With great appreciation, U.S.News & World Report has proved its commitment in providing the necessary and long overdue representation and information to the American people and the world reflecting the unacceptable, dishonorable conduct of the Department of Veterans Affairs and its regional offices ["Military Veterans' Benefit Claims Records Wrongly Headed for VA Shredders," usnews.com] violating veterans' rights and disability benefits for our nation's best. A national disgrace that has gone unnoticed for too long until now!
Comment by Carlo Albanese of NY
I was appalled by this article as a physician who has dedicated his service to our veterans. Unfortunately, the culture of denial rather than transparency continues to fester at the VA. Change must be exerted by making such travesties visible. Consider the waste of research funds for helping many thousands of wounded heroes, men with traumatic brain injury or post-traumatic stress syndrome. We are at a critical moment in time to forever change and improve the lives of veterans so that they can lead productive and fulfilling lives. Let us join together to make this commitment to those who have "borne the battle" and made great sacrifices for their country.
Comment by Robert W. Van Boven, M.D., D.D.S. of TX
Now that this is out in the open, we have to force Congress into fast action to make sure that those of us with pending claims have our claims approved and start getting the compensation we earned. This has been going on since the 1970s, so the time has past for sitting doing nothing. If we flood Congress with calls and letters, something will be done.
Comment by Barbara Wright of OR
I have several different responses from the DVA in regards to the request for my records, but now one says, "sent to shredder". But now I wonder where they are, because I have been trying to get them for four years. Thanks for publishing this story as we need more public outrage at this and other things going on at the VA centers all over this country.
Comment by Dale Bishop of SC
While I was attending college, I worked as a work study for the local county VA office. I had the opportunity to see firsthand many veterans claims denied despite how much evidence was produced. One case was on hold, according to the VA, because the unit the veteran was with was not filled in on a form. The veteran's unit was clearly visible on the DD 214 provided with the paperwork for the case. I find it disgraceful that government spares any expense in providing healthcare to any veteran who has faithfully served this country. I myself am a disabled veteran and have received mixed treatment at VA facilities. As VA hospitals are very large, I realize that problems arise from the scale of the operation itself. If this is the case, then I think it is clear that the VA needs to hire more people as the organization is clearly overburdened by its current workload.
Comment by Mark Hill of IL
I am a veteran of World War II and Korea ["Veterans Groups Sue Bush Administration Over Delayed Benefits Claims," usnews.com]. In about 1956, I applied for a VA disability. The disabilities were very minor. They are not so minor now though. However, in my opinion, the VA tried its best to not grant any disability. It was finally granted. I don't remember what percentage they determined. There was never any compensation. I was not after compensation. In light of the above article, the VA has not changed its spots.
Comment by Frank of CA
I have a claim before the Department of Veterans Affairs that I have been waiting a long time. In January 2009, I will have waited six years and still no answer. It is before the BVA at the present time.
Comment by Bobby E. Simmons of N C