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Male Veteran Has Menstrual Disorder: VA

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posted on Apr, 19 2010 @ 02:27 PM

VA Claims Office Takes SNAFU to a New Level

I just found this on Foxnews.

Last month, a decorated Gulf War hero received a letter from the Veterans Affairs Administration that said: We are working on your claim for menstrual disorder. He was surprised -- but not as much as one might think.

Last month, a decorated Gulf War hero received a letter from the Veterans Affairs Administration that said: We are working on your claim for menstrual disorder.

There was just one problem: The claim was submitted for fibromyalgia.

Make that two problems: The claim was submitted by Glenn McBride, a 40-year-old man from Roanoke, Va., who most definitely does not get menstrual cramps.

It's a bad sign when your health insurance provider can’t figure out which gender reaches for the Midol. (Hint: it's the one without the prostate.)


In September 2009 a surprise inspection found the office was collapsing under the weight of its own bureaucratic incompetence. Literally.

Its filing system — floor-to-ceiling stacks of overfilled file cabinets and loose claims folders — weighed twice as much as the building's structure allowed, threatening the lives of everyone inside. Inspectors also found missing and improperly filed, stored and processed claims, among other problems.

The regional office was ordered to overhaul the health care processing center completely.

This is apparently getting worse according to the article. So much for health care reform, when those already getting government care can't even get proper documentation of their conditions.

McBride, whose 14 years of Army service included a combat tour with one of the most highly decorated units during Desert Storm -- and did not include any complaints about menstrual cramps, so far as he can recall -- insists this was not just a clerical error. He says it's one more example of the VA ignoring or messing up claims in order to avoid paying benefits.

"If the VA does not actually recognize the request, they do not have to give the award," he said. "Sort of like a perverted form of 'See no evil, Hear no evil, Speak no evil.'
Most people just throw up their hands in frustration and walk away at this point. That is the VA's plan."

Government bureaucracy at it's best.

[edit on 19-4-2010 by webpirate]

posted on Apr, 19 2010 @ 04:20 PM
I'm not pro-government but the private sector is no better. There are many similar stories in many types of hospitals.

The reason the VA is messed up is lack of funding, because the part of the government that decides where your taxes go are forced to send most of it to the part of the government that pays for wars in the Middle East, because another part of the government is controlled by private entities who's wealth is so massive they have power to ultimately control the way the part of the government that runs the VA is funded.

posted on Apr, 19 2010 @ 06:57 PM
Hmmm, fibromyalgia versus fibroids.

While it might be a terrible mistake to make, and is inexcusable, I can see how some person could have messed up while entering a code.

They hit the key just above the correct diagnosis it would seem.

At least they weren't diagnosed with pregnancy complications!

posted on Apr, 19 2010 @ 07:32 PM
Watch the movie Article 99 if you want to know more.

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