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Application for DIC, Death Pension,
There are several circumstances where the VA will propose a
reduction in a veteran's service-connected a disability percentage.
Drivers on I-94 passing by Tomah will now see a billboard that says "VA is Lying,
Vets Are Dying," as part of a national campaign to bring
awareness to alleged issues within the VA system.
After more than 640 days with the office vacant, the Veterans Affairs Department’s
inspector general slot now has a nominee, President Obama announced on Friday.
The situation caused the Seattle VA Regional Office to send out letters in
2014 erroneously telling some Puget Sound veterans that they might lose disability benefits.
An inspection by the government showed that dozens of military veterans
incorrectly received letters indicating they’d lose unemployment benefits
after an overworked VA staff in Seattle lost track of records they had submitted.
A Los Angeles office for the Department of Veterans Affairs improperly paid
nearly $500,000 to 14 veterans, according to a report from the VA inspector
general released Wednesday. Staff members at the Los Angeles VA regional office
(VARO) improperly processed 24 of a sample of 90 disability
claims dating back to December 2005, resulting in the
347 improper monthly payments totaling about $499,976.
Perez v. Mortgage Bankers Association: A Supreme Court Case
At 1st glance, this may appear to be an innocuous case as it pertains to veterans.
It is very recent (March 9, 2015), as Supreme Court cases go, so its full impact may not yet be recognized. It is a case about what a Federal Agency is required to do when it changes
internal procedures. Proposed changes to Agency rules (as in 38 CFR for the VA) are
required by law under theAdministrative Procedures Act to go through formal notice
and comment procedures—the Agency proposes a change published in the Federal
Register, people can comment on the change, and the Agency is required to review
those comments before proceeding with final rulemaking. An old case (Paralyzed Veterans
of America, 117 F.3d 179, (DC Circuit, 1997), required that an Agency seeking to make
interpretive changes to existing regulations had to go through these notice and comment
procedures—this has been good law for some 20 years. Perez now stands for the
proposition that interpretive rules don’t have to go through this process. So, if VA amends
an rule or does something internally that in effect amends an existing rule, they typically
have to proceed with notice and comment. If they are make an internal interpretation of a
rule within their internal manual (the M21), they do not have to follow public notice
when making changes; they do if it is construed to be a legislative rule. Who gets to
choose? The Agency, initially—so this is a way Federal Agencies can change internal
procedures and policies: simply say its internal rules and do what they want. It’s a way to
skirt notification to the public if an Agency wants to do something and that can be very
advantageous to an Agency that wants to do its own thing without a lot of oversight by the
public. From a review the Supreme Court opinion: Justice Sotomayor acknowledges that
“There may be times when an agency’s decision to issue an interpretive rule, rather than
a legislative rule, is driven primarily by a desire to skirt notice-and-comment provisions.”
This gives significant opportunity for Agency abuse and should be an area of interest
for those of us that deal with VA rules, regulations, policies, and procedures.
/S/ Drew Early, Esq.
All enrolled Veterans receive the Department of
Veterans Affairs (VA's) comprehensive
Medical Benefits Package which includes preventive,
primary and specialty care, diagnostic, inpatient
and outpatient care services. Veterans may receive
additional benefits, such as dental care depending on their unique qualifications.
For the period January 1, 2013, through December
31, 2013, we identified 147 of 304 (48 percent)
required misuse actions associated with the
management of 122 beneficiaries were not
performed timely or according to policy.
VBA did not:
Timely complete 117 of 265 (44 percent)
required actions to determine if
misuse of funds occurred.
Complete 30 of 39 (77 percent) required
actions after misuse of funds
occurred, such as reissuing (restoring) misused funds, performing collection actions,
and completing internal negligence determinations.
Remove two fiduciaries that misused funds and
to continue to manage 48 other beneficiaries.
Disabilities determined by VA to be related to your military service can lead to
monthly non-taxable compensation, enrollment in the VA health care system, a 10-point hiring preference for federal employment and other important benefits.
Ask your VA representative or Veterans Service Organization representative about Disability Compensation, Pension, Health Care, Caregiver Program, Career Services, Educational Assistance, Home Loan Guaranty,
Insurance and/or Dependents and Survivors’ Benefits.
What is Dependency and Indemnity Compensation?
The head of the St. Paul benefits office could face criminal prosecution
for financial dealings while arranging to have herself transferred from the East Coast.
Assemblyman William Colton throwing his support behind the service men and
women who have been protesting the closure of the surgical unit at
Dyker Heights’ Veterans Affairs Hospital (Brooklyn VA).
“If the veterans can risk their lives for us and our country, the least we can do is
make sure the Veterans Affair hospital is not closed and its needed
services, where many of the vets receive treatment and care are not reduced,” said Colton.
Whistleblowers from Veteran’s Affairs facilities across the country are
back at home now after a trip to Capitol Hill.
A small group was invited to testify in front of the Senate Governmental Affairs
Committee regarding retaliation after coming forward with claims of falsified
records, chronic delays for care, and some questionable medical practices.
One of those invited was an employee of the Overton Brooks
VA hospital here in Shreveport, Shea Wilkes.
Newly released internal documents show that Prudential Insurance encouraged employees to manipulate grieving military families into leaving lump-sum insurance payouts with the company.
Tomah Veterans Administration Hospital officials dispute some statements
made in a recent news article. A week ago, Candace Baer-Delis spoke to a reporter about a
billboard that was erected near the Tomah V-A that reads "The V-A is lying,
Veterans are dying". Similar billboards are going up around the country.
A Kansas City airline pilot lost his wings after the U.S. Department of
Veterans Affairs misdiagnosed him with bipolar disorder, The Kansas City Star reports.
A report issued last week says investigators found that 104 employees in the
Engineering and Environmental Management Services department at Castle
Point were getting paid at the higher wage scale meant for
Montrose employees. That worked out to $592,550 just last year.
When will we get good news out of the Department of Veterans Affairs? Last month
we learned as many as 307,000 veterans died before their applications for health care
were completed, according to a report by the agency’s inspector general. This is only the
latest in a long line of sad discoveries over the last year. When you dig a little deeper,
each of these stories has self-serving VA employees cheating the system or hiding
embarrassing facts from the public. Some of those 300,000 veterans went unheard of
until now because a select few VA employees were hiding unprocessed documents
in their desks. That’s reminiscent of the secret wait-list scandal
first discovered in Phoenix last year.
Above are the executives who control your VA benefits and your health care.
Click on an image to learn more about them.
California’s LGBT military veterans are voicing their concerns at the state
Capitol, with many vets saying they aren’t receiving the military benefits they were promised.
The Pittsburgh VA is dealing with Legionella once again, after three faucets
at one of its hospitals tested positive for the bacteria.
Two GOP senators have introduced legislation to halt retaliation against
whistle-blowers at the Department of Veteran Affairs. “Congress must not stand
by while executive branch agencies retaliate against good people who
are just trying to do the right thing,” Sen. Ron. Johnson (R-Wis.) said in a press release.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is demanding that Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary
Robert McDonald hold employees accountable in the wake of a
watchdog report that found officials have used their positions for personal gain.
Dr. Brett Valete provides Military Veterans with psychological
Independent Medical Evaluation, Independent Medical Opinions,
Nexus Letters and Ratings Reviews. For more information visit www.VeteransPsychEvaluations.com
Many veterans and family members erroneously
assume the VA’s “Aid and Attendance” (A&A) benefit
is one that will provide actual home healthcare for a
veteran or a veteran’s spouse. In reality, A&A
is simply an additional monetary award
granted under various conditions.
A Presidential Memorial Certificate (PMC) is a gold-embossed paper certificate bearing the signature of the
current President of the United States
and honors the memory of deceased,
honorably discharged Veterans.
The Civilian Health and Medical Program
of the Department of Veterans Affairs
(CHAMPVA) is a comprehensive health
care benefits program in which the
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) shares
the cost of covered health care
services and supplies with eligible beneficiaries.
Veterans Affairs (VA) Home Based Primary Care
(HBPC) is a unique home care
program that provides comprehensive,
interdisciplinary, primary care in the homes of Veterans
A Presidential Memorial Certificate (PMC) is a gold-embossed paper certificate bearing the official signature of the current President of the United States and honors the memory of deceased, honorably discharged Veterans.
The National Cemetery Administration honors Veterans and their families with final resting places and lasting memorials that commemorate their service to our nation.
Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment (VR&E) is an employment-oriented program that helps transitioning Servicemembers and Veterans with service-connected
disabilities and employment handicaps to prepare for, find, and keep suitable employment. Services may include employment assistance, short and long-term training, purchase of required supplies and equipment,
and on-the-job training.
The VA Claims Intake Center
Department of Veterans Affairs
PO Box 5235
Janesville, WI 53547-5235
Toll Free FAX Janesville – 844-822-5246
(Either of these centers will work if you're unsure)
The VA Claims Intake Center
Department of Veterans Affairs
PO Box 5235
Newnan, GA 30271-0020
Toll Free Fax Newnan – 844-531-7818
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