BlueBloggin

Taking Texas And The Nation Back

Injured Iraq War Veterans Sue VA

Posted by nytexan on July 23, 2007

Veterans denied health care, is an absolute disgrace! To me there is no excuse that the VA can possibly give to defend their complete lack of incompetence and responsibility to veterans.

This administration and the GOP could give a rat’s ass about the soldiers. They will send them into harms way and them turn their backs on them. There is no follow through, no caring, no responsibility for the damage that they’ve done or continue to do.

  • Frustrated by delays in health care, a coalition of injured Iraq war veterans is accusing VA Secretary Jim Nicholson of breaking the law by denying them disability pay and mental health treatment.
  • The class-action lawsuit against the Department of Veterans Affairs, filed Monday in federal court in San Francisco, seeks broad change in the agency as it struggles to meet growing demands from veterans returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • Suing on behalf of hundreds of thousands of veterans, it charges that VA has failed warriors on several fronts — from providing prompt disability benefits, to adding staff to reduce wait times for medical care to boosting services for post-traumatic stress disorder.
  • The lawsuit also accuses VA of deliberately cheating some veterans by allegedly working with the Pentagon to misclassify PTSD claims as pre-existing personality disorders to avoid paying out benefits.

Pre-existing, are you freaking kidding me. Do you thing that might backfire on the VA and the Pentagon? If you know someone has PTSD before you send them into war, why in the hell would you send them to war. The logic of this government is beyond explanation. It’s all about the almighty dollar.

  • “Unless systemic and drastic measures are instituted immediately, the costs to these veterans, their families, and our nation will be incalculable, including broken families, a new generation of unemployed and homeless veterans, increases in drug abuse and alcoholism, and crushing burdens on the health care delivery system,” the complaint states.
  • Today, the VA’s backlog of disability payments is now between 400,000 and 600,000, with delays of up to 177 days to process an initial claim and an average of 657 days to process an appeal. Several congressional committees and a presidential commission are now studying ways to improve care.

Studying the problem; how long does it take to know that the VA doesn’t work? It hasn’t work for years. Viet Nam vets are still fighting them, just ask any vet living on the street. The Dole- Shalala committee seems to be dragging their feet. Remember the committee that Bush created to get to the bottom of the VA problems. Bush is very good at creating shit and then doing nothing about it. Hell, why don’t we just have a VA Czar, Bush loves having those around. We seem to have more Czar than Russia ever did.

  • “While steps can and will be taken in the political arena, responsibility for action lies with the agency itself,” said Melissa W. Kasnitz, managing attorney for Disability Rights Advocates, in a telephone interview. Her group is teaming up with a major law firm, Morrison & Foerster, to represent the veterans.
  • “We don’t believe the problems will be fixed by the VA if we wait for them,” she said. “In the meantime, it is veterans who risk their lives for our country who are suffering the consequences.”
  • The lawsuit cites violations of the Constitution and federal law, which mandates at least two years of health care to injured veterans.

This administration will go down in history as being the worst violators of the U.S. Constitution. At least you have to give them credit for being consistent in the destruction of this country on more than one front.

Of course when the discussion of bringing the troops home comes up again, Bush, the GOP and all their blind supporters will say they support the troops. To steal Mitch McConnell’s line “it’s political theater”. If they truly supported the troops we would not see class-action lawsuit against the Department of Veterans Affairs.  

Advertisements

6 Responses to “Injured Iraq War Veterans Sue VA”

  1. […] House Link to Article iraq Injured Iraq War Veterans Sue VA » Posted at BlueBloggin on Monday, July […]

  2. Denise said

    This sort of treatment of our Veterans has been going on for so long, that I don’t think it even phases our government any longer. So sad that these men and women go and risk their lives for this country, and if not for them, the men and women who are in office would not have a job.
    My husband, a Vietnam Era Vet died as a result of lack of care within a VA hospital, the VA admitted in writing to ”inappropriate care with lack of follow up”. For 2 yrs admitting to thinking he was making his illness up and faking it all. But in truth, he was full of cancer and went from 221 lbs to 70 lbs.
    The things I seen and heard within the VA hospital during the 2 yrs he was in and out patient there totally disgusted me, doctors fighting over a patient because they did not want to take care of them, nurses giving wrong medications, tests not being done and never followed thru. The Walter Reed scandel is not something new, it is just the fact a newspaper picked up on it and government had to try to fix it before more came out.
    I spoke out on the care my husband received, in hopes it might help another Veteran, but, once again I hear of another Veteran who was told there was nothing wrong with him, and his wife was overreacting, and once again, this man has cancer and a few months to live.
    I was always asked ”if you thought your husband wasn’t getting appropriate care, why did you not take him elsewhere”. I begged him but his response was ”I am a Veteran, I served my time and now it is time for them to serve me”. Well, they served him by letting him die. And writing to Congressman and Senators sure does not help, as they do not want to get involved. So, I don’t believe they truly care. It is easy for all to say ”We support the troops”. But our actions sure do not show it.
    Until we make these VA doctors accountable for their own actions, and stop letting them hide behind the government, the care within these hospitals is not going to get any better. they are all protected by this government.
    My heart goes out to these men and women coming back in hopes of getting help from the VA, healthcare or benefits, as it will take years for them to receive them…..and a long battle of proving themselves. I pray our country wakes up soon.

  3. nytexan said

    Denise:
    Thank for your comments. I am sorry to hear about your loss and your struggles with the VA.

    The problems of the VA have been swept under the rug for too long. In the past they have been able to get away with it because of slow information and news flow. But now with blogs,citizen journalist and activist for vets, the VA can not hide any longer.

    I was always asked ”if you thought your husband wasn’t getting appropriate care, why did you not take him elsewhere”.

    The nerve of that statement made to you! Why would a vet need to go any place else but the VA. They are entitled to it and they are entitled to the best care. Not just good doctors in D.C. to give the press or Congress a warm fuzzy.

    The system is broken, it has been broken and it needs to be fixed.

  4. […] Frustrated by delays in health care, a coalition of injured Iraq war veterans is accusing VA Secretary Jim Nicholson of breaking the law by denying them disability pay and mental health treatment. The class-action lawsuit against the … …more […]

  5. Bob said

    You might want to go to the Veterans United For Truth’s website (vuft.org) and tell them your story

  6. nytexan said

    Bob:
    The link you left has been added to my veterans blogroll. Thank you

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

 
%d bloggers like this: