Agent Orange DenierOne veteran started a Change.org petition to oust VA Agent Orange denier Thomas Murphy after he was promoted as acting Under Secretary for Benefits at VA.

Thomas Murphy, formerly the Director of Compensation, was just promoted to acting Under Secretary for VBA. Unfortunately for Vietnam veterans, Murphy is a documented Agent Orange denier, and based on his past decisions in contradiction of claims from scientists, burn pit veterans should also be concerned.

In response to the move that has been called “anti-veteran”, Thomas Osmond created a petition to support ousting the denier, Thomas Murphy.

SIGN IT: Petition To Fire Thomas Murphy

Please be sure to sign the petition and get read up on the issue. I cannot figure out how our federal government has devolved to such an extent where public workers are able to actively defraud veterans of their benefits.

But that is where we are at today.

THOMAS MURPHY AGENT ORANGE DENIER

RELATED: New VA Benefits Chief Thomas Murphy An Agent Orange Denier

The announcement of the VA appointment came a couple weeks ago. Various veterans groups were obviously unhappy with Murphy’s selection, but that is life. According to ExecutiveGov:

The Department of Veterans Affairs is set to appoint Thomas Murphy, acting principal deputy undersecretary of the Veterans Benefits Administration, as acting undersecretary for benefits at VBA.

He will succeed Danny Pummill, who will depart from the benefits undersecretary post that he has held on an acting basis since October 2015, and will also serve as principal deputy undersecretary for benefits, the VA said Thursday.

According to a 2010 VA press release, Murphy’s executive background is that he managed the disability and survivor benefit programs that provided more than $45 billion annually in benefit payments to four million Veterans and their families.

That biography explained his background as of 2010 being:

Murphy had been the Director of VA’s San Juan Regional Office since August 2009, overseeing benefits for 151,000 veterans living in Puerto Rico, Vieques, Culebra and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Murphy retired from the military as a Major after serving 15 years in the Colorado National Guard and six years in the Marine Corps Reserve.

Murphy joined VA from The Home Depot, where he was a Director of Merchandise Planning and oversaw more than 1,950 stores, with more than $8.5 billion in annual sales.

Murphy previously was a Senior Tactical Planning Manager for Qwest Communications and worked for 10 years at the Department of Defense in a variety of positions.

Now that reports are surfacing that Murphy is an Agent Orange denier, it will be interesting to see how long he lasts at the helm of VA Benefits.

Source: https://www.change.org/p/va-secretary-robert-a-mcdonald-have-thomas-murphy-veteran-s-antagonist-dismissed-from-the-va

25 COMMENTS

  1. There should be several thousand gratuitous Veteran Line Entries On That Petition, representing ALL those Veterans and deformed/diseased children, if these Vets were even lucky enough to produce, that have ALREADY DIED of AGENT ORANGE…then start adding present veteran and Survivor’s names on this petition.

    This should be a NO-BRAINER to even VA Sec. McDonald and Sloan Gibson and friends, that this is Murphy as head of VBA to Veterans is akin to appointing the head of ISIS to Chair the Gay Olympic Games, or Hitler as Chair of a Jewish-Community Center…a no-brainer…unless, this is the VA again acting-out as a petulant child in a very nefarious passive-aggressive way; on purpose; a plan?

    Again, I just do not get it. The VA obviously does not ‘vet’ their hires at any level…but the VA ensures most veterans working at the VA are usually no more than a janitor at best….bastards. Petition signed.

    Too bad I could not sign an entry for my uncle whom died back in 1979 from AO and his two children that have had horrific strange cancers and blood and autoimmune illnesses…
    This MUST get to the main stream media with megaphones. Let Murphy on national news take a straw and snort a few lines of Agent Orange like Scarface and then smile like The Joker to the American Public and Veterans while saying AO is harmless. 🙂

    Rant Out.

    • I agree with what Bill said above about burn pit claims, but also a delay, likely by Congress.
      I just started hearing about so many others being exposed to AO, which means vets have been fighting the VA about it for some time.
      If the VA or some in Congress can delay even just some Blue Water Navy vets presumptive service connection for 5 years, how many billions will that save?
      How many will die in that time and never get benefits?
      I believe Ben said the VA was a big insurance company. Like any other, I’m sure they look at actuarial tables and see how many might be left after 5 years.
      Cynical? Who in their right mind would nominate this putz knowing his public history on denying AO diseases?

      • VA DEATHCARE ONE BIG BIG FEDERAL RICO CRIME RACKET RUN BY AFGE UNION CONTRACTS VETS YO ARE SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO SCREWED BOB MCDUCK FIRE MR MURPHY ASAP !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Because of a VAMC MURDERING my “brother”, I’ve signed the petition! He passed a short time ago due to cancer!

    I also have multiple medical complications/disabilities from AO! Which a VA physician has documented in my file!

    My wife will plaster this all over the internet, just as I have!

    ____________________________

    Here’s something I received this morning from, “Dave Hodges [of] the Common Sense Show”, w/video! google —-

    “George Carlin and Donald Trump “Political Correctness” is fascism pretending to be Madness!”

    Quote; “If you have selfish, ignorant citizens, you’re gonna have selfish, ignorant leaders.”

    ____________________________

    @namnibor
    Your so correct on McDuck, or whoever, appointing Murphy as “acting head of VBA” to Hitler and ISIS!

    Yet, the way our government agencies, especially VA, have not followed any laws. Do you really see this petition doing anything?

    • We have seen recently, due to technology and social media, crowd-funding, and *anything* that goes VIRAL is what gains people’s attention and I am certain this is the path to take to shine the light of accountability and disgrace on matters such as Murphy’s appointment and all other fraud at VA and yes, even accolades when deserved, but as it is, the cat box is completely full of VA Turds and it needs changed entirely…this petition, and more, done right and made to go VIRAL, *can* cause major change. it’s ‘grassroots on the ground’ on steroids.
      That’s why this petition and this story NEEDS to make it above the ‘brexit and trump thumps right now’.

      Using the VA’s hiring logic these days, they would have hired Hannibal Lector to head the VA Prosthetics Program…never mind all the ‘missing limbs’…:)

      • @namnibor

        Last night I saw a news article concerning “prosthetics”.
        A group of college kids used that new 3-D printer to “make an arm & hand” for a young girl, I think she was around 11 yrs old, who was born without one.
        They said prosthetics could range in the thousands of $$$$$!
        Yet, these young college students made one for about $30 to $50 bucks.
        !!! INGENUITY !!!!
        Also, very intelligent for those college students!
        Now, why can’t VA do this for our veterans? Because then VA upper management wouldn’t get their hands on taxpayers monies!

  3. * * Every Generation, ‘Veterans’, is Having to Come Back and Fight * *
    And why:
    >The conservative ideology: Like our long time Veterans Conservative Nemesis, one of their experts(?), used to shape their policies, and very highly compensated: * * Sally Satel Still Selling Care for PTSD Veterans is Waste of Money * * http://tinyurl.com/hg37c3r There are plenty of others, they’ve got a ready stable full of go to {experts?}, and plenty of unfunded ignored and denied issues!!<

    “Why in 2009 were we still using paper?” VA Assistant Secretary Tommy Sowers “When we came in, there was no plan to change that; we’ve been operating on a six month wait for over a decade.” 27 March 2013

    Most of the people served, especially wealthy and all conservatives, the trump speaks: 2 Aug 2015 – 'I fight like hell to pay as little as possible': Donald Trump says he avoids all the tax he can.

    * DeJa-Vu: “With no shared sacrifices being asked of civilians after Sept. 11", Decades and War From, All Over Again!! *
    Especially for the Corporate and Wealthy Community, investors in Defense Industries, and for these, Afghanistan and Iraq, came Two Huge Tax Cuts, with more sweetheart deals to same from states and the fed!!
    And that covers much more in the Deficits, like even paying for war policies and the results from and much more, then just the, grossly under funded thus not properly built nor properly maintained, and not conservative obstructionists pols concern, VA budgets!!

    The VA is the people served Responsibility, not another corporate profit seeking entity off of war as now much of the privatized military has become, just look how fast and big the corporate merc army/intelligence was built above all laws and caused more lasting deadly damage to the American, once proud in leadership and moral, brand on the world stage! Not socialized anything but their Responsibility to Actually Sacrifice, as it's been since it was established but promises never upheld with congressional fixes coming mostly unfunded and piece-meal causing more problems, the way those served seem to really like it that way as they lay blame on the VA personal!!

    Keeping My Oath: USN All Shore '67-'71 GMG3 Vietnam In Country '70-'71 – Independent**

  4. Thomas Murphy is a $350,000 per year VA slug who openly refutes both science and federal law, by insisting that Agent Orange is (and always was) completely HARMLESS. VA Secretary Bob McDonald has just put Thomas Murphy in charge of ALL VA CLAIMS ADJUDICATIONS. If you have a VA claim for Agent Orange, Burn Pits or any other toxic agent, you are now both openly insulted and SCREWED.

    • I guess working the toilet aisle at Home Report is more of a learning experience than we thought.
      Who knew he had more medical training and research experience than all of those researchers studying AO over the last 30 years.

      Any claim involving AO I which he denies it is nothing more than opinion, and should carry as much weight. He has no medical basis for it, but unless veterans turn the heat up on him and get him out, it will be years of denials.

      Perhaps Ben would know if Murphy’s denial could be cited as evidence for other denials.

      Finally, which weasel Senators are going to stand behind this nitwit? Him giving his opinion on a claim like this is like a SCOTUS justice automatically deciding every case of eminent domain is automatically constitutional without even reading the briefs.
      If he hasn’t been confirmed, the heat needs to be turned up to insure he is not.

      Unfortunately, I think Congress has exactly who they want.

  5. he promise of a square deal, or benefit of the doubt? I been denied9 times now and two remands, the judges got my claim now so who knows..we don’t need this guy, he is the monkey wrench in the system.. keep him out of trhe VA stuff…

  6. What. Have you done to help veterans. Bet you can’t count them with both hands !

    Because. 0 is 0. !

    Ben. Is just one person and how work is very important. You have no clue. What he and other’s are doing or have done. !

    Tell. Us all how Ben is self serving. !

    Again. What have you done. !

    Your. Probably mad at him. Because you can’t handle the truth and probably an employee whom had harmed veterans and you don’t want anyone to rock the boat. !

    So. You can continue harming veterans and not have to worry about spending your next 10 years in prison. !

    Now much. Did you get on you last bonous. !

    Blood ? !

    • Ben; The only thing these trolls have in common is 1. Intense greed, 2. Extreme laziness. 3. An I’m so much better than you complex and finally a desperate need for a 230 GRAIN CRANIAL INJECTION OF A HOT, TOXIC METAL.

  7. This would be an interesting FOIA request. Ask the VA how much paper they use and then normalize the data against the commercial medical sector. I believe the results will be quite surprising…

  8. Director in San Juan? Was that about the time a supervisor was doing something illegal, so he couldn’t hold accountable a flunky when she was busted for an armed holdup?
    Why would someone move from the CO Guard to the Marine Corps reserves? Did he grease some skids to sweeten a retirement?
    Home Depot huh. Given how they are shockingly worthless at anything other than a homeowner building his first picnic bench, that doesn’t impress me.
    Various positions in DOD? How many were do-nothing flunky jobs after donating to the right politicians?

    FFS it used to be higher level officials in the VA were veterans whose service other veterans could somewhat look up to.

    I guess all the disabled vets with the credentials to do the job didn’t want anything to do with that corrupt mess, didn’t donate to the right hacks, or just weren’t asked.

    • @91Veteran

      Let’s not forget he “greased the wheels” back in 2008 for what we’ve got in the White House today!
      Wonder just how much “blood money” he gave?

    • Well said mate. I am not impressed with this low life beauracrat.

      He is riding on the backs of thousands of the sick and injured.

      Whst a POS

  9. Both Murphy and McDonald should both be sprayed with Agent Orange and let them feel what the Exposure Really Is! WTF! And After the exposure begins to show it’s effects let’s see What They Do
    and Say after that! Once That Proceedure is completed, they should both Spend At Least One Month
    In A Burn Pit.

    It appears that to me that any Government Servent who is paid $350,000.00 + annually should be required to have some experience with what they are denying. This way we can say, “Hey The Dude Knows What He/She Is Talking About.”

    Why, The, Fuss, Lets Be Fair About This!!!!! Right?

    • You know Bob McDonald’s staff read all of this. Seems after reading all of our stories. They would do something positive. !

      Nope taking names and probably calling the FBI and sending our names or other information to hurt us further !

      Come on Bob do the right thing and fire the employees who are using the VA and veterans as their own play ground. !

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