Disability Claims Backlog Reduced by 44 Percent Since Peaking One Year Ago
April 1, 2014
FACT OR FICTION? Does anyone really know?http://www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=2532
“No Veteran should have to wait to receive earned benefits. Through a combination of transformation initiatives and the hard work of our employees, we are making significant progress toward our goal of eliminating the claims backlog in 2015,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki. “We still have more work to do, and no one is more committed than our Veterans Benefits Administration employees, over half of whom are Veterans themselves.”
…and no one is more committed than our Veterans Benefits Administration employees, Horse Hockey Mr. Secretary…Horse Hockey! They do exactly what VA management tells them to do; criminal or not! Including shredding files, changing evidence, and changing time stamps as already documented since at least 1987. Even the anti-veteran biased media covered these agency nefarious acts.
Congress just heard from a VA scientists whistle blower with some actual integrity on the Gulf War Issues and what should be considered criminal actions. Does Congress really believe that this is the very first time this federal agency has committed such acts? They just might look at the last 70 years in government treatment of its Veterans, whether VA or not, going back to Mustard Gas.
Unless VA can clearly expand on what the reduction numbers actually mean this is still nothing but government propaganda.
Questions to be asked by Congress who will refuse to ask, due to lack of giving a damn, and expose this sham:
Congress should also ask the Secretary how many issues are still being denied as presumptive due to not following this simple mandate and WHY? Such as all SEER site Cancers as found in Ranch Hand (the International Gold Standard) and then never published (actually refused to publish)… this is also against the government funded study laws except when it comes to Veterans apparently.
All SEER Cancers
Autoimmune disorders and immune system dysfunction including those pre-cancerous disorders especially in hematology; to include immune system dysfunctions creating ICD coded Immune and Endocrine System Issues as well as non-ICD coded Immune System Syndrome (1) similar to Gulf War Syndrome for the Vietnam Veterans.
(1) These symptoms in multi-symptom health problems or syndrome would include:
Daily debilitating chronic fatigue
Symptoms from Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) damages resulting from Peripheral Nervous System (PNS) (2) damages such as: slowed heart rate, gastrointestinal problems, dysfunctional air exchange rates upon any exertion and not in concert with the heart rate when the lungs show little if any damages and normal volumes…otherwise known as a non-cancerous lung condition or a form of dioxin created COPD
Internal temperature controls dysfunctional due to damages to the endocrine system
Progressive joint weakness and pain with no disfigurement
Elevated IgA and IgE antibodies
Sleep apnea from dioxin related IL-1b and IL-6 dysfunctions
Elevated either chronic phase or acute phase hs-CRP
Abnormal heart rate or rhythm
Blood pressure changes with position and causes dizziness when standing
High blood pressure
Shortness of breath with activity or exercise
Feeling of incomplete bladder emptying or leaking urine
Not all Veterans will have all the issues and the severity may be different between Veterans but remember the symptoms are cumulative and are degenerating and will not repair themselves. Thus forcing the Veteran to either change career and/or shorten the number of hours worked as already documented by VA itself.
(2) Peripheral Neuropathy while on the presumptive list is a joke and has been since Secretary Derwinski. In reality it is a VA lie. Recently this Secretary finally admitted that the massive amount of immune system damage to the peripheral nerves was indeed degenerating and was not as decreed by VA and IOM resolving itself on its own within two years, which was and is ridiculous. It only took 35 years for this awakening to take place. What he did not change was the must manifest within one year of leaving Vietnam. This matches no known scenario for dioxin damages.
Atherosclerosis Disease created by Lipid Metabolism Issues in elevated levels of cholesterol and triglyceride in the blood the leading cause of Atherosclerosis and ultimately Ischemic Heart Disease and other issues is already presumptive via Ischemic Heart Disease and after two years of stalling and lack of common human biology sense I think the VA finally added Ischemic Brain Stoke after it was pointed out that you cannot have Ischemic Heart Disease without Atherosclerosis and that process is the most common form creating Brain Stroke. DUH! How does dioxin create only Ischemic Heart Disease and only Ischemic Brain Stroke only when the common dioxin created process is Atherosclerosis Disease which can according to science and medicine be involved in and can affect the entire artery tree, but not limited to mostly larger, high-pressure vessels such as the coronary, renal, femoral, cerebral, and carotid arteries. Another very common scenario in Atherosclerosis is claudication from insufficient blood supply to the legs. Most of these are not presumptive. WHY? This just adds more and more to the backlog of claims in VA denial and to the Board of Veterans Appeals when it is the exact same damaging process. In fact, one cannot even have Atherosclerosis without having lipid metabolism problems which is where the real damaging dioxin created problems begin in creating the damages called Atherosclerosis. This even adds more to the presumptive list but most of it is still denied by VA somehow.
Congress should ask this Secretary how you can have Ischemic Heart Disease and Brain Stroke as presumptive with a common causation and not have Brain Atrophy without a stroke that has the same causation. Atrophy leading to all kinds of cognitive deficit issues in my Veterans.
Issues within the endocrine system itself especially the thyroid and anti-microsomal antibodies. One NY hospital stumbled on to a statistical significant 300% increase in Vietnam Veterans and Agent Orange within their patient cohort. I guess they did not know that no one in government including our Congress or VA wanted to hear that fact.
Congress should ask this Secretary how it is VA can assign presumptive birth defects totaling 18 with additional sub-tier issues for females serving in Vietnam under that by using one single report. That these presumptive issues are not associated to anything other than serving in Vietnam. (Hogwash) Anyone with common sense can see through that vote getting façade. How is it that one of the four primary Ranch Hand scientists can review that report that awarded those birth defects and in testimony concluded that Ranch Hand (the gold standard all paternal exposures) found the exact same pattern and my guys are still denied their off spring damages.
Congress should also ask this Secretary how it is that dioxin can be so specific as to only create Spina Bifida as presumptive for my guys. Spina Bifida is one of four neural tube birth defects in that category. Board certified neurologist have concluded as a minimum this makes no embryological sense. Maybe the Secretary can explain it to these Doctors of Neurology so they can understand it.
Congress should also ask this Secretary if at any point VA is going to address the proven issues of dioxins and epigenetic birth defect issues for follow on generations.
No; using the Veteran Service Organizations as a crutch saying the VA tells them and they are supposed to inform Veterans/Widows as in the past excuses is as bogus as the lack of presumptive disorders by VA. It is not their job nor do they represent the vast majority of Veterans by association and especially the widows who could care less about the Veterans Service Organizations. Oh by the way it was not the Veteran Service Organizations that Killed or Disabled the Veteran. It was the United States Government and they should stand tall in this issue not hide in the bushes in shame and ultimately “budget control".
In addition, this is not just Herbicide Veterans but all Veterans including such issues as ALS that are not subject to a “Campaign Era” or “Veteran Era” but “All Veterans.” No one knows about it especially the down and out left widow who lost their spouse due to government causations and has benefits in perpetuity; if they only knew about it! This is in fact an additional "Shame of the United States Government”.
Since Congress will not mandate it and it is quite obvious that VA is not going to do it on behalf of the bean counters in DC within the Executive Branch…then one would think the media (print and broadcast) who profess they support Veterans and families would at least:
Twice a year on Veterans Day and on Memorial Day if the have their ticker tape at the bottom report these issues and to contact their local VA. The print media surly can afford to add a few lines with all the slanted garbage they put out in ream after ream. In addition, they could once a quarter make an announcement on broadcast media on different programs as well the print media once a quarter sparing a few lines in their political agenda machines. Just think they might make a difference in some widows life struggling after the government killed her husband. I highly recommend it as it makes me feel an accomplishment in just letting these widows know about it and then when they get the help they need and the thanks I get it is well worth the time knowing I made just a little difference. You might try it and feel good about yourself instead of government bean counting with no integrity at all.
As I have said many times before none of this will happen primarily because Congress will do nothing in Oversight to stop this abuse by Federal Agency Mafia and its propaganda against this Nations finest Citizens.
I just want them to know that many of us Veterans and our Widows are not swallowing Shinseki’s propaganda as it seems our leadership and membership in the House and Senate Veterans Affairs Committees do; as well as the most of the entire Congress.
Veterans Affairs documented history in these issues clearly proves they are not to be trusted. All of sudden they are going to play nice with numbers integrity…??????
Come on Man!....Get Real!
The unfettered criminal VA processes and the politically appointed criminal Secretaries are the "National Shame"... not the total number resulting from that "Shame." Add in the study fraud and scientific misconduct and even documented White House interference at the highest levels and it is in reality the "Shame of this Nation" that continues to this day.
Congress will do nothing to stop this abuse by federal agencies and mandate with ramifications as to how these processes will be done in accordance with their own Congressional Mandates that have never been followed. To include hearing the evidence and then passing a bill, a darn law, that VA cannot circumvent by their nefarious methodology and processes. Those breaking the law Congress should punish, no shall punish, not reward with monetary bonuses.
But then of course we would need a new Attorney General since he is not going to prosecute anyone it seems if it is politically damaging. No matter what laws are broken.