Veterans Rights Attorney

Leading veterans rights attorney John Wells, through his organization Military-Veterans Advocacy, spoke out against new legislation that outstrips certain due process rights from the veterans appeals.

Wells reached out to me yesterday after reading my post citing him in The Hill to provide an update on his organization’s position.

Military-Veterans Advocacy Position

Statement of Military-Veterans Advocacy express strong disapproval of the Enactment of the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act Signed by the President on August 23, 2017

Although there has been a flurry of positive veterans legislation, the past few months. the bill signed by the President at the American Legion convention on August 23, 2017 is a sad exception to the many positive laws that have been passed. Military-Veterans Advocacy does not support the so called appellate reform bill outlined below. Many of the Veterans Service Organizations, especially the American Legion, sold out veterans in pushing for this bill that was written by the VA for the VA. Last minute changes to the bill in the Senate removed some of the more egregious provisions and as a result, Military-Veterans Advocacy dropped our plan to file suit to prevent the bill from being implemented. Still it is a legislative example of rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. It will not solve the appellate problem. The VA needs to adopt the process used by every other federal adjudication system. We will be working with out allies in Congress to enact true reforms. Military-Veterans Advocacy urges Congress, the VA and the Veterans Service Organizations to support common sense reforms to help the veterans, not the VA bureaucrats. 

For more information on the reforms supported by Military-Veterans Advocacy see: http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/healthcare/312898-to-solve-the-va-appeals-problem-get-rid-of-the-hamster-wheel

namnibor

Nice “Bad VA Art” today, Benjamin. If only the blinded lady justice could see that each of our Veteran’s testicles are in those scales of justice and the piggy VSO’s are making rocky mountain oysters for piggy dinner with a grin.

namnibor

Lady Justice had her middle finger broken off, as otherwise she would be giving the VSO Piggy’s the Angry Birds. 🙂

TaB

And sadly, people don’t/aren’t reading the fine print and realizing that the VSOs are in the pockets of the VA.

I mean, people are donating to an organization (VSOs) who are blatantly screwing them over…

Crazy elf
So, the Senate strikes again, against the veteran in favor of the Veterans Administration! (In which parts would have helped benefit veterans in the appeals process!) This really does seem to be a recurring theme in Washington D.C.! Questions: Besides the VSO’s, did the union have anything to do with it? Is there any way veterans can find out WHO, in the Senate, stripped the teeth out of it? Did anyone, in the Senate, receive “kick backs” for helping screw… Read more »
Leatherneck

Crazy elf don’t you the President got the last say?

Crazy elf
Leatherneck, True! Yet, unless someone starts sticking up FOR veterans, we will continue to get screwed! In my opinion, attorneys who are vet-centric need to go to Washington D.C. and have a “serious sit-down conversation” with POTUS. If the laws passed by potus are NOT vet-centric. Then he should be informed of it! This is also my opinion. I believe “Secretary of VA, Shulkin”, is constantly Lying to POTUS over issues plaguing veterans within the Veterans Administration! He’s already been… Read more »
namnibor
@Crazy elf- I agree! Benjamin needs to garner some of the POTUS’s and ALL of Congress’ time and let Benjamin point where the madness needs castrated from…without…the VSO piggies. They are only out for “SAVE THE VA” (from any reform) and Self Preservation…Benjamin and we Vets have an actual vested and earned interest in reforming the VA to be best it can be…like that recruitment line that got us ALL. 🙂 Go get ’em Benjamin. If it requires a week… Read more »
Crazy elf
namnibor, If that’s what it takes, I’ll be glad to send Ben some $$$$$$! Only, I’d like to see numerous “Vet-Centric Attorneys” converge on Washington D.C. and raise a ruckus in Congress AND with POTUS! You remember a few years ago the DAV was trying their best to stop regular, everyday attorneys from helping veterans? Well, what better way for them to get even with all the VSO’s, than to stand in front of Congress and tell everyone, especially the… Read more »
namnibor

Of course, additional Vet-centric attorneys such as Mr. John Wells in today’s article and all else. Just NO traditional VSO groups…they have proven they venture not far from the teat they suckle named VA.

WyldeChylde

Could we get some numbers on VSO salaries if anybody knows where to get that info?

Crazy elf

WyldeChylde,
I’m not sure about ALL the VSO’s, you can find the DAV’s salaries at “DAVReform.org”!
Get ready to be stunned!

WyldeChylde
oh I’m aware just how far into the cookie jar they are I just wanted to know if there was a central repository for all VSO salaries. If we want to break the stranglehold these fucks have over veterans and their power in Washington we need to start attacking them morally. I mean gosh I’m so glad I get cheap beer at some shit hole run down bar. It helps me drown my sorrows and forget the ass fucking I’m… Read more »
Pete Perez-Donnelly

Benjamin:Don’t the Veteran Organizations,like ” The American Legion,” do all the Claims-Research, when “they file a claim, on behalf of us Veterans ?? *

WyldeChylde

Lol VSO’s doing claims research? VSO’s doing ANYTHING after you sign power of attorney.

Crazy elf

Pete,
No VSO does research for the veteran. That’s left completely up to you, the veteran! The veteran must do as much leg-work as possible to help the VSO’s do their jobs!

namnibor
Pete- Nah, you sign power of attorney and then if you are lucky after several months to a year or two, whomever retired that you firstly spoke to with a funny hat that left your file on same spot on same desk, will have picked it up and looked at it, that is, if it was not fed into an industrial shredder. This is ALL dependent how chummy you are with said VSO, and how chummy that VSO is with… Read more »
cj

…-!ii!-…

Frank

Arguably, the bigger & more dysfunctional VA is, the more “bullet proof” it is against reform.

Congress should stop playing VA’s cynical game (there’s no such thing as, “too big to fail”), “bite the bullet,” figure out how to simultaneously legislate VA, as it currently exists, OUT of existence, and VA2, INTO existence.

Nothing less will do!

WyldeChylde
I would absolutely take the other side of that argument Frank. I would propose the bigger the VA is the more easily it can be picked apart. What keeps this rogue agency together? Contractors. Whats good against federal contractors, an industry so rife with corruption and overbilling and downright fraud that you could throw a dart at a board and hit a payday? Qui-Tam law 😀 😀 It’s simple you get enough people to file simultaneous qui-tam lawsuits against as… Read more »
Dennis
VSO’s are prima facia evidence that corruption is rampant within VA. Think about it. If veterans were served by those paid to serve them (from tax money), then just where on Earth would any VSO even be created in the first place? VSO’s are seperate and apart from society’s sanctioned legal representatives; lawyers like our host Ben and the lawyer excersizing his First Ammendment rights in his letter to Ben, are officers of the court and it is the court… Read more »
Dennis

Clarification for historical accuracy; Clean upstanding Idaho folk DO NOT smoke reefer like the stinky tye-dye Oregon hippies do.

WyldeChylde

Dennis are you related to Jeff Sessions? 😉 😉 😉

namnibor

Firefly vaporizer is the only way to go that anyone in the know knows. 🙂

WyldeChylde

nah give me my nice glass bowl and some stanky dank and I’m good

windguy
I want my stanky Thai bamboo bong back. Beautifully hand carved with Thai elephants and traditional Erawan. Used to hang with a bunch of old guys in a small ville north of Udorn/Udon called Ban Na Kha- about half way to the Lao border. I’d be the only white guy with a bunch of old Thai guys. They’d judge how I handled the cutting board (slab of Teak round) and knife, how I’d chop a stick, how I’d dry it… Read more »
namnibor

Exactly, Dennis! The very existence these very long years of the VSO’s shows they are part of the problem because if there was no problem, there would be no need for the piggies with funny hats. I find the American Legion red hats the most offensive.

WyldeChylde

Wait so I just had a fucking BRAINSTORM!!!!!

We don’t call them VSO’s anymore

We rebrand them as VASSHOLES!!!! sounds very similar so the transition should be seamless.

namnibor

That just works, like sand in the Vaseline. 🙂

WyldeChylde

I’m not sure what the thumbs up or down actually does but I’mma give you a thumbs up bro “dont worry I aint the VA” 😉 we all know where THOSE thumbs go.

Dennis

Vasoline Saves Orifice (VSO) – helping vets find relief (cool and soothing, for topical use only)

ANutterVet

Oh, I get it, you mean like, “VastHoles?”

WyldeChylde

no I mean like V-ass-hole kinda sounds very similar and more accurately describes these fuckwad organizations that are currently shoulder deep in veterans assholes daily searching for that almighty buck. I seriously doubt anybody keeps their cash behind their tonsils…just sayin.

ANutterVet
Quoted from John Wells, “The VA needs to adopt the process used by every other federal adjudication system. We will be working with out allies in Congress to enact true reforms. Military-Veterans Advocacy urges Congress, the VA and the Veterans Service Organizations to support common sense reforms to help the veterans, not the VA bureaucrats.” Am I interrupting this correctly, is that the VA and the VSO’s seem to work in tandem, and that this current bill of VA legal… Read more »
Cantigny

beats me why veterans don’t organize. time and time again we bring it up to no avail. we see vet groups/clubs do things to help other causes, which is great, but little to none on organizing to fix va/vba. makes the world wonder just where is that, ‘team work” the mil drills into new boots heads & soul.

i too would like the EXACT REASONS itemized.

windguy

The reason is ingrained loyalty. Service to country. Organizing would look like flag burning, which is one of the first things that would, and should happen in order to get national media. That ultimate act of defiance is innately anathema to a soldier. There’s another reason. It’s easier and safer to sit around and piss and moan and wait to be given what was promised.

richard P twiddy

My wife was and had been seeing a va doctor. For 20 years. For blood pressure. After complainng to the advercy three times about the wait time. ( like 5 to 6 hours) that €£€€# #*€€₩¥° doctor stopped her meds. And she had a stroke. 3 mounths in ICU TWO SHUNTS LATER 2.EVICTIONS. HOMELESS WITH TWO TEENAGERS. NOBODY CARES. NO ACCOUNTABILITY.

ANutterVet

Richard P twiddy – – – There are those that care, Vets don’t want to group together to make an impact. I’m game, help find more. – – – Nutter.

WyldeChylde

FFS did yall take too much Geritol and pass the fuck out? Like a damned ghost town around here…

Mobius

This deal was supported by the VSOs because they fail to accomplish most of their agenda. Legislators introduce bills because that’s what they do. VSOs’ have to support bills that can pass, showing they are truly working for the benefit of the Veteran. That’s what they do.
Neither have to be right, they just do what they do, regardless.

James Gallegos

Ben Ben you did it again! Thank you and your friend’s.

Thanks for having our backs !

Jo3n

Appreciate John Wells most welcome input. Few of us talking about what, “swamp “, means. If I don’t name the swamp, how can I drain the swamp? I believe 80% up in our Congress are sneaky, stealing,lying, and traitorous bastards. Anyone in politics isn’t because of, “public service “, it’s the free taxpayers money. I’m for Trump today more than ever. Somehow, that reckless ego just can’t get out of his way.How can Trump drain what he isn’t seeing?

ANutterVet
Harvey has made land fall a few minutes ago. Please stay safe, and don’t do nothing foolish, the Police aren’t making calls. If you plan on acting up, call the Police first, to see if they’re making emergency calls. Winds up to 130 mph can be expected. Their calling for this to be a BIG STORM. UPDATE – – – About 9 months ago is when I first put my mind to it, in starting to find the best ways… Read more »
oldmarine

Nutter………manufactured weather

“https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZyVnrmcZSY&t=7s”

Seymore Klearly
From Dr. Meyrl Nass “I am opening a private internal medicine practice September 1 in Ellsworth, Maine” I hope to see patients with challenging disorders, those who wish to reduce their medications and/or use diet and lifestyle changes to improve health (especially diabetes and hypertension), and those with illnesses occurring after tick bites, fibromyalgia-related, or a consequence of military service or anthrax vaccine. I will also treat the range of illnesses seen in primary care internal medicine, and I love… Read more »
Jo3n
@ANutterVet, I know that I irritate ya, occasionally. We are organizing as we speak. Not just unlikable Veterans, but unlikable Christians alike. Don’t lose hope 5 minutes before the miracle. God knows we can use one. As the VHA is what it is, I will not support. Dr. Shulkin has plans…? No longer about Veterans. It’s about the AFGE EMPLOYEES AND MANAGEMENT. Like everywhere in our thieving Government elected or not, 80%, at least, need to go. Bye bye. Start… Read more »
Crazy elf

Today is Saturday. Wonder what the Veterans Administration have/has in store for us?
What bullshit are they going to try to cover-up?

Have a great weekend!

For those who live in eastern texas, around Corpus Christi, be careful!

WyldeChylde

the only thing the VA had better have in store for me is my goddamned benefits. Else, War.

TaB
I’m very upset here and feel like we’re being played for fools. Since Trump became president, IMO, none of the laws he has passed involving the VA benefits veterans and/or whistleblowers. The VA Accountability Act of 2017 just makes it easier to fire whistleblowers. Do a Google search for VA whistleblowers and you will see retaliation is in full effect. And this latest piece of legislation? It isn’t gonna do a thing except for playing musical chairs with the claims.… Read more »
WyldeChylde

this is why I keep saying we need to organize and take the fight to the VA, outside of the system until the system is forced to acknowledge their in a fight for their very survival.

All I keep getting here are crickets. No response, not really anything. I have some ideas in mind perhaps I’ll go start my own thing.

cj
WyldeChylde: You may not be getting a response, but there are many more people reading this blog then you may realize. For instance, you present to the people, your going to engage in a march, post the date, time, and location, you’ll find people asking questions, and wanting to join in. That was just an example, of course you can apply it to whatever you have in mind. You may also want to install the “wire” app, some here use… Read more »
Crazy elf

TaB,
In my opinion, the union needs to be dismantled – completely! It’s their “strategy” to ensure VA employees are the way they are – crooked, lying pieces of filth! [I’m being nice tonight!]
In my opinion, IF the union was denutted, half our war would be won!

cj

@Crazy elf: elf, I agree, the best first step in fixing the VA is to completely dismantle the AFGE On point as usual.

Crazy elf
Do y’all remember when I put on here an article about the two most hated groups in America, Christians and Veterans! Well, here’s another leftist article claiming the same crap! From: “bizpacreview.com” Titled; “Huff Po asks if serving our country turns you into a racist” Dated: Aug. 27, 2017 By: Samantha Chang The left leaning radical liberal democrats are really going all out to discredit everyone in the military! Maybe it’s time those asswipes join the military! Let them get… Read more »
Ranger11bv

As per usual, we will complain until we die and NOTHING gets done……

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