VA has been hounded by untold stories of theft, diversion, cronyism, pharmacy thefts of drugs the old Bureau of Narcotics & Dangerous Drugs (BNDD) folks used to call “hard-core narcotics” and on and on. You really don’t need to look further than the monthly VAOIG Rap sheet for what happened in the VA neighborhood. It’s like your local Police Blotter on steroids.
After the long winter of discontent over all the Vets and the VA employees in the Travel Offices being in cahoots, the OIG recommended some improvements in how the largesse was distributed. Keep in mind, somebody in DC had to dream this one up, too. The last time they did this, our mileage computed by Mapquest was replaced by a new program (Google Maps) that bends the known universe. I’m sure there’s some kickback there but have no proof. My reimbursement for travel dropped from $27.05 to $22.19. With the new addition of this form, it just went down to $16.41. Some day we’ll eventually have to pay them to travel to the VAMC if this keeps up.
At any rate, I had to pester them for the form as they had none in the box in hopes we can’t file. The booth bitch gave me exactly one copy. I suggested she give me more to restock the reservoir. Her response was “Absolutely not”. Unscrupulous Vets were taking numerous copies with them and left none for others. A further suggestion to put a note on the box instructing them to go see her was met with “If they want their money, they’ll figure it out.”
To avoid that consequence, I hereby offer the new one in .PDF. Simply print a copy and off you go. Mail it in and demand an additional 48¢ back for the postage.