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Comment Archives: stories: News: Pith in the Wind

Re: “Veteran Suicides in Tennessee Increased in 2013

The VA knows that a denial at the first level is mostly permanent without cause - it practices as an insurance company and denies any case, including covered cases, that it believes to be fraudulent - most cases that is. Once this happens there is almost no chance of obtaining benefits and for all practical purposes is a permanent de facto denial - even for those cases in error. There are only 65 or so BVA judges to handle appeals and about 50% of these appeals are sent into an endless remand cycle with the RO wherein the RO has been found to make errors in 75% of the cases so that the cycle is literally endless with no due process. Furthermore, it intentionally creates these backlogs - 1. quick denial of even covered claims forcing appeals with NOD - then one must wait for hearing with the BVA judge, then one must wait for the judge to review again - 3 years or more later, and then remand again because the VA RO has intentionally not fully complied with its response to the BVA again, again after several years of waiting time on behalf of the veteran and thus and so on. Why a 2 - step BVA process to begin with with only 65 judges? No other court like system does this. why can't the judge make a decision within 30 days of the initial hearing? Why? - to create the backlog which serves both as a de facto denial and also to perpetuate the work of the VA employees through the endless and unaccountable circulation of paper at will and according to its own decision to ever get to a file - it may be decades.

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Posted by Lloyd Bardell on 09/12/2014 at 4:45 PM

Re: “Veteran Suicides in Tennessee Increased in 2013

The practical impact of the VA bonus system for its claims processors is to pay them for denying the most applications as a means to reach the quota level without regard to the veracity of a claim. Once this is done, it is denied for ever in most cases and takes years just to get to the BVA and then most are remanded back into the cycle. There is no way to directly challenge a decision on its merit and certainly no way to do anything expeditiously.

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Posted by Lloyd Bardell on 09/12/2014 at 4:44 PM

Re: “Veteran Suicides in Tennessee Increased in 2013

But the VA does not practice the following. As I have said, the VA acts as if it is an Insurance Company and not in the interest of the Veteran - Law 38C.F.R.3.4 (a) Disability compensation. (1) Basic entitlement for a veteran exists if the veteran is disabled as the result of a personal injury or
disease (including aggravation of a condition existing prior to service)
while in active service if the injury or the disease was incurred or
aggravated in line of duty.

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Posted by Lloyd Bardell on 09/12/2014 at 4:44 PM

Re: “Veteran Suicides in Tennessee Increased in 2013

The Bureaucracy creates violence through a long and sustained system of deceit and abuse of the veteran. This results in suicides, homicides, homelessness, and just a general sense of malaise. Then, when someone does go on a rampage - everyone is suddenly a shocked innocent. The amount of social violence committed by institutions is enormous and the VA is probably the worst example or this pernicious diseased erosion of the public faith.

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Posted by Lloyd Bardell on 09/12/2014 at 4:43 PM

Re: “The Daily Links: Vaccines, Deadmau5, and Hunter S. Thompson

Megga dittoes Brother Yoyo! Libtards are vile, hateful, shameless creatures! They suck! If it wasn't for them, my life would be a whole lot better, that's for sure!

BTW, we've got our Benghazi strategy session tonight! There are some new bombshells that we urgently need to discuss! Those guys on Fox and Friends have been discussing it, and God love em, but I don't think that they have any clue about the depth of depravity that we are dealing with Nobama! I think if we drink a lot of redbull and coffee, we can stay up all night and solve this! I'll bring my sleeping bag just in case!

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Posted by Angry White Patriot! on 09/12/2014 at 3:45 PM

Re: “Walter Roche Is Blogging

Mark Rogers: don't forget we champion forced abortions for all, destruction of the white society that rightfully owns the nation, replacing all you WASP's with immigrants, and surrender of the constitution to the evil forces of the universe. I mean you have gone all Rush Limbaugh on us here and crapped all over George Barrett's memory by slandering the liberal mindset.
Given that MANY wealthy persons escape taxes through various means that we wish to reduce just a bit, don't condemn us for attempting to level the financial obligation of those who reap the windfalls of the sacrifices of the poor in war and peace. Tell me, do you the socialist aspects of public works and liberalization of human rights? Or would you rather enjoy the privileged aspects of a layered society and income inequality.
Barrett just wished to lessen the socail burden on those who were less capable of bearing it. You know, enforce the constitution?

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Posted by Jim Collins on 09/12/2014 at 3:37 PM

Re: “The Daily Links: Vaccines, Deadmau5, and Hunter S. Thompson

I dunno yoyojohn, maybe it's just because you're all a bunch of turds floating in the great toilet bowl of the universe. Or maybe we are a bit hypocritical at times. Or maybe you're just WRONG!

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Posted by Jim Collins on 09/12/2014 at 3:25 PM

Re: “Veteran Suicides in Tennessee Increased in 2013

Because I have good insurance via my wife, I have never had to deal with the VA. I don't even have a card, but I do have my DD 214. When my wife retires in 10 years or so, I may have to visit them IF I am still haunting this earth!

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Posted by Jim Collins on 09/12/2014 at 3:21 PM

Re: “The Daily Links: Vaccines, Deadmau5, and Hunter S. Thompson

Liberals will forgive their own for the worst faux pas and condemn a conservative to everlasting shame for less. They can't help their hypocrisy.
http://cdn01.dailycaller.com/wp-content/up…

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Posted by yoyo moi on 09/12/2014 at 3:13 PM

Re: “Walter Roche Is Blogging

Or, more likely given his legacy, Democrats actually support civil rights.

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Posted by AnglRdr on 09/12/2014 at 2:30 PM

Re: “Walter Roche Is Blogging

Barrett helped elect liberal Democrats who support bigger government and higher taxes. That his will complains about taxation is hypocritical. That he protests the estate tax, beloved of the left, is monstrous hypocrisy.

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Posted by Mark Rogers on 09/12/2014 at 2:28 PM

Re: “Veteran Suicides in Tennessee Increased in 2013

The VA hasn't always been particularly good about treating PTSD, but that is changing, and has changed.

My family, which includes combat veterans, gets very good care from VA.

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Posted by AnglRdr on 09/12/2014 at 2:22 PM

Re: “Walter Roche Is Blogging

Was that what George Barrett championed, higher taxes for the wealthy, except for him? Because I missed that part of his work.

Or is the accuser just being intellectually slothful?

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Posted by AnglRdr on 09/12/2014 at 2:21 PM

Re: “The Daily Links: Vaccines, Deadmau5, and Hunter S. Thompson

giggle giggle

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Posted by Jim Collins on 09/12/2014 at 2:08 PM

Re: “Veteran Suicides in Tennessee Increased in 2013

Veterans having faced combat carry burdens that can never be understood by the average man on the street. What the VA has almost always done is drag their feet in treatments of PTSD. Readjustment to "normal" society, where ability is not so much prized as social status is, and combat sacrifice is looked upon as freakish, a curiosity to be revisited for the amusement of others. Another in the growing line of Great American Tragedies and Failures.

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Posted by Jim Collins on 09/12/2014 at 2:06 PM

Re: “Veteran Suicides in Tennessee Increased in 2013

A tip for veterans: if you call the 800-273-8255 number and press 1, you will get veteran-specific assistance.

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Posted by AnglRdr on 09/12/2014 at 2:04 PM

Re: “Veteran Suicides in Tennessee Increased in 2013

Quick search shows veteran suicides at a rate of 35 to 40 per 100,000. General population (males) at 18. Females at 4.

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Posted by Diatribean!! on 09/12/2014 at 1:58 PM

Re: “The Daily Links: Vaccines, Deadmau5, and Hunter S. Thompson

Doyle - I think you missed the point of my question. But, thanks for restating 1/2 my post.

Have a burger.

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Posted by Diatribean!! on 09/12/2014 at 1:53 PM

Re: “The Daily Links: Vaccines, Deadmau5, and Hunter S. Thompson

WING NUTZ! VICIOUS INSULTS! TRUST THE GOV'T! HAIL TO THE MSM!

Slow down, man. You'll burst an artery.

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Posted by Diatribean!! on 09/12/2014 at 1:50 PM

Re: “Veteran Suicides in Tennessee Increased in 2013

I hope this is not a consequence of the problems with the VA system. Regardless, this information needs to be widely published to be sure veterans know where to go to get the help they need and deserve.

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Posted by Pragmatist on 09/12/2014 at 1:42 PM

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