Jordain Carney, a defense journalist from a Washington (D.C.) news service, National Journal, reported on a story (10/21/14) that veterans and their elected representatives need to be aware of. Here is the headline:
VA Moves to Prevent Veteran Violence Over Disability Claims: To curtail confusion, the department wants to change when veterans can view the results of their disability exam online.
Apparently some VA officials appeared before the Advisory Committee on Disability Compensation during a scheduled meeting–I believe this one posted on the Federal Register–and as a result, a veterans ability to perfect his claim, will be severely hampered. Carney writes:
Patricia Murray, the director of the VA’s clinical program and administrative operations, said that to try to prevent any misunderstandings, the VA is removing the compensation-and-pension medical exam from a veteran’s online health record until after a decision on his or her disability claim has been made. “I think sometimes when they see [the medical records], they think the determination to grant [benefits] is solely based on the C-and-P file,” she said, adding that “our examiners feel like they’re sometimes at risk.”
Well, you can read the sentiments expressed by worrying-ones in the article. I’ll try to get the minutes from the meeting. I hope veterans’ service organizations and retired military organizations with staff in Washington, are going to fight this baloney. I think we all agree that workplaces of all who labor, should have adequate security in place. That’s easy to fix. Get good locks, lighting, guards, video camera, whatever it takes to secure a building. However, it is not easy for a veteran to fully develop his claim once he’s been denied. Many will die in the years following the denial.
Editor’s note: Hopefully LawBob Squarepants or the Screaming Eagle from San Diego will weigh in here on the comments section and inform us of just how many laws this violates (i.e. due process, FOIA withholding, etc.) so we can call our elected reps. to complain uselessly (again). This smacks of fabricating a crisis to justify restricting information (already horribly abbreviated) that will confuse the appeals process even further and chip away at Veterans’ already woeful plight in winning their claims. This is why they already have jack-booted thugs calling themselves VA police frog marching Vets out of VAMCs across the fruited plain every day for nothing more than raising their voice.