Category Archives: VA Claims Updates

Attorney who led VCS lawsuit against VA for veterans honored in series of articles about his legacy

A series of articles on toxic exposures in the June issue of The American Legion Magazine pays tribute to attorney Gordon Erspamer, whose many landmark cases in his distinguished career  included leading the Veterans for Common Sense lawsuit in 2007 against the … Continue reading

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VA launches welcome kit to guide Veterans to the benefits and services they’ve earned

SOURCE:  VAntage Point, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs This is where Veterans should start. VA’s onboarding process can be overwhelming at times. Veterans who have visited a VA outreach booth, VA eligibility office, or have gone through a Transition Assistance … Continue reading

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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. TESTIMONY: https://archives-veterans.house.gov/submission-record/aanthony-hardie-gulf-war-veteran-and-director-veterans-common-sense HEARING ARCHIVE: https://docs.house.gov/Committee/Calendar/ByEvent.aspx?EventID=104497 Testimony archived text: SUBMISSION FOR THE RECORD OF ANTHONY HARDIE, GULF WAR … Continue reading

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VA gets ‘F’ for Persian Gulf War claims approvals

ARCHIVED TEXT SOURCE: https://www.armytimes.com/veterans/2016/03/15/va-gets-f-for-persian-gulf-war-claims-approvals/?utm_source=clavis ARCHIVED TEXT: Veterans VA gets ‘F’ for Persian Gulf War claims approvals By: Patricia Kime   March 15, 2016   The percent of disability claims approved by the Veterans Affairs Department for Persian Gulf War-related illnesses has … 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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