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Veterans Town Hall Meeting to be held Sept. 18

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Overton Brooks VA Medical Center (OBVAMC) will be hosting a Town Hall and outreach event on Thursday, September 18, 2014 from 5pm. to 6pm., this event will be held in the Education Center on the second floor in room 2West 62 of the main hospital.

OBVAMC_image2Veterans and their families, Congressional and Senatorial stakeholders, Veteran Service Organizations, and other organizations in our community with these who share in supporting Veterans interest are invited to attend.

The Town Hall meeting is an open forum in which VA leaders will listen to stakeholder’s thoughts, concerns and ideas. The meeting is an opportunity to build and strengthen OBVAMC’s commitment to ensuring that Service members, Veterans, families, and other beneficiaries have an opportunity to share their experiences both positive and those experiences that can be enhanced by OBVAMC Staff.

During the town hall, Veterans and their families will have an opportunity to comment publicly about VA programs and services. VA Outreach services and special program representatives will also be available to assist Veterans to include VA health care enrollment and eligibility; VA benefits and claims assistance; patient advocate services and more.

The town hall is one of many being held around the country, the new VA Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald announced the meetings to improve communication with, and hear directly from, Veterans nationwide as a step toward improvement and to rebuild trust among Veterans. This event is open to media. Media representatives interested in attending are encouraged to contact.

For more information about this News Release please contact the OBVAMC Office of Public Affairs at 318-990-5249 or 318-426-3169 (mobile).  You can also reach our office via email at vhashrpublicaffairs@va.gov.

 

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  1. The Problem with the OIG inspecting the VA is that it is part of the VA.
    The OIG may be able to look at individual corruption effectively but it.
    cannot investigate systemic corruption, fraud, and inefficiencies for.
    it is not charged nor trained for such and since it is part of that.
    systemic corruption itself.

  2. The VA uses euphemistic language that is in reality undefined – like
    “Expeditious Treatment” and “Fully Developed Claim” which are all
    meaningless except to delay and effectively deny through a de facto
    denial of due process. The only time constraints that are firm are
    applied to the Veteran – the VA has no firm timeline nor does it have
    accountability to the government or to the individual veteran.
    Expeditious is undefined, meaningless – Fully developed claim is a
    meaningless insurance company approach generally used to delay and deny
    claims – especially, when the VA has no mechanism to quickly address a
    claimed specific or general problem that the VA has used to deny a
    covered claim. The VA also simply chooses to ignore provided evidence
    without any contrary evidence and denies claims and then ties them up in
    an endless backlog of its own creating at the appeals and remand cycle.
    Once denied, for whatever reason – in error, the Vet is effectively
    denied ad infinitum.

  3. Backlogs – VA – It is not the cavalcade of new applications that the VA.
    points to – it is the 1. NOD appeal to the BVA hearing – created by VA.
    policy of denying claims without cause 2. BVA decision takes 3 years or.
    more it then creates the 3. Remand to RO Backlog and the mostly endless.
    appeals/remand cycle 4. If the Vet is finally denied by the BVA then the.
    Vet restarts the claim or goes to the Court – the backlog here just.
    waiting for it to get to court is at least 4 years – then once the.
    decision is rendered again a long wait – often it is sent back to #3.
    and the process starts again.

  4. Should the VA desire not to award your benefits there is no practical.
    way to get those benefits and no effective legal means at all. One knows
    that the system is corrupt simply by looking for an instance in the.
    entire corrupt system that demonstrates this – almost 50% of all appeals.
    are remanded seemingly in an automatic manner – once in this process it.
    has virtually no chance of ever being awarded and they will tie you up.
    as years become decades – for instance – you may have a covered.
    condition but there is no means to ever prove this – no time frame, no.
    mechanism, no effective due process. In my case 1. the condition is.
    covered and has been awarded to others, 2. Is there a record of this in.
    the Military Record – in my case yes. 3. Can the VA demonstrate evidence.
    that this wasn’t a result or aggravated by service – no they cannot.
    But they take the reverse approach of entangling such a claim up with.
    insurance like claims examiners who act as both final medical experts.
    and adjudicators and say that I have to prove through non-existing.
    evidence that it wasn’t the case before service and or that one of their.
    medical professionals has to state an absolute cause and effect basis –
    which is not a cognitive or epistemological construct allowed by the.
    medical profession – hence fraudulent denial which is in direct conflict.
    with the charge that the VA shall act on behalf and in favor of the.
    veteran where doubt exists and conclusive evidence to contrary may not.
    be offered. They know that it is for all practical purposes a de facto.
    permanent denial. It creates the backlog by acting as an insurance.
    company vis-a-vis on behalf of the Veteran. The VA’s entire process is.
    set up to create grid lock by its philosophical positioning which holds.
    truly that the Veteran is attempting to submit a fraudulent claim.

  5. The VA is charged with giving the Veteran the benefit of the doubt when
    it cannot specifically deny the cause and effect relationship of a
    condition – especially when that condition is first Identified in the
    Service Medical Records – to do otherwise is fraudulent.

  6. It is not just Healthcare at the VA that is broken – it is the
    Disability claims system and other benefits system. The political
    atmosphere of the VA is to view most all claims as being fraudulent and
    you will even find articles from VA perspective focusing on fraudulent
    claims rather than on awarding legitimate claims. The VA is more likely
    fraudulent than the Vet.

  7. The VA is charged with awarding covered conditions with benefits to the
    Veterans, but instead places claims processors in the role of medical
    expert and judicial expert to deny covered claims without cause. It uses
    deception, simply ignores evidence, and commits fraud in denying
    covered conditions. It denies a large number of claims in cursory
    manner, it denies due process in an endless appeals and remands cycle as
    a de facto denial with some Vets dying or being caught up in the cycle
    for decades with no means to force to the court. Sometimes the courts
    remand back to the cycle. There are no time obligations on behalf of the
    VA for processing such claims. After the appeal and waiting for the
    remand to be sent back just to be reviewed again by the RO – some claims
    are just gathering dust in the records center for over 2 years. It took
    three years just for the judge to make a decision not to decide. The RO
    is not obligated to process in any time period at all – it is when the
    RO gets to it. Decades come and go and covered conditions are not
    covered.

  8. We need to look for memos and other communications, unofficial working
    SOPs that are used in processing claims but are in conflict with the VAs
    legal mandates, and to interview people willing to talk about the
    actual functioning of the VA and its methods, we need also to consider
    the overwhelming abundance of anecdotal evidence and information that
    exists.

  9. There are actually a few different backlogs and the VA relies on these
    to excuse its delay, deny, demean – and hope that the Vet dies process.
    The VA creats the initial backlog by denying covered benefits. The VA
    assumes fraud or no liability and gives an initial cursory denial. The
    appeals process is not functional in that it seemingly remands almost
    50% of appeals in a cursory manner. Keep in mind the Vet as waited years
    already in the initial claim, then waiting for a BVA inital hearing of
    the appeal, then waiting 3 years in my case for the response for the
    BVA, which was then remanded to the RO – The records sit sometimes over 3
    years just to make it back to the RO – then the wait is as long as the
    VA RO chooses – there is no time obligation on the part of the VA. All –
    just to prove what was already in my Military medical records – covered
    condition. If the RO responds incorrectly the the cycle of appeal and
    remand starts over. If it denies – then must start claim over – not able
    to force to courts unless denial is final. Meanwhile it does not matter
    how much evidence is submitted or even what their expert says. In my
    case – the QTC said yes he has claimed condition. The VA sets up a
    strawman wherein it uses an ex parte method of contact to the medical
    expert and then asks a leading question as a strawman to deny. In my
    case I claimed disability on the basis of condition A which is mentioned
    as early stage by the Army doctor at the time of service. Another
    condition B is also discussed. The VA then asks the QTC can A come from B
    – no, but does not provide information to the evaluator about both
    being mentioned in the records.

  10. For example – Also at the Appeals Level – Last year the V.A.’s Board of Appeals found.

    errors in three-quarters of the cases it heard. – California Reporter.
    The Backlogs are contrived for de facto denial. A 75% error rate tells
    me that the errors are most likely intentional for this is the beginning
    means of a final and permanent de facto denial.

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