Well, it looks like the VA has finally discovered a way to pare down that long line of veterans awaiting treatment....just say "no". A report just issued this past week, and reported by USA Today, says the VA has been denying war related injury and illness claims at a 90 percent clip, that denial rate the highest in modern times. We haven't seen denial rates like this since the VA declared Agent Orange a harmless exfoliant that only clears the nasal passages.
I wish I could say I'm surprised. But I still remember my own VA retirement physical. Despite my service related injuries the VA would only award me ten percent. Adding insult to injury, back in the late 80's and 90's, anyone from full Colonel to Four Star General were routinely awarded 90% disability, the better to shelter those handsome senior officer retirement pensions. The VA was more political than a political convention. Of course we military lowlifes just had to accept it, as the "fruit salad set" walked out of a VA hospital, smirks on their faces...big money in their dress blues.
So, boys and girls....brace yourself for rosy newspaper headlines...touting a huge reduction in those awaiting a VA hospital appointment. And all the VA had to do was to utter the word "no"...and the problems disappear.
Sad. Damned Sad.