Category Archives: VA Claims

VCS Expresses Concern about End to VA Data Report

(Washington, DC – June 9, 2017) — In a news story published this week, Veterans for Common Sense expressed concern regarding plans by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to end a national data report used internally and by … Continue reading

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VA Claims Errors Leave One in Every Seven Veterans Shortchanged

(Washington – June 7, 2017) — The Boston Herald today reported higher than average error rates on veterans’ disability claims at one regional office of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs  (“Errors Leave Veterans Shortchanged“, June 7, 2017, by Jack Encarnacao). The … Continue reading

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BOSTON HERALD: “VA errors ‘an absolute travesty’”

(Washington, April 30, 2017) — The first of a Boston Herald two-part series published today highlighted ongoing errors in processing of veterans’ service-connected disability claims at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Regional Office in Boston, Mass. According to the … Continue reading

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VCS Provides Written Testimony for Congressional Hearing on Gulf War Veterans’ Claims Denials

Veterans for Common Sense provided the following invited written testimony for a March 15, 2016 Congressional hearing on Gulf War veterans’ benefits and disability claims denials. SUBMISSION FOR THE RECORD OF ANTHONY HARDIE, GULF WAR VETERAN AND DIRECTOR, VETERANS FOR COMMON SENSE  BEFORE THE … Continue reading

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WASHINGTON FREE BEACON: Special Counsel Says VA Sought to Attack, Discredit Whistleblowers

SOURCE:  Washington Beacon, Alana Goodman reporting, Feb. 29, 2016 http://freebeacon.com/issues/special-counsel-says-va-sought-to-attack-discredit-whistleblowers/ ARCHIVED ARTICLE: NOTE: The VA inspector general’s office did not respond to request for comment.   Special Counsel Says VA Sought to Attack, Discredit Whistleblowers By Alana Goodman The Washington … Continue reading

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VCS Calls on VA Secretary to “Clean House” at Florida VA Regional Office

(Veterans for Common Sense – Jan. 6, 2016) – According to a Tampa Bay Times news story surrounding a new VA inspector general report, more than 41,000 pieces of mail containing veterans’ disability claim documentation were unopened  during a recent inspection at the troubled … Continue reading

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VCS Calls on VA Leadership to ‘right the ship’ at St. Petersburg VA regional office

(Veterans for Common Sense – Aug. 31, 2015) –  A new report by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) inspector general found serious errors in one in every five of a sample of veterans’ disability claims processed by the VA regional office in … Continue reading

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VA Cooking the Books on Suicide Data, too | Veterans for Common Sense

Over the course of this year, systemic failures at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) have become known to the public, including VA cooking the books on veterans’ healthcare, disability claims, and medical research. A new investigative report by … Continue reading

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VA’s Claims Backlog Assertions Disputed During Tense Congressional Hearing | Veterans for Common Sense

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) officials’ claimed to have nearly resolved the VA disability claims backlog during a Congressional hearing this week.  Those claims were widely disputed, not just by members of the U.S. House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs that … Continue reading

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228,000 Veterans’ Claims Never Completed, then Dropped by VA | Veterans for Common Sense

A new investigative report by NextGov’s Bob Brewin (“Hundreds of thousands of VA disability claims not processed”) shows that at least 228,000 veterans’ claims have been dropped by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) because they weren’t completed in … Continue reading

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