Benjamin KrauseThe TBI exam policy investigation into wrongdoing at VA facilities nationwide is expanding as the public learns more about how VA ignored “important” rules.

Last year, KARE 11 News, an NBC affiliate, started an investigation into data from my law firm (Krause Law, PLLC) indicating VA was ignoring policies marked “IMPORTANT!” One important policy mandated the use of highly specialized doctors when conducting an initial traumatic brain injury examination, otherwise known as TBI exams. The specialists mandated are neurologist, neurosurgeon, psychiatrist, and physiatrist.

IMPORTANT TBI EXAM POLICY INVESTIGATION

AJ Lagoe of KARE 11 News has been driving that investigation in the press and recently confirmed a nationwide audit of TBI exams conducted by unqualified clinicians outside Minneapolis. His most recent investigation confirmed that unqualified clinicians at Amarillo, Texas examined at least 70 veterans seeking benefits for TBI.

The head of Compensation & Pension at the Amarillo VA, Dr. Roy Marokus, came forward with more information including insider emails of an internal audit VA had conducted.

Those emails showed just how confused VA was about their own policy and how to correct the malfeasance.

AMARILLO VA WHISTLEBLOWER

According to KARE 11:

“Think about what they have to deal with if they’re misdiagnosed,” Marokus said. “They’re out in never-never land.  It’s a crime.”

Internal VA emails obtained by TEGNA Media reveal that on December 17, 2015, the VA Regional 17 Headquarters (“VISN 17”) in Arlington, Texas instructed Amarillo officials to review TBI exams which had not been done by the required specialists.

“Unqualified, uncertified TBI – traumatic brain injury – exams that were done by people who weren’t supposed to do it,” Dr. Marokus said during a recent interview.

Dr. Marokus said he received copies of the emails even though the exams at issue were done before he arrived in Amarillo in May, 2015.  Because of patient privacy rules, Marokus did not reveal the names of individual veterans or the details of their cases.

WHISTLEBLOWER DEMOTED

Dr. Marokus shared a kinship with veterans as a two-tour Army veteran and wanted VA to stop the bureaucratic game-playing and do the right thing. Days after Dr. Marokus came forward, he was demoted and now works in the VA library until he retires.

Source: http://www.kare11.com/news/investigations/kare-11-investigates-va-expands-investigation-of-unqualified-doctors/65062741

Melvin
I want to say thank you to Ben for running this Blog and his work for us Veterans. Also thank both Ben and AJ Lagoe for their excellent and continuing work for Veterans on the TBI scandal. The work you have done is truly amazing. Also I want to point out to all Veterans who are posting comments here the importance of not using your real name. Federal and State Agencies are retailing against posters here. That is based on… Read more »
Melvin
Sorry reposting to make readable I want to say thank you to Ben for running this Blog and his work for us Veterans. Also thank both Ben and AJ Lagoe for their excellent and continuing work for Veterans on the TBI scandal. The work you have done is truly amazing. Also I want to point out to all Veterans who are posting comments here the importance of not using your real name. Federal and State Agencies are retailing against posters… Read more »
Melvin
Hey Elf, Nice covering Rep. Corrine Brown. Also I would like to point out that in fact the document I point out in my post is not a news article but a legal document stored in a Gov Database. Again any who has served in any of the Middle East Conflicts should read. Simply search Google for “AAA 54-390-01376-98” Then follow the steps I listed above in my posts above Crazy Elf. Oh and Elf I am definitely being investigated… Read more »
Robin Mitchell
Melvin, yes you will be harassed for using your own name but if we do not they win. I have pictures of the VA CID and Homeland Insecurity agents that Indy VBA Director Stephens sent to my home in southern Indiana up at FB page Desk Commandos of the VA. I had them up before they ever left the driveway..that’s why they are sideways. I have made many copies on multiple media. I got a phone call from a number… Read more »
James

Who were these people and why did they go to your house. Did they threaten you with something.
Did you get their names and who sent them.

This is way out of line.please keep us informed.you should write your congressman.

Veterans committee and the news.

Enough is enough. Ben what can veterans do when this happens !

Melvin

Nicely said Robin, but when you have been through what I have been through and you know what they are capable of it is a different story.

I stand by my warning to anyone posting on here not to use their real name.

crazy elf
@Melvin I also have been “kickin it up a notch” also! I want to insure vets and taxpayers are well aware of the corruption which permeates our “alleged fearless leaders”, from potus on down to dog catcher, in Washington D.C. and across this nation! It seems to me, and others on here and other social medias, corruption is the norm. Everyday news stories are being brought out by reputable journalists concerning the massive corruption! I believe they want to show… Read more »
Robin Mitchell
Well than. maybe it is genetic. I am a direct descendant of the Cromwell’s though not all were genetically related to each other. One was the adopted child servant of the family. Richard and Oliver were the two I am from. Add in Capt John Underhill’s and some Iroquois Nation genes and you get one tenacious bitch. It was a sad day when I found out John Kerry is a distant relative but so is Johnny Depp so all is… Read more »
crazy elf

P.S.
Melvin,
I’ve really only (slightly) posted a few articles. There has been quite a bunch more. Only, my “comment” would be quite long if I did!

Every chance I get, there will be more and more articles I will be posting! Whether it has to do with the “subject at hand” or not!

namnibor
Pretty sure most of us on here and abroad rightly suspected that misdiagnosed TBI at the VA is a Systemic Problem of the VA simply not following their OWN FREAKING RULES. Placing this M.D. in the “Library” is such a wasted resource of an Army M.D. that clearly cares about what the VA is doing and not doing to and for Veterans. Meanwhile, had he been a VA M.D. that killed a Vet through prescribing wrong meds or was running… Read more »
namnibor

Better yet, only give them 4 Q-Tips at the start of each day at Leavenworth Prison and when those 4 Q-Tips are no longer useable, THEN they must use their tongues to clean toilets the rest of their work day. Make sure it’s a Wing in which has a heavy concentration of prisoners with gastrointestinal ailments such as IBS, et al, just to keep things interesting on an hourly basis.

crazy elf
OK, VA in Amarillo, Texas screwed vets out of compensations by NOT using qualified personnel. So, WHEN these vets are rescheduled for a new exam, will the “board” grant them the “comp and pen” backdating to when they first applied? Or, will there be more “hanky panky” by VA? I have a feeling the vets will lose! I just can’t see the VA doing right by the veterans! @namnibor, I believe the should spend their days at Gitmo, not Leavenworth!… Read more »
namnibor
Yeah, but if they were at Leavenworth and required to wear shirts that have printed message on front and back of, “I screwed-over Veterans at the VA”, then their “stay” will even be more problematic amongst rough, ex-military, and from what I understand, EVERYDAY is BASIC TRAINING MIND GAMES at Leavenworth. I think GITMO would be too much like a vacation to a tropical paradise island, like most upper VA Management are SO accustomed to, with their high rolling lifestyles… Read more »
crazy elf

@namnibor
Yea, I gotta admit, I like your idea way better!
Leavenworth here y’all come!

Robin Mitchell
Check out the compensation tabled for Special Monthly Compensation at the VA’s wesbsite. Most do not list SMC T. It is paid at the r2 rate but for service connected TBI patients that need and attendance. The VA is not approving them except under force or luck. Congressmen (multiples) cannot find how much the VA is getting in the budget for SMC T or how much they are actually spending on the TBI SC vets. I am betting this is… Read more »
crazy elf

Robin, is this “allotment” only for those with “TBI’s”? Or can it be used by veterans for, ex; those dying of cancer VA never diagnosed correctly? Or say, veterans who are “losing the use of their extremities” due to the debilitating effects of A/O? Or other chemicals used by the Military which had been banned by the government?

Robin Mitchell
SMC T is for SC vets with TBI but it is for pre 9/11 vets too but often the VA tells you it is only for post 9/11 vets. I believe r1 or r2 may apply though. r2 is the higher aid needing medical attendance. PurpleHeart (dot) org has a great PDF that goes through the SMC’s. I have found very, very few VSO’s that understand them and most admit it like it is rocket science. SMCT is fairly new.… Read more »
91Veteran
Just disgraceful! I applaud you Ben and AJ for digging so much to expose this. So once again the VA moves with inhuman speed to punish a whistle blower, yet will screw up the most blatant case of fraud and theft by their fellow managers. How many veterans denied benefits could submit complaints to state regulatory boards against unqualified hacks conducting exams? Why not have a clerk do exams if qualifications don’t matter? How many unqualified providers would dare perform… Read more »
Dennis Parker
I had a diagnosis of TBI entered into my record by a social worker. LCSW was diagnosing this and entered it into my record. I am 100% sc and did indeed get rewarded for the PTSD at 100%, but no doctor since that was entered by a LCSW into my record can explain to me why this was entered as a diagnosis by a LCSW. My last doc said, “I honestly have no idea why she did that” But irregardless,… Read more »
91Veteran

Given the problems you have had there, I would be worried they gave you the TBI diagnosis hoping you would try obtain some other benefit or treatment for TBI, then claim you were doing so based on fraud.

crazy elf
Breaking News WFTV Channel 9 News Orlando Florida @ 4 & 5 pm today. 3/4/2016 Rep. Corrine Brown may be implicated in a “fraud investigation” of a “Non-profit” Educational group! This group’s lead people “…are accused of moving monies from the (“Non-profits”) bank account over to the leader’s private bank account!” This is still an “…ongoing investigation…” which broke today. Remember, Rep. Brown sits on the “Veterans Congressional Committee!” She also, in my opinion, has always tried to “protect VA… Read more »
crazy elf

BREAKING NEWS on Channel 9 News, WFTV , Orlando, Florida. @ 6:00 pm

“Congresswoman Brown tied to One Door!”

It is a Non-profit involved in a “federal fraud case!”
It also concerns hundreds of thousands of dollars.
The “Head” of “One Door” is testifying and has made a “…plea deal!”

This story is still “breaking” and will continue for some time!

crazy elf
Corrine Brown was served a subpoenae this past monday, Feb. 29. According to a google search of “One Door”, it is NOT a nonprofit! The IRS has no record of it being issued that “status”! Google; “Congresswoman Brown tied to One Door” There’s a lot more to this story coming out. On a side note Congresswoman Brown claims the GOP is after her. Because of her wanting her voting district to be left alone or some such B/S! Plus, according… Read more »
Joe Joe Guns NAM 69-70
Joe Joe Guns NAM 69-70
Hello to all you Pi$$ed Off Vets I posted a comment about a week ago, and I made the mistake of entering my entire Name. That being said, I am from Amarillo as I stated in my first blog. As I said before in Amarillo, TX I have had to deal with being given 3, Yes 3 C&P Exams by N.P.’s in Amarillo starting in 2011. Initially denied Disability Benefits by Director John S. Limpose in Waco, TX. This TBI… Read more »
Roger Taylor

Hey BEN, this guy Andrew Welch who was promoted from Amarillo to Albuquerque – he’s the guy in the ABQ TV news coverage of our billboard down there, the guy sweating like a pig and wringing his hands in front of the camera… maybe he deserves a special little amount of investigatory attention…

James
This doctor should be the director and the people who put him in the library should be sent to jail. What he said about never. Never land is almost right. Its very hard for veterans that have a TBI and the VA refuses to treat them. It took me fourty year’s of being confussed as to why. I was having so many different feelings. I knew something was wrong ! But I had to live and so I worked and… Read more »
steven larson
yep same story,,,, MY grandfather being a succesfull farmer and Mother Dad,,, have given me all of my finace for were I am today,,,,, and just a few days ago they have helped me to pay off all debts except the house they also helped me accuire,,, that I pay payments per month on,,,, or I would be dead,,, did 3 Attempted Suicide,,, and was brought back to life on One Non Attempted Suicide,,,, which happened while I sat and… Read more »
James
I’m glad were still here ! They just don’t understand what their doing to veterans or should I say they just don’t care ! If I would have succeed. I would have missed out raising my children and now enjoying my grandchildren ! They are the reason.I will speak out against the VA. I know some of them are going to join the military. I think it built in and if I. We can do something. Anything to ensure they… Read more »
Sunshine

Veterans like myself how long do you think Congress to wake up and increase our benefits especially when VETERANS that get Compensation don’t Congress know Veterans is our Backbone of the United States.

steven larson
as others my story would be a three book story,,,, My wife and I have kept track since the year 2,000 to 2,015 on there so called inflation figuring,,,, Our income of 100% disability is 30% short of what all disabled Vets should be getting today,,,, There really isn’t any more slicing,,,,as I told My wife we will be getting a check but will have to collect food stamps,, heating assistant,,,rent assistant,,, and any other assistant to stay off the… Read more »
Arnold Cabral

Veterans to bad we didn’t lived in Arizona we will be all chip in to advertise in the our belief how to improve Veterans Benefits and why we can’t get paid better than our Sports players get.

crazy elf
I received this by email this morning (6 Mar. 2016)! It’s from; “The Common Sense Show” by Dave Hodges. In one of the comments, there was a link to MANY scathing news articles coming as I type this! There’s too many articles to copy and paste. Therefore, y’all need to google the following site. Then scroll down to; “U.S. Intel Breaking News” The website is; http://www.stewwebb dot com The title of the article, and subsequent “Breaking News”, is from “Stew… Read more »
crazy elf
Here’s an interesting article from the “Common Sense Show” by Dave Hodges. Titled; “Millions of Americans Can Be Awakened to the Tyranny and Depopulation That Lies Ahead” This isn’t great news for America. It also isn’t what I want y’all to read! Once you’ve googled the above article. Scroll down to the comments section. Continue until you’ve found the comment written by “Pat” on Mar 5, 2016 at 1:44 pm. Then click onto the “stewwebb” site. Then, once on it,… Read more »
Melvin
Hey Elf, Nice post, got into it immediately and am defiantly going back for more. I really like the articles titled “Hillary Clinton Lesbian Lover Huma Abedin Indicted” and “Justice Department Grants Immunity to Hillary Clinton Staffer”. Given my background, which includes training and work experience as a technical support engineer, the immunity grant one really catches my eye because I know that Hillary’s engineer had to have the proper user name and password to setup a secure channel. Also… Read more »
Melvin

Also Elf did you get a chance Google “AAA 54-390-01376-98” and read it?

It is a must read for anyone who has served in any of the middle east conflicts.

crazy elf
Hey, Melvin, Those articles really are going to send shock waves around the world! Did you see the reason behind the “Clinton Foundation” being investigated? The corruption by her, Bill and their “off springs” knows no bounds! Sorry, didn’t get a chance to read the “AAA” site yet. I will though. Also, the “Uranium Deal” brokered by Hillary, through her “Foundation” while she was Secretary of State, is the “WHY” behind all the “BLM’s”, (Bureau of Land Management’s), taking over… Read more »
Arnold Cabral

RIGHT ON VETERANS THAT IS ON HERE SHOULD USED THEIR OWN NAME SO WE PLUS ME KNOW I KNOW THAT I SUGGEST BETTER STATEMENTS TO CONGRESS HOW TO IMPROVE VETERANS HEALTHCARE BENEFITS NO WORRIES I WON’T USED YOUR NAMES….REMEMBER MY NAME IS ARNOLD CABRAL FROM PRESCOTT VALLEY, ARIZONA.

joe cortez jr
About the Amarillo VAMC March 06, 2016. From: Joe Joe “Guns NAM 69-70” As I promised in my earlier comments on March 04, 2016: Mr. Ben Krause and to all the VETS: Here is the Email I was referring to from my last post. Notice the Email went to: “House Veterans Affairs Committee Members” and I got nothing as far as help. So you see all yours and my U.S. Representatives do not have any Guts to stand up to… Read more »
Melvin
Arnold, Here is a suggestion you can suggest to congress to improve VA Health Care. Suggest they stop allowing Veterans to be used as training dummies and stop using Veterans in Human Subject Research until they allow Veterans and their families real legal standings to go after someone when the Veteran is harmed or killed by the research or medical mistakes. Until then no VA Heath Care is safe for Veterans including Choice since the VA controls the Medical records… Read more »
joe cortez jr
From Joe Joe (Joe Cortez Jr.) I believe that for some reason I am being “CENSORED” by some unknown party with this Website. Reason is I have tried since March 04, 2016 to add to the Email I sent to all those in “House Veterans Affairs Committee Members”. When I attempt to “Post Comment” it is displayed with the message ” Your Message is being moderated. And then it disappears. I check back and my Post does not come up.… Read more »
Melvin

Joe it may be because you have listed a link in your post. What is being done by posters is put a quote symbol in the front and a quote symbol at the end of your links then post the comment.

Robin Mitchell
Melvin, it wouldn’t let me answer you under the use your own name post. Don’t underestimate what someone else has been through. Being married to an off the books type of guy is never dull. Somewhere out there is an agent (we know afterwards his name) that is alive today because when my husband found him coming up the stairs at 3AM his Beretta jammed and he ran. James, Indy VBA director Michael Stephens sent them to our house as… Read more »
joe cortez jr
About the Amarillo VAMC March 06, 2016. From: Joe Joe Guns NAM 69-70 As I promised in my earlier comments on March 04, 2016: Mr. Ben Krause and to all the VETS: Here is the Email I was referring to from my last post. Notice the Email went to: [House Veterans Affairs Committee Members] and I got nothing as far as help. So you see all yours and my U.S. Representatives do not have any Guts to stand up to… Read more »
Robin Mitchell
Send it to the: Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations (O&I) Welcome to the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, which has oversight and investigative jurisdiction over veterans’ matters generally and such other matters as may be referred to the Subcommittee by the Chairman of the full Committee. The Subcommittee provides oversight on programs and operations of the Department of Veterans Affairs, as well as those of other federal agencies that pertain to veterans. In carrying out its responsibilities, the Subcommittee conducts… Read more »
malakieusn
I could have told people the V/A was not doing things the way they should when it comes to TBI situations. I was injured in an explosion at a top secret facility. I was team leader of a tactical security team charged with securing the site, building etc. It was not located in a war zone however. Yet all these years, and while very well documented, even to this day they have never labeled or hinted at using the term… Read more »
Robin Mitchell
Have you filled out Fast Letter 09-52? My husband is in the same situation, as he was Special Ops for 21 years. Hopefully, a solution is being worked on right to the top of the VA as in today. Letting the VBA ignore the law of SOCOM just responding with is/was Special Operations is seriously jeopardizing the national security. In my husband’s case the DRO asked questions he later found out are still highly CLASSIFIED. And, she had a redacted… Read more »
Drew
The specialist listed allowed is only partially correct…when it comes to the Physiatrist they are only Ph.D. level (8yrs).Not to diminish that amount of Education…I wouldn’t do it! The Physiatrist still needs additional years of training (min 6-7 Max) to be board certified PMRBIM(Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Brain Injury Medicine) BIM is the Sub-specialty. That is a grand total of 14-15 yrs in school…NOT a 2wk class put on by the VA!!! Do you want your Veterinarian doing your quadruple… Read more »
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