Member JAVet was toying with this bone and I finally take the initiative and publish it.
He pointed out correctly that 16-17 Vets were checking out of the Hotel California each day in 2011-some without collecting their benefits check before leaving. I guess that confirms you can’t take it with you but it would be nice to make that decision with said benefits in hand beforehand.
After all the bad PR, the Baltimore Sun can’t even elicit a discouraging word out of them. I think Allison ‘chipmunk” Hickey put out the word that it’s no longer kosher for the VA PR Office to open mouth and insert backlog.
Nearly 19,500 veterans died from October 2011 to September 2012, the federal fiscal year, while they waited for benefits, according to an article published in San Francisco’s Bay Citizen. That figure is based on the $437 million in retroactive benefits paid to the survivors of the deceased veterans, according to the report. The number of veterans who died waiting during that period is likely higher.
Ruh oh Rorge. Sackcloth and ashes are the uniform of the day. Quick. Everybody pretend to care. See what happens when you don’t provide the actual numbers? Pesky media types will simply make them up and catastrophize it. Excellent proof of why they ought to revoke the First Amendment while they’re busy revoking the Second.
This article is even more confusing . When they start using data to prove an elephant can disappear up his own ass, you know it’s time to get out the Polaroid and hire an accountant.
The report indicated the percentage of veterans who died by suicide decreased slightly since 1999, while the estimated total number of veterans who died by suicide increased.
Put this in perspective. Were you even aware, or for that matter, do you thing this suicide issue was even on the VA’s radar in 1999? Then why start citing X percent of Vets were sucking on lead lollipops in 1999 and there were fewer, percentage-wise, out of said X percent but that NOW a smaller percentage of Vets ( [n=19,500]which inexplicably consists of a larger number of actual, physical, formerly warm bodies) are now imbibing the lead Koolaid™?
Only in America and at the VA can “more” be “less”. I also feel sorry for Leigh and Paul. It’s always disheartening to see your VARO (Baltimore) has taken First Place in the Backlog Olympics. I wonder if VA updated their interactive map . Yep. Apparently they did. 344 days and a wakeup. This leaves me feeling squeamish. If Baltimore is at 344 +w/u, then why does my Ebenefits page say my claims are forecast for completion between August 16th, 2013 and April 14th, 2014? Is this some more of that wacky VA math? Seattle says 325. It feels like Foghorn Leghorn is calling the shots.
Here I mentioned Leigh and Paul’s plight and I promptly found an article from him in the in box. 473 days, ladies and gentlemen. 2015 is pie-in-the-sky hopey/feely crap. Read this one and feel free to use the comments section.