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November 15, 2013
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Letter: Patient well-being must come first

Professionalism is essential

On behalf of myself and eight other veterans: We feel Jaimie Carlson has abilities in her chosen field, but we also feel she showed a lack of professionalism as a facilitator. She missed individual appointments, missed group meetings and made statements about her dislike of an individual in open group meetings. These are the types of situations we have faced during her tenure as a mental health facilitator/counselor.

Our disapproval has nothing to do with her race, age, or anything other than being accountable for the lack of professionalism in her efforts on the job. We also believe paying someone that kind of money ($65,000) to “sit and play games on a computer” for a year is ludicrous at best. That money could be better spent on veterans’ needs, especially in these economic times. Veterans programs are being cut, while we pay a salary for no productivity. What taxpayer likes paying for this? No one we know!

The fact remains that we have an individual here who has decided to take advantage of a situation that even she knows is wrong. We would love to be paid that kind of money for doing nothing; who wouldn’t? But the position she is holding would be better served by a professional with the veterans’ needs first in mind, not someone self-serving. Jaimie Carlson should be looking for a position where she could use her education. This whole fiasco can’t look good on anyone’s resume. We wish her nothing short of success in the future, but not at the cost of a veteran’s well-being.

John Bewley


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