posted on Jul, 21 2015 @ 08:56 AM
Scott Davis, a program specialist at the VA enrollment center in Atlanta, said some veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan lost their
eligibility for healthcare after the VA sat on their applications until they expired.
"This is not an accident, not when you get to those numbers," Davis told theWashington Examiner. "The VA, again, intentionally has artificial
barriers to reduce the number of people who can use the system."
Combat veterans are not required to verify their income when applying for VA benefits. They are given five years from the time of their discharge
from service to enroll in the system.
But the enrollment applications of 34,000 such veterans were delayed when the VA system designated them as pending because they lacked income
information, Davis alleged.
In a letter to Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., Davis said 18,000 veterans returning from service in Iraq and Afghanistan were waiting to learn the fate of
their pending applications.
He noted another 16,000 combat veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan had lost their eligibility for healthcare because the VA had ignored their
applications for more than five years.
Documents provided by Davis indicate the VA may have discouraged veterans from submitting necessary paperwork when applying for benefits so the agency
could shift the blame for its growing backlog onto the veterans...