High-Ranking VA Attorney Runs ‘Worst’ Veterans Charity

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VA AttorneyCNN left out that the head of the “worst” rated veterans org is also a high-ranking VA attorney within the agency and runs its Homeland Security operations.

CNN recently outted VA attorney J. Thomas Burch Jr for running National Vietnam Veterans Foundation, one of the worst rated veteran charities in the country. National Vietnam Veterans Foundation only donated $122,000 to veterans of its $8.6 million raised in 2014.

VA ATTORNEY BACKGROUND

For some reason or another, CNN happened to leave out that Burch is not just a VA attorney, but a high-ranking VA attorney who has a stranglehold on reporter Freedom of Information Act requests with VA Office of General Counsel. He is also the VA Deputy Director of Homeland Security & Operations. And, he is also a longtime DC insider with deep connections to the Republican party.

More on that later, but it certainly made me wonder how or why CNN would leave those details out. What about that CNN?

WATCH: ‘Worst’ Charity For Veterans Run By VA Employee

CNN ON J THOMAS BURCH JR

According to CNN, NVVF used the funds for questionable purposes in 2014 including over $8,000 for parking, likely for Burch’s Rolls Royce.

Yes, the man drives a Rolls Royce that even has a license plate saying “MY ROLLS”. When CNN tried to confront him about spending, he sped off in the black beauty.

Burch Rolls RoyceNVVF’s listed expenses for 2014 included:

“$133,000 for travel, $21,000 for unnamed “awards”, $70,000 for a category described as “other expenses” and even a little more than $8,000 for parking.”

Burch’s salary was $65,000 for working 30 hours while also receiving $127,000 for his full-time work as VA attorney.

In light of these numbers, I found myself wondering how this elderly veteran finds the time and energy to put in 70 hours per week. Or is he skimping on his VA duties?

Here is what the CNN coverage left out.

MORE ON J THOMAS BURCH JR

Speaking of duties, Burch even has two jobs at VA. He is the leading Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) attorney for the VA Office of General Counsel. He is also the Deputy Director of Homeland Security and Operations at VA.

Homeland Security at VA? Yes, that is right.

I spoke with him in 2014 about a FOIA request when he identified himself as Deputy Director. When I asked him “Of what?” he replied with the rest of his title. When I asked him “why” VA has such a position, he swiftly hung up the phone.

After digging a little, I learned that Burch is a well-connected DC insider who has long enjoyed deep connections within certain conservative circles.

In 1988, he petitioned the Bush Administration for a position in the Department of Defense:

“I would very much like to serve as a confirmation by Senate appointee in the Department of Defense during the Bush administration. I have a particular interest in the position of either Under Secretary of the Army or Assistant Secretary of Defense (Acquisitions and Logistics).”

Can you ever imagine ever making such a brazen petition?

DOWNLOAD: J Thomas Burch Petition To HW Bush White House

J THOMAS BURCH JR TOOK OUT JOHN MCCAIN

In 2000, he openly criticized Senator John McCain during the presidential election cycle in support of George W. Bush. His statements as reported by the NY Times resulted in significant rebuke from numerous Senators:

On Thursday Mr. Bush shared a stage in Sumter, S.C., with J. Thomas Burch Jr., chairman of the National Vietnam and Gulf War Veterans Committee, who said Mr. McCain, hailed as a hero for surviving five years in a North Vietnamese prison camp, had opposed measures dealing with Agent Orange and gulf war syndrome as well as legislation to help families of soldiers missing in action in Vietnam.

”He came home, forgot us,” Mr. Burch said.

In the letter to Mr. Bush, the senators said: ”We are writing to express our dismay at the misinformed accusations leveled by your surrogate.”

”These allegations are absolutely false,” said the letter signed by Senators Max Cleland of Georgia, Bob Kerrey of Nebraska, John Kerry of Massachusetts and Charles S. Robb of Virginia, all Democrats, and Chuck Hagel of Nebraska, a Republican and one of Mr. McCain’s few supporters in the Senate.

”Indeed,” it went on, ”Mr. Burch was a leading critic of President Reagan’s and your father’s policies on POW/MIA issues, and he vehemently opposed a historic effort led by the Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs carried out on a bipartisan basis which resulted in the declassification of millions of documents and the identification and return to the United States of the remains of hundreds of American servicemen who were missing in action.”

The senators wrote that Mr. McCain was a leader on veterans issues. ”We hope you will publicly disassociate yourself from these efforts, and apologize to Senator McCain.”

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2000/02/05/us/2000-campaign-veterans-issue-five-senators-rebuke-bush-for-criticism-mccain.html

J THOMAS BURCH JR TOOK OUT JOHN KERRY

And in 2004, he criticized then Senator John Kerry during the swift boat hoopla:

John Thomas Burch Jr. has been fighting the Vietnam War on many fronts.

An official at the Veterans Affairs Department, he has also overseen a lucrative but little-known veterans fundraising group and served as a Bush campaign surrogate willing to scorch war heroes on veterans issues.

Now, as the Bush campaign targets Kerry’s Vietnam-era record, Burch, a Vietnam vet too, appears poised to re-enter the campaign fray.

Last year, he registered the Internet domain names veteransforkerry.org and veteransforkerry.com (the domain names as published have been corrected in this text).

Neither Web site is up and running–it is not clear if Burch registered them to prevent Kerry from having the names or for some other reason. Burch did not respond to requests for comment.

Kerry campaign spokesman David Wade said he assumes this was an attempt to make mischief with the senator’s campaign.

“I suspect they plan to fill cyberspace with all kinds of vicious lies,” Wade said. “The same gang that slandered John McCain is going to try the same, under-the-radar-screen sneak attacks to mislead veterans and distort John Kerry’s record.”

One thing is certain: Burch has been a longtime foe of the Democratic contender.

Source: http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2004-02-22/news/0402220459_1_burch-sen-john-mccain-bush-campaign

(Apparently, Burch had a bipartisan disliking of anyone named “John” who was running for president.)

The operative phrase here was that Burch “lucrative but little-known veterans fundraising group”. So the Chicago Tribune references his group as a “fundraising group” that apparently everyone knew was “lucrative”. Well, everyone except the donors given money to a nonprofit they likely believed would then redistribute the money to veterans other than the CEO of the group and his fundraising cronies.

Why is CNN just now reporting on this? What about the Washington Times? Where was our news media for the past 12 years?

As far as Burch’s connections, it does not end there.

Burch has photos with practically every major Republican politician in the J. Thomas Burch Jr Collection at Texas Tech University.

And he was not only the founder of the National Vietnam Veterans Foundation.

He was also the fearless leader of the National Vietnam Veterans Coalition Foundation before it was named in a lawsuit with a telemarketing shell company called Telecom Telemarketing Services, Inc, back in 2001.

DID VA ATTORNEY KNOWINGLY USE SHADY TELECOMS?

Since then, he has enjoyed the fruits of relationships with other telemarketing shell companies that keep 90% of the funds raised for his charity. But this is obviously not new news given the comments from the Chicago Tribune back in 2004.

According to NVVF’s recent IRS 990 Form, two of these firms are Community Support Inc / Outsource 3000 and Midwest Publishing, Inc.

Both of these firms and their respective owners are repeatedly named in various states as being shady, dishonest companies that rip off donors by lying to them on the phone.

Now, take a quick look at their websites and let me know if these look like the websites of companies earning millions of dollars each year in donations for charities like NVVF:

Do either of these websites reflect a copy worth millions that you would hire to even mow your lawn much less run your fundraising?

Apparently, Outsource 3000 is owned by the same people who owned Community Support Inc (CSI) that was ordered to shut down operations in 30 states after getting caught “lying” to donors back in 2008, according to the Center For Investigative Reporting.

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Yikes, right?!

So, how can such a high-ranking VA attorney / Vietnam veteran / VA Deputy Director of Homeland Security and Operation, DC insider who has taken out two presidential candidates “mistakenly” hire shady companies using deceptive fundraising techniques to raise funds?

Was he merely misled each and every year by the same companies that pocketed 90% of the $29 million donated to NVVF since 2010? Did the money get moved off ledger? Did it wind up in Panama? What exactly happened to the funds and how did all of Washington DC know it was going on?

I suspect the answer will be revealed by the VA OIG investigation that is supposedly underway now that CNN outted Burch. Does it seem reasonable to believe those findings will reveal that J. Thomas Burch Jr is in on the scam?

But who really knows, right?

The guy may drive his Rolls Royce and pay $8,000 per year for parking just because he is a great guy who cares about veterans… unless you are a POW / MIA or Purple Heart recipient like John McCain or John Kerry.

Now, I do not fault the guy for driving a car that he likes and is proud of (although we can fault him for the douchey license plate “MY ROLLS”). I would love to drive a Rolls Royce, or Jaguar or something fancy some day (minus the license plate).

I do fault the guy for using knowingly shady shell companies to fundraise for his veterans organization that keep 89% of the funds raised. That is a problem for me.

It serves as a slap in the face for veterans and the organizations that support us.

Source: http://www.cnn.com/2016/05/16/politics/vietnam-veterans-charity/

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37 Comments

  1. Another grand case of the VA having a ‘fox guarding the henhouse’, (FOIA gatekeeper).
    This guy is no different than these VA Surgeons that are paid to fulfill a position (say, Neurosurgeon or as in this case, Attorney), paid for filling that position while being paid to hold several other paid positions…while neglecting primary reason WHY said cash flow exists….The VETERANS.

    No exceptions nor passes given for this scammer of $$$$$$$$$$$$$$. Not while there’s even -1- Homeless Veteran and a fuxated with corruption VA.

  2. I also wonder how much $$$$$ this asswipe has received from lobbyists?
    How many “off-shore accounts” does he have?
    How well does he play with the VA’s union – afge?

    Most “pundants” now believe Mr.Trump will win the election. IF he does, I believe he’s going to be VERY buzy during his “first 100 days in office!”
    I believe many, and I do mean MANY, government employees better start looking for another job in the private sector! I believe there’s going to be one hell of a shake-up and a wake-up call in our rotten to the core government! On both sides of the aisles!

    Lastly, on the McCain and Kerry bit concerning the POW/MIA issue. I’ve seen Utube videos where these two “blocked family members and some organizations from receiving information!” I know this to be factual! Because, if all the records were made public. McCain’s treachery of the many “North Vietnam ‘propaganda films’ he made would come into the light!” Remember, Nixon “pardoned songbird McCain!”
    Even today, there’s a “75 year block” set in place. There was an article recently, within the last three months, concerning this very issue on a “World News Report!”

  3. Also, I would suggest everyone of us send this article off to as many news sources as possible. Get it out there. Put it on everything y’all can think of.
    Let the (“liberal”) news sources know what WE KNOW! And it’s time for them to say something. “[We] are mad as hell, and [we] ain’t going to stand by and let any more veterans DIE because of these incompetent idiots!

  4. Hey There Nope,

    I don’t know if these are new to you but they are worth taking a look at and knowing about.

    Top Veterans Service Organizations sent to the VA Commission on Care following an April Commission meeting where VSOs were invited to present their response to the Strawman document in which seven Commission members proposed total elimination of the VHA in 20 years.

    The VSOs had also heard that the commission was considering expanding Veterans Choice to every Veteran.

    “American Legion Leaders Go Against the memberships wishes and lobbies against expanding Veterans Choice to All Veterans.

    “American Legion Defies Members, Discards Its Own Survey Showing Vets Want Private Care”

    “http://dailycaller.com/2016/05/11/american-legion-defies-members-discards-its-own-survey-showing-vets-want-private-care/”

    “The Legion’s top brass told The Daily Caller News Foundation that it threw out the survey results because surveys aren’t comprehensive and veterans weren’t savvy enough to know that private-sector doctors don’t always provide perfect care either.”

    “The Legion and six other similar Veterans Service Organizations (VSO) wrote to a government commission April 29, saying their national executive boards did not favor expanding the Choice Card program to all veterans.”

    What truly Corrupted, Back Stabbing, Self-Preserving, Organization these VSOs are!!!

    Here is a link to the letter they signed, just copy and paste to your address bar and remove the quotes:

    “http://suzannecgordon.com/letter-sent-to-the-commission-on-care-from-vsos/”

    Here is a list of the VSOs that signed:

    The American Legion
    DAV (Disabled American Veterans)
    VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars)
    Paralyzed Veterans of America
    Military Officers Association of America
    Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA)
    Vietnam Veterans of America

    Nope here’s another one for you. Again it about corruption in a VSO. The former head of all American Legion post in Oklahoma while he was embezzling over a million and change. Demonstrating that it truly takes some sick SOBs to run these so called VSOs.

    “Embezzled American Legion funds may have gone for drugs, records show”

    “http://newsok.com/embezzled-american-legion-funds-may-have-gone-for-drugs-records-show/article/4913487”

    “Kellerman was observed “on several occasions” driving to a hotel in Yukon and visiting with a woman who has a long history of drug possession and manufacturing, an Oklahoma Veteran Affairs Department special agent, Steven Pancoast, wrote in a search warrant affidavit.”

    “The woman — identified as Tamara Brown — was later questioned about those visits. Brown, 50, spent time in prison and is now on probation until 2023 for a methamphetamine manufacturing conviction, prison records show.”

    “During the interview, Tammy admitted that she would supply Kellerman with a couple of grams of meth a day,” Pancoast wrote. “Tammy stated that Kellerman would even purchase meth twice a day from her. Tammy also stated that Kellerman showed her pictures that he had on his phone of underage Mexican girls having sex with animals.”

    If that isn’t enough for you there are more on the sick SOBs listed in Yesterdays Comment section dealing with the American Legion.

    • Just wanted to add that the letter from the VSOs, shows that the VSOs are in a fight against Veterans and are instead fighting for the Veterans Administration as corrupt as it is.

  5. Hmm. Good thing there are Laws and Codes of Ethics. Oh wait, this is the VA we’re talking about. More job security for the VA IG who are all former VA employees looking out for there own. Only in America….

  6. According to the VA’s Legal Rules, you cannot be on a non-profit and work at the VA. How did is this guy getting away with this? It’s flat out illegal and he should be in jail.

  7. I saw a picture of this guy wearing a Green Beret. I have to wonder though if he was in the Special Forces or if he’s just another “wannabe” type like McDonald. I’d like to see that checked out. First, the scandal about WWP came up which I was sending $19.00 a month to for several years. Well, when the WWP scandal hit the news that was when I canceled my monthly credit card donation to them. I’ll never give to another veterans charity again, but I’ll go furthur than that and say I’ll never give to any other charity again either. Yeah, I remember when they were trashing Kerry’s military service back in 2004. They showed up at their Republican convention wearing paper Purple Hearts to make fun of Kerry’s three Purple Hearts. The whole damn thing was disgusting to me to say the least!

    • @dennis
      It was due to “HOW” he received those Purple Hearts, medals and awards, which was being questioned by the many who served with him!
      They would be the ones who would have direct knowledge!
      Please research his (“questionable”) ways he received his many medals and awards!
      You might not be think too highly of him after.
      I’ve personally met Navy veterans who served WITH him. They were not too cordial, or polite, on the way they spoke about him! I’m trying to be polite on this issue!
      Especially on what he did, and how he acted after he returned, (and his separation out of the Navy), during the Vietnam War!

  8. No conflict of interest here. It is very interesting to see this guy not only be the head of that “charity”, but also to see what positions he holds in the VA.
    He obviously has been following the money for years.
    I know personally the person responsible for getting him to add Gulf War veterans issues to his fundraising campaign. Quite a bit more makes sense now. It explains why funding was so secretive, and how they used those funds was so secretive.
    I would like to see transcripts of any fundraising pitches made on behalf of Gulf War veterans. The NVVF has had a connection to Gulf War veterans since at least the mid to late 1990’s, so they likely raised a boatload of money to be used as their own private slush fund for a very few.
    The person I know that is connected to Burch does work hard on behalf of Gulf War vets, but I doubt they are not aware of these fundraising schemes. It damn sure would have been helpful if that funding were better used rather than going to someone’s Rolls Royce.

    • @91Veteran
      Seymore Klearly said he’s also a CEO of other VSO’s in Washington. Some, he said, “…[he] never heard of.”
      And at one time he was a high mucky-muck of the VFW in Washington.
      Burch sure gets around, huh?!
      No wonder no one can get FOIA’s ! He’s nothing more than a “career criminal insider politician!” A top puke ass fat boy who Cox should “WHOOP” thoroughly!

      • Here is a link to his information page on his website NVVF.org.

        “http://nvvf.org/officers.htm”

  9. Burch. Flim flam man at the top of his game. Job’s being sent overseas.

    They talk about gang’s.? and sex.it’s costs ? and these type of people are the ring leader’s.

    Like everyone says.Follow the ?.I bet all his buddies are involved.how many are VA officials.

    I’ve never gave to any of the people whom claim they want money to help veterans. Scam !

    IF dishonesty is going to be part of the hiring requirements.then they should make it mandatory studies from middle school on.

    How are these type of people hired and why have others let them get away with it.

    Now.I remember ? talks bull shit walks. They will continue to fleece America as long as our elected officials let them.

    I don’t think anyone gives a damb if Americans are getting scammed. Why should they as long as they get their piece of the Pie!

    Something smells really bad about this guy’s.need to find out who his best friend’s are.that should shead some light on him.

  10. Like Ron Says below need to follow the money.

    Definitely need to follow the money on this one in both directions from the sources donating to this bogus charity to the pockets it lines in the end.

    On another note here is a link to a picture of Burch hanging out with one of the guys from the office his good buddy the big dog himself the Secretary promoting Burch’s charity and doing a photo op.

    “http://nvvf.org/photos/Photos%20for%20website/P1000816.JPG”

    Isn’t that Josh Earnest in the background the White House Press Secretary looking really disgusted and like he really didn’t want to be there or be part of this?

    Oh and look there Robbie McDonald holding hands with Burch. Both looking like they made out big time raiding some more discretionary funds at the VA. Looking more and more like another VA slush Fund to me, and it isn’t the slush fund attached to the hotel in Paris.

    Anyone notice that in the CNN report they say that out of the $122,000, $11,128 went to Mr. Burch’s brother in the form of an emergency grant. So if you deduct that grant the charity only spent $110,872 on Veterans. When you do the math it means that the charity only spent 1.2% on Veterans after taking in $8,657,816 last year.

    So the number is only 1.2% of the $8,657,816 collected last year went to assist Veterans.

    • Oh and forgot to add Robbie McDonald is wearing way to much make up in the picture. Way to much!!

      It makes him look evil.

    • When you just take that final # of $8,657,816 collected last year and multiply by 1.2% interest you get JUST ABOUT SAME PAYOUT # of $103,893. and change. This *reeks* of a Ponzi scheme of sorts,. doesn’t it? (just pay-out interest on donations and spend/keep the rest, yearly)

      Benjamin….look at the Math. 🙂

      • Hey Namnibor,

        Just to be clear on why I pulled the $11,128 grant from the amount of $122,000.

        In the letter nvvf.org sent to David Fitzpatrick Senior Producer, CNN April 25, 2016 they state the following. Which to me indicates that William Burch was only supposedly qualified for assistance because his brother was a Veteran. Not because he himself was a Veteran.

        “WILLIAM BURCH ASSISTANCE: The Foundation has a long history of providing emergency assistance aid to Veterans and their family members who find themselves in dire financial straits. William Burch, brother of the Foundation president, experienced severe financial hardship caused by a disability and was granted assistance in accordance with the Foundation’s CONFLICT OF INTEREST protocol which requires that the proponent abstain from voting, while the members of the board review and determine a course of action. It is very important to note that despite the issue of privacy, William Burch was named and listed on the appropriate IRS Form 990s which is open to public view.”

        Although access to the letter is blocked at their site located at nvvf.org. I found a way around it and anyone can see it by using the following link. It is total Garbage and shows really how little they actually do at there org.

        “http://www.nationalvietnamveteransfoundation.org/CNN_FINAL_RESPONSE.pdf”

        Just copy and paste the link above with out the quotes into your address bar.

        Oh and Namibor I was sightly off on the 1.2%. It is actually 1.2806%.

  11. Excellent article, Ben! Thank you for the research put into this.
    Prediction: Sudden retirement by high ranking VA Attorney

    • The greed will get the better of him. It always does. Hope he has made enemies so they will tell what they know.

      These type of people. Using disabled people or veterans for personnel gain are destroying the very fabric of America.

      It’s time for the justice department to do a major investigation and an old fasion round up.

  12. @everyone

    In the comment by “Shann” below. He states it’s “illegal” for one to “…work for a nonprofit and the VA…” at the same time.
    I’m not saying he’s wrong. If he’s correct then who and how can civil and criminal charges be brought against those involved in the scam against donors?
    Can ‘donors’ bring civil suit charges, and/or complaints, against those involved?

    If the answer to these are “yes”! Then shouldn’t an attorney(s) start contacting donors to get the ball rolling?
    Maybe the attorney(s) could help donors bring fraud or some kind of criminal charges against those involed.
    Once that’s accomplished, then go after anyone within the VA who financially benefited from his illegal “foundation”?

    I believe it’s time for people to band together and demand these kinds of criminal activities cease! Plus criminal charges be brought.
    Burch shouldn’t be able to use VA’s legalise help. Because it was his foundation which committed fraud not the VA. If individuals within VA received monies later, then they should be charged individually with undeniable proof of a criminal activity!

    At least that’s my opinion! Maybe Ben could put a commercial on tv, like “Morgan & Morgan”, and ask people the following question; “Have you been ripped off by a non-profit veterans organization? If you think you have, contact my office!”
    I don’t believe this is illegal.

    What say y’all?

    • Bernie maddoff’s cousin maybe or teacher. Scam is the game.

      Yes the people who donated to a good cause.

      Should get their money back and be present at his. Their trial to testify or just to see the look on his face.

      • @James

        I agree 100%! People who donated should put up a fuss and demand law enforcement arrest those involved!
        Crack down on this crap by all these VSO’s. I’ll bet they’ll run away like Burch, the little COWARD!

        People have to start demanding asswipes like this need to be in prison!

  13. This Ahole Sounds like the Clintons. (Probably connected to them)
    I`m a disable Wheelchair bound Vietnam Veteran, I make & sell holsters on ebay. (Not plugging my gig so I`ll spare you my eBay username) (No it`s not the one here)
    I wanted to donate to the best Veterans Charity that the highest amount of the proceeds actually reach & help Veterans.
    I can only donate 10% of my holster sales because of Ebay-Paypal fees. But, I donate to the DAV-CST (Disable American Veterans, Charitable Service Trust).
    To find out “Who” Gets your money, You can go to “Charity Navigator” to get the ratings of ALL Charities in the U.S. Charity Navigator Is also a non Profit watchdog group that does research on all Charities in the U.S. It was thru their rating system that brought me from Wounded Warrior Project, Another scam outfit that pays themselves Unrealistic Upper 6 figure salary`s in FL.
    (KNOW) Who you`re donating to. Nowadays Thieve`s are thick as fleas. You can`t just trust anybody 60 second Commercials ain`t cheap. The DAV has commercials tho few & far between But, The DAV-CST Don`t have commercials. (That I`ve seen)

    • @handcannon72vet
      If this is the Disabled American Veterans, they are rated “D-” through “Charity Watch”!
      Go to “”DAVReform.org”” to check out what their upper echelon gets paid!
      Many who used to donate their names to it– stopped! One was the actor, Gary Senise!
      He still helps with DAV childrens home, but that’s it. And he doesn’t broadcast about it much!
      Once you’ve been suckered by a VSO, it’s hard to trust any of them!
      Many have come on here and have expressed their contempt for the DAV!

      Please, google that site. Then read many of the comments.

      • crazy elf Gary Senise a great guy he sent me an e-mail after I got my trac chair From his organization people like him we could contact to start an organization against all this corruption

    • Hi Handcannon72vet,

      Just want to point out the red button on the top right of this page. Right under the word Contribute and the statement “Help us help you hold the Dept. of Veterans Affairs accountable.”.

      To me I have watched what Ben has accomplished for Veterans and his ability to get things done for all Veterans. Just looking back at Ben’s work and successes like bringing the fact that the VA has been using unqualified doctors to diagnose Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI).

      Ben is the person who got the new team at Kare 11 and AJ Lagoe involved. It was Ben and his patient he represented that got the investigation going. In the end the VA now admits that more than over 25,000 veterans received brain injury exams from unqualified doctors.

      Ben’s last post on the subject May 5th, 2016 Ben was able to state “VA Secretary Robert McDonald is expected to announce later this week that affected veterans can apply for “equitable relief”.”

      Those are some amazing results.

      A special on the TBI investigation can be found at:

      “https://www.disabledveterans.org/2016/02/24/scope-of-va-tbi-scandal-exposed-in-tv-special/”

      Ben’s last Post on the TBI investigation can be found at:

      “https://www.disabledveterans.org/2016/05/05/veterans-affairs-tbi-scandal-affected-25000-veterans/”

      That is not the only very impressive work that has greatly affect thousands of Veterans lives that leads back to Ben.

      You do remember when Veterans choice first began it was 40 miles as the crows fly.

      Ben made it a national issue when the emmy award winning video again from the Kare 11 news team and AJ Lagoe was featured on John Stewart’s the Daily Show. It all started with Ben and his client who was dying from stage 4 cancer.

      More on Ben’s work on the Veterans Choice Program and Paul Walker at:

      “https://www.disabledveterans.org/2015/03/11/shocking-veterans-choice-farce-exposed-dying-veteran-tv/”

      And the results of Ben’s amazing work on the Veterans Choice Program issue involving the crow fly rule.

      “https://www.disabledveterans.org/2015/03/27/veterans-choice-reversal-doubles-access-non-va-care/”

      Handcannon I guess what I am trying to tell you if you want to contribute to someone who is doing an very amazing Job helping hundreds of thousands of Veterans you might want to hit that contribute but on the right hand side at the top of the page.

  14. This scumbag should be in jail. When will we wake up (rise up?) and put a stop to the thievery, fraud, corruption and criminal behavior that seems so rampant in so many aspects of veterans-related affairs. What will it take to put a stop to this? Is this a potential class action opportunity? I am a service disabled Vietnam vet who is flat out pissed off that this bs persists.

    • The only two ways I see something being done. Our elected officials get off their duff and go after them.

      Veterans in droves go to Washington and those that can’t go. Protest out side their local VA.

      Until our elected officials see for themselves that veterans and the public are outraged. Nothing will change.

  15. Help me I can’t take this anymore this is really eating me up I don’t think I can take any more when can we all pulled together and start our own organization there’s power in numbers ben help us please help us before it’s too late or is it already too late we need to form a group and you’re the one and only one that can do it my god everybody’s behind you 100% don’t you know that I can’t help it this turns me inside out makes me wanna do bad bad things to people has anyone received survey form from the VA I have and I fielded out I think the last question was would I Trust them With my medical what a joke I swear to god that is what they asked me

    • Agree. The things that have come to light and our elected officials are not demanding the OIG or the justice department to act now.

      Has many. Many of us outraged. Ben is a very good person and he and his helpers and us. Would make a great team.

      Hand out tasks for us to do. Leg work and we could make a difference. But we need a plan and what our end goal is.

      Hell if some jerk afge can get congress to do his bidding. Thousands of veterans can do the same.

      Facebook is power !

      It has to be broadcasted !

  16. Hi Everyone, this is re-post of a response I gave to Handcannon. I hope you all don’t mind to much but just wanted to make sure everyone here knows.

    Hi Handcannon72vet,

    Just want to point out the red button on the top right of this page. Right under the word Contribute and the statement “Help us help you hold the Dept. of Veterans Affairs accountable.”.

    To me I have watched what Ben has accomplished for Veterans and his ability to get things done for all Veterans. Just looking back at Ben’s work and successes like bringing the fact that the VA has been using unqualified doctors to diagnose Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI).

    Ben is the person who got the news team at Kare 11 and AJ Lagoe involved. It was Ben and his patient he represented that got the investigation going. In the end the VA now admits that more than over 25,000 veterans received brain injury exams from unqualified doctors.

    Ben’s last post on the subject May 5th, 2016 Ben was able to state “VA Secretary Robert McDonald is expected to announce later this week that affected veterans can apply for “equitable relief”.”

    Those are some amazing results.

    A special on the TBI investigation can be found at:

    “https://www.disabledveterans.org/2016/02/24/scope-of-va-tbi-scandal-exposed-in-tv-special/”

    Ben’s last Post on the TBI investigation can be found at:

    “https://www.disabledveterans.org/2016/05/05/veterans-affairs-tbi-scandal-affected-25000-veterans/”

    That is not the only very impressive work that has greatly affect thousands of Veterans lives that leads back to Ben.

    You do remember when Veterans choice first began with it’s 40 miles as the crows fly.

    Ben made it a national issue when the emmy award winning video again from the Kare 11 news team and AJ Lagoe was featured on John Stewart’s the Daily Show. It all started with Ben and his client who was dying from stage 4 cancer.

    More on Ben’s work on the Veterans Choice Program and Paul Walker at:

    “https://www.disabledveterans.org/2015/03/11/shocking-veterans-choice-farce-exposed-dying-veteran-tv/”

    And the results of Ben’s amazing work on the Veterans Choice Program issue involving the crow fly rule.

    “https://www.disabledveterans.org/2015/03/27/veterans-choice-reversal-doubles-access-non-va-care/”

    Handcannon I guess what I am trying to tell you if you want to contribute to someone who is doing an very amazing Job helping hundreds of thousands of Veterans you might want to hit that contribute button the right hand side near the top of the page.

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