VA Fixes Disability Backlog With Shredder

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disability backlog shredder

Benjamin KrauseLos Angeles VA Regional Office was caught with key elements of veterans’ claims “inappropriately placed in shred bins” within the facility during an audit. California lawmakers are now questioning the integrity of the facility workers.

This is a repeated tactic of employees within Veterans Benefits Administration and has long been a problem since VA refuses to call this kind of fraud a fraud. The fact is, veterans are cheated out of millions of dollars whenever VA employees shred their claims files. It is unlawful and a disgrace.

So when will America stand up for its veterans and fight against these criminals caught in broad daylight?

Between eliminating the appeals process and shredding files, I presume Under Secretary Hickey will have this backlog squared away by the end of 2015 as promised many years ago… We shall see.

VA OIG just confirmed allegations that some veterans’ claims files were placed within shred bins destined for the shredder. OIG downplayed the clear fraud by claiming “only 10 files” were misplaced and that the single mistake did not show “malicious intent.”

The toothless lapdog we call VA OIG indicated the full report will be released in a few weeks. However, lawmakers are not taking the news lying down. Reps. Julia Brownley and Raul Ruiz have called for hearings to address what they believe is a clear case of misconduct.

“Such misconduct could have a devastating impact on the affected veterans and their families, resulting in the loss of critical information and adversely affecting the adjudication of veteran claims,” the two lawmakers wrote in a letter to VA Secretary Bob McDonald. “Simply put, this is unacceptable.”

Again, I am still not clear how VA employees can evade liability for what looks like obvious fraud against veterans without getting fired. Do you think the new house legislation that just passed to ease firing problematic employees will help?

Source: http://www.militarytimes.com/story/veterans/2015/07/15/ig-report-la-shred-bins-disability-claims-va-veterans-affairs-los-angeles/30197103/

Jade Helm

Personally I know that the VA will use the new house legislation that just passed to ease firing problematic employees to weed out Whistle Blowers. Also they will use the new legislation to fire anyone who doesn’t do as they are told to do, including sending files to the shredder.

After all this is the Veterans Administration we are talking about.

crazyelf
crazyelf

I read, somewhere, in the report “Whistleblowers” were protected. That was one of the ‘concerns’ one person had. It was stated, the concern was, an incompetent employee, would “Claim Whistleblower status”. Thereby protecting that person, or persons, from being fired immediately! (Paraphrasing).
This ain’t “B/S, it was in there…..

USAF Vet
USAF Vet

The more someone tries to control my actions through intimidation the more I fight back!!!

Don Karg
Don Karg
07/17/2015 Dear Benjamin Krause, History will repeat—-especially if you are locked in—– Kenneth Lay right hand man to Bush [died suddenly at a Shatto/same place where General Powell had his heart attack the next day]. Justice Channel had a show on about the explosion in Puerto Rico.—Propane and Enron’s pipeline. ENRON’S MANY STRANDS: THE DOCUMENTS; Enron Says Shredding of Records Was Not Stopped Until Recently By BARNABY J. FEDER and MICHAEL BRICK Published: January 30, 2002 Correction Appended Enron acknowledged… Read more »
mark

Those SOBS been doing this for years, either they shred yr claim or file it in a they look at once a year

Norman Rosencrans

the crooks own the hen house

namnibor
“[VA OIG just confirmed allegations that some veterans’ claims files were placed within shred bins destined for the shredder. OIG downplayed the clear fraud by claiming “only 10 files” were misplaced and that the single mistake did not show “malicious intent.]” I think we can all agree that was 10 files too many that were placed in shredder bin. I am certain that if the VA OIG had found 200 Veteran Claim Files “inappropriately placed in shredder”, they would also… Read more »
Agent Orange
Agent Orange
It takes 8 months to process a C&P claim in Detroit; 18 months in Indianapolis; and 24 months in LA. Why? Answer: There are damn few competent Senior Executives employed by the VA; any government SE can be replaced with a stroke of a pen. The VA is leaderless! Download the VAs: Monday Morning Workload Report Data. It clearly shows the number of NEW claims being reduced. That report also highlights claims shifted into: Appeal status. The VA is kicking… Read more »
USAF Vet
USAF Vet
I had a C&P exam in Battle Creek about 6 weeks ago. In less than 2 weeks it returned from Detroit – ‘DENIED’ plus they said there was a ‘serious error’ on my first claim from 2 years ago that was approved and they took back 10% of that. I ask my VSO what was wrong but my VSO did not know (right, I’ll bet). Something is fucked in the whole system. I would not be surprised it the VA… Read more »
crazyelf
crazyelf
I was told, in confidence, “Do not, under any circumstance, file any type of ‘claim’ now!” It was because “VA WILL could lower your ‘current rate’ without warning!” It was also stated, “VA is under pressure!” from a number of sources. What was meant by that last statement is unclear. I can only “presume” the taxpayers (corporations, wealthy individuals, etc., etc.) are pushing for “transparency and accountability” from all government agencies. We see almost daily where, from the White House… Read more »
USAF Vet
USAF Vet

I replied to your statement but it disappeared and my computer is shaky – hmmmmmmmmm

crazyelf
crazyelf

Keep trying USAF. It’ll come through.

namnibor
@Agent Orange –“[For 13 years Indianapolis denied a veteran his earned benefits and the benefits did arrive; one day after he died!]” Makes one wonder if the VA in those types of cases where they may have been actually collecting on a person that long and placing in a special account in escrow or something. So what am trying to say is, is think it was and never is a coincidence that when you hear too often a day or… Read more »
crazyelf
crazyelf
I personally would like to see someone of Ben’s qualifications sitting on “60 minutes”, “Face the Nation” or some such program of that quality. Especially, if he were to sit across from McDonald or/and Gibson. I believe Ben could “Best Them” in all areas concerning VA. He would only have to keep them on the ‘specific topics’. You know, take one question at a time. Then stay on that topic until resolved……only I doubt whoever shows up for VA could… Read more »
figure8fan
@crazyelf, I too was warned not to file a claim. I am trying to get the mess the VA made corrected. My appeal took six years to get an approval and an increase. During that time, the VA changed my coding and diagnosis from “Chondromalaicia Patella/ Patella femoral Pain syndrome” to “scars status post surgery”. the problem, I do not have any scars as my surgery was arthroscopic and done in 1984. I received a QTC questionnaire about scars and… Read more »
crazyelf
crazyelf
figure8fan. I know how you feel. I had been diagnosed with a “specific condition” while in the military. Then right after I got out, I was diagnosed with the same thing (over 35 to 40 years ago.). Now comes the funny part. Here in Florida, the Vamc changed my “military and VA diagnosis” in Orlando. What I, along with my wife, do is take in the “results” from the “Real Professionals” and say to the incompetent VA doctors, “don’t make… Read more »
avantdonald

Saw an article yesterday or the day before…a full 1/3 of the Vets in the backlog are dead, and the VA claims they have no way to remove the names from the backlog..(I guess the don’t know where the delete button on the keyboard is…is this a ludicrous statement or what..) I guess they are trying to reduces the backlog by shredding them…

crazyelf
crazyelf
I would like someone answer this. The $$$ amounts have reached into the HUNDREDS of MILLIONS, over lawsuits against VA in malpractice and incompetence over the past ten or eleven years. Physicians, technicians etc etc have caused this problem. Instead of being fired, they have either been transferred to another VA, or have been allowed to continue to make the same mistakes year in year out. I have been informed, maybe incorrectly, that VA gets $$$$ from the “allocation monies… Read more »
crazyelf
crazyelf
My wife has said, when you forward these news reports on Twitter, you can address them to the White House, Congress and the Senate. When your “Friends” receive them, and they “forward” them. Their “copy” also goes to each “house”. And so on and so on and so on. This way all in government gets the same twitter. I believe the more people do this our ‘law makers’ will get the message and do something about it. “Embarrassment” and “Shame”… Read more »
Jeffrey A. Trueman (@VERPA13)
This issue as with most DVA Scandal are now filed with 4th Cir., in Trueman v. Obama, et al. After 22 years I win at “BVA” wherein CUE was negotiated to date of my entry into DVA statutory system. Case remands to RO South Carolina [a RICO Act organization] … and they do not honor the settlement and instead of an effective date under the “SCOUS-FDM–second-rationale” of January 14, 1994, they set effective date for 100 T&P in January 2015.… Read more »
James
It won’t do any good if they don’t use it. There is so much good old boy mentality, they will cover up each other’s willful misconduct. They probably use this to fire employees that bring problems up and the ones that are hurting veterans will do the firing. What is a firing offense? . If the offense is against a veteran, how does that veteran get heard and action taken. There is no process that assist the veterans, you have… Read more »
crazyelf
crazyelf

Great point, how does a vet complain and not be targeted as a troublemaker according to this new ruling?
Ben, can you explain this one?

Irene Padilla
When working for Kaiser who “TREATS’ patients that are civilian or military, the patients wanted to see a specialist. The specialist would decide what patients were to be seen. The specialist doctor would then throw out the rest of the consulting applications, 1 out of ten was the quota to be seen, and the doctor was one of the administrator’s as most were. This was a money saving tactic and most patients would wait even up to a year to… Read more »
Reuben Castro Acosta

VA ONE BIG BIG FEDERAL RICO CRIME RACKET FROM HELL

USAF Ralph
USAF Ralph
Lets hope these young veterans have the guts to keep the pressure on, and I think they do. The VA needs to be reorganized into a non-profit like the Red Cross, and ALL Veterans should receive a medicare card for medical care. The VA is corrupt to the core , and it will never operate in an efficient manner. They are downright mean. If you complain, you are targeted just like I was. You lose benefits. They read this site… Read more »
crazyelf
crazyelf
USAF Ralph, we need everyone to keep the pressure on. Not just the young ones. But all of us. Fyi, during the Revolutionary War, all men ages 16-65 were called to act. It’s no different today. Today, we who believe we are too old to fight can do it in other ways. For example, your doing it right now. You have shown you can type and use you intelligence to get an idea, or ideal, across to the younger generations.… Read more »
retiredarmyveteran
I believe the new legislation would be a positive step in the right direction to keep VA employees from purposely doing the wrong thing. This legislation will only work if the practice of firing employees is exercised. Most of the times employees receive guidance from higher authority and there may be times unscrupulous employees are possibly hiding files to receive a bonus to may believe they are meeting the standard. Nobody is watching them. It’s easy to say we never… Read more »
ericman1949

If it is an established fact that someone placed even one claims folder in a bin to have it shredded, then he/she must be canned. We don’t yet know all the facts.

USAF Vet
USAF Vet

Did anyone catch and read the article from the Australian version of the VA – its about there decision on Agent Orange. If I can find it again I will post the link. I seen it on twitter.

USAF Vet
USAF Vet
Frank Calderon
Frank Calderon
I do not understand hoiw the V.A., knowing what it is doing or not doing is tolerated as it has been what has transpired for so long with the V.A. reminds me of an old saying in Spanish that says,” no le hechen la culpa al indio sino al que lo hizo compadre,” the somewhat weak traslation in English would read something to the effect;” Don’t blame the indian but the one that made him the godfather,” in other words… Read more »
crazyelf
crazyelf
Y’all need to “google” the following. “Australian War Memorial to Revise Official Record of Impact of Agent Orange use in Vietnam War.” The World Today-by Nick Grimm Tues. at 2:55 am “The AWM commissioned independent historian Professor Peter Yule from the University of Melbourne to write a new volume for it’s official history Medical Aspects of Australia’s involvement in Southeast Asian Conflicts, 1950-72.” There’s a great deal of info in this article concerning Agent Orange. I know Someone else on… Read more »
crazyelf
crazyelf

P.S. I hope the Australian Government comes after the people who did this to all Vietnam Veterans…..and bankrupts the company’s involved…….

namnibor
Dow Chem. effectively had that subsidiary of theirs that produced the many different TYPES of nasty crap put through Fed. Bankruptcy incredibly quick, making it untouchable for all the legal web they wove…with help from U.S. Gov’t., like a bull dozer…look up Agent Orange on Goggle or Wiki and you will be amazed at the plausible denial that was constructed…I too hope this causes like an international crimes against humanity case or something, but ultimately, I just want to see… Read more »
crazyelf
crazyelf

Agent Orange was also used during the Korean War. It was also used throughout the U.S. by many RailRoad Companies to clear away brush and trees next to the main lines and ‘rail yards’ (commonly called “sidings”). There were other areas of the U.S. that were also sprayed after it was “Banned”!
The article I referred everyone to, also has two other articles which are pertinent. Please read those also.

crazyelf
crazyelf

As far as Ol McDonald goes he’s been staying outta site. Why didn’t he go in front of the veterans committee?why did he send Gibson? Did Ol McDonald even know what Gibson was going to pull over using veterans to get monies or do a partial shutdown of VAMC’s to fund the next couple months? If he did, then that “BOY” has some fμ[king explaining to do.
Let’s keep the pressure up folks. It’s working……

Frank Calderon
Frank Calderon
what has been planned and, or supposedly, put forth by the V.A. is unequivocally detailed on the letter written and signed by Eric K.Shinseki Secretary of Veterans Affairs supposedly for the benefit of the veteran, in it he carefully breaks down what the cost and what each amount will be earmarked for; well that’s not what I see veterans getting. From where I stand I would say nothing, additionally I call that conversion of funds,a felony, that is what I… Read more »
Frank Calderon
Frank Calderon

That’s the spirit U.S.A.F Vet says, that’s the spirit that’s the way we felt when we were ready to serve our country when we went overseas and why should we change now?

avantdonald

http://www.wrdw.com/home/headlines/Augusta-VA-employee-charged-with-falsifying-medical-records-316309411.html?device=phone&c=y

Found this article about VA employee charged with 50 counts of illegally altering medical documents…I’d say that shredding documents would qualify as “altering” them…These and any employee that changes any document to cover up long wait times for treatment or claims should be charged the same…

crazyelf
crazyelf
Google the following, From: The Hill.com/home July 16, 2015 – 04:16 pm EDT “Obama to address VFW convention” “The group also hopes to hear how Obama “will create, enhance and protect veteran and military health care programs… as well as hear a renewed White House commitment to return our fallen from their battle fields,” Stroud said.” Besides this being the first time since 2012 of speaking to the VFW, I wonder if he will address the “unconscionable actions (the use… Read more »
crazyelf
crazyelf
P.S. It has also been reported the U.S.Army, by 2019, will have lost around 70,000 troops. That’s the size of a brigade, folks. I wonder if Obama will discuss that? Our military can’t afford such a reduction. I read this has to do with the “spending sequester” in place now. If this sequester is not followed now, by all our government employees, our country will be like Greece- BANKRUPTED. Just recently the European Countries bailed out Greece. Against what the… Read more »
crazyelf
crazyelf
From: Townhall.com “Kerry: we’re “Hopeful” Our Citizens Imprisoned in Iran will be freed.” Wait one damn minute Johnny Boy, Why wasn’t that part of the “Deal” you just brokered with Iran. Oh, wait, what can America expect from a person who not only put himself in for the “Purple Heart”! But thru his “medals over the White House fence to protest the Vietnam War! Thereby bringing more protesting against the veterans. We, men and women fighting in Vietnam, ended up… Read more »
glenn678

Hopefully this madness will end a few days after Election Day 2016 assuming we don’t elect Hillary.

crazyelf
crazyelf
Here’s another article written in, Townhall.com. Which should make your blood boil. The title is—– “Jihad on U. S. Troops is Not a “Circumstance” It was posted 17 July 2015. It is well written. It shows, in the authors words, how she feels Obama is not treating the “acts of terrorism” in the U.S. seriously. Although her article may be her opinion. It is becoming the opinion of a growing American public. As long as I find articles such as… Read more »
namnibor
My heart goes out to those Marines killed in that terrorist action in Tennessee yesterday. This was yet another radicalized dual citizenship ‘enemy within’ and when the f*ck are we going to start learning from history and using ‘The Art of War’? This President needs to step-up his game as well as Congress because this is happening all too often and the mainstream news does not report even half of the weekly people caught trying to help these ISIS and… Read more »
crazyelf
crazyelf
namnibor, did you read the article I posted on here about “Jihad” on U.S. Troops in not “Circumstance”. I believe it told of many such attacks within our country on many occasions. It’s sad our Administration can’t see the trees for the forests. I believe we are at war finally, within our country! America had better wake up, and it better be “Damn Well Soon”, as my father’s generation would say. Why the hell did our administration make this “deal”… Read more »
glenn678

That SOB needs to take steps out of our White House through impeachment or otherwise. The other thing is someone needs to question the integrity of California lawmakers.

crazyelf
crazyelf
Namnibor, one of the other persons shot yesterday was a Sailor. He died today. Some may not remember Osama Bin Laden’s words of; “fight the Americans like the Vietnamese did!” Well, that’s exactly what there doing. If people don’t know what he meant by that. They had better take a “Serious Crash History Lesson of the Vietnam War!” It seems also to me, we are being destroyed from within. And I hope we are not being duped by the many… Read more »
crazyelf
crazyelf
And let’s not forget Ho Chi Mihn. His military tactics not only defeated America, they also defeated the French. It was called “The French Indo-China War” while they were there. Their defeat was after a long drawn out war. Just like our many years over there. There’s a movie out on DVD I’d like everyone watch. The beginning starts (Mr. George C. Scott’s portrayal of Gen. George S. Patton) with a speech where “America hates a loser”. He did that… Read more »
namnibor
I am pretty sure Donald Trump just shot multiple holes in his own campaign today. I may have my issues when Veterans-turned-Politicians such as Sen. McCain seem to not lift a hand to help current Veteran issues, let alone the VAMC in his back yard of Arizona still shrouded in scandal and many still unanswered questions…but…it’s an entirely different thing for Trump to state “McCain is only a ‘hero’ because he was captured”! He even was as far as talking… Read more »
crazyelf
crazyelf

I agree 100% of what you say. Especially when it comes to the safety of Veterans and the abysmal way no one is correcting the unconscionable way VA is being run!

crazyelf
crazyelf

Read what’s being said about Donald Trump on, “Townhall.com”

“Donald Trump, Fake conservative”
dated, July 17, 2015
by; Michael Reagon

It ain’t too flattering. As a matter of fact, this reporter says if he makes it to the end, it’ll ensure another Clinton gets in. Just like what went on when Ross Perot ran. I’m paraphrasing of course.
I don’t know bout you, but if Hillary gets in EVERYBODY’S SCREWED!!!!!!!!

crazyelf
crazyelf
In my opinion, Sen. John McCain is NOT a “war hero”! Y’all may agree, or disagree, with my ‘reason’ why. Do y’all remember? When the two wars began in Afghanistan and Iraq, it seemed the “term” HERO was given to everyone in the military. It was also bestowed upon individuals who planned to join the military. Then a “firestorm arose” over the “term”, or definition, of “HERO”! Does anyone out there remember this statement made by many individuals (MOH Recipients,… Read more »
James
I wrote to McCain one time to ask for assistance in dealing with the va disruptive committee, his response was I help people of Arizona, you will need to contact your local representative for assistance. This is a national problem. His response confirmed every politician uses their office for state problems and not for the whole United states. We need each state representative to fight for veterans no matter what state they live in. This is a national matter when… Read more »
crazyelf
crazyelf
Ok Sen. McCain. He’s a Senator. He goes to Washington D.C. and sits in the Senate. He pushes a button to vote on bills. He helps the people of his state. He sits on committees and discusses whether or not a bill should be passed in his chamber. Have I left anything out. Oh yea, most of what I just described is, in my opinion, contingent on what is being said, and possibly given, to him by “Lobbyists”! Maybe that’s… Read more »
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