St. Louis VA Regional Office Disability Program A Mess

Agency watchdog VA OIG just released its report discussing findings on the ground concerning disability compensation at the St. Louis VA Regional Office. Problems existed all over but temporary 100% grants were the most problematic. VA OIG … [Read more...]

$40 Million In Improper Payments Due To Hickey’s Provisional Rating Scheme

Agency watchdog VA OIG found the agency failed to accurately rate 32 percent of ratings due to Under Secretary Allison Hickey's provisional rating scheme. This inaccuracy caused over $40 million in estimated improper payments – which are defined as … [Read more...]

New Pro-Class Action Bill For Veterans Misses The Mark

Reps. Patrick Murphy (D-FL) and David Jolly (R-FL) proposed legislation that will let disabled veterans band together for class action lawsuits against the Dept. of Veterans Affairs. The proposed legislative fix will reduce duplicative litigations … [Read more...]

Hearing Reveals VA Illegally Spied On House Committee Staffers, Wrote Harassing Notes

  During last night's Congressional hearing, VA employee whistleblowers reported harassment and House Committee staffers reported being spied and harassed during VA investigations. One staffer found a note written by a foolish … [Read more...]

MMQB: DisabledVeterans.org Founder Speaks Out Against Dept. Of Veterans Affairs

When will America wake up to the reality that the Dept. of Veterans Affairs (VA), at its core, is little more than an expensive insurance company? That was the topic of my most recent interview in Lawyers and Settlements, a leading resource for … [Read more...]

New York VA Audit Shows 30% Veterans’ Claims Improperly Evaluated

New York, NY – A New York VA audit revealed the New York VA Regional Office failed to properly evaluate 30 percent of disability claims in the sample. Half of those claims improperly evaluated had the potential or did affect the veteran’s … [Read more...]

MMQB: Vietnam Vet Hammers Others For Seeking PTSD Benefits

Commentators are coming out in full force against veterans seeking PTSD benefits by employing anecdotes and bad science to undermine many disabled veterans. Denver Post just published an article from a veteran citing anecdotes of Vietnam veterans … [Read more...]

GAO Report: High Rate of Military Sexual Trauma Victims wrongly Denied Benefits

VA has consistently treated Military Sexual Trauma (MST) victims poorly over the years, and the current GAO report states the agency is slow to address the problems. In its report, “Improvements Made, but VA Can Do More to Track and Improve the … [Read more...]