VA Disability Claims and Bin Ladenby Michael Patrick Brewer on May. 02, 2011, under Veterans Benefits
Bin Laden has been killed by American assets. It has a nice ring to it. The bells of justice are tolling for thee. It is a damn good thing we killed him, otherwise our current Attorney General would have tried him in traffic court.
So now who gets his bank accounts? Cannot some odd brand of RICO seize them and give the money to the VA to treat our disabled soldiers? I am serious. Why not? Seized drug money buys all kinds of collateral junk for law enforcement. Why not locate those accounts and apply it directly to the backlog of disability claims that are rolling in at a rate twice as high as last year?
The number of claims that take more than 125 days to rule on have blossomed from 200,000 to 450.000 according to VA officials. Many veterans are not employed due to their physical service connected disabilities. The VA also states that the complexity of the claims is slowing down the process. Add to that the declaration from the VA boss; retired General Shinseki, that we are going to handle and care for the Agent Orange victims of Vietnam, “once and for all,” and you have a real administrative mountain to climb.
Many complain that the waiting time will expand from six to eight months next year.
I take issue with this complaint and lend my support to the Veteran Administration’s unprecedented workload by using my own claim and that of my brothers as a benchmark. It was only 5 years ago that many were waiting a bare minimum of two years, and that was after your paper work was in order. Some were as long as 5-7 years. I say the VA is dancing as fast as they can.
The total number of pending claims for compensation has jumped from 448.ooo last April to 756,ooo this month. The VA added 3000 rating officers and staff to the existing 14,000. Given that these claims are lifetime awards, they require immense due diligence and a standard of care that is not easy nor quick to train. Who planned for 13 years of war? Or better yet, how do you plan for 13 years of war?
But I digress. Bin Laden is dead, but his bank accounts are alive. How do we get our hands on them? Some more Special Forces? Lets get the loot and use it for the veterans of war who lost their lives looking for the him.