posted on May, 21 2009 @ 05:41 AM
Pittsburgh-Tribune Review Full Article
Clerks at the Department of Veterans Affairs Regional Office in Pittsburgh deliberately delayed 10 veterans' benefit claims so that about 120 VA
employees could get a $300 performance bonus in 2008, an inspector general's report says.
By Dave Rabbit - ATS Press Corp.
. Another restless night in Big D
. So since I can't sleep, again, I decide to get up and check my e-mail. On a given day,
I receive anywhere from 50 to 150 legitimate communications from fans and GI's around the world who I have established a relationship with since
2006. They are always constantly sending me photos, jokes, personal stories and things that they see or hear about in their home town that infuriates
them so much, they want to bring it to my attention. This is one of them.
When I read this I got so furious that I thought I was going to hyperventilate. A stupid bonus program, by the Government is the catalyst to screw
over men and women who have laid their lives on the line and who depend on our Government to do the right thing. Sure, only 10 Veterans were
affected.... but these idiots need to be horse whipped for doing something so dishonorable.
"Delayed payments can cause veterans and their families financial hardship by depriving them of entitled compensation and a source of income," the
report says. Veterans earn benefits for disabilities, health care, lost wages and more."
I find it amazing that even after all of the press in the last several years, more notably dating back to
book "Born On The Fourth
, which was made into the film of the same name, which depicted some of the horrific medical treatment that returning veterans were
receiving upon arriving back home from war. And even though there has been some improvement in this effort, only because of the political pressure the
congressional leadership has been under from Veteran's groups across the country, still, there is so much more than can and should be done. In a
strange twist of fate, Adrian Cronauer
works for Veteran's Affairs in Washington, DC.
I'd like your opinions about this, but more importantly, if you are aware of other instances where our veterans are getting screwed by the Government
in your local community, please post it here for all to see and scrutinize.