Friday, March 09, 2007

What's your unit, soldier?

Because that's how we decide your disability. That and what state you are from. And how many folks from your state have served. And don't be in such a hurry, we didn't know you were coming until you showed up.That pretty much sums up the VA's method for dealing with disability determinations.
Veterans face serious inequities in compensation for disabilities depending on where they live and whether they were on active duty or were members of the National Guard or the Reserve, an analysis by The New York Times has found.

Those factors determine whether some soldiers wait nearly twice as long to get benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs as others, and collect less money, according to agency figures.

β€œThe V.A. is supposed to provide uniform and fair treatment to all,” said Steve Robinson, the director of veteran affairs for Veterans for America. β€œInstead, the places and services giving the most are getting the least.”
They deserve so much better than they are getting.


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