UPDATE: Veterans for Common Sense (VCS)

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The May 19th update from Paul Sullivan and our friends at Veterans for Common Sense (VCS) contains several news clips of high value.

Veterans for Common Sense presented new information about the urgent need to fix the VA at a conference of more than 50 non-profits.   The VCS presentation was covered by Army Times.

Posted by Robert L. Hanafin, Major, U.S. Air Force-Retired, Veterans Today News Network for Paul Sullivan, VCS

Also in this update, the highly credible reporter Sy Hersh has reported very disturbing allegations of possible war crimes in Afghanistan.

VCS in the News

Speaking at the Coalition for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans (CIAV) conference in Washington, DC, VCS revealed how recent VA audits of eight Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) offices found an overall error rate of 28 percent among selected claims.  The VCS presentation was covered by Kelly Kennedy at Army Times.

Also last week, VCS was featured on National Public Radio (NPR) discussing problems veterans face dealing with VBA.  VCS highlighted VBA’s frustrating and burdensome 23-page claim form with NPR reporter John McChesney.

In a piece of good news,VCS plans to closely monitor VBA’s plans to build a new system to handle the expected hundreds of thousands of new disability claims filed by Vietnam War veterans who remain ill due to Agent Orange poisoning. In another piece of good news, VBA plans to overhaul how VBA employees are judged for their work – the infamous and misleading work credit system .  We’ll be watching this development, too.

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Unfortunately, in a piece of bad news, VCS remains outraged that VBA still fights against our Vietnam War veterans seeking healthcare and benefits due to Agent Orange exposure while aboard Navy ships off the coast of Vietnam.

Please read this shocking and shameful Congressional testimony by VBA’s Tom Pamperin before the Senate today.

Pamperin told Senators that “VA does not support” S 1939.

This means President Barack Obama and VA Secretary Eric Shinseki oppose reasonable Agent Orange benefits for blue water Vietnam War veterans.

VCS asks you to contact your Representative and Senator as well as VA and voice your support for all of our Vietnam War veterans.

Posted by Robert L. Hanafin, Major, U.S. Air Force-Retired for Paul Sullivan, VCS

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