VA employees in one Southeast district say a toxic
culture of retaliation has undermined veterans' care and worker morale. There
is growing skepticism among whistleblowers the VA can police itself
Veterans Affairs’independent watchdog officeis accusing department leaders of improperly withholding records
dealing with employee complaints, saying the action could be covering up
potential criminal misbehavior. Veterans Affairs leaders have responded by accusing the inspector general of overstepping its authority andimproperly issuing reportsthat “recklessly cast the VA and its employees in an unfavorable light.”
Lawmakers pulled into the fight this week call the conflict concerning.
“The total lack of cooperation from the VA is alarming and a disservice to American veterans and taxpayers,” said
A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with a federal judge in , who last year threw out the lawsuits brought against KBR, a former Halliburton Corp. subsidiary. You may remember that Vice-President Dick Cheney was the CEO of Haliburton.
More than 60 lawsuits allege that KBR's practice of dumping tires,
batteries, medical waste and other materials into open burn pits created
harmful smoke that caused neurological problems, cancers and other
health issues in more than 800 service members.
The US Court of Appeals recently held that the Board of Veteran Appeals erred by relying on a C&P exam which only measured the current loss of Range of Motion and did not ascertain the Loss of Motion during flare-ups of the back condition.
If you have an orthopedic injury, the amount of compensation depends upon your functional loss of range of motion. VA examiners routinely push you beyond your functional range of motion to lessen your compensation. Now they at least have to estimate the degree of limitation during flare-ups.
The number of uninsured veterans in the U.S. declined by nearly 40% from
2013 to 2015, but that number could drop even more if more states opt
to expand Medicaid, according to a
Urban Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found that the
number of uninsured veterans ages 19-64 dropped from 980,000 in 2013 to
552,000 in 2015, according to a study published Wednesday.
majority of the coverage gains occurred in states that decided to expand
Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
You may now request another hearing before the Board of Veteran Appeals when you case is remanded!Cook v. Shulkin
The old case said there was but one administrative review by the Secretary which meant upon a remand either to the BVA or the Regional Office, you did not get another hearing to testify or submit evidenceat a hearing.
Under Cook, there is no limit the number of BVA hearings a Veteran may have after a remand.
Cases go up and down from the Board to the Court, Remanded back to the Board and sometimes remanded back to the Regional Office.
mailed a development letter to claimants and private representatives
(where there is one) affected by an "application defect" that occurred
when uploading documents on both the VA's eBenefits and Stakeholder
Enterprise Portal (SEP) sites. The defect resulted in users being
incorrectly informed that documents were successfully uploaded, when in
fact the documents may have been rejected. These errors occurred from
August 1, 2015 through December 21, 2015.
January 23, 2015, the Federal Register released Document No. 2015-00297. This
document has caused quite a
stir in the elder care industry, and has climbed
to the top of the “hot-button issues” list. If you’re not yet familiar
the document, you’re likely wondering what could possibly cause such
widespread interest. It’s an unexpected rule
proposal by the Department of
Veterans Affairs (“VA”) regarding net worth determinations, asset transfers,
income exclusions for Veterans pension benefit eligibility.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is working to make filing
claims and appeals as fast and easy as possible. Beginning Tuesday, March 24,
2015, claims and appeals must be filed using the appropriate form. Standardizing
forms will ease frustration among claimants, make claims processing more
efficient and help VA reach more accurate decisions.
There are three major actions that will require a specific form or
standardized process: Intent to File, claims applications, and Notice of
As reported March 12 by the National League of POW/MIA Families, since November 24, 2014, the following ten US personnel have been announced as accounted for: Capt. Richard D. Chorlins, USAF; LT Richard C. Clark, USNR; Col William E. Cooper, USAF; MSG James W. Holt,USA; CMSgt Edwin E. Morgan, USAF: SSG Warren E. Newton, USA: CW3 Larry Phipps, USA; SSG Bunyan D. Price, Jr., USA: CW3 Ranier S. Ramos, USA: and LTJG Neil B. Taylor, USNR.
The number of Americans now listed by DoD as returned and identified since the end of the Vietnam War in 1975 is 954. Another 63 US personnel, recovered by the US and identified before the end of the war, bring the total of US personnel accounted for from the Vietnam War to 1,017.