Veterans everywhere would be remiss if they didn’t thank the VA for saving more money. Always one to squeeze the proverbial penny, the VA is at it again. This time they switched from Mapquest to Bing to determine the distance between two points.
After five years, a claim is substantially protected against being reduced. So why not Travel Pay? The distance between my house and American Lake is now being measured like an F-15 flight plan. Cars don’t enjoy this luxury. It suddenly dropped to $17.25 from $27.05 for years. I got fed up and complained but no one ever called me back. Then I got mad. They called and explained that they had been illegally paying me too much but did agree it was truly $21.25. Unfortunately for Vets, there is a $6.00 per head/ per trip “tithe” (deduction from reality) for VA’s bonus fund. Only after four visits in a calendar month do you finally get a bye on it. There is no refund for the lost $18.00. You are simply not dinged $6.00 for any subsequent trips that month. The remuneration rate is still 41.5¢ a mile. At 13 miles to a gallon, I burn 4.84 gallons with $21.25 being offered. This makes no remuneration for wear and tear. Sounds like a govt. program to me.
By taking that $6.00, what VA does is reduce the remuneration below the cost of getting there because gas here in the United Soviet Socialist Republic of Washington is just below Hawaii’s. This I don’t understand. Oil comes from Alaska. Alaska oil is happy oil. The happy oil is refined here. Gas costs $4.00 a gallon. Go to Pennsylvania. Oil comes from Kuwait. Oil is refined in Louisiana. Oil is sold in Pittsburgh for $2.90.
With all the high crimes and Veterans fraud being exposed, the VA should be able to fund the whole US government for a day on what it saves.
Bing! The sound of money leaking out of Vets’ pockets. They should rename it bling.