Why Have Over 300K Veterans Died While Waiting For VA Benefits? Shocking OIG Report

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That’s 35% of all vets on the list.

The Office of Inspector General of the Department of Veterans Affairs conducted and investigation and released a report in July that confirmed what had been suspected all along, that thousands of veterans died while waiting to be approved for VA benefits.

What’s even more shocking is that many of these vets have been dead for four years!

If there is any good news to come out of this report, it’s that suspicions have now been confirmed, and a spotlight is now on the VA.  So hopefully these issues will be addressed.  The bad/very sad news is the thousands of victims of the departments inefficiency and incompetency.

While the VA tried lamely to explain that this was due to “data limitations”, all Americans should demand accountability from those department heads responsible.

You can read a condensed version of the story here:

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The Department of Veterans Affairs’ Office of Inspector General on Wednesday confirmed that more than one-third of the people thought to be seeking eligibility for VA benefits are deceased, and said many of them have been dead for more than four years.

The OIG report confirms the worst fears of members of Congress, who said in July that they would investigate unsubstantiated claims that thousands of veterans died before they ever became eligible for VA benefits.

The OIG’s report said the situation is even worse — it said 307,000 names on the VA’s list of pending enrollees were deceased. That’s 35 percent of the 867,000 people on the list as of last year…

“While the OIG was trying to determine how many veterans may have died waiting for a determination that they were eligible for care, the OIG said it could not find a precise number, mostly because the VA’s data was so poor.”[D]ue to data limitations, we could not determine specifically how many pending [enrollment system] records represent veterans who applied for health care benefits,” it said. “These conditions occurred because the enrollment program did not effectively define, collect, and manage enrollment data…”

“…Even if you buy the Health Eligibility Center’s position that all these people didn’t apply, then why were they on the list?” he said. He also said the VA is at fault for running such a broken enrollment system that an independent investigator can’t determine how many veterans died seeking care.

“We can’t say what’s what because of flaws in the enrollment system, and the flaws exist basically because the people responsible for fixing it haven’t,” he said…

Click here to read the entire story on The Washington Examiner

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