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Unsafe Syringe Reuse Prescribed by the Veterans Administration - The VA prescribed reuse of disposable syringes, even after Veterans complaints that it was unsafe, and a subsequent letter from the manufacturer of disposable syringes expressing concern that this practice was unsafe.
"THERAPEUTIC MISADVENTURE" death certificate from the VA in Atlanta -Clearly states that this veteran was killed by the VA doctors. It also states it was no accident. The entire document would have been unacceptable in the private sector. Even the signatures have been altered!
This 1992 Army recruiting brochure - Military personnel and their families will receive free "EARNED" health care coverage for life in return for 20 years of active service. There is NO mention of deductibles, CO-pays, or premiums.
Label From Container of Hazardous Insect Repellant - Troops were required to use during the Gulf War and is still use it today.
National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) Process - The Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), through a Memorandum of Understanding with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), is providing the FBI with information on veterans rated as incompetent, incompetent surviving spouses, adult helpless children and dependent parents.
Congressman Lane Evans - VA made "False And Misleading" response to ABC's 20/20 program on disabled veterans claims of mistreatment. A VA memo provides employees "talking points" to respond to press inquires generated from an ABC "20/20" segment. The segment examines VA handling of claims filed by veterans for service-connected disability compensation benefits.
Executive Order 13139 - President Clinton signs Order allowing administering of drugs to our troops not yet approved by the FDA.
Code of Patient Concern - (VA Form 10-7991) - The unusual part about this VA Form is, that it has disappeared from the VA's "official web site" (http://www.va.gov/forms/default.asp) for ALL VA Forms. When Veteran's Rights Activist, JERE BEERY inquired via email about the missing document, he was told that particular VA Form was being revised.
Project SHAD (Shipboard Hazard and Defense) - Project SHAD Overview. Project SHAD was a series of tests conducted by the Department of Defense (DoD) during the 1960s to determine the effectiveness of shipboard detection of chemical and biological warfare agents, the protective measures taken against chemical and biological warfare agents, and the potential risk to American forces posed by these agents.
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2002 News Articles
VA and DOD Officials Allegedly Covered Up Medical Records -
10/30/02, WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Former
Defense Secretary Robert S. McNamara is among 11 defendants named in two
first-of-their-kind class action lawsuits for allegedly covering up medical
records without which veterans of atomic, biological and chemical warfare
testing cannot receive needed medical and other benefits. The plaintiffs
include veterans, their families, and the Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA),
who allege a deliberate and ongoing cover-up by U.S. government officials to
conceal and ignore relevant records, many of which are personal medical
records that would allow them to seek proper benefits from the Department
ofVeterans Affairs (VA) for the often devastating long-term health effects
of the government's testing of weapons of mass destruction.
Billboard Takes Government To Task: �Promises Made Will Be Promises Kept�- By Carol Moulton, ASSOCIATE EDITOR, CRAWFORD � In a show of belief that President George W. Bush might keep his pre-inaugural address promise to retirees and veterans of the armed forces, a group of veterans placed a billboard at Highways 84 and 6 in Waco on Saturday that says, �Promises Made Will Be Promises Kept.�
Vets Not Eligible for Lifetime Care - WASHINGTON (AP) - 11/20/02, A federal appeals court reluctantly agreed with the government that military recruiters had no legal authority to promise World War II and Korean War veterans that they would get free lifetime health care if they stayed in the service 20 years.
FIREBASE EMERALD COAST GROUP RALLIES STUDENTS - UWF students, vets unite forces to save homes, up benefits- 11/14/02 - A group of veterans trying to rally support Wednesday for better medical care and funding at the VA clinic on Kenmore Drive was joined by another group of protesters trying to save a vacant housing project. While Escambia County inches toward plans for a 25-acre park in Warrington, a small group of protesters - many of them social worker students from the University of West Florida - continued efforts to rally support to save Lexington Terrace, a 198-unit Navy housing project declared surplus property.
Filipino-American Vets Seek Benefits - By
DEBORAH KONG, A P, 11/11/02 02:18 EST, SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Ernesto Cinco
fought in the Philippine jungles alongside Americans and his fellow
Filipinos during World War II. He spent 11 months in Japanese prison camps,
and was awarded the Bronze Star medal.
DOD Acknowledges Civilian Exposure In SHAD Tests - US Medicine � The Voice of Federal Medicine, November 12, 2002, By Matt Mientka, WASHINGTON-The Department of Defense (DoD) acknowledged for the first time last month that civilians were exposed to toxic chemicals and/or biological agents on American soil during a series of military tests in the 1960s and 1970s known as Project 112.
DOD RELEASES FIVE PROJECT 112 SHAD FACT SHEETS - The Department of Defense today released five new detailed fact sheets on Cold War-era chemical and biological warfare tests conducted in support of Project 112. Project 112 was a comprehensive program initiated in 1962 out of concern for our nation's ability to protect and defend against these potential threats.
Ex-VA Nurse Pleads Guilty in Death - MIAMI (AP) - 10/31/02, A former nurse at a Veterans Affairs medical center pleaded guilty Wednesday to involuntary manslaughter in the death of a patient.
U.S. Aides Sued Over Weapons Tests -
10/30/02, WASHINGTON (AP)
- Two groups of military veterans charge in federal court that they cannot
get proper medical treatment because the government will not release records
of their exposure to tests of atomic, chemical or biological weapons.
VA's medical system flooded - To reduce the backlog, a rule change will give priority to veterans with disabilities considered to be service related. By ALICIA CALDWELL, Times Staff Writer, � St. Petersburg Times, published September 29, 2002 - Madigan had been trying since April to get a doctor's appointment at a VA clinic and finally got one -- for December. Madigan is just one in what has become a crush of people who are overwhelming the federal health care system for veterans.
Nukes of the Gulf War - by John Shirley,
Special Assignments Team
VA Chief Says 'Enough' - Armed Forces News, 9/3/02, Although insurance reimbursements are cascading into the Department of Veterans Affairs' coffers, Veterans Affairs Department secretary Anthony Principi is talking of suspending enrollment of lower-priority veterans into the health-care system, and capping the number of veterans who can enroll, or limiting annual open enrollment periods. The department floated the idea (rejected by Congress) of a $1,500 deductible for higher- income beneficiaries. The VA has told its network directors to stop marketing for new patients. Here are a few reasons why:
VA withholding Crucial Gulf War Statistics as we approach war with Iraq - The VA is in violation of public law, 8/29/02, The National Gulf War Resource Center (NGWRC) is requesting that the Department of Veterans Affairs release up-to-date Gulf War veteran death and disability statistics. The NGWRC has made this request informally and now formally with a letter to Secretary Principi. Public Law 102-585 Sections 701 and 702 state that every three months, as required by law, the VA must publish the "Gulf War Veterans Information System" report. The last Gulf War statistics were released in February 2002. The next release was due in May 2002. VA is now four months delinquent in distributing these critical statistics.
SAILORS SKEPTICAL OF CHEMICAL TEST - By TOM STUCKEY - 08/20/02 17:18 EDT - ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Sailors who were sprayed with chemicals aboard a Navy ship in the 1960s received assurances Tuesday that the government is actively trying to determine whether the tests caused their health problems.
Senate Investigates Navy Nerve Gas - By
JEFFREY McMURRAY, 6/24/02 18:57 EDT - WASHINGTON (AP) - A Senate panel will
investigate whether the Pentagon intended to use American sailors as human
guinea pigs during the 1960s testing of chemical weapons aboard Navy ships,
Sen. Max Cleland said Monday.
VFW OUTRAGED AT PRESIDENT'S INTENT TO VETO
Vets vow to fight against shutting doors - http://web.archive.org/web/20030402220102/http://www.newbritainherald.com/ - By JOY PACHLA, Staff Writer, June 14, 2002 - NEWINGTON -- Veterans from the Connecticut Veterans' Coalition Forum, which represents 22 local and national veterans groups, met Thursday night to ask lawmakers to fight against the closing of three specialty clinics at the Newington Veterans Hospital.
DoD: 60s Tests May Have Harmed Veterans - Dateline: 05/28/02, Recently declassified reports on Cold War-era tests reveal that U.S. veterans may have been exposed to live nerve and biological warfare agents. The VA is now attempting to contact veterans who may have participated in the tests.
Mice, bugs face VA hospital eviction -
Jun. 04, 2002,
Former VA Nurse Charged With Murdering 10 Veterans - By DAVID A. LIEB, 06/05/02 22:21 EDT - COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -Attorney Kathryn Benson said Richard A. Williams will plead innocent to charges he killed the 10 patients under his care at Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital in 1992. Forty-one patients under Williams' care died that year.
Experts Say Cuts Overwhelming VA -
5/14/02, By MELISSA B. ROBINSON
VA Addresses Nurse Shortage -
WASHINGTON, May 2 /PRNewswire/ -- A 60-second public service announcement on
television is reminding viewers that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
is an employer of choice for health care workers. The TV ad is one of VA's
initiatives to address the shortage of nurses and ensure continued quality
care for veterans.
Review: 118 Gov't Doctors Punished - 4/14/02, Associated Press, By MATT KELLEY - The majority - 75 - work for the VA, the largest federal health care agency. Some veterans' groups want VA Secretary Anthony Principi to investigate.
Convicted VA worker still paid ILLEGAL FEES -
4/7/02, The News Tribune, By
Sean Robinson, A veterans advocate and
former state senator who admitted accepting more than $101,000 in illegal
payments from former prisoners of war will continue to receive her
taxpayer-funded salary through the end of the month. Lena Swanson, 64,
pleaded guilty last week in U.S. District Court to accepting illegal
payments from former POWs and other veterans.
Sick Agent Orange vets owed benefits - U.S. court - SAN FRANCISCO, April 1 (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court ruled on Monday that Vietnam veterans who contracted prostate cancer and diabetes after exposure to Agent Orange should get retroactive disability payments, setting legal precedent that could cover a wide range of illnesses associated with the toxic defoliant.
VA Officials Reassigned Amid Scandal - 3/28/02, By LIBBY QUAID,.c The Associated Press - WASHINGTON (AP) - Veterans Affairs Secretary Anthony Principi reassigned two administrators of the VA hospital system Thursday and ordered investigations into a medical journal's report that maggots infested the noses of two comatose patients in one facility.
DAV Chapter rebels against VA in Opposition to DAV National -
3/27/02, In a
rebellion against VA mistreatment of veterans and as a show of support for
the FIREBASE NETWORK - (http://web.archive.org/web/20030402220102/http://www.firebase.net/),
James Rhodes has been elected Commander of Disabled American Veterans, DAV,
Chapter 13 in Alexander City, Alabama. "Recent attacks against the FIREBASE
NETWORK web site by DAV National are totally uncalled for," Commander Rhodes
stated. "The FIREBASE NETWORK is attempting -- in good faith -- to improve
the treatment of this country's veterans by grassroots means, and anyone
that criticizes this effort, is not acting on the side of justice, much less
for the future well-being of our veterans."
VA Mortality Data Raise Questions - March
23, 2002, By THOMAS D. WILLIAMS, Courant Staff Writer. A federal health
study shows that veterans exposed to chemical, real and simulated biological
warfare agents during U.S. secret ocean experiments in the 1960s are three
times more likely to die of respiratory and vascular brain diseases than the
Time to tell truth about gulf war- By Raffi
Khatchadourian, March 22, 2002 --NEW YORK -- With U.S. military action in
Iraq emerging as a possible next phase in the war on terrorism, the Pentagon
should work quickly toward solving some of the nagging questions that cloud
over the Persian Gulf war and its legacy.
War hero's widow 'excess staff'?- 03/21/02, By Dennis McCarthy Columnist - Los Angeles Daily News, VA employee, Pam Murphy, widow of Audie Murphy -- Medal of Honor winner and America's most decorated World War II soldier, who went on to become an actor -- came to work as usual Monday morning as a program assistant. Then, along with dozens of other employees, she was given a letter saying she was considered "excess staff."
Former VA Employee Sentenced For Stealing From Prescriptions, Reports U.S. Attorney - BOSTON, March 18 /PRNewswire/ -- A Lynn man was sentenced today in federal court for stealing OxyContin and Percocet from prescriptions he was preparing for mailing from the Veterans Affairs pharmacy in Bedford, Massachusetts.
Senators Oppose Veterans Deductible - By Jim Abrams, Associated Press Writer, Wednesday, March 6, 2002; 1:56 PM, WASHINGTON -- Veterans Affairs Secretary Anthony Principi said Wednesday that he may be forced to limit new enrollments to VA health care programs unless Congress requires some veterans to pay a $1,500 deductible.
Crunch has vets waiting for health care - By JIM ROSS, Times Staff Writer, St. Petersburg Times, March 17, 2002, INVERNESS -- The Inverness VA Outpatient Clinic is so busy that some new patients are waiting at least nine months before they can undergo a basic exam.
Defense agency fails to screen for beryllium disease - By Sam Roe, Tribune staff reporter, March 3, 2002, U.S. military personnel have been exposed to the highly toxic metal beryllium at dozens of Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps facilities, with some levels exceeding legal safety limits, a Tribune investigation has found.
Study Examines Gulf War Deaths - WASHINGTON (AP) - Veterans groups want further investigation of a government analysis that shows a high death rate among Persian Gulf War troops thought to have escaped exposure to deadly toxins when an Iraqi chemical weapons depot was destroyed.
Health Care Firm Settles Fraud Case - 02-14-02
(AP), The settlement resolves claims that Rotech submitted false bills to
several government agencies, including Medicare, Montana Medicaid, the
Department of Veterans Affairs and
Indian Health Service.
VA Health Deductible Draws Fire
By JIM ABRAMS,
.c The Associated Press -
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush's proposal to require veterans with incomes
as low as $24,000 to pay a $1,500 deductible for using the Veterans Affairs
health care system is drawing heat.
VA cardiac surgery units suffer higher death rates - Wednesday, January 31, 2001- By JOAN MAZZOLINI - PLAIN DEALER REPORTER -- The Department of Veterans Affairs clings to its heart surgery programs even though its patients die more frequently than heart patients in private and public hospitals. The VA acknowledges that some of those programs don�t do enough surgeries each year to guarantee proficiency. Some of those hospitals just don�t have enough heart surgeons willing to work for them, the VA says.
Military retirees fight for full pensions -
By SIDNEY SCHUHMANN, Scripps
Howard News Service,
January 28, 2002 -- For more than 100
years, the government has refused to pay military retirees their full
pensions plus disability, a benefit afforded to retired civil servants.
Three indicted in scam at VA Medical Center in Salem -
By the Associated Press,
Published January 17, 2002, ROANOKE, Va. -- Three podiatrists who used to
work at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Salem have been indicted on
corruption charges by a federal grand jury, the Department of Justice
announced Thursday. Benedict A. Profera, the former chief of the podiatric
division at the medical center, was charged along with a married couple,
Daniel D. and Suzanne Haritatos Semko, the department said. The three face
wire fraud, bribery and theft charges.
Congress Fails Military
Heather Wayman - January 17, 2002
Veterans still waiting No funds available to pay disabled military retirees- Times Record News, Published: 01/09/2002, Byline: Lynda Stringer -- The more than a century-old ban on veterans receiving both retirement and disability payments at the same time has finally been changed, but there's no money to pay for it. So most disabled military retirees are still having their disability payments deducted from their retirement checks.
Few doctors in new (TRICARE) military plan -
LORRINE THOMPSON, THE
2001 News Articles
Ex-VA Hospital Exec Accused of Fraud -AP dated 12-28-01, A man who worked 28 years for the Hines Veterans Affairs Hospital in Maywood has been charged with using his corporate credit card to cheat the hospital out of $177,000.
Veterans rip plan to move Oakland Park Clinic - 12/15/01, OAKLAND, Florida - In nine weeks, thousands of veterans will be forced to move from a clinic they've known for 20 years. That alone is upsetting veterans and politicians alike. But the fact that the Department of Veterans Affairs does not yet know where veterans will go for medical services has them incensed.
Veterans Protest Planned Service Cuts - 12/15/01, NEWINGTON, Connecticut - While a roomful of veterans hissed and booed him, the manager of Connecticut's Veterans Affairs hospitals said Friday that services at the Newington campus will likely be reduced to make up for a shortfall in federal funding.
Veterans fight for hospital - 12/15/01, NEWINGTON, Connecticut - For veterans and nurses worried about service cuts at the Newington Veterans Affairs hospital, one thing was clear. "You're not closing this hospital," exclaimed veteran Willie Harper, 50, of Manchester.
Former VA Employee Indicted -
December 1, 2001 � TUSCALOOSA, Alabama
Former VA Hospital Nurse Charged - 11/24/01, WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A former nurse at a Veterans Affairs hospital was charged with second-degree murder in the death of a patient.
Veterans won't sit still, be ignored! - 11/12/01, SEPULVEDALF, CA - If the Department of Veteran's Affairs officials trying to squeeze the life out of the once-proud, flourishing Sepulveda VA thought the old vets who come here for services and camaraderie were going to fade into the sunset without a fight, boy, were they wrong.
While Some Veterans Parade, Others Picket a Health Clinic! - 11/12/01, SEPULVEDALF, CA - On a day of parades to honor their service to the nation, nearly 200 veterans instead picketed outside a San Fernando Valley clinic Sunday, criticizing the government's health-care system for unduly burdening those who have defended the United States.
Navy says recruit data faked 50 face discipline in falsifying of education records! - 11/09/21, CHICAGO, IL - About 50 recruiters in the Navy's Chicago district face disciplinary action following a five-month investigation that found they were falsifying records to qualify recruits who did not meet education requirements, Navy officials said Thursday.
Veterans Protest Removal of Doctors! - 10/08/01, PRESTONSBURG, KY.- (AP) - Angry veterans protested Tuesday outside a Veterans Affairs clinic where two part-time American physicians were relieved of their duties, leaving only three doctors from the Middle East.
Three VA workers charged with conspiracy, theft in $6 million fraud case! - 08/28/01, ATLANTA (AP) - The government has charged three current and former employees of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs with defrauding the agency of nearly $6 million to buy houses, cars and even a submarine.
Ten more charged with conspiracy, theft in $11 million fraud
10/05/01, The government filed charges
against 10 people Friday to expand an investigation into an alleged theft of
almost $11 million from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Report: Mice Infested Mo. VA Hospital - Sun Mar 24,11:01 PM ET By JOSH FREED, Associated Press Writer - KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Maggots were born in the noses of two comatose patients four years ago at a city Veteran's Administration hospital infested by mice and flies, according to a medical journal report released Monday.
Ex-VA Nurse COULD Get Death Sentence! - 03/17/01, SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - Kristen Gilbert was hired as a caretaker, but the accusations that followed painted a gruesome picture: The nurse allegedly killed four patients at a veterans hospital with drug injections to impress her boyfriend.
He made peace with God but waged war on the VA-
Sunday, January 28, 2001
VA patients encounter tangled web of doctors in training, long waits for
appointments, resistance to change in troubled system-
Sunday, January 28, 2001
Lax oversight leaves VA doctors who are training on their own -
Monday, January 29, 2001
World War II hero suffocated when tube put in lung- Monday, January 29, 2001, By JOAN MAZZOLINI, PLAIN DEALER, Cleveland, Ohio.One day a resident doctor inserted a feeding tube, and, as is the routine, had it X-rayed. Had she checked the X-ray, she would have seen the tube in LaRoque�s lung instead of his stomach. The feeding was started. LaRoque, 75, suffocated.
Bad knee puts vet on doctor treadmill-
Monday, January 29, 2001
Much-needed surgery was canceled 2 times- Monday, January 29, 2001, By JOAN MAZZOLINI, PLAIN DEALER, Cleveland, Ohio. Elizabeth Ann DeRousse died six months after doctors at the Lexington veterans hospital discovered three aneurysms in her brain ready to burst.
VA hospitals skirt the law to employ foreign doctors- Tuesday, January 30, 2001, By JOAN MAZZOLINI, PLAIN DEALER, Cleveland, Ohio. The VA says the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service endorsed those part-time hires, even though immigration laws allow foreigners to stay only for full-time jobs. However, INS officials said they weren't aware that foreign doctors were being hired for part-time VA positions.
Mc Cain Aide Recommends Veteran Take His Case To Federal Court, Based On Evidence - 01/28/01, The Director of this VA Facility is featured here as an interviewee of a VA Hospital article. The Article says "Veterans who offered their lives for their country now may be putting them on the line again in the very hospitals established to heal them."
D.A.V. VERY CRITICAL OF FIREBASE NETWORK! - 01/22/01, Attached is one of two letters DON HOLLAND received from the Disabled American Veterans headquarters in Washing, DC. The letter are in JPG file format for authenticity verification. They have been reduced slightly in size for faster downloading. FIREBASE NETWORK RESPONSE TO DAV
Gulf War Pesticides Link Probed - 01/12/01, (The Associated Press - ROBERT BURNS - AP Military Writer )WASHINGTON (AP) - Pesticides used by American troops in the Persian Gulf War probably didn't contribute to the unexplained illnesses reported by many veterans but cannot be dismissed for sure, the military said Friday.
Veterans Slam Monstrous Attitude - 01/11/01, (Reuters - Kate Kelland - LONDON), Rusling says the British government has been lying and covering up the possible reasons for his own illnesses and the deaths of hundreds of other Gulf War veterans. And as next Tuesday's 10th anniversary of the war against Iraq approaches, veteran British and United States soldiers suffering from cancer, chronic fatigue, memory loss and severe stress say they have been "abandoned and left to die."
2000 News Articles
Federal Agent Pleads Guilty to Theft of Government Funds, Reports U.S. Attorney - (BOSTON, Dec. 22, PR Newswire) -- A former special agent of the United States Air Force, Office of Special Investigations, pled guilty today in federal court to theft of government benefits.
Military Ballot Rejection Sparks Protest At Courthouse
- (By DAVE SHELTON /Hernando
Today staff, Originally Published: Nov 25, 2000) BROOKSVILLE. A dozen
veterans and their families demonstrated in front of the county courthouse
Friday protesting military absentee ballots thrown out statewide because of
postmark and dating problems.
VA NURSE ON TRIAL FOR VETERANS DEATHS - (By JEFF DONN, The Associated Press, 11-21-00) SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - The daughter of one of four men allegedly killed by a nurse at a veterans hospital testified Tuesday that her ailing father was improving when he died.
Vets Protest Care at VA Medical Center - Stars & Stripes Sep 24, 2000 Rowena Wall - Hospital personnel, including physicians, have joined veterans protesting mistreatment and denial of proper care at the Dublin, Ga., VA Medical Center.
Jurors Warned in VA Hospital Case - 10/16/00 By JEFF DONN SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - A judge Monday warned potential jurors in the trial of a former nurse accused of murdering patients at a veterans' hospital that they might have to decide whether to impose the death penalty.
Services Turning to 'Felony Recruits' In Economic Boom - (By Emily Kelley, Stars and Stripes Law & Politics Editor, 7/7/00) Some branches of the military are accepting more recruits charged with felony crimes, service records show. Experts see the trend as an indicator of the lengths to which certain branches are willing to go to meet recruitment goals during an economic boom.
VETERANS' RAW DEAL - (By Dan Moffett, THE PALM BEACH POST, Sunday, July 2, 2000) They served bravely, proudly on Guadal Canal, in the Mekong Delta, in Kuwait City. But to file a claim with the Department of Veterans Affairs is a battle none of them ever imagined.
VETS GET STIFFED AS INSIDERS GET RICH - (Dan Moffett, THE PALM BEACH POST, : Friday, August 4, 2000). It is the largest center run by the Department of Veterans Affairs � and the most beleaguered. Despite moving last year into a new, $24 million building equipped with new computers, the St. Pete office still has a backlog of more than 20,000 cases, the most in the nation.
Veterans Still Steamed Over Cohen Retreat On Health Care - (David Eberhart, Stars and Stripes Veterans Affairs 9/13/00) Veterans advocates are still angry with Defense Secretary William Cohen over an Aug. 7 letter in which he seemed to renege on a pledge four months earlier that free lifetime health care for retirees was an "obligation" he intended to keep.
Veterans Protest VA Care - ( VONDA LEE MORTON, Dublin Courier Herald, Georgia 9/12/00) A small group of mid-state veterans are staging a weeklong protest of the Carl Vinson VA Medical Center.
World War II Veterans Speak Up On The Government's Change of Heart On Health Care For Military Retirees RENI WINTER, THE SUN HERALD, July 2, 2000) ... and others who retired after 20 years or more in the military are doing something they never thought they would have to do - fighting the U.S. government because they have to pay for medical care that they thought would be free. The government says promises of free lifetime health care never were legally binding...
Veterans� Groups Try to Dissuade the Young From Serving in the Military - "Thinking about a military career? Think again! The government does not honor its promises to veterans." Those are pretty strong words, but they are the sentiments of a veterans� group that has taken the problem to the streets in a very public way.
Former VA Doctor Charged With Murder - GARDEN CITY, N.Y. (AP) - A former doctor suspected of poisoning patients from Ohio to Zimbabwe was charged Tuesday with the 1993 murder of three patients at a veterans hospital.
Army Training Centers Get Failing Grades - (Rowan Scarborough, THE WASHINGTON TIMES) More than half of Army combat and support training centers have plunged to the lowest possible readiness level, with some commanding generals warning they risk not being able to turn out qualified soldiers, internal documents say.
Is "Sick Call" Dead? - It's confirmed. TRICARE, under DOD, has killed Sick Call, but that's only the beginning of the story.
Military Reserves Are Falling Short In Finding Recruits WASHINGTON, Aug. 27 -- The nation's military Reserves are increasingly struggling to fill their ranks with new recruits, even as the Pentagon relies on them more heavily than ever to conduct operations around the world, according to military officials and Pentagon documents.
Veterans Take Healthcare Grievance to Highways - (Marine Times) -- Veterans' Groups are plastering billboards with messages saying the government doesn't honor its promises to veterans, or that Congress denies military retirees health care.
U.S. Senator wants 'shabby treatment' at VA investigated BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions has asked federal officials to investigate an Alabama veteran's claims that he received "shabby treatment" at the Tuskegee VA Medical Center, saying it demonstrates "a lack of quality care" at the hospital.
VA Has �A Duty to Assist,� Says New Evans Bill - (Stars and Stripes) A Court of Appeals ruling which changed the way the Department of Veterans Affairs helps veterans gather evidence relevant to their claims has spelled disaster for those filing for service-connected benefits this year, according to Rep. Lane Evans, D-Ill.
Anti-Recruiting Billboards Spread to Florida - (Stars and Stripes) Douglas McArthur, executive director of the National Veterans Organization of America, Inc. (NVOA), has told The Stars and Stripes that his infamous billboards, which first appeared in Texas, now are popping up in the Sunshine State.
VA Targeted for Fraud - ST. PETERSBURG -- Auditors have uncovered 136 cases of potential fraud or mishandling in the distribution of veterans benefit checks from offices in St. Petersburg and St. Louis, including the approval of $475,000 for a veteran who may have died 21 years ago.
VA Inspector General report of the BVA crime
Vets Gripe Loud and Clear - (Washington Post Article) The move provoked a phone call to the group's leader, the interestingly named Douglas McArthur, from Col. Curtis Taylor, an official in the Pentagon's manpower office.
Vets' Billboards Get Attention; More Planned - (CNSNews.com) - Angry at what it sees as inaction and broken promises on retirement and health care benefits, a national military veterans organization is putting up billboards in Texas and New Mexico discouraging people from enlisting in the military.
Mom Pickets Military Over Son's Illness - WASHINGTON (Reuters Health) - A Pennsylvania woman picketed the federal building in Jamestown, New York on Friday to draw attention to what she calls the military's ``refusal to provide adequate health care'' for her ailing son.
Pentagon Fears Billboards' Impact on Retention Crisis!!!
Retirees Protest Eroding Benefits - (RENI WINTER, THE SUN HERALD, GULFPORT) Lawn-chair picketers quietly protested decades of decreases in medical benefits for military retirees and widows during rush hour Thursday morning in downtown Gulfport.
Miss America Cites Intimidation Over Veterans� Issue - On the eve of her House testimony in support of a veterans employment bill, Miss America Heather French says a high-ranking Clinton administration official was ``trying to intimidate'' her into changing her position.
The Firebase Network's Veterans Hour - hosted by Rick Townsend will make its debut on Genesis Communications Network on Saturday, July 15 from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM Eastern. The Firebase Network's Veterans Hour is a show dedicated to the 26 million men and women who served their country with honor. Each week we will have interesting guests who will discuss the issues and concerns of Veterans.
Veteran's Administration Gives FBI Health Secrets! - A division of the Department of Veterans Affairs has provided the FBI's National Instant Background Check System, or NICS, with confidential medical competency data on tens of thousands of veterans and beneficiaries for the purposes of denying so-called "incompetent" veterans the right to "purchase or redeem a firearm."
FOX5 - "G. I. LIES" An I-Team Investigation - Our own Associate Director of the Firebase Network, former Navy Recruiter DON HOLLAND, in an interview with Atlanta TV station's Investigative Team, blows the top off the military's underhanded recruiting techniques to seduce young men and women into the military AND keep them there!
Fighting For Justice ABC - 20/20 Friday, June 2 Broadcast! They defended this country with their lives. And now what many veterans are getting back from the government is a slap in the face. It�s a national disgrace. Veterans denied the benefits they deserve not because of anything they did, but because the government can�t find their service records.
NVO (National Veteran's Organization) Billboard Raises Eyebrows in Texas! - A veterans group that says the government has broken its promises to them has put up a billboard in El Paso to help get other veterans angry enough to join their cause. The group also wants to make prospective recruits think twice about joining the military.
Penrose Vet Crusades for Benefits - Quilico, an army airman for more than 26 years, is part of a growing movement in veterans' circles challenging the absence of lifelong health-care insurance for those who served 20 or more years in the military.
Vets Protest Recruiting! - Veterans Rights Advocate, Jere Beery, a longtime veteran activist who served in Vietnam, has had to spend some of the colder afternoons in his van, but he is making an effort to be at the recruiting offices each weekday as part of a nationwide project involving the approximately 100 Firebases across the country.
Vets Say VA is Not On Their Side! When America needed her sons and daughters to fight, they answered her call. But veterans have been finding the Department of Veterans� Affairs is their toughest adversary.
1999 News Articles
FORMER VA EMPLOYEE SENTENCED FOR THEFT OF VA COMPENSATION BENEFITS! Richard J. Griffin, Inspector General, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), announced today that in U.S. District Court, Brooklyn, New York, George C. Cox, a former VA ratings specialist, was sentenced to 33 months imprisonment to be followed by 3 years supervised release. The sentence also included restitution in the amount of $588,872 and a $100 special assessment. Cox previously pleaded guilty to one count of theft of Government funds for stealing VA compensation benefits.
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