Monday, July 23, 2007

Injured Iraq War Vets Sue VA

WASHINGTON (AP) -- 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 U.S. 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 the 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 the 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. The VA and Pentagon have generally denied such charges.

VA spokesman Matt Smith said Monday he could not comment on a pending lawsuit. But he said the agency is committed to meeting the special needs of Iraq war veterans.

I'm glad to see that some veterans are feed up with waiting for this country to fix the problems that have plagued the VA for years. What type of country doesn't take proper care of its' military veterans? I'd say a piss poor one with some seriously confused priorities.


Blogger FunkyTown Fighter said...

Leo U are TOO cool, I just posted this exact same story today! These Bastards are FINALLY going to get some of what is coming to their BITCH ASSES!!! Let's hope for the best.

7/23/2007 4:44 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Unfortunately a suit like this is necessary. Nothing else will get any action out of the VA except lighting a fire under their feet.

Who Hijacked Our Country

7/23/2007 8:54 PM  
Blogger libhom said...

The fact that vets need to sue the VA to get care is a terrible indictment of the Bush regime indeed.

7/23/2007 9:52 PM  
Blogger Leo said...

Funkytown, well thanks, right back at ya!
Tom, yeah maybe a nice big bonfire will finally do the trick.
Libhom, no damn doubt about that! Thanks for the comments everyone.

7/24/2007 2:30 AM  
Blogger LET'S TALK said...

Nicholson could find a way to give bonuses to the workers but not to the Vets who life has been turned upside down.

7/24/2007 6:43 PM  
Blogger Leo said...

Let's talk, yeah what's up with that crap anyway?! Thanks for your input.

7/24/2007 10:13 PM  

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