It seems like the Veterans Affairs office is sending notices to veterans asking them for money back. Some veterans have been receiving letters stating that they were overpaid when they received their benefits and that they owe the VA office money.
Isaac Daniel is a case in point. He served for more than twenty two years, and he was entitled to benefits because of injuries that he had. He has been receiving those benefits since 2006. Recently, he got a letter stating that he had been overpaid eighteen thousand dollars and that he had to pay it back. The VA office said that he did not have children, but Daniel did have children, and they were all under the age of nineteen. The VA office said that they sent him a form to fill out to show that he had children, but Daniel said that he never got the form. In the end, he found out that they sent the form to an old address of his, where he had not lived for thirty five years. The VA office started to take off money from his checks in order to pay back the debt they said he owed them.
Other stories are coming up about veterans who got a letter from the VA saying that they owed money. One veteran supposedly owed twenty two thousand dollars, but he says that he never got disability checks during the time period the letter alleges.
Reforms must be put in place at the VA office to correct record keeping errors.
Thousands of American veterans, including combat soldiers who have served in Afghanistan and Iraq, are unable to obtain the medical assistance they need. The simple reason for this inability is that they are no longer considered veterans.
The U.S. Veterans Affairs Department treats service personnel for a variety of physical and psychological conditions. This care is particularly important when considering that the nation has been at war for more than 16 years. Veterans can continue to receive assistance from the VA after they retire from active service, provided that they were honorably discharged. Those who received less than honorable discharges are not eligible for such assistance, despite the fact that they may experience the same health problems as those who departed honorably.
Bad behavior in the military can result in a “less than honorable” discharge, although such misconduct is often related to the post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that is experienced by many combat soldiers. In a strange “Catch-22” scenario, those suffering from the PTSD that may have led to their dishonorable discharge are unable to obtain treatment after they are out of the military. Some 125,000 Americans who served in the military during the modern war period have been refused assistance due to this policy. More about this issue is available at https://www.reddit.com/r/veterans/.
Attempts to change the rules have been made in recent years so that service personnel involved in less serious offenses can obtain the help they need. Additionally, the U.S. Congress is considering legislation that will extend mental health services to veterans who were discharged without honorable records, but the problem is expected to persist until the changes can be made.
There aren’t too many open positions left to fill in President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet. Another post was taken today, and that honor goes to David Shulkin, a former Obama cabinet member who currently serves as undersecretary of health.
Donald Trump announced in a news conference on Wednesday, that he has chosen Shulkin to head the Veterans Affairs Department. What’s most interesting is this little fact:
If confirmed, 57-year-old David Shulkin would be the first non-vet ever to serve in the post.
Veterans’ healthcare here in the United States still suffers from its own set of challenges, according to a report by the WashingtonTimes.com, including long waiting lines and schedule manipulations for those vets seeking healthcare. Shulkin will attempt to reform the broken system that serves nine million vets.
More than two years after the scandal broke in 2014 at the Phoenix, Arizona VA Hospital, problems continue. President Obama had brought in a new team to tackle the issues and improve access to providers. However, many vets remain in limbo, to the tune of 38,000 waiting more than 125 days for an appointment. Arizona’s Sen. John McCain finds it shameful, saying the country is “putting the health of our veterans at risk.”
When Donald Trump was campaigning for president, he often blasted the VA department as corrupt and incompetent, guaranteeing veterans that they could opt to go to private doctors. It appears the President-elect is now stepping back from those remarks and taking a more careful approach to a complicated healthcare system.
So far, the nomination of David Shulkin is being met with approval from some democrats. Phillip Carter, an Iraq vet who had advised Hillary Clinton on veterans issues, is applauding Trump’s choice. Carter says Shulkin is one of few with the ability to handle such a complex system.