against a brick wall and nobody is listening.

 

One more time to see how fast the VA will turn me down this time…

VHA SOUTH TEXAS HCS SAN ANTONI

PLEASE DO NOT MAIL/EMAIL

APPLICATIONS

APPLY ONLINE OR FAX ONLY

SAN ANTONIO TX  78229

Receipt for:      VIRGIL  J BIERSCHWALE

Job Series/Title:         2805/Electrician

Vacancy Identification Number:    YJ 1947704

Job Announcement Number:          VHA-617-17-JMM-1947704-BU

USAJOBS Control Number:   468351300

Open – Close Dates:       4/24/2017 – 5/12/2017

This is to acknowledge the receipt of the Occupational Questionnaire you submitted for

the job vacancy announcement shown above.  We will assess your qualifications based

upon the responses you provided in the questionnaire, as well as all other materials

requested in the vacancy announcement.  When this evaluation is completed, you will be

notified of the results with another e-mail message.

It is important to note that submitting the Occupational Questionnaire does NOT

complete your application.  You must also submit a written application or resume, as

well as supporting materials such as transcripts and Veterans Preference documentation.

TO ENSURE THAT YOU RECEIVE CONSIDERATION FOR THIS POSITION, READ AND FOLLOW THE

INSTRUCTIONS IN THE VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT.

Thank you for your interest in Federal employment.  We look forward to reviewing your

application.

PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND TO THIS EMAIL MESSAGE.  IT IS AUTOMATICALLY GENERATED.

President Trump, THE Displaced American Software Developer and Navy Veteran would appreciate you doing what you said you would.

If I had the money to build me a eight foot by eight foot deck and some walls like the mash hospital outdoor showers used to show, I could have a shower, shitter and a way to wash my dishes.

Oh yes, I need a propane regulator to see if it would all work.

While you are closing bathrooms to transgenders, I’m praying for a working one.

But hell, you wouldn’t know about that would you President Trump.

After all, you only said you were going to make America Great Again so that you could get elected.

This is how I currently wash my dishes.

Somebody donated a 30 gallon barrel the other day so now I have water.

And I bought this dc pump a few years ago but I lost my cabin so I never got to use it.

Same thing for this hot water heater.

No idea if it works or not, but if I had about $40 for a bottle of propane and a regulator, I could try it out.

The plan is to build me a 8 x 8 deck outside and use that shower nozzle to wash dishes on the table and hang it on the wall for a shower.

After all, Americans innovate don’t they when faced with adversity.

We just never knew our own government would be the ones creating that adversity for Americans in America.

I should put it in this cabin, but if I can’t find a way to make an extra $305 every month, I will lose it.

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Just like I lost the last one.

Yes, I know.

If I would just get a job, I wouldn’t have these problems.

Funny thing about being a ex software developer is you are deemed overqualified.

That is the kiss of death.

Hell, I can’t get hired at walmart.

And even though I have file an age discrimination complaint against the Dept of Veterans Affairs and we have mediation next week, I won’t be able to make it as I have no money and just like you promised to make America great again, they have also promised to end veteran homelessness.

Problem is, you have to totally lose everything before they will do their part.

Is that how you work too?

 

Received both of these at the very same moment, guess I will be homeless soon

DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS

VHA SOUTH TEXAS HCS SAN ANTONI

PLEASE DO NOT MAIL/EMAIL

APPLICATIONS

APPLY ONLINE OR FAX ONLY

SAN ANTONIO TX  78229

Dear    VIRGIL  J  BIERSCHWALE,

This refers to the application you recently submitted to this office for the position shown below:

Position Title:   Housekeeping Aid Leader

Series/Grade:

3566/02

Vacancy ID:       1873181

Agency:   Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Considered For:   Chief EMS

Duty Location:

Kerrville, TX

Your name has been certified to the selecting official for consideration; you will be contacted by that official if an interview is needed.

Thank you for looking to the Federal government for employment opportunities.

This is your final notice regarding this vacancy announcement.

PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND TO THIS EMAIL MESSAGE.  IT IS AUTOMATICALLY GENERATED.

For additional information, please refer to the vacancy announcement for this position.


DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS

VHA SOUTH TEXAS HCS SAN ANTONI

PLEASE DO NOT MAIL/EMAIL

APPLICATIONS

APPLY ONLINE OR FAX ONLY

SAN ANTONIO TX  78229

Dear    VIRGIL  J  BIERSCHWALE,

This refers to the application you recently submitted to this office for the position shown below:

Position Title:   Housekeeping Aid Leader

Series/Grade:

3566/02

Vacancy ID:       1873181

Agency:   Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Considered For:   Chief EMS

Duty Location:

Kerrville, TX

We have completed the review of your application for this position.  Although you were found eligible for the position, you were not

among the best qualified candidates.  Therefore, you will receive no further consideration.

Thank you for looking to the Federal government for employment opportunities.

This is your final notice regarding this vacancy announcement.

PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND TO THIS EMAIL MESSAGE.  IT IS AUTOMATICALLY GENERATED.

For additional information, please refer to the vacancy announcement for this position.

One more time the Dept of Veterans Affairs refuses to let me show them how I can do the job.

DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS

VHA HRSS HRMACS DEU

DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS

MAILED APPLICATIONS NOT ACCEPTE

APPLY ONLINE OR BY FAX ONLY GA  0

Dear    VIRGIL  J  BIERSCHWALE,

This refers to the application you recently submitted to this office for the position shown below:

Position Title:   INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SPECIALIST (INFORMATION SECURITY)

Series/Grade:

2210/11

Promotion Potential:      12

Vacancy ID:       1876468

Agency:   Immediate Office of the Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology

Considered For:   OIT Information Security

Duty Location:

San Antonio, TX

Based on the application package you submitted and/or the answers provided on the occupational questionnaire, you are not eligible for

this Specialty Code and Title.  Please see the Rating Message below for the specific reason.  This is your final notice regarding this

vacancy announcement for this position, series/grade, and location.

Spec Code:        001

Spec Title:       IT Specialist Information Security

Grade:    11

Rating:   ILEV

Vet Pref:         NC

Rating Code:    Rating Message:

ILEV    Your application does not support the level of specialized/specific experience required for this position.

Please be sure to read each announcement for complete qualification requirements.

Please Note: You may receive multiple notifications if this position was announced with multiple grades, appointment types, work

schedules, locations, etc.  Please read each notification carefully.  If you have questions you may forward this email to

CAVHS.DEU@va.gov or call (844)-456-5208.

Thank you for looking to the Department of Veterans Affairs for employment opportunities.

PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND TO THIS EMAIL MESSAGE.  IT IS AUTOMATICALLY GENERATED.

For additional information, please refer to the vacancy announcement for this position.

Once again the Dept of Veterans Affairs says I am unqualified without even interviewing me

How do you know if somebody can do something?

You ask them!

DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS

VHA HRSS HRMACS DEU

DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS

MAILED APPLICATIONS NOT ACCEPTE

APPLY ONLINE OR BY FAX ONLY GA  0

Dear    VIRGIL  J  BIERSCHWALE,

This refers to the application you recently submitted to this office for the position shown below:

Position Title:   INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SPECIALIST (INFORMATION SECURITY)

Series/Grade:

2210/12

Promotion Potential:      12

Vacancy ID:       1876468

Agency:   Immediate Office of the Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology

Considered For:   OIT Information Security

Duty Location:

San Antonio, TX

Based on the application package you submitted and/or the answers provided on the occupational questionnaire, you are not eligible for

this Specialty Code and Title.  Please see the Rating Message below for the specific reason.  This is your final notice regarding this

vacancy announcement for this position, series/grade, and location.

Spec Code:        001

Spec Title:       IT Specialist Information Security

Grade:    12

Rating:   ILEV

Vet Pref:         NC

Rating Code:    Rating Message:

ILEV    Your application does not support the level of specialized/specific experience required for this position.

Please be sure to read each announcement for complete qualification requirements.

Please Note: You may receive multiple notifications if this position was announced with multiple grades, appointment types, work

schedules, locations, etc.  Please read each notification carefully.  If you have questions you may forward this email to

CAVHS.DEU@va.gov or call (844)-456-5208.

Thank you for looking to the Department of Veterans Affairs for employment opportunities.

PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND TO THIS EMAIL MESSAGE.  IT IS AUTOMATICALLY GENERATED.

For additional information, please refer to the vacancy announcement for this position.

 

The department of Veterans Affairs will tell you if you will go to where the job is, you have a better chance

Sadly, they don’t practice that philosophy.

N O T I C E  O F  R E S U L T S

VBA JACKSON HRC MP

1600 EAST WOODROW WILSON 3RD F

JACKSON MS  39216

VIRGIL  J  BIERSCHWALE,

Date Issued:    December 21, 2016

Phone:  (830)998-3486

This is a record of your application for Federal Employment in the occupation shown above.  This is not a job offer.  This notice

provides information contained in your record as it appears in the files of the Servicing Office shown above.  Your qualification and any

veteran preference claims are subject to verification.

Series – PositionTitle: 2210 – Information Technology Specialist

Vacancy ID:     1838970

Announcement Number:    320-17-043-CCP-RU1838970BU

Date of Availability:   11/09/2016

Full-time Employment:   Yes

Geographic Availability:

Nashville, TN

Veteran Preference:     0 Points – NV (adjudicated)

You must meet all medical, suitability, and qualification requirements to be considered for a position.

Spec Code:      Spec Title:     Grade:  Rating:

001        Information Technology Specialist    07      IVCA

001        Information Technology Specialist    09      IVCA

001        Information Technology Specialist    11      IVCA

Rating Code:    Rating Message:

IVCA    You are ineligible for consideration because you are outside the area of consideration listed in the

announcement.

PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND TO THIS EMAIL MESSAGE.  IT IS AUTOMATICALLY GENERATED.

For additional information, please refer to the vacancy announcement for this position.

I can do this job and even though the Department of Veterans Affairs will tell me I’m not qualified, I’m applying anyway – GS-2210-11/12

For those not knowing this, being a radioman in the navy required you to know all about the security of systems whether it was electronic, rf, tempest, physical, emi, etc.

Major Duties: The employee serves as the Information Security Officer (ISO) in support of either a VA facility or specified program area of responsibility and reports to either the Supervisory Regional Information Security Director, Deputy Director or supervisory Network ISO as deems appropriate. The employee actively participates in network and systems design to ensure implementation of viable systems security policies and procedures. Develops policies and procedures to ensure secure information systems reliability and accessibility; and to prevent and safeguard against unauthorized access to automated information systems, networks and data. Conducts systems security evaluations, audits and reviews; and develops Automated Information Systems (AIS) security contingency plans and disaster recovery procedures.
Designs Information Technology (IT) systems programs to ensure controlled accessibility to AIS, as well as to prevent and defend against unauthorized access to systems, networks, and data.
Monitors and tracks controlled access programs to ensure implementation and viability of appropriate systems security policies, as well as the acquisition of IT security tools.
Plans, establishes and implements local AIS systems security program(s), such as IT security, certification and accreditation processes, regular and recurring Commercial Off the Shelf (COTS) analysis and the performance of test and assessments of security authentication technologies.
Leads ad hoc teams in the conduct of comprehensive program studies and evaluations to assure efficacy and viability of AIS operations, as well as compliance with and adherence to established Federal and VA/OI&T laws, regulations, policies and procedures established to protect AIS from unauthorized access; and sensitive data from fraudulent compromise.
Develops and implements program procedures to ensure that systems, network and data users are aware of, as well as understand and adhere to AIS policies and procedures.
Ensures the rigorous application of AIS policies, principles and practices relative to all local IT systems and services.
You will perform all duties as assigned.

https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/459853100

Yes I know they won’t hire me but I want my life back.

Thirteen years with no steady employment has taken its toll.

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