The Veterans Administration has one primary mission… to serve those who fight for America in the capacity of a soldier who both protects our way of life, and fulfills the foreign policy demands of the Executive Branch. And as more and more scandals continue to crop up within this government agency, even going back to the Bush Administration, the findings show a failed and even negligent commitment despite numerous promises of reform.
In a new document leaked on July 14 by well known VA whistle blower Scott Davis, the agency allowed 238,000 veterans to die without receiving necessary care thanks to backlogs and secret wait lists administered by VA hospital officials.
A leaked document shows nearly one-third of the 847,000 veterans in the Department of Veteran Affairs’ backlog died while waiting for treatment, amounting to more than 238,000 patients, according to documents obtained by the Huffington Post.
The VA maintains that the number is so large because it has no mechanism to purge the list of dead applicants, and that some of the veterans may have died years ago. VA spokeswoman Walinda Westtold the Huffington Post that some people on the list may never have completed an application, or could be using other insurance.
She said 81 percent of the veterans who come to the VA “have either Medicare, Medicaid, Tricare or some other private insurance,” West said. “Consequently, some in pending stays may have to use other options instead of completing their eligibility application.”
The documents came from a VA program specialist, Scott Davis, who has been a whistleblower on the department’s failings in the past. He disputed West’s answers, saying an incomplete application would not have made it onto the VA’s pending list. He added that the department only began electronic health care enrollment in 1998, and that this was when the backlog began. As for the point about veterans using other insurance, he said that was “immaterial and a farce.”
“VA wants you to believe, by virtue of people being able to get health care elsewhere, it’s not a big deal. But VA is turning away tens of thousands of veterans eligible for health care,” Davis told the Huffington Post. “VA is making it cumbersome, and then saying, ‘See? They didn’t want it anyway.’” – Russia Today
The VA is budgeted $95 billion to provide multiple services for America’s veterans, but according to their own records, only 36% actually receive any form of benefits leaving plenty of money available to have addressed those that came in needing medical and after service care.
One of the most influential advisers to the U.S. government in the latter half of the 20th century referred to America’s military as “dumb, stupid animals to be used as pawns in foreign policy”, and as the U.S. has been in constant war around the world since 2003, it appears that this assessment is correct, at least in the eyes of the government. And when a nation no longer provides a high standard of support to the very men and women who fight and die to protect their way of life, then that nation no longer respects life at all and has decayed to a point of apathy towards their benefactors.
Kenneth Schortgen Jr is a writer for Secretsofthefed.com, Examiner.com, Roguemoney.net, and To the Death Media, and hosts the popular web blog, The Daily Economist. Ken can also be heard Wednesday afternoons giving an weekly economic report on the Angel Clark radio show.