My mom has always told me to check to see if I have any veterans benefits because of the eight years I spent in the United States Air Force. The reason why I have not tried is the consistent reports of many problems within the Veterans Administration to take care of us.
There is just too much red tape and too many problems. Just earlier this week the director of the VA didn’t think he should measure waiting times and even compared it to the waiting lines at Disney.
This latest development by the VA shows just how much they do not care about our veterans who have served in past wars and service. How do you kill off over 4K veterans on paper when most of them need immediate help? The VA did this over a five-year period. Who does that? Who’s in charge of this? Why do they still have a job? This is ludicrous!
From Washington Times:
Department of Veterans Affairs officials wrongly declared 4,201 veterans as deceased when they were still living, and stripped them of their benefits between 2011 and 2015.
In a letter to Rep. Dave Jolly, R-Fla., who first raised the issue with the VA last year, acting Undersecretary for Benefits Danny Pummill said the VA was unable to determine why any of the veterans were accidentally listed in the agency’s records as deceased.
Pummill cited “employee error” and a glitch in the VA’s data program as potential roots of the problem.
Last year alone, 1,025 veterans had their benefit payments cut off and subsequently reinstated by the VA after mistaken death notices.
“These numbers confirm our suspicion, that mistaken deaths by the VA have been a widespread problem impacting thousands of veterans across the country,” Jolly said. “It’s a problem that should have been addressed years ago, as it has caused needless hardships for thousands of people who had their benefits terminated and their world turned upside down.”
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