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Veteran Cites Separation of Church and State Violated at Texas VA

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Area veteran makes a complaint against VA personnel who presented Buddhism teachings during an online class about PTSD, stating the separation of church and state is violated.

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An employee at Texas VA has admitted to downloading information from YouTube to promote Buddhism and the doctrine of Zen for online PTSD class upsetting veterans.

For over a decade, more than 20 veterans a day commit suicide.

This is the same period during which Buddhism has been promoted in VA hospitals to disabled veterans. In fact, over the last ten years, the suicide rates have not changed, but millions of dollars have been spent to promote new-age thinking within the VA healthcare system.

David Apperson, founder of Vets Helping Vets, attended an online class on Aug. 17 for military veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress (PTSD) due to law enforcement activities and/or active military missions.

Apperson witnessed Linda Yeates, an employee at the Temple Texas VA, confess to downloading information from YouTube to promote Buddhism and the doctrine of Zen masters in the online class.

Upset by the confession and material presented, Apperson says as a federal employee, Yeates disregarded the separation of church and state and pushed Buddhist doctrine to veterans in attendance.

Apperson is a life member of the DAV, Jewish War Veterans of the USA, Korean War Veterans, the VFW, and an active member of the Fraternal Order of Police. He says he found the class highly offensive, especially when he considered the number of suicides committed by veterans every day.

Taking further action, Apperson filed a formal complaint with Sen. Ted Cruz, Rep. John Carter, and the Office of the Inspector General.

“If you can’t bring a Bible to school, then how in God’s name can the Department of Veterans Affairs promote idol worship to the disabled,” Apperson said.

As of press time, no action has been taken on Apperson’s complaints.

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