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Saturday, June 30, 2007

VA Dishonors Our Veterans

- via MAL Contends

Veterans comment on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) handling 0f veterans' claims:

"It is a (Prevalent Practice) for the VA to ignore relevant facts from eye witnesses and experts in their fields at every step in the claims process; there-for segmenting and minimizing the veterans claim. By doing this the original claim becomes confusing for the veteran, and anyone else for that matter, and all of the issues are not addressed. The VA counts on this to a very large degree, hoping the veteran gives up or forgets some of the issues, there-for the claim is denied or at the very least delayed long enough to require refiling. This costs the veteran many dollars due to a newer filing date. But most of all the veteran may lose months, years, or even a lifetime of medical treatment. Not only does he suffer and die but his family must suffer the same frustration financial hardship, and the agony of watching their loved one die."

- Dale Hettmansperger, Vietnam Veteran, 1st Marines. Supporting the Wisconsin Vietnam-era veteran Keith Roberts jailed by US Atty. Steven Biskupic for alleged criminality in Roberts' making a VA claim after being diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

"The Bush administration began its assault on veterans by using operatives (who are also psychiatrists) of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) to attack the very diagnosis of (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) itself and malign the veterans afflicted with the disorder as 'malingerers.' As propagandists, public relations managers have been known to further a particular agenda by purchasing the services of academic and professional experts."

- D.E. Ford, M.S.W., Commander Jeff Huber, US Navy (Retired), and I.L. Meagher; from "Blaming the Veteran."

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