Cannot Confirm... yet... but I would bet on it!
VA Shredder Gate plus:
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Received the following from several sources but cannot confirm the validity or the visit to the Regional Office in Chicago by Senators Durban and Obama.
This post is anonymous- not the right name- the VA employee is hoping that vets will respond to his plea:
I am sending you the same information that I recently called and relayed to a staff member of the Chicago Tribune. This Monday, October 27, 2008, Senator Durbin and Senator Akaka will visit the Chicago VBA Regional Office for an inspection. Recently, it has leaked to the public that some VBA employees across the nation have purposely thrown veterans' mail in the garbage. This is a problem because, in most instances, a veteran's claim for compensation may hinge on the missing article. I have come across veterans that have assured me that they sent in documents pertinent to their claim, only to be informed that the mail was never received.
At this office, the sentiments are not "do a good job" so that veterans may receive the benefits the US promised. Instead, in all my years, it has always been let's process as many claims as possible to get the backlog down and, if we miss an issue, the veteran can always file another claim.
There are some great employees in this office, and many go beyond the call of duty, often staying late to complete a claim. Nevertheless, management (at this office and those at the national office) continues to place unreasonable pressure on employees. When this occurs, it is no surprise that veterans are being harmed.
On VA Watch dog at:
You will find Congressman Filner’s statement: "This completely shatters confidence in the whole VA system.”
Hundreds of thousands of Veterans/Widows never had any confidence in this sham of a system including the BVA and the DC Appeals Management Center. In my opinion this system is so full of biased crap, collusion, and criminal activity against the United States Veteran and family it should be disbanded entirely. I know many have said save it and fix it. But there comes a time in any endeavor that it is just throwing good money and good well-intentioned efforts away. Changing the engrained VA philosophy on behalf of the Executive Branch would be a total waste of that time and money. This whole issue should be done by an entity not associated with the Federal Government and that can be held accountable for actions like are being reported in a court of law. Also for at least rendering common sense decisions instead of clerks needing medical records which they have no idea what they say or what the meaning is (just more BS) and on top of that just putting them in file 13, on purpose as if they never received them.
This is not about a “oops we slipped” but an ingrained policy by VA as we have said all along to deny, stall, and defile the Military Service of a Veteran until his or her death.
Example is also in that same link referenced above of how VA thinks these actions should be handled. Can anyone say these are not direct criminal actions with intent to do harm?
Here was VA’s respons