The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has become the center of a controversial scandal involving allegations of long wait times and false record keeping at VA hospitals. Throughout the country, news media have been covering the topic constantly, causing uproar from veteran supporters who believe that military veterans deserve better service. Here's what you need to know about the recent VA scandal.
The VA handles compensation programs that provide medical care, benefits, and funeral services for military veterans and their families. The most recent scandals concern the VA medical system and benefits system, which has received criticism over a lengthy claims backlog for years.
The VA has timelines in place for veterans filing claims and for veterans who require treatment in a timely fashion. Recent allegations are saying that these timelines aren't being met. Allegations also include:
- False record-keeping by VA
- Long waiting lists for care at VA facilities nationwide
- In some cases, veterans have died waiting for care
- An outbreak of Legionnaires' disease at one VA hospital
- A mismanaged gastroenterology program that delayed veterans' treatment
These allegations have been made against the VA in general and several specific VA hospitals across the country, including Phoenix, Fort Collins, Miami, Columbia, and Pittsburgh. In response to the allegations, President Obama has ordered a review of the VA system.
At Disability Action Advocates, we are hopeful that this problem will be addressed and resolved as quickly as possible. Because our legal team knows that delays in the VA system are an all too unfortunate truth, we always strive to guide veterans through the process as swiftly and successfully as possible. Our Sacramento disability lawyers are passionate about helping veterans get the benefits they deserve.
If you would like more information about the VA disability claim process and how our firm can help, call 888-457-3597 for a FREE consultation.