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July 26, 2014

Veterans not being treated fairly by the V.A.

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Posted: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 2:19 pm

To the Editor,

Many veterans like myself understand the frustration of dealing with the V.A. and stopped trying decades ago. As the federal government only sends a limited amounting of funding to the states annually (hopefully based on the percentage of veterans living in each state), they try to squeeze every penny when it comes to service for veterans. I wonder if they get bonuses from these “savings”?

When I and many others either volunteered or were drafted for military service, we went and did what was required of us. We did not negotiate with the government over V.A. benefits when our service to this country was finished. Those were promised to us freely by the United States Government.

However, unlike our diligent duty to military service, the V.A. -- which is an extension of the government -- stalls on claims, gives every reason under the sun why they are not valid (your military records were lost or misplaced and cannot be found, percentages of benefits are reduced after separation from active duty.) This list of excuses by the V.A. never ceases. Just like with the Korean War veteran in Montgomery which the V.A. took 56 years to give him his benefits.

Veterans are only seeking that which the federal government promised them and which they are due, but in many cases those benefits are decades overdue. The best thing for the government and the V.A. to do is be honest, straight-forward and forthwith on veteran benefits. File claims promptly and stop hunting excuses to reduce or eliminate them. As the old saying goes, “honesty is the best policy.” I don`t understand why the government seems to have such a problem with this.

Besides, where would you be today had veterans refused to serve in the military? Don`t give them more reasons not too.

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